BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CANADIAN LEADERS, ONE LIFE-CHANGING TRIP AT A TIME.Trips are intense, educational and immersive experiences abroad. See first-hand how World Vision is transforming lives in communities around the world and discover your own role in global change. It’s also a journey that will change the way you look at the world around you. If you’re a student or young adult looking for an unforgettable adventure, read on and see how this experience will forever change the way you look at the world around you.
How your World Vision Academy experience works, in three life-altering steps.
STEP ONE: GET READY FOR THE EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME.
Before you depart, you’ll be briefed by World Vision staff in a series of training sessions to prepare you for your trip. These sessions will cover everything from background information to some of the issues your host country faces. This is your like you briefing session for the peace and justice mission you are about to embark on.
STEP TWO: LET’S GET DOWN TO IT.
Upon arrival, your adventure begins. This is the immersive and educational part of your experience. You’ll learn about how economic and other forms of development are progressing while making connections with the local peers you’ll be working closely with, all the while, gaining important leadership skills that will last a lifetime.
STEP THREE: CELEBRATE AND SHARE.
The final phase is both a wind down and celebration of your experience, because what trip would be complete without a little time for recreation and fun? You’ll have the opportunity to explore a unique and beautiful country, visit interesting and memorable locations, and share your experience with friends you have made along the way.
NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR A LIFE CHANGING ADVENTURE
Kenya Leadership Trip
On the coast of the Indian Ocean in east-central Africa lies Kenya, a country known for its incredible scenery, stunning national parks, superb beaches and rich tribal culture. Amidst Kenya’s beauty seeps a stark hunger crisis that cannot be ignored. According to the UN World Food Programme, an estimated 1.3 million Kenyans are food insecure; this means families are unable to access enough nutritious food each day leaving them unable to live active and healthy lifestyles. Kenya is also facing a refugee crisis. Kenyan refugee camps currently are in desperate need of food commodities to sustain the lives of roughly 150,000 refugees including significant numbers of unaccompanied children.
Kenya; primarily Nairobi & Kilifi. All communities will be where World Vision has had substantial time working and building relationships with.
July 9th-21st, 2016
$1975, excluding flight
If the cost is a concern for you, don’t worry. We have a lot of excellent fund raising solutions we provide for you when you sign up.
Registration ends May 30, 2016.
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Join us for the ultimate leadership experience that will take you to new heights.
YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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the impact of HungerFree projects empowering young people in Kenya.
our leadership strengths alongside other Canadian youth who are passionate for Global change.
Make a lasting mark, through hands-on experiences, contributing to the efforts of change that are currently in place. You will have the chance to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty by joining the existing efforts through practical and meaningful initiatives of service.
first-hand how World Vision’s development projects and programmes work on the ground changing the lives of thousands of Kenyan families.
YOU WON'T BE WORKING ON PROJECTS FOR KENYANS, YOU'LL BE WORKING ON PROJECTS WITH KENYANS
It’s an educational experience that we call Youth to Youth, and it’s your ticket to understanding this incredible culture in the most immersive way possible. It could be a fish farm, a pineapple field, a National Park or even a lecture on economic development. It could be all of the above and more. You’ll spend your days experiencing the place and people through their eyes. And, of course, you’ll be making a very real difference along the way.
The trip will be approximately 10-15 days, of which 5-6 will be spent in Nairobi and another 3-4 in Kisumu.
Prior to your trip, we’ll provide the teaching and training sessions you need to prepare.
After your trip there will also be activities designed to solidify your learning and connections made during your trip.
Journeying with World Vision to Kenya will change your child’s life. The very fact that your son or daughter wishes to embark on this one-of-a-kind experience is evidence that they have a desire to explore the world around them and to see life from a different perspective. This trip will allow your child to discover themselves- their strengths, talents and abilities- like never before. Your child will be immersed in a rich culture, constantly learning the beauty of difference while simultaneously recognizing and appreciating similarities. Pushed to new limits with new people, they will surely develop an increased sense of responsibility and independence and, not to mention, make lasting friendships along the way. Even you might be surprised at how much personal growth your child experienced in such a short period of time! Ultimately, our goal is to have your child will return home as a Global Citizen. Your son or daughter will return with an increased awareness of how people in the developing world experience life every day, and what they can do at home and abroad to make someone else’s life a better one.
Having worked alongside parents and youth for many years, we know that the safety of your child is your number one concern. We assure you that the safety and security of your child is also our number one priority. Below, we have taken the time to outline particulars of the trip, especially the safety procedures and guidelines that World Vision staff will be following at all times during the trip.
World Vision takes all responsible measures to ensure safety and enjoyment for everyone whilst travelling.
World Vision abides by the Canadian Government Travel Advisories and continuous monitoring is done before and during the trip. World Vision conducts additional assessments of the entire trip prior to departure with preventative measures and emergency protocols in place.
Emergency communication is available 24 hours a day with our Canadian offices.
World Vision maintains constant monitoring on the political situations and communication with our local partners and program leaders on the ground.
Facilitators will inform your child and fellow travellers with rigorous safety practice and guidelines to follow, along with preparing them for emergency situations.
We recommend having your child register with the Canadian Embassy prior to travel with all their travel plans to ensure accountability in case of emergency. The trip coordinator is more than willing to guide you and your child through the visa application process for their trip, if one is required.
We highly recommend that you consult your family doctor regarding any necessary vaccinations that your child may require for the trip, preferably 6 weeks before travel.
Copies of passport and all other important documents should be made and scanned. Email them to yourself for online availability.
The facilitators will be meeting your child at the airport, ensuring their smooth check-in and departure.
Lodging will be in World Vision approved accommodations for safety.
Travellers will be in same gender rooms of 2 to 3 youth. We’re aiming for a facilitator to youth ratio of 1:6.
There will be both male and female facilitators, along with trained Kenyan World Vision staff.
All facilitators are trained in First Aid, Emergency and Evacuation Protocols, Standard Operating Procedures and Crisis Prevention. Facilitators carry a comprehensive First Aid Kit at all times.
Local hospitals with Western standards are notified of our trips and prepared to handle any minor and major medical situations.
All transportation is run by trusted transportation providers and under the guidance of the team.
Purified bottled water is available and all food is prepared with proper food preparation.
During all activities, participants are given comprehensive and thorough instructions on the use of equipment and protective gear is made available (if necessary).
We recommended purchasing a comprehensive insurance package for your child. While we do not expect for injury to occur, it is always best to be prepared.
• View Kenya’s magnificent landscape, including mountainous highlands, savannahs and lakelands.
• Interact with local youth while visiting schools and doing fun activities such as children’s crafts and meal preparations.
• Connect with a university and social entrepreneurs along with communities World Vision has been doing development work with.
• Engage in a potential construction project that World Vision is currently exploring.
Kenya Trip FAQ’s
Travel and Luggage
Canadians are required to have a visa to travel to Kenya. Also Canadians must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months on the date of arrival. In addition, travellers must be able to show proof of Yellow Fever vaccination, even when transiting through one of Kenya’s airports to an onward destination.
The average temperature in Kenya in July and August is 24 Degrees Celsius.
Yes, but you will need a power adapter. The voltage in Kenya is 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts). Primary Socket Type: British BS-1363. You will need a plug converter, plus a voltage adapter if you want to use items like a blow dryer. Although we don’t suggest you bring many electronic devices, try to stick to the bare essentials.
The High Commission provides consular services to Canadian citizens residing or travelling in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and Somalia.
High Commission of Canada in Kenya
Limuru Road, Gigiri
Telephone: (254-20) 366 3000 or +254 734 420 366
Fax: (254-20) 366 3900
Hours of Operation (consular affairs):
Monday to Thursday: 07:30 – 16:00
Friday: 07:30 – 13:00
Safety and Medical
Mosquito repellent with Deet, Sunscreen, A hat, comfortable shoes, sunglasses, a backpack, a large scarf is handy for the women.
There have been no cases of Ebola in Southern or East Africa, which includes South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Kenya remains Ebola free and no single case of Ebola has been recorded in the country.
World Vision holds safety as a top priority. WV staff are trained and equipped to provide a safe and incident-free mission experience. WV staff will be with your team for the entire trip and will have access to transportation, cell phones, hospitals, and first aid kits at all times.
Everyone if different. Depending on what immunization shots you have already had the list may vary, but it is important that you visit your doctor (and/or a travel Doctor) prior to departing to discuss how you should properly prepare for your trip to Kenya. Shots to ask your doctor about include: Yellow Fever, Polio, Meningitis, Hepatitis A and B, Rabies, as well as anti-malaria pills.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate: Kenya is very strict about ensuring travellers have received their Yellow Fever vaccination. Spot checks for the certificate are increasingly common, so you should carry a copy of the document with you at all times. Make photocopies of the certificate in case you lose the original.
Africa has its share of creatures; however, the chance of seeing anything dangerous is very slim. In the unlikely event that one of these creatures is encountered our staff is well prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.
We will be providing you with safe drinking water.
World Vision holds your safety in the highest regard. You will have safe and comfortable accommodations.
The team will be eating traditional African food and some American influenced meals. Food is prepared by the team of cooks who understand the importance of using treated water and the sensitivity of the North American stomach.
Swahili is the official language in Kenya, however most people speak English as well.
Other Questions and Concerns
We don’t recommend you bring gifts to leave behind for a number of reasons. Often a well-intentioned collection of gifts is never enough and the children that don’t receive these gifts can feel left out. In addition, bringing items like T-shirts and shoes, actually take away from the local economy as the local merchants making and selling clothing and shoes lose out.
This is up to you, however the trip is all-inclusive. We provide everything you need, accommodations, food, drink, local travel, guides etc. The only money you will need to bring will be for when you come through the airport for customs, food, souvenirs, gifts, etc.
Our team will do our best to provide tips and strategies for reaching your fundraising goal. We have yet to have someone commit to our trips and not be able to hit their goal.
The majority of our time will be spent within World Vision communities in Nairobi and Kilifi. We are currently exploring an optional safari as well.