Open your hearts and minds to an opportunity and an experience you will never forget. The exposure to underdeveloped countries and local people will help you understand the issues surrounding world poverty and its causes. It is with hope, some day, we will have a solution. We cannot change the world but we can make a difference in the life of an individual through education and contact.
Please visit the Tropical Medical Bureau or their Website www.tmb.ie to determine the Vaccination requirements for your Project Location. (note: use Internet Explorer as Firefox does not seem to display the Map). Your Project Leader will assist you with questions and issues will be discussed at Project Meetings. On the www.tmb.ie website, select ‘Travel Health News’, for Ethiopia / Kenya, select ‘Central Africa’ select ‘Ethiopia’ and select ‘Submit’. The Vaccination requirements will be displayed as click here:
It is important you receive the correct vaccinations in the correct timeline, prior to departure. In some cases your local GP will assist you and may provide free inoculations if you explain the purpose of the vaccinations.
Food Borne Disease
Water Borne Disease
Please wear appropriate clothing and always wear sun protection. Some areas are located on th equator. Skin can burn of overcast days also.
Avoid swimming at all times
Risk of Rabies
Treat any scratch or bite seriously and seek competent medical assistance immediately
Care must be taken to avoid Mosquito bites. Please take all required medication as prescribed. Anti Malaria medication normally required a daily intake of tablets.
Some countries require an international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever and can request this on entry. In some cases, entry can be refused without the certificate. (Keep with your passport).
Post Project / Travel Illness
Many diseases have long incubation periods. If you develop any symptoms within a year of returning make certain to attend for specialist medical consultation and inform your Doctor of your exact itinerary
Pre Project Illness
It is imperative we know about any medical condition you may suffer. The Groups will be in isolated locations and we need to make sure all our Volunteers are physicially and mentally able. If you have any condition, we need to know. If you require medication, we need to know. This may not exclude you from the Projects but it will allow us cater for your condition if something arises on the ground. We will also be able to arrange additional medication in case of emergency or loss of medication.
Hats / T-shirts / Trousers / Shorts / Runners /
Musical Instrument / DVD's / CD's (few)
Digital Radio (BBC Africa is class, €20 - €30 in Power City)
Small Personal Medical Kit (Keep your anti-malaria tablets here)
more to follow..........................
Accommodation is basic. Very basic. No matter what location you are selected for. Please be open to roughing it a little. Shared rooms, basic toilet facilities, cold showers, dark and cold evenings, hot days and early, very early rises. I Love IT ;-). Its a fantastic experience. Each project can last up to 40 days. Thats going to be over 30 days and nights with the same people, every day, in a small compound. Its brilliant.The same jokes, the same food and the same stories told over and over. So this is what I call the 'Big Brother Syndrome'. Just be aware of it and let it roll. Bring along a few good books and find some time for you. We work hard and Volunteers are exposed to the difficulties and surroundings of extreme poverty in some terrible conditions. You need time to yourself and always confide in your Project Leader or a fellow Volunteer if things get tough. Then pick yourself up and get at it again...
Each Group will require two flights before reaching their destination Country. There may be an overnight in Addis or Nairobi and then it will be on to your Project compound. Nomally the distance from Airport to Project location is travelled by Jeep or Bus. This journey can take between 10 and 16 hours and may require a further overnight, halfway. So, make sure to pack some clothes in a shoulder bag. Most areas are also desert or desert is travelled through. Bring large plastic bags to put your baggage into and keep it sand and dirt free for travelling 'in country'.
Planes, trains and automobiles. So wear comfortable clothing and footware. All travel in your Project Location will start in the early hours 4-6am. This must be done to avoid the heat of midday and to allow for set-up time at the destination.
At airports, do not allow anyone carry your baggage. Do it yourself or get help from another Volunteer. Our people on the ground will greet us in Arrivals. Put some toilet roll in your shoulder bag....
Take pictures of local people without their agreement
Give money to anyone. No coins, no hand-outs. We cannot create an athmosphere of demand every time volunteers are seen and remember, others will follow after we have gone
Make promises or arrange meetings that cannot be fulfilled. Again, others must follow
Get involved in Politics or Tribal issues
Leave the compound alone
Ever travel alone
Pack too much
Bring cameras. The locations, landscapes and people are stunning
Listen to your Project Leader. They have experience that can only come with time in underdeveloped countries. Sometimes they will be exposed to information that you may not be aware of
Respect local tradition, culture and tribal beliefs
Bring an open mind and heart
Visit local villages (but never alone)
Bring any musical instrument, radio and rechargeable batteries
Lock your Luggage during transport (wee padlock)