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					AFRICA PROJECT, INC.
Empowerment, Not Charity. AFRICA INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNTEER INFORMATION PACKAGE

GENERAL INFORMATION Africa Project, Inc. provides volunteer and internship opportunities for students, adults, and skilled professionals to travel to African countries and work with community–based organizations to help them achieve their goals. Africa Project, Inc., a North Carolina based not for Profit Corporation, enables Africans to become self-reliant by providing resources necessary for individual and collective development. We support initiatives that invest in education, generate sustainable income, bolster infrastructure, and celebrate culture and identity.

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WHY VOLUNTEER WITH AFRICA PROJECT, INC.? Benefits of our Internship and Volunteer program: • • • • • • • • • • • Designed for students and young professionals 18 years and older Affordable and flexible year round opportunities Ability to design a personalized program Suits individual needs and interests Provides a lifelong learning experience Choose from many countries and projects Earn college credits and research experience A good chance to put knowledge and skills to good use Become immersed in a new culture and experience Enjoy the natural beauties of Africa while working in rural communities Promote international friendship and goodwill

THE PROGRAM You will leave for Africa (whichever African country you choose) and will be met at the airport by one of our local representatives. You will spend the first few days of the first week learning the necessary skills, cultural norms, taboo behaviors, meeting with the organization you will be working with, and learning basic conversational native language that you will need in order to live and interact with the host community. Volunteer, internship and service-learning opportunities are available in the following areas: • Educational programs and institutions, such as schools, universities, etc. • Social enterprise programs • Health, hospitals, clinics, and medical groups, working with HIV/AIDS, malaria, etc. • Humanitarian organizations and Relief programs • Cultural organizations - Anthropology programs and institutions • Non-Governmental and Community based organizations • Sports programs and organizations • Tourism and antiquities • Children and women programs and organizations • Technology projects and innovations • Poverty Reduction groups • Energy and Environmental programs • Crisis Prevention and Recovery • Creative projects and much more.

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PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS Partner organizations are organizations that have officially partnered with Africa Project, Inc. You will be working with at least one of these formally recognized programs during your travels to Africa. Your work with a partner organization is arranged by Africa Project, Inc. and job descriptions are pre-approved to avoid any misunderstandings or unwanted expectations. These organizations do not charge volunteer fees but rather are interested in the skills and knowledge you can provide. ASSESSMENT AND BRIEFING Upon receipt of your application packet, Africa Project, Inc. will arrange a telephone interview and briefing for you with one of our interviewers. The interview is also used as an information session to see if the program is the best match for you and us. If you are offered a place within Africa Project, Inc. we will send you an acceptance letter and begin preparing you for your trip. TRAINING AND SUPPORT Once you have been accepted to the program, you will receive advice and support throughout your preparation process. You will receive specific information for the particular country to which you will be traveling that is based on years of volunteer planning and program experience. You will also receive information on what you need, including health requirements, vaccinations, visas, international health insurance, flights, language, etc. We can also put you in contact with a returned volunteer who can answer any questions you may have. Our staff has many years of experience supporting volunteers and is happy to answer any questions you might have. Training and support are done over the internet and telephone in order to keep our operating costs low. PROGRAM COSTS Our programs are the most affordable available. We are interested in your skills, talents, and commitment to service and community, not money. The total cost of your travel to Africa is $500. This total includes your $100 non-refundable application fee (due with your application) and your final payment of $400 (due one month - 30 days - before your departure date). A detailed breakdown of the fees follows: approximately 85% of this money goes towards your costs as a volunteer, such as language training, orientation, transportation to and from the airport within the country where you are interning or volunteering, payment to our Africa-based country coordinators, and help locating accommodation resources. The remaining, approximately 15%, of this money goes to program planning and management, including the cost of mailings, long
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distance and out-of-country telephone calls, developing all orientation manuals, and volunteer awards and certificates. Africa Project, Inc. accepts PayPal, Money Order and Personal Check in US dollars. Payments made with PayPal are subject to a 5% processing fee. Last minute applications received 30 days or less from your departure date require full payment of the $500 made through PayPal. If paying via PayPal, please email payment to info@africaproject.net This fee does not include costs for your flight, health insurance, visa, etc. so you will need to raise the money for these items on your own. While Africa Project, Inc. will be able to provide you with advice and support, you'll be expected to organize this yourself while working within the parameters provided by Africa Project, Inc. The amount that you will need to budget will depend on your departure city and if you plan to travel elsewhere in Africa. Generally, your program fees include: • • • • Pre-Departure Orientation, including detailed travel, safety, and cultural information. Pre-departure teleconference, meeting, or email chat with our alumni volunteers who have traveled and lived in the country or part of the world where you are going. Detailed fundraising advice. Ask us for more details regarding fundraising. Accommodation support. Africa Project, Inc. will help you find safe, clean, comfortable lodging that has been inspected by our local coordinators. If you choose to stay in a hotel, we will help you locate one, but note that hotels cost extra money and are available at your own cost. Hostel or host family living arrangements are available for selected programs and locations. * First night hotel accommodation available for selected programs and locations. * Airport meet-and-greet by our Africa Project, Inc. Country Coordinator and help making in-country transportation arrangements. Orientation/city briefing upon arrival by our Africa Project Country Coordinator. Guidance and support of a local project coordinator 24/7 in case of emergency. Placement in a quality project allowing you to maximize your time and efforts. Half day local language refresher course available for selected programs and locations. * Excellent customer service. Personalized Volunteer Service Award certificate of achievement. Letter of completion from Africa Project.

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COSTS AND EXPENSES NOT INCLUDED Airfare and travel expenses to and within Africa, hotel/hostel fees, passports, entry/customs requirements, all applicable visa fees, airport departure taxes, travel medical insurance, meals, tourism, sightseeing and free-time expenses, and items of personal nature (such as laundry, medicine, emails, and phone calls). We suggest each volunteer arranges to bring some small gifts 4 Africa Project, Inc. P.O.BOX 386, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Tel. (919) 439-0480 www.africaproject.net

(i.e., pens, crayons, notebooks, kid school supplies, shoes, clothes, tasty treats, etc.) for any children you may work with or for the host family you will be staying with (host families available only for selected programs and locations). Africa Project, Inc. strongly discourages making financial gifts to individuals. If you would like to make a financial contribution to an organization or a cause, we suggest that you make this gift through Africa Project, Inc. TRANSPORTATION TO AFRICA You are responsible for arranging your own flight and insurance with help from Africa Project, Inc. In country orientation training is done immediately or the next day upon your arrival, depending on time of arrival. Africa Project, Inc. suggests arriving on a Saturday so that you can have a day to rest and recover from jet lag. At the end of your service, please allow a minimum of 24 hours to get back to the city where the airport is located. We strongly recommend you give yourself time to travel around the country after completion of your project. Below is a list of national and international airlines operating in most African countries:
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British Airways www.british-airways.com SN Brussels www.brussels-airlines.com Kenya Airlines/KLM www.kenya-airways.com Egypt Air www.egyptair.com.eg Emirates Airlines www.emirates.com South African Airways www.flysaa.com Gulf Air www.gulfairco.com Ethiopian Airways www.ethiopianairlines.com Alliance Express

Africa Project, Inc. does not endorse any particular airline. However, some of our previous volunteers have recommended and/or used the airlines mentioned above. We suggest that you research all their prices and any related costs, reviews, etc., before you buy your ticket. Note: In recent years, many airlines have changed their rules on what you are allowed to carry on the plane. Africa Project, Inc. suggests you check these rules prior to packing and departure. You should make every effort to pack your carry-on in compliance with TSA and airline travel packing requirements so you do not have to leave these items at the airports. TOURING AN AFRICAN COUNTRY Most African countries are very large and diverse in culture, ethnicity, geography and environment, and natural beauties. Africa Project, Inc. recommends that you spare a few days on your schedule to explore the country once you have finished your internship or volunteer project. Many volunteers head off on a safari in the national parks in the country or neighboring country.
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You will want to bring a good camera, as the scenery and wildlife can be quite spectacular. You may want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elgon, or Ruwenzori, some of Africa's tallest mountains or you may want to relax on the beautiful beaches before heading home. Make sure you budget for this in advance as this is not covered by your volunteer fees and will need to come out of your own pocket. FEEDBACK ON YOUR EXPERIENCE Africa Project, Inc. asks all volunteers to give us feedback on our volunteer program so that we can continually make improvements. Many volunteers keep in touch with Africa Project, Inc. and get involved supporting new volunteers. You will have the experience of a lifetime, learning about yourself and the life and culture of a developing country. FUNDRAISING FOR YOUR TRIP Fundraising is a fantastic way to help reduce your own travel expenses. Fortunately, many international organizations and private associations are more than willing to donate money for a good cause - like volunteering abroad, international teaching, health care projects or environmental programs. Many of the volunteers who work with our program are very successful fundraisers. Although it may seem a daunting task at first, you may be surprised at how easily you can obtain substantial funds to support your journey. Mostly, the volunteers choose to cater to their local community by writing letters to ask for support or even organizing community events - like concerts, art shows, game programs, and bake sales. Other volunteers have received donations from private enterprises, local companies, and international organizations, as these companies often love to lend a helping hand to volunteers. We can help you by writing a supportive letter so those who donate to support your travel know they are supporting a genuine cause. Fundraising is a perfect opportunity to inform others of what you are going to do, and it will allow for you to get the assistance that you may need - making your international volunteering dream a reality. If you need for us to help out, just let us know and Africa Project, Inc. will help you in your fundraising endeavors. We can also add you to our website, with your picture, the program you will be volunteering with, and the amount of money that you need for your trip, so that people can just donate online. Every little bit helps, and fundraising, may enable you to embark on this wonderful journey. Every volunteer should consider the hopeful possibilities of fundraising.

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TIPS AND WARNINGS FOR AFRICAN TRAVELERS
I. Preparing for your Trip: A. Travel Documents • Make sure your passport is up to date. Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months prior to leaving the US. • You will need to obtain a visa. Be aware that individual countries can change their requirements so make sure you abide by the current requirements. • Make copies of everything. Carry the original documents and one copy with you and keep one copy at home with a family member or friend. B. Medical and Health Tips • Get your vaccines before you leave. Talk to your doctor about which vaccinations are needed. Make sure to leave ample time to complete any vaccines that may require multiple sets of shots. • Pack enough medication and prescription medication. Carry your medications in the original bottles. • Bring a photocopy of your prescriptions and travel with your medical history. Prepare a list of all your medications, including the name, dosage, prescribing doctor, and phone number. • If you have special health problems, ask your doctor to prepare your medical history. It should include your name and address, insurance company data, emergency contact, blood type, medical history, current medications (and dosages), drug allergies, and a list of immunizations. • Research medical help abroad before you leave. Ask questions during your orientation about the country you are going to and what kind of medical facilities are available. C. Health Insurance • Check your medical coverage. Your regular insurance policy may have a travel clause covering you for personal injury, but also may have certain restrictions in cases of other medical emergencies. If so, it is highly advisable to add special travel insurance for medical expenses while traveling. D. Money • ATM cards may work overseas. To be safe, ask your bank to confirm that your network is available where you will be visiting, that your PIN number will be accepted abroad, and what, if any, charges will be applied for using a foreign ATM. • Exchange the bulk of your funds overseas. It is a good idea to have a small amount of cash on hand upon arrival in your host country. Once you arrive at the international airport, go to the exchange counters or ATM to exchange your funds. You will usually get the best exchange rate at a bank, rather than hotels or exchange shops.
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E. Packing • Scope out local weather before you pack. You will find temperatures conveniently listed on travel websites or online weather services. • Bring electrical converters and adapters. You will need these to plug in any electrical devices and to avoid burning out your small electrical appliances. • Bring photos or special gifts to share with locals. If you visit a school, you may want to offer pens, pencils, crayons, or other small gifts to the kids. Consider giving brightly colored toothbrushes, rather than candy. Other thoughtful trinkets might include postcards from your home town or small picture books. II. While on your Trip: A. Traveling by air • Confirm your airline reservations. When confirming or making any arrangements, get the name of the person with whom you’ve spoken and the confirmation number in case there is a mix-up with your reservation. • If an airline loses your luggage, contact your airline immediately regarding your lost luggage. Keep receipts for any items you may have to purchase while your bags are missing to make it easier to get compensation from the airline. Also, check your bags carefully for damaged or missing items before leaving the airport. • Be time conscious. Allow at least 4-6 hours in advance to travel to the airport even if the road to the airport is smooth and good. Traffic jams in Africa can be worse and you do not want to miss your flight because the next flight may not come for a day or even a week. B. Traveling by road: • If you are traveling by road, make sure you choose a reliable means of transportation that even natives trust. • Avoid traveling or walking at night because anything can happen and you do not want to be a victim. In many African countries, bicycles and motorcycles are the most common means of short distance trips. If you must use them, try to consult the Country Coordinator to arrange this for you. In most cases, they can find you a reliable and safe driver as your cab or bike rider. • Avoid traveling or hitching rides from people you do not know unless they have been recommended by your partner organization or Africa Project country coordinator. C. Personal Behavior: • Every culture and country has its good and bad. Use common sense and learn from the locals on how to behave. • Be aware of your surroundings! • Avoid risky behaviors that may pose personal safety and health risks. Remember, 8 Africa Project, Inc. P.O.BOX 386, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Tel. (919) 439-0480 www.africaproject.net

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good medical facilities in most of these countries may be difficult to find. Similarly, avoid being caught up in legal quagmire as the law in other countries may be too intricate for you to navigate and there may not someone who is able to save you. The best advice is not to do anything questionable that can put you a risk. People in Africa are generally very friendly and sometimes too friendly. Please, do not let the friendliness overtake your sense of personal safety and security. Keep a watchful eye on yourself and your possessions, especially when you are among people you do not know. Do not make disparaging remarks about food, lodging or customs. Remember that facial expressions as well as other body language speak louder than our words at times. There will be times when you are uncomfortable, hot, tired, and out of sorts. Remember that everyone else is experiencing the same conditions. If you are used to being pampered or are a notorious complainer, try having an attitude of praise and helpfulness to others instead. You are experiencing these conditions for a short time, but your national friends are there for a lifetime! Listen More Than You Speak! Be a learner and a teacher. Be careful when taking pictures. Please ask before you take a picture of someone. You will be watched closely, since people are often very curious about why you are here. You may be called "Big" (fat). Do not get offended; this is considered a compliment in a country where most people do not get enough to eat. On the contrary, it’s very offensive to say to someone, “Oh you are really thin.” Try never to express anger toward the local people, even if they express it towards you. A good thing to do if someone gets mad at you or asks you for money is to laugh! If you start laughing, more likely they will start laughing, too. Some of the people you meet will enjoy seeing pictures of your family and hometown. Be sure to take a few snapshots and postcards to show them. (Be sensitive of your audience's feelings. Your relative affluence may offend some people.) Rise early and stay out into early evening: Most African countries still run on solar rhythms, so the day begins before dawn, fades in the afternoon, and has a second wind in the evening as things cool off. Make sure not to be by yourself after dark. Always be with someone you trust and knows the area and culture. Travel as lightly and as modestly as possible, without flashy expensive jewelry, gadgets and lots of luggage and bags. Carry only small bags that can be stored on your lap.

D. Cultural Stereotypes: Do not go along with the stereotypes that exist in the west about Africa. Some stereotypes in the West about people in the developing world include: o That they are lazy living in harmony with life o They are uneducated o They need your help o They are controlled by customs and culture 9 Africa Project, Inc. P.O.BOX 386, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Tel. (919) 439-0480 www.africaproject.net

When you arrive in the host country, you will be viewed and treated in a different way simply because you are American. Doesn't seem fair, does it? Remember, people from Africa travel the world too and sometimes they are looked at in the same way as foreigners in that country.

E. Telecommunication in a foreign country Check your cell phone’s capabilities in advance. Using American cell phones in Africa can be extremely expensive and to avoid a large bill waiting for you when you return home, you will want to look into charges that may be applied when traveling. Check with your phone provider to ensure that your phone has the capabilities and your plan supports these capabilities to work overseas. You may also purchase a prepaid cell phone at your destination if you desire. F. Security In today’s world, no country or town is 100% safe and secure, not even in America. With that in mind, Africa Project, Inc. advises volunteers to take prior precautions when traveling to any country and make the extra effort to research information that may be helpful to make informed security decisions. Volunteers should register with their home country’s embassy in the country they will be traveling to so the embassy is aware of your presence and can help you in any emergency. General security information will be provided to each volunteer. Detailed security information can be obtained from the U.S. Department of State website (http://www.state.gov/) or from the US embassy in each country. III. Returning Home: • Generally, each US citizen may bring in $800 worth of duty-free merchandise. There are extra allowances for items from certain underdeveloped countries. • The $800 allowance applies only to items you carry home with you. All items mailed home are subject to duty. If you have further questions, you should investigate prior to departure. • Exchange unused currency and use unused traveler’s checks promptly. You may save small bills or coins as souvenirs. • Never ever carry or use any narcotics. It is against our policy and against the law in all countries. Just because a country may be underdeveloped does not mean there are no laws against illegal activities. If you use drugs or partake in any illegal activities, Africa Project, Inc. will not be able to help you and will let the law takes it course. Remember, you are an ambassador of your country and of Africa Project. Behave well and act responsibly! * Africa Project, Inc., recruits volunteers and interns without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected status. The information contained in this package may not be up to date and may be changed at any time without notice.
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