When asked what advise he would give to future cyber-volunteers, he underlines: "Europe is different." It is therefore important that one is well prepared for such an experience from a psychological point of view." He further advises: "such an experience represents a commitment, first for the project, but also some sacrifices as one does not come here for tourism."
For FranÃ§ois Grey, one of the project coordinators, this exchange has been very enlightening: "The unique thing about Africa@home is that it involves Africans. I learned a lot from William and Bakary. In particular with respect to their thinking and way of doing things, but also about the every-day life of Africans who live in regions where it is rare to find anyone who has not had malaria."
Created by Bakary and other team members, the web site of the project has been launched and can be seen at http://africa-at-home.web.cern.ch.
A continuation of the Africa@home project is planned for 2006. VK / NG