For those of you heading out to serve in Senegal, @Carys Parker has created some really helpful Vlogs all about the culture and some insider tips.
I hope you find them a helpful insight before arriving out there.
Hello Mercy Friends
I am looking for a travel buddy!
I have been accepted for a position as a ward nurse from the 1st of September 2019 - 18th of January 2020.
Anyone traveling from New Zealand from the 1st if September who would like a travel pal?
I promise great snacks and even better banter!
Well, may be I should continue my story when in May I first introduce myself.
I mentioned that my journey started when Dr. Emil, a pediatric surgeon, whom I work with, gave a lecture about the work of Mercy Ships. While hiding my tears listening to his warm and touching speech, the images and video reinforced my desire to serve abroad. Here, I am in Guinea serving for the first time since March 10 2019 and will be leaving June 1st.
The other beautiful opportunity was that Dr Emil and I along with his beautiful family, were serving at the same time here in Conakry for about one week. What a gift! Not long enough but it was so pleasant to have him and his family around while serving. He has done so much for Mercy Ships. His dedication is like a light of devotion!
Serving has been and it still touching me deeply every time I meet with patients or parents who are so appreciative of the attention we provide them with! I love them see dancing, smiling, laughing, eyes lit, hope and healing taking them out of darkness for most of them. (You've seen pictures)
I am grateful to the community here and their dedication to keep the community strong and alive.That gives me strength and a sense of grounding as Dr. Emil one says.
I am so fortunate to be where I am right now. I wish you the same and more on your journey!
Blessings to all and love,
Acceptance letters for volunteers joining in Senegal are starting to go out, so we've updated the Volunteer Guidebook to include the relevant travel information for our time in Senegal.
You can download a copy of the guidebook by clicking here.
Flights listed below are the approved flights we can accommodate within our curfew hours for pick-ups and drop-offs. Flights purchased not matching those listed below may need to be re-booked at your own expense.
ACCEPTABLE FLIGHTS FOR ARRIVAL IN SENEGAL:
Acceptable hours for arrival flights are between 0700 and 2200.
- Air France 718
- Brussels Airlines 203, 205
- Emirates 795, 797, 9917
- Ethiopian Airlines 909
- Iberia 3328
- Royal Air Maroc 503, 505
- Tunisair 841, 613
- Turkish Airlines 597, 6409
ACCEPTABLE FLIGHTS FOR DEPARTURE FROM SENEGAL:
Acceptable hours for departure flights are between 0800 and 0100.
- Air France 719
- Air Senegal 403
- Brussels Airlines 204, 206
- Emirates 795, 797
- Ethiopian Airlines 908
- Iberia 3329
- Royal Air Maroc 504
- Tap Air Portugal 1480
- Tunisair 841, 613
- Turkish Airlines 583, 595, 6440, 6507
This may not be an all-inclusive list, but if you are considering booking a flight that is not listed above, please confirm with your Placement Facilitator.
Looking forward to Senegal! Hope to see you there.