Irene Ogongo, RN has been a pioneer leading some of the most innovative changes in healthcare throughout Africa. She now leads one of the most unique healthcare tours for nurses.
Global Nurses In Africa is a relationship company that empowers nurses to build new connections with other nurses and discover more about their passions through travel.
Irene's carefully crafted tours are full of discoveries, cultural insights, opportunities and fun that will build confidence, create partnerships and camaraderie among adventurous and curious nurses, worldwide.
This unforgettable 6 day adventure will take you from traditional healthcare models in Nairobi through the plains of the Maasai National Park where we will meet natural healers and begin to understand the culture of one of Africa's greatest nations and address major challenges in the delivery of nursing care in resource poor settings.
Meet with African Ministry of Health Leaders
Nursing Faculty and Nurses
Experience traditional vs non-traditional healing centers
Enjoy safaris, conversations and networking
Stay in top quality single occupancy rooms in guest homes and homestays during your stay in Nairobi. You will have your own room and your own bed.
Hi, I’m Irene.
I've worked with NGOs, Ministries of Health and corporate sponsors to improve outcomes for resource-poor facilities
I’ve been featured in various news outlets around the world as I work towards improving patient care through higher nursing standards.
My mission is to improve patient care throughout Africa.
As a nurse, I am passionate about my patients and making sure they have access to the highest quality care. You can learn more about my company Nurses In Africa here.
I am thrilled that you are considering coming to my home country to learn more about how we can work together in Africa or simply to network with each other.
Your support will help us change the world.
Irene's passion for nursing includes the 3 pillars of improving outcomes, which will be included as workshops at this retreat. CE credit for 6 hours is pending through the California Board of Registered Nursing
This East African jewel is a country known for its incredible natural beauty as well its diverse population and languages- over 100 languages are spoken here! While Kenya is home to the famed Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Ngong Hills and the Masai Mara National Reserve, there is more to explore beyond the familiar sites. Getting to know the friendly people and fascinating cultures makes Kenya all that more inviting.
[B, L, D indicates whether Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner is provided each day.]
DAY 1: Arrival
Upon arrival into Nairobi International Airport (or your current hotel) you will be met and transferred to the guesthouse. Our day starts at 3pm with a meet and greet, happy hour and welcome dinner. We can pick participants up early in the morning or there is an opportunity to stay at the guesthouse starting at 4pm on June 21 at no additional charge. (D)
DAY 2: City Tour And Workshop
During our time in Nairobi we will tour the city, and go shopping. We will hold a workshop with our African hosts to discuss quality improvement initiatives (B,L,D)
DAY 3: Community Engagement
We will have a full day visiting hospitals, community centers and discussing healthcare with African leadership and peak into the hospital to see if there is opportunity to work with the nurses! (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Trip To Naivasha/Nyeri
Hike and meet with local shamans and healers to have lunch. Opportunity to see the migration of wild beast is likely as we travel from Nairobi to Naivasha. This area is especially spectacular during the dry season (June - November) as wildlife concentrations rival that of the Serengeti. With its varied habitats and permanent water in this area is home to over 2000 elephants and 500 bird species. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Nairobi National Park And Workshop
After breakfast we head out to the open grass plains where there are scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and birdlife. A short visit to this serene park will greatly diversify your safari experience as the lush green jungle habitat is of stark contrast to the other parks. We will also talk about infection control issues and the crisis in Africa. (B.L,D)
DAY 6: Workshop And Farewell Lunch
Our final morning together, we will discuss the crux of change in Africa - how nursing training impacts patient safety. In this workshop we will discuss possibilities to engage with Irene's mission and develop ways to stay connected and share resources. Today you will be picked up from the lodge and transferred to Kenya International Airport for your international flight out. (B, L)
Airport transfers, lodging, private transportation and driver, local guides, safaris, meals where indicated, all excursions listed, entrance fees to parks, community activities
International airfare, drinks other than water, alcohol, guide and driver tips.
Minimum enrollment for this trip is 8 nurses if enrollment is not met 90 days prior to departure date then trip may be cancelled in which full payment including deposit will be refunded.
* Global Nurses In Africa is not responsible for any cancellations due to medical emergencies
* A cancellation request must be received in writing by email from participant. Verbal notice will not serve as a valid cancellation.
* Should you choose to withdraw from the program, unfortunately the DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE 90 Days prior to departure (unless the program is cancelled by GNA).
**Cancellation by you up to 90 - 120 days prior to departure to will result in full reimbursement MINUS deposit. Cancellation by you less than 90 days will result in no refund.**
* In the event that a trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, Global Nurses In Africa is not responsible for reimbursement of nonrefundable airline tickets. While we do our absolute best to fill each trip, we highly recommend you buy refundable airline tickets.
min 8 - max 20 nurses
Most meals will be eaten together at restaurants or the places we stay. Food restrictions and allergies can be accommodated, just please let us know beforehand.
Unless a specific arrangement has been identified you will be assigned a room in a guest house, hotel or homestay upon arrival. Every person will have their own room and their own bed.
Unless you are purchasing the airline insurance it is a good idea to wait until departure is confirmed to buy plane tickets.
Please ARRIVE into Nairobi International airport (NBO) anytime on day 1.
The airport transfer from Nairobi airport to the hotel is included and will be confirmed upon the purchase of you flight.
Please book your DEPARTURE for the last day- Day 6 from Nairobi International Airport (NBO)
Traveling before or after the program is totally fine- just let us know at Global Nurses In Africa!
WANT HELP BOOKING YOUR AIRFARE?
We got you! We understand booking flights can be time consuming and stressful! Feel free to take advantage of our booking service. You will be connected with Catie, our exclusive travel agent that can handle all your airfare needs for a small fee of $50 per ticket. Just let us know when you sign up and you’ll be taken care of.
FULL PAYMENT DEADLINE:
The remaining balance should be paid 90 days prior to departure. If you are booking within 90 days of departure, then full payment is required at the time of booking.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Here at Global Nurses In Africa we do our best to ensure that every program is a success. However, in the event of something unexpected we want you to be fully protected.
Click here to purchase insurance through World Nomads: INSURANCE
Make sure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medicine, it might be wise to bring a small personal first aid kit, including any patent medicines you prefer. You are responsible for taking all necessary health precautions before and during your trip. It is the client's responsibility to ensure they seek professional medical advice before travelling and to take all necessary health precautions and preventative measures.
Vaccinations: Be an informed traveler! Ultimately it is up to you to consult a physician. We are here to help but can not legally provide medical advice. Here are some great websites:
ENTRY & VISA INFORMATION
Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry and that you have at least one blank page in your passport (the back page does not count). You will need to purchase a tourist visa to enter Kenya. Fee is subject to change but they are $50 USD at the moment.
You must purchase the visa beforehand and can obtain it online at https://kenyavisaonline.com. The visa is only good for 30 days so do not buy it too far in advance.
MONEY & TIPPING:
The official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling. Credit cards are not widely accepted so please don’t rely on this as your main form of payment. Reliable ATM’s in banks are available in cities. You may also bring cash to exchange at banks and exchange offices.
TIPPING: There will some situations where you may feel the need to tip but as always it is up to your discretion. Typically it is customary to tip our local guides $5-$10 per day per guide and our driver $3-5 per day.
Download the brochure or flip through the magazine to see what is included.
Irene impressed me from the beginning. She has already partnered with NGOs, saved lives with improved healthcare and works with top officials in Africa. Nurses are paving change in Africa and Irene is leading the way.
Catie Harris - CEO, NursePreneurs
Networking is the lifeline of becoming a respected and resourceful nurse consultant. Irene's business Nurses In Africa is changing the landscape of how patient care is delivered and her tour for nurses who can get involved with this process is such a huge opportunity.
Gigi Elizee, Corporate Nurse Consultant
Each trip has a link to its unique application under "Book Now". All of our trips are booked through a secure web-based platform for managing our adventures. You are required to fill out a brief application and pay a deposit fee via credit card to secure your spot. Once the application and deposit have been received and confirmed you will receive all the information, details, updates and communication about the trip.
Yes! After paying the deposit for the trip, you can chose to pay the remaining balance in 3-5 installments up until 90 days of departure.
A cancellation request must be received in writing by email from a participant. Verbal notice will not serve as a valid cancellation. Should you choose to withdraw from the program at any time, the deposit is refundable up until 120 days prior to departure (unless the program is cancelled by Global Nurses In Africa). Cancellation by you up to 120 days prior to departure will result in full reimbursement.
Cancellation by you less than 90 -120 will result in a refund minus the deposit. And cancellation by you less than 90 days prior to departure will result in no refund at all. Global Nurses In Africa is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.
Important dates to remember:
February 23, 2020 Last day for cancellation for any reason and 100% refund
February 24 - March 24, 2020 Eligible for refund minus the deposit
After March 24th No Refunds regardless of reason.
We strongly recommend travel insurance.
Yes. The group will travel together at all times in a private van with driver and guide.
Nope! Included in all our trips are bi-lingual guides.
There is a spot in the application to note all allergies and food restrictions. Global Nurses In Africa will work with you personally to make sure this is something that we can accommodate.
Once you have applied for the trip you will be sent a recommended packing list specific to that trip.
Overall, everyone must be healthy and physically able to move about without complication. You are responsible for taking all necessary health precautions before and during your trip. It is the client's responsibility to ensure they seek professional medical advice before travelling and to take all necessary health precautions and preventative measures. Having said that, every activity is optional and should you choose not to participate in everything that is completely fine. We encourage everyone to take it at their own pace. Every hike will have different levels of length and difficulty, as well as different activities to choose from.
Your safety is paramount and will be taken very seriously. In case of an emergency our drivers will be at hand to take anyone to the clinic or hospital. Because we will be in rural areas and partaking in adventurous activities having your own travel insurance will protect you from any unwanted costs in the end.
From a nurse as well connected as Irene who can introduce you to the people who can help you jump start a career in international nursing, provide ideas for projects or research and for expanding your knowledge of healthcare.