Don’t Buy a Dog

If its the first thing you do as an expatriate then don’t buy a dog. It’s what I did and what I regret most. You see when I left California to live in Accra, Ghana in June 2019 I had to leave my two dogs behind because of a time constraint. I was inconsolable. I loved my dogs and even though I love the dog I bought when I got here he can not replace the dogs I left behind, he was ten weeks old when I got him just as a puppy his name is Sankofa. I didn’t have time to research his breed like I would normally do. I have since determined he must be a smooth collie like a sheep herding dog and he has a lot of energy.

Sankofa means to go back and get it

Do a lot of research before you move. Travel to the place you consider moving to and vacation there. If you have a few places in mind visit them all. Find out what the rules are to repatriate in that place. For Ghana the repatriation rules are online and I wanted to do it the right way. I was told by a TSA official at Kotoka International Airport, in Accra that if I wanted to stay I should visit Immigration which I did immediately after arrival in June. I learned that I would need to obtain a Residency permit for one year, which would renew in two year intervals after the first year. It cost one hundred twenty American dollars to get the non-citizen identification card and another five hundred and fifty dollars to obtain the residency stamp on your passport.

I chose Africa because it was a lifelong dream to come here and to actually live. You will want to research how you will make a living though. Although, I consider myself semi-retired I don’t know how long I will be able to continue on limited funds. There are several options you can consider. Online blogs, vlogs, and podcast are great ideas. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is too but you will want to get certified. Seeking a job in Ghana may be less favorable because of the monetary differences, but having a business is a great plan and there are many options agriculture, new construction, real estate, import and export to name a few.

If you should choose farming though, like I have but on a small scale, then a dog will be a great asset.

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6 thoughts on “Don’t Buy a Dog

  1. I am so glad to see you pursuing your dreams! Cassidy and I have often discussed leaving the US, and I will be following your experiences with keen interest. Congratulations Cousin, you’re doing it!!!

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