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Posted March 22nd, 2013 - 4:40 am by from Madrid, Spain (Permalink)
hi africa group, i´ve been dreaming of going to africa all my life and finally it´s near. i´m thrilled to see you are motivated the same. i´m interested in exchanging and connecting with locals, using as little money as possible. i´d like to live with indigenous tribes learning the root of mother Africa and rhythm(song, dance, singing, ritual) traveling slowly all of Africa in a humane sharing non-political way. I´m open to volunteering and collaborating and dig sustainability projects. any recommendations would be great including how to get to Africa from the USA and where to begin or land first in Africa. I´m beginning my research and considering hitch hiking or working on a boat to reach the continent though not sure how-where to arrange it. i´m a vegetarian yoga teacher and dancer. any ideas-contacts, recommendations are greatly appreciated! balance and blessings

Posted March 22nd, 2013 - 6:11 am by from Kampala, Uganda (Permalink)
Hi Trina, you can come to Uganda in East Africa. You find interesting people and beautiful place to visit, mountains lakes and traditional culture of interest. Mbale is a town to think about- Budadiri Village you can VOLUNTEER in a school Masaba Secondary school Budadiri. For more information about these Places contact John Emami. You can find him on facebook or couch surfing.You can Email me direct Kigangar@yahoo.com

Posted March 22nd, 2013 - 7:03 am by from Madrid, Spain (Permalink)
Dear Robert, thank you for the info! I will look into it. Are there any volunteers of the school or CSers whom could share their experience with me? Kind Regards,

Posted March 22nd, 2013 - 8:15 am by from Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Permalink)
Hi there !
I plan to do the same in a few months so I can share what I've learn with u !

To go to Africa you can take a plane or more funny and adventurous, do some boat hitchiking, I've read that some boat start in USA to Morocco or Europe.

Otherwise there are countries more safe than other. I'll advise you Senegal, Benin, Togo, Ghana (except that you can't have a visa on the boundary of Ghana, that could be a problem), Gabon, and all the countries in the south.

if you have questions, I can try to answer !

Cath

Posted March 22nd, 2013 - 1:52 pm by from Madrid, Spain (Permalink)
awesome cath, i´ve been following your post also:) are you traveling by yourself also? do you know where the boats leave from in the USA? any idea about the visas for each country? planning on departing by september, look fwrd to keeping posted with you:) peace and blessings

Posted March 23rd, 2013 - 7:54 am by from Kampala, Uganda (Permalink)
Or yes Trina, i was trying to refer you to a peace corp Volunteer called John Emami. Find him on face book or Couchsurfing.He will give you more information about Uganda and other part of Africa

Posted March 23rd, 2013 - 6:34 pm by from Madrid, Spain (Permalink)
thanks! will check him out on fb:)

Posted March 23rd, 2013 - 6:36 pm by from Madrid, Spain (Permalink)
Hi Robert, in response to the message you sent me to contact the peace corp volunteer for more info.... I did try to find John Emami via facebook to no luck, there are several of which are not in Afrcia. Could you please specify which? Thank you.

Posted March 22nd, 2013 - 10:42 am by from Bamako, Mali (Permalink)
Hola!! Estuve el 2010 en Mali y fue una experiencia maravillosa, desde alli he desarrollado una campaña solidaria con la aldea de Songho...puedes dar una mirada al blog..
saludos
http://homnaienmali.blogspot.com/
Liz

Posted March 22nd, 2013 - 1:30 pm by from Madrid, Spain (Permalink)
fantastica! lo miré, mil gracias!

Posted March 22nd, 2013 - 1:48 pm by from Madrid, Spain (Permalink)
estoy leyendo tu blog, si me podías dar más información sobre el proyecto que recomiendas o hiciste te agradecería mucho. ¿me puedes comentar sobre las visas? ¿tiene que pagar, facíl/dificíl, etc.? mil gracias y paz

Posted March 23rd, 2013 - 3:32 am by from Bamako, Mali (Permalink)
Hola Mali no necesita visa previa, la puedes obtener en el aeropuerto y es bastante económica.El proyecto lo comenze en 2010, enivie desde Chile 30kg de cuadernos a Songho en el pais Dogon , el 2011 envie 90kg de cosas , ropa juguetes etc.En 2012 reunimos dinero y compramos una moto bomba para dar agua a la aldea, fue fantastico.Este año recolectaremos dinero para comprar vacas para la aldea.Envamos por western union a mi amigo Drissa Nyangaly a Bamako y el viaja al poblado ..asi es la cosa
saludos!!!

Posted March 22nd, 2013 - 7:38 pm by from Tamale, Ghana (Permalink)
Hi Trina,

How are you doing? i think you made a good decision to visit africa and assured you that you will never regret it if visit africa. I suggest you make Ghana as your gateway to africa since Ghana is a place for beginners like you. The people here are very friendly, hospital and calm. Please, you can visit my blog below to read more about where i live in Ghana.

http://www.radiantghanaguide.wordpress.com





Posted March 23rd, 2013 - 1:05 am by from Madrid, Spain (Permalink)
You seem like a smart boy! Thank you for the blog and responding. I would like to know more about volunteering, especially in the orphanage, please. Could you send me more information? Peace

Posted March 23rd, 2013 - 7:40 pm by from Tamale, Ghana (Permalink)
thanks for your nice compliment and also for your time to write back and visiting my blog, i appreciate that. I will send the information about the volunteering in an orphanage to you shortly. peace!

Posted March 23rd, 2013 - 2:28 am by from Madrid, Spain (Permalink)
thanks for the info..i sent you a question via the blog:)

Posted March 23rd, 2013 - 7:32 pm by from Tamale, Ghana (Permalink)
you are welcome! i will respond to your question via my blog

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Posted March 26th, 2013 - 8:40 pm by from Arusha, Tanzania (Permalink)
Hello Trina
First of i congratulate you for choose Africa continent,lets me welcome you Tanzania known as the land of Mount Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar Island and Serengeti NP, found in East Africa while your in Tanzania you will fill more secured than into your mother country with peace and smile people here, you can visit our natural wonders Ngorongoro, kilimanjaro, serengeti while also you gonna volunteer in different program such as orphanage program, volunteer program, women empowerment program, health program, education program and environmental conservation program its depend into you choose on this program. Tanzania called pot of peace due to our stable political with friends people, we have more than 120 tribes so you gonna enjoy and spend time with Masaai tribe and Hadzabe tribe by sing, dance, hunting, cooking with them.
contact us togethertours@yahoo.com

Posted May 1st, 2013 - 12:51 pm by from Palo Alto, United States (Permalink)
I have been traveling in Africa since October 2011. I cam over on a cargo container ship as a passenger (New Yor to Tangier, Morocco in Septembe 2011).

you can volunteer / work on a boat at www.findacrew.net. You can also woof (farm) www.wwoof.org - I did so in Uganda and Kenya. There are many opportunities to volunteer for NGO's. Speak with PeaceCorps volunteers.

Traveling in east africa is MUCH easier than west africa (which is where I am at the moment). If you hitchhike... don't do it alone. There are also websites in which you might hook up with a travel buddy. I had a travel buddy when I was in Ethiopia for three weeks.

Where you start in Africa depends on where you want to end up, how long you want to stay and which countries you want to visit. In reality, being (if you are) a white female solo travel is hard work. You don't just fit in. You need to do your research and be prepared for living in Africa. Know which countries are politically stable and available for visitation... this is crucial to keep on top of this. For example, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, DRC are a few of the ones that are not welcoming at this time. But truly, nothing will prepare you except being here. Africa is unique.

Understand more completely the cultures and religions (Muslim being
dominant in a lot of these countries as well as born again Christian) of
the countries you want to visit. The roles of men and women are very
very seperate. Women are not treated equally. Many "indiginous tribes" won't welcome you and some are down right dangeous to visit without armed guards (ie the Afar region in Ethiopia)

What you want to do is noble and good...but land your feet on the ground. If you have questions or I can be of help, let me know. Also, being a vegetarian is easy in Africa but the diet is very high in carbs and low in nutrition.

Posted May 17th, 2013 - 10:43 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
For all people in need or travelers, I created a group for help and donation. There you find NGO´s and Wishlist, contacts and meetings. But for this, we need more members. Please spread this group and become a member! :o) I´m looking foreward to see the group grow up ^_^

https://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=62939