Read CETRA Senior Project Manager, Phoebe Peterman’s reflection of her five week trip to Accra, Ghana to open the company’s newest office:
I spent five weeks in Accra to work with and train Anukware Adzima and the then newly-hired Project Manager, Vivian Vodzogbe. They were both incredibly hospitable, and I had a lovely time getting to know them and a little bit of Ghana. Having spent some time in West Africa in the past, some things were quite familiar: colors, smells, a variety of languages being spoken. Being on the coast in this part of the world was a new and lovely experience. The breeze from the ocean was almost constant, the water was beautiful, and I was treated to lots of fresh fish!
CETRA Ghana’s opening event was held at the British Council on December 5, 2013, at the end of my stay in Accra. The event was a great success, with over 50 guests in attendance: students and professors of translation and interpretation from the University of Ghana School of Translators, translators, interpreters, prospective clients, members of the international community in Ghana and others. Dr. Robert Yennah, Head of the French Department at the University of Ghana, gave the keynote speech, addressing the professionalization of the translation and interpretation industry in Ghana and Africa more broadly and challenging CETRA Ghana to play a role.
I am excited to see what the first year will bring for Anukware and Vivian. There is an abundance of potential for CETRA’s newest office including the opportunity to work with new businesses, indigenous languages, and governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations in Africa. I am delighted that our company is doing business in such a linguistically rich place.
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