Kenya Open Team 2017

Dates
June 28, 2017 - July 12, 2017
Location
Kenya
Participation Fee
$1,595
What's Included

Overview

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 be building new classrooms for the Getare Adventist School This primary school has been in existence for the last 20 years and has a thriving group of students. Their current classrooms are made out of mud and the students and leadership of the school have to keep adding more mud to keep the buildings together. Maranatha will be providing brand new metal structures that are designed to last generations and will not only provide a better learning experience for the current students, but will open up more space for additional students.

In addition to the construction of the school classrooms, volunteers will also reach out into the local community to conduct outreach such as children’s ministry programs, health education, and much more. More information will be available shortly.

Scope

School Classroom Construction

Medical Clinics

Community Outreach

Leaders
Susan Bushnell,
Co-Project Coordinator
Karen Godfrey,
Co-Project Coordinator
Itinerary
Wednesday, June 28
Arrival in Nairobi
Thursday, June 29
Travel to Kisii
Friday, June 30
Work Day
Saturday, July 1
Worship with Local Congregations
Sunday, July 2
Work Days
Saturday, July 8
Worship with Local Congregations
Sunday, July 9
Drive to Masai Mara. Afternoon Safari.
Monday, July 10
Full Day Safari
Tuesday, July 11
Drive to Nairobi and spend the night.
Wednesday, July 12
Elephant and Giraffe Centers, Local Shopping, and Evening Departures from Nairobi
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive between 6pm and 10pm on the evening of Wednesday, June 28. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart after 6pm on Wednesday, July 12.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to the arrival city, where you will be met by Maranatha representatives. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is still space on the project. More information including arrival and departure airports and time is available in the information packet. Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at edpenha@ciazumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com

Kayak:
www.kayak.com

When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Excursions
Masai Mara and Nairobi

At the end of the project, volunteers will experience the Masai Mara, one of the largest national parks in Kenya. On Sunday, volunteers will depart from Kisii and drive approximately three hours to the Masai Mara.

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 afternoon and evening safari drive. 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 at the hotel.

On the 11th, volunteers will return to Nairobi and spend the night. The following morning the group will visit two of Nairobi’s most popular attractions: The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre. Both of these attractions give opportunities for up close and personal interactions with the animals. Ever wanted to feed an elephant or get licked by a giraffe? Now’s your chance! After, the volunteers will stop at a local shopping bazaar before heading to the airport for their flights home.

The excursion is considered part of the entire project. The excursion portion of the fee $535 will cover all hotels, food, transportation, activities, and park entrances during the excursion days.

Kenya Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

Nairobi

POPULATION

45,925,301 (July 2015)

LANGUAGE

Kiswahili, English, and indigenous languages

CLIMATE

Tropical along coast; arid in the interior

RELIGION

Christian 83%, Muslim 11%

CURRENCY

Kenyan Shilling

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return.
  • Tourist Visa
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.