When volunteering in 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:
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 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 has also become 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 flourishes. It’s a stop well worth it on a weekend or an add-on trip after volunteering with ACCESS Kenya and DWC.
Climatewise, Kenya is close to the equator and has a pleasant, tropical climate with daytime temperatures averaging between 24°C and 29°C. Humidity is high and the rain is sometimes heavy on a daily basis, although it seldom lasts the whole day. Of course, it’s never easy to predict the weather, but consider this a rough guide.
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This project will help with renovations and repairs of a local primary school in Naro Moru. Aguthi Primary School consists of several classrooms, with student’s ranging in age the ages from seven to fourteen. The classrooms are approximately 25 x 30 feet and the volunteer team will be using locally available materials like limestone, murram, hard cores, cement, gravel, and river sand to make repairs. This project will also put large blackboards on the walls in every classroom. The core issue with this volunteer project will be addressing the current lack of adequate facilities to provide a good learning environment for the children. The floors and walls in the classrooms are in desperate need of repair, as water oozes up from the ground during the rainy season and makes the room extremely cold. This hinders the children’s ability to learn adequately under very difficult conditions, and it affects not only the students but the teachers as well. Access to good learning facilities in rural Kenya like Aguthi Primary School is a huge challenge in Kenya as well as in East Africa.
When / Itinerary:
- Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 – Team arrives in Kenya; check in to hotel
- Monday, November 5 to Friday, November 9 – PROJECT WORK in Naro Moru
- Saturday, November 10 to Sunday, November 11 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, November 12 to Friday, November 16 – PROJECT WORK in Naro Moru
- Saturday, November 17 – Transport to airport and fly home or continue your travels in Kenya
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.
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:
Jen Baillie wants to live in a world where people have face-to-face conversations, make mistakes and grow from them, play outside, celebrate each others gifts, live inspired, find something to be grateful about everyday and every “thank you” note is scribbled by hand.
As a child and youth care practitioner, local and global volunteer, she’s been actively involved in her community since the age of 12. She has travelled to more than 20 countries and has led Developing World Connections teams to Rwanda, Peru, Guatemala and India.
When she’s not on one of her adventures around the world, you can find Jen lost in a stack of travel books and maps planning her next trip, volunteering in the community, devising her next random acts of kindness mission, sifting through inspirational quotes and unapologetically soliciting people to join her in getting involved, following their passions or hers. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Helen Keller
Are You Ready To Go?
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.
We’re glad to have you join us.
Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.