Be a part of the groundwork of establishing our new project venue in Kendu Bay! One of the most inspiring experiences in our work in Africa is being able to be a part of the beginnings of something big and bold that will help bring hope and change lives for the better.
Project Humanity, in partnership with the African Library Project and Rongo University, has embarked on a multi-year partnership to open hundreds of libraries in Kenya and in 2018, we’ll be identifying 60 more libraries (30 of them in Kendu Bay). The partnership is a complex one that requires books drives to be held in the U.S., the shipping of cargo containers overseas, and getting books to their final location which may include small islands on Lake Victoria. As a condition for opening a library, local library committees must meet a number of conditions to include preparing a space, installing shelving, participating in librarian training, and incorporating reading into weekly lesson plans.
As part of this trip, volunteers will visit schools and meet with various library committees to see how the libraries are performing. As a team, we’ll validate that books are getting used and that other commitments associated with receiving a library are being met. We’ll be also visit many of the new sites that are scheduled to receive a library 2018 to see how readiness plans are progressing. This will be full week of visiting schools, meeting children, and getting to know a part of Kenya most tourist never encounter.
Our volunteer team will be made up of primarily our alumni volunteers but everyone is welcome to join this trip. Please remember that schedules, locations, and assignments can change with little notice.
Mar 16: Depart from New York (JFK), Washington D.C. (IAD), Miami (MIA), or Orlando (MCO) for afternoon transatlantic departures to Nairobi (International gateway airport will be determined at least 45 days prior to departure).
Mar 17: After arriving and overnighting in Nairobi, we’ll depart by private bus for Kendu Bay in southwest Kenya. By this time, you will have already gone through customs and immigration, exchanged some money and will be getting a feel of life in this part of Africa. During the drive to Kendu Bay you’ll learn about and experience the Great Rift Valley, you’ll see how tea is grown and harvested in the hill region, and finally, you’ll encounter Lake Victoria.
Mar 18-23: We’re going to have an action-packed volunteer week that will take you all over various points of Homa Bay and Migori counties. Some of the libraries that opened in May are located on the islands surrounding Rusinga; others are located near Rongo University which means you’ll get a good feel for how people live and work in this part of Kenya. A good percentage of our time will be spent meeting library committee members, teachers, and children to learn about what impact the libraries are having. We’ll also be visiting future library sites to see how they are getting ready to receive their books in 2018.
Mar 24: We’ll depart early in the morning for our transit back to Nairobi. Flights back to the U.S. leave in the evening; most people will likely have a connection back to the U.S.
Mar 25: After arriving in US, go through customs and connecting flights where our team will go our separate ways – filled with memories and anticipation for the future!
Fees and Travel Details:
Donation Fees: $3,495
International airfare from gateway city (New York – JFK, Washington D.C.- IAD, Orlando – MCO, or Miami – MIA), all in-country transportation, most meals at service site (except meals in-transit to and from service site), housing, project costs, some supplies needed while on the field, and insurance.
A small percentage of the fees also assist to cover overhead and to maintain our operations both in Africa and in the U.S.
Fees do not include:
U.S. domestic airfare to gateway city (JFK, IAD, MCO or MIA), Kenya VISA fee, tips for guides/drivers ($2/day) and housekeeping ($1), in-transit meals to/from Rusinga, and some group supplies. Also, PH will provide you two shirts that can be laundered at the hotel at your expense.
All donations made to Project Humanity are tax deductible and non-refundable.
Initial deposit donation of $350 at registration.
First donation payment of $1,645 due on or before November 1, 2017.
Second and final donation payment of $1,500 due on or before January 1, 2018.
Who Should Volunteer:
This is an excellent trip for individuals of all skill levels and ages who have an interest in Africa and who want to learn what international volunteerism is all about. Previous volunteers have included teachers, health care professionals, artists, journalist, students, retirees, and even our moms. Whether you’re new to international volunteerism or a well seasoned globetrotter, we have a place for you on our team!
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