In less than five months, I’ll be traveling to Africa on a volunteer trip to Kenya. I’ve got lots of planning to do!
Last month, I announced that I’m going to be traveling to Kenya on a volunteer trip to help animals in the Great Rift Valley. I’ve done the main things first: filled out the paperwork for the volunteer company, put my deposit down for the experience, went to the travel clinic and got my Hepatitis A vaccine, and booked my flight to Kenya. I have a lot of planning to do, but I’m slowly checking things off my list. I do have some time to prepare for this trip; however, I know how quickly time can creep up and soon enough, I’ll be on my way.
THE PERFECT BACKPACK
It’s a 50 litre rolling backpack, which seems like the perfect compromise between a backpack and a suitcase. I can carry it on my back or tow it behind me, depending on the situation. This particular wheeled backpack is made by High Sierra. It also has a removable day pack on the front, making it super versatile. I’ll have to see how much I still love it after testing it out when I go to Kenya in March, but I think it’s a great purchase.
Here’s a great article that makes packing for an African safari easy!
FUNDRAISING: MY ETSY STORE
This volunteer trip isn’t cheap, so I’ve been trying my best to fundraise at least a portion of it. I have offered some incentives on my volunteer fundraising page for those who choose to donate (thank you to everyone who has donated so far!). I recently opened an Etsy store with all of the proceeds going straight towards volunteering in Kenya. Many years ago, I used to have a shop on Etsy called Lost Mitten. I have re-opened that shop selling handmade knitwear. Everything in the shop is 100% vegan and it’s all handmade by me! Introducing: Lost Mitten!
Yes, that’s me in the top photo wearing one of the knit hats for sale in my store. Currently, I’m selling slouchy hats, fingerless gloves, scarves, and purses. More things will be added each day. If you would like anything in a particular colour, feel free to make a custom request! Everything is warm for the fall, winter, and spring weather. Plus, you might want to purchase something from my shop for your loved ones for Christmas – and you’ll be helping a great cause, too!
(Thinking of opening your own Etsy shop? Here’s a promo link that will give you 40 free listings! It also gives me 40 free listings. Win-win!)
Thank you to everyone who helped me travel to Africa on a volunteer trip! Here are some articles about my trip:
- My Experiences Volunteering in Africa for Animals
- Animals of Soysambu Conservancy
- Birds of Soysambu Conservancy
- Video Diary: Volunteering at a Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya
- Searching for Lions – A Night Safari
- My Near Death Experience in Kenya