Niger

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Niger, officially Republic of Niger, is a former French colony which was granted independence in 1960. The land is mostly desert plains and dunes, with rolling savanna in the southeast, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara Desert. The country takes its name from the Niger River, which flows through the southwestern part of its territory. The Niger is an important river in Africa because it is the principal river in Western Africa and provides an invaluable water source in the Sahara Desert. It’s two fertile deltas provide critical water sources and wetlands to an otherwise very dry region. The official language is French with eight "national" languages in Niger. The need for translation is great. We look forward to you joining us on a MAST project.

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MAST

 VISA:

  • We recommend you use Travel Docs for getting your visa  Travel Docs Visa information.
  • Valid passport: for at least six (6) months.
  • Three (3) completed and signed visa application forms
  • Three (3) recent passport-size photos
  • Yellow Fever with the International Vaccination Certificate
  • Cholera is required only if traveling from a neighboring country where an outbreak of the disease has been reported.
  • Valid US passport with at 6 months prior to expiring.
  • 3 recent passport photos.
  • Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.
  • Letter from Bank certifying that you have $500 in an account
  • At least 1 blank Visa pages for entry stamp.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photos.
  • Two week processing time.


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.
  • Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Niger for the most up to date travel info.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommendations 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. Our African director does not recommend capris. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves). There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly.
  • Socially acceptable or expected footwear:
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. 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 (July - September).

 

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 with DEET.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.).
  • Food could be spicy: bring antacids if needed.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies (Tylenol/Aleve, Pepto-Bismol, Imodium, Vaseline), your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc., are available but expensive.
  • You will probably want to bring battery operated flashlight or fan.
  • 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.
  • You can rest assured that our translators will want to take good care of us.  African people are extremely kind and caring.
  • The temperature is often in the high 90s or even over 100 and rainy so we recommend bringing a collapsible umbrella and a hat.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Niger so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.