8th Circle trip to Sierra Leone

JOIN US FOR THE OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING OF SLFND IN MONDEMA

December 26, 2019 to January 10, 2020


Journey with us to Sierra Leone to experience the power of genuine partnership and deep, earth democracy—non-adversarial relationships among peoples and the earth. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and traditions of the communities we visit. Circle Trips provide a life-changing opportunity to understand the complex historical and ongoing relationship between the USA and West Africa.

Details


For a tax-deductible contribution of $1,500 per person, Circle Trip participants receive 3 meals a day, lodging, in-country transportation, and excursion fees. Participants will:

  • Visit, stay in, and contribute to villages where SLFND works. On the 2019-2020 trip, we will spend the bulk of our time in the Mondema village community.

  • Visit historical sites in Freetown as well as other early childhood and farming sites throughout the country.

  • Visit Banana Islands, a group of islands that lie off the coast of Yawri Bay, south west of the Freetown Peninsula in the Western Area of Sierra Leone.


Visit Bunce Island

Learn how to cook a traditional meal

Learn how to cook a traditional meal

Teach at  Dovalema Early Childhood Co-op

Teach at Dovalema Early Childhood Co-op

Gain hands-on experience in design and construction

Gain hands-on experience in design and construction

Spend a day on the farm with a family

Spend a day on the farm with a family

Engage in community dialogue & healing from our past

Engage in community dialogue & healing from our past

Visit Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Visit Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ponder your philosophy in life

Ponder your philosophy in life


To Participate

  1. Immediately: Express your interest using the form below.

  2. Refer to the To-Do & Packing List below.

  3. By October 15: Hold your spot by sending a deposit of $500 by check payable to SLFND and addressed to
    PO Box 7308; Minneapolis, MN 55407.

  4. By November 15: Send the balance of $1,000 by check payable to SLFND and addressed to
    PO Box 7308; Minneapolis, MN 55407.

  5. Any time: Direct questions to Hindolo Pokawa at hindolo@slfnd.org or 612-702-0750.

Name *
Name
Street Address
Street Address
Arrival Date (Start: 12/26/19) *
Arrival Date (Start: 12/26/19)
Departure Date (End: 1/10/20) *
Departure Date (End: 1/10/20)
Dietary Preference:
Do you have medical insurance?
Do you have travel insurance?

To-Do & Packing List

  • First aid kit (SLFND will have one available)

  • Personal medications

    • Antacid/ Anti-diarrheal

    • Motion sickness relief

    • Prescription medications

    • Pain/ fever medications

  • Clothing that covers most skin (more for insect and sun safety than local norms)

  • Sunscreen that will not work against insect repellent

  • Alcohol based hand sanitizer

  • Sleeping bag (may not be necessary, depending on season)

  • Work boots

  • Flashlight

  • Outlet adapter as needed to charge electronics

  • Snacks

  • Visa: Obtain your visa as far in advance as possible;
    SLFND can write a letter on your behalf to the embassy

  • Cash: $100 bills (USD): ATMs are available, but limited and unreliable; credit cards and debit cards will be of little use

  • Vaccines & Immunizations: Refer to the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for the most current information about infectious disease prevalence.

    • Anti-malarial medication begins in advance

    • Yellow Fever vaccine must be scheduled in advance

    • Typhoid vaccine must be taken in advance

  • Travel insurance that includes evacuation

  • Mosquito net (SLFND will have some available)

  • Insect Repellent spray for clothes, mosquito net; long lasting lotion for exposed skin:
    Must have Picaridin, Natrapel, or Deet concentration of 35%

  • Oral re-hydration salts (SLFND will have some available)