He recently received an e-mail from the organizer about the schedule. It is still at a very early stage and nothing is definite of course. He will be spending four weeks in Kenya and Tanzania. This year’s group had to change the destinations due to the political turmoil in Kenya, but we are hoping things will settle down soon.
According to the plan, my son will be spending one week with the Masai tribe and, he is so so excited about it. Ever since he was very small, he dreamed about visiting the safari, watching wild animals in action and meeting the native people.
He knows it isn’t a holiday. He will be staying with locals where living facilities are very limited and, he is supposed to be helping the people with their work and school. I don’t think there is a shower or even a toilet.
And the cost? Close to £4,000 which he has promised to raise by himself. It is a bit mad.
On top of the worries of terrorists and bombs, there are many diseases we need to worry about.
We have a vaccinations list; Tetanus, polio, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Rabies, Yellow Fever, Meningitis A and C. He also needs to take some protection against Malaria.
He just had one dose of Hepatitis A and B last week.
I told him he could write all these on his CV once he is done.
With the influence from people around me, I was a bit weary of getting my children vaccinations when they were small, but there you have it. My son doesn’t have a luxury to wonder whether or not vaccinations are good for you. You can’t even get a visa without them.
We have a saying in Japan: If you love your children, send them out into the world. I have to be very brave.