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Building a classroom in a Masai village

Help set the foundation for learning & lifting children out of poverty by building a classroom in the local school. You will leave feeling like you are a Masai

About this project

Education is essential – classrooms are the foundation

On the edge of the Masai Mara lies a forward-thinking Masai community. Whereas other villages still practice Female Genital Mutilation (“FGM”) and forced early marriage, this one actively upholds the rights of women, and is a refuge for young women from other villages, where they can have a place of safety and receive an education to give them hope for determining their own destiny.

There is already a school in the village, and it is expanding so needs new classrooms, which you can help build. A medical clinic is on their wish-list too.

Main volunteering activities:
  • Helping alongside local expert builders
  • Mixing cement
  • Constructing walls
  • Painting
Key information:
  • Volunteering project typically lasts for 2-5 days
  • Approx. 4-6 hours each day
  • June-January is recommended
  • This volunteering project blends well with nearby sightseeing and relaxation activities
  • Family friendly yes, recommended from age 12
Nearby activities
  • Epic Big 5 safari
  • Walking with Masai warriors
  • Nature walks
  • Village visit
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Successes to date:

The main classrooms at the school have been constructed, as  well as a boarding home for young women from other villages who have fled from FGM and forced early marriage.

This project is for you if:
  • You have building skills (but don’t worry if you don’t, as there are expert supervisors on hand, and professionals will handle the tricky bits)
  • You are looking for a project that enables you to interact meaningfully with the local people
  • You would like an experience that has a tangible outcome
  • You are happy rolling up your sleeves and getting involved

This trip blends well with a lot of sightseeing and relaxation activities, such as: safari, walking with Masai warriors, village visits

Suggested Kenyan Trip Itinerary

Classrooms and Cheetahs – 10 Days

Example Price: US$16,850 per person

This Kenyan adventure not only enables you and your family to leave a legacy and make a lasting difference in a Masai community; you also get to be amazed at close encounters with ‘Big 5’ wildlife, and interact with the Maasai people. You will leave feeling like you are a Maasai. All this while staying in eco-luxury.

Trip Highlights

  • Epic ‘Big 5’ safaris in the iconic Masai Mara
  • Re-live “Out of Africa” at Karen Blixen’s house
  • Help build a new classroom
  • Teach Maasai children
  • Feel like you are a Maasai after meaningful cultural interaction with local people

Price Includes

  • 5-Star luxury lodges and hotels throughout
  • Domestic flights within Kenya
  • Airport transfers
  • Expert local guides
  • All meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Note: Price excludes international flights, though these can be arranged, including private jet

Sample Day by Day

  • Day 1: Arrive Nairobi then fly on to the Masai Mara. Have lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Overnight at Mara Bushtops (L,D)
  • Day 2: Morning hot-air balloon flight and game drive; afternoon game drive (B,L,D)
  • Day 3-6: Help teach, or build a new classroom in a Masai community (B,L,D)
  • Day 7-8: Morning and afternoon game drives (B,L,D)
  • Day 9: Fly to Nairobi, visit museum and Karen Blixen House, stay at Giraffe Manor (B)
  • Day 10: Transfer to airport and fly out (B)
Note: This is a sample itinerary - we delight in crafting unique trips to match your exact requirements

Note – this is purely a sample itinerary, designed to give you a flavour of the country, local volunteering projects, and nearby sightseeing activities. We delight in crafting trips to your exact preferences. Inclusions and exclusions may vary accordingly. You can customize this trip to suit your specific requirements, in fact any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation.

Here are some suggestions to customize this itinerary:

  • Take in other game parks, such as Amboseli, with its views of Kilimanjaro
  • Explore the lesser known game parks, such as Samburu or Laikipia
  • Include some beach time, in Lamu, Watamu or Diani Beach

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