Kenya Project

Dates
August 22, 2018 - September 5, 2018
Location
Kenya
Participation Fee
$1,425
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 Gucha Adventist Preparatory School approximately 45 minutes east of the town of Kisii, Kenya. The school currently has 250 students in kindergarten through third grade and they have dreams of expanding the school to a full eight grades. But the students are currently learning in classrooms made of wood and mud. They are quite deteriorated and falling apart. The inter of the classrooms are dark and not ideal for teaching and learning. Volunteers on this project will help build new classrooms for Gucha.

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 in the world-famous Masai Mara at the end of the project.

Scope

Block School Classrooms

Leaders
Valeree Krueger,
Project Coordinator
Peter Thomas,
Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Wednesday, August 22
Arrival in Nairobi
Thursday, August 23
Travel to Kisii
Friday, August 24
First Work Day
Saturday, August 25
Worship with the local congregations
Sunday, August 26
Work Days
Saturday, September 1
Worship with the local congregations
Sunday, September 2
Travel to the Masai Mara
Monday, September 3
Full Day Safari
Tuesday, September 4
Travel to Nairobi
Wednesday, September 5
Nairobi Activities and Evening Departures
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Nairobi, Kenya (NBO) between 6pm and 10pm in the evening of Wednesday, August 22, 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, September 5, 2018.
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
Masai Mara and Nairobi

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 travel 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 3rd, 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.

 

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