Kenya Project

Project Full
Dates
November 15 - 30, 2017
Location
Kenya
Participation Fee
$1,600
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 construct a new boys’ dormitory and bathroom block at Kiirua Seventh-day Adventist School. There are 132 students attending the elementary and secondary school, and several of the young men live in a dormitory that is practically falling apart. Bugs, rain, wind, and dust invade the dilapidated space, and the students report feeling very cold at night. The school is losing students because of the poor conditions, and they are in desperate need of a new building.

Meru is a relatively poor area and would be greatly impacted by outreach activities, such as 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

Dormitory and Bathroom Masonry Construction

Community Outreach

Leaders
Merrill Zachary (Zack),
Project Coordinator
George and Becky Alder,
Construction Superintendent and Kitchen Coordinator
Stacy Peterson,
Spiritual Coordinator
Itinerary
Wednesday, November 15
Evening Arrivals in Nairobi
Thursday, November 16
Travel to Meru and Orientation
Friday, November 17
First Work Day
Saturday, November 18
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, November 19
Work Days
Saturday, November 25
Worship with the Local Congregations. Dormitory Dedication.
Sunday, November 26
Travel to Nairobi.
Monday, November 27
Travel to the Masai Mara. Afternoon Safari
Tuesday, November 28
Full Day Safari at Masai Mara
Wednesday, November 29
Travel to Nairobi
Thursday, November 30
Elephant and Giraffe Centers, Local Shopping, Evening Departures from Nairobi
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Nairobi, Kenya (airport code NBO) the evening of Wednesday, November 15.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) in the evening of Thursday, November 30.
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 an information packet (download above). Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 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 Safari

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 where they will stay 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 29th, 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. 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.