Questions re: Going to the King's Village, Ghana

The King’s Village

  1. Current work
  2. Aims for the future, plus plans
  3. Is the King’s Village in a village or self-contained?
  4. Who are the other staff? Ghanaian?
  5. How are the local communities involved?
  6. How near / far are the places where people using school / medical centre live?

Work

  1. What do you want me to do?
  2. What do you want me to have achieved by the end of the year?
  3. Who will I be working with / for?
  4. If I get stuck, who do I see?
  5. What hours do you want me to work?
  6. Will I have time off? (weekly / holiday / if family / friends visited)
  7. Where will I be working?
  8. What equipment will I need to use? Is it provided?

Accommodation

  1. Where?
  2. On my own / with a family / other?
  3. Type of accommodation (running water, electricity, windows, mosquito nets..)
  4. Do I need to bring bedding, towels etc? Or can I buy it there? Is it provided?
  5. Do I need a mosquito net? Or mosquito coils or plug in device?
  6. How secure is it?

Food

  1. Cook for myself?
  2. What type of food is available and where? Market?
  3. Will I be given money for food?
  4. Any foods to avoid e.g. if uncooked?
  5. Can I drink the water?

Clothing etc.

  1. Can I wear trousers?
  2. What length do skirts / dresses need to be? (knee, ankle, other)
  3. Do I need to cover my shoulders? Sleeves a certain length?
  4. Do you wear Western or African clothing?
  5. Can I buy / get clothes made locally? Cost?
  6. What types of shoes are appropriate?
  7. Will I ever need jumper / fleece / rain coat / coat?

Climate

  1. Temperature
  2. When is it dry / humid / wet?

Local Culture and Religion

  1. What language/s? Can I learn some?
  2. What religion/s?
  3. Any do’s and don’ts to be culturally sensitive / appropriate?
  4. I have my nose pierced. Is that ok?

Church and Pastoral Support

  1. Where are the local church/es?
  2. What language is spoken at the Church (especially for teaching)?
  3. How is the King’s Village linked to local churches?
  4. What spiritual support / input will there be locally?

Communication

  1. Will I have access to post / telephone / email? Where? How often?
  2. How reliable are these services?
  3. Approximate costs?

Transport

  1. How do I get from the airport to The King’s Village?
  2. Once in The King’s Village will I need to travel elsewhere for work / shops / communication / accommodation? How?
  3. Cost of transport (if I need to use any)?

Health

  1. Do you take anti-malarial tablets?
  2. Is meningitis ACWY vaccine necessary?
  3. Any medicines etc that I should bring with me?
  4. What is the availability of medication for pain relief, sore throat etc?

Money

  1. Should I bring traveller’s cheques? Which currency and denomination?
  2. Exchange rate to pound approximately?
  3. How and where can I withdraw money from my bank account?
  4. Do I need to set up a bank account in Ghana?
  5. How will I receive support (food and accommodation) from The Christian Centre?

Security

  1. Are house / room lockable?
  2. Where can I keep passport, money etc safely?
  3. How safe is it for me as a single white woman?
  4. Can I take a digital camera? Possibly laptop?

Insurance etc.

  1. Do you recommend a company for travel and health insurance?
  2. Do I need to be covered for specific activities such as riding a motorbike?

Support from The Christian Centre

  1. You will provide accommodation, food and cost of visa?
  2. Have you confirmed with Key Travel that I am working for you?
  3. Will I receive mentoring and discipleship like other interns? (either in Ghana or long distance)
  4. What spiritual support will you provide?
  5. Will you pray for me in Church before I go? When?
  6. Can I receive sermon tapes / cds? How often?
  7. If I have any problems, who do I contact?
  8. What support will I receive in deciding what I do after this year?
  9. What do you want to receive from me? Newsletters?

 

Friends and Family Supporting Me

  1. Do you have leaflets / info packs / presentation I can share with friends and family who want to know more about what I will be doing / want to support me or the project? Also for school’s and churches.
  2. Can I have visitors? E.g. my mum wants to visit me, and possibly other family or friends.