In April 2023, a passionate team of 21, mostly high school students from San Diego set out on a life-changing adventure in Amboseli, Kenya to launch the Maasai Education Center in the heart of Maasailand. Located in a magnificent UNESCO bioreserve just 10 miles from the Amboseli National Park entrance, MCV’s Maasai Education Center offers a unique opportunity to experience intimate wildlife viewings and immerse in the harmonious way of life of the Maasai.
The Maasai Education Center serves as a vital community hub devoted to cultural preservation, education, and sustainable development. Thanks to the profound dedication and generosity of the San Diego students, working closely with the Maasai community, we have achieved remarkable progress. Together, we built the first multimedia classroom, providing the center with electricity, Wi-Fi, cameras, and 20 laptops, along with essential educational materials. Through these technology tools, the Maasai can now document and share their rich cultural heritage with a global audience like never before.
During our service-learning cultural tour, the students had an unforgettable experience working with the Maasai under the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, and fully immersing themselves in Maasai culture. They actively participated in constructing the Maasai Center, beautified it with murals and planted indigenous trees, and engaged in hands-on cultural workshops to learn the art of ancient beading, cultural ceremonies, Maasai medicines, played soccer matches, absorbed wisdom from the cultural chiefs, learned meditation techniques led by a Maasai yogi, and even tasted traditional Maasai foods.