Sierra Leone Street Child Marathon 2019
22nd- 27th May 2019
Visit this beautiful, remote country and experience wilderness medicine at its most wild. This event is the most challenging kind of race medicine in a country which has very limited medical support of its own. We will be supporting the 2019 Street Child Marathon, which is possibly the World’s Greatest charity, investing every ounce of their energy in raising money for children in Sierra Leone, who have suffered event more because of the Ebola outbreak. Be part of the solution as an Exile Medic.
Before you head to the application at the bottom of the page, see the details below
Cost: The Street Child Marathon costs £180 (which includes the obligatory, unfortunate VAT at 20% which goes straight to the government) for the administrative fee which covers your public and employees liability insurance, T shirts and other goodies, clinical support, Pre deployment briefing day, audio briefing, logistical support and all the medical equipment you will need. You will also need to buy your flight. Compare this to the cost of arranging your own expedition in this part of the world, and you'll agree that this is a good deal.
Dates: You should aim to be at Freetown airport on the 22nd May 2019, and you will be collected and transferred at no cost from there. You will be taken back to Freetown on the 27th May. We strongly suggest that you book as late a flight as you can in order to avoid the dramas of African travel.
Activities: There will be opportunities to visit charity project in the week prior to the event, with a chance of offering some support to local medical services.
Food: You will need to bring all of your food for the week, including snacks and food for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Cooking facilities will be boiling water or your own camp stoves if you bring one. There are limited opportunities to buy fuel though. An alternative is to buy your food when you arrive from the event HQ, at an approximate cost of $5 per day.
Accommodation: You will need to bring a tent to camp for the week. The weather in Sierra Leone is very variable, and it can be very windy and can rain a great deal.
Communication: Mobile phone coverage is good in places, poor in others. We anticipate that the race will have satellite phones to contact the UK.
Flights: As this is a charity event Exiles will need to cover the cost of their own flights. You will need to buy your flights to Lungi Airport, Freetown and back again.
Visa: UK passport holders require a visa to enter Sierra Leone. Please be aware that we do not know the potential impact of Brexit on travel as yet. Please check with your local Sierra Leonian consulate prior to booking any travel that the requirements haven't changed for your particular passport.
Travel advice: See here for FCO advice on travel to Sierra Leone
We need nurses, physiotherapists, medical students and doctors for this one. All can apply
Medical Students/ F1s ✔ Nurses ✔ Paramedics ✔ Physiotherapists ✔ Doctors ✔ Student/ F1 places: 2
Questions? Ask them here
It's worth it. Really.
Application Deadline is 8pm on 31st January 2019