The cost of this trip for each volunteer is a tax deductible donation of $850.00 to Global First Responder. Volunteers are also responsible for purchasing their international airfare.
About the trip: Join Global First Responder as we travel to Touba, Senegal to provide medical care and vaccinations for the Talibés children, pregnant women, and adults who can not otherwise access medical care.
While many Talibés (“students”) receive an excellent education in traditional Qur’anic schools and are well cared for, many others live under terrible conditions. These are boys, 3 – 15 years old, that we will care for on this trip. We will provide much needed medical care, wound care, anti-parasitic medications, and vaccinations to these boys.
Sustainability: With your help, GFR provides health education to all patients. In Senegal, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, GFR will provide vaccinations for common diseases, anti-malarial medication, and anti-parasitics. We will also provide all children with a year’s supply of vitamins and pregnant women with prenatal vitamins, as well as much needed Vitamin A to women and children. Prevention of disease is most important care we can provide and a focus of GFR’s sustainability program.
Check back for more information about other sustainability projects as we continue to plan this portion of our mission.
Arrivals and Departures for the Medical Team: Please arrive in Dakar (airport code DSS) on September 1, 2022 by 4pm. We will drive to Mbour that evening and will have a preparation day and some sightseeing on September 2. Clinics will be held from September 3 – September 7. Our last day of clinic will be in Mbour, a short distance from the airport. You may schedule your departure for the night of September 7 but we encourage you to stay a little longer in Africa and your trip includes an overnight on the 7th at the team hotel! Please see the “After the trip” section for some ideas to extend your trip!
What’s Included: This trip includes lodging, transportation, water, and all meals from September 1 – September 7, breakfast on September 8, and the funds for all supplies required for clinic and special projects. You will eat many local meals during this trip in the typical family style of Senegal. We suggest you come hungry! Transportation will be provided from the airport.
What’s Not Included: Your international airfare, snacks and drinks other than water, and pre/post trip travel costs and expenses are not included in the cost of your trip.
Cost: The cost of this trip is $850.00 per person plus airfare. You are responsible for purchasing airfare that meets the required arrival and departure times. We always suggest giving yourself extra time for delayed or cancelled flights and that you purchase trip insurance from a reputable carrier. This trip is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You or your donors will receive a tax receipt upon making your donation.
How is your cost calculated?: At Global First Responder we strive to keep your costs low and our quality high. We value your participation and willingness to volunteer your time and expertise. Everyone at Global First Responder is also a volunteer, donating their time to administrative tasks and paying their own way to participate in medical and construction missions around the world and here at home. The fee you pay covers the actual cost of your expenses in country including lodging, transportation, meals, and translator fees and expenses. At GFR, no one is paid a salary and everyone is a passionate volunteer, doing our part to help drive our mission of “One World, One Family”.
After the trip: What is there to do in Senegal? Well – Goree Island is “the Door of No Return” where slaves were taken by ship from Western Africa to the “New World”. In true Senegalese spirit, the people of Senegal turned this horrible place into an artist’s colony and a beautiful respite from city life. You get there by ferry. Take a day and go have fun – the art is amazing and for sale! You will find many guides waiting at the ferry to take you to the history museum, sand painters, and to tell you about the remarkable transformation of this island.
Have you dreamed of a safari! Our in-country host can easily arrange this for you. How about some beach time or some surfing? Senegal boasts the most beautiful beaches in Africa. In fact, you will be near the beach on our last clinic day!! Finally, Senegal is the door to the rest of Africa. Take a flight to Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, or more for safaris, culture, and everything you have dreamed Africa to be! Africa is a big place – take a few days to see more of it!
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We are a volunteer organization, no member of the staff or board receives any compensation.