Travel Teacher : Teaching and Community Development | Kenya

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Ngong Hills Kenya
Ngong Hills Kenya
Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya
Safari in Kenya
Safari in Kenya
girl with little kid
girl with little kid
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Giraffe Manor, Kenya

About

Joining an expedition in Kenya is a perfect way to immerse yourself in the culture of the Kenyan people and interact closely with the local community. It'll also be an opportunity to see the big five - no trip to Africa would be complete without going on Safari!

The country's diversity and beauty offers you so much opportunity to explore and get a true taste of Africa away from the well-trodden tourist trails. You will veer off the beaten track to search out a tantalizing mixture of rare wildlife and picturesque scenery against the impressive backdrop of Nairobi, the only city in the world to have a national park within its boundaries.

Expect to live and work as part of a community, you will develop close friendships and make a real difference in the developing world.

Highlights
  • Enjoy wonderful views of the city of Nairobi and The Great Rift Valley while Hiking The Ngong Hills.
  • Visit the Bomas of Kenya and experience a wonderful mixture of diversity and culture that make up this fascinating country.
  • Journey ‘into the wild’ on a safari expedition to Nairobi National Park.
  • Come face to trunk with African Elephants as you visit a nearby Orphanage and animal sanctuary.
  • Get an added taste of Kenyan wildlife and culture on a guided visit to a local Giraffe Center to learn more about one of the world's most popular animals before heading to a traditional bead workshop.

Impact

In Kenya, over one million children have been orphaned because of HIV/AIDS affected families, and many more children live in extreme poverty. Girls are at particular risk of being left behind, especially those who are orphaned or vulnerable. You will be working with us to help change this story and assist the girls of today in becoming future citizens and leaders.

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Reviews

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based on 6 reviews
  • Impact 9.8
  • Support 8.5
  • Fun 10
  • Value 9.7
  • Safety 10
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Millie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kenya was a life changing experience

I embarked on the Kenya expedition in April 2019 and had the most amazing experience. I was apprehensive before undertaking the experience but was reassured by Travel Teacher throughout. I am so pleased that I chose to go as the experience was so life changing and I will never forget it.

I was pushed out of my comfort zone to undertake farming duties, visit a local orphanage, attending a local church service and helping with Kenyan schoolwork. Sharing the stories with my students back in England has invaluably added to my teaching making my lessons more real and engaging in our recent unit on Kenya.

We also got to engage in the tourist side of Kenya with a safari in Nairobi National Park and Bomas of Kenya which I have always wanted to do but have not had the chance to do so.

The most rewarding part of the experience was getting to know the girls living at Hekima Place and hearing about their lives. I loved getting to know them and see how they were thriving in their lives at Hekima despite their challenging pasts.

The support given from Jenny at Hekima Place throughout the programme was incredible and she worked so hard to support every single one of the girls living at Hekima. I also made some amazing friends whilst undertaking the programme who were like-minded travellers who I never would have had the chance to meet otherwise.

I hope to return to Hekima in the future as I will never forget the experience that I had!

What would you improve about this program?
It would have been great to extend the length of the programme to allow you to build on the experiences that you had with the girls at Hekima.
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Greg
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kenya April 2019 - Greg

After completing a previous expedition with Travel Teacher in Fiji, I fell in love the company. Travel Teacher gives an immersive travelling experience and provides opportunities that are not open to other tourists and travellers. Kenya was life-changing for me - it made me reflect and evaluate on my life and what I actually I want to do with my life. Many opportunities and experiences were provided in Kenya such as: safari, feeding giraffes, visiting elephants, walking hikes to see the stunning views of The Great Rift Valley, Maasai Mara market, church visits, visiting neighbouring children's home as well as all the activities at Hekima. All these opportunities shaped me and continue to shape me since returning from Kenya. Meeting inspirational leaders and children at Hekima as well as meeting inspirational individuals within the group was also an uplifting experience as well. It is wonderful feeling when 13 strangers become 13 great friends. Words cannot describe how much I loved this opportunity and experience. Until next time Travel Teacher, asante!

What would you improve about this program?
I understand that both trips this year to Kenya were used as opportunities to review and evaluate how the children at Hekima would respond to volunteers, therefore the duration of time for each expedition was short. As volunteers have welcomed with open arms from all at Hekima, it would be great if the duration of the Kenya expedition could be extended.
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Linda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Travel teacher Kenya Feb 2019

From the moment my daughter and i decided to go to Kenya with travel teacher, we had so much support. Matt was very informative and patience with my bombardment of questions! The trip itself was wonderful I enjoyed every single moment from helping with the daily chores gardening and milking the cows to reading stories to the girls and seeing the famous 5 animals on safari in Nairobi national park. I loved meeting the girls who were both grateful and kind with anything we did with them. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. Meeting the staff and house mums and of course the lovely jenny and bravon from hekim place who organised everything so well so we got the best out of every minute of the trip. Absolutely recommend wonderful experience !

What would you improve about this program?
I would maybe go for longer so I can spend more time with the girls
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Martyna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kenya

I fell in love with Kenya thanks to Jenny, who’s the director of HEKIMA place and the girls who stay there. She organised our group activities in such a fun way! She also put so much effort to make us feel comfortable, safe, happy and like at home! Jenny made our trip affordable, which is important while studying.
She also cares so much about the girls and their well-being, she has inspired me in so many many ways, not just a director,but as human! I am so greatful to her, because I know what the girls are in good and loving hands.
The girls as HEKIMA place are amazing! They are smart, caring, and very loving! It was so hard to leave them when our journey came to an end.
Of course, I can’t not mention the travel and the activities we did. Safari, Bomas of Kenya, Ocean sole are just some of them. I had so much fun in those 8 days. I met incredible people, who became my friends in just a week’s time! We also had some sad moments, but we needed that to reflect on not just this Travel Teacher experience, but on our lifes! I am very grateful to Travel Teacher for this opportunity! It is an experience to remember for life!

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Emilie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kenya 2019

Organisation and activities by Hekima Place were amazing. The director, Jenny put so much effort into making our trip perfect and good value for money, she was able to get our trip at an excellent price including day trips out and different recreational activites! she made us feel safe and well looked after throughout our trip and I will definitely be returning thanks to her. Travel teacher opens up lots of opportunities and allowed us to meet new people. We had so much support from Hekima which has also continued since being at home, some moments we experienced may be hard to process however it has been the most rewarding 10 days of my life and I would recommend to anyone that is looking for some sense of fulfilment and joy from working with children.

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Amy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Outstanding

My experience with travel teacher has been like no other, i had the best 10 days in Kenya meeting new people and doing new things on a daily basis within our groups and also including the girls ! I would 100% recommend travel teacher, knowing how the girls welcome you into their home and are nothing but loving, caring and also very kind towards you is an amazing thing! I will cherish these past 10 days forever ! My experience in Kenya has been outstanding and I can’t quite put into words how much I have enjoyed my self and all the things I have done, I will definatley be returning to Kenya in the future! I met such inspirational and amazing girls In Kenya and no matter what they always had smiles on their faces ! I will definatley be returning to travel teacher again for many more experiences and travels ! Thank you once again 😁

What would you improve about this program?
The one thing I would like to be improved is maybe the length of the trip