“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
Mission: Medical & Dental
Team: Medical, Dental & Non- Medical volunteers
Dates: July 22nd to August 7th, 2019
:December 17th – January 2nd, 2020
- About the Mission
- About the Location
- Travel requirements
- What to pack for Kenya
- Dress Code
- A typical day in Missions
- Accommodation and Food
About the Mission
Our 17- day healthcare mission is dedicated to providing free medical care, medicines and health awareness to the underserved and vulnerable people in Kenya. Access to healthcare is often limited or unaffordable in these communities.
You will be involved in visiting underserved communities and institutions such as orphanages, schools and medical clinics to promote health and physical well-being.You will help carry out general health tests such as blood sugar levels and blood pressure, screen for many common diseases and illnesses including malaria, treat minor wounds, deworming and educate people about general health issues.
Malaria, typhoid, pneumonia, and tetanus are treatable diseases, yet many still die in Kenya as a result of not receiving proper medical care.
Other major causes of morbidity and mortality include acute respiratory infection, malnutrition, diarrheal, HIV/AIDS, TB, gastrointestinal complaints, skin problems and vision problems. Government-run hospitals and medical clinics lack adequate medical equipment and tools, and are ill-equipped to handle the volume of people in need of care.
No prior medical experience is required, as there is plenty of work to be done by non-medical volunteers.We encourage all volunteers to join our team, regardless of their background, race, beliefs and profession.
Who can join the mission trip;
- 1. Doctors
- 2. Nurses/nurse practitioners
- 3. Dentists
- 4. Dental Assistants and hygienists
- 5. Pharmacists
- 6. Students in health related studies
- 7. Biomedical Technicians
- 8. Students in health related studies
- 9. Paramedics
Duties for medical volunteers;
- – monitoring and taking vitals (blood pressure,temperature etc.)
- – taking blood samples, blood cultures
- – IV placements, intravenous infusions and injections
- – administering drugs
- – dressing wounds
- – filling in prescriptions and give to the patient with instructions
- – assist doctors during different procedures and treatments
- – Patient intake and registration
- – Clinic setup
Duties for non-medical volunteers include
- – assist in pharmacy, counting and distributing medicines
- – crowd control, to maintain order in large crowds
- – distributing donations to patients
- – assist doctors during different procedures and treatments
- – assist in teaching health education to patients in the clinic, schools and orphanages. Lessons include first aid, good hygiene practices, dental health and nutrition
Mission Trip Cost – $1200
Your fees cover the costs for food, housing, ground transportation, pre-trip planning, in-country project coordination, program development, assisting in-country coordinators and other staff who prepare and take care of you and your host community during, and after your volunteer experience.
The cost of the Mission Trip to Kenya is $1200USD per person and covers;
- -Accommodation in a volunteer house
- -3 meals during mission and safari
- -airport pickup on arrival
- -ground transportation to mission clinics
- – in-country orientation
- -trip planning and preparation
- -24/7 support by mission team leaders
- -Safari to Maasai Mara National Park
- -Tour of Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa
- -Tour of downtown Nairobi
- -Ground transportation to mission activities
- -24/7 support from your team leader
The placement fee does NOT cover the following costs;
- -Airfare to Kenya
- -Visa Fee
- -Phone Calls
- -Daily Transport outside of mission activities
- -Safaris and Tours not included in the mission program
Safaris- Maasai Mara National park
Also included in your fee is a three day safari to Maasai Mara national park. The safari includes transportation from your accommodation and back, meals and accommodation in the national park.
We will send you more detailed information in an orientation package, once you sign up for the mission trip. Submit your online application to get started!
Volunteers pay for the cost of travel, from their home to Kenya.
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About the country
Population: 4,000,000 approximately
Official languages: Swahili, English
Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES)
Time zone: EAT (UTC+3)
Dialing code: 254
Climate: Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country.
Kenya is a country in Eastern Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the northeast, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest, with the Indian Ocean running along the southeast border.
It is comparable in size to France, and is somewhat smaller than the state of Texas,in US.
The capital city of Kenya is Nairobi, while other cities of sizable note include Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret.
Volunteer safety and security is our priority. It is also a big concerns for most people traveling to developing countries and their friends and families as well. While there is no way to eliminate all risk, Azma International does as much as they can to reduce any dangers. Volunteer coordinators and supervisors live and work side by side with the volunteers at all times, other than any free time where volunteers choose to spend how they like.
Safety during mission trips.
We do our best to have our volunteer placements in towns that are safe for volunteers to visit and work in.
Because our mission trips are typically a team, you will not be alone. The coordinator, local staff and fellow team members and are your companions. Any travel comes with certain risks, and travel with Azma International is no different. Travel to different countries mean that conditions will vary, sometimes quite significantly from what you are used to.
In addition, Azma International cannot be held responsible for forces of God, war, public transportation, level of medical service, availability of medical treatment and medical personnel, political stability, and the like. Of course all reasonable precautions will be made to prevent any dangers.
Just like any other country and town, you have to use common sense and take appropriate precautions. Avoid flashy and valuable items like very expensive jewellery and electronics We have not had a security issue in any of our past mission trips. The towns we work in are generally safe. We will provide you with detailed information about security during your volunteer orientation.
In almost all Azma International mission locations, the potential for violent bodily harm like physical assault is significantly less than that encountered in large American cities. Volunteers travel around in company, with a fellow volunteer, local staff or a host family member. Different climates, altitudes and environmental conditions may provide certain challenges to some.
For example, the condition of roads, infrastructure (such as phone lines, water lines, etc) and hygiene conditions, will be different from those in the US or Europe.
We select appropriate work activities, with safety of the team in mind. We avoid program locations with significant risk for major illness outbreaks, such as Ebola.
Illness and Injury
Most of our projects are relatively low on the manual labor scale, and are chosen with a high degree of safety in mind. However anyone can twist an ankle anywhere in the world, particularly in places with cobblestone streets. Likewise anyone can catch a cold or get sick to their stomachs. We recommend volunteers get a travel insurance cover.
In the event of any illness or injury, the volunteer coordinator accompanies the affected volunteer to the closest trusted medical facility, and stays in communication with headquarters and the volunteer’s emergency contact regarding the situation.
The most common physical ailment on our mission trips has been altitude sickness in Huancayo Peru. This is because Huancayo sits at an altitude of 11,000! Altitude sickness can be mitigated by drinking water and taking it easy in your first week.
In many of our program locations, the local population is far less materially advantaged that that of our volunteers. Yet theft while at work site or at accommodations is incredibly rare. However when volunteers spend free time in crowded places, like markets, possessions such as fancy cameras or watches should be kept out of site to minimize the chance of being pick pocketed.
There is a higher rate of petty theft in many of our program locations than what our volunteers are usually accustomed to in their home setting. Hence it is a good idea to leave designer clothing and bags at home.
Food And Water
All water is either bottled or boiled. All food is prepared fresh from locally grown sources. Community hosts have been well instructed in preparing food with delicate stomachs in mind. We communicate any dietary restrictions or allergies to the host families.
What you need to Travel to Kenya
A valid passport is required to travel to Kenya. Please make sure your passport does not expire within six months from the date you will be arriving in Kenya. Renew your passport early.
If you don’t have a passport yet, please apply for one immediately, as they take a long time to get sometimes. To find out where to apply for a new passport or renew your current one, go to https://www.usa.gov/passport.
You need a Visa to enter Kenya. Kenyan visas are applied for online and prior to travel.
The application process takes only 2-3 days but I recommend submitting your application at least a few weeks early. The cost of a tourist visa is $50. To learn more about visas to Kenya, go to the Kenya Embassy website here; http://www.kenyaembassy.com/visa.html.
There is no special visa for volunteers.
To apply for visa online, go to the electronic visa application website; http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html.
You will need to upload a passport size photo and a copy of the passport for the online application to be complete. Photos can either be scanned or taken by a mobile phone. The system can resize the photo automatically to fit in the photo size required.
If you intend to visit neighbouring countries like Tanzania and Uganda, please ask for a Multiple Entry Visa.
A Kenyan Visa is valid for three months initially. For those who might be planning to stay for a period longer than three months to tour the country, Azma International staff will help you to renew your Visa at the relevant embassy after your visa expires.
Non-U.S. citizens should contact the nearest embassy/consulate regarding any additional documents that may be required.
Here is a list of Kenyan embassy and consulates in the US; http://www.kenyaembassy.com/contact.html.
Please consult your personal physician or one that specializes in international travel medicine about the vaccinations you will need.
To learn more about the recommended vaccinations for Kenya, go to CDC’s website at; https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/kenya?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001.
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before the trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Recommended vaccinations include;
What to Pack for Kenya
Packing for a mission trip requires careful planning. You have to consider the type of activities included in your itinerary, weather conditions, Kenyan culture and values, required dress code and much more.
Once you sign up for a trip, we will send you an orientation booklet with a packing checklist specific to your mission trip.
1) Personal care items; tooth brush, tooth paste, contact lenses, shampoo, sunscreen, towels and other toiletries you normally use.
2) Comfortable pair of shoes, such as trainers/sports shoes
3) Clothing – Keep in mind the temperature and environment you will be working in. Light,
cotton clothing that covers your whole body is ideal for sun and insect bites. Pack a set of warmer clothes as well for the night and chilly mornings, depending on your location. We will advise on the best type of clothes to pack for the specific location of your mission.
4) All personal medication. Pack at least three weeks supply of any prescription medication you are on. Most over the counter medications are cheaply available in Kenya, however, we advise bringing two weeks supply for anything you take regularly.
5) Medical Kit ideally including the following; aspirin or a similar pain reliever, antihistamine for relief from allergy or bites, anti-diarrheal, scissors and tweezers, band aids, antiseptic for cuts and grazes, lip balm and insect repellant.
6) Music and other entertainment for long travel, airport layovers and down time.
7) Books! There are good book stores in the main city area, but it might be a few days before you get to one. Bring many books with you if you like reading. They will come in handy during airport layovers too!
8) Copies of important travel documents such as passport, travel insurance, Visas, plane tickets and passport photos.
GSM – capable cell phone if you need one. You can buy a SIM card or cheap phone once you arrive in the new country, if you need one.
9) A small padlock for securing bags and valuables.
10) Small bag for taking your camera, water, snacks and materials to mission sites
16) Journal and pens to keep a diary
b) Medical Supplies
We deeply appreciate and highly encourage volunteers to bring your own medical assessment equipment if you have access to some. We will do our best to ensure safety of all medical equipment on the ground.
Also, most of the equipment we use in third world countries are older or outdated so if you have access to medical tools that you are familiar with, that will be a great advantage for you. The more medical equipment and supplies available during the clinic, the more people we can attend to.
Medical tools; Blood pressure cuffs, Thermometers, Glucometers, Otoscope, Ophthalmoscope, Pulse ox, Stethoscope etc
Medicines; Antibiotics, Pain and Fever relief (Acetaminophen & Ibuprofen), Multivitamins ( MultiVitamins + Iron, Children’s Chewable, Prenatal vitamins ), First aid essentials.
Hygiene products; Soap, Sanitary towels, Tooth brushes and Tooth paste, Vaseline, Band aids. We will donate hygiene products to children in schools and orphanages.
We strongly encourage all volunteers to bring some medical supplies or equipment. The more supplies and equipment we have, the faster and the more patients we can serve.
Clothing that is fashionable and appropriate in the USA and Europe may project a provocative image in another culture. Leave the revealing clothing at home.
There are cultural differences to consider.
The principle factor to be aware of attracting unwanted attention if you dress in revealing clothes like short skirts or really short shorts, or even wear spaghetti straps.
Likewise, you may be seen as disrespectful in you have uncovered shoulders, knees, or the heels of your feet as you enter a Buddhist temple. Also, check on the weather for the period you will be in the host country and pack appropriately.
A typical day in a mission trip in Kenya
Daily schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the specific mission trip.
A typical day during mission trips:
7:00 am – 7:30 am: Breakfast with the team.
7:30am – 8:30 am: Leave for mission site
8:30am -12.30pm: Work begins
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Packed Lunch at clinic site
2:00pm – 4:00 pm: Continue work
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Close clinic
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner with the team.
Accommodation and Meals
Volunteer accommodation during missions is in home stays, volunteer house, guest house, hostel or a hotel. Host families offer a safe home, comfortable rooms and shared bathroom facilities with running water.
Occasionally rooms will be shared with other same-gender volunteers. We work with a group of dedicated and carefully selected families who have hosted volunteers in their homes for a long time.
Volunteer and guest houses includes room, 3 meals a day, shared or private bathroom and purified water. Any special dietary needs can be arranged. The type of food served in each mission will depend on the country and culture.
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