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Tamale – here we come!

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Mar & Mark - ready to head to Ghana!

Mar & Mark - ready to head to Ghana!

West Africa.   More specifically, Ghana.   In fact – Tamale – in the Central part of Northern Ghana.  That’s where we’re going!   Our amazing journey as volunteers with VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) is about to begin!   It is hard to imagine that very shortly we will be leaving the comforts of Perth, Western Australia, hopping on the silver budget – and jetting off to deepest, darkest Africa for the next 2-3 years!  But alas – that is exactly what is about to take place!   There are a multitude of things that still need to be done, packed, decided upon, or deleted.  But we’re getting there.  At least as importantly is the myriad of emotions that we are both experiencing.  We are both adjusting to coming to the end of our “working careers” (at least, *paid* careers – that is – more than the $10 / day we will be allotted in Ghana!).   Not to mention saying good-bye to friends and family for the next little while.   So it is big!   But it is also an adventure – and we are sharing it together, which is the best thing of all.  This is the start of a new part of our life together, and it is exciting!   So we hope that you’ll keep up to date with our experiences through this blog site.   Sign on, and feel free to comment on any of our posted blogs.  We are new to this, so we are still coming to grips with how it works!  But hopefully we’ll figure it out as we go!  Much like our new voluntary roles that await us in Tamale!

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Written by Mar(k)

September 15, 2009 at 10:12 am

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  1. Best of Luck

    Tim Solis

    September 16, 2009 at 1:33 pm

  2. nice job on the blog Mar! if you need any help with wordpress i can offer some assistance, having customised a few sites recently.

    I completely miscalculated your leaving date so I’m really disappointed we won’t be able to catch up for 1 last glorious Ristretto… my sincere apologies.

    Wishing you and Mark all the best, looking forward to seeing you both continue to do great things!!

    Paul

    grover

    September 16, 2009 at 1:43 pm

  3. I think this is a fabulous opportunity to go an do something that really matters to someone else. I really look forward to vicariously share in this journey.

    Love

    Mike

    Mike Swendsen

    September 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm

  4. Good Luck Mar!! Look forward to hearing about all your experiences. I didn’t know you were going with Mark! Going to miss you both around here. Keep safe.

    Love
    Dale

    Dale Lovegrove

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 pm

  5. What an adventure! And being paid ten bucks a day for the privilege! Bargain! We will all be thinking of you both, so you can be warm, basking in the vibes we all send your way. This is an instance where you are almost certainly being better than in a previous life. Keep well, and think of us slaving over a hot workstation in the cold of winter occasionally.

    Love Wal

    Wal

    September 16, 2009 at 11:43 pm

  6. Hi Mar what a pleasant surprise to get this email. I am really envious. Will happily keep track of you both. I am sure you will absolutely love it. Diana is surprised that I had contact with you, which i have explained the connection. We will keep in touch.

    Rod Wahl

    September 16, 2009 at 11:45 pm

  7. All the very, very best to you both on this extraordinary adventure! Ma, Ive got your namesake (little Ma-cus!) with atlas open, and we will be following your progress!

    Safe journey,

    Ron

    Ron

    September 17, 2009 at 1:04 am

  8. Hi Mar
    $10 a day wow that is a lot of money – when I worked in Mozambique as a voluntary aid worker (mind you it was about 8 years ago) we were paid $20 Aus per week. Amazingly we managed. You’ll have the greatest experience as well as a humbling one.
    Be safe & looking forward to your updates.
    Kim @ Central Park

    Kim Brockhurst

    September 17, 2009 at 2:18 am

  9. Some pontificate about what should be done (I am good at that as you know!), others moan, some donate – what you are doing is the real thing. Good luck and I am looking forward to hearing about the real world that most of us avoid confronting.

    Ian

    Ian Singleton

    September 17, 2009 at 4:16 am

  10. Hi Mark..Congratulations on the end of what has been a great career. You were my first boss ever and I was proud to work for you. I hope that you enjoy West Africa. It is a part of the world I have come to know pretty well over the years. Don’t believe everything you hear about it as my experience has been really good in that part of the world. I even thought Nigeria was a great place to work. I am sure you will enjoy it also. What are you going to do there?

    Tony Edwards

    September 17, 2009 at 5:50 am

  11. Bonne chance Mar and Mark. It’s wonderful what you are doing.

    Have you an idea what you will be asked to do there?

    Alain

    September 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    • hi Alain! we will be working for an NGO there called RUMNET – the Rural Media Network. Both of us will be volunteering there – I think the roles are still being developed – this is the first time RUMNET has had volunteers! so it will likely evolve as we get there… but as I understand it, we will be working on policy development, advocacy, fundraising, organisational strategy / development and general promotion of the development aid objectives of RUMNET and VSO! cheers – Mar.

      Mar Knox

      September 17, 2009 at 9:41 pm

  12. Good luck Mar & Mark, gutsy effort, I’m sure you’ll love the people you meet & the places you visit.

    Greg & Lara ONeill

    September 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm

  13. Whew! this is really happening??? Good for both of you. You will so many experiences that will be compensation above and beyond that daily allowance you are to receive. Looking forward to hearing all about it as your journey begins.

    Happy Trails!
    Shell

    Shelley Diederichs

    September 18, 2009 at 2:36 am

  14. Hi Mar and Mark,

    How is it going in Tamale? I was thinking of you guys on Saturday and your grand adventure. Hope everything is going well.

    Karena

    Karena

    September 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm

  15. Congratulations on reaching your destination our loss will certainly be there gain i am sure your commitment and devotion will be an inspirations to others and extremely rewarding take care look forward to all your news bulletins love chris and jan

    Chris & Jan

    September 24, 2009 at 10:46 am

  16. We’re following your movements with great interest. Have made two unsuccessful attempts to email you at your usual email address, since arriving home from Canada last Sunday. So, we’re wondering if that address is no longer in use?

    Hope everything is going well with you.

    Love – B&B

    Brian & Barbara Burns

    October 4, 2009 at 4:44 am


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