Are you looking for an opportunity to satisfy your sense of adventure while making a real difference in the lives of others? This trip might just be for you! We’ll spend our time building a home as well as a sense of community among our team, the homeowners and others from the local Kenyan community. No previous construction skills or experience is required! All that is required is a great attitude, the ability to adapt and be flexible and a willingness to experience new things. I hope you will consider joining us in Kisii, Kenya!
A woman tends to her child at a mud and daub house in Athiru, Kenya.
Kenya is known for its successful agricultural production and for its breathtaking scenery and wildlife. The beauty of Kenya’s scenic western highlands and Lake Victoria basin, however, sharply contrast the daily struggle for survival that many Kenyans face. Frequent political violence has marred many efforts to help the people of Kenya. In recent decades, government-induced reforms have improved economic conditions, but an estimated 42 percent of Kenyans still live below the poverty line, and 50 percent of its citizens are unemployed.
About Habitat for Humanity Kenya
Habitat for Humanity has maintained a favorable presence in the country since Habitat Kenya was formed in 1982. Habitat Kenya operates through over 80 active community groups.
In rural areas, most families live in mud and daub houses with thatch roofs. These houses are difficult to maintain and provide a breeding ground for insects, termites and rodents. Habitat is building houses in Kenya by utilizing the resources available in local areas, constructing with timber, stone or stabilized soil bricks, depending on the location.
Types of construction for volunteers
All Habitat Kenya-sponsored houses have masonry walls, concrete floors and foundation slabs and corrugated iron-sheet roofs. The houses are built with fired brick, stabilized soil block or rough stone.
Day 1, Saturday: Depart from home.
Day 2, Sunday: Travel day; arrive by evening; greeted by HFH Kenya staff and transported to dinner and overnight stay at a Nairobi guesthouse.
Day 3, Monday: Breakfast at guesthouse; orientation; travel to HFH Kenya project site; welcome and introduction; dinner at team’s bed-and-breakfast guesthouse.
Days 4–8, Tuesday–Saturday (workdays): Breakfast at the guesthouse each morning; build from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up and have team activities.
Day 9, Sunday: Attend a local church service; engage in a local cultural activity (varies based on project location).
Days 10, Monday: Build in the morning; lunch at the build site; farewell ceremony in the afternoon.
Day 11, Tuesday: Travel to Nairobi; free time and team dinner with HFH Kenya staff; overnight in Nairobi guesthouse.
Day 12, Wednesday: Depart for home.
Teams traveling to Kenya will spend their first and last nights at a Nairobi guesthouse. Throughout the rest of the trip, team members will stay at modest bed-and-breakfast guesthouses at their project location, with double-occupancy rooms. Dinners will be provided at the guesthouse each night, with lunch, snacks and water provided daily on the build site.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Karen Bychowski is a native of Chicago but is often found on a plane or in an airport as she travels frequently for both work and play. She is a management consultant by day, specializing in talent strategy, change management and learning and collaboration, and a passionate volunteer in her “spare” time. She has participated in numerous service trips, including Oklahoma and Mississippi with Habitat for Humanity, as well as Guatemala and Ghana. In addition, Karen lived in Kenya from 2007-08 working with a nonprofit and led GV trips there in 2011 and 2012.
If you are interested in learning more about this trip, contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.