Volunteering in five countries on five different continents

It’s early May 2012 and I have decided to not head back west to America. Instead I’ll go south then east around the world, volunteering in various locations. My mission right now is to volunteer as a coach or teacher in three different countries on three continents in this year to kick off my thirties.

Sounds like a cool little mantra right?

I will need to take extra precautions Europe indeed has been good to me but now it’s time to dig deeper into travel. For my travels around the world I’ll need to do a little research and get some shots.


So far I have committed to an NGO in Arusha, Tanzania and I am in communication with a woman’s empowerment NGO in Jaipur, India. Both cities that I’ve aligned my volunteer work with are located in developing countries. I’ll need to obtain an official certification of yellow fever vaccination as they are required of me to enter into Tanzania and India at this time.
Other recommendations for shots have been suggested but I may be able to narrow this list down or else I’ll be a pin cushion by my departure date.  These are what “I was told I’ll need”
  • Yellow Fever
  • Malaria Tablets
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Influenza (flu N1H1)
  • Tetanus
  • Measles
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal

I will also need to obtain a visa either before or upon arrival. I heard in Tanzania you can get one at the Kilimanjaro Airport, but I’d hate to get there and be turned away if I hadn’t obtained one prior. As for India I’m not sure when or where I’ll be able to get that.. Everything I do will be on the road or in the air with no home base anymore. So I’ll try to obtain my yellow fever booklet with various other vaccinations while I’m present here in Germany…or so “I’ll try”. I leave in less than two weeks, I better get a move on.