The purpose of Letter Trips to Kenya is to bridge the literacy gap in Kenya one letter at a time. We will do this by delivering Literacy Packs to a number of schools and orphanages in Nairobi.
Date | May 16 - 29 (Around 14 to 18 day trip)
Total Letter Trip cost | $4,500
Cost Includes: Airfare, food, lodging and travel in country.
March 10, 2017 - $2,000 non-refundable deposit (For ticket and reservations in Kenya)
April 1, 2017 - $2,500 non-refundable payment
This trip requires an official U.S. Passport.
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1. Parent Pack
2. Trip Application
Elizabeth Sanders is the President of Letters in Motion and will be the trip leader for Kenya in summer of 2017. She was one the of the first to venture into Kenya in summer of 2016 and is excited to share the Kenyan culture with others while spreading hope and encouragement to students and orphans. "Going to Kenya truly helped me understand the power of a letter. There is nothing more inspiring than seeing a child determined to succeed. My Kenyan experience changed my outlook on life and opened my eyes to see what I can do to make this world a better place."
Summer 2017 Route
Outreach in the slums
Flying to Kenya
Be prepared to spend 20 hours flying. We will be leaving from the Nashville International Airport(BNA) and flying to Kenya international Airport (KLM). We will be making 3 to 4 transfers while we are traveling to Kenya. In order to go to Kenya you must have a valid passport that has not expired.
*All detailed flight information will be provided when tickets are bought.
Morning Star Orphanage
Morning Star is your home away from home in Nairobi, Kenya. All of our outreach is within a 3 hour drive of Morning Star Orphanage. Morning Star is a self-sustained orphanage that cares for 40 kids. They have provided a guest house for our base that we will be staying in while we are in Nairobi. You will have the opportunity to get to know the kids that live here by playing games, cooking, and helping them with their homework.
You will be sleeping 4 to a room in bunk beds. There are two bathrooms and showers that our team will share throughout the trip.
Breakfast will be served every morning around 8am. You can expect instant coffee and traditional Kenyan chai tea to drink. Most of our lunches will be light and packed for the road. Peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, and other sandwiches are normally what our lunches look like. We normally have a large dinner that will range from all types of food.
We will be riding in a 12 passenger van while we are delivering the literacy packs to all of the schools and orphanages. There will be times when the kids from Morning Star will ride with us. Be prepared to be cramped and hot. Most all of the vehicles we will be riding in will not have AC.
Gicocio Academy is only a 5 minute walk from our base at Morning Star. We will be delivering literacy packs to around 750 kids! On the 2016 Letter Trip the team was able to donate 30 desks to this amazing school. Each team member will have the opportunity to speak to all of the kids to encourage them about education.
Gatina Primary School
Amboseli National Park
Near the end of our trip we will be going to Amboseli National Park for a three day Safari. Amboseli is a 151 sq. mi park that is famously known for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. A safari land cruiser will pick us up early in morning after breakfast to drive 12 hours to our lodge. We will be going on four game drives in our three day stay in the park. Every team member will be rooming with one other person in your cabin overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will get the chance to see elephants, zebras, wildebeest, hyenas, hippos and maybe even lions. Seeing this amazing park is the last main event our on trip. After we are done with our safari we will drive 12 hours back to our base at Morning Star to pack and say good-bye to all of the kids and staff.