RIGHT! So, I’ve done all my vaccinations for my Kenya stay, I’ve got my ‘What to Pack list’ from i-to-i, and I’ve gotten an advisory list from the vaccination doctor, for what to bring as your own little medical/first aid kit. I’m so excited! There’s still a few bobs left to do, but now at least I’m done with my vaccinations which included;

Certificate of Vaccination, Kenya, Mombasa, Africa And Yellow fever, which is the only one that you really have to carry with you, that yellow card, but I thought I’d bring the vaccination certificate for the others too, just in case. Vaccination certificate, Yellow Fever, Yellow card, Kenya, Mombasa, AfricaWill be really helpful to doctors if I get sick, to see what shot’s Ive taken. I only actually took four shots, and did the rest orally, and I am starting the Malaria tablets on Sunday. I’m trying out the option of taking one tablet a week, instead of once a day, because I struggle to remember it. THe doctor said that they don’t like subscribing it because some people react badly to it, getting nightmares, halluciations etc. So.. I’m gonna test it out before I go, and I’ll keep you updated!

As for my packing list I was told to bring;

General

  • Light weight shoes and/or trainers
  • Sandals and or/flip flops
  • Sun hat and sunglasses (with UV protection)
  •  Personal drink bottle
  • Towel
  • Torch (for use during power cuts)
  • Camera/ binoculars for safari
  •  Wet wipes or waterless soap
  • Padlock (to secure belongings when travelling)
  • Insect repellent
  • First Aid Kit including: Paracetamol, antiseptic wipes, plasters, water purifying tablets, sunscreen (high factor), malaria prophylactics
  • Day rucksack/backpack
  • Sleeping bag liner or sleeping bag (if you intend to visit Mount Kenya or do a safari trip)
  • Personal hygiene pack e.g.; toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper etc.

Teaching

  • No revealing or provocative clothes (short sleeve t-shirts and 3/4 length trousers/skirts are fine to wear)

Community Development

  • Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty as some activities will be hands-on
  • No revealing or provocative clothes (short sleeve t-shirts and 3/4 length trousers/skirts are fine to wear)

So I’m going to pack a lot of ugly clothes basically, I’ve already got my sun hatSun hat, Greece, Kenya, Africa, Mombasa, aproperiate clothingI’ve bought three pairs of corduroys, two brown pairs and one green, which I might consider cutting into  3/4 length shorts when I get there. I’m bringing some nice clothes and short shorts too, for days off and beach time. A-Mombasa-Beach-Kenya, Africa, Apparently the beaches in Kenya are amazing, I’ve seen some incredible photos, so it’ll be a comfort as I was supposed to be in Hawaii right now, and I won’t graze the beautiful sandy dunes of Hawaii until may or later. So I’m going to try and go to the beach on my weekends off.

I’m so excited for the project! It’s something I’ve been looking at for 7 YEARS! I’m finally going to Kenya, I’m going to go on a safari, and I *hope hope* I’ll get to see a lion! And… I’ll finally get the opportunity to volunteer for the community projects, and be a part of those childrens life.

Kenya_Nairobi_Streets_AfricaNOW, I just need to get my hands on the Tourist VISA. i-to-i says that I can get the visa when I arrive in Kenya, and I keep reading that everywhere. But after that horrible traumatizing experience in Seattle, I want to make SURE that things are okay and to know that I did everything I could. I’ll keep posting about this process, I’m curious to see how this is going to end!

Wish me luck.

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