Join us as we continue to establish our new project venue in Kendu Bay, Kenya. We’ll be vetting new libraries, deciding which schools will get those 1000-book libraries in 2019, visiting local clinics, making new friends, and visiting the local chiefs.
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 book drives to be held in the U.S., the shipping of cargo containers overseas, and getting books to their final location that may include small islands in Lake Victoria. As a condition for opening a library, local library committees must meet a number of requirements that include preparing a space, installing shelving, receiving librarian training, and incorporating reading into the weekly lesson plans.
During this trip, our team will visit schools and meet with various library committees to evaluate their progress toward meeting the commitments associated with receipt of a library in 2018. This will be a full week of visiting schools, meeting children, and getting to know a remote part of Kenya most tourists 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.
Jun 8: 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 9: Travel day. Arrive in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, clear customs, and stay overnight.
Jun 10: We’ll depart in private vans for Kendu Bay in southwest Kenya. Already you will have completed customs and immigration, exchanged some money, and will be getting a feel for life in this part of Africa. During the drive to Kendu Bay you’ll experience the Great Rift Valley, see tea being grown and harvested in the hill region, and at last you’ll encounter Lake Victoria.
Jun 11-15: 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 last May are located on the islands surrounding Rusinga and others are located near Rongo University. This means you’ll get a good feel for how people live and work in this part of Kenya. Much of our time will be spent visiting school sites, meeting library committee members, teachers, and children, in an attempt to learn what impact future libraries might have and their readiness and willingness to meet requirements. .
Jun 16: 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.
Jun 17: Upon arrival in the US, go through customs and board flights home. The journey will be ending – but the impact on our lives just beginning!
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 Kendu Bay, and some group supplies. Also, PH will provide 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 December 1, 2017.
Second and final donation payment of $1,500 due on or before March 15, 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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