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Maasai Service Learning Adventure 2018-07-03T07:17:36+00:00

Tap into the life of the Maasai on a service learning adventure to Kenya, Africa. During your trip, you will reside in Amboseli at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro to discover the Maasai way of life and learn about conservation from Maasai leaders on a guided safari in the Amboseli National Park. This unique experience in Maasailand is the only opportunity to work with and provide service to the Maasai communities.

During our next trip on July 31st- August 7th, 2018 you will be able to participate in our new initiative to renovate Maasai homes to improve the health and environment of the Maasai families.  Household air pollution from indoor cooking fires is the cause of a worldwide public health crisis; the smoke sickens and kills more than 4 million people each year, primarily women and children. MCV has partnered with Amor Ministries to renovate Maasai homes, the new design will  include smoke-removing chimneys, solar lights and waterproof infrastructure to prevent flooding. Our design will use approximately 60% less wood contributing to the conservation of nearby forests, decreasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and helping to mitigate climate change. We aim to save up to 12 hours of women’s labor per week and improve the health of Maasai families.

You will also be able to participate in Maasai cultural educational workshops, each day we will have various topics presented by Maasai cultural leaders. A Maasai Yogi is also giving Yoga classes to Maasai women and our guests. Maasai women suffer from horrible backaches and migraines from carrying water and firewood long distances, we will provide yoga techniques and new homes to improve women’s overall health.

You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to learn from the Maasai leaders and empower their communities.

Watch this video to see how we will improve Maasai homes: 

All ages can participate! MCV thanks our generous partner Amor Ministries for joining us to launch this new initiative to support Maasai families. 

Trip Highlights: 

  • Improve Maasai Communities

  • Renovate Maasai Homes

  • Work in Maasai Sacred Sites

  • Hands-on Educational Cultural Workshop

  • Yoga with the Maasai

  • Breathtaking Sights of Mount Kilimanjaro

  • See African Wildlife in its Natural Environment

  • Learn About Maasai Cultural Conservation

  • Safari in Amboseli National Park

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1: July 31, 2018

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. MCV will provide airport transfers to the hotel (TBA) in Nairobi. Meals will be provided at the hotel. All guests will attend a welcome reception in the evening to discuss program activities and meet the team members. MCV will provide an introduction on the social and cultural customs of the Maasai to prepare for the journey.

  • Welcome Reception

  • Team Introductions – Meet New Friends

  • Learn Maasai Cultural Customs

  • Learn Basic Maasai Phrases To Speak In Maasailand

Day 2: August 1, 2018

After breakfast, we will depart Nairobi to Amboseli at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro to visit the warrior’s manyatta (homestead) and home of the Maasai chief.  Experience a traditional Maasai greeting. Participate or observe authentic Maasai tribal dancers to learn traditional songs and dances passed down through many generations. In this ceremony, everyone can join in the celebration. Enjoy establishing friendships with the community members where we will be working throughout the week.

In the evening we will check into Kilima Safari Camp, a 5-star lodge situated in Amboseli National Park where we will be staying for 5 nights. Kilima offers spacious accommodations with views of the animal water pools and Mount Kilimanjaro. Guests can unwind with a selection of massage treatments available upon request or enjoy a refreshing swim and relax on the poolside lounger. Buffet and à la carte dishes are served at the camp’s restaurant.  Mada’s restaurant offers various cuisines to suit every guest’s taste (including vegetarian options). Enjoy breakfast and dinner buffets during designated hours. We will have packed lunches in the field and optional traditional Maasai barbecues.

  • Visit Maasai Warriors Homestead

  • Experience Maasai Traditional Greeting

  • Experience Maasai Traditional dances & songs

  • Meet the Maasai Community

Day 3 -6: August 2-5 , 2018

Enjoy 4 days of service-learning at the warrior’s manyatta, an important cultural and historic site for the Maasai people in the elephant migration corridor of Amboseli. We will renovate traditional homes to improve the lives of the Maasai community, especially mothers and children. All ages can participate to work side-by-side with the Maasai community members to install solar lights, install new stoves, waterproof and insulate walls to improve the health of the community. The Maasai leaders will provide cultural talks and workshops to teach about the life of the Maasai with the aim of developing an awareness and appreciation for the Maasai cultural heritage. Yoga instructors will also provide optional classes to the Maasai women and our guests on August 2nd, 3rd and 5th in the breathtaking landscape of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lodging will be at Sentrim with amazing views of Mount Kilimanjaro. This will be a life-changing week for you and the Maasai people. Participants will gain a sense of fulfillment in their service and a deeper understanding of our global community.

  • Renovate Maasai Homes

  • Give Solar Energy

  • Participate in Cultural Lectures & Workshops

  • Enjoy Yoga Classes at the Foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Work Side-By-Side With Maasai Community Members To Improve Lives

Day 7: August 6, 2018

Enjoy a safari in Amboseli National Park with a game drive where you will see the breathtaking wildlife of the park. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. The park is crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, and is one of Kenya’s most popular parks.  Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulfur springs, the savannah, and woodlands.  Amboseli is known for the following wildlife: leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, crocodile, mongoose, hyrax, dik-dik, lesser kudu, and nocturnal porcupine and over 600 species of birdlife.

In the evening we will enjoy a cultural lecture from Daniel Leturesh, the Chairman of the Olgulului Ololarashi Group Ranch (OOGR), one of the last remaining lands for the Maasai that has not been subdivided and the home base for MCV programs. Leturesh oversees the development of the community to ensure good practices are in place to promote wildlife, environmental and cultural conservation. He successfully spearheaded a plan to protect four conservation corridors, including the area where we are renovating homes, which offers the only path for elephants and antelope to migrate between Kenya and Tanzania. He has led efforts to reform tourism in Maasailand for over three decades. He will share how the Maasai and wildlife co-exist and depend on one another for survival.

  • Enjoy Safari In Amboseli National Park

  • View Large Herds of Elephants Up Close

  • Learn How the Maasai and Wildlife Co-Exist

  • Breathtaking Sights of Mount Kilimanjaro

  • See African Wildlife in its Natural Environment

Day 8: August 7, 2018

After breakfast depart Amboseli to Nairobi for departure. All flights should be scheduled in the evening at Jomo Kenyatta Airport. On the way to Nairobi we will visit the site where MCV will establish a Maasai Cultural Heritage Center to learn about our upcoming legacy project. We will also visit Maasai artists for optional purchases of local handicrafts before departure.

  • Visit Area for Maasai Cultural Heritage Center

  • Depart Kenya

Optional Cave Excursion

Visit a Maasai cave and learn the history of various caves for the Maasai communities. The warriors faced numerous challenges and when they felt discouraged, they conducted rituals to re-energize themselves. The caves are covered with natural herbs that are used in treating various diseases and wounds. Caves were also used as treatment areas for injured warriors as they undergo treatment. The Maasai have used caves as homes, churches, holy shrines for prayers and to hide their families and cattle during colonial rule and tribal wars.

  • Visit and learn the history of the cave

  • See the wild fruits and herbs around the cave used for healing

  • Learn about the efforts of environmental conservation to protect these important caves

  • Learn about the Maasai traditional knowledge of plant medicine

Meals Included:
All breakfasts, lunches, dinners are included.
*Optional to bring an additional $100-150 for additional snacks or beverages (Alcoholic beverages not included in MCV meal package).

Transportation:
8-Seater Safari Van

All Transportation including arrival transfer, transportation between all destinations and to/from all activities and workshops as listed in the itinerary.

Lodging Accommodations:

MCV guests will enjoy a comfortable luxury tented camp located at the border of Amboseli National Park. Guests will have excellent accommodation and services where you can watch elephants with the snow-capped Kilimanjaro as the background.

Luxury Tented Camps Include:

  • Rooms with private bath and hot shower
  • view of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Free WiFi at selected times and areas  
  • 24 hour security
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Swimming Pool

Room Sharing:
If traveling as a family, accommodations will be made to ensure family members are together in the lodge.  If coming as an individual or in a group, we will make every attempt to organize participants as desired.  Please make your requests in your application.  If no requested are made, participants are placed according to gender.

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Package Price:

1 Week Trip : Current rate is only $2,850 $2,068 / person 

Only 4 spaces left for July 31 – August 7, 2018

(This group will have a maximum of 16 people)

Included in Package:

  • Lodging
  • All Meals
  • Transportation
  • Guides
  • Service Learning Programs
  • Cultural Workshops
  • Safari in Amboseli National Park

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Nairobi
  • Entry Visa

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