8 weeks working on vital projects alongside rural communities and experiencing the best that Kenya and Tanzania has to offer.
About the Program
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.
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: Departure to Kilimanjaro Airport
Your Camp Kidia experience ends today! We will say our final 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.