Travel to Africa to backpack, study, intern, volunteer, work or live as a digital nomad, expat or emigrant?

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Intro: life and experiences in Africa

Backpacking in Africa

  • Africa is perhaps the continent where backpackers face the greatest challenges and experience the most beautiful adventures. More than in the other continents, you are often pulled completely out of your comfort zone and you travel as journeys were once intended.
  • Characteristics: lots of adventure, lots of local contact, lots of music, lots of wildlife and sometimes some setbacks.

Travel in Africa

  • Nothing or no one can prepare you for the wonderful world of Africa. From the pyramids of Giza in the Egyptian desert to the annual migration of wildebeest in search of water in the Serengeti National Park (Tanzania). The trips with a Spotting nature: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe, Zambia), the West African Sahara, the safari areas in East Africa, the surf spots of Guinea or South Africa.
  • Spotting animals: from lions to elephants and from rhinos to penguins.

Internship and study in Africa

  • Studies: in principle, all subjects and forms of education can be found.
  • Study and internship cities: Cairo, Cape Town, Kigali, Mombasa, Zanzibar.
  • Internship competencies: patience, perseverance.

Volunteer work in Africa

  • Volunteer projects: mainly in the social sectors, education, healthcare and animal care.
  • Animal projects: protection of monkeys, elephants, penguins, sea turtles, among others.
  • Features: volunteer work possible from 1 or 2 weeks to several months.

Working in Africa

  • Jobs: temporary work can mainly be found in tourism and healthcare.
  • Work competencies: involvement, empathy, patience, perseverance.

Working as a digital nomad in Africa

  • Favorite cities and islands: Cairo, Dahab (Egypt), Cape Town, Kigali (Rwanda), Marrakesh, Nairobi, Port Louis (Mauritius), Zanzibar (Tanzania).

Living in Africa

  • Language: English or French is spoken almost everywhere.
  • Living environment: varies enormously per location, but in general life in some African countries is a bit more adventurous than in most other regions.
  • Care in Africa: ask for advice about insurance policies that provide sufficient coverage for the right care and also repatriation in the event of an emergency.
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Quotes & statements from around Africa by country and contention (the twelve elements of contentment)

Self-awareness & Self-insight

  • We are what our thinking makes us: Nigeria.
  • Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand: Guinea.
  • Those who are happy at home should remain at home.

Independency & Steadfastness

  • Examine what is said, not him who speaks: Egypt.

Limitlessness & Freedom

  • Happiness often sneaks through your door when you left the door open.
  • Dance even if the hump on your back does not allow you.

Usefulness & Meaning

  • Ubuntu: I am a person through other people. (Zulu)
    • Desmond Tutu said: “One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu, the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. We believe that a person is a person through other persons.. It is a form of humanism which can be expressed
    • "I am, like because of who we all are." Ubuntu signifies emphatically that: “The life of another person is at least as valuable as one’s own,” and that “Respect for the dignity of every person is integral to this concept.”
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Experience & Feeling alive

  • Those who are absent are always wrong: Congo.

Helpfulness & Attentiveness

  • Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.

Engagement & Sense of surroundings

  • Happiness is like a perfume, you cannot pour it all on others without allowing a few drops to fall on yourself.
  • The chameleon changes color to match the earth; the earth doesn’t change colors to match the chameleon: Senegal.

Goal Orientation & Sense of perspective

  • The big game often appears when the hunter has given up the hunt for the day.
  • The chameleon looks in all directions before moving: Uganda.
  • Anxious about the shoe, but careless about the foot.

Balance & Stability

  • If you are building a house and a nail breaks, do you stop building, or do you change the nail?
  • Who swims never sinks.

Result awareness & Positivity

  • There are no shortcuts to the top of the palm tree : Cameroon.

Connectivity & Contacts

  • Lonely is one: Masai.
  • Alone in counsel, alone in sorrow.

Attention & Focus

  • Coffee and love taste best when hot: Ethiopia.
  • He who learns teaches: Ethiopia.
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