Building a classroom in a Masai village
Help set the foundation for learning and 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
- 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
- Walking with Masai warriors
- Nature walks
- Village visit
Successes to date:
There is already a school as well as a boarding home to house 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. Nearby activities: safari, walking with Masai warriors, village visit
Suggested Trip Itinerary
Classrooms and Cheetahs – 10 Days
Example Price: US$9,500 per adult
This adventure not only enables you and your family to leave a legacy and make a difference in a Masai community; you also get to be amazed at close encounters with Big 5 wildlife, interact with the Masai and leave feeling like you are a Masai…all in luxury.
- Help Masai children determine their own, prosperous future by building a classroom
- Feel like you are a Masai after meaningful cultural interaction
- Scenic hot air balloon flight over the Masai Mara
- Re-live “Out of Africa” at Karen Blixen’s House
- Epic ‘Big 5’ safari in the iconic Masai Mara and private conservancies
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private transfers
- Expert local guides
- All meals on safari
- Volunteering costs and donation
- Internal domestic flights
Note: Price excludes international flights
Sample Day by Day
- Day 1: Arrive Nairobi in the morning, met at airport and transfer to Wilson airport to fly to the Masai Mara. Met at airstrip and transfer to Mara Bushtops. You have lunch and then an afternoon game drive
- Day 2: Morning hot air balloon flight and game drive; afternoon game drive
- Day 3-6: Help teach or build a new classroom in a Masai community
- Day 7-8: Morning and afternoon game drives
- Day 9: Fly to Nairobi, visit museum and Karen Blixen House, stay at Giraffe Manor
- Day 10: Transfer to airport and fly out
Note: This is a sample itinerary only
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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