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Price

£1250

What's Included
• Airport pickups and transfers on day one of your Project.
• All food whilst on Project site (3 meals a day).
• All accommodation whilst on Project site.
• All Project transport.
• Constant supply of treated drinking water.
• Contribution to Project materials and local labour costs.
• 24 hour support from Crew and Regional Managers, 365 days a year.
• All Project preparation including feasibility study, community consultation, risk assessment and logistical set-up.
• Detailed online Pre-Departure information, including guidelines and support for visa applications, flights, travel insurance, kit, cultural awareness, language etc.
• Pre-departure support and advice from travel experts in our UK HQ.
• Access to Interhealths online resources, including free telephone advice from travel health professionals.
• Specially designed first-aid kits and first-aid trained staff on each Project location.
4 weeks in Kenya with Madventurer
Countries Visited

Kenya

Safari Overview

4 weeks in Kenya with Madventurer As a volunteer you have an opportunity to make a real difference in Africa, living and working in a small, remote Kenyan village. How to combine volunteering with your overland trip You can combine a volunteer project easily with The Absolute Safari. We can book you into accommodation in Nairobi at the end of your project and liase with Madventurer so that the hand over is smooth and fits in well. We can also recommend some cool things to get up to if you have some time spare in between your project and your overland trip. Give us a call for more advice as to how to link a project and an adventure.

Variations Available
  • 2 weeks in Kenya with Madventurer
  • 6 weeks in Kenya with Madventurer
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  • Itinerary

    OVERVIEW OF FOUR WEEK PROGRAM IN KENYA

    Typical Day

    Breakfast prepared by your local cook

    Head to the building site/school & get to work!

    Chai (tea) time enjoy some African tea and a chapatti

    Feeling refreshed after a break, time to get back to work!

    Lunch is at the local school with the teachers

    Back to the building site/school until 4

    After work there are loads of things to keep you busy! From organising a local football match, extra school classes, collecting water for your shower from the well with the villagers, or sampling the local brew!!

    Itinerary - Day 1 (Saturday)

    If arriving on day 1 of the itinerary a complimentary airport pickup is provided. You must provide your flight arrival details including flight number and arrival time.

    Starting in Nairobi, Kenya

    Your project joining point is in Nairobi, Kenya. Meet your overseas crew and your group in Nairobi. Please be at the meeting point hostel for no later than 7pm. We will have a welcome meeting with the rest of the group. If your flight is delayed, or you are not scheduled to arrive until later that evening, please do not worry as your trip leader may do the orientation meeting in the village instead.

    Days 2 - 3

    We set off to our village in a rural part of Kenya's Rift Valley the following morning (Sunday), depending on any flight delays etc. You will be taken in the local style bus (approx. 3 hrs) and enjoy our first views of great escarpments, extinct volcanoes and beautiful Lake Naivasha. As you travel up the road look out for baboon and zebra, your first glimpse of Africa's wildlife.

    Arriving in Gilgil, you will see the typical hustle and bustle of a town going about its daily business as you move onward to your village on its outskirts. Arrival at our project house will be marked by a welcome from our host family, head teacher or community representative.

    Accommodation is in a shared house with your group. Your house will be close to a water source but may not have running water. You will have a shower cubicle, either indoor or outdoor, and you will take the traditional 'bucket shower'.

    Electricity may not be available but alternatives will be provided - usually paraffin lamps, which create a really cozy environment in the evenings. You will be able to charge your phone at the weekend if you decide to do some independent travel.

    Beds will be mattresses on the floor and bedrooms are shared with your fellow volunteers. You will have a social area such as a living room and there may be a garden to enjoy relaxing in after school.

    Storage will be limited and you are strongly advised not to take any valuable items with you including ipods, jewellery, expensive cameras etc. Your accommodation is selected in a secure, proximate location to the school. A local cook is provided which often will be a member of the host family within whose house you are staying.

    Days 3-13

    Take time to soak up the scenery and meet some of the people you will be working with both in the school and the village. You will be given a chance to see the building site and see where you will be working on a new project or continuing an existing one.

    Meet the school community from the teachers to the board of parents and many small faces peering curiously at you. The Kikuyu communities speak good English but also appreciate a greeting in their local language, give it a try and enjoy the reaction.

    Get to know your surroundings, find out where the local 'store' is and what delights they sell, be introduced to the nearest water source and how your community makes the journey home with it. Mark the first sight of your new building or plot with a photo, as the scene will soon change.

    Your usual working hours are 8am - 4pm with breaks during the day. You will have an opportunity to take a morning break for 'chai' (African tea) as well as lunch.

    Throughout the day we will rotate teaching as and when lessons are timetabled.

    When not teaching we can return to work on the building site or plan our next lessons.

    Each day we have the opportunity to explore the community after school and take part and organise activities with the community. We can visit Gilgil for a look around the nearby shops, wander the plains and find your own plateau to enjoy the view over the valley.There are many opportunities that await you in your village. You can help set up nutrition programmes or support recycling or energy saving projects. Take the chance to visit the local clinic and learn about medical care. The key is getting to know your village and how they need your support.

    We also can look for opportunities to play sport with youth groups, football and volleyball are always winners. Each project reaches a 2-week milestone so your contributions will be recognised at the end of every milestone.

    Days 14-27

    Relationships in your community will be developing so that you can take on more responsibility in your work. Researching your village's particular challenges may lead to exciting side projects.

    Tackling side projects such as educational murals or organising sports coaching sessions or competitions will inspire your community to work with you and achieve their goals that also become yours.

    You will be able to learn more about the different Kenyan tribes, from the Kikuyu to Maasai. Take time to try out cooking chapattis, a favorite staple of the Kenyan diet, or sample the local beer from the traditional cow horn cup.

    Your building will be changing radically from when you first began - make sure you photograph every stage so you can look back and appreciate the hard work that you've all put in.

    Appreciate every day with your new friends in the community - the time will fly but the memories will last forever.

    Day 28 Nairobi.  End of a four-week project

    You will be returned to Nairobi for no later than 7pm.

    How to combine volunteering with your overland trip:

    We want to make it easy for you to help out in a local school......

    You can combine a volunteer project easily with many of our trips, but particularly those commencing or finishing in East Africa.

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    Budgeting Summary

    Budget

    The costs to consider when volunteering are:

    What's included

    Your project price covers:

    4 weeks teaching and building

    What we cover:

    Airport pickups and transfers on day one of your Project

    All food whilst on Project site (3 meals a day)

    All accommodation whilst on Project site

    All Project transport

    Constant supply of treated drinking water

    Contribution to Project materials and local labour costs

    24 hour support from Crew and Regional Managers, 365 days a year

    All Project preparation including feasibility study, community consultation, risk assessment and logistical set-up

    Detailed online Pre-Departure information, including guidelines and support for visa applications, flights, travel insurance, kit, cultural awareness, language etc.

    Pre-departure support and advice from travel experts in our UK HQ

    Access to Interhealths online resources, including free telephone advice from travel health professionals

    Specially designed first-aid kits and first-aid trained staff on each Project location

    What we don't cover:

    Pre or post trip accommodation/transport (we can help with recommendations)

    Travel, accommodation & food at weekends if you leave the project site

    Transfer back to the airport, or last nights accommodation

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    Visa

    Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 - 9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCO website under entry requirements.

    Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. If your passport is not detailed below please dont hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

    Visas for most passport holders including British, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African, German, French, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa on route. This includes the Kenyan visa which for most passport holders can be easily arranged upon arrival in Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

    Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

    This information is given as a guide only. Visa requirements can change without prior notice. We recommended you also check your personal current visa requirements with the relevant embassies well in advance before you travel.
    VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
    PASSPORT
    Australian $50 - - - - - - - - -
    New Zealand $50 - - - - - - - - -
    South Africa - - - - - - - - - -
    Canadian $50 - - - - - - - - -
    American $50 - - - - - - - - -
    British $50 - - - - - - - - -
    German $50 - - - - - - - - -
    Dutch $50 - - - - - - - - -
    Irish $50 - - - - - - - - -
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    Pre and post volunteering please click here.

    Remember you then need to budget for flights, insurance, vaccination costs and any equipment you might need such as a sleeping bag.

    Any queries? Call our office on +44 (0) 208 742 0226, email us at absaf@absoluteafrica.com or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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    Dates

    Start Finish Price Local Payment Departure details
    Sat 28 May 2016 Fri 24 Jun 2016 £1250
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    extension to Tanzania available

    Before You Go

    Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this volunteering project "4 weeks in Kenya with Madventurer".

    4 weeks in Kenya with Madventurer - pre departure pack

    This information has been developed over 30 years of experience overlanding in Africa.

    It includes all you might need to know to prepare for this trip and more. We know many people love to plan their trip in detail and we hope you will find lots of "stuff" in here to help!

    We also send out personal updates about 6 weeks before departure to all participants heading out on each departure date. This includes final confirmations of pre safari transfers and accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.

    We recommend once booked on a to trip that you periodically check back here as this information is regularly updated. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the news area of this site.

    And if you are not excited enough about heading to Africa already, check out our facebook page, listen out for our tweets and keep up to date with our blog to stay up to date with all that is happening on the road on the trucks.

    Overlanding in Africa is a very different destination from your usual package holiday! You may find some information in this dossier different from what you expected. Whatever your question don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help so feel free to get back to us.

    We are more than happy to advise as to what is the best plan for your particular Africa travel needs.

    Give us a call, or skype or email. We look forward to planning your trip to Africa with you.

    Book your Safari

    Start Finish Price Local Payment Departure details
    Sat 28 May 2016 Fri 24 Jun 2016 £1250
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    extension to Tanzania available