12 weeks working on vital projects alongside rural communities and experiencing the best that Kenya and Tanzania has to offer.
About the Program
This is our longest program option and it’s the one to go for if you want to make maximum impact on the communities that you’ll be living and working alongside. Twelve weeks in Kenya and Tanzania will give you a real insight into the wonderful people and cultures of East Africa, as well as understanding the challenges each community faces.
A warm welcome will greet you at the local schools where you’ll really get stuck into improving school infrastructure. You’ll find building new homes for deserving families and the elderly hugely rewarding. Help reduce human-wildlife conflict and learn about elephant conservation. Immerse yourself in the local community, meeting inspirational women’s groups and assisting them with micro-finance initiatives. Plant indigenous trees, helping the community to live sustainably. Spend time with a Maasai tribe, see their homes and join in with their customs and rituals. Enjoy some chill out time in the lively towns of Voi, Moshi and Tanga, where you can laze by the pool, haggle in the markets and explore the restaurants. We’ll take you on a trek to a beautiful waterfall and you’ll spend time on the beautiful beaches of Tanga and Diani.
A measurable difference to the lives of rural communities in Kenya and Tanzania will be made during your three month program, the people you meet will long have a place in your heart after you leave East Africa.
Day 1: Karibu Kenya!
You will arrive into either Mombasa or Nairobi where you will be met by a member of our local team and transferred to our wonderful Camp Tsavo. Upon arrival you’ll receive a warm welcome from our legendary camp staff. You’ll be shown around your new African home by our camp manager and briefed by our project manager on the work you will be undertaking. The evening is spent enjoying a delicious welcome dinner and chill out around the camp fire, much needed after travelling.
Day 2: Project orientation & school visit
Visit the local school and learn Swahili phrases with school children. A great opportunity to get to know the schools who you will be working with and supporting during your trip.
Day 3-6: Community projects
Let the project work commence! You will spend the next 4 days helping to improve school infrastructure and facilities. Working in collaboration with local tradesmen building school desks or classrooms. You will also interact with school children and support teachers in improving English within schools.
Day 7: R & R Day: Voi Town
We will take you to a nearby lodge and restaurant within the local town of Voi. Here you will enjoy a delicious Swahili lunch before an afternoon relaxing by the pool. On the way back to camp we will stop at a Maasai village. This a wonderful opportunity to experience and feel the true heart of African Culture.
Day 8-12: Community projects
Back to projects! You will continue your work at the local schools.
Day 13: Cultural exchange
A unique glimpse into the day to day lives of rural African communities. You’ll have the privilege of meeting a truly inspiring women’s group who are supporting themselves through a number of micro finance initiatives.
Day 14: R & R Day: Voi Town
Another day off and a chance to relax.
Day 15-19: Community project work
Back to projects and you will continue your work at local schools.
Day 20: Marungu Hills day
In the morning we will head off on a trek to the beautiful Marungu hills. In the afternoon we will enjoy a picnic lunch in ancient caves whilst taking in the impressive panoramic views of Rukinga ranch.
Day 21: R & R Day: Voi Town
Another chance to relax before we get back to projects!
Day 22-27: Wildlife conservation and environmental project work
Day 28: Tsavo East Safari
There are very few experiences that rival a journey through the wilderness, watching animals in their natural habitat. Today you will spend the day in Tsavo East, one of the oldest and biggest national parks in Kenya.
Day 29: Environmental project work
Today is your final project day and you will work with a local community, assisting with the planting of indigenous trees. In the evening you have a chance to hang out and play sports with the local children who you have met during your stay at Camp Tsavo. Goodbyes are never an easy part of this experience unfortunately!
Day 30: Kidia Bound!
Your Camp Tsavo experience ends today! We will say our goodbyes before we transfer you to the amazing Camp Kidia in Tanzania!
Day 31: Karibu Tanzania!
You arrive into Kilimanjaro airport where you will be met by a member of our local team and transferred to our wonderfully rustic Camp Kidia (approx. 1-2hours). Upon arrival you will receive a warm welcome from our legendary camp staff.
Day 32: Project orientation & school visit
Today we take you to visit the locations where you will be working on projects. You will also visit a local school and learn Swahili phrases with the children.
Day 33-35: Community project work
Let the project work commence! We have been supporting the local community to build houses for vulnerable families and elderly members of the village. During your trip you could get involved in any aspect of this hugely rewarding project, from building and renovating, preventing soil erosion or landscape designing.
Day 36: R&R day - Moshi Town
Today is a chance to relax after your hard work on projects. We will take you to the nearby town of Moshi to spend a full day shopping, sightseeing or just relaxing!
Day 37-42: Community project work
Day 43: R&R day
Day 44: Cultural day
Today you will work alongside local families and immerse yourself within their day to day lives. You will learn how to cook traditional food and spend some quality time with local women in the village.
Day 45-49: School project work
This week, we will be visiting a local school and projects will focus on improving facilities and infrastructure. This could involve anything from low level building and construction to making more desks which the children are desperately in need of.
Day 50: R&R Day
Day 51: Waterfall Trek
Today we will trek to a stunning waterfall, which is close to the camp. Perfect opportunity to spend the afternoon in beautiful surroundings.
Day 52-56: School project work
Day 57: R&R Day
Day 58-59: Community project work
You will spend today finishing your house project, whatever stage the group is at, before saying farewell to the community. We will also head back to the school so you can say your goodbyes to the teachers and school children who you have been working with.
Day 60: Tanga Bound!
Your Camp Kidia experience ends today! We will say our final goodbyes and transfer you to the wonderful Camp Tanga!
Day 61: Karibu Tanzania!
You arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be met by a member of our local team and transferred to your overnight hotel in Moshi (approx. 45mins). You can spend the evening relaxing with your group before we set off for Camp Tanga in the morning.
Day 62: Project visit and Orientation
Today we head off on the epic road trip to Camp Tanga! This journey takes approx. 7-8 hrs and we highly recommend a good iPod playlist to accompany the scenic journey views. Upon arrival you will be met by our legendary camp staff who will show you around your new beach side home!
Day 63-65: Project orientation & community project work
You and your group will be given an overview of the work that needs to be done and the projects that you will be getting involved in. We start work in the afternoon and over the next few days you will be helping with a home building/renovation project for vulnerable families and elderly members of the community.
Day 66: R&R Day
Today is a chance to relax! We will take you to a lovely nearby restaurant for food, drinks and a chance to swim in the pool or ocean. You can also book snorkelling, kayaking or big game fishing if you want to.
Day 67-72: Community project work & marine conservation
Back to projects! We will continue with the community housing enterprise but you will also get involved in environmental awareness workshops, including educating locals on recycling initiatives.
Day 73: R&R day - Tanga Town
Today you have a free day to spend in Tanga Town. You can visit the local market, buy souvenirs or just spend some time chilling out in one of the beach hotels.
Day 74: Cultural day
A day to work alongside local families and immerse yourself within their day to day lives.
Day 75-79: Community projects & marine conservation
Back to projects and this week we will be visiting a local school, with a focus on improving facilities.
Day 80: R&R Day
Day 81: Marine Conservation day
Throughout the morning we will work on a number of marine conservation initiatives, including a beach clean up and participation in our famous flip flop recycling workshop.
Day 82-86: Community project work
Day 87: R&R Day
Day 88: Community Project Work
We will head back to the school today to finish off projects and hand it over to the staff and children.
Day 89: Transfer to Moshi Hotel
Your Tanga experience ends today! You will be transferred to the hotel in Moshi, where you will have an overnight stay before being taken to the airport in the morning.
Day 90: Departure to Kilimanjaro Airport
We will say our goodbyes and transfer you to Kilimanjaro Airport a few hours before your scheduled flight.
Usual working days are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include the following activities.
Top up your trip with a variety of adventure add-ons from mountain climbing to scuba diving in the beautiful Indian Ocean.
All of your in-country transfers are scheduled by us, including your airport pick up. We employ our own drivers and they will be there to greet you at the airport, holding a Camps International board so you can't miss them!
Our permanent and fully staffed camps are co-located with the communities with whom we work. Accommodation ranges from traditional thatched buildings to tents. All camps have clean toilets and private washing facilities (not all camps have hot water, but it is refreshing!), and all camps are designed to feel like your second home. There's nothing like chilling out at the end of the day around the camp fire, under the stars.
Our locally employed kitchen teams will provide you with three delicious meals a day. There's unlimited fresh drinking water and a real mix of local cuisine with some western classics to fill you up after a day of project work. Our kitchens always act as the heart of any camp and our staff work extremely hard to consistently create a great standard of food for most dietary requirements.