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Bc. Magdalena Borovičková, CTU Prague, ročník 5

Faculty Faculty of Civil Engineering
Field of study Construction Engineering
Field of internship Civil Engineering, Geology and Mining
Specialization of InternshipAny
Internship period (from - to) from 12-07-2021 to 03-10-2021
Internship duration (weeks) -
Transport (means, price) -
Insurance/Insurance company Allianz
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) -
Price of Visa -
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Ghana, KNUST, Kumasi
Internship reference number GH-2021-50

About the country

Location of the place

Ghana

City

Kumasi

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Lake Bosomtwe, Kejetia market, Tech junction

Employer

Employer

Mmanab company limited

Work description

I was working on a construction site of a hostel, so the aim was to see and learn how to supervise a reinforced concrete building.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

I was supposed to get 400 GHC, then I got 300 GHC a month, but the company paid for all of my food and because I worked in a walking distance from my hostel, I didn't need any money for transportation so the salary was definitely sufficient for living in Kumasi

Language requirements

The work offer stated, that B1 is required.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

Accommodation was provided by iaeste, so the interns didn't have to concern about the price

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

I got picked up at the airport, then someone else picked me up and took me to his house for the first night in Accra and helped me get a sim card the next morning and took me to a bus station in Kumasi. Iaeste members organised some trips and usually we were very depended on them, we probably couldn't go on a trip without a member of iaeste. They also lived in the same hostel, so we saw them everyday and they were there for us most of the time, they were doing a great job.

Meeting other foreign students

All of the interns working in Kumasi were living in the same hostel, so we got to see each other every day and we got to know each other very well. At the time I was in Kumasi there was only one other intern staying in Accra and I didn't get to meet her, but there are more interns coming to Accra and also Kumasi, and there are some more trips planned, and they're meant to be for all of the students together. But my two months were over before that.

Sport and culture

I went jogging but it's better to do it when there's still light outside and the sun goes down very early (around 6) so when it was dark already, we usually went to a gym, which was right next to the hostel. We didn't really visit any cultural places in Kumasi, but I know there are some museums, there is a cultural centre and a palace.

Food, local specialties

Ghanaian food is delicious!! The list of the things I've tried is very long, but I liked every single food and I recommend everyone coming to Ghana just try as much local food as you can and don't waste your time on eating pizza or kfc. The food is spicy, heavier, oily a lot...but simply delicious. I didn't have to or want to cook there, everyone should just not be afraid of street food and try as much as they can. The price differs, but it's possible to have a lunch for 6 cedis.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

The network is not as good as we are used to in Europe, but in Ghana everyone uses a sim card for data, so I had a constant internet connection. Only when we went for trips, the network on our way there was usually not working. (outside of cities)

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

During the week, we usually didn't do that much, so if you wanna be sure you will be entertained, you can take a book, for me it was just watching netflix on my phone sometimes.

What not to forget with you

Mosquito spray (I had four bottles, but I didn't take any anti-malaria pills, so sometimes I used the spray before going to bed, others were taking the pills and they had two bottles usually.)
Sunscreen (I had three bottles and it was definitely too much, Kumasi is not that sunny, so one is just fine)
Bringing a notebook is a good idea, we had to buy some because we wanted to write down what we're experiencing there.
Also you can take a sportswear, the food there is really heavy and not that healthy so even the people who don't exercise that much had a need to go to the gym there and they didn't have sportshoes.

Benefits of the internship

I appreciate literally everything about the internship. Being in Ghana is great, living in a place, which is so far and being forced to use english all the time is great for your english skills. Meeting new people from different countries is obviously great. And having an experience like this on your CV is also definitely good for you.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

My experience was great, we had a whatsapp call before coming there, with other interns. IAESTE Ghana was responding very quickly when I needed something.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Can't complain about anything.

Student's website

https://www.instagram.com/magdalena_borovickova/

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