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Join GoEco to discover and explore authentic Kenya! Kick off your road trip by volunteering with children and then head to the Maasai Mara National Reserve to observe wildlife before finally enjoying a blissful weekend at Diani Beach.

Program Highlights
  • Experience the wonder of the Maasai Mara
  • Engage in positive cultural exchange with the local tribe
  • Embark on a safari to observe Africa’s Big Five in the wild 
  • Enjoy rewarding volunteer work in local schools

Itinerary:

Arrival Day, Sunday:
Arrival at Nairobi Airport (NBO). The local team will be waiting to pick volunteers up and transfer them to their accommodation in Limuru for dinner, followed by a meet and greet. 

Day 1, Monday: Participants will volunteer in the morning at a preschool or primary school by assisting with educational and extracurricular activities.

Day 2, Tuesday: After morning volunteer work at the schools, participants will embark on a tour of the Limuru area and sample the local cuisine. 

Day 3, Wednesday: Participants will enjoy another day assisting local teachers in the schools and organizing fun activities for the children.

Day 4, Thursday: This morning, volunteers will work with community members who have physical challenges, including disabilities and those who have been affected by HIV. The afternoon will conclude with a trip to a Maasai village market.

Day 5, Friday: Final day of volunteering at the local schools.

Day 6, Saturday: Free time for volunteers to relax or explore as they wish. See “Travel Highlights” below for recommendations. 

Day 7, Sunday: Participants will transfer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve to begin their next chapter. Participants will move into their tent accommodations in the bush.

Day 8, Monday: Participants will embark on a jeep safari to observe Africa’s Big Five - the leopard, lion, rhinoceros, cape buffalo and elephant.

Day 9, Tuesday: Transfer to Nairobi.

Day 10, Wednesday: Participants will take a train to the white sand Diani Beach and settle into the hostel there. 

Days 11-13, Thursday-Saturday: Enjoy free beach days! Water sports and activities are available for an additional fee and include snorkelling, kite surfing, dolphin watching, whale watching and more.

Day 14, Sunday: Participants will take the train back to Nairobi, where they are met and transferred  to the cottage in Limuru. From there participants will make their own way to Nairobi Airport for departure.

Please note: The schedule is subject to change at any time.
 
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Location of the Project:  Various locations, Kenya
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Project length:  2 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Nairobi Airport (NBO)
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Volunteer Work:  Teaching
Age:  Min age of 18
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 10 international volunteers. There is no minimum number of volunteers needed for this road trip to run.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared, same-gender rooms in cottages, tents and a hostel
Food:  All meals on Days 1-10 are included
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, train ticket from Nairobi to Mombasa, airport drop-off on departure day, meals on Days 11-14, personal expenses.
This road trip takes you from the rolling hills of Limuru to the savannah-esque landscape of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the white sand of Diani Beach. Although small in size for an African country, Kenya has a diverse terrain: national parks and reserves, snowy mountains, dry deserts and tropical beaches. Nairobi, the capital, is the largest city in the country. The Maasai Mara is known as one of Africa's finest safari destinations, most famous for its annual wildebeest and zebra migration, which has been called "the greatest wildlife show on earth." This area has one of the highest densities of carnivores in Africa, as well as a wide range of endangered species. Kenya itself is located on the equator on the eastern coast of Africa, boasting a range of ethnicities and cultural vibrancy.
The first week of this road trip is dedicated to volunteer work. Participants will volunteer at a local school (either a preschool or primary school)assisting with educational and extracurricular activities. Participants will also help by giving the students individual attention, particularly during homework revision. Participants will also assist in the afternoons at a Reading Club.

On Day 4, volunteers will work with community members who have physical challenges, including disabilities and those who have been affected by HIV.
Internet
Internet:  There is WiFi available at the cottage, and it may be available at the hostel for an additional fee. There is no Internet available at the tents.
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry can be done at the hostel
Accommodations
Accommodations:  While volunteering during the first week, participants will be staying in shared rooms in a cottage in Limuru. Here, participants can play volleyball and tennis right outside or stroll through the nearby forest. Participants will share tents in the Maasai Mara and will share dormitory-style rooms in a hostel while at the beach. Participants may upgrade to a private room in the hostel for an additional fee.
Food:  All meals will be provided on Days 1-10. There is a chef at the cottage and in the Maasai Mara Reserve that will prepare the meals. Meals on Days 11-14 are not included. There is a restaurant at the beach hostel where participants can buy food, and different diets can be accommodated.
Please take note of this program's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Basic level of English
  • Police clearance
There are many optional travel and excursion options that volunteers will be able to arrange once on site for an additional fee.

These include the following:
  • Walking safaris 
  • Night out in the bush 
  • Excursion to Maasai Mara Game Reserve 
  • Balloon safaris 
  • Dorobo Bush Camp overnight including guided walk 
  • Lamu getaway 
  • 2 night stay at Basecamp Maasai Mara overnight including game drives in the National Reserve
  • Overnight stay at Basecamp Wilderness
Please note: These excursions may change according to availability and that entry into the park is not included in the project cost.
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