Want to visit West Africa?

Friends,

I’m heading back to Guinea-Bissau in early April for a six-week trip and am hoping to bring along a group of three to five people for a two-week visit. If you’re interested, please email me before Feb. 12 at info@WAVSchools.org.

The trip will probably happen late April or early May, but is tentatively scheduled for April 21 to May 6. During this time, you’ll get a chance to visit a few great place in West Africa (including Dakar, the so-called “Paris of West Africa” – but really more like the LA of West Africa – and Cap-Skirring, a beach resort on the Senegalese coast), as well as spend eight days in Canchungo, where the WAVS school is located, and two days in the country’s capital, Bissau.

You’ll be able to develop friendships with some of our teachers and students and help the school by encouraging its teachers and leaders – and by helping teach the English class for a few days. The trip will cost between $2,300 to $3,000 (you can see an estimated break-down of costs below). I’m also including a tentative itinerary below.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions! Even if you’re just considering it as a possibility but aren’t sure if you can make it, please feel free to email me at info@WAVSchools.org.

I’m also planning on making a longer trip to Guinea-Bissau from mid-November 2012 to mid-February 2013. If you’re interested in visiting during that time, feel free to email me now so that I can contact you later. Thanks!

-Chris

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Itinerary:

SAT (April 21) to SUN (April 22): Leave Fresno on Sat morning (April 21) and arrive before noon in Dakar on Sunday

SUN (April 22) to MON (April 23): Leave Dakar at 5:30 p.m. to Ziguinchor (southern Senegal; one hour flight) and arrive by 7:30 p.m. on Sunday; Stay the night in Ziguinchor at a hotel // or stay the night in Dakar (at a missionary guest house) if the flight arrives late Sunday and travel to Ziguinchor on the Monday morning flight.

MON (April 23): Get Guinea-Bissau visa in Ziguinchor; travel to Canchungo in the morning (three hour drive), arrive shortly after noon

MON (April 23) to MON (April 30): Stay in Canchungo 8 days visiting students and teachers; helping out at the school; meeting with local community leaders; visiting nearby towns; learning the culture and shopping at the local market

MON (April 30): Travel to Bissau in the morning, stay at Youth For Christ vocational center

MON (April 30) to WED (May 2): Visit government officials and pastors in Bissau for 2 days; explore the city

WED (May 2): Leave in the morning to Cap Skirring (the coast of Senegal) and arrive in early afternoon (about four-hour drive)

WED (May 2) to FRI (May 4): Relax in Cap Skirring, a coastal town, for 2 days (stay at hotel); explore the beach; enjoy the restaurants; debrief on the trip so far and discuss what we’ve learned

FRI (May 4): Leave in the morning to Ziguinchor and catch the 8:15 a.m. or 5:25 p.m. flight to Dakar, stay the night in Dakar at a missions guest house

SAT (May 5): Fly back to Fresno and arrive late Saturday or early Sunday

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Costs:

Round-trip airfare from Fresno to Dakar: $1,100 to $2,200 depending on when you are flying and when you buy the ticket (most likely will be about $1,500 or $2,000). This includes taxes and fees.

Round-trip airfare from Dakar to Ziguinchor: $220

Taxis and overland transportation: $100 to $150

Food and restaurants: $150 to $200

Visa: $40

Other costs / souvenirs / incidentals: $100 to $200

Total hotel costs: $200 to $250

Guest house in Dakar: $15/night

Hotel in Ziguinchor: $60-$80/night

Room at YFC in Bissau: $10/night

Hotel at Cap Skirring: $30-$60/night

Note: You can stay at the mission house in Canchungo for free

TOTAL: $2,300 to $3,050