Sunday, August 06, 2006

Melanie and Joseph's Internship in Kigali

We are in the midst of preparing for our internship. Clare has been such an immense help! Currently, we are in the process of putting the final touches on our fundraising letters and are optimistically looking forward to an enthusiastic response. We have been already rewarded by the response that has been given by our friends and colleagues to our internship.

One of the first steps on our journey was to get our passport photo taken and have that stamped by the photo shop and signed by the doctor. This morning, we both had our first Twinrix shots, which is a combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccine is administered in 3 doses, so we are looking forward to getting our second dose in another month. Note that vaccines really should be budgeted for because just this one costs $176.59 a pop! (and that's not counting the $18 doctor administration fee). Really, to anyone who is concerned about needles, it barely hurts at all - and this is coming from someone without a high pain threshold. This week, we will be visiting a travel clinic to get all of our other vaccinations up to date. Hopefully, by Monday, we'll have the official go ahead to begin fundraising.

7 comments:

Unknown said...

Euch, the pain... I'm sure i just went for Yellow Fever...
Let's see the passport photos then :)

Heddy said...

YAY!

not for needles though. glad you got that part over with. i remember before i left for rwanda, my wallet was hit worse than my arm. i had to shell out $700 USD.. eesh!

anyway, yay for internships. you guys should keep a blog there, or update this frequently (pending cooperation from rwandan electricity and internet servers...) so we can keep posted on what you're all up to!

Never Again International - Canada said...

And you said I didn't sleep Clare :) Judging by the 1:50 am message, you're not much better than I (granted, it is itching on 4 am here).
How did I know you would want the passport photos :) They are hideous, I didn't know it was possible to take such an awful photo, but they don't even let you smile for those! Perhaps we should have splurged for the color version but due to... let us say... financial contraints, we opted to save the 5 dollars. Given the fact you haven't seen a decent photo of me, let alone a passport photo, I think I will have to upload something to the blog.
Heddy, Albert has a neat address for his blog, is there any way to set up something similar?

Unknown said...

Yup, it's really easy. Just log into blogger as you did to post and you can start your own blog in about 5 seconds! It's good to do it through blogger as you can choose your own template, it's really easy and you remain linked to this blog xx

marian said...

Melanie - Thanks so much for keeping us up-to-date. It is very exciting to read about your progress. You should definitly start a blog! It's probably a good idea to start now too, so you can work out any hitches will you have regular, reliable and fast access to the net. What about "M&JinRwanda"?!

Never Again International - Canada said...

Today is definitely blog worthy Marian. I will try and get things sorted out with that. I already signed up yesterday and want to get everything connected so that the blog can be connected with the Never Again blog. I'll have to get my act together and get some pre-departure pictures posted. I'm positively glowing with excitement!

Never Again International - Canada said...

If you want a regular progress report, or have time to listen to some of my tangents, feel free to check out: http://melanieinkigali.blogspot.com/