Since our first trip to Rusinga Island in 2012, Project Humanity has worked with local doctors and nurses facilitate an annual medical clinic. While the size or scope of the clinic may vary from year-to-year, the intent is the same: recruit medical professional willing to volunteer a week of their time to help others in Africa. Since that first clinic, our prenatal care program, the Purple Slip Campaign, was born, and has resulted in hundreds of women to get check-ups and deliver their baby in a clinic. In 2015, a dental team made the journey and kids from all over Rusinga Island benefited.
As part of this trip, medical professionals and other volunteers will visit clinics in Mbita, on Rusinga and Mfangao Islands, and will follow in the footsteps of previous healthcare professionals in promoting the value of prenatal care, HIV/AIDS prevention, Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) training, and dental hygiene. The full scope of the 2018 clinic will take shape as volunteers join, just as it’s always been this will be a “hands-on” week of volunteer work done in cooperation and with the local Kenyan Ministry of Health and working with hospital/clinic staff.
Our professional volunteer teams for this trip are usually a mix of medical students and healthcare professionals who have a desire to explore new places and who want to help others in the process. Please remember that schedules, locations, and assignments can change with little notice.
Sept 22: Depart from New York (JFK), Washington D.C. (IAD), Miami (MIA), or Orlando (MCO) for afternoon transatlantic departures to Nairobi (International gateway airport will be determined at least 45 days prior to departure)
Sept 23: After traveling all day, you finally arrive into Nairobi. A tasty meal, warm shower and comfortable bed await you – a full night’s rest!
Sept 24: We’ll depart Nairobi early in the morning for our transit to Lake Victoria. During the private bus drive we’ll stop at the Rift Valley overlook where you’ll get a good perspective just how big the rift really is (it extends for nearly 3,000 miles). We’ll then drive through the hill and tea growing region of Kenya and by late afternoon we’ll arrive on Rusinga Island.
Sept 25 – 27: Full-fledged medical clinic arrives onto Mfangano. This far-flung island is a mile from Uganda and is rugged with only dirt roads that ring the heavily forested and mountain center. Each day qualified volunteers will work alongside Kenyan medical professionals at Sena Hospital where we anticipate seeing 100-125 patients per day.
Sept 28: Wrap up medical clinic and visit local special needs school on Rusinga Island. Afternoon off at Rusinga Island Lodge, followed by a special dinner celebrating our work together.
Sept 29: Early morning departure to the Maasai Mara. The scenic, breathtaking views (and bumpy roads) remind us that wildlife still abound in this region of Kenya. We’ll arrive at the camp for an evening of wonderful food and storytelling around the campfire.
Sept 30: All day game drive to the border of Tanzania. Explore the vast land of the Serengeti Plains and the wildlife that roam it. Return to our camp for an evening around the campfire of stories and sharing photos of our day.
Oct 1: Wake up early to capture the beauty of the park. The animals hunt during the early morning hours – and watching the sun come up is breathtaking. After breakfast we’ll depart for our transit back to Nairobi. Flights back to the U.S. leave in the evening; most people will likely have a connection back to the U.S.
Oct 2: After arriving in US, go through customs and connecting flights where our team will go our separate ways.
Fees and Travel Details:
Donation Fees: $4,395
International airfare from gateway city (departure city to be determined 45 days prior), all in-country transportation, most meals at service site (except meals in-transit to and from service site), housing, project costs, some supplies needed while on the field, and insurance.
A small percentage of the fees also assist to cover overhead and to maintain our operations both in Africa and in the U.S.
Fees do not include:
U.S. domestic airfare to gateway city (to be announced 45 days prior to departure), Kenya VISA fee, tips for guides/drivers ($2/day) and house keeping ($1), in-transit meals to/from Rusinga, and some group supplies. Also, PH will provide you two shirts that will can be laundered at the hotel at your expense.
All donations made to Project Humanity are tax deductible and non-refundable.
Initial deposit donation of $350 at registration.
First donation payment of $2,022 due on or before July 1, 2018.
Second and final donation payment of $2,023 due on or before August 31, 2018.
Who Should Volunteer:
This is an excellent trip for medical students, healthcare professionals, nurses, dentists or dental hygienist. Whether you’re new to international volunteerism or a travel veteran, we have a place for you on our team!
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