Abstract: This week’s session on Travel Security is a panel discussion by Christie Davis (Area Director for Islands Asia), Cate Burnett Fierbaugh (Area Director for the Sahel), Dave Parker (Story Manager, formerly assigned to PBT West Africa branch), and Tony Pitaniello (Field Coordinator for Eurasia), with Stephen Fierbaugh moderating. APA Citation Fierbaugh, Stephen (Moderator); Davis,… Continue reading Travel Security: A Panel Discussion
This post is lovingly dedicated to my wife, who was told by the TSA worker that she was literally the last person entering the United States from Guinea who was required to undergo enhanced Ebola screening. Congratulations, hon! 😉 I bring him downstairs in the morning and our toddler asks, “Where’s mommy?” Mommy’s in Africa. … Continue reading Mommy is in Africa
Reducing Internet During a Call Internet voice phone calls (“Skype”) requires much better Internet than instant messaging. Internet video requires much better Internet than voice. So a quick and easy adjustment if Internet degrades during a call is to just use less of it. Move from video to audio. This will often make the audio… Continue reading Travel Communications Tips: When Things Don’t Work
Your Communications Tool Chest There are three tools that you should get familiar with before you travel: SMS, Skype, and VSee. There are many other tools that provide similar features. These are the ones that are already in widespread use at our organization, and which experience has proven actually work in the emerging world. SMS… Continue reading Communications Tips for Travel Around the World
Before leaving on the trip, we bought the cheapest car seat that we could find. We considered it disposable for the trip. The one we got was pretty easy to lock into place with just a simple seatbelt pulled through its frame. This ease of installation was the critical success factor to its success. Traveling… Continue reading Car seats across Africa!
KidCo PeaPod This is a small pop-tent which functions as a crib with integrated mosquito net. It folds down into a tiny (~8”) circle, and just magically transforms into a tent when released. It has a self-inflating mattress that fits well with the rest of it when folded up. The PeaPod has screen windows. I… Continue reading What to Buy or Bring: Traveling with a Toddler
WARNING: Do not visit friends in the Emerging World with a toddler unless you are prepared to see them walk through, jump in, stand in, sit in, roll in, smear all over their body, and actually ingest filth which sent many a pith-helmeted colonizer to an early grave. The last few weeks have been a… Continue reading International Travel with Toddlers in the Emerging World