A Day Spent Tea Picking

Kericho has a warm and temperate climate making it an ideal location for agriculture and in particular, the large scale cultivation of tea. Consequently, for our Personal Social Learning Day, tea picking seemed… Continue reading

Climbing out of the box

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellow Efua Mercer I have always been a little put off by the idea of being a business owner. I have instead opted for the path of the office… Continue reading

Another Day in the Life of….

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellow JJ Slater Trying, testing and validating The day starts (early) with Bennett.Bennett is a Biochemical Sciences student at the University of Cape Coast and is a passionate producer… Continue reading

Moving from the theory to the reality

  Nearing the end of the Balloon curriculum training I found myself itching with excitement and ready to dive straight into working with our entrepreneurs and my working counterparts. Throughout our training we… Continue reading

What a load of rubbish…

It was about 10 days into our stay in Kericho that our working groups were emailed the list of entrepreneurs that we would be working with. Most groups had a pretty similar list… Continue reading

Why don’t you like me?

From the off you want your entrepreneurs to like you. You are in a new country on a new programme working with new people. The initial goal is to get along with everyone,… Continue reading

Turning Volunteering into a Force for Good

On Saturday 5th March 2016 Ilma will be speaking at the Oxford International Development Conference about importance of ethical international/domestic volunteering and Matt will be speaking at SanEco Sustainability Conference in Southampton.  Volunteering primed for… Continue reading

A Day in the Life of the Fellows

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellows Efua and Laura 5 – 7am: 5am in Cape Coast and a few of the more energetic Fellows are following the Ghanaian example and starting their day early:… Continue reading

Let’s chop: Food and business in Ghana

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellow Efua Mercer “Nature gave us two cheeks instead of one to make it easier to eat hot food” – Old Ghanaian saying. Fellows eating the fruit of a cocoa… Continue reading

Conflict in the Developing World and its Impact on Development

On Saturday 20th Feb 2016 Josh will be speaking at the London International Development Conference about ethnic conflict in Kenya and the links to development. In preparation for this talk, we have written a… Continue reading