Kenya Project (CANCELLED)

Project Full
Dates
June 11 - 23, 2020
Location
Kenya
Participation Fee
$1,800
What's Included

Overview

***This project is currently cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please see our update page for more information.***

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 has requested Maranatha’s assistance.

Volunteers on this project will be working at the Kajiado Adventist School and Rescue Center. This school started in 2000 with the mission to empower the Maasai girls and to give them a safe place to escape the culture that encourages child marriages and female genital mutilation. Once the girls move in, they basically become orphans since their families do not want them to come back. Since it began, the school has helped more than 2000 students. Currently they have 92 girls and 22 boys who help the girls form positive friendships with both genders. In addition, there are 50 high school and university aged girls who return on break. And there are another 100 girls on the waiting list!

This group will be building classrooms for the secondary school. Depending on the skills of the volunteers who join the team, there may also be opportunities to conduct local community outreach, children’s programs, and health education.

This project will also include a safari excursion in the world-famous Amboseli National Park at the end of the project.

Scope

Masonry Classroom Construction

Community Outreach

Leaders
Loretta Spivey,
Project Coordinator
Itinerary
Thursday, June 11
Arrival in Nairobi
Friday, June 12
Orientation and First Work Day
Saturday, June 13
Worship with Maasai Village
Sunday, June 14
Work Days with Midweek Amboseli National Park Excursion
Saturday, June 20
Worship with the Kajiado Congregation
Sunday, June 21
Travel to Masai Mara National Park, Safari
Monday, June 22
Full Day Safari
Tuesday, June 23
Return to Nairobi, Souvenir Shopping, Evening Departures
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Nairobi, Kenya (airport code NBO) between 6pm and 10pm on Thursday, July 11, 2020Please 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 on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
Tumaini Gardens Hotel
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from Nairobi Kenya. The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project. You may need to leave home a day or two before the advertised start date to arrive on the correct date. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Nairobi.

More information including specific flight arrival and departure windows is available in the information packet available for download above.

Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare. Booking outside the advertised flight 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
Amboseli and Masai Mara National Parks

The group will take a day off during the work week and visit Amboseli National Park on the Kenya-Tanzania border and about an hour from Kajiado. Amboseli is one of the top ten national reserves in Kenya and boasts amazing views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to freeranging elephants, and it is possible to see the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, water buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephant), as well as many other wild animals including cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, crocodiles, and much more!

At the end of the project, volunteers will travel to Masai Mara National Park, which is one of the largest parks in Kenya and is famous for the “Great Migration” where wildebeest, zebra, and many other animals travel between the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya. This park is known for great viewing of the “Big Five” and many visitors see lions. On Sunday, the group will travel approximately seven hours to the park and enjoy an afternoon safari drive. They will spend the night at the beautiful Sopa Lodge and the following day enjoy an all-day safari with a sack lunch.

On Tuesday, the group will return to Nairobi, where they’ll visit one of the city’s most popular attractions: The Giraffe Centre. Here volunteers will get to experience an up-close-and-personal encounter with giraffes. Then volunteers will stop at a local market for souvenir shopping before heading to the airport that evening for their flights home.

The excursion is considered part of the 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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