Kenya Open Team 2

Project Full
August 30, 2016 - September 14, 2016
Participation Fee
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.


***This project is currently full. To be placed on the waiting list, please register for the project, but do not make a payment. We will contact the waiting list on a first come-first serve basis if cancellations occur***

Maranatha has recently started work in the fascinating country of Kenya. There is a great need for churches and schools and local church leadership has requested Maranatha’s assistance. On this project, volunteers will serve several different communities.

First, the group will complete the block walls for a new girl’s dormitory at Kiirua Adventist School. Currently there are 24 young girls living in very poor conditions in an old dormitory. Bugs, rain, wind, and dust invade the cramped spaces. The school has been losing students due to the poor conditions, and they are in desperate need of a new building.

Second, the group will assemble three One-day Church frames for congregations in the nearby communities of Kiengo, Kiirua, and Subuinga.

In addition to the construction, volunteers will also reach out into the local community to conduct outreach such as children’s ministry programs.


One Day Church Construction

School Dormitory Block Work

Local Community Outreach

Terry Schwartz,
Project Coordinator
Bruce Schwartz,
Construction Superintendent
Richard Salsbery,
Head Cook
Shayne Daughenbaugh,
Spiritual Coordinator
Tuesday, August 30
Arrival in Kenya. Overnight in Nairobi.
Wednesday, August 31
Travel to Meru and Project Orientation.
Thursday, September 1
Work Days
Friday, September 2
Worship with Samburu Tribe.
Saturday, September 3
Work Days
Saturday, September 10
Worship with the local congregations. Dormitory Dedication
Sunday, September 11
Excursion: Travel to Lake Nakuru. Afternoon Safari Drive
Monday, September 12
Excursion: Travel to Masai Mara. Afternoon Safari Drive.
Tuesday, September 13
Excursion: All Day Safari in Masai Mara.
Wednesday, September 14
Excursion: Morning Safari Drive. Return to Nairobi. Evening Departures from Nairobi.
ARRIVALPlease plan to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya (airport code NBO) on a flight scheduled to arrive between 6pm and 10pm local time on Tuesday, August 30.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREPlease plan to depart from Nairobi (NBO) anytime after 6pm on Wednesday, September 14. The group will return from the excursion that afternoon, so be sure to follow these guidelines and book the ticket out in the evening.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own airfare to the capital city of Nairobi. From there, the group will travel together by private bus to the project location. At the end of the project, the group will depart for the safari excursion. The group will drive back from the Masai Mara and fly home from Nairobi on the evening of September 14.

Please wait for your confirmation before purchasing your ticket to ensure that there is still space on the project.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


Excursion: Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara - $775

At the end of the project, volunteers will visit two game reserves in Kenya, the Masai Mara, one of the largest national parks in Kenya, and a smaller reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park. On Sunday, volunteers will depart from Meru and drive to Lake Nakuru where they will take an afternoon safari drive. Lake Nakuru is known for its large population of flamingos and rhinos.

The following morning, the group will drive to Masai Mara, which will take about six hours, but the journey will be well worth the wait. Within a few hours of being at the reserve, it is possible to see the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, water buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephant) as well as many other wild animals including zebras, giraffes, hippopotamuses, wildebeests, cheetahs, antelope, vultures, hyenas, and much more! The group will arrive in the afternoon and enjoy an evening safari drive in an 8-seater land cruiser. They will spend the night at the beautiful Sopa Lodge in the game park. The following day the group will have an all day safari with a break for lunch back at the hotel. On the 14th, the group will take another morning safari after breakfast before driving back to Nairobi to catch their departure flights home.

The excursion fee will cover all hotels, food, transportation, and excursions during the excursion days.

Kenya Facts & Figures




57,052,004 (2023)


Kiswahili, English, and indigenous languages


Tropical along coast; arid in the interior


Christian 83%, Muslim 11%


Kenyan Shilling

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return.
  • Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.