Volunteer and journey with us to see beautiful Kenya in a unique and special way. When you embark on this adventure, many of our volunteers will have been working for over a year to collect and ship books from the United States. Those books will have crossed the Atlantic and will await our arrival. After a night in Nairobi you’ll travel by vans across the Great Rift Valley, through the tea- growing region of western Kenya, and on to Lake Victoria. During the drive, you’ll experience the sights and smells of outdoor markets, cows tended by children, donkey carts hauling water, and women selling their wares. On our few stops we’ll take pictures and purchase fresh fruit, vegetables (avocados are enormous!) and even sugar cane.
After settling-in on Rusinga Island we’ll split into teams to coordinate the delivery 1000’s of library books to approximately 30 schools in the region. If you assisted with a book-drive, you’re going to want to be a part of helping all those boxes complete their “final mile” transit half-way around the world. Whether is by boat, piki piki, donkey, cart or car, we’re going to get all the books into the hands of kids. This is one of the true joys and most satisfying aspects of volunteerism! It’s also an expression of what we call Kathatica – the infinite impact of service.
No trip to Africa would be complete without experiencing the iconic Serengeti lodge and safari. The Masai Mara is located in southern Kenya and June is one of the best times to see all the animals. The wildebeest migration is like nothing you’ve encountered before (imagine a sea of animals on a grass plain as far as the eye can see). While on safari you’ll be on the lookout for the “Big Five” and maybe we’ll even hang out for a few minutes in Tanzania. After a day of sight-seeing you’ll enjoy a great evening relaxing at the lodge. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about the Masai people and their unique way of life.
Our volunteer teams are usually a mix of students and retirees who have a desire to explore new places and who want to help others in the process. Please remember that schedules, locations, and assignments can change with little notice.
Jun 15: 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)
Jun 16: Travel day. Arrive in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, clear customs, and stay overnight in a hotel.
Jun 17: We’ll depart by private vans for Rusinga Island in southwest Kenya. By this time, you will be getting a feel for life in this part of Africa. During the drive to Rusinga 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.
Jun 18 – 22: We are going to have an action-packed few days that will take us all over Homa Bay and Migori counties. Much of our time will be spent meeting library committee members, teachers, and children to learn about what impact their new libraries are having. We may also be visiting future library sites to review and assess their library applications.
In addition, we will have a fully-packed schedule within the community of Rusinga. We’ve built so many relationships over the past five years and whether it’s spending time helping deliver babies in the local maternity ward, volunteering in local schools, participating in the local artist’s guild meeting or spending time reading to a child, our days are full, and so are our hearts! Choose to focus on a special area of interest daily or choose a different volunteer opportunity each day.
Jun 23: We’ll have an early morning departure to the legendary Masai Mara Game Reserve. The scenic, breathtaking views (and bumpy roads) remind us that wildlife still abound in this region of Kenya. This is the Africa you’ve read about in books!
Jun 24: We’ll spend all today on safari within the Masai Mara. At the Kenya/Tanzania border we’ll explore the vast land and wildlife of the Serengeti Plains. We’ll return to our camp for an evening campfire with shared stories, experiences, and photos.
Jun 25: Today we’ll take a final early morning game drive to capture the beauty of the park. The animals hunt during the early morning hours and watching the sun come up is breathtaking. After our game drive, we’ll depart for our trek back to Nairobi. Flights back to the U.S. leave in the evening and most people will have a connecting flight back to the U.S.
Jun 26: Upon arrival in the US, go through customs and board connecting flights home. The journey will be ending – but it’s impact on our lives just beginning!
Fees and Travel Details:
Donation Fees: $4,395
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 and house keeping, in-transit mean to/from Rusinga, and some group supplies.
All donations made to Project Humanity are tax deductible and non-refundable.
Initial deposit donation of $350 at registration.
First donation payment of $2,072 due on or before December 1, 2017.
Second and final donation payment of $2,073 due on or before March 15, 2018.
Who Should Volunteer:
This is an excellent trip for teachers, students, retirees, or those with interests in reading, learning, or teaching. Whether you’re new to international volunteerism or a travel veteran, we have a place for you on our team!
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