In May 2017, thousands of books arrived in Kenya – enough for 32, 1000-book libraries to open. 60 more locations in Homa Bay and Migori counties, in southwest Kenya, were also selected to receive books in 2018. This volunteer trip will focus on seeing how everyone is doing.
Project Humanity, working in partnership with the African Library Project and Rongo University, has embarked on a multi-year partnership to open hundreds of libraries in Kenya. 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 a number of conditions to include preparing a space, installing shelving, getting librarian training, and incorporating reading into the 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 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.
Oct 26: 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)
Oct 27: After arriving and overnighting in Nairobi, we’ll depart by private bus for Rusinga Island 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 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.
Oct 28 – Nov 2: 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.
Nov 3: 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.
Nov 4: After arriving in US, go through customs and connecting flights where our team will go our separate ways.
Fees and Travel Details:
Donation Fees: $3,395
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 ($2/day) and house keeping ($1), in-transit meals to/from Rusinga, and some group supplies. Also, PH will provide you two shirts that will 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 $1,545 due on or before September 1, 2017.
Second and final donation payment of $1,500 due on or before October 1, 2017.
Who Should Volunteer:
This is an excellent trip for 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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