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Survey Trip Basics (4 of 4) Questions (by Mark Tolson)

The following are a list of questions that you should be asking during your time in country. By the end of the trip you should be able to explain from your notes a summary of the cities you visited, different types of transportation, the cost of buying a vehicle, the living expenses, renting cost, how to rent a place (contract, down payment), basic utilities, setup cost, what kind of foods are available or unavailable, what kind of clothing stores to they have, schooling for your children, where will you go to language school, how to get a visa, a general consensus on medical treatment, etc. This list is adapted from Austin Gardner’s “Frequently Asked Questions for those Preparing to go to Peru as Missionaries“:

Moving

  • What things should I take with me to “Country”?
  • What do I wait to buy in “Country”?
  • What are the pros and cons of taking a container of my personal items to “Country”?
  • What is shipping my goods to “Country” going to cost?
  • Should I take a vehicle from the states or purchase one in “Country”?
  • What kind of vehicle will we be able to buy in “Country”?
  • What is the cost and availability of parts?
  • How do we send our books (personal library) to “Country”?
  • How much are appliances (Refrigerator, Washing Machine, Dryers, etc.)?

Housing

  • What kind of house can I expect to live in?
  • What will it cost me to set up my house in “Country”?
  • What will it cost to live in a house vs. apartment?
  • What kind of electric current will we have?
  • How do I rent a place to live? What is the process?
  • What kind of contract do I have to sign?
  • What is the cost of hotel or where to stay until you find a house etc.?

Visa

  • Do I need a visa to stay in the country long-term?
  • What kind of visa can I get? What kind of paperwork is involved?
  • How much does a visa cost and how often does it need to be renewed?

Language

  • How long does it take to learn the language?
  • What is the best way to learn the language?
  • What language schools are available and recommended?

Food

  • How do you buy your groceries?
  • What kind of grocery stores and markets do they have?
  • How do we prepare the food that we get at the market?
  • What kind of food will we be eating?
  • What kind of “Western” restaurants do they have?

Weather

  • What is the weather like?
  • How do I need to prepare for the weather?
  • What is the air quality and pollution like?

Family

  • How safe is it? Will my children be safe?
  • Can we have a pet for our children? Can we take our dog with us?
  • Who will my children play with?
  • What activities will my children be able to take part in?
  • Where will my small children be while I am in language school?
  • What school will my children go to?

Ministry

  • What is kind of churches are in “Country”?
  • Can we openly preach the gospel? If not, why?
  • How long before I can start my ministry?
  • What are things you have done that have been effective?

Communication

  • How will we be able to communicate with the States?
  • How will we get our mail?
  • What kind of services are available (internet, cell phones, radios, etc.)?

Medical

  • How are the medical facilities and medical care?
  • What if I have to take medicine on a regular basis (i.e. insulin, etc.)?
  • Will we get sick? What is a common sickness in “Country”?
  • What are the pros and cons of having a baby in “Country”?

Miscellaneous

  • How will I get my money, banking, etc.?
  • What preparations can we make before leaving for the field?
  • Do I need a will? Why?
  • How do you do laundry and dry-cleaning in the country?
  • Can we drink the water? Do they have water purification?
  • What kind of clothing can I buy in “Country”? Do they have my size?

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