I have a friend that's in Ethiopia now with the peace corps. Make sure you take your antimalarial medication daily and use mosquito nets every single night. He got malaria from one night of not using a net even though he was taking the antimalarial pills. He recently recovered from it though, luckily. Don't mess around with that stuff.
I'm going to Malawi for five weeks in July to volunteer, and then going on a 4 day safari through Southern Zambia at the end of my stay. I've never been more excited for anything in my life...but yeah, the biggest thing I've been warned about is Malaria..and TB. Recently there's been a lot of talk about a totally drug restant TB outbreak on the horizon in South Africa.
Morocco seems prime, along with swaziland in south africa If you are lucky you may stumble upon a grow. Tanzania also looks sick as fuck they have the Serengeti its some real shit man. Serengeti is probably one of my top place I want to see. I'm gonna see if i can get a job there in a couple years probably wont be able to get one, but it would be sick as fuck to work there.
I'd say go for it. Uganda isn't terribly bad right now compared to what it could be. Just make sure you take all the normal security precautions (don't ask for trouble, carry some bribe money, etc etc). And of course be very aware about malaria and AIDS. Also Marburg. you do NOT want to get Marburg. although it's quite rare.
Even if you don't smoke, buy some cigarettes. A few cigarettes go a long, long way over there. I'd offer them to all my guides etc. and they instantly became your best friend.
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I've learned one of my anthro classes that there is a new field where international businesses are hiring anthropologists to help develop interpersonal relationships. But I don't really want that, so I'll probably just stick with the journalism.
Yeah western mining and oil companies like to hire anthropologists to figure out how they can better can land from and take advantage of the local people.
There are jobs, obviously some companies are less awful than others but a lot of anthropologists are turned away feom it and I get the sense that certain places are gaining distrust for anthropologists as a result
“There is nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”
Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep, and caverns old
The pines were roaring on the height
The wind was moaning in the night
The Fire was red, it flaming spread
The Trees like torches blazed with light.
Yeah he did, but they aren't always completely effective. Plus some strains of the virus are now immune to those shots and medications. He was also bitten about 30 times over the one night he didn't have a net.
Everything I've seen/heard has confirmed this. Even though it's just four days, the safari should be one of the highlights of my trip.
My next trip over I'm hoping to stay and do work in Zambia. So much more opportunity for rehab and conservation there.