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Kenya July 2023 Enhance School Infrastructure and Create a Positive Environment Essential for Learning

$3,400Flight cost not included
Jul 15, 2023 Jul 29, 2023 Naro Moru, Kenya Adult & Family Trip WASH

About the ProjectBringing Water to a School and a Community

This DWC project will enhance a school facility and create a positive learning environment essential for students. There is a focus on addressing water access through rainwater collection, latrine building, assisting with food programs, as well as repairing classroom walls, floors and roofs, adding blackboards, and contributing to general school improvements.

Children must walk long distances in a semi-arid, very dry environment to get to Iriuko primary school where classrooms are made from old lumber with dirt floors. The children at this school lack a feeding program, and water is also an issue because there is no rainwater harvesting system in place. There are only two latrines, which are made from old wood, and are shared by about 380 students and teachers.

Volunteers work alongside local tradesmen, parent volunteers and teachers doing manual labour. Moving materials and tools, digging, installing gutters, water tanks, pipes and fittings, mixing concrete by hand and using buckets and wheelbarrows to move sand, water and concrete are examples of the tasks the team assists with. It can involve some sweat, but everyone pulls together, inspired by the benefits the project will have for the community’s future.

In Kenya
  • Agriculture supports 75 % of the Kenyan population
  • Irrigation will support over 200 primary students ages 7-14

What to ExpectA Typical Workday in Kenya

DWC’s Kenyan partner, ACCESS (Action Crew on Community Environment for Sustainable Services) Kenya, is a non-profit group based out of Naro Moru village at the base of Mount Kenya. This organization is focused on education and protecting the environment, as well as raising awareness of the problems that come with deforestation. ACCESS Kenya strives to safeguard water that is much needed for people and wildlife to survive. DWC volunteers will be immersed in the village culture, with many locals jumping to lend a helping hand.

In general, expect to work 6-8 hours per day. Volunteers usually wake up early, around 6:00 or 7:00 am for breakfast. After breakfast, the team is transported to the project site (usually by private bus) and the workday begins, usually somewhere between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. There will be lunch in the middle of the day, which is either provided by your workplace, host family, or purchased by you. Your workday will usually end around 4:00 pm.

Man feeding Giraffe in Kenya

It's Not All WorkVisit the Maasi Mara National Reserve on a Safari

Kenya is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife watching destinations, home as it is to the Big Five (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and white/black rhinos). The Maasai Mara National Reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley, which stretches from Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique. The huge expansive grasslands specked with flat topped acacia trees, conjure the spirit of adventure.

While you are here, trek Mount Kilimanjaro the awe-inspiring landmark of Tanzania. You don’t need to climb it to experience its full beauty and the captivating terrain that surrounds it. You can get a sneak peak of Kilimanjaro on a day trip that gives you the opportunity to scramble up the first leg of the famed Marangu Route.

Trip Details

  • Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 – Team arrives in Kenya; check in to hotel
  • Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21 – PROJECT WORK in Naro Moru
  • Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, July 23 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28 – PROJECT WORK in Naro Moru
  • Saturday, July 29 – Transport to airport and fly home or continue your travels in Kenya
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.

What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a local hotel that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.

How much does it cost?
The cost of each trip varies for each country, and the approximate cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. All costs will be finalized closer to the departure date. This cost is the in-country cost, including accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our Host Partner in their respective country. It does not include airfare. The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet. You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

Meet the Trip Leader
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Joy Demsey

Joy Demsey is an American who moved up in the world to Canada for love and to raise her family. She has worked teaching ESL for over 6 years in Moldova, Japan and Kyrgyzstan. She has been able to travel to experience many countries in the world including Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, India, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Cuba and Honduras. She finds local immersion travelling experiences that connect her with children across the world brings the most heartfelt smiles, gratitude and hope for our world’s future.  Joy has led a DWC trip to the Philippines and is also the Trip Coordinator for Developing World Connections.

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