TRIP #KYA0717:

Kenya

Make a difference in a small Kenyan community

DEPARTURE DATE
Jul 8, 2017
RETURN DATE
Jul 22, 2017
COST
Approx. $2,300
WHERE
Naro Moru, Kenya

Kenya

You’ll work with our in-country partner ACCESS Kenya in Naro Moru, Kenya. ACCESS Kenya works to improve the environment as well as water and education resources in the community.

About The Trip:


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 focussed on education and protecting the environment, as well as raising awareness at the problems that come with deforestation. ACCESS Kenya strives to safeguard water that is much needed for people and wildlife to survive.

ACCESS Kenya has built and refurbished school classrooms, assisted at regional orphanages, constructed community water tanks and planted thousands of trees to restore life-sustaining forests. With a strong base of sustainable development and community project management aimed at alleviating poverty, ACCESS Kenya strives to improve life for people in the Naro Moru region through community-driven works.

ACCESS Kenya was started in 2004 by a local group of volunteers who realized that prolonged droughts and deforestation were affecting the ability of people to thrive in the region. The lack of adequate learning facilities in the area was also a concern of the group, and it, too, became a focal point of the organization’s goals and priorities. Read more here: http://accessvolunteergroup.org/

It’s Not All Work:


A small market town of roughly 3,000 people in central Kenya, Naro Moru survives mainly on tourism, with hikers headed to nearby Mount Kenya and wildlife lovers taking their cameras to the Solio Game Reserve, the Mau Mau cave and other natural sights. Naro Moru is also close to the Rift Valley, which is where Kenya’s wildlife really thrives. It’s a stop well worth it on a weekend or an add-on trip after volunteering with ACCESS Kenya and DWC.

Kenya itself is still heavily reliant upon agriculture for its economic success; tea, coffee, sisal, corn and wheat are among the main crops grown in the highlands, while coconuts, pineapples, cashews, cotton and sugarcane are harvested in the lower areas. This dependency on agriculture makes ACCESS Kenya’s goals of improving water resources and restoring deforested areas even more important to the people of the region and the country as a whole, especially since most agriculture is reliant upon rainwater.

Climatewise, Kenya’s temperatures hit daytime highs of about 25C in July. It is the rainy season, but the wettest month is April, so the worst should be long over. Of course, it’s never easy to predict the weather, but consider this a rough guide. On the up side, there should be lots of sunshine to greet you. The humidity in July runs about 60 to 70 per cent.

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The Project:


Volunteers will be doing construction work on a school or a home, or helping out with environmental and reforestation efforts, such as tree planting or building a water-retention structure. Needs are great in all these areas, and Developing World Connections relies on ACCESS Kenya to be in touch with the community so that it will determine what would be of greatest benefit when the team arrives.

We will be able to provide more details about the project work to be done closer to the departure date.

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When / Itinerary:


  • Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 – Team arrives in Kenya; check in to hotel
  • Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14 – PROJECT WORK in Naro Moru
  • Saturday, July 15 to Sunday, July 16 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21 – PROJECT WORK in Naro Moru
  • Saturday, July 22: Transport to airport and fly home

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FAQs:


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 hotel in Naro Moru 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 program cost is about $2,300 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to ACCESS Kenya. It does not include airfare.
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.
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.

DWC Team Leader:


Brittany Pepper

From a young age, Brittany has possessed a love for travel and a dedication to helping others. These passions led her to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in international development . She studies focused in on HIV/AIDS and rural livelihoods (including food security) in sub-Saharan Africa. In pursuit of these interests, Brittany has spent time volunteering and conducting research in Western Kenya.
Brittany currently works at Softchoice where she is chair of the Softchoice Cares board of directors. Through this post, Brittany has participated in two DWC trips to India, where the team is building a community technology access center in Rajasthan, India.
Brittany describes herself as a lifelong learner who is always open to new experiences and is never shy to ask questions that help her explore new ideas and new perspectives.

Are You Ready To Go?


Want more information about this trip? Email DWC at [javascript protected email address] or apply now using our online application.

You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

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