As the NBA finals play in the background, I sit in my living room trying to find the words that best describe who I am.
Who is Kanishia ?
Kanishia is a student, studying International Development. I currently attend Humber Collage, and had just finished my third year (which I must say was thee most challenging year by far). I have deep interests in environmental sustainability, disaster risk reduction and renewable energy. I can speak English fluently, but it’s the only language I know (laughs). I would describe myself as someone who loves to laugh (but who doesn’t?). I love food, but I wouldn’t say I am a “foodie”. I absolutely love to dance, all I need is a good song and I’ll make my own dance floor.
I have accepted the Sector Research and Analysis Officer position in Ghana this summer. I actually officially joined the team, less than a week ago, and my family has 101 questions that I barely have the answers to. I do know that economic development is the main sector for the Uniterra program and has two sub-sectors of agriculture and construction in Ghana. This is real exciting, not just because its a GREAT opportunity but I am also of Ghanaian decent. For me, I truly get to embrace my culture,my people and hopefully language. I think my family is slightly more excited than I am, which I completely understand.
I chose to do my placement in a developing country, because it will allow me to experience life differently than I would here at home (Toronto, Canada). I want to see how it will be like living outside of my norms, my culture and comfort zone. I also would like to see if I am able to adjust well in a new atmosphere of culture and people. Most importantly, I want to help and work with communities (a cliche, I know) but I really do want to help in anyway, shape or form.
I am unsure what to expect about my location, because it has yet to be determined.
I arrive in Ghana on Sunday, and have my orientation on Monday so I am sure I’ll have a better picture of what is to come.