Lawrencia’s UK Trip

On the 7th of February, 2020 after a Get Global session I embarked on a 17days MTW trip to the UK.

Prior to the trip, our team of facilitators and I discussed how things will look like during my absence and provisions were made for supplies needed for subsequent sessions. Habiba and Michael who are lead facilitators were the point of call for facilitators who needed immediate assistance during this period.   

My time in the UK was marked with warm experiences of connecting with the UK team in person without a screen or zoom video calls and bad network connectivity. I appreciate getting accustomed to the MTW ‘work culture’ on the UK side, engaging in the strategic planning of the Get Global Programme, and spending memorable time with Claire, Megan and Caroline especially on our escape room team building experience.

Lovers and Bluffers, a remarkably well organised one in a billion charity ball (no exaggeration here) turned out a great success and exceeded my expectations. It was absolutely inspiring, in the midst of the buzz and rave to articulate the astounding impacts that MTW have on our beneficiaries through the Get Global Programme and for all present to experience how their support is beneficial in the scaling up of the Get Global Programme in Ghana.

A day to my departure from the UK, Megan, Claire, Caroline and I facilitated a Get Global workshop for Staines District Girlguiding – World Thinking Day. From interacting with the girl guides, I gained deeper cross-cultural understandings around the first 6 SDGs and how these understandings influence specific cultural-oriented approaches in achieving the targets of the SDGs.

This trip gave me the opportunity for many ‘first time’ experiences; I visited Wales – Cardiff and totally felt disoriented once I got off the coach as I was reading road signs in Welsh, made me feel like I was in a different country for a minute (I guess I was)! I tried indoor bouldering which I realised I am a natural. Saw a circus, enjoyed an escape room experience, tasted my first mint sauce and most importantly tried Chai latte with soymilk for the first time and totally loved it!

Being away from the field, I gleaned valuable coordinating skills from adopting new ways of working with facilitators remotely. I also had greater insights on the strength of our team of facilitators as they took absolute responsibility of their respective sessions, effectively delivered their sessions successfully and efficiently provided support to one another. I cannot sing of their praises enough!

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