About This Blog

My name is David and I am a third-year Civil Engineering student at Memorial University of Newfoundland. This blog will detail my thoughts before, during and (briefly) after my time in Ghana as a Junior Fellow with Engineers Without Borders Canada.

I have lived in St. John’s, NL, Canada, my entire life and before I joined EWB just over 2 years ago, had limited knowledge of the international development sector. So I am far from a ‘pro’ when it comes to humanitarian work, but that’s not to say I am oblivious to how aid projects work (or, alternatively, how they should work).

I have been given resources to review and reflect upon during the 6 months prior to my departure, and have access to past Junior Fellows from the EWB MUN chapter. But even given this, odds are I won’t have a significant impact overseas.

I won’t be able to come back saying I built a school for needy, desperate and hopeless African children. I won’t be able to say I built a well and then show off photos of Africans relishing in their suddenly improved livelihoods. Nor do I plan on spreading my high-and-mighty ideas of what encompasses a ‘developed country’ to Ghanaians in a grand scheme to increase the quality of life in Ghana.

But I’m fine with that. While those projects come to mind for many people when I tell them I’m going to work in Africa this summer, in many instances they are ineffective.

As per the goals of the JF program, I am going overseas to create lasting change in Ghana through working with local initiatives and organizations; to evolve into a better-abled agent of social change; and to create positive social change in Canada upon my return. This blog will serve as a medium for you all to witness (and participate in) my pursuit of these vague goals.

Feel free to leave questions in the comments below if you want to know more.



One response to “About This Blog

  1. This blog looks so great and has so much good information already! Can’t wait to read your first blog post!

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