Kathatica – the infinite impact of service! Five years ago, a team of 13 volunteers ventured onto Rusinga Island, Kenya. It was an exhilarating opportunity to meet new people and to see what we could do as a service organization. What that first team did in March of 2013 was lay the foundation for who we are today. While we stumbled a bit at first (well drilling didn’t go so well), each subsequent team kept building on the successes of the previous so that today we have become a dynamic, purposeful, and strategically performing non-governmental organization.
While this is an alumni-focused trip it’s open to anyone it will be the perfect opportunity to explore the pride of Kenya and get a feel for what international volunteerism is all about. During this 10-day trip you’ll encounter many of the wild animals that Kenya is famous for at Ruma and Lake Naivasha National Parks. You’ll transit across the Great Rift Valley, and visit one of Kenya’s oldest tea farms. You’ll then journey to Homa Bay where you’ll visit schools and meet many of the hundreds of kids we’re working to help on Rusinga, Takawiri and Mfangano Islands. This will be a memorable trip focused on getting to know the real Kenya, the land, and her proud people.
For those who have not volunteered with us for a few years, this will be an exciting opportunity to meet the men and women who are benefiting from our micro finance program, to see the mothers and children who have been helped through the Purple Slip Campaign, and to see the hundreds of kids who are reading books in the new libraries we’ve helped open. We have a lot to celebrate! The Nyamuga Special Needs School now has over 160 students (including some of the smartest in Kenya) and they are using their PH-provided desks and living in the dorms we painted. There is even now an artist guild started and supported by PH! Our volunteers, donors, and supporters have all helped to make these things happen. Our Kenyan staff has also grown, and as a team, we’ve fully embraced the idealism that has become Kathatica. Join us!
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 23: 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 24: Welcome to Kenya’s largest city and the nation’s capital. After arriving and clearing customs you’ll be greeted by our enthusiastic staff and fellow volunteers who will help you get settled in for the night.
Mar 25: Bus will depart early in the morning for Lake Naivasha National Park. Located approximately two hours from Nairobi, Lake Naivasha is the second largest lake in Kenya and is part of the Great Rift Valley. It is the original home of Joy and George Adams who became famous for their conservation work and the story “Born Free.” During the visit, which also includes a walking tour, you’ll see many of the animals Kenya is famous for including giraffes, waterbucks, elands, wildebeests, zebra, and impalas.
Mar 26: We’ll get another early start and begin our journey southwest towards Lake Victoria. We’ll make a brief stop at the Rift Valley Overlook where you’ll gain an additional appreciation for just how great the rift is. Our next stop will be the Kiambethu Tea Plantation in Limuru. Begun in 1910, Kiambethu has been run by the same family for five generations and is surrounded by gardens and is the home of the Colobus monkey and other wildlife. After visiting the plantation we’ll continue on for an evening arrival at Rusinga Island on Lake Victoria.
Mar 27 – 29: We’ll begin the first morning taking a short hike up Signal Hill. This has become a tradition and it provides the perfect opportunity to not only take in the Lake Victoria region and surrounding islands, but to reflect and share each other why we volunteer. Then, for the next few days we’ll break into teams focused on each of PH’s three program areas: prenatal care, micro finance, and literacy, plus the arts. Each day volunteers will have the opportunity to choose and explore any one of the program areas and to catch-up on what’s been accomplished over the past five years and to provide constructive feedback. We’ll also visit Takawiri and Mfangano Islands, and of course we’ll visit the Nyamuga Special Needs School. During this time we’ll also take in Ruma National Park. There will also be some additional opportunities for those who are creative. On our last night, we’ll celebrate five years of service in Kenya at special dinner at the Rusinga Island Lodge.
Mar 30: We’ll say an early farewell to Rusinga and depart 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.
Apr 1: 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: $3,595
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 $1,623 due on or before December 1, 2017.
Second and final donation payment of $1,622 due on or before February 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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