Studytrip NL: getting to know the group and cases

The moment is there: last weekend the Ghanaians arrived in the Netherlands and the Studytrip is in full swing. A visit to a typical Dutch area, a game with spaghetti and a workshop about research questions was on the program the last few days. 

After preparing for a long time, last weekend was the moment that the Ghanaians arrived in the Netherlands. How can you better start with your trip in Holland then visiting the typical Dutch area the Zaanse Schans. The participants tried some Dutch food like cheese, visited a mill and walked on wooden clogs.

On Sunday morning the Dutch participants arrived, so the group was complete for the first time. During a lot of exciting activities like a scavenger hunt all participants got to know each other better and better. The creative and crazy pictures of the scavenger hunt showed that the teams already made a great start working together! Next to that, the big smiles confirmed it was a lot of fun getting to know each other and the The Hague in this way.

On Monday morning the group visited the RvO in the Hague for the formal opening of the New Business Challenge. Mr. Idris of the Embassy of Ghana in the Netherlands emphasized to the group the importance of the challenge, since it combines entrepeneurship, youth employment, innovation and sustainability in one.

After that, the participants build the a standalone structure by spagetthi sticks, a marshmellow, a piece of rope and tape. This game gave already insight in the different team roles the participants will take during the challenge. In the afternoon the participants followed a workshop about research questions which helped them to dive deeper into their business cases.

Today the teams will visit the companies for whom they are working during this challenge. To get the most out of this visit, the teams prepared themselves well by writing down all the important questions they need an answer to. They will not go back to The Hague before they have all the answers!

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