29th August 2014 brought my final day working on an internship at Lancaster University Ghana, and I think anyone who saw me that day knew full well that I didn’t want it to end. Staff and students alike knew that that Friday was my final day of work, and it really dawned on me just how settled I’d become in that environment. I got along with absolutely everyone there, and I really did feel at home. Whether I was talking to staff about the direction of the university, or a student about a particular society that they wanted to set up, I really felt like that I’d been there years. I’ve only spent four weeks in Ghana throughout my lifetime, but the memories I made, and the networks I formed there, are truly incredible.
I walked onto campus on that final day, armed with four bags of British sweets. I couldn’t help but take everyone some traditional sweets as just a small way of saying “thank you”. I was actually going to really miss them; they’d been such good hosts and even better friends.
I had my final lunch on campus, and then had a “debrief” with Raghav to talk through the past three weeks. We had a chat about everything I’d been working on, discussed each aspect of the university, and told him my general impression and opinion about the development, based on my three weeks there. The future of Lancaster University Ghana is bright, exciting, and engaging; I really can’t wait to see it prosper and watch it develop over the coming years, and I really hope to play a part in that.
I will miss a lot of things about Ghana and the university more specifically. Little things like walking downstairs and saying hello to everyone makes it an incredibly friendly place to be and, due to the relatively small size, everyone knows each other by name. I will miss my morning stroll to campus, which was highly enjoyable, and I will miss the nightly chats with my housemates. I will miss the cheap price of food, drink, and taxis, and I will also miss visiting the fantastic local attractions which are filled with such a rich culture.
I finished my time in Ghana by taking photographs with various members of staff and students, before heading out for the evening with friends. I really can’t think of any better way to finish my three-week long internship there.
I’ll be keeping in touch with staff, students, and Raghav; spending three weeks out there was absolutely incredible, and I really can’t thank the university enough for giving me the opportunity. Hopefully I’ll be returning to Ghana sooner rather than later!