Hi Kristen! Glad to help. May I presume you are fluent in French? Sure wish I had been last year. Most of the countries I went through in west and central Africa were French speaking. The only two that were in north africa were Morocco and Mauritania. The former was wonderful, the latter was pretty bleak. A woman I work with did the Peace Corps in Tunisia - if you are interested, I could ask her if she has any connections.
How to find a volunteering opportunity? Go to the library and plow through some back issues of an obscure travel rag I read called Transitions Abroad. I just re-activated my subscription. They also have a web site at www.transabroad.com. If/when I go back Out There, I thought teaching English a month or two in a string of countries might provide a focus for the trip. Getting paid wouldn't matter because I figure the locals would be appreciative enough to help me keep costs down. Are you planning something bigger or longer?
Another idea: surf the net for local contacts in countries of interest that might be able to help. You should be able to establish email contact with Peace Corps volunteers in country as well. I did a lot of that when I was trying to figure out how to get into Uzbekistan last year. BTW, I am writing about my central Asian experiences right now. Should be up on the web site in a few weeks.
PS: Are you of the Islamic faith or have you ever been in a Muslim country? Not the easiest place for a single woman - what is the allure?
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hey there! Jimbo Jambo! I am a Rutgers University Art History senior in New Jersey, USA. I am very interested in traveling to beautiful, 'awesome' Africa sometime in the next year. However, though my interest and enthusiam is bountiful, my knowledge about the languages, people, customs, religions of Africa is unfortunately quite lacking. I have found books on the subject(s) but have found most appealing to the tourist, to hotels and sites which, though interesting on some accounts, is not the experience I am looking for. Do you have any suggestions - other than to pick up my bags and move! :) - as to how to absorb the richness of Africa without tourist traps??? Thanks for your consideration and have a great time!!!!
Kristin Meyer .... e-mail email@example.com
...stupid tourists, nothing but stupid tourists. Incredible!!!
My husband and i did this trip with truck africa in 1996~its been a blast to relive our experience THANKS!
I enjoyed reading the Jimbo Chronicles. But I was disturbed by the lack of information about Jim and Sue's interactions with the other members of the tour. I was also concerned that they were only able to have superficial interactions with the African people whom they met. Is it that one goes on this sort of tour to see Africa rather than meet the Africans? Or was Jim perhaps not as interested/able to record this? I am considering taking the 37 1/2 Dragoman trip in Africa, but I am much more interested in meeting the Africans than in the scenery. And I am an African-American, therefore am especially concerned about relations with the White Europeans and Americans who would be my traveling companions.
Dear Jim & Susan,
Greetings from Point Talburpin, Queensland, Australia!
Your Klimagrams are inspiring and remind us vividly of our own overland journeys with Exodus from London to Kathmandu in 1988 and with Guerba (for lots of the way) from Nairobi to Capetown in 1989. Like you we enjoy the "work, work, blow it all" lifestyle!
We wish you much joy with your onwards travels and thank you for sharing your experiences with us.......we'll keep a watch for your backpacks passing this way!
Colin & Myrtle Hughes
Dear Jim and Susan,
I know it might not be a consolation getting an email from a total stranger on the other side of the planet, but I LOVE what you two are doing. By putting your tales and adventures and struggles on-line, you are making the most widespread, powerful kind of history. There is absolutely no censorship and it's so close to being simultaneous. (Granted there's about a 2 month lag time, but still awesome considering where you must have to search for cyberlinks in "Timbuktu"! Unlike, reading your tale from a hardback book of some fool who went around the world and survived. Sorry to be harsh, but your stories are marvelous and un-ending. We don't know if you will both live to write the words "The End". If you were to have some publisher put his/her grubby editing delete key all over your words, supressing your true voices, it would not be so exhilirating for the rest of us. Email is the closest thing to the invention of LIVE television. But from the coverage of the Olympics, even that was not possible and we were endlessly subjected to John Tesh's weepy monologues.
I wish you the best of luck and safe travels. I will think of you as requested eating at my favorite resto. By the way, I am downloading your stuff off of Cyber Adventure's web page. I will send them this email to let them know how devoted your readers are!
San Francisco, CA
Fascinating. I was searching (using Altavista) for references to Debenham and Suffolk, and came across various Klimagram reports because they mentioned Dragoman which is just around the corner from us at Camp Green. I'm hoping to set up a sort of virtual tourist information leaflet for the village, and I'll mention this information to them. I particularly enjoyed the account of haggling over djellabas (K32) and the earlier account of British cultural eating in London, eg fish and chips. We don't have much contact with Dragoman customers here (apart from the very occasional person with rucksack looking lost) so it's nice to here something of their travels. How do they make contact with the outside world, eg sending faxes of gearbox parts? Do they have an Inmarsat B, C or M terminal? I would! Perhaps you could use it for connecting to Internet, but rather expensive.
Jenn, Finally got your query about overland travel in Africa. Sorry to be so late replying - the trip through central Africa was a bit challenging. I shall respond in detail regarding my choice of overland company and my impression of that style of travel in a couple days. The Spousal Unit and I will be at firstname.lastname@example.org until the end of July. If you have further questions, general or detailed, feel free to contact myself or SueBee. We did a fair amount of research on the internet in the year prior to our departure. New Klimagrams on our trip are being posted as I type. They should provide a good look at day-to-day overland life. We are thrilled to correspond to web site visitors.
Jet City JimBo and Sue Bee
I laughed out loud when I read Klima guy's adventure & the prospects of his future adventures...this should be a great way to live out somebody else's midlife crisis...while avoiding all the bad stuff that comes with it.
I have dozens of brochures from overland companies running trips in Africa and I am signing up for a trip to across the Sahara and travel in Western Africa in Sept / Oct '97. This trip has been in the works for 2 yrs but I have finally firmed up a date and am making plans for that. One of the two trips I'm considering is the 20 wk Dragomon trip -- the same one that is detailed in the Cyber Adventures! So, I'm looking forward to reading more about the adventures. Thanks very much for all the information.
One thing I'd like to know -- how did you decide on Dragomon? What other companies did you consider and why did you decide not to use them?
Have a great time! Keep the information flowing!
What Happened to Jim & Sue's Great Adventure??
Editor's Note: We don't know - we haven't heard from them for months.
Hey, sounds like a great trip. I'm not sure where you've gotten to yet, but I was in the Peace Corps in Tanzania, East Africa. More Specifically, Zanzibar. I just got back in June 95. Hope you have a blast there let me know how you find it. I'm still goin' thru Z'bar withdrawl. Take care na angalifu. Dave