Work alongside locals and other volunteers to build water tanks, lay pipes or help with local agriculture in Naro Moru, about two hours north of Nairobi. The entire Mt. Kenya area has been severely deforested and faces water shortages. During the dry season water is rationed and villagers do not have enough for crop production. Developing World Connections host partner, the Mt. Kenya Tree Reforestation Group (TRG), works to help increase food security and ensure adequate water supply for the village. When the long-term project is completed, over 10,000 people will have access to running water. No special skills are required to participate.
In addition to the volunteer experience, we recommend you experience a safari in the Maasai Mara, the best destination in Kenya for viewing abundant wildlife, where more than two million wildebeest migrate yearly from the Serengeti. Take in the sweeping views of the Great Rift Valley, a high escarpment wall that plunges to the flat-bottomed valley below, dotted by a small string of volcanoes. Enjoy the tropical climate of Mombasa, the centre of Kenya’s coastal tourism and its second largest city. Navigate its intricate streets in the Old Town and visit its national monuments to gain a sense of its complicated and bloody past. Participate in a range of coastal activities from scuba diving and surfing, to water skiing and sailing.
January 5 - 19, 2013 all ages
May 13 - June 9, 2013 student age
June 15 - 29, 2013 student age
November 30 - December 4, 2013 all ages
Trips are available year round.
What to Expect?
Developing World Connections offers both 2 week short-term trips (any age) and 4 week student trips (16-29 year olds). Working with local in-country non-profit organizations, we take great care to ensure all volunteers have a safe, fun and rewarding experience. Our volunteers work as part of a team. When you sign up, you go with a group. Each group is accompanied by a volunteer Team Leader. Team Leaders make all the difference by supporting the team from start to finish. They are experienced travelers and past participants and possess a comprehensive understanding of the volunteers’ needs.
Volunteers work side by side with locals on each sustainable project. These physical infrastructure projects fill an important need and can be completed by teams in a short period of time – a great way to experience the tangible fruits of your labour. Never built something before? Don't worry! No training or special skills are required, and you can take breaks whenever necessary.
You won't have to sleep in a hut or survive on energy bars the entire trip. We take great care to pre-screen your accommodations so they are clean, comfortable, and acceptable by North American standards. Restaurants providing everything from local to Western cuisine are chosen for their high standards in food preparation. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Program cost is approximately $2,000. These costs include in-country meals, accommodation and transport, as well as a substantial direct donation to the Host Partner. This cost does NOT include airfare; however, the entire trip cost, including flights, is 100% tax deductible which means you'll get a significant amount of money returned to you. The opportunity to fundraise for your trip is also available.
Program costs include:
- Access to a dedicated travel agent
- Issuance of charitable receipts
- Pre-trip resources/orientation
- Administrative resources
- Accommodation (double occupancy)
- Meals and bottled water
- Group airport and ground transport
- Trained team leader
- Cultural components
- A substantial donation to the project
- 24/7 staff support
Please visit our website to apply for this program.
- Program ID: # 1580
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks2 Weeks to 1 Month
- location: Naro MoruKenya0° 9' 58.2048" S, 37° 1' 16.2444" E
- Fitness level: Moderately Fit
- Closest Airport:
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Community Development Projects
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