Only a few days remain before we leave for Ghana. There are always so many things to do to get ready for a trip like this:
1) "Share" the Google docs emergency contact and medical evacuation list and bring hard copies in case we can't access the internet;
2) Create the coursepack and syllabus; 3) Meet with the students to answer questions and prepare them for the clinical work and cultural challenges;4) Make sure we have all the legal documents in place, e. g., signed releases for everyone, passports, and Ghanaian visas; 5) Buy video equipment and laptop; 6) Pack copies of the releases to be signed by those in the documentary film; 7) Purchase educational materials and resources for Ghana; 8) Communicate and collaborate with our Ghanaian colleagues so everything is ready; 9) Tend to medical/health needs: malaria pills, yellow fever vaccines, well-equipped first aid kit; 10) Share the itinerary; 11) Confirm everything; 12) Etc., etc., etc.
Thanks to the Wyncote Foundation we purchased lots of educational resources and books. We will distribute most of these materials to the 54 "Unit School" teachers at their professional development retreat on January 7th. In the photo everyone is getting their share of these materials to pack.