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Kenya Study and Leadership Program
May 2018

The Kenya Leadership Program provides a once in a lifetime experience to partake in teaching,, service learning, volunteerism, and educational and medical programs in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Participants will travel to Kenya and have the opportunity to explore and enhance their medical skills, teaching and leadership through combining meaningful service learning, medical and educational activities. Participants will spend the vast majority of their time teaching at local schools, building classrooms, and helping in concrete ways to imporve the local community, while having the opportunity to interact intensively with the local people. Moreover, hands-on learning about development, world issues, leadership, environmental conservation and biodiversity through interactive seminars will engage individuals to consider the importance and challenges of much needed development, while ensuring the protection of the world's most wondrous flora and fauna.

Rationale
The motivation for this proposal was derived from the personal and professional experiences of its authors. The authors believe that Learning, Leadership, and Service within the context of Safe Adventure comprise a very powerful educational paradigm.

Service Learning
A unique and distinguishing component of this program is the concept of “service learning”.  Service learning can be identified as experiential education when the learner adopts a life role that provides meaningful service to a community in order to learn about oneself and others.  The pedagogical value of the service increases when the following are added to the learning:  an academic component designed to prepare the learner in terms of content and competencies relevant to the service; an opportunity to reflect upon and think critically about the experience; an element of adventure and challenge; an international and cross-cultural context; and an alignment of individual, placement, and system goals. 

Affiliation
The delivery of this program is in conjunction with We Charity. Co-founded by Marc and Craig Kielburger, We (Free the Children) has earned worldwide recognition for its dedication in eradicating child labour throughout the world. It is also highly touted for its Adopt a Village model of development.

One of its programs, entitled Me to We, is devoted to youth leadership and has established program sites around the world. 

Participants

Approximately 15 adults will be selected for admission to this program. This number has been governed by the practical exigencies of traveling to this area of the world. Participants will be selected according to the following criteria:
 
            1.        Trustworthiness and reliability
            2.        Respectfulness of other people and cultures
            3.        Adaptability to new experiences
            4.        Parental support
            5.        Fitness
 

Interested participants will be invited to submit an application and two letters of reference. All participants will also be expected to complete an Informed Consent Form for International Excursions.

Code of Conduct
Each participant will be expected to pledge commitment to a Code of Conduct,  which will be designed to ensure that respect for each participant, his/her property, and well-being is safeguarded.  This code will preclude harassment and abusiveness and will prohibit the use of alcohol and drugs.  Above all, the rights and responsibilities of all participants will be clearly defined so that the objectives of this program may be achieved within a healthy and safe environment. 

Supervision 
In addition to an Adventure Learning Supervisor of this proposal, there will be at least one WE facilitator and one Masai guide who will be taking part in the program. They see the experience as opportunities for their own personal and professional develpment. Their involvement in the instruction and experiential component of the program will be closely supervised by the authors.

Interviews
Each applicant will be invited to a private interview with the Directors to assess his/her suitability for the program. This will also give the applicant the opportunity to determine if the program serves his/her needs and interests. Each applicant will be asked to bring their letters of reference to this meeting. Interviews will take place in the winter. All deposits will be refundable in the event that the applicant is refused.

Program Design
The program is designed as a service learning model. Each participant will have an opportunity to offer service in the area of their expertise and skill set. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to help build a new school (classroom) or continue in their area of skill.

In the evenings, participants will also engage in workshops about the culture and issues of the local area. A safari, nature hikes, an Olympic day, a day at the market and other opportunities to build relationships with the Kenyan people will be included in this program.

Participants will meet a number of times prior to leaving for Kenya in order to prepare for this opportunity of a lifetime.

Daily journal writing will be an essential component of this time. A composite journal with representation from each participant will be compiled, edited, and published upon completion of the course.

Service and Leadership Opportunities

  1. Medical Service: To be determined based on the interests and skills of each participant.

  2. Community development: Lend your hands to build a school and volunteer at our schools.
  3. Cultural education: Attend workshops, walk through Maasai and Kipsigis villages, and learn Swahili.
  4. Leadership training: Experience intensive and interactive training in our grass-thatched classroom.
  5. Environmental education: Learn about environmental challenges on a fieldtrip to coastal region.
  6. Safari adventures: Get up close and personal (through the lens of your camera) with Africa’s wildlife while on a safari in the Masai Mara. 

 

Tentative travel dates:  May 9-20, 2018.

NOTE:
  The chronology of activities may be slightly redesigned, based on practical requirements.

May 9 Depart Toronto
May 10 Orientation day
May 11 Medical clinic/build
May 12 Medical clinic/build
May 13 Optional church/build
May 14 Optional church/build
May 15 Optional church/build
May 16 Optional church/build
May 17 Safaris
May 18 Weapons training/hike
May 19 Camp staff banquet
May 20 Return to Toronto

 

Travel Arrangements

Transportation
Local transportation will be organized and provided by the WE lorry/bus.  International air travel will be provided by a reputable national carrier. In recent years this has been KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

                                              
Accommodation
In Kenya the accommodations will be provided by the WE organization.  Appropriate separation between genders will always be ensured in these residences. 

NOTE: Living standards and practices with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodations at the destination may differ from those found in Canada.

Finances
Pariticipants will be charged a single fee of $3995, which will cover return airfare from Toronto to Nairobi, all travel expenses within the country, meals, accommodations, training materials and donations to the local communities. It also includes all expenses associated with the Study component.

Payment will be made by regular installments according to the following schedule:

            $395                Deposit accompanying application
            $1,200             due December 18, 2017
            $1,200             due February 21, 2018
            $1,200             due March 21, 2018

Note: Participants are asked to submit a series of postdated cheques according to this schedule. Cheques should be made payable to Adventure Learning Experiences Inc.


Other Payment Options
a) e-transfer to info@adventurelearningexperiences.com
b) credit card (Visa, Mastercard), 2% surcharge
Note: cash will not be accepted for security reasons


Fundraising

There are two fundraising activities designed to help students offset their trip expenses:

Sponsor Booklet: This is intended to provide an overview of the program and will feature the participants. Students are invited to sell advertising space for the booklet and these funds will be directly applied to their trip fee, except for a nominal fee for the printing of the booklets. Please be aware that advertisements that are purchased by companies in support of a student will not be eligible for a refund in the event that the particular participant being supported withdraws from the program.

Raffle: Participants will be invited to proportionally share in the proceeds of a raffle that will be held in June. This optional activity is available to all participants who donate a raffle prize worth $75.

Financial Plan
Participants are expected to take responsibility in planning to meet their financial commitment involved in this program. To assist in this, the participants will be expected to submit a plan to achieve this goal.

 

Refund Policy

Full refund for withdrawal before December 18 , 2017.

Between December 18 , 2017 and February 21, 2018 full refund minus 50% of deposit will be provided.

After February 21, 2018 no refund except through cancellation insurance (if purchased).

Documents

Passport: For Canadian citizens, it must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure

Visa: Will be obtained in Kenya upon arrival.

Insurance
All participants are advised to consult with a reputable insurance company about out-of-province health insurance and cancellation insurance. The travel agency (Airliners) that is providing the air tickets offers such insurances. Its contact information is as follows:

Airliners
1220 Ellesmere Road
Toronto, ON M1P 2X5
www.airliners.ca
Attention: Zenab Warah
zenab@airliners.ca
416-485-6387

NOTE: It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter.



Health and Safety

NOTE: Each participant will be expected to seek proper medical advice for all potential health concerns at a travel health clinic prior to departure.

Careful attention to sound health and safety practices will be an important part in the preparation of the program.  This will involve mandatory immunizations, learning healthy eating and drinking habits, and understanding effective illness prevention practices. For maximum benefit it is recommended that participants, in general, be in good health and achieve a sufficient level of fitness prior to the trip.  Physical and dental check-ups are highly recommended prior to the departure date.   

Immunization

a)         The following are ordinarily administered through one’s family doctor in the course of normal Ontario health care.  All participants are asked to ensure their protection with inoculations against the following diseases:

            Tetanus – Diphtheria - Polio
            Measles-Mumps-Rubella

b)            Protection against malaria is by tablet and is taken on a regular basis prior, during, and following the trip.  The exact regimen will be prescribed by a travel clinic.  All participants will be expected to bring a mosquito net and protective skin lotions.

c)            Inoculations against the following may be required:
 
                        Typhoid
                        Meningococcal Meningitis
                        Hepatitis A
                        Hepatitis B
                        Yellow Fever
                        TB skin test

The cost of these inoculations are not covered by OHIP but may be included in private health plans. 

Precautions

As indicated above, careful preparation prior to departure about safe eating and drinking habits and illness prevention practices will be undertaken. Participants will be expected to purchase “The Travel Doctor” by Dr. Mark Wise (Firefly Books, 2002) as part of this preparation. 

A close working relationship has been developed by the authors with Dr. Mark Wise.  Dr. Wise is a family physician in North York whose medical practice includes a travel clinic. He  is considered a leading authority in tropical and parasitic diseases.  Dr. Wise will conduct a 90 minute training workshop about preventative health practices for our students prior to departure and will make recommendations about appropriate inoculations.

Our groups will greatly benefit from the local contacts which the authors have established in Kenya with the WE organization. Each participant will be expected to purchase out-of-country health insurance. In addition, each participant will be expected to purchase evacuation insurance, called Flying Doctor insurance, upon arrival in Kenya at a cost of $50US. This will guarantee emergency airline service from an airstrip near the Leadership centre to a leading medical clinic in Tanzania. In addition, Dr. Lato and Mr. Rogers are both members of the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT).

It is expected that each participant complete the Consent to Medical Treatment Form in the event that urgent and emergency care is required.

 

 

 


 


  • Build a school and volunteer at our schools
  • Walk through Maasai and Kipsigis villages, and learn Swahili.
  • Experience an African Safari
  • Develop Your Leadership Skills Through Service



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