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Women Empowerment Center Opening Trip 2018

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Kenya i t i nerar y. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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Bogan i Cottages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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Customi ze your t r i p : Safar i extens i on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Customi ze your t r i p : Tor i ana extens i on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

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Jambo!

Dear friends,

I am honoured to warmly invite you to join us on a Women’s Empowerment Center Opening Trip to Kenya—a meaningful journey you will never forget.

Experience daily life and culture in the Maasai Mara, immersing yourself in the beauty of Kenya as you meet and get to know women who will be working at the new centre, and are welcomed into a local community. Build a legacy alongside loved ones and fellow travellers—connecting with the community as you volunteer together on a sustainable development project.

In the following pages, read more about this adventure to Kenya and all the experience has to offer for yourself and your family.

This is your time to change the world,

Roxanne Joyal CEO, ME to WE

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Introduction and orientation 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 savannah. 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:

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Full breakfast at Hemingways Enjoy your breakfast in the hotel’s old front garden or in the comfort of your room. Fly from Nairobi 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. 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 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.

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 at Hemingways Located at the foot of the Ngong Hills, in the historic suburb of Karen, Hemingways is a beautiful boutique hotel. Enjoy spacious and uniquely decorated rooms— the perfect way to begin your Women’s Empowerment Centre Opening trip in Kenya!

►► Education ►► Water ►► Health ►► Food ►► 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.

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

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Visit Baraka Hospital and Medicinal Garden

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Visit one of WE Village’s newest projects, the Baraka Hospital, which serves over 30,000 community members, promoting healthy living and providing preventative, curativeand rehabilitativeservices 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.

Mulot Market 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 new school. 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.

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 new school.

Visit to Kisaruni Girls Secondary School: Oleleshwa Campus 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. Women’s Empowerment Center opening Spend the afternoon with the community and celebrate the opening of the Women’s Empowerment Center. Learn more about the artisans and how their work ties into the Opportunity Pillar of the WE Villages development model.

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

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Medicine walk and Maasai Warrior training

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

Drive to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home Kwaherinina safari jemma!

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. Day room and dinner at Hemingways Hemingways 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 a choix.

Meet the wood carvers Of Emori Joi

Visit Set Kabor Men’s Group in Emori Joi to learn about one of the largest local businesses: rungu- making. Try your hand at carving the cultural elder sticks and weapons side by side with the men’s group members as we 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.

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Begin your customized extension

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

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Trip costs

$500* USD PP To upgrade to Bogani Cottages: minimum of 3 guests

$4,450 USD PP Bogani Tented Camp: based

$500 USD PP Single supplement

$200 USD PP Reduction for youth 16 & under

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I nc l us i ons ►► 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) Exc l us i ons ►► 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 $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.

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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.

Bogani Cottages

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►► 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 15-year record of travel safety for our guests.

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.

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Bogani Tented Camp 360 Bogan i Tour

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.

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Safari extension

F a i r m o n t M a r a S a f a r i C l u b 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.

$1,895 USD PP Based on double occupancy

Tr ans f e r t o / f r om sa f a r i p r ope r t y ►► Three nights full board accommodation ►► Twice daily game drives (six game drives) ►► All meals ►► Conservation fees Op t i ona l upg r ades ►► Exclusive use of vehicle ►► Scenic flights ►► Hot air balloon safari ►► Lengthen or shorten stay ►► Private guide

Includes transfer from Bogani. Excludes all beverages.

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R i c h a r d ’ s R i v e r C a m p 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. Includes alcoholic beverages, guided bush walks and cultural visits, sundowners, laundry services and transfer from Bogani. Excludes champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines. M a h a l i M z u r i Newly opened, this highly exclusive safari camp is owned by Sir Richard Branson. The camp is located in the Motorogi Conservancy, just north of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and is committed to respecting the local community and environment with the key priority of leaving as minimal a footprint as possible on the land. Includes alcoholic beverages, guided bush walks and local market visits and laundry services. Excludes champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines. www. ma h a l i mz u r i . c om www. r i c h a r d s c amp . c om

$3,295 USD PP Based on double occupancy

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

$3,795 USD PP Based on double occupancy

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Toriana extension

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From $1,495

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Depa r t f o r K i l i f i f r om t he Maasa i Ma r a Fly from an airstrip near Bogani and make your way to the beautiful Kenyan coast.

Check - i n t o To r i ana 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. Sunse t s t r o l l Walk along the beach to take in the breeze and experience a sunset over the Indian Ocean. Beach - s i de we l come Warm yourself by our beachside firepit under the stars as you enjoy a complimentary drink. D a y 2 : Recha r ge o r d i scove r 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. Re l ax and r echa r ge 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.

I nc l us i ons ►► 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 Exc l us i ons ►► 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

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

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Yoga bea t s 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 boa t excu r s i on 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.

Fa r ewe l l d i nne r Spend your last night of the trip watching the sun set over the ocean.

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Toriana optional extension S i nk i n t o coas t a l cu l t u r e

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:

Exp l o r e Ged i r u i ns 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. D i ve t he r ee f 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.

Sno r ke l i n Wa t amu Ma r i ne Rese r ve A favourite destination of Ernest Hemingway, discover this special reserve and its ecosystem in a glass-bottom boat. Go l f a t V i p i ngo R i dge 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.

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Two nights Fairmont Mara Safari Club & three nights Toriana Beach House

From $2,395 USD PP Based on double occupancy

S p e c i a l o f f e r

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I nc l us i ons ►► Full board accommodation at Fairmont Mara Safari Club (two nights) ►► Twice daily game drives (four game drives) ►► All meals ►► Conservation fees ►► Full board accommodation at Toriana Beach House (three nights) ►► Domestic airfare (Mara to the Coast & back to Nairobi) ►► All activities as outlined in itinerary Exc l us i ons ►► Exclusive use of vehicle, scenic flights, hot air balloon safari ►► Private guide ►► Optional activities while at Toriana ►► Beverages at Toriana ►► Gratuities are not expected but appreciated

Depa r t Bogan i f o r t he Fa i rmon t Ma r a Sa f a r i C l ub Relax as we transfer you to the Fairmont Mara Safari Club, an exclusive tented safari camp. Surrounded on three sides by the Mara River, and on the edge of the world’s Seventh “New” Wonder of the World—the Maasai Mara— Fairmont Mara Safari Club is the epitome of tented luxury. With four poster, pillow-topped beds and a veranda overlooking the hippo and crocodile-filled river, each tent at Fairmont Mara Safari Club is superbly furnished with its own private, three-piece bathroom. The location provides a perfect base for visiting the Maasai Mara, one of the world’s richest wildlife reserves, and home to an astounding array of animals including zebras, cheetahs, wildebeests, gazelles and of course the “Big Five.” Emba r k on a sunse t sa f a r i Hop onboard your four-wheel-drive Land Cruiser and embark on an evening game drive guided by your experienced driver naturalists. Drive through the Mara in search for giraffes, lions, elephants, hippos and buffalos! D a y 2 : Fa i rmon t Ma r a Sa f a r i C l ub Your day is designed to be as exciting or relaxing as you wish. Set out again to explore the Mara Plains, viewing the natural habitat of various species on morning and evening game drives or simply soak up the amenities offered at Fairmont Mara Safari Club.

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D a y 3 : Depart for Kilifi from the Maasai Mara Fly from an airstrip near Bogani and make 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. Sited 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. D a y 4 : 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 somemore 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. D a y 6 : 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.

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Our signature service

Don ’ t wo r r y abou t t he de t a i l s , ou r t eam i s on ca l l t o p r ov i de :

I n t e r na t i ona l and domes t i c f l i gh t s on wo r l d - c l ass a i r l i nes Our ME to WE Travel Team members 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. Tr ave l i nsu r ance 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. Passpo r t and v i sa i n f o rma t i on 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!

Immun i za t i on i n f o rma t i on 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. 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. Tr ave l r ecommenda t i ons 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! On - g r ound t r anspo r t a t i on and l oca l gu i de

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 and 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 f iltered. 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 MacFarline ME to WE Immersive Volunteer Trip, 2013

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Frequently asked questions

Q : Wha t i s t he wea t he r l i ke i n Kenya i n Ju ly? A: Because Kenya has a tropical climate, you can expect hot temperatures all year round. In July, temperatures tend to hover around 29 °C (83 °F) during the day and lowers to about 16 °C (61 °F) at night. Q : Wha t shou l d I wea r wh i l e i n t he Maasa i Ma r a? 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. Q : I s t h i s a good t ime o f yea r t o v i s i t ? A: Absolutely. Around this time you will have the unique opportunity to see the Great Wildebeest Migration, which happens annually in the Mara. This time of year is also quite temperate, so it will be unlikely that you will be building a school in the rain!

Q : Wi l l I have access t o phone and i n t e r ne t wh i l e i n 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 i s t he f ood and wa t e r a t Bogan i Co t t ages and Ten t ed 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 : Wi l l t he r e be e l ec t r i c i t y wh i l e a t Bogan i and wha t i s t he vo l t age? 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 : I s t he r e a mi n imum age f o r t he t r i p pa r t i c i pan t s go i ng t o 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 : Can I b r i ng g i f t s f o r t he k i ds? 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 : Wha t t ime zone i s Kenya i n? A: Kenya is on EAT (East African Time), and is 7 or 8 hours ahead of EST (Eastern Standard Time).

Q : Can I b r i ng a l ap t op , i Pod , expens i ve came r a e t c . ? 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 : Ar e t o i l e t r i es p r ov i ded a t Bogan i Co t t ages and Ten t ed Camp? A: Yes, shampoo, conditioner and soap will be provided.

Q : I s t he r e f i l t e r ed wa t e r ? 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.

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Martin’s story

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

2016 Founders and Friends Trip participants Martin and Trey working hard on the build site

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Petra’s story

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 Impact

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

2014 Founders and Friends Trip participant Petra Kuret with her son Gabriel.

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Demi’s story

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

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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