Getting to Abak
Doctors who volunteer for FOCUS fly to Lagos, Nigeria via Lufthansa Airlines through Frankfurt, Germany; through London on British Airways; through Zurich on Swissair; or via Amsterdam on KLM. You may also take an American airline to one of these European cities, where you can transfer for the last leg of the trip to Nigeria. Volunteers pay their own round-trip airfire, which is approximatelv $1,750 with an additional $500 if you choose to layover in Europe.
You will be met at the Lagos airport, and after an overmght stay in Lagos, in the morning you will fly to Calabar and then be taken on an intriguing two-hour drive to Abak.
Living in Abak
Living in Abak provides a rich experience. Volunteer doctors share a
four-bedroom house (equipped with an electric
refrigerator!), where the house steward, named Friday, prepares meals, keeps
house, and does the laundry. Two of the bedrooms are air-conditioned and two
are cooled more naturally by electric fans. The house also has a living room
and a dining room. And mosquito netting is never needed since the house is
Since Americans do not drive in Nigeria, the hospitalís driver will drive you around the countryside on the weekends if you desire.
Volunteers count their stay in Abak as one of the most rewarding experiences of their professional lives. Their feelings are matched in intensity only by the gratitude and appreciation they receive from the patients they care for, and from the hospital staff members who work with them.
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