Cultural Exchange Trips
Each summer, Friends of Kakamega conducts a 3-week cultural exchange trip, during which volunteers from the United States work with the children in the project. They bring much needed clothing and supplies and offer summer camps for Care Centre, homebased, and high school children, to which the children look forward each year.
Camp activities include art, sports, crafts, knitting/ crocheting, games, sewing, woodworking, and singing/dancing. These weeks are filled with laughter, joy, and close friendships, the kinds of experience and learning that change lives.
Tripper Mitch Newlin reports:
I have lived in a compassionate community my whole life, but I have never experienced love like this.
Visitors who participate in the trips, referred to as “trippers,” plan and execute the camp sessions and learn about and experience Kenyan culture. Trippers stay at the Care Centre in Kakamega, visit villages, and explore Nairobi and sites such as the Nakuru Game Park. The trips usually take place from the end of July thru the first weeks of August.
Trippers stay in double rooms (2 beds) in the Care Centre and eat in the Care Centre dining hall. Costs vary, depending on airfare, and include transportation to/from/within Kenya, room, and board. Anyone in good health from 16 years old and up is welcome to inquire about joining the trip.
Explore the links below to learn more about the Orphan Project of Kakamega.