July 25-Aug. 2, 2020: Help build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Trip cost: US$2,200
Join this trip to Kenya and deepen your understanding of the local culture as you build relationships and safe housing that improve the lives of children and other vulnerable populations.
In Kenya, the orphaned and vulnerable children population is estimated to be 2.6 million and predicted to increase. Habitat for Humanity Kenya’s Laikipia Vulnerable Housing Project focuses on ensuring children and vulnerable populations have the solid foundation of a safe, stable home. Through home repairs, renovations, new home construction and latrine construction, Habitat Kenya ensures that vulnerable populations can access safe, affordable shelter.
You’ll stay in double-occupancy rooms at a local hotel where breakfast and dinner will be served. Lunch will be provided on the build site. Work site tasks typically include fixing doors and windows, plastering, painting, making timber trusses or making interlocking stabilized soil blocks. Off the build side, you’ll have the opportunity to visit local markets, the equator, Ol Pejeta Conservancy ranch or William Holden Wildlife Foundation.
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where Habitat staff will greet you and transport you to your accommodations in Nairobi.
- Sunday: Learn. Travel three hours to Nanyuki where you’ll learn more about the housing need in Kenya and Habitat’s work in the area.
- Monday-Thursday: Build. Spend the day on the build site, breaking for lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. You’ll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments in the afternoon!
- Saturday: Explore. Travel back to Nairobi where you’ll have free time to learn more about the culture, interact with the local community, enjoy cultural activities or explore the city.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Kenya independently or head home.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
Lisa believes that flexibility, teamwork and fun define a Global Village experience. Flexibility allows us to meet challenges with good humor when things don’t go as expected and respond to what is needed, teamwork brings us together to focus on our host community and fun is the thread that ties everything together – from enjoying the time with homeowner families and community members to learning about each other and new places.
Lisa has participated in a dozen Global Village trip over 15 years, half as a team leader. Lisa’s favorite Habitat memory is from Ethiopia. “The dedication ceremony involves the homeowner family being sung into their house. The joy of the community singing and family stepping into their new home was not only a highlight of the trip, but remains a highlight of my life.”