Sierra Leone- Liberia Cycle Challenge Winter 2019

(Well, as winter as it gets in West Africa…)

Exile Medics has been asked to visit two unique, remote countries and experience wilderness medicine at its most wild. This event is the most challenging kind in two countries which has very limited medical support of its own following the Ebola outbreak of 2015-16. We will be supporting the Sierra Leone to Liberia Cycle Challenge in January 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 Liberia. 

Be part of the solution as an Exile Medic.

You'll need to arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone on the 23rd January 2019. You will be taken from Lungi airport to Freetown 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 down into Liberia, finishing in Monrovia. You will work in a pair, supporting a group of approximately 20 challengers and their support crew.
You will be free to leave Liberia on the evening of the 3rd February 2019.

As this is a charity event Exiles will need to cover the cost of their own flights.

There is a £160 (including the dreaded VAT) Exile Medics Administration fee which covers your public and employees liability insurance, T shirts, clinical support and all the medical equipment you will need, which you would otherwise have to provide yourself.

You will need a visa for both countries too.

Street Child will pay for your (admittedly basic) accommodation and food.

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 November 2018

Cost: The Sierra Leone- Liberia Cycle Challenge Winter 2019 costs £160 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.

An important note about VAT: According to the Value Added Tax 1994 c.23 we are obliged by HMRC to charge VAT on the admin fee at a rate of 20% to all Exiles who reside in the UK and European Union. Exile Medics Ltd makes every effort to keep these costs to a minimum, but VAT will be included in your admin fee where applicable to keep the government happy.

Dates: You will need to arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone on the 23rd January 2019 and will be able to leave Monrovia, Liberia on the 3rd February 2019. You can arrive earlier or leave later at your own cost.

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 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 23rd January 2019. Your departure ticket must be no earlier than the 3rd February 2019.

Visa: At present, UK passport holders require a visa for both Sierra Leone and Liberia. Please check with your local Sierra Leonian and Liberian consulates or embassies 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 and Liberia

Application deadline: 1st November 2018. You will find out by December 7th 2018.

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