Date of Request: 04/25/2013
1. Project Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
2. Project Name and General Description of Project: Eye Exams & Glasses Distribution
3. Contact Person/Project Director: Mike McAfee email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone # : 615-257-1252
4. Specific Type of Work to Be Completed: Conduct eye exams during the day and distribute prescription eye glasses to residents of the Abobo neighborhood in northern Abidjan.
a. Work environment (geographic setting): Urban; low-income, under developed
b. People Group that volunteers will be working with: low-income urban dwellers of various people groups
5. Specific Dates if applicable (or TBD): TBD
a. Approx. length of stay including travel time from the U.S. (or other country): 10 days
6. Specific skills needed and/or recommended including possible educational requirements and/or credentials if needed: At least one qualified Optometrist. Knowledge of French is helpful but not necessary.
7. Can college students serve in this project? Yes
8. Team Size (minimum/maximum; gender preference, if any): 2 minimum/6 maximum w/ no gender preference
9. Health considerations/requirements: Need to be able to work in a hot, humid environment and potentially walk considerable distances
10. Ministry items to bring: used but undamaged prescription eyeglasses. Pre screened with the prescription written on the glasses. As many pairs as can be collected and brought out with the team needed..
11. Airport of Arrival: ABJ (Abidjan)
12. Local Transportation: Missionary vehicles and taxis
13. Probable lodging arrangements: Mission Baptiste Guest House
14. What, if any, additional items like sleeping bags, sheets, etc. needed: NA
EXPENSES – ON THE FIELD
15. Total Approximate cost $2500-$3000 per person including an estimated amount for international airfare. Mali visa is $150, estimated daily costs in country are about $70 per day. We estimate air travel to be $2000. (included but not limited to the following):
a. Transportation: from and to airport, worksite and lodging location
b. Onsite expenses – food, lodging, translators (if needed)
c. Airport taxes/exit fees (Often only payable in USD)
d. Ministry items to purchase on the field
16. Personal Items to bring: Detailed list to be sent by project leader
17. Cultural Considerations (including language): French is widely spoken. The Abobo neighborhood is heavily Muslim so women will need to wear full length skirts; however, head coverings are not necessary.
18. Other Special Consideration(s)
a. Specific immunizations: Yellow Fever
b. Visa needs/requirements: Visa required – Obtain from the Embassy of the Ivory Coast in the USA.
c. Specific security concerns (STS) :Abidjan is an open, level 1 city. However, Christians in Abobo do face persecution from Muslims.
d. Information for landing cards/entry forms: TBD
e. Climate: Hot and Humid
f. Clothing recommendation(s)/suggestions: Comfortable, modest, culturally appropriate clothing, sandals are acceptable but closed toed shoes may want to be considered, sun protection such as hats is highly recommended.
g. Cash, travelers checks, credit cards/ATM’s: VISA ATM (not Master Card)
h. Communication/email availability (or lack thereof): Internet is available at the guest house.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Sub-Sahara Africa Baptist Global Response/Kentucky Baptist Partnership Checklist
The Kentucky Baptist Convention has compiled a checklist resource to assist our volunteer teams preparing to serve in Sub Sahara Africa. It is important that teams follow the information provided in this document to ensure the best mission experience. Please click on the link to access the Checklist: