Ceclia Asare-Amoh

How long have you been away from Ghana? 8 years

Which country did you return from?

United Kingdom

What is your profession? Profession, discount if qualified.

I am a teacher

Did you gain any vocation qualification before returning to Ghana?

Yes, I did a lot of NVQ till 4 courses in education and social care.

What prompted you to return?

After living in London for sometime, I realize I was just living by working and working without getting anywhere with my life. So I decided to return home . And also,it was difficult to get any satisfaction, recogntion and financial benefit form the jobs I was doing in England. Since retuning, thing have npot been easy, but I thank god for the little process I have made, but we are still building on that, so things are not that bad.

Have you had any challenges since returning back, i.e. reintegration, finding a job, accommodation etc.?

A lot, in terms of reintegration, everybody want to take advantage of you, because, they think you came with plenty of money and the fact that you have not been in the country for some time therefore, you will need to be patient. This school that I am running had already started, but it was not managed well. When I came in, I started it with a different management style, by also talking to the parents for support. I did not really go looking for a job. I started by doing business here and there, but as I said early, it was a bit difficult, when you first return as people think you came in with soo much money and therefore, would try to rip you off. Finding an accommodation, was, quite difficult. The money the landlords are demanding is quite high. So you return, you have to lower your standard of living a bit, as to be able to to adjust interms of finding a cheaper accomodation and build on from there, if not you will not be able to stay here. You do not need to impress people by where you are going to rent.

Any advice and suggestions for potential returnees?

I think coming back is scary, but whatever you put your mind you will be able to make it. Yes, it will be good to have someone mentor you, but, I believe everyone has their own objectives before wanting to return, so I think, it should be their own experience.

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