NYE Kenya 2019

NEW YEAR TRIP 2019–2020

WE in Kenya Celebrating 25 years of




Table of contents

1 Hola 2 Kenya itinerary 3 Trip costs 11 Bogani Cottages 12  Customize your trip: Kenya extensions

13 Signature service 14 Health & safety 15 FAQ 16 Testimonials 17 Join us

Celebrate the Kisaruni graduates

Learn the art of wood carving

Join in on the festivities as the graduates of Kisaruni Girls Secondary School take the stage. Create meaningful memories as you share in this special moment with them.

Make new friends with the wood carvers of Emori Joi as they teach you their craft and share their stories.

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.



Trip dates: December 27 - January 2


Dear friends, We’re honored to warmly invite you to join us on an unforgettable New Year’s trip to Kenya to celebrate our 25th anniversary! It’s been an incredible journey making doing good doable at WE for the past 25 years, and we’re excited to see what’s in store for the next 25. What better way to honor this moment than with a spectacular celebration in Kenya! It will be a meaningful experience you will never forget, as we mark this milestone and welcome the next chapter of our story at WE. You’ll have the unique opportunity to experience daily life and culture of the Maasai and Kipsigis communities, and connect with them as you’re welcomed with open arms. Alongside your loved ones and fellow travelers, build a legacy that will last generations as you immerse yourself in the beauty of Maasai Mara and volunteer together on a sustainable development project. In the following pages, read more about this adventure to Kenya and all this experience has to offer for yourself and your family.

Craig and Marc Kielburger, Roxanne Joyal





A new year, a dazzling celebration and an exciting next chapter.


It’s been an extraordinary 25 years of doing good at WE and we’re so grateful to everyone who has been a part of the movement. The gracious contributions and support of our global community make what we do possible. Now, it’s time to celebrate the close of one chapter of our journey and welcome another exciting one. And we’re doing it in style! Celebrate our 25th anniversary with us on a New Year’s trip to Kenya! With surprises around every corner, our 2019 New Year’s bash is one you can’t miss. Exclusive new activities, delightful wonders and so much more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. What makes this trip even more unique? You’ll have the heartwarming opportunity to join in on the Kisaruni Girls Secondary School graduation festivities, to watch the remarkable young students step into the next stage of their lives. Unlike any of our offerings, or anything you’ll find elsewhere, this trip invites you to the heart of culture in Kenya and takes you on an unforgettable adventure. From looking back on the past amazing 25 years at WE to kicking off another marvelous 25 years with us, you’re in for a treat!

Join us for a special New Year’s trip to celebrate our 25th anniversary!









We’re continuing our domestic and international programing, including partneringwith communities inKenya, India and Ecuador to help increase access to education, water, health care, food and income opportunities. With 25 years of doing good, WE looks forward to another 25 of making doing good doable.

At home in Toronto, WE opened the WE Global Learning Center, our do-good headquarters, and WE Charity opened WE College, the only postsecondary institution in Kenya that provides full scholarships.

Big changes came to the Maasai Mara. Not only did WE Charity open Kisaruni Secondary School to educate and empower girls graduating from primary school, but they also opened the Baraka Health Clinic to provide health care, which has now become a leading hospital in the region.

New initiatives begin at WE. Our first everWEDay in Toronto inspired 8,000 students and began the work of empowering a generation of change-makers. Inspired by the traditional crafts made by women inKenya and Ecuador, Roxanne Joyal foundedME toWEArtisans to help those women earn a sustainable income.

WE Villages, our holistic sustainable development model that partners with global communities, is launched. This program tackles the primary causes of poverty—education, water, health, food and opportunity—through its five Pillars of Impact.

We hosted our first volunteer trip to Kenya. Since then thousands of guests, including youth, school groups, families and corporate groups, have visited developing countries around the world.

We built our first schools in the mountainous region of Waslala in northern Nicaragua, and in West Bengal, India. The next year, we broke ground on schools in Kenya, and the year after that, in Ecuador.

After learning of Iqbal Masih, a former child worker who was murdered for speaking out against child labor, 12 year-old Craig Kielburger, and his 11 classmates founded WE Charity (formerly known as Free The Children).





New Year Trip: Kenya Itinerary

Trip dates: December 27 - January 2

Day 1: December 27

Day 2: December 28

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 New Year’s 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. Walk through WE’s history As you settle into your home away from home, have a look back at the incredible past 25 years at WE. From when we built out first school in Kenya to opening WE College, learn more about the impact we’ve made together. Thanks to you, we can look ahead to building a brighter future for all. Connect with the Kisaruni Learners Go on a guided tour of Kisaruni Girls Secondary School at Milimani Campus, WE Charity’s first all-girls secondary school, and connect with the girls who are completing their high school education. Kisaruni focuses on community and provides empowering curriculum, giving their students the skills and opportunities to excel. Kisaruni strives to build on cultural values, promote leadership, value diversity and encourage active learning.

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: December 31

ME to WE Duka at Bogani 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-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. 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. Celebrate New Year’s Eve and our 25th anniversary in the heart of the Maasai Mara! Count down to the new year with inspiring fun and wonderful thrills at our fantastic New Year’s bash! It’ll be an unforgettable night as we celebrate this milestone and welcome the next chapter of our do- good story.

Day 4: December 30 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. School-building Meet and connect with local community members as you work alongside them on a school-building site. Kisaruni graduation 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. Take part in this joyous celebration and amazing accomplishment with their families and closest friends.

Day 3: December 29

Homestead visit with a Kisaruni 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.

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.





Day 6: January 1

Day 7 - January 2

Meet the wood carvers of Emori Joi Start the new year and your action-packed day with a visit to Set Kabor Men’s Group in Emori Joi to learn about one of the largest local businesses: rungumaking. Try your hand at carving the cultural elder sticks and weapons side by side with the men’s group members as you learn the processes of their business production from the ground up. 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.

Depart Bogani for Wilson Airport Fly back to Nairobi over the Maasai Mara, landing at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Visit 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 to Kenya’s National Parks when they are ready.

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. Drive to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home Kwaherinina safari jemma! OR Begin your customized extension

We’ve planned some extra-special events and activities on this New Year’s trip, thanks to our co-founders. Enjoy an unforgettable adventure to start the new year! Countless surprises are in store for you!

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Details of specific trip inclusions/exclusions are listed after the itinerary with costing. Accommodation in Quito may change subject to availability.





Trip costs

$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) • 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 Brasserie on final night of trip • Flying doctors insurance (evacuation in-country) • A once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s celebration filled with exciting, fun surprises. 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.





Bogani Cottages

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 volunteering, 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 volunteering, 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.





Safari extension

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

Richard’s River Camp 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 only seven tents. The Ngoyanai springs provide permanent water, drawing in large numbers of animals to the area around camp.

FROM $3,595 USD PP Based on double occupancy

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

Includes alcoholic beverages, guided bush walks and cultural visits, sundowners, laundry services and transfer from Bogani.

Excludes champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines. www.richardscamp.com

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.




NEW YEAR TRIP 2018-2019 DEC MBER 27–JANUARY 2, 2020

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: • Flight, luggage and medical insurance • 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 this a good time of year to visit? A: Around this time, you can admire the beautiful landscapes with its lush green and thriving foliage. This time of year is also quite temperate and dry, making it the perfect escape from colder climates! 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 in December? A: 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.

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.



Join us! ME to WE Trips Janice Carere Director of Special Experiences



Page 1 Page 2-3 Page 4-5 Page 6-7 Page 8-9 Page 10-11 Page 12-13 Page 14-15 Page 16-17 Page 18-19 Page 20-21 Page 22-23 Page 24-25 Page 26-27 Page 28-29 Page 30

Made with FlippingBook flipbook maker