Expedition Trip NL: what did participants do?

After an intensive week, the NBC Expedition Trips to the Netherlands has come to an end. The Ghanaian participants joined their Dutch teammates in the Netherlands for the first leg of the Expedition Trips from 25th May to 5th June, 2022. Participants worked hard to identify innovative solutions to the business challenges of The Goodroll and Delphy. But next to that, there was enough time for fun! Participants learned more about each other and their cultures.

Formal Welcome, Workshops and Collaborating 
On the 30th of May, these young professionals received a warm and formal welcome at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO) on the 30th of May. The day was graced with the presence of H.E Francis Danti Kotia, Ambassador of Ghana to the Netherlands, and Andre van Ommeren, Head of International Development at the RvO, this was followed an introduction of the the Young Expert Programme by Project Officer, Lisanne Evenhuis.

The NBC Expeditions Trips are all about teamwork. A workshop on The Basics of Teamwork was led by NBC Coach Diwy Tomassen, she led the participants through some  exercises and assignments to help them first understand themselves and thereby see how their personalities translate into their teams. Following that, NBC Coach and Founder of Circumspecte, Jemila Abdulai walked participants through a second workshop, The Basics of Business.

Another workshop followed days after, to provide participants tips and tricks in mastering the art of presentation. Participants then worked hard to develop creative and feasible solutions to the business cases of The Good Roll Africa, which specializes in 100% sustainable toilet paper and was seeking feasible ways to penetrate and sell to in Ghanaian market, and Delphy, world wide experts for food and flowers, which faced the challenge of effectively understanding and cooperating with some potential partners. These organizations were pleased with the ideas and and of these brilliant minds and are now blessed with a pool of ideas to guide their next steps.

Time to say goodbye
After a week of working very closely together and having a lot of fun, it was time to say goodbye. The Dutch participants organized Dutch Night for Ghanaians to experience true Dutch culture, the evening was jam-packed with Dutch activities from games, to snacks, and music. The next day, participants went on a boat ride and some sightseeing in the city of Leiden.

Ready for the Expedtion Trip Ghana?
The Dutch participants are ready to travel to Ghana, where they will join their Ghanaian Counterparts from the 16th to 25th of June 2022. The cycle will continue with company visits to Jolinaiko Eco Tours, Ocean Green Beach Villas, and Tropical Growers, as well as introductions to some programs and opportunities for the young Dutch and Ghanaians professionals. The teams will choose the most feasible and creative ideas which will be presented at the Netherlands Residence during the NBC Finals.

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