An Adventure with Martin Luther King III July 24- 30, 2020
ME to WE Kenya
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Table of contents
5 Jambo 6 Kenya itinerary 12 Trip costs 14 Bogani Cottages 16 Bogani Tented Camp 18 Safari extension
20 Toriana extension 22 Signature service 24 Health & safety 26 FAQ 28 Testimonials
Meet the students of the Mara Visit Kisaruni and meet the girls who are benefiting from empowering curriculum which gives them the skills and opportunities to excel.
Visit Baraka Hospital Witness the positive impact of WE’s Baraka Hospital, which began as a health clinic in 2010 and has now grown into an expanded hospital serving the Maasai and Kipsigis communities.
Bead with mamas Connect with mamas as they share their traditional craft of beading with you. Learn how beading is empowering them to earn a sustainable income to support themselves and their families.
On behalf of my wife, Arndrea Waters King and our daughter Yolanda Renee King, I write to invite you to join us in Kenya for a ME to WE Trip from July 24 to 30, 2020.
This remarkable experience provides a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for individuals and families to contribute to building the Beloved Community through an array of cooperative endeavors, including service projects, King Talks and a host of uplifting programs and activities. By taking part in the ME to WE Kenya Trip, you will make a transformational investment in a more vibrant and prosperous future for your fellow citizens, nation and our world. The WE organization and its many partners are providing outstanding leadership and commitment to the cause of human development and a more just and peaceful world. Your efforts in support of this mission will help to bring hope, healing and progress to so many people and nations. As we commemorate the 91th birth anniversary year of my father, Martin Luther King, Jr., who visited Africa in 1957, I am delighted that the ME to WE Trip to Kenya has generated so much enthusiasm. My father and my mother, Coretta Scott King, were overjoyed to witness the emergence of free and independent African nations, and their spirits will surely be with all of you, who will join together in joyful celebration in Kenya. With great anticipation, I look forward to joining you in Kenya, as we work together to make gathering at the ME to WE Kenya Trip 2020 the beginning of an exciting new era of progress and prosperity.
In solidarity, Martin Luther King III
July 24 - 30, 2020
Evening arrival in Nairobi Collect your luggage and proceed through customs, where you will be welcomed by your in-country facilitator in the arrivals hall. Enjoy a comfortable ride to your boutique hotel. Check-in to The Sheraton, Nairobi The Sheraton, Nairobi offers a comfortable and exquisite place to settle in and relax. Enjoy the peace of fresh, spacious rooms in a city renowned for its vibrant culture. Rest for the evening and night to start your ME to WE adventure the next day. Evening snack and dinner are out-of-pocket tonight.
Breakfast After a good night’s rest, enjoy a delicious, full breakfast at the Sheraton to start off your trip! Fly from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara FromWilson 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 (traditional houses), and look for herds of local wildlife and cattle.
Introduction and welcome 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 overlooking the savanna. Learn about the WE Villages model Learn about the WE Villages international development model, which works with rural villages and regional governments to support, teach and empower people within five Pillars of Impact: Education, Water, Health, Food, and Opportunity. Visit Enelerai Primary School Experience a guided walking tour of the of a WE Villages primary school in Enelerai, and see the difference between an old school structure, and a new working school.
Arrive at Bogani Cottages 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. Each accommodation is complete with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and comfortable beds, and is furnished with unique African fabrics and art.
Day 5 Mulot Market
Day 4 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 Opportunity Pillar of the We Villages model. Meet students and learn about their experiences at school. Take a tour of the nearby Oleleshwa farm, which provides school meals at the secondary school and community primary schools. School-building Meet and connect with local community members as you work alongside them on a school-building site. Visit to Kisaruni Girls Secondary School: Oleleshwa Campus
Visit an authentic Kenyan market and learn about the economic environment in which the community members live. School-building 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.
Community water walk Join the mamas at Emori Joi for a special walk through the community. Learn more about how the Kipsigis organize their homes and lives. Fetch water with the mamas, a task the women perform daily. Lunch with the mamas Share a meal and participate in a discussion with the mamas about changes taking place regarding gender and culture in the community. School-building 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.
Visit Baraka Hospital and Medicinal Garden Visit one of WE Village’s newest projects, the Baraka Hospital, which 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 with our newly opened surgical wing. 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 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.
Visit to Kisaruni Girls Secondary School: Milimani Campus
Go on a guided tour of the first WE Villages secondary school in Kenya. Kisaruni focuses on community, and provides empowering curriculum that gives girls the skills and opportunities to excel. Kisaruni serves to build on cultural values, promote leadership, value diversity and encourage active learning.
Depart Bogani for Wilson Airport Fly back to Nairobi over the Maasai Mara, landing at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Check-in to the Radisson Blu, Nairobi The Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi offers a sophisticated retreat in Upper Hill, the central business district within this commercial center of East Africa. Stay for an afternoon of relaxation as you prepare for your international flight home.
School-building Spend your morning finishing up your volunteer project and say goodbye to the new friends that you’ve made. Medicine walk and Maasai Warrior training Embark on a leisurely hike as you learn about medicinal herbs from a local Maasai warrior and master the art of Maasai weaponry. Afterwards, enjoy a hot cup of chai or a glass of wine on the hillside, overlooking the beautiful region. Say Kwaheri to the community Wish your new friends in the community farewell and debrief on your Immersive Volunteer Trip and community experience with your facilitators. Enjoy Nyama Choma dinner Indulge in a traditional Nyama Choma dinner, Kenya’s barbecue, on your final day of your trip as you relax and reflect on your experience.
Drive to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home Kwaherinina safari jemma! OR Begin your customized extension
Explore a new culture and place through the people who call it home. See life on the beaten path. Memories to cherish forever!
Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Details of specific trip inclusions/exclusions are listed after the itinerary with costing. Accommodations may change subject to availability.
$600 USD PP
$5,450 USD PP Shared accommodation
$500 USD PP Single supplement
To upgrade to Bogani Cottages: minimum of 3 guests
Inclusions • ME to WE professional facilitator • Ground transportation throughout the duration of the trip • Hotel accommodation in Nairobi (one night) • 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 Exclusions • International airfare to and from Nairobi • Kenya entry visa: This must be obtained prior to travel at a cost of $50 USD per person (cost subject to change) • Evening snack in Nairobi upon arrival • Additional alcoholic beverages at Hemingways Brasserie on final night of trip • 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 $10-15 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. • Access to a day room on the final day of the trip • Flying doctors insurance (evacuation in-country)
A property designed with authentic African décor set in the heart of the Maasai Mara, Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp offers relaxing spaces to recharge and refresh after a day of volunteering.
• All accommodations offer modern conveniences including hot water, power and en suite washrooms. • Enjoy family style meals prepared fresh daily by expert chefs on our al fresco dining platform. • We have a 17-year record of travel safety for our guests.
360 Bogan i Tour
After a full day of exploring, escape to your home away from home. Cottages offer a variety of Mara-inspired spaces, including fireplaces, bedrooms, and gathering spaces for you and your family to recharge and refresh.
Bogani Tented Camp
360 Bogan i Tour
After a full day of exploring, return to your peaceful accommodations. Bogani tents offer understated luxury in the Maasai Mara, and are a perfect place to unwind in after a busy day.
Kichwa Tembo Safari Camp Located where the Riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality. Simple yet contemporary, the Maasai-inspired suites are elegant and timeless, firmly entrenching Kichwa Tembo as a luxury tented camp of its size in the greater Mara. Includes transfer from Bogani, laundry service, all drinks including selected house spirits. Excludes optional activities as well as champagne and premium spirits. www.kichwatembo.com
FROM $2,495 USD PP Based on double occupancy
Transfer to/from safari property • Three nights full board accommodation • Twice daily game drives (six game drives) • All meals • Conservation fees Optional upgrades • Exclusive use of vehicle • Scenic flights • Hot air balloon safari • Lengthen or shorten stay • Private guide
Little Governors’ Camp Little Governors’ Camp is a luxury safari camp located on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left on the far river bank, and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed. Guests may need to make way for elephants, which sometimes visit the camp at lunchtime.
FROM $3,395 USD PP Based on double occupancy
If you’d like to extend/shorten your stay, please ask for more details.
Includes transfer from Bogani. laundry service. Excludes optional activities as well as alcoholic beverages.
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 15 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, and selected house spirits, laundry, childminding (6-10 p.m.). Excludes champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines. www.angama.com
FROM $5,595 USD PP Based on double occupancy
Inclusions • Accommodation at Toriana extension
Day 1 Depart for Kilifi from the Maasai Mara Fly froman airstrip near Bogani andmake your way to the beautiful Kenyan coast. Check-in to Toriana 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. Situated on four waterfront acres near Kilifi, we encourage you to enjoy fresh meals served on the vast terraces, inspiring Swahili and Moroccan architecture, and the white sand and blue waters of Bofa Beach footsteps away. Sunset stroll 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. Day 2 Recharge or discovery 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. 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. Day 3 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 sun set, our instructor will lead you through a fun and casual session to invigorate your body! From beginner to advanced, all levels are welcome. Dhow boat excursion 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. Farewell dinner Spend your last night of the trip watching the sun set over the ocean.
FROM $1,895 USD PP Based on double occupancy
Toriana Beach House (three nights) • Domestic airfare (Mara to the Coast & back to Nairobi) • All activities as identified in the itinerary • All meals Exclusions • Optional activities while at Toriana • Beverages at Toriana • Gratuities are not expected but appreciated, and are shared among all staff. We humbly suggest $10-15 per adult per day
If you’d like to extend/shorten your stay, please ask for more details.
Don’t worry about the details, our team is on call to provide:
International and domestic flights on world-class airlines Our ME to WE Travel Teammembers 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 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. Passport and visa information If you are unsure about 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! Immunization information 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 transportation 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 recommendations 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. Whatever you choose, we are more than happy to arrange the next leg of your journey!
Our signature service
Whether you’re preparing for your trip or experiencing the real deal on the ground, we take care of all the details! 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. 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.
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Health & safety
Your safety is our top priority! We take care of all the details to ensure you stay safe and healthy throughout your trip including: • Airport arrival assistance • 24-hour security staff • Filtered water available at all times
“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 MacFarlane ME to WE Immersive Volunteer Trip, 2013
Frequently asked questions
Q: Is there filtered water? A: We provide filtered water for our guests to drink. We bring jugs full of clean drinking water to our camps and then recycle them after each trip. We recommend bringing along a good water bottle that you can fill up as you head from our camp for your day trips to the community. Q: What is the weather like in Kenya? Because Kenya has a tropical climate, you can expect hot temperatures all year round. In December, temperatures tend to between around 24°C (75°F) and 27°C (81°F) at higher altitudes and 30°C (86°F) at lower altitudes. In the summer, it’s dry season in Kenya so temperatures are around 23°C (73°F) at higher altitudes, such as the Maasai Mara, and 28°C (82°F) at lower altitudes.
Q: Can I bring a laptop, iPod, expensive camera etc.? A: We suggest travelling as lightly as possible to minimize the risk of damage to or loss of your possessions. For essential items, Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp provides a small safe in every tent and cottage. Q: Will I have access to phone and internet while 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: Will there be electricity while at Bogani and what is the voltage? A: Power at Bogani is generally available throughout the day from the local grid. At times, we rely on backup generator which would run between 6-11 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. We also provide a hair dryer (compatible with 240V) in each cottage and tent for your convenience. Q: Is there a minimum age for the trip par ticipants 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 service for your little one upon request.
Q: Are toiletries provided at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp? A: Yes, shampoo, conditioner and soap will be provided. Q: How is the food and water at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp? A: Filtered water is always available. Food is prepared fresh daily by our chefs and adheres to the highest safety standards. We are able to accommodate all dietary requirements at Bogani, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and food allergies.
Q: What time zone is Kenya in? A: Kenya is on EAT (East African Time), and is 7 or 8 hours ahead of EST (Eastern Standard Time). Q: Can I bring gifts for the kids? A: We ask that you do not, as we work in solidarity with our partner communities. 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. A portion of your trip cost goes to in-country communities to help support their basic needs.
Q: What should I wear while in the Maasai Mara? A: Dress will be casual for the majority of the time. 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 (in the mid-50s °F / 10 °C), so bring a lightweight jacket and heavy wool sweater with you. We have found that 100% cotton clothes are the coolest and most comfortable.
“Trey and I can’t thank you enough for our life-changing experience in Kenya. We were particularly moved to see the incredible impact that the Universal McCann family have been able to create in partnership with WE Charity in Mwangaza. Truly transformative. And we were blown away by all of the ME to WE staff, who not only took amazing care of us before and during the trip but were also so knowledgeable, engaged and just a lot of fun. We send our many thanks!” Martin Bryan Strategy Partner, Universal McCann Founders and Friends Trip 2016
Left: 2016 Founders and Friends Trip participants Martin and Trey working hard on the build site
“A soulful “Jambo!” with smiles as bright as the African sun warmed our hearts from the day we arrived on our trip to Kenya. What was truly impactful was seeing the five pillars of holistic development and living it. For miles, we carried 20-litre water canisters on our back alongside mamas, and beaded with them under majestic acacia trees. We picked vegetables from farms, we witnessed hope in the eyes of a toddler who had received essential medical treatment, and we were brought to tears by high school girls who advocated so passionately for their education. On this trip, my son Gabriel and I learned life lessons no textbook or website could ever teach—it was a priceless opportunity that sparked our passion to say ‘how do we do more when we get home?’” Petra Kuret Founders and Friends Trip 2014
Left: 2014 Founders and Friends Trip participant Petra Kuret with her son Gabriel.
“I wanted a memorable and meaningful way to celebrate, rather than throw a big birthday bash. I knew travelling and volunteering with ME to WE would give me the opportunity to have a life- changing experience that my family, friends and I would never forget. There’s been so many amazing things that have happened on this trip. When I go home I don’t know how I’m going to describe this to anybody—there’s something about just being here that I can’t describe. It was an incredible experience and I really feel like this has had a huge impact on my life.” Demi Lovato Founders and Friends Trip 2014
Left: ME to WE ambassador and award-winning pop artist Demi Lovato spends time connecting with local students on a trip to Kenya.
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