Join Global Gifts for an adventure of learning, volunteering, and exploring the rich culture and natural beauty of one of Africa's most fascinating countries.
About the Tour
The tour will also provide opportunities for cultural exploration, individual and group reflection, and a chance to experience the natural beauty of Kenya's spectacular eco-systems.
When is it?
June 14 - 27th, 2015
Where will we go?
Tour leaders will guide participants through Kenya's capital city of Nairobi, Eldoret (home of Imani Workshops), the city of Kisumu on beautiful Lake Victoria, and the Masai Mara, one of Africa's most beautiful and vibrant national reserves. Trip highlights include:
Visit the fair trade group Imani Workshops and their partner medical treatment program, AMPATH. See first-hand the impact of AMPATH's HIV/AIDS program and visit with the artisans at Imani who have gotten a second chance at life through fair trade. Roll up your sleeves and help us with a workshop improvement and beautification project to help the artisans thrive.
Experience Kenya's captivating beauty and enjoy the forests and mountains around historic Lake Victoria. Enjoy hiking, boating, and exotic bird-watching in this breathtaking natural environment.
Meet the organizers and students of the Umoja Project, providing education and critical resources to some of Kenya's most vulnerable youth. Change the life of an Umoja Project family through the construction of a home or cow shed.
Explore the natural wonders of the Maasai Mara, one of Africa's greatest wildlife preserves. See the stunning wildlife--lions, zebra, giraffes, and more--in their natural habitat.
Cost & Inclusions
Tour cost is $3,800 per person, based on double occupancy. This price includes:
All accommodations, airport transfers and in-country transportation, including internal flight from Nairobi to Eldoret
Primary flight scheduling guidance*
Most meals (see itinerary for details)
Local guides, drivers, and cooks
Global Gifts staff guide
Pre-departure information and briefings
Coordination of all service work
Materials and building supplies for service projects
Supply essentials for home visits
Park entrance fees
Safari vehicle and guide
Lake Victoria boat ride
A $500 deposit is due upon registration. Final balance is due May 1, 2015
*Trip cost does not include primary airfare. Participants will be responsible for booking and payment for travel to and from Nairobi. See the trip itinerary for details.
Register or More Information
Contact us today to sign up or for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the trip guide?
Kelly Trimble is a Global Gifts staff member and experienced tour guide. She has traveled extensively, lived internationally (including two years in Africa) and led ten expeditions to destinations in Africa and Europe. Prior to joining Global Gifts, Kelly served as an International Trade Specialist with the Indiana Department of Commerce. She also developed a company, ViAfrika, importing from fair trade projects and creating fair trade projects and products in South Africa.
Are you concerned about Ebola?
No. Ebola is a very serious illness that has been the subject of much focus in the news recently; however it is important to remember that, to date, the virus has been isolated in western Africa. The Kenya Service Tour will not travel into or through any Ebola-affected areas.
How will we travel within the country?
After arrival in Nairobi, participants will travel by plane to Eldoret. After this, all travel will be by bus. To minimize confusion and complications such as lost luggage, we will have one vehicle and driver for the entire trip.
Where will we stay?
Accomodations will be in a combination of hotels, lodges and guest houses--comfortable, clean and safe, but not luxurious.
Should I be concerned about safety?
How can I prepare for the trip?