Mali

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Mali is a landlocked country, bordered by Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d'lvorie, Guinea, and Senegal. Mali is a developing nation, and remains one of the poorest countries in the world. However, it has some incredible sights, including four World Heritage Sites and the historic city of Timbuktu. The need for Bible translation is great. Would you consider joining us on a MAST to accelerate Bible translation in this country?

Quick Jump

MAST

Visa:

 

  • Travel Docs can help with the process  http://www.traveldocs.com/ they know all the ins and outs of dealing with the Embassy.
  • Passport with at least 6 months remaining before expiration.
  • At least 1 blank visa page in your passport.
  • Attach one passport photo. If you plan an extended stay you may need more.
  • Provide a copy of your return tickets.
  • Proof of a hotel confirmation is required.
  • Yellow Fever vaccine in required with World Health Card.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.

 

Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead for MAST.

 

Medical:

  • Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Mali for the most up to date health information for traveling to Mali.
  • Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.

 

 

Clothes:

  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women: 
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
  • What is socially acceptable and expected footwear?
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Recommend good walking soles. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."
  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.


Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes preferably with a high concentration of Deet.
  • Sunscreen, small battery operated fan, flashlight, and umbrella.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.


Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to do without running water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Mali so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.
  • The people are very warm and friendly.