Kenya Project

Dates
July 25, 2018 - August 8, 2018
Location
Kenya
Participation Fee
$1,315
What's Included

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 new block buildings for the Kiutine Adventist School approximately an hour northeast of Meru, Kenya. The students at this school currently live in deplorable conditions. The dormitories are small and cramped with holes where bugs, mice, and snakes can easily enter. The floors are made of dirt. The showers are just an enclosed muddy area where the students use buckets to bathe. Maranatha has committed to building new dormitories, bathroom buildings, kitchen, and dining hall for this campus.

This area is a relatively poor region 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.

This project also includes a safari excursion at the end of the project.

Scope

Block Construction – Dormitory, Bathroom, or Dining Hall

Community Outreach

Leaders
Vickie Wiedmann,
Project Coordinator
Bernie Wiedmann,
Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Wednesday, July 25
Arrival in Nairobi
Thursday, July 26
Travel to Kiutine
Friday, July 27
Work Day
Saturday, July 28
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, July 29
Work Days
Saturday, August 4
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, August 5
Safari Excursion at Samburu National Park
Monday, August 6
Travel to Nairobi
Tuesday, August 7
Safari Excursion at Nairobi National Park
Wednesday, August 8
Nairobi Activities. Evening Departures
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Nairobi, Kenya (NBO) between 6pm and 10pm in the evening of Wednesday, July 25, 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 (NBO) after 5:30pm in the evening of Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
iKweta Country Inn
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Nairobi, Kenya. The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project, but due to travel time, you may need to leave a day or two before the arrival date. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. More information is available in an information packet available for download above. Booking outside the arrival and departure 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
Samburu and Nairobi National Parks

At the end of the project, volunteers will experience some of the wildlife of Kenya by taking two safaris at Samburu National Reserve and Nairobi National Park.

On Sunday morning volunteers will travel by bus to Samburu National Reserve. This 103 square mile reserve is known for its arid climate and it’s hot temperatures. The park is famous for its abundance of some of the rare northern species of animals such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, and Reticulated Giraffe. The reserve is also known for its large population of African Elephants and chances to see some of the larger predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs.

Then on Monday the group will travel back to Nairobi. The next morning, the group will do a full-day safari drive at Nairobi National Park. Nestled just 4 miles outside of the business district of downtown Nairobi, this park gives visitors the unique opportunity to see four of the “Big Five” in wide open grass plains in front of a backdrop of city skyscrapers. The park has over 100 mammal species including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, baboon, zebra, wildebeest, rhinoceros, and cheetah.

On Wednesday, 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. Have you ever wanted to feed an elephant or get licked by a giraffe? Now’s your chance! Afterwards, the volunteers will stop at a local shopping bazaar before departing that evening from Nairobi.

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 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.

 

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