We've got our tickets booked for Cairo n Nairobi for 9th March.
Looking at the recent riots n killings that's been happening in Kenya, we might have to change our plans..
it is upsetting to see them fighting amongst one n another..
bt we'r planning to go to Kenya to volunteer, n i think they need the most help nw
yet i dont wanna put myself in danger..
anyone having the same plans n dilemma?
we might change our plans to Tanzania, any recommendations?
Dont go to Kenya unless things calm down. Getting yourself killed wont help anybody.
Here is a copy and paste of some information a member of this site gave to somebody who wants to volunteer in Africa. Maybe it will help u get some volunteer work in Tanzania.
For volunteering: i have not found an English forum on volunteering travel. I would avoid paid volunteering travel, which seems to be a business by itself. Rather, before your travelling, once you have more or less an itinerary in your mind, contact some of the expats there on the ground (check with http://www.expat-blog.com/en/directory/africa/ ). This is a small but very active blog community with great people. Many of them either work in the aid-world or at least will know people that can help you. So contact those on the ground directly. Don't go through a headquarter in Europe to find short term work (do that only if you want several months of volunteering).
Certainly living on the spot, working, will give you a completely different taste than travelling through, so I would highly advise that.
If i was you what i would do is visit travel industry websites, i am not sure if the same ones operate in singapore but in the UK theres one called 'Travel weekly', tells you whats going on throughout the world of travel from the experts perspective. They are sending empty flights from the UK to pick up holiday makers currently in kenya and bring them home. I would try and change my destination if i was in your situation.
Yes I agree with you that it is sad that life has been lost, those were our darkest moments in life and we cant hide away from it. It is also correct that this is the time we need you most and turning your back on us wont be of help.
It is important to note that despite the 3 day skirmishes that started on the 29th Dec, not even one tourist was killed. They were safe. The sitruation has calmed down and things in Nairobi are back to normal though the next few days wednesday, thursday and friday might determine alot as oppossition has called for mass action which we hope will be peacefull.
Thanks for the insider information lisash.
Please would u keep us updated on what u see going on around u.
Accurate and realistic information as u see it would be appreciated. Foreigners have a right to know what they are letting themselves in for if they visit a country in my opinion.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2008, at 7:18 AM by Mel. ]
Yes thanks so much Lilash..
I completely agree that this is the time Kenya needs help most, n yet we'r turning our backs on you.
I've been reading about what's going on in Kenya,
and I'm seriously still thinking about heading to Kenya
unfortunately Im not going on the trip alone,
family and frens have given their thots on it, n i hafta respect them.
nonetheless, keep us informed,
n hope things will improve soon in Kenya.
May God be with you.
Nell, since u seem to be serious about going to Kenya I think the best thing to do is to contact Peter Caise and ask him to comment on this thread. He will have good advise about safety. Here is his profile link so u can send him a message.
I definately will keep all informed. Thanks all for your concerns and prayers at this difficult times.
Safety is a priority nell and we can't asume that. hope all will go well
Yes, fingers crossed for Kenya.
Peace and democracy for everybody.
hey Mel n Lilash,
thanks sooo much for your advice n help!
I hope you'r fine n safe Lilash.
well, the news have been going on abt the riots happening again..
we have decided to go to tanzania instead,
and have changed our flight plans...
i hope everything will go back to normal soon,
Kenya has sunk so low for the first time,
it's been 1 of the most stable countries in Africa, i hope it'll not become another war-torn Rwanda..
take care everyone,