Sierra Leone Cycle Challenge 2019
10- 16th November 2019
Exile Medics has been asked to visit this unique, remote country and experience wilderness medicine at its most wild. This event is the most challenging kind in a country which has very limited medical support of its own following the Ebola outbreak of 2015-16. We will be supporting the Sierra Leone Cycle Challenge in November 2019, for possibly the Worlds Greatest charity, Street Child, who invest every ounce of their energy in raising money for children in Sierra Leone and nearby Liberia.
Be part of the solution as an Exile Medic.
You'll need to arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone on the 9th November 2019. You will be taken from Lungi airport to Bo by the race team, and will spend the following week either camping or in basic accommodation along the route of the cycle challenge through Sierra Leone finishing in the coastal town of Bureh. You will work in a pair, supporting a group of approximately 20 challengers and their support crew.
You will be free to leave Sierra Leone on the evening of the 16th November 2019.
As this is a charity event Exiles will need to cover the cost of their own flights.
It's worth it. Really. You'll see a part of the world that you would never get to see otherwise, in a capacity that would otherwise be impossible to arrange.
Application Deadline is 8pm on 1st September 2019
Cost: The Sierra Leone Cycle Challenge costs £125 for the admin fee (including the necessary VAT) on acceptance of your place which covers insurance, T shirts and your Exile Medics clinical support. You will need to buy your flight , but we will help you find the cheapest deal. Compare this to other training organisations, and you'll agree that this is a good deal.
Dates: You will need to arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone on the 9th November 2019 and will be able to leave Freetown on the 16th November 2019. You can arrive earlier or leave later at your own cost. Exile Medics recommends a late flight or the following day to avoid the inevitable difficulties of West African travel.
Food: Street Child will be feeding you for this event, but we strongly suggest that you take some of your own food, just in case. This should include snacks. Worst case- you're carrying food. Best case- you don't go hungry.
Accommodation: Street Child will be providing some (admittedly basic) accommodation, but we strongly suggest that you take a sleeping bag and an appropriate sleeping mat, in case basic means really basic.
Communication: Mobile phone coverage is good in places, poor in others. There are radios, though these are of variable quality. The race does not provide satellite phones.
Flights: You will need to buy your flights to Freetown, but we will let you know that you're in in plenty of time to get the cheap ones. You will need to arrive in Freetown on the 9th November 2019. Your departure ticket must be no earlier than the 16th November 2019. Exile Medics recommends a late flight or the following day to avoid the inevitable difficulties of West African travel.
Visa: At present, UK passport holders require a visa for Sierra Leone. Please check with your local Sierra Leonian consulate or embassy prior to booking any travel that the requirements haven't changed for your particular passport.
Travel advice: See here for the FCO travel advice to Sierra Leone
Application deadline: 1st September 20189. You will find out by September 7th 2018.
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