Kenya Project

Dates
January 31, 2018 - February 14, 2018
Location
Kenya
Participation Fee
$1,550
What's Included

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

Overview

Join Maranatha in the fascinating country of Kenya! There is a great need for churches and school in this eastern African country, and local church leadership have requested Maranatha’s assistance.

Volunteers on this project will work at Kiirua Seventh-day Adventist School. There are 132 students attending the elementary and secondary school, but they do not have a proper cafeteria or kitchen for the students. Maranatha volunteers have been working at Kiirua over the last year to build two new dormitories and bath houses for the students. Volunteers on this project will complete the final stage of work with the new kitchen and dining hall completed with brick masonry construction.

Meru is a relatively poor area and would be greatly impacted by outreach activities, such as medical clinics, children’s programs, and health education. If we have enough volunteers, we would like to offer these programs to the community. If you are interested in leading or helping to lead these activities, please contact Maranatha. The project also includes a safari in the world famous Masai Mara National Park.

Scope

Kitchen and Dining Hall Masonry Construction

Community Outreach

Medical and/or Dental Clinics

Leaders
David Lopez,
Project Coordinator
David Wright,
Spiritual Coordinator
George Alder,
Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Wednesday, January 31
Evening Arrivals in Nairobi
Thursday, February 1
Travel to Meru and Orientation
Friday, February 2
First Work Day
Saturday, February 3
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, February 4
Work Days
Saturday, February 10
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, February 11
Travel to Nairobi. Nairobi Activities.
Monday, February 12
Travel to Masai Mara. Afternoon Safari.
Tuesday, February 13
Full Day Safari
Wednesday, February 14
Return to Nairobi. Evening Departures.
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Nairobi, Kenya (airport code NBO) in the evening of Wednesday, January 31, 2018.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Nairobi, Kenya (airport code NBO) anytime after 5:30 pm in the evening of Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Nairobi, Kenya and send a copy of the itinerary to volunteer@maranatha.org. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Nairobi. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. More information including arrival and departure airports and time are available in the information packet (download above). Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-777-5149 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at corporatetravel@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 Excursion

At the end of the project, volunteers will experience some of the wildlife of Kenya at the Masai Mara. On Sunday morning, the group will drive approximately six hours back to Nairobi. That afternoon, volunteers will visit one of Nairobi’s most popular attractions: The Giraffe Centre. You’ll be allowed to interact with giraffes and might even get licked! That evening, the group will spend the night back at the ECD campus.

The next morning, the group will travel another six hours to the Masai Mara, one of the largest national parks in Kenya. 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 sack lunch. On the 14th, volunteers will return to Nairobi for evening departures that night.

The excursion is considered part of the entire project. All hotels, food, transportation, activities, and park entrances during the excursion days are covered by the excursion fee paid to Maranatha.

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.