Volunteering is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteering benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. Volunteering is universal and inclusive, and recognizes diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.
This volunteer program covers a range of Projects to address Education and Community Development in Kenya. It offers the volunteers an opportunity to engage in the development activities and interact with the local culture.
At the end of the structured 9 days, volunteers are encouraged to visit the world famous Maasai mara game reserve. See the Masai Mara 3 day tour program.
Sunday, Day 1:
Arrival in Nairobi
Collect your luggage and proceed through customs, where you will be welcomed by your in-country facilitator in the arrivals hall. Enjoy a comfortable ride to your boutique hotel.
Check-in at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden
Built in 1908, this house was the home of the coffee farm manager for the Blixen Coffee Plantation. The home has been fully restored to its original historic glory and now serves as a luxurious resort for guests. A full English breakfast is served in the resort’s lush gardens.
Monday, Day 2:
Full Breakfast at Karen Blixen
Enjoy your breakfast in the hotel’s old front garden or in the comfort of your room.
Visit the Kenya Giraffe Centre
Created in 1979, the Giraffe Centre is a safe home for many of Kenya’s endangered Rothschild giraffes. Guests have the opportunity to observe, feed and even kiss the giraffes!
Fly from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara
From Wilson Airport in Nairobi, take a short flight that will descend into the Great Rift Valley. Once you descend into the Maasai Mara, watch for circular shapes that characterize Maasai bomas, and look for herds of local wildlife and cattle.
Arrive at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp
Settle into your new lodgings at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp. The bespoke cottages and tents are a serene place to relax and reflect after an invigorating day of volunteering. Each accommodation is complete with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and comfortable beds, and is furnished with unique African fabrics and art.
Introduction and Orientation
Walk Bogani’s winding paths under yellow acacia groves, and get acquainted with the camp, learning some Swahili along the way. Enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the savannah.
Learn about Free The Children’s Adopt a Village Program
Learn about Free The Children’s unique Adopt a Village (AAV) model. Free The Children developed the AAV model with its five key pillars to break the cycle of poverty and achieve long-term community development:
- Quality primary education
- Health care services
- Alternative income projects
- Safe, clean drinking water and sanitation systems
- Agriculture and food security
Visit Enelerai Primary School
Experience a guided walking tour of the Free The Children primary school in Enelerai, and see the difference between an old school structure, and a new working school built by Free The Children.
Dinner at Bogani Cottages
Enjoy your first dinner at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp .Relax into the atmosphere of the Mara with engaging stories on our covered dining platform and a healthy meal featuring some Kenyan flavours, and Western favourites served family style.
Tuesday, Day 3:
Community Water Walk
Join the mamas at Emori Joi for a special walk through the community. Learn more about how the Kipsigis organize their homes and lives. Fetch water with the mamas, a task the women perform daily.
Lunch with the Mamas
Share a meal, and participate in a discussion with the mamas about changes taking place regarding gender and culture in the community.
Roll up your sleeves and grab some tools to work alongside Maasai and Kipsigi community members as you help to build a new school.
Wednesday, Day 4:
Visit an authentic Kenyan market and learn about the economic environment in which the community members live.
Try your hand at new roles on the school-building site.
Visit Baraka Medical Clinic and Medicinal Garden
Visit one of FTC’s newest projects, the Baraka Health Centre. The Medical Clinic serves over 30,000 community members, promoting healthy living and providing preventative, curative and rehabilitative services to the most vulnerable segments of the Kenyan population. These services enable individuals and communities to enhance their health. Next, learn about the medicinal plants grown in the shamba(garden), including moringa, aloe vera, thyme, spider plant, and many more. This shambasupplements the food program in Free The Children schools, as well as helps to decrease malnutrition in the communities by providing supplements to both pregnant mothers and their children.
Thursday, Day 5:
Watch your building site progress as the school site develops. Spend some time talking to the locals as the bricks get higher, and the school gets closer to completion.
Beading in Sikirar
Spend the afternoon beading with the mamas in the Sikirar community. Learn more about the artisans and how their work ties into the alternative income pillar of the Adopt a Village model.
Friday, Day 6:
Embark on a Sunrise Safari!
Take a morning drive through the Maasai Mara to look for giraffes, lions, elephants, hippos and buffalos, and some of our favourites, the more common Thomson’s gazelle and resident zebra herds.
Saturday, Day 7:
Indigenous Tree Nursery
Visit one of Free The Children’s newest program initiatives, and tour the tree nursery with one of our community mobilizers. The tree nursery is reputed to be one of the country’s largest, with 80,000 indigenous seedlings produced each year.
Me to We Duka at Bogani
Visit the Duka, our on-site shop, which offers locally sourced gifts, Kenya exclusive products, and Me to We Artisans beaded accessories and home wares made by local Maasai women.
Meet the Girls at Kisaruni Secondary School
Go on a guided tour of Free The Children’s first all-girls secondary school and meet the girls who are completing high school education. Kisaruni focuses on community, and provides empowering curriculum that provides girls with the skills and opportunities to excel. Kisaruni strives to build on cultural values, promote leadership, value diversity, and encourage active learning.
Enjoy a Sunset Safari
Take an afternoon drive through the Mara to look for giraffes, lions, elephants, hippos and buffalos. Enjoy drinks at dusk.
Sunday, Day 8:
Finish School Building and School Beautification
Plant some trees in memory of your visit to Bogani. Your trees will be individually adopted by members of the community.
Say Kwaheri to the Community
Wish your new friends in the community farewell and debrief on your Volunteer Adventure and community experience with your facilitators.
Medicine Walk and Maasai Warrior Training
Enjoy a leisurely hike as you learn about medicinal herbs from a local Maasai warrior. You will also have the chance to train in the art of Maasai weaponry as you enjoy a cup of chai or a glass of wine on the hillside.
Enjoy Nyama Choma Dinner
Relax and enjoy a traditional Nyama Choma dinner – Kenya’s barbecue
COASTAL EXTENSION (OPTIONAL)
Enjoy an optional extension at our private beach house, Toriana. No trip to Kenya is complete without a retreat to its stunning coast, and at Toriana you can rest and recharge after your week of volunteering.
Monday, Day 9:
Depart for Kilifi from the Maasai Mara
Fly from an airstrip near Bogani and make your way to the beautiful Kenyan coast.
Check-in to Toriana
Graceful arches and authentic detailing welcome you home to Toriana after a short drive from the Vipingo Airstrip. Discover Swahili culture and history from the comfort of our coastal beach house. Sited on four waterfront acres near Kilifi, we encourage you to enjoy fresh meals served on the vast terraces, inspiring Swahili and Moroccan architecture, and the white sand and blue waters of Bofa beach footsteps away.
Walk along the beach to take in the breeze and experience a sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Warm yourself by our beach side fire pit under the stars as you enjoy a complimentary drink.
Tuesday, Day 10:
Recharge or Discovery Day
Continue to relax by the pool, explore the coastline and indulge in the serenity of Toriana. Or, if you are craving some more action, take a look at some of our optional activities and discover all that Coastal Kenya has to offer from scuba diving to golfing nearby.
Relax and Recharge
As the local people say, “There’s no rush while you’re in paradise.” Reward yourself after a week of volunteering and spend the afternoon unwinding on a breezy lanai terrace or exploring the beach.
Wednesday, Day 11:
Take some time to treat your body and mind with a private yoga class. Whether it’s early morning by the beach or on the rooftop patio at sun set, our instructor will lead you through a fun and casual session to invigorate your body! From beginner to advanced, all levels welcome and guaranteed to have fun.
Dhow Boat Excursion
The best way to experience Kenya’s beautiful coast is from the deck of a dhow boat. These traditional sailing vessels have been used for hundreds of years to transport goods up and down the coast, and on your excursion they will grant you access to a unique view of the coast and the beautiful wildlife that surrounds you.
Thursday, Day 12:
Relax and Recharge
Enjoy the sun and take a refreshing swim in the infinity pool.
Farewell Dinner and Beach BBQ
Spend your last night of the trip watching the sun set over the ocean as you gather round and celebrate with a beach barbecue dinner.
Departure Friday, Day 13:
Depart from Bogani or Toriana
Take a short flight back to Wilson airport in Nairobi.
Check-in at the Tribe Hotel, Nairobi
Stay in the old suburb of Gigiri in a day room at Tribe, voted one of the hottest hotels in Africa by Condé Nast Traveler. Rest and repack before your departure and enjoy a modern take on eclectic and artistic Africa.
Feast at the Jiko Restaurant
A farewell dinner exclusively for Asilia Safaris guests at Tribe’s newest restaurant, featuring a modern décor and continental dishes with African flair.
Drive to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for Your Flight Home
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