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Kenya Mission 2017

Available dates : 15 September - 2 October 2017

NAIROBI 

This mission will enable the participant to be exposed to life in Kenya with all of its joys and struggles.
The communities we will be working in have to juggle poverty, HIV/AIDS, poor education and a lack of employment opportunities.
The mission will be based in Limuru, a semi-rural area outside of the city of Nairobi.

 

INFORMATION SESSION
Tuesday 2 May 2017
6-7.30pm
at
Mission Travel
670 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC
(or live stream via Facebook)

RSVP for this is essential. Click HERE to reserve your place.

Imagine spending 2 weeks serving the people of Africa, sharing the love of Christ, bringing hope to the destitute, and transforming your life forever. Imagine a time that propels you into a deeper walk with God, gives you greater confidence in making Him known and begins friendships that will last a lifetime. On the Kenya Mission 2017 you will get involved within our projects in the Limuru area. Our projects are passionate about serving the community through working together, sharing God ’ s love and being intentional about developing people and their communities.

Applications close 31 May 2017.

Itinerary

Friday 15 September 2017 - Depart Australia

If you are purchasing the full mission package you will depart Australia on an Emirates flight via Dubai to Nairobi.

Saturday 16 September 2017 - Arrive Nairobi

On arrival at JKIA International airport in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to Brackenhurst in Limuru. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes through the bustling city and beyond. 

Brackenhurst Kenya

It has been know for giraffe and zebra to be spotted just outside the airport gates. Welcome to Africa!

Meet in the dining hall for dinner with your team.

HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Dinner

 

Sunday 17 September 2017 - Church and tea farm

Today we kick off with a local church service at Tigoni Baptist Church where you will enjoy worship Africa style. After church we will visit the local Kiambethu tea farm with a tour and lunch.
Situated at 7,200 ft., Kiambethu was bought and farmed by AB McDonell in 1910. He was the first person to grow, make and sell tea commercially in Kenya - now one of Kenya’s biggest exports. The farm house is set within beautiful gardens surrounded by acres of tea and indigenous forest - home to the Colobus monkey and plenty of other wildlife.

This evening meet your guide for a briefing and enjoy an introductory dinner.

HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Dinner

 

Monday 18 September 2017 - Mission Induction

After breakfast there will be an induction with the mission team, local guide and co-ordinator followed by a time to meet with the community and local leaders that you will be serving.

The afternoon will be spent planning the week's activities and practical projects, shop for supplies/craft before returning to Brackenhurst for dinner and relaxation.

HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tuesday 19 September - Mission engagement

Enjoy breakfast and morning devotion then make up a packed lunch and proceed to community service learning placement. Return to base in the afternoon for Swahili (indigenous language) lessons and dinner.

HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wednesday 20 September 2017 - Kibera - Power Women's Group

power women

After breakfast, morning devotions and packing lunch we will drive to Kibera, Nairobi's largest settlement area, to meet the Power Women's Group. The Power Women Group consists of 15 HIV positive women who came together to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV and create lives free of dependency. You can find them on Facebook @thepowerwomen. Enjoy bible study with the women before returning to Brackenhurst for afternoon Swahili lessons and dinner.

HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thursday 21 September 2017 - Mission engagement

After breakfast, morning devotions and packing lunch we will again go out into the local community for service before returning to Brackenhurst for afternoon language lessons and dinner.

HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Friday 22 September - Mission engagement - Maasai market

Breakfast, morning devotion and more local community engagement today. This afternoon we drive to the Village Market's Maasai market to do some shopping (local handicrafts). Continue into Nairobi for a authentic Ethiopian dinner at Habesha.

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HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday 23 September - Tourist fun

Today we will visit the Sheldricks elephant orphanage followed by lunch at The Talisman restaurant.

elephant

After lunch we visit the Giraffe Center where you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the giraffes!

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Return for dinner and relaxation at Brackenhurst.

HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday 24 September - Church and optional activities

Church in the local community is an amazing experience never forgotten. We will re-visit the Tigoni Baptist church again today.

Lunch together at the volunteer house. The afternoon is free. There are optional activities such as bike riding and a waterfall hike.

HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Monday 24 September - Wednesday 27 September - Mission engagement

For the next three days we will be enjoying breakfast and morning devotions together followed by community engagement (much as the previous week). Each day you will prepare a packed lunch to take with you.

HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thursday 28 September 2017 - Masai Mara safari

Depart early for the drive to the Masai Mara. On arrival there will be an orientation, lunch and evening safari game drive.

Watch the sunset in the bush with snacks, returning for a sumptuous dinner back at camp.

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HOTEL: Encounter Mara tented camp
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Friday 29 September - On safari

Rise early for a morning game drive and optional visit to a local Maasai village. Rest (like the animals) during the day and then go out for an evening game drive and sunset.

Return to camp for dinner.
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HOTEL: Encounter Mara tented camp
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday 30 September 2017 - Return to Nairobi

Enjoy an early morning game drive before checking out and returning to Nairobi. Enjoy your last night at Brackenhurst with a farewell Kenyan BBQ.

HOTEL: Brackenhurst
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday 1 October 2017

After breakfast transfer to the JKIA international airport in Nairobi for your flight home.

Tour Guides and Companions

Sarah Hampshire

Sarah grew up in Kenya and her parents and younger siblings still live and serve there (you might even get to meet them).
Sarah has been part of Mission Travel's mission team since 2014. She worships at Crossway Baptist Church in East Burwood.

Information Sessions

The information session will be held on Tuesday 2 May from 6-7.30pm at the Mission Travel office, 670 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127.
RSVP is essential. Click HERE to reserve your place

If you are interstate or unable to attend we will live stream the session on Facebook.

 

Price is based on a minimum of 10 people

Applications close 31 May 2017

 

Mission Only Includes:

  • Accommodation twin share for 13 nights at Brackenhurst
  • Accommodation 2 nights at Encounter Mara Safari Camp
  • Transport to all ministry activities and sights
  • Sightseeing as listed
  • Meals as indicated
  • Leader accompanying the team from Australia
  • Local guide and driver
  • Pre departure training and preparation

 

Mission + Airfares Include:

  • Economy class airfares from Australia to Nairobi flying Emirates or similar
  • Airport transfers for full misison (not land only)
  • Accommodation twin share for 13 nights at Brackenhurst
  • Accommodation 2 nights at Encounter Mara Safari Camp
  • Transport to all ministry activities and sights
  • Sightseeing as listed
  • Meals as indicated
  • Leader accompanying the team from Australia
  • Local guide and driver
  • Pre departure training and preparation

Not included:

  • Travel insurance (please budget approx $120.00 for this)
  • Donations/fundraising to projects
  • Meals/snacks not indicated on itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses – shopping, laundry, internet
  • Tip to guides/drivers

In order to be considered for this team, download the application form by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button, fill it out and forward the requested documents to enquiries@missiontravel.com.au.
Your application will then be forwarded on to ACTS, our local partner organisation in Kenya, so they can consider your suitability for the trip.

If you are successfully accepted on to the team, you will then be required to pay a $500 deposit to secure your place. Once we have received your deposit, we will provide a quote for travel insurance and help you arrange any additional activities you may like to include.
Please note that we will be able to book your flights with our Exclusive Mission Fare deals as this mission meets the requirements of having access to these exclusive deals.

The application deadline for this trip is Monday 19 June 2017.

Final balance payment is due 60 days prior to departure which is on or before Monday 17 July 2017. An invoice will be forwarded to you prior to this date.

PLEASE NOTE:
The $500 deposit is non-refundable. However, if the tour is cancelled by Mission Travel due to lack of numbers or security concerns, your deposit will be refunded.
Cancellation 60-30 days prior to departure: 25% cancellation fee of total trip cost
Cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure or once the tour has commenced: NO REFUND
It is vital that you are adequately insured for unforeseen cancellation.

FAQs

What Next?

Space on this amazing mission is strictly limited so please book in as soon as you can. Bookings will close on
Please complete a Mission Travel Booking Form and complete the Application Form 
and send to us with a $500 deposit.

The consultant looking after this mission is:

Sarah Hampshire
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127
Tel: 61 (0)3 9890 6555
Email:sarah@missiontravel.com.au

You will also need to complete the Mission Application form and send us a copy of your passport and working with children check.
Please don’t wait for this to be completed in order to register as you may miss out.

Flight Times

International flights are with EMIRATES. Emirates fly from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney to Dubai.
The all team members will travel together Dubai to Nairobi.
If you purchase the full mission package including airfares we will provide you with a detailed itinerary.
If you choose to purchase the mission only  you will need to arrange transport to/from Brackenhurst (we can assist with this)

You will be legible to have access to our Exclusive Mission Fares.

 

Accommodation

Brackenhurst - 13 nights

In Limuru you will be staying at Brackenhurst in the volunteer house, known as Team House.

The house is decorated with an African theme throughout, allowing you to really feel you are in Africa!
Bedrooms are set out in a dormitory style, holding a capacity of up to 33 people (depending on the cottage). For relaxation we have a lounge, dining area and a patio which is ideal for quiet times, reading and spending time with others in the house. The house has bathrooms and kitchen facilities.

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Encounter Mara Safari Camp - 2 nights

Located in Kenya adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, this private conservancy is a groundbreaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community. With its high concentration of wildlife, and generous personal space and freedom on offer, visitors enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters. Imagine setting up camp on the plains of the African savannah and waking up to the sounds of a herd of zebra right outside your tent, or tracking a pride of 20 lions without catching sight of another group of camera-toting predators. Imagine venturing out into the unknown at night. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya is home to the big cats - in impressive numbers - and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. Unlike its neighbour, the Maasai Mara National Reserve, this private conservancy strictly monitors the number of tourists who enter the area, reducing the number of vehicles and the human impact on the environment and wildlife.

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Preparation for Mission

Upon registering for the mission you will be sent a copy of the book “When helping hurts”. It is expected that you read this book before departure.
There will also be a comprehensive booklet provided that outlines topics such as behaviour protocols, culture shock, packing lists, emergency contact details, safety & security, health & hygiene, money, personal equipment, needs items to bring, etc.

There will also be a conference call or get together before we leave.

While on the mission trip we will be having daily de-briefs to ensure that everyone is managing OK  and to discuss some of the issues and challenges of being on mission. There will also be discussion on poverty, aid and development as well as bible studies and prayer times.

Debriefing after the mission will be done as needed.

Travel Insurance

It is mandatory to have travel insurance and it is strongly recommended to take out a policy at the time of paying your deposit.

For a quote and automatic 20% discount click HERE

Travel Vaccinations

Mission Travel does not advise on travel vaccinations.  Please consult with your GP or check out www.traveldoctor.com.au about relevant vaccinations at least 8 weeks prior to travel.

Booking and Payment Deadlines

Bookings for this mission will close on Friday 12 May 2017  unless sold out prior.

Final payment is due no later than Friday 16 June 2017.

Cancellation Penalties

The $500 deposit is non-refundable. However, if the tour is cancelled by Mission Travel due to lack of numbers or security concerns, your deposit will be refunded.
Cancellation 60-30 days prior to departure: 25% cancellation fee of total trip cost
Cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure or once the tour has commenced: NO REFUND
It is vital that you are adequately insured for unforeseen cancellation.

Can I Stay On?

When in Africa why not take the opportunity and extend your stay to visit more of this incredible continent! We suggest that you extend your stay AFTER the mission rather then prior.

Please speak to our staff about cost and options.

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Preparation

Before engaging in cross-cultural work, at Mission Travel we strongly recommend that everyone reads the following book:

"When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . And Yourself"
By Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
With more than 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty. While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/When-Helping-Hurts-Steve-Corbett-Dr-Brian-Fikkert-John-Perkins-David-Platt/9780802409980
Koorong: https://www.koorong.com/search/product/when-helping-hurts-how-to-alleviate-poverty-withouth/9780802409980.jhtml
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/When-Helping-Hurts-Alleviate-Yourself/dp/0802409989

There will also be a comprehensive booklet provided that outlines topics such as behaviour protocols, culture shock, packing lists, emergency contact details, safety & security, health & hygiene, money, personal equipment, needs items to bring, etc.
There will also be a conference call or get together before we leave.
While on the mission trip we will be having daily de-briefs to ensure that everyone is managing OK and to discuss some of the issues and challenges of being on mission. There will also be discussion on poverty, aid and development as well as bible studies and prayer times.
Debriefing after the mission will be done as needed.

Enrich your Trip - More information

Limuru
Climbing approximately 1500 feet and 40km North of Nairobi you will find the fertile rolling hills of the Limuru region, most famous for the vast fields of tea and farmland. The weather here is significantly cooler than in the capital city and regular rainfall ensures the area is seldom dry and dusty. 

Overnight: ACTS Team House at Brackenhurst The ACTS Team House is one of many cottages located within Brackenhurst’s stunning grounds, surrounded by great views of the tea fields as well as Tigoni and Ngong Hills on a clear day. The house is decorated with an African theme throughout, allowing you to really feel you are in Africa! Bedrooms are set out in a dormitory style, holding a capacity of up to 33 people (depending on the cottage). For relaxation we have a lounge, dining area and a patio which is ideal for quiet times, reading and spending time with others in the house. The house has bathrooms and kitchen facilities.

Brackenhurst
Brackenhurst is located on 100 safe and scenic acres approximately 40km North of Nairobi. Here you will find a peaceful and quiet area, nestled in the fertile rolling hills of the Limuru region most famous for the vast fields of tea and farmland. Brackenhurst is proud to be home to one of the largest collections of indigenous plants in Africa with over 1000 tree and shrub species. 

Visitors may engage in on-site recreation walking, jogging or bird watching along our forest trails. Sports activities include the following: basketball, lawn tennis, table tennis, volleyball, and soccer. A satellite TV room is also situated next to the cyber lounge; near the café and gift shop.
Brackenhurst is equipped with a nurse and clinic to attend to any health needs should they arise, as well as a full time security manager and a staff of 24 security personnel.

Brackenhurst Kenya

Community Service Learning Placements
Body of Christ Children’s Centre (BOC) Body of Christ Children’s Centre was established in 2004 by Pastor Mary Watare Mbugua. Pastor Mary always had a dream to start a humanitarian centre for the truly needy, poor, less fortunate and discriminated in life. Unfortunately life had to deal her a painful blow before her dream could be realized – after tragically losing her son in a traffic accident. In her words, she decided that anything she would've given to her son (love, food, shelter, clothing, education) would now go to children who are truly in need. She found a house that was no longer in use, rented and renovated it, and began taking in orphans.
As the number of children kept growing, Pastor Mary soon realized that housing and feeding the children was not enough and that more could be done. She started a free nursery school which now educates 75 children daily. The school is run by three full-time teachers and a cook, and is regularly helped by volunteers coming from around the world. The staff are paid an allowance from Mary's own pension as well as through a baking project that supplies cakes to local shops and a weaving project that creates and sells hand woven rugs.
In addition to the orphanage and school, BOC also provides food on a weekly basis for the elderly in the community as well as for those living with HIV/AIDS. BOC also supports nine mentally handicapped children.

Power Women’s Group
This is an inspirational group of women who are living with HIV/AIDS in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. They started a bible study and support group in order to carry each other through their challenges. Besides emotional support, they initiated a business selling their handmade crafts. Their profit and savings are set aside for emergency medical needs, school fees and the maintenance of their business. On Wednesday, visit the Power Women’s group to worship together, shop their local crafts, and get an eye-opening personalized tour of their home.   

Angel’s Baby Orphanage
Angel Centre is a refuge for about 30 abandoned infants and children, where they receive their basic human rights, and most of all – love in a place they can call home. There are several areas where mission teams and volunteers can assist. Because many of the new infants come in from various threatening situations, many of them experience developmental delays. Human contact and play are crucial in the development of these children. Service includes the day-to-day care of the home’s babies:
 Nappy changing, feeding and bathing
 Nurturing and loving interaction with babies
 Constructive and stimulating interaction through play

Pages Academy

Pages Academy is our newest pre-school education ministry with about 30 students. Charles is the headmaster and sole teacher at Pages Academy in Karanjee, with a reputation of inspiring passion for teaching despite challenges since May 2009. Karanjee is a relatively poor community in Kenya, where most parents cannot consistently pay tuition or pack their children a lunch. Despite this fact, over 50 pupils have graduated and been accepted into primary school. Get involved with:
 Possible construction projects
 Practical help with food program
 Assist with teaching

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Activities

Kiambethu Tea Field Tour & Lunch
Learn the history and importance of tea to Kenyan culture whilst being guided through Kiambethu, one of the most beautiful and historic tea plantations in Kenya. Arrive at Kiambethu Farm at 11am (10min drive from Brackenhurst). You will be welcomed by Fiona Vernon owner of the farm, and she will give the group a talk on the history of tea and production of tea in the area. After the talk you will be taken on a guided walk through the farm to a patch of indigenous forest followed by a 4-course colonial-style lunch and drinks in the countryside before being transported back to Brackenhurst at about 3pm.
Maasai Market
Experience Nairobi’s largest traveling local market on Friday afternoon for a taste of cultural market interaction. The Maasai Market is a great place to see handcrafts of the whole country ranging from wooden sculptures, paintings, beaded necklaces, batik wall hangings, soap stone carvings, textiles and a whole host of other exciting goods.

Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center
Start with a visit to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage at 11am to learn about and interact with young orphaned elephants in Nairobi. Next, take a visit to Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre: African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, a Non-Profit making organization whose main objective is to provide conservation education for the youth of Kenya. Feed the Rothschild giraffe, one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with only a few hundred members in the wild. 

nairobi-tour-giraffe-centreelephant

 

 

Encounter Mara, Mara Naboisho Conservancy
Mara Naboisho Conservancy The Masaai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masaai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masaai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.

ENCOUNTER

Overnight: Encounter Mara Safari Camp Located in Kenya adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, this private conservancy is a groundbreaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community. With its high concentration of wildlife, and generous personal space and freedom on offer, visitors enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters. Imagine setting up camp on the plains of the African savannah and waking up to the sounds of a herd of zebra right outside your tent, or tracking a pride of 20 lions without catching sight of another group of camera-toting predators. Imagine venturing out into the unknown at night. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya is home to the big cats - in impressive numbers - and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. Unlike its neighbour, the Maasai Mara National Reserve, this private conservancy strictly monitors the number of tourists who enter the area, reducing the number of vehicles and the human impact on the environment and wildlife.

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE HERE

Limuru
Climbing approximately 1500 feet and 40km North of Nairobi you will find the fertile rolling hills of the Limuru region, most famous for the vast fields of tea and farmland. The weather here is significantly cooler than in the capital city and regular rainfall ensures the area is seldom dry and dusty. 

Overnight: ACTS Team House at Brackenhurst The ACTS Team House is one of many cottages located within Brackenhurst’s stunning grounds, surrounded by great views of the tea fields as well as Tigoni and Ngong Hills on a clear day. The house is decorated with an African theme throughout, allowing you to really feel you are in Africa! Bedrooms are set out in a dormitory style, holding a capacity of up to 33 people (depending on the cottage). For relaxation we have a lounge, dining area and a patio which is ideal for quiet times, reading and spending time with others in the house. The house has bathrooms and kitchen facilities. 

Brackenhurst
Brackenhurst is located on 100 safe and scenic acres approximately 40km North of Nairobi. Here you will find a peaceful and quiet area, nestled in the fertile rolling hills of the Limuru region most famous for the vast fields of tea and farmland. Brackenhurst is proud to be home to one of the largest collections of indigenous plants in Africa with over 1000 tree and shrub species. 

Visitors may engage in on-site recreation walking, jogging or bird watching along our forest trails. Sports activities include the following: basketball, lawn tennis, table tennis, volleyball, and soccer. A satellite TV room is also situated next to the cyber lounge; near the café and gift shop. 
Brackenhurst is equipped with a nurse and clinic to attend to any health needs should they arise, as well as a full time security manager and a staff of 24 security personnel.

Brackenhurst Kenya

Community Service Learning Placements 
Body of Christ Children’s Centre (BOC) Body of Christ Children’s Centre was established in 2004 by Pastor Mary Watare Mbugua. Pastor Mary always had a dream to start a humanitarian centre for the truly needy, poor, less fortunate and discriminated in life. Unfortunately life had to deal her a painful blow before her dream could be realized – after tragically losing her son in a traffic accident. In her words, she decided that anything she would've given to her son (love, food, shelter, clothing, education) would now go to children who are truly in need. She found a house that was no longer in use, rented and renovated it, and began taking in orphans. 
As the number of children kept growing, Pastor Mary soon realized that housing and feeding the children was not enough and that more could be done. She started a free nursery school which now educates 75 children daily. The school is run by three full-time teachers and a cook, and is regularly helped by volunteers coming from around the world. The staff are paid an allowance from Mary's own pension as well as through a baking project that supplies cakes to local shops and a weaving project that creates and sells hand woven rugs. 
In addition to the orphanage and school, BOC also provides food on a weekly basis for the elderly in the community as well as for those living with HIV/AIDS. BOC also supports nine mentally handicapped children.

Power Women’s Group
This is an inspirational group of women who are living with HIV/AIDS in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. They started a bible study and support group in order to carry each other through their challenges. Besides emotional support, they initiated a business selling their handmade crafts. Their profit and savings are set aside for emergency medical needs, school fees and the maintenance of their business. On Wednesday, visit the Power Women’s group to worship together, shop their local crafts, and get an eye-opening personalized tour of their home.   

Angel’s Baby Orphanage 
Angel Centre is a refuge for about 30 abandoned infants and children, where they receive their basic human rights, and most of all – love in a place they can call home. There are several areas where mission teams and volunteers can assist. Because many of the new infants come in from various threatening situations, many of them experience developmental delays. Human contact and play are crucial in the development of these children. Service includes the day-to-day care of the home’s babies: 
 Nappy changing, feeding and bathing 
 Nurturing and loving interaction with babies 
 Constructive and stimulating interaction through play

Pages Academy 

Pages Academy is our newest pre-school education ministry with about 30 students. Charles is the headmaster and sole teacher at Pages Academy in Karanjee, with a reputation of inspiring passion for teaching despite challenges since May 2009. Karanjee is a relatively poor community in Kenya, where most parents cannot consistently pay tuition or pack their children a lunch. Despite this fact, over 50 pupils have graduated and been accepted into primary school. Get involved with: 
 Possible construction projects
 Practical help with food program 
 Assist with teaching

kenya-3kenya-2

Activities

Kiambethu Tea Field Tour & Lunch 
Learn the history and importance of tea to Kenyan culture whilst being guided through Kiambethu, one of the most beautiful and historic tea plantations in Kenya. Arrive at Kiambethu Farm at 11am (10min drive from Brackenhurst). You will be welcomed by Fiona Vernon owner of the farm, and she will give the group a talk on the history of tea and production of tea in the area. After the talk you will be taken on a guided walk through the farm to a patch of indigenous forest followed by a 4-course colonial-style lunch and drinks in the countryside before being transported back to Brackenhurst at about 3pm. 
Maasai Market 
Experience Nairobi’s largest traveling local market on Friday afternoon for a taste of cultural market interaction. The Maasai Market is a great place to see handcrafts of the whole country ranging from wooden sculptures, paintings, beaded necklaces, batik wall hangings, soap stone carvings, textiles and a whole host of other exciting goods.

Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center 
Start with a visit to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage at 11am to learn about and interact with young orphaned elephants in Nairobi. Next, take a visit to Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre: African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, a Non-Profit making organization whose main objective is to provide conservation education for the youth of Kenya. Feed the Rothschild giraffe, one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with only a few hundred members in the wild. 

nairobi-tour-giraffe-centreelephant

Encounter Mara, Mara Naboisho Conservancy 
Mara Naboisho Conservancy The Masaai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masaai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masaai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari. 

ENCOUNTER

Overnight: Encounter Mara Safari Camp Located in Kenya adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, this private conservancy is a groundbreaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community. With its high concentration of wildlife, and generous personal space and freedom on offer, visitors enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters. Imagine setting up camp on the plains of the African savannah and waking up to the sounds of a herd of zebra right outside your tent, or tracking a pride of 20 lions without catching sight of another group of camera-toting predators. Imagine venturing out into the unknown at night. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya is home to the big cats - in impressive numbers - and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. Unlike its neighbour, the Maasai Mara National Reserve, this private conservancy strictly monitors the number of tourists who enter the area, reducing the number of vehicles and the human impact on the environment and wildlife.

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE HERE


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I organised a team of 11 volunteers to go to Uganda. Mission Travel organised all of our flights and extensions/holiday for some of the team. I haven’t used Mission Travel before but the service was fantastic and any question was always answered quickly by email.

Karen, Geelong