Work hard, play hard

When you go on a mission trip, you will get time to unwind.   The majority of organisations who arrange mission trips, have a day or two set aside for you to relax and enjoy the country you are in.  Depending which country you go to and when are deciding factors on where you will go to unwind.

Most organisations take into account the time of year a mission trip occurs so that seasonal events can be enjoyed.

Kenya

Kenya is in East Africa.  It borders the Indian Ocean between Somalia and Tanzania.  It has a population of around 32 million.   The official language of the country is English and Kiswahili and numerous indigenous languages.  The literacy rate is 85.1%, life expectancy is 44.9 years and 50% live below the poverty line.

If you are privileged to go on a mission trip to Kenya, I would recommend a visit to the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve.  The best time to go is around August/September this is when the great migration occurs – once every year – from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara and back to the Serengeti.  The migration is a set circuit that occurs between Tanzania’s Serengeti plains in the south and Kenya’s Maasai Mara in the north.  Over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

 

If you are a fan of wildlife and nature, going on a mission trip to Kenya and seeing this wonder is something you should not miss out on.  The other African countries also have spectacular wildlife reserves.

Kenya is also known for the Maasai tribe who are very friendly. You may even get a session with them about their way of life.

 

 

India

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, India

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamaica

Doctor’s Cave Beach

The stretch of golden sand and calm, rippling waters of Doctor’s Cave Beach on Montego Bay is the place to be to relax – enjoyed by Jamaican tourists and locals alike. It is one of Jamaica’s most popular beach haunts. There is a ban on radios, footballs and vendors so, the perfect place to unwind, relax and enjoy the scenery.

 

 

Being of Jamaican descendant, I felt at home in Jamaica and ventured out with another missionary on one of our afternoons of to downtown MoBay.   It is a great way to meet the locals and learn about different cultures.  However, I wouldn’t recommend venturing out on your own unless you are with someone who knows the area well.