My name is Reynaldo Denaud, and I’m a third-year student at Florida State University from Port Saint Lucie, Florida. I am majoring in Exercise Physiology and I aspire to attend Physical Therapy (PT) school where I will earn my doctorate and become a licensed PT. This summer, I will hope to travel to Accra, Ghana to complete an internship with Projects Abroad in Physiotherapy. The experience will range from three to four weeks and I’m excited as it will allow me to work with licensed PTs to learn and observe them. During my experience, I hope that I will be able to learn about the country’s healthcare system as compared to the United States, they do not have the resources we do. It’s also mandatory that I learn about Ghana’s history and rich culture.
One thing that I’m not sure of is how hard will culture shock and homesickness hit me. It’s been a dream of mine to study/intern abroad and I finally have the opportunity to do so but I’ve never considered the drawbacks to it. With the assurance from my host, she’ll help me acclimate to the various customs and get me deeply involved with the community in Accra.