"The country will leave you valuing what you have. The race will challenge you, and the project visits will burn into your heart and stay with you forever."
In 2009 Lonely Planet named Sierra Leone in its top ten countries to visit. And it's easy to see why. With a string of beautiful beaches, a wonderful culture and one of the warmest welcomes you'll receive anywhere in the world, it is a unique and inspiring place to visit.
It is also incredibly poor and has had a troubled history. Fifteen years after a civil war that was reported around the world, Sierra Leone was well on the road to recovery. In fact, the World Bank had projected its economy to be the second fastest growing worldwide; until the Ebola crisis began to take hold.
Now, as Sierra Leone rebuilds itself once again, it is more important than ever to support this nation which has so much to offer. The Sierra Leone Marathon 2018 is not just an incredible opportunity to take on a unique sporting challenge but also to let the world know that the country is very much open for business once more.
Five nights is the standard length of stay for most participants. We will however help to organise transport and accommodation for those who wish to stay for a shorter visit. All of our travel packages include accommodation, three meals per day and all transport in-country including airport transfers to/from Freetown and to project visit sites. Street Child does not make a profit on your package.
1*: - Bucket showers, electricity at night, no AC, hostel type accommodation - for the true traveller!
2*: - Refreshing bucket showers, electricity, no AC. This option may involve shared accommodation.
3*: - Showers, electricity, guaranteed fan/AC. Our most popular option, stay in a basic Makeni guest house or hotel with your own private or shared room with toilet and washing facilities.
4*: - Hot showers, electricity, wifi, AC, hotel swimming pool. There are a limited number of premium rooms available in Makeni. Please contact us for availability.
Day 1: Travel by 4x4 convoy to one of Street Child's remote projects and meet some of the rural school children your fundraising will be supporting
Day 3: Take the chance to explore the charming town of Makeni or simply prepare for the race by relaxing at Street Child's own Bar/Restaurant, the Clubhouse.
Day 5: Top off this unique travel experience with a relaxing trip to one of Sierra Leone's stunning beaches: a chance to rest and reflect on this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Day 2: Visit the charity's urban projects including some of the mothers we have helped to setup businesses so they can send their children to school.
Day 4: All participants, whether you are walking, jogging or running will set off through the stunning scenery of Sierra Leone passing through the villages and communities surrounding Makeni before arriving at the finish line at the Wusum Hill Stadium.