Maybe this is the scientist/engineer in me, but I love hypotheses so much. So much, in fact, that I have decided to compile a list of hypotheses that I can test out this summer. This one is from my chapter/group of Engineers Without Borders Exec at McMaster.
- Villagers would be more open to change if things were communicated better.
- Children in villages are curious and want to interact and play.
- I learn to live without constant access to internet and will learn cool games/activities that I will bring to Canada.
- I don’t like the food during the first week and will miss food from home.
- I get more honest answers from Ghanaians a month into my placement when I know them better.
- Culture shock. Big time.
- No matter how much preparation I do, our opinions of Ghana changes seriously in the first two days.
- There is a sense of segregation (social status distinction) between native Ghanaians and foreigners/us/aid workers.
- Mosquitos are everywhere.
- I use mosquito nets every night.
- Every family grows cacao in Ghana to support a living.
- The community will be very welcoming initially but it takes a long time to gain trust.
- I am hit on at least three times a week (can be by the same guy).
- I feel powerless/frustrated/hopeless towards situations I encounter.
- I return with a completely new perspective.
- I hopelessly embarrass myself once a week.
- I play soccer at one point.
- Everywhere I go, I experience white privilege.
- The weather is exotic.
- I return tanned. More specifically, I will come back with a farmer’s tan.
- I average two showers a week.
- I find myself craving gross American food that I never even liked (eg. Kraft Dinner, Twinkies).
- Homophobia is the norm.
- Not every community has public services.
- In very remote communities, farmers mostly consume their harvests instead of selling a portion as there is no market.
- Ghanaians can and like to hold things on their heads.Women can hold heavy items that weigh >30kg on their heads.
- It is difficult to access health clinics when you get sick.
I am so excited to test all of these out!
YOU, reader, please comment and add a hypothesis to the list!