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Volunteer in Africa blog of the day – “My major concern is flying alone to Africa”

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 @ 6:10 PM

Ok so today as usual, a lot of questions to answer from prospective volunteers. As the summer draws near and many students are looking into an opportunity to travel for an adventure that gives them an opportunity to make a difference, many inquiries are being made with many questions. One person who wants to volunteer in Africa sent a message that read “My major concern is flying alone to Africa”. This is after this brave student who desires to volunteer in Africa with us has been assigned a placement where she shall be with another American at the post. Infact the buddy volunteer will be arriving ahead of her and shall be with her throughout her stay, so her only problem was the flight from JFK to ACC. These are some of the challenges you may face when you are thinking of making the bold step of volunteering in Africa with us. Some fears that have never gripped you before suddenly will arise, and with it, a lot of questions. That is why we encourage you to ask any question that may come to your mind without hesitation. This way we are able to contribute towards your decision making and prepare you well ahead of time to be able to make a difference with the volunteer opportunity we offer you. The true fact is that there shall be a lot of differences between what you are used to and what you shall be faced with. Finding yourself suddenly among masses of colored people can even be a challenge, not because you are a racist or have a phobia for the colored race, but because you are not used to it. Can you imagine almost all cars honking every minute? All the streets and the toll both locations making brisk market, buying an item you do not know the price but have to bargain. Waking up to the sound goats bleating behind your window, strangers greeting you as they pass by you, being known by all but you knowing very few? But beyond these and many other cultural differences are the great hospitality of the people, everyone willing to help you always, chatting with you, asking you about yourself, volunteering to accompany you to the corner shop, sharing a taxi with you, etc.  The beauty of Africa is seen much closely when you volunteer because you live in the community with the people and you see their daily lives, how it is like, they tend to feel comfortable with you quicker and open up their real daily lives to you, your experience surely shall not be measured by anything. You will always have Africa in mind and will want to return many times. If a volunteer wishes to work in a group program, join us this summer as a healthcare volunteer or medical volunteer in Africa, work with children or volunteer in an orphanage activities and experiences are superb, including cultural welcome ceremony and visit to so many places, with the opportunity to share this experience with someone who is new to it as well. And do not forget, you have the best friends in the staff here in our local office to welcome you at the airport with a smile, and stay in contact with you daily for the rest of your days, answering your questions and making sure your experience volunteering in Africa is surely one of the lifetime moments you will never forget. So today what I say is go ahead and send your questions through. Look up for volunteer programs in Africa from our webpages either for a group volunteering, joining a group to volunteer or individual volunteer opportunities. Yes you can volunteer abroad, you can volunteer in Africa, you can make a difference, and you can have all your questions answered so go now. 

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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.
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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.
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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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