Socially-Conscious Luxury safaris

Medical Brigade

Trip Highlights

Date : June 16-30, 2020

15 Days

Group Size : Limited to 20

Cost : Est. $8,000 to $9,000

About the Safari

Masai Mara, Kenya

MedWish International and Peter’s Wildlife Safaris are excited to announce the upcoming 2020 Medical Brigade to Kenya, combining medical service and a wildlife safari in one.

Participating in a MedWish Medical Brigade is a wonderful way to give your time, talents, and compassion to those in need. The Brigade is a unique multifaceted trip that includes the humanitarian mission of a medical service brigade, in addition to a traditional African safari and opportunities to learn about wildlife and community conservation.

During this Brigade, MedWish will host two wellness clinics and additional educational outreach programs to serve the people of Talek in the Masai Mara region of Kenya. Additionally, Peter’s Wildlife Safaris will guide you on safari and educate participants on wildlife and community conservation efforts in the region. There is no doubt that this Brigade will be a memorable experience.

Medical professionals and laypeople are welcome on this Brigade. Both will have the opportunity to serve the Talek community through the clinics and health education programs.

Space is limited to only 20 participants. If you would like to join us, please review this information carefully, complete your registration form and submit it along with your deposit to reserve your place as soon as possible. Registration closes at 5pm EST on TBD. Registration is first come, first serve and will close once the trip reaches capacity.

About Kenya

Kenya is an Eastern African nation bordered by the Indian Ocean, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Tanzania. It is five times the size of Ohio and its climate varies from tropical along the coast to arid in the interior. It is home to over 47.5 million people, 43.4% of whom live below the poverty line. There is a high rate of HIV/AIDS (est. 1.6 million people) and only .2 physicians per 1,000 people in the nation. The unemployment rate is 40%, with the majority of the working population, 49.3%, in the service industry, 18% in industry, and 32.7% in agriculture.

ABout Masai Mara

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a vast preserved savannah wilderness along the Tanzanian border in Kenya. It possesses a grassy landscape and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. Animals that can be found in this reserve include cheetahs, lions, elephants, zebras, and hippos. Wildebeest can also be found here during their annual migration. Villages of the local Maasai people can also be found in the surrounding area.

ABOUT TALEK & THE TALEK CLINIC

The Talek Community Health Center is located near one of the entrances to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It provides services for roughly 12,000 patients per year, some coming from neighboring Tanzania. The clinic’s structure is well set with a four-bed in-patient ward, four-bed maternity ward, a consultation room for out-patients, a consultation room for those with infectious diseases, lab, and a pharmacy. Medical supplies from MedWish were recently brought to the Talek Clinic by participants of Peter’s Wildlife Safaris.

ABOUT MEDWISH

MedWish International is a nonprofit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment while providing humanitarian aid to individuals and organizations that administer care in developing countries.

MedWish diverts roughly 500,000 pounds of medical surplus from our local landfills every year. This is done with the support of approximately 116 local hospitals and healthcare providers, who generously donate medical supplies and equipment to MedWish.

Nearly 3,000 volunteers support MedWish annually and help sort through these donated supplies. MedWish is also a training site for individuals with special needs that participate in MedWish’s Skill Building Program.

MedWish’s founder was inspired to found MedWish after serving as an intern in a surgical clinic in Nigeria. International Medical Brigades have therefore been part of MedWish since its inception. Past Brigades have been to El Salvador, Peru, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1: Tuesday, June 16: Depart Cleveland
Day 2: Wednesday, June 17: Arrive Nairobi
Day 3: Thursday, June 18: Nairobi Sightseeing and organize supplies.
Day 4: Friday, June 19: Depart Nairobi and arrive in Masai Mara at roughly noon. Brigade organizational lunch followed by midday orientation at the Talek Community Health Center.
Day 5: Saturday, June 20: All day clinic #1 at the Talek Health Center.
Day 6: Sunday, June 21: All day clinic #2 at the Talek Health Center.
Day 7: Monday, June 22: All day clinic #3 at the Talek Health Center.
Day 8: Tuesday, June 23: All day clinic #4 at the Talek Health Center.
Day 9: Wednesday, June 24: All day clinic #5 at the Talek Health Center.
Day 10: Thursday, June 25: Safari day #1, Morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 11: Friday, June 26: Safari day #2, Morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 12: Saturday, June 27: Safari day #3, Morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 13: Sunday, June 28: Safari day #4, Morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 14: Monday, June 29: Morning game drive. Return to Nairobi. Dayrooms at Hotel Serena and evening flight home.
Day 15: Tuesday, June 30: Arrive in Cleveland

ELIGIBILITY

Brigade volunteers must be 12 years old or older at the time of the Brigade. Any participant that is under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or authorized guardian. While we welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, we do reserve a number of places for professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and eye care.

Our Accommodations

Our first two nights in Kenya will be spent at Hotel Serena in Nairobi. This is a five-star hotel known for its exceptional service and was selected as ‘Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel’ and ‘Africa’s Leading Green Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards 2016.

Our base in the Maasai Mara National Reserve for the clinic days is Ilkeliani Camp located on the bank of the Talek River in the Masai Mara Reserve. The camp is also just 15 minutes from the Talek Health Center.

For our safari experience, we will transfer to Entim Camp located in the heart of the Masai Mara located along the Mara River. Brigade participants will be housed two per tent. We will accommodate as many rooming requests as possible. While on the Brigade, we will have exclusive use of the vehicles and guides. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the camp daily.

AIRLINE RESERVATIONS

Guests are responsible for getting to Nairobi.  Peter’s Wildlife Safaris and MedWish International can help help with flight details, but the cost of the flight is not included in the trip cost.

Passport and Visa

You may need country-specific pharmaceuticals and/or immunizations when traveling to Kenya. Additionally, the CDC has issued a travel alert regarding the Zika virus for Kenya. To learn more, please visit the CDC’s website. For health-related concerns, please speak with your primary care physician or a local travel clinic. Click here for more details.

IMMUNIZATIONS & TRAVELERS HEALTH

You may need country-specific pharmaceuticals and/or immunizations when traveling to Kenya. Additionally, the CDC has issued a travel alert regarding the Zika virus for Kenya. To learn more, please visit the CDC’s website. For health-related concerns, please speak with your primary care physician or a local travel clinic. Click here for more details.

SAFETY

There is a travel warning in effect from the US State Department for travel to and from Kenya. Please visit their website for further information, or click here for more details.

Cost

The all-inclusive cost of this experience is expected to be between $8,000- $9,000 per person. A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 is due by 5pm on xxxx to reserve your place. Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. A percentage of spots will be held for medical staff, so secure your spot TODAY!

The remaining amount of the total trip cost will be due in increments leading up to trip departure. This schedule will be provided to registrants. Consult your tax advisor to see if there are any tax advantages to this trip for your individual situation.

The cost of the trip includes:

  • Pre-departure meeting
  • Two nights at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi
  • Day rooms at Serena Hotel in Nairobi on last day
  • Ground transportation with private drivers
  • Flights to and from the Maasai Mara Reserve
  • Ground transportation of excess luggage and supplies
  • Nine nights of accommodations at safari camps
  • All meals and beverages (including alcohol) during the trip
  • Exclusive use of the safari camp and vehicles
  • Park Fees
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Medical supplies and medications for the medical clinics
  • Scrubs and t-shirts for clinic days
  • Maasai Village entrance fee
  • Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance
  • Photobook of your Kenya experience

Not included:

  • International Airfare
  • Kenya Visa
  • Souvenirs