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In today’s volunteer in Africa blog | The packing list

Friday, May 9th, 2014 @ 2:09 AM

Volunteering in Africa is a thrilling experience and if you are to ask anyone who has volunteered in Africa before, the former volunteer will be quick to tell you they will not hesitate to pick up another volunteer work in Africa. There are many issues that may attempt to affect the beauty of your volunteer in Africa experience.  And today I am taking the opportunity to discuss one of them with you. That is what to pack for your trip to Africa.

I am taking the time to discuss what to pack for your volunteer in Africa trip because it can make a lot of difference, bringing you some comfort, trying to bridge the gap between your current world and the comfort you are used to, and this can make your volunteering in Africa experience more exciting with any volunteer work in Africa you may choose.  This can help you to fit well into the culture, the climate and the thrill of your new community.

First let me talk about water for showering when volunteering in Africa with our charity doing any of our volunteer work in Africa. In some host homes, depending on the volunteer work in Africa location, you will always have frequent water flowing through the taps. But even in these homes, you do not get hot water flowing through the taps. To use hot water for a bath, you must heat some water in a bucket and mix it with the regular cold water and scoop it over yourself. The water in Africa is usually room temperature cold. Most likely you will not always or even ever have water flowing through the shower; you will always have good water to bath. Sometimes the pressure is low, it cannot flow through the shower, sometimes, there is no connection, and you need to fetch it from a single pipe location made available for the whole family and in some locations, for the whole communityJ. It sounds troubling but it turns into an excitement doing all that.  And awakens you to a lot of privileges you have that you might have taken for granted.

Good to mention that most likely, regardless of your color, you will have a much more attractive complexion to cause people to admire and likely stair a bit, so having your shorts at knee level if you decide to walk around might save you from more eyes.  But do not forget that it is usually hot, never too cold but could get cold you might need your sweater. Pack with the idea of spring and summer in mind. Do not forget your sunglasses, and because you will do laundry with the hand, pack cloths that are not difficult to wash, a few white cloths because it is generally very dusty and the dirt roads are red dirt so not too kind to white cloths. Snickers will save you from stomping into a rock and cutting your toe and make walking down rough roads less tedious. Flip flop will save you during very hot days.  And please pack your own towels, sponges and include a mosquito net.

The windows on the homes are not sound proof; most of them are louvre blades.  In most homes, the window openings are protected with strong metals called burglar proof metals. There is no enforcement on noise making, and the neighbor next door can decide to blast his music at ‘night-club’ levels if he cannot sleep or if he wakes up early like 4am. The house on the street may be holding a vigil for a departed one and the vigil is full of drumming, music, etc. So come prepared with something to cover your ears on the days that things turn this way. And hey, it can be the goats streaming down the street who will bleat to wake you up or the hen crowing. Once again this may sound worrying but it will soon become kind of fun, however if you have some ear covers, a good way to go.

Ok so today for your volunteering in Africa experience, this is what I will share with you, I will in the course of time share more of the what to pack tips with you, remember all that information is found in our booklet sent out to a volunteer after you reserve your spot to volunteer in Africa with our charity. I encourage you to send in your questions today, look through our volunteer work in Africa opportunities and send in an application today, join us make a difference whilst building great memories volunteering in Africa.

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Medical group work

Summary of Medical Volunteer in Africa mission trip work

Medical volunteers in Africa help us provide healthcare to people in poor places with no health center. Volunteering in Africa medical mission trip help care for babies who were born at home and have never been seen by a healthcare professional. Medical volunteer work in Africa offer hands on experience for medical students, student nurses, and other medical education programs like pre-med, as well.
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Summary of Medical Volunteer in Africa mission trip work

student nurse volunteer work in Africa for hands on practical learning whiles assisting local nurses and doctors, nurse volunteer in African clinic or hospital in Africa to support the limited staff and help train nurse assistants to improve service. Pre-Med student volunteer in Africa to learn from local health professionals and healthcare delivery in Africa. Medical student volunteer in Africa for indepth practical hands on experience caring for patients and directly learning from doctors. Apply to volunteer in Africa with us today, help us make a difference volunteering in Africa
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Summary of Community, Children, Orphanage Volunteer in Africa work

volunteer in Africa on this project to offer after school help to children, particularly orphans. Volunteering in Africa will enable you help us run our Africa literacy project. Volunteers in Africa encourage and motivate other families to foster orphans. If you volunteered in Africa with us, then you helped us introduce children to educational games like chess and writing competitions.
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Summary of Community, Children, Orphanage Volunteer in Africa mission trip

Volunteer in Africa to help us build classroom tables and chairs. Volunteering with us in Africa will enable us get your help in running the Literacy project. Volunteers in Africa help us educate community mothers, girls and school children on subjects relating to their welfare and development like nutrition, sexual assault, dental hygiene, wound care, Water safety etc. The volunteer work in Africa includes engaging children in games and dancing for recreation.
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SAFARI AND PLACES OF INTEREST for Volunteers in Africa
Explore new things and places in Africa when you volunteer in Africa, and discover fascinating wildlife, cultures, people and places. That makes your trip to volunteer abroad one of a lifetime. We help a volunteer plan or the volunteers can join our organized safari and places of interest trips. We provide information on the historical sites for volunteers and things to do abroad in Africa. Staff escort the volunteer to places of interest and safari, our support team is there for the volunteers in Africa.
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Volunteers learning local language in Africa
Volunteers preparing to come to Africa can request a copy of audio file of popular local words and phrases in Africa. This help a volunteer interact well in Africa with the locals with some few local language phrases or words. A volunteer in Africa can express thanks and greet in the local language. A volunteer abroad in Africa can become a darling to many people if the volunteer can utter some few local syllabus to their dismay. So why don't a volunteer on way to Africa take the chance to learn something before arriving.
|| New Culture

Immersion of Volunteers into African Culture

If you volunteer abroad in Africa with us, expect to be immersed in the culture of the people. It is part of the program to volunteer in Africa. In Africa, volunteers will attend social events like traditional weddings, birthday parties, with the host family or as a team on a volunteer in Africa mission trip. We organize activities like drumming and dancing, language lessons for volunteers to further improve the volunteers work in Africa. We choose communities which are notably hospitable and rich in culture for our Africa volunteer work opportunities. Come volunteer in Africa with us and have cultural immersion as part of the program.
|| Pre-Trip

Pre departure documentation to prepare to volunteer in Africa

Inclusive in each volunteer abroad in Africa pre-departure pack are; Country overview, How to make the most of the volunteer in Africa placement, Required vaccinations for the volunteer to travel abroad, Packing list for the volunteers trip to Africa, Staying in touch with family and friends whilst volunteering in Africa, Food and drinks in Africa, transportation for volunteers in Africa, Climate, Safety measures, Money and Budgeting for volunteers' trip, Applying for visa to volunteer in Africa, Planning a Safari and places to visit while volunteering in Africa, useful websites and information resources in Africa for a volunteer. Commonly used local language phrases and their meanings and more.
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Accommodation for Volunteers in Africa

We provide two types of accommodation. An African host family for volunteers, and a hotel accommodation for group volunteering in Africa. If you volunteer in Africa with us, your host families are open to learn and share cultures and perspectives.
In some homes and hotels for volunteers coming to Africa, there are internet services. You will have your own room or share with another volunteer in Africa. a room for a volunteer in Africa is furnished. A room may rooms have television, fan, air-condition, own bath and/or toilet. All hotels for group volunteers have own bath, fan or aircondtion, shower and sometimes hot water.
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Meals for volunteers in Africa

A volunteer is served with breakfeast, lunch and dinner. However depending on the time and distance between your work place and home, a volunteer working in Africa might have to eat snack for lunch on most working days. Volunteer in Africa are offered both local and continental foods. Volunteer in Africa and have the best of organic foods, fruits and vegetables. Volunteering in Africa, you will have rice, corn, chicken, beans, beef, bread, eggs, tea, coffee, truly fresh and organic fruits regularly as part of your meals.
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Travel and Health Insurance for our volunteers in Africa

Insurance for volunteers during time volunteering in Africa is inclusive in fees paid. $50,000 medical maximum @ $100 deductible. In addition to the medical benefits, the plan also provides the following additional features: * $300,000 for Emergency Medical Evacuation! * $10,000 for Emergency Reunion! (brings your family to your bedside in the event of a medical emergency evacuation) * $5,000 Trip cancellation benefit * $250 Lost checked luggage benefit * $25,000.00 of Accidental Death * Terrorism Coverage (see brochure for details) and more. Freedom of mind to volunteer in Africa.
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Visa for volunteers to come to Africa
Almost all our volunteers are from places or with passports that require visas before you can travel to volunteer in Africa. We provide the relevant documents for the volunteer to apply for visa to come volunteer abroad in Africa with us. We are able to arrange for volunteers to pick visa upon arrival but it is a situation we rather avoid as much as possible. The volunteer should therefore apply for the visa and get their visa before traveling to Africa. Normal processing time is two to three weeks so plan ahead of time.
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Flight to volunteer in Africa

We help volunteers get the most affordable flight to travel to Africa to volunteer. We connect with some travel companies, get corporate discounts and use leverages to get good deals most times for volunteers. However a volunteer is independent in making his/her flight decisions to travel abroad to volunteer with us in Africa. Make your search, tell us the best deal you got, we will then run our search and inquiries and let you know the results so you can decide. And do not worry about the arrival time, we shall be at the airport to meet you and pick you up.
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Communicating with friends and family while volunteering in Africa
Each volunteer is giving a pay as you go mobile phone service, mobile phones are provided to volunteers in Africa. The phone must be returned in its good shape upon departure. If there is going to be more than one volunteer in a host house, we may choose to provide one mobile phone for the household volunteers or as much as our inventory can provide. Most of our accommodation places for volunteers in Africa have mobile phone coverage. A volunteer could go to Africa with own phone and we shall provide the volunteer the pay as you go sim Card. The phone must be a GSM enabled phone.
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Reference letters for volunteers after volunteering in Africa

We provide all who volunteer in Africa with us a citation detailing your work activities, social activities, cultural immersion, endurance, sacrifice, impact, experiences and uniqueness. If you are an American citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, the hours spent volunteering with us qualify for the President's Volunteer Service Awards program, and we will credit you with those hours. The award is a medal, personalized certificate and congratulatory letter from the President of United States. For those who are seeking academic credits, or volunteering as part of an elective program, we complete the neccesary documents as well. We also provide reference letters and testimonials for our volunteers anytime requested and needed to pursue employment, promotion or college application. There is no limit to time or number of requests you can make.
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Wny volunteer in Africa

Wondering why you should volunteer in Africa or find the best volunteer in Africa programs, Our volunteer in Africa opportunities offer free volunteering work in Africa best for you to make an impact and learn. Please click on link to explore more.
Honored Recognitions
"We could not do what we do without them!" - Americans Serving Abroad Projects Inc. A U.S. non-profit organization. Verify here
Year 2009 - National Geographic's 1 of "The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life" - Verify here.