2018 Kisaruni Graduation Trip

Kisaruni Group of Schools

Graduat ion Tr ip 2018

Table of Contents

2 Jambo ! 3 I t i nerar y 9 Bogan i Cottages

17 Customi ze your t r i p : Tor i ana 23 S i gnature ser v i ce 25 Hea l th & safet y 27 FAQ 29 Test imon i a l s

11 Bogan i Tented Camp 13 Costs and i nc lus i ons 15 Customi ze your t r i p : Safar i

Connect as a family on a special Volunteer Adventure you will never forget. Join us in Kenya to celebrate the annual graduation with the learners of Kisaruni Group of Schools— Milimani and Oleleshwa campuses. First, Milimani Campus opened its doors in January of 2011 and will be celebrating its fifth class of graduates this year. Oleleshwa Campus, its sister school, welcomed its first group of learners in January of 2012 and will be celebrating its third graduating class. Your itinerary includes a unique blend of volunteering and community immersion, allowing you to fully experience the magic Kenya has to offer. Create a lasting legacy as a family, while surrounding yourself with the colourful and friendly culture of the Maasai and Kipsigis people. Jambo!



Kisaruni Girls Secondary School Graduation Trip: Kenya Itinerary Tr ip Dates: December 27, 2018 - Januar y 2, 2019

Days 1-2

Please note that this itinerar y is subject to change. Details of specific trip inclusions/exclusions are listed below with costing. Accommodation in Nairobi may change, subject to availabilit y.

Morning f l ight f rom Nai robi to the Maasai Mara From Wilson Airport in Nairobi, take a short flight that will descend into the Great Rift Valley. As you fly over the Maasai Mara, watch for circular shapes that characterize Maasai bomas, and look for herds of local wildlife and cattle . Arr i ve at Bogani Cot tages and Tented Camp Settle into your new lodgings at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp. The bespoke cottages and tents are a serene place to relax and reflect after an invigorating day of volunteering. Each accommodation is complete with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and comfortable beds, and is furnished with unique African fabrics and art. Int roduct ion and or ientat ion Walk Bogani’s winding paths under yellow acacia groves, and get acquainted with the camp, learning some Swahili along the way. Enjoy lunch on the veranda over-looking the Savannah. Learn about WE Vi l lages Learn about the WE Villages development model. Our local staff work with rural villages and regional governments to support, teach and empower people within five Pillars of Impact: Education, Water, Health, Food and Opportunity.

Day 1: December 27

Connect wi th the Ki saruni Learners Go on a guided tour of Kisaruni Girls Secondary School Milimani Campus, WE Charity’s first all-girls secondary school, and be reconnected with the girls who are completing their high school education. Kisaruni focuses on community, and provides empowering curriculum giving girls with the skills and opportunities to excel. Kisaruni strives to build on cultural values, promote leadership, value diversity, and encourage active learning.

Evening arr i val in Nai robi Collect your luggage and proceed through customs, where you will be welcomed by your in-country facilitator outside the arrivals hall. Enjoy a comfortable ride to your boutique hotel. Check- in at Hemingways Located at the foot of the Ngong Hills in the historic suburb of Karen, Hemingways is a beautiful boutique hotel. This plantation-style hotel is spacious and warm, making it the perfect way to begin your volunteer adventure.

Day 2: December 28

Ful l Breakfast at Hemingways Enjoy your breakfast on the hotel’s old front garden or in the comfort of your room.



Tr ip Dates: December 27, 2018 - Januar y 2, 2019

Kisaruni Girls Secondary School Graduation Trip: Kenya Itinerary

Days 3-5

Please note that this itinerar y is subject to change. Details of specific trip inclusions/exclusions are listed below with costing. Accommodation in Nairobi may change, subject to availabilit y.

Day 3: December 29

Day 5: December 31 ME to WE Duka at Bogani

supplements the lunch program in WE Villages schools, as well as helps to decrease malnutrition in the communities by providing supplements to both pregnant mothers and their children.

Homestead v i s i t wi th Ki saruni leader This morning, journey to the boma (a traditional Kenyan homestead) of a learner from one of the two Kisaruni Girls Secondary School campuses, Milimani or Oleleshwa. Meet her family and community and learn about the tasks that made up her daily routine before entering secondary school. Engage in conversations with her family and witness firsthand the pride they have for their daughter, the new graduate. Sponsor lunch Sit down and enjoy a special lunch with a Kisaruni learner and her family. Vi s i t Baraka Hospi tal and medicinal garden Visit Baraka Hospital and its Maternity Ward. Baraka serves over 30,000 community members, promoting healthy living and providing preventative, curative and rehabilitative services to the most vulnerable segments of the Kenyan population. These services enable individuals and communities to enhance their health. Next, learn about the medicinal plants grown in the shamba (garden), including moringa, aloe vera, thyme, spider plant, and many more. This shamba

Visit the Duka, our on-site shop, which offers locally sourced gifts, exclusive Kenyan products and ME to WE Artisans beaded accessories, as well as homewares made by local Maasai women. School -bui lding Roll up your sleeves and grab some tools to work alongside Maasai and Kipsigis community members as you help to build a classroom or other school building. Beading at the Women’s Empowerment Center Spend the afternoon beading with the mamas at the Women’s Empowerment Center. Learn more about the artisans and how their work ties into the Income and Livelihood Pillar of the We Villages model. Celebrate New Year ’s Eve under the Kenyan sky A number of special surprises await you!

Day 4: December 30

School -bui lding Roll up your sleeves and grab some tools to work alongside Maasai and Kipsigis community members as you help to build a classroom or other school building. Ki saruni graduat ion day It’s graduation day for Milimani and Oleleshwa! Attend the Kisaruni Girls Secondary School Graduation Ceremony. Join the educators, parents, and families of the learners as they celebrate their graduation from high school. Witness this authentic celebration and amazing accomplishment with their families and closest friends.



Kisaruni Girls Secondary School Graduation Trip: Kenya Itinerary Tr ip Dates: December 27, 2018 - Januar y 2, 2019

Days 6-7

Please note that this itinerar y is subject to change. Details of specific trip inclusions/exclusions are listed below with costing. Accommodation in Nairobi may change, subject to availabilit y.

Day 6: January 1 Pr imar y school and communi t y v i s i t

Day 7: January 2

Depar t Bogani for Wi lson ai rpor t Fly back to Nairobi over the Maasai Mara, landing at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Vi s i t the Elephant orphanage The David Sheldrick Elephant orphanage offers a safe haven for baby elephants that have lost their mothers. Get an up-close look at the babies on a private visit and learn from their keepers how with love and care, these elephants are able to return Kenya’s National Parks when they feel ready. CHECK IN AT HEMINGWAYS FOR A DAY ROOM Dinner at Hemingway’s Hemingway’s Brasserie serves European classics with a twist. Enjoy sizzling steaks in the Josper oven—the only one of its kind in Kenya. Other favourites include steak tartar, bouillabaisse, and omelette à choix. Dr i ve to Jomo Kenyat ta Internat ional Ai rpor t for your f l ight Home Kwaherinina safari jemma! OR Begin your custom extens ion!

See where some of the Kisaruni learners went to primary school. Hear more about the leadership and mentorship programs the Kisaruni learners conduct with the nearby primary schools. Oleleshwa school and farm v i s i t Visit Oleleshwa Campus, and meet the learners! Enjoy a cup of chai

with them and hear stories from their time at school. Maasai warr ior olympics and medicine walk

Enjoy a leisurely hike as you learn about medicinal herbs from a local Maasai warrior. You will also have the chance to train and compete in the art of Maasai weaponry as you enjoy a cup of chai or a glass of wine on the hillside. Enjoy Nyama Choma dinner Relax and enjoy a traditional Nyama Choma dinner—Kenya’s barbecue. Maasai elder ci rcle Meet with Maasai elders and learn about their traditions firsthand.



After a full day of volunteering, escape to your home-away-from-home. Cottages offer a variety of Mara-inspired spaces, including f ireplaces, bedrooms, and gathering spaces for you and your fami ly to recharge and refresh. Bogani Cottages



Bogani Tented Camp Traditional safari tents offer a truly authentic experience, tempered with modern conveniences including hot water, electricity, and en suite washrooms. Enjoy authentic African decor, stone flooring and fully screened and paneled windows and doors.



Tr ip Dates: December 27, 2018 - Januar y 2, 2019

Trip costs Kisaruni Girls Secondary School Graduation Trip: Kenya Itinerary

Inclusions ►► ME to WE professional facilitator ►► Ground transportation throughout the duration of the trip ►► Hotel accommodation in Nairobi (one night) ►► Entrance fees to sights in Nairobi ►► Meals as indicated in Nairobi ►► Return airfare from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara

►► Accommodation at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp (five nights) ►► All meals and drinks at Bogani, including purified water, sodas, beer and wine ►► All activities as outlined in the itinerary ►► Access to a day room on the final day of the trip ►► Dinner and welcome drink at Hemingways ►► Flying Doctors Insurance (evacuation in-country)

$4,850 USD Per Person Bogani Tented Camp (based on double occupancy)

$200 USD Per Person Reduction for youth 16 and under $600 USD Per Person Upgrade to Bogani Cottages (minimum of 3 guests)

$500 USD Per Person Single supplement – Bogani and Nairobi

Exclusions ►► International airfare to and from Nairobi ►► Kenya Entry Visa: Must be obtained prior to travel ►► Evening snack in Nairobi upon arrival ►► Additional alcoholic beverages at Hemingways ►► Travel Insurance: out-of-country medical, trip cancellation & interruption insurance ►► Gratuities are not expected but appreciated, and are shared among all staff. We humbly suggest $5-$10 per adult per day

*Please note that arrival and departure transfers are included in your trip cost. Pick-up time at the airport begins at 2:30 p.m. on your arrival day, to accommodate check-in at the hotel, which begins at 3:00 p.m. Should you decide to extend your stay by arriving earlier or departing later than the scheduled times of your ME to WE Immersive Volunteer Trip, airport pick-up and drop-offs can be arranged at an additional cost.



Customize your trip Safari Extension

Inclus ions ►► Two-nights full board accommodation ►► Twice daily game drives ►► All meals ►► Conservation fees

Opt ional Upgrades ►► Exclusive use of vehicle ►► Scenic flights ►► Hot Air Balloon Safari ►► Lengthen or shorten stay ►► Private guide

*If you’d like to extend/shorten your stay, please ask for more details.

From $1,495 USD Based on double occupancy

From $2,295 USD Based on double occupancy

From $3,495 USD Based on double occupancy

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Angama Mara Welcome to Angama Mara, a remarkable owner-run safari lodge inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’. Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara overlooks Kenya’s Maasai Mara, considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent. Here guests will find a lodge where everything is as it ought to be: two intimate camps of just fifteen tented suites each, a private airfield and access to the Mara below, tailor-made safari days and a famously warm Kenyan welcome. Includes alcoholic drinks, Soft drinks, beers, house wines, & selected house spirits, Laundry, Childminding (6-10 pm). Excludes champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines. WWW. A N GAMA . C OM

Richard’s River Camp

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

The well-appointed resort is situated by the Mara River at the foot of the Aitong Hills in the Ol-Choro Oiroua Conservation Area bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The exclusive tented safari camp features a veranda overlooking the hippo-filled river. Each tent is furnished with its own private, three-piece bathroom and comfortable pillow-topped beds.

Designed with privacy, exclusivity and adventure in mind, Richard’s River Camp is located on the banks of the Njageteck River and surrounded by 70 acres of private land in the Olare Orok Conservancy. The camp allows for total privacy and exclusivity with a total of only seven tents. The Ngoyanai springs provide permanent water, drawing in large numbers of animals to the area around camp. Includes alcoholic beverages, guided bush walks and cultural visits, sundowners, laundry services and transfer from Bogani. Excludes champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines.

Includes transfer from Bogani. Excludes all beverages.





Customize your trip Toriana extension

From $1,595 USD Based on double occupancy

Per Person

Day 1

Day 2

Yoga beats Take some time to treat your body and mind with a private yoga class. Whether it’s early morning by the beach or on the rooftop patio at sunset, our instructor will lead you through a fun and casual session to invigorate your body! From beginner to advanced, all levels are welcome. Relax and Recharge As the local people say, “There’s no rush while you’re in paradise.” Reward yourself after a week of volunteering and spend the afternoon unwinding on a breezy lanai terrace or exploring the beach.

Depar t for Ki l i f i f rom the Maasai Mara Fly from an airstrip near Bogani and make your way to the beautiful Kenyan coast. Check in to Tor iana Graceful arches and authentic detailing welcome you home to Toriana after a short drive from the Vipingo Airstrip. Discover Swahili culture and history from the comfort of our coastal beach house. Sited on four waterfront acres near Kilifi, we encourage you to enjoy fresh meals served on vast terraces, inspired by Swahili and Moroccan architecture. The pristine white sand and blue waters of Bofa Beach are mere footsteps away. Sunset St rol l Walk along the beach to take in the breeze and experience a sunset over the Indian Ocean. Beach-Side Welcome Warm yourself by our beachside firepit under the stars as you enjoy a complimentary drink.

Exclus ions ►► Optional activities while at Toriana ►► Beverages at Toriana ►► Gratuities are not expected but appreciated, and are shared among all staff. We humbly suggest $5-10 per adult per day

Inclus ions ►► Accommodation at Toriana Beach House (three nights) ►► Domestic airfare (Mara to the Coast & back to Nairobi) ►► All activities as identified in the itinerary ►► All meals ►► Special holiday supplement (where applicable)



Customize your trip

Toriana extension

Day 3 Recharge or di scover y day

Continue to relax by the pool, explore the coastline and indulge in the serenity of Toriana. Or, if you are craving some more action, take a look at some of our optional activities and discover all that coastal Kenya has to offer, from scuba diving to golfing nearby. Dhow boat excurs ion The best way to experience Kenya’s beautiful coast is from the deck of a dhow boat. These traditional sailing vessels have been used for hundreds of years to transport goods up and down the coast, and on your excursion they will grant you access to a unique view of the coast and the beautiful wildlife that surrounds you. Farewel l dinner and beach BBQ Spend your last night of the trip watching the sun set over the ocean as you gather round and celebrate with a beach barbecue dinner.



Customize your trip Toriana optional upgrades

Sink into coastal culture Experience coastal Kenya’s rich history of diverse peoples, languages and customs. We welcome you to add any of these optional activities to personalize your stay at Toriana:

Explore Gedi ruins Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, explore the partially excavated ruins of once-vibrant Gedi, a vast trading city abandoned more than 200 years ago. Di ve the reef Explore the Indian Ocean’s underwater landscape—our water sports diving experts can create the perfect experience, from earning your certification to advanced diving adventures.

Snorkel in Watamu Mar ine Reser ve A favourite destination of Ernest Hemingway, discover this special reserve and its ecosystem in a glass-bottom boat. Gol f at Vipingo r idge Experience the acclaimed Baobab Golf Course, a short drive from Toriana.

Sweeping views to the Indian Ocean in the east and the sunsets in the west make this a stunning experience.



ME to WE

Signature Service Whether you’re preparing for your trip or experiencing the real deal on the ground, we take care of it all! Leave the planning to us— including flight arrangements, packing lists and information about vaccines and visas. While in country, we encourage you to focus on what’s really important: being in the moment with your family. That’s why we ensure every detail is accounted for—from world-class

accommodations and meals, to in-country transportation and excursions with your local guide. WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED! Don’t worry about the details; our team is on call to provide:

Internat ional and domest ic f l ights on wor ld-class ai r l ines Our ME to WE Travel Team are experts at buying the best flights and finding you the top sales on international airfare. Whether you want to fly first class, or snag the most cost-effective deal, our team can book your travel from door-to-door. Travel Insurance ME to WE has partnered with Manulife Insurance to provide you with the insurance plan that will work for you. Whether it is medical, cancellation or lost baggage (or any combination of the above), we are able to create and purchase the plan that will give you and your family peace of mind. Passpor t and Vi sa Informat ion If you are unsure on what is needed to enter Kenya, we will walk you through any and all special requirements and make sure you have everything you need to begin your journey worry-free!

Immuni zat ion Informat ion At ME to WE, our participants’ health is our top priority. We always recommend visiting a travel doctor a minimum of six weeks before your departure date. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, we are happy to recommend a travel doctor that is familiar with ME to WE Trips. On-ground Transpor tat ion and Local Guide Once you arrive in Kenya, we take care of all your transportation, so you can sit back and enjoy the vast rolling plains of the Mara unfolding in front of you. Your experienced local guide will welcome you into the communities and be an invaluable resource for in-depth information about the places and people you visit. Travel Recommendat ions From the Mara, you are at the perfect gateway to explore either safari or sand options—both of which we are more than happy to arrange for you.



Health & Safety ME to WE

Your safety is our top priority! We take care of all the details to ensure you stay safe and healthy throughout your trip, including: ►► Flight, luggage and medical insurance ►► Airport arrival assistance ►► 24-hour security staff The water we will drink is filtered. The food is prepared by their own kitchen, their own chef. We have these wonderful facilitators around us that are fountains of knowledge, but they also make sure that everything is seamless. “ Donna MacFar lane Founders and Friends Trip 2014 26 ►► Canadian registered nurse on staff ►► Filtered water available at all times


Q: Are toi letries provided at BoganI? A: Yes, shampoo, conditioner and soap will be provided.

Kisaruni Girls Secondary School Graduation Trip: Kenya Itinerary Tr ip Dates: December 27, 2018 - Januar y 2, 2019

Q: Is there f i ltered water? A: We provide filtered water for our guests to drink. We bring huge jugs full of clean drinking water to our camps and then recycle them after each trip. We recommend bringing along a good reusable bottle that you can fill up as you head from our camp for your day trips to the community. Q: Wi l l I have access to phone and Internet whi le in Kenya? A: Both phone and email communication is easily accessible in Nairobi. Cell phone service is intermittently available while you are staying at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp. If you would like to have access to the Internet while staying in the Maasai Mara, we suggest getting in touch with your network provider to purchase a data plan. Q: How is the food and water at Bogani? A: Filtered water is always available. Food is prepared fresh daily by our chefs and adheres to the highest safety standards. Q: Wi l l there be electrici ty whi le at Bogani and what is the voltage? A: At Bogani we believe conservation is key to our mandate in being eco-friendly. For that reason, our centre is powered by solar energy and we have electricity from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. only. During this time, you can charge your camera batteries and iPods. The voltage in Kenya is 240 V, and the electrical plugs are British-style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade. Please make sure to bring a converter with you. Q: Is there a minimum age for the trip par t icipants going to Kenya? A: No. We welcome guests of all ages! Whether young or old, there is something for everyone. Parents of a young one? You’re in luck. Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp happily offers daycare services for your little one upon request. Q: Can I bring gi fts for the local kids? A: We ask that you do not. We work in solidarity with the communities we are partnered with. Put simply, your gift is your presence. We ask that our trip participants do not bring candy, toys or presents for community members, as we would like to promote fairness for all children. On your Kisaruni Graduation Trip, a portion of your trip cost will be used to provide the new graduates with brand-new home-starter kits. As well, a percentage of your trip cost goes to in-country communities to help support sustainable development projects .


Q: What is the weather l ike in Kenya in December? A: In December and January, the temperatures tend to hover around 25C (71F) during the day and drop dramatically to 9C (48F) at night. Bring your sweater for those cold nights! Q: What should I wear whi le in the Maasai Mara? A: Dress will be casual for the majority of the time; however, there will be a few opportunities for semi-formal evening dinners. There will be laundry service available during your trip, so there is no need to bring along more than the necessities. Kenyan nights can be cool, so bring a lightweight jacket and heavy wool sweater with you. We have found that 100% cotton clothes are the coolest and most comfortable. Q: Is this a good t ime of year to visi t? A: Absolutely. Around this time, the ‘short rains’ will have just passed, leaving the landscape a vibrant, lush green. With it, cooler temperatures will allow for a more comfortable day of volunteering in WE Villages communities!

Q: What t ime zone is Kenya in? A: Kenya is on EAT (East African Time), and is 7 or 8 hours ahead of EST.

Q: Can I bring a laptop, iPod, expensive camera, etc? A: We suggest traveling as lightly as possible to minimize the risk of damage or loss to your possessions. For essential items, Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp provides a small safe in every tent and cottage.



Diana’s story

My name is Diana Chelangat Tuimising. I am 17 years old, the youngest in a family of 11. I’m from the community of Salabwek.

Kisaruni Group of Schools has changed my life. Just like my elder sisters, I had no hope of joining secondary school. It was always a challenge at home for us to get food and other basic needs, so my parents couldn’t provide school supplies or pay for school fees. Now, a bright future is visible. I know that I’ll be able to achieve my dreams. What I like most about Oleleshwa Campus is the first pillar of the school philosophy which is “being community.” This pillar has impacted my life a lot. I have learned to live with everybody peacefully and to share what I have with others. Above all, the other learners have always raised me up when I’m down emotionally, or going through hard times in life.

Diana Chelangat Tuimi s ing Graduating from Kisaruni Girls Secondary School in December 2017



Carol’s story In 2011, I was lucky to be part of the team that started WE Charity’s first all-girls high school in Kenya. It is a different type of school, a departure from the norm. We offer a strong curriculum which encourages inquisitiveness and full engagement of the learner in every aspect of the learning process as well as life skills in general. In the past four years, seeing the transformation in the girls—from being shy and timid to developing the confidence to stand tall, be confident, believe in themselves and create change in their communities—has been the highlight of my career. Visiting the families of the learners who have had a chance to learn at Kisaruni and would not have otherwise attended high school, and listening to their parents speak about the hope brought to their families, is now my inspiration to keep getting better at what I do. Positive change is sweeping through these communities and every single day is better than the last. “

Carol Moraa Principal at Kisaruni Girls Secondary School



Hannah’s story

Hannah Simone Kisaruni Graduation Trip 2014 “

It was an interesting day for me because so many people had a direct relationship with the graduates and had been to Kenya before. But for me—it was my first trip—I actually didn’t know how I belonged. It kind of felt like I was crashing someone’s wedding! The fact that they invited me and wanted to include me was a shock because I knew I was going to be a part of the history of girls’ education in the region. It was an honour to bear witness to it and really exciting.

Hannah Simone, known for her role as “Cece” hi t TV ser i es ‘New Gi r l ,’ hanging out wi th mamas in the Maasa i MarA Dur ing the 2014 Ki saruni Graduat ion. 34


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