Dongmei, Bachelor in Public Administration
Internship Country: Ghana
Canadian NGO: AFS Interculture Canada
Local NGO: Center for Sustainable Transformation (CeST)
I have a journey that bridges the gap between theory and practice, taking root in the vibrant heart of Accra, Ghana. As I volunteer at James Town Gbekebii School, our focus is on sustainable development, intertwined with the exciting initiative of planting tomato seeds in the school's community garden.
Seeds of Knowledge:
Today marks the beginning of our journey into the heart of sustainability. Our volunteer group, gathered at James Town Gbekebii School, is about to embark on the Community Garden Project, an initiative that promises to bring theory to life, right here in the vibrant heart of Accra. As we stand amidst the school's garden area, the soil beneath our feet feels alive, ready to receive the seeds of transformation. It's almost poetic how this very soil is about to become the canvas for turning theory into tangible action.
Our first task is simple, yet profound: planting tomato seeds. These unassuming, minuscule seeds symbolize more than just future fruits; they symbolize the potential for growth, nourishment, and sustainable living.
Each of us takes a small handful of seeds, cradling them in our hands with a sense of reverence. We dig small, neat holes in the soil, careful not to disturb the earth too much. As the seeds find their new home in the ground, it feels like we're entrusting the very essence of sustainability to the earth. There's something deeply inspiring about planting seeds. It's a silent declaration of faith in the future. With every seed that finds its place in the soil, we plant hope for a future where sustainable practices and responsible living are the norm.
The Community Garden Project:
As our volunteer group embarked on the Community Garden Project, the soil beneath our feet became a canvas for turning theory into action. Our first step was to plant tomato seeds. These tiny seeds symbolize the potential for growth, nourishment, and sustainable living.
Our studies taught us that sustainability isn't just a buzzword; it's a way of life. As we dug the earth, our hands touched more than soil; they touched the essence of sustainability.
One of the most rewarding aspects of this journey is the hands-on learning it offers. We theorized about plant growth, but here, we watch it unfold before our eyes. The children's faces light up as they witness the miraculous transformation of seeds into seedlings.
Our classroom discussions emphasized the importance of community involvement. Here at James Town Gbekebii School, students, teachers, and local residents actively participate in the gardening project. It's inspiring to witness the sense of responsibility and unity that blossoms alongside the tomato plants.
Reflection and Growth:
In conclusion, my volunteer experience has reaffirmed the importance of linking theory and practice. Sustainable development is not an abstract concept; it's a tangible reality that we can cultivate together. Planting tomato seeds may seem like a small act, but it's a testament to the power of growth, resilience, and the potential for a sustainable future.