Publication Date

Spring 1998


The bulk of my Independent Study Project was to study and work with the Appropriate Technology project in Cape Coast, Ghana, under the direction of Dr. Kofi Sam. Through this program I learn how to construct an "Approtech", house, meaning that the majority of the material form which it is made comes from Ghana and usually the immediate vicinity of the structure. During the course of related to the project, as well as Ghana, in general. From these combines and inseparable experiences, I began to understand the mode of thinking that is the basis of Appropriate Technology. Through researching for similar or related organizations I realized the uniqueness and potential of Approtech and the importance of spreading its basic mode of thinking, as well as its effects. The cultural and personal learning that I gained from this experience is something that will have great effect on my actions and decisions for the rest of my life.