I’ve heard this question enough times that I should have it all down pat. In reality, my emotions are changing so much and I am going from excited to nervous to stressed-about-packing to excited again…on a daily basis. I thought I should write a quite note to let you know what I’ve been up to and where I am in the prepping phases!
I leave for Ghana May 13th. Predeparture Training begins May 6th. I’m going to a conference/week-with-friends/bible-study-type-deal called MarkCentral from May 1-6. So really I have until this weekend to completely prepare!
My outstanding TO DO list includes:
- go to Hamilton to pack stuff, clean my room, and prepare for a subletter
- find aforementioned subletter so I don’t lose money this summer (LET ME KNOW IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE INTERESTED! THIS IS A WORTHY CAUSE!)
- buy a ton of stuff (traveller’s backpack, antimalarials, sandals, microfibre towel, etc)
- spend time with family, relatives, friends
- print off some photos of life in Canada to bring with
- get photos taken and fill out forms to apply for my Visa
- learn more about Value Chains and Market Facilitation (optional but recommended)
- skype a bunch of EWBers to prepare (optional, recommended)
- learn some Dagbani (optional, probably won’t happen but I would really like to!)
My thoughts towards my placement:
- I want to hear details! I know the vague description of what AVC does but will soon learn my role in it all.
- I can’t wait to be with all the JFs at predep and see all the APS when we arrive.
- I am pumped to find out where I am living and meet local Ghanaians.
- I hope I like the food. Eek.
- I have resigned to the fact that I will probably get sick. Any bets on which disease/illness first?
- I have never had to be so conscious of the colour of my underwear before (no white allowed. Will get too dirty).
- I am a little nervous that I won’t do a very good job as a JF or rock my placement as much as I hope.
- I am excited to go to town and buy fabric and get amazing Ghanaian clothing made.
- I hear Ghanaians don’t shave their legs. Nice.
- I am prepared to get super tanned. I will be in Ghana for the coolest months (meaning 22-30 deg C, not what I would call cold).
And for those who are interested, I have posted my newly constructed personal Packing List! I am curious to hear how it is similar to/differs from what you were expecting. Ooh, and let me know if I am missing anything important!
p.s. Happy Birthday to my teammate David Taylor!