Overview

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN KENYA

Our 'Exploring Social Enterprise' expedition in Kenya is designed to provide you with a greater insight and first-hand experience on social entrepreneurship, through an underlying company policy of ‘commerce supporting charity’.

Every trip that Adventure Alternative runs is linked with the development of the local community through Moving Mountains, under the policy of using tourism to create development and wealth in developing countries. You will get the opportunity to meet the Kenyan staff and understand how Adventure Alternative has empowered young people through training and employment opportunities. You will also get the chance to visit our projects and get hands-on experience; giving your time and energy and building your understanding of international development and social enterprise.

Watch the video from the 2015 Social Enterprise Kenya trip below;

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE KENYA - MORE INFORMATION

Adventure Alternative and our charity Moving Mountains have demonstrated that charity and commerce can work together: Our clients, teachers and medical students as well as people who visit as volunteers, all contribute to the charity - a drip feed idea that has had phenomenal results over the years.

This trip will provide you with first-hand experience of social entrepreneurship at play, where you will have the opportunity to see how a company that is able to recognise and appreciate widespread community problems uses entrepreneurial principles, and organises and manages ventures to achieve social change; in a bid to address these challenges sustainably.

Understand how through our underlying work policy, we maintain the ‘triple bottom line’ – financial, environmental and social, and at the same time bring about positive change to people and communities, and still use that same principle to make a living.

Challenge your intellect and imagination to be able to recognise and appreciate gaps in society and learn how communities and organisations are partnering to create social change. You will work on long-term, relevant grassroots projects with a company and charity that has genuine principles of investing in and promoting the lives of hundreds of young people and families across Kenya.

Read the report from the 'Exploring Social Enterprise' trip to Kenya in 2012 here

On this trip, you will be paired with Kenyan peer mates from humble backgrounds. This will provide the opportunity for a one to one cultural exchange and create an atmosphere of mentorship, where you will both learn from each other, appreciating each other’s backgrounds, and increasing a sense of community, friendship and cultural learning.

You will also have the opportunity to meet industrious local entrepreneurs, who had the ambition and focus to create a business out of nothing, against all the odds of a difficult and challenging social context.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE KENYA - ACTIVITIES AND HIGHLIGHTS

Activities during the trip will include camping, cooking, organising games, camp fires in the evening, day visits to local tourist attractions, visits to the other schools and projects supported by Moving Mountains in the area, home visits to experience the daily lives of the children who benefit from our work in Kenya and of course exploring case studies associated with social enterprise.

Our hope is that the trip will show you a new world and give you the chance to make a real difference by working with children or young adults from some of the harshest and poorest backgrounds. Perhaps for the first time, you will come face to face with poverty and witness first hand how hard people work just to get by but you will also see how people are so happy and friendly - it's a humbling and wonderful experience to travel off the beaten track with Moving Mountains in a part of Kenya that truly needs the support and of course to see first hand what it means to really tackle aid in Africa.

You do not need to be super-fit for this trip as it is focused more on social interaction and team work. You do need to be in good health though any pre-existing medical or dental conditions should be fully appraised by a doctor and their nature fully disclosed to your insurer and to us. Experience in foreign travel, teaching qualifications or experience working with children are not an essential requirement to our international development trips with Moving Mountains Kenya. The most important characteristics you need are openness, willingness to learn and take part, enthusiasm, initiative and a sense of curiosity. Your experience simply as a person from another culture will give you an enormous amount to share with local people who perhaps have fewer opportunities than you. The trip is very emotional, and you will meet people whose lives seem almost impossible to live, but your interaction with them will help in ways you can't measure.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE KENYA - VALUE OF YOUR VISIT

Moving Mountains main support comes from the clientele of Adventure Alternative, and these trips help to provide direct funding for Moving Mountains projects and provide revenue and support for our programmes. The money that comes from the trip costs provides an external cash injection into a small community, which could be everything from the local Mama's selling hand-made artwork and jewellery to the guy by the roadside selling fresh fruit and vegetables from his farm.

We don't allow your visit to prevent local people from gaining employment, in fact it will achieve the opposite. The whole company is set up to provide training and development and careers for local people, and your visit enables Adventure Alternative and Moving Mountains to maintain a high level of investment into capacity building and providing full time employment.

Dates & Bookings

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Itinerary

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN KENYA - ITINERARY

Our Social Enterprise trip to Kenya allows you to mix with 'Kenyan peers' as you travel around this beautiful country together visiting a number of social entrepreneurs who are, against all odds, tackling social issues through business and development. It's not all work though, and you'll have plenty of time to experience some of Kenya's diverse culture and abundant wildlife on this overland trip around Central Kenya in our converted safari truck.

The core dates cover a 10 day period in Kenya, which starts with your arrival in Nairobi before transferring by road to Embu, on the southern slopes of Mt Kenya, on the 2nd day. After 2 nights in Embu we drive around the base of Mt Kenya to the western side of the mountain where we'll spend a further 2 nights in the Naro Moru area. We then drive through the Aberdares mountain range via the impressive Thomson's Fall's to reach the shores of Lake Naivasha for 2 more nights and then on to the Suswa Conservancy in the Great Rift Valley for our final 2 nights, returning to Nairobi on the afternoon of day 10.

There are plenty of opportunities to extend your time in Kenya and Adventure Alternative organise climbs on Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro in East Africa, tailor-made wildlife safaris or if you want to extend your time and volunteer on one of the many Moving Mountains projects then all of this can be arranged, speak to us for further details and costs.

Day Information
1 Arrive in Nairobi, where you will be met by a team from Adventure Alternative and Moving Mountains Kenya who will remain with you for the entire trip (accommodation in Nairobi will be in our safari tents at a secure camp). After a trip briefing and staff introductions we visit our Moving Mountains projects in Kibera and take a walk around sub-Saharan Africa's largest slum, guided by Moving Mountains staff that grew up here. Moving Mountains and Adventure Alternative have been involved with projects in Kibera since 1991 and Ushirika Community Clinic was largely built by Moving Mountains and provides essential medical care and support for residents of Kibera.
2 Morning visits to the Giraffe Centre and David Sheldricks Wildlife Trust before transferring to Embu. Our work in Embu focuses on the Rescue Centre for Street Children but we have also developed or are in the process of developing a number of schools, including Embu County Primary, Urban Primary and the rural Gatwe Primary School. In all locations there will be a chance for home visits, it is important to see life in both urban slum communities and isolated rural homes and understand the different challenges that everyone below the poverty line face on a daily basis. You can also witness thriving micro-finance businesses within the slums and areas visited, including the Car Wash business that we recently set up in Embu for some of the older street children.
3 Full day in Embu where we'll try and make time to visit the impressive waterfalls on the outskirts of town in between our time with the kids supported by and the projects developed by Moving Mountains. Accommodation in Embu will be provided in our tents or in mini-dorms at the Embu Scout Centre.
4 Morning transfer to the Blueline Hotel near Naro Moru on the western slopes of Mt Kenya, where we will meet Nyokabi, the owner of the Blueline Hotel and a social entrepreneur. Our charity work in the Naro Moru region is concentrated on the grounds of Tigithi School where we are building a new Secondary School and have completely re-developed the Primary School. We are also working with the villages and communities of Solio (villages set up for internally displaced persons after their eviction from their homes on the higher slopes of Mt Kenya and the Aberdares) where we have invested in long term developmental projects at Primary Schools, water distribution projects and micro-finance businesses (in 2014 we started a partnership with the charity Bees Abroad to help the communities of Solio set up bee farms).
5 Full day in Naro Moru/Nanyuki area where we will also arrange visits to the Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers and Silent Valley Cheese, as well as stopping off at the Equator for some Curio souvenir shopping. Accommodation will be provided in our tents or in rooms at the Blueline Hotel.
6 Continue journey from Naro Moru to the shores of Lake Naivasha through the Aberdares mountain range and past the impressive Thomson's Falls where we set up camp (accommodation in our safari tents) at the secure Fish Eagle Camp. There will be a boat trip on to Lake Naivasha to search for the wallowing Hippo and diving Fish Eagles.
7 Day to explore Hells Gate National Park where you can cycle among the plains animals in this scenic Park and walk down in to the gorge which runs through the heart of Hell's Gate. Some of the wildlife that you'll come across include zebras, the occasional giraffe, warthogs and various antelope species, while birds of prey circle overhead.
8 Early start towards the Mount Suswa Nature Reserve where we take the truck as far as it will go before walking for about one hour to reach camp. Mt Suswa is a dramatic volcano at the base of the Great Rift Valley Floor and in the afternoon we can explore the area around our camp which is inhabited by the pastoral Masai and plains game such as zebra, giraffe and impala, Suswa is well away from the traditional tourist trail and is recognised as having the worlds most complex braided system of lava tubes. Masai tribes still practise their traditional way of life and there are great views of both Mt Suswa and Longonot as well as a large part of the Great Rift Valley, all set in a part of the world largely un-touched by tourism and western influences.
9 An early morning climb to the summit of Mt Suswa where you can enjoy the sunrise over the Great Rift Valley and look down on to the crater rim. It's just over one hour to the summit from where you'll be camping and an African sunrise is well worth the effort.
10 Continue on to Nairobi for evening departures (flights out of Kenya should be no earlier than 8pm) or to continue with optional add-ons (volunteering, mountain climbs, tailor-made wildlife safaris, etc)

Cost

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN KENYA - COST: £545.00

The Social Enterprise in Kenya trip requires a minimum of 10 participant for us to be able to run the trip at the advertised price, we can of course still run the trip with less than 10 but there may be an added surcharge.

INCLUDES

  • Accommodation throughout trip provided in AA walk-in Safari Tents or Dorms
  • All transport and airport transfers provided in AA Kenya's converted overland safari truck
  • All group camping equipment (tents, generator, first aid kit & cooking equipment)
  • All meals and bottled water provided (3 meals per day)
  • All staff costs - group of full time AA & MM staff who will remain with the team throughout the trip
  • All costs of the Kenyan volunteers/beneficiaries who you will team up with in Nairobi/Embu and who will partner you throughout the trip
  • Tourist Activities in Nairobi (David Sheldricks Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Centre)
  • Nature Reserve/National Park Fees at Hells Gate and Suswa Conservancy
  • Tourist Activities at Lake Naivasha (Boat trip on Lake Naivasha, swimming at Fish Eagle Camp and bicycle hire for Hells Gate)

EXCLUDES

  • Moving Mountains fundraising target; £300 (see ˜Not All About The Money" below for full details)
  • International return airfare to Kenya
  • Tourist Visa
  • Vaccinations and medication required
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal spending for tips, souvenirs, etc

Payments

A deposit of £250 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 4 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. We make payments as flexible as possible and you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.

NOT ALL ABOUT MONEY

THE PROMISE TO MOVING MOUNTAINS - The fundraising target of your trip not only supports the projects that you work with directly but all our projects, communities and individuals supported through our work across Kenya, and you can legitimately fundraise for this amount. We would encourage you to set up a BT MyDonate fundraising page to direct the funds to Moving Mountains.

NB: The trip fee, which is payable to Adventure Alternative, cannot be paid using MyDonate or Justgiving, this is not a charitable payment but a trip cost for your time in Kenya.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN KENYA - LOCAL PROVIDERS

Adventure Alternative Kenya is the main local provider; it has all the staff, the vehicles and contacts to manage your stay and also any safaris, treks, volunteering or R&R that you plan after the trip. We have spent many years providing the investment and training to get Adventure Alternative Kenya to the point it is at now, and we are very proud of it! We don't outsource and we keep an eye on all the agreements and contracts to make sure that nobody is exploited or taken advantage of.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN KENYA - ADVENTURE ALTERNATIVE SUPPORT

We provide a complete raft of support for you and the team. It's quite hard to put into words just how big our network is in Kenya. We have many staff and many people who all work indirectly for the charity, from schools and authorities to committees and business people. We provide all the transport, staff, all the equipment and all the necessary support systems for you, such as links with the hospitals and membership of the Kenyan Association of Tour Operators.

Meanwhile in the UK we have a full office of staff planning your trip, monitoring your time in Kenya, chatting daily with the staff and on hand at any time for advice or emergencies. All of us have been working in Kenya for many years and our links with the likes of the Foreign Office, the British Embassy, the local police and authorities are very strong.

Kit List

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN KENYA - KIT LIST

  • Rucksack or duffle, 65-90 litres (check airline for weight allowance)
  • Small day pack, approx 20-25 litres (hand luggage for flight)
  • 2 season sleeping bag and roll mat
  • Clothing should be conservative and comfortable
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Warm fleece (can get cold in the evenings)
  • Good walking shoes & trainers
  • Flip flops/sandals
  • Wide brim sunhat
  • Sun glasses with good UV protection
  • Sun cream - with a high UVA protection
  • Wash kit and travel towel
  • Camera - plus charger unit
  • Mobile phone - unlocked so you can use a local sim card
  • Torch/Head torch
  • Money belt - to conceal cash, passports, etc
  • Personal first aid and wash kit
  • 1 litre water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Country guide book (optional)
  • Local language phrasebook (optional)
  • Notebook, stationery, pens (optional)

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN KENYA - ADDITIONAL KIT INFORMATION

Don't forget;
Your passport - valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
Insurance - comprehensive travel and medical insurance cover.
Immunisation booklet - with details of all the vaccinations you've had.
Photocopy of your passport (kept separately from your passport).
List of emergency telephone numbers - to cancel/call insurers, credit/debit cards.
Tickets and itinerary - remember to leave copies of these with friends or family.
Money - a mixture of some cash and credit/debit card.
List of useful contact numbers - such as British Embassy/Consulate, insurance company and credit card 24 hour emergency telephone number.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN KENYA - CLOTHING SUGGESTIONS

Clothing is very much a personal preference though we would advise lightweight and loose fitting, synthetic or a poly/cotton mix tend to be a little more comfortable and quicker drying.

Take a selection of normal and old clothes, and remember you can wash everything while in Kenya, and you can buy pretty much anything you need in the markets and shops. In fact most of the clothing which we throw away here ends up in the street markets in Nairobi, so you can go there and buy them all back again! Take a jacket or fleece for cooler evenings, and remember to take a selection of short and long sleeved items, so you've got cover from the sun and protection from biting insects in the evening.

Females will have to dress conservatively in public and especially in schools and at Moving mountains projects. You will draw unnecessary attention to yourself and maybe cause offence if revealing clothing is worn, shoulders should remain covered and legs covered to the knee at least, particularly outside Nairobi. When taking part in games sports shorts are acceptable.

Why Us

  • All our International Development trips are driven by the needs of the host communities rather than the desires of the volunteer, the expectations of local communities are always what we consider first.
  • Extensive preparation and discussions are put in between Moving Mountains and the local volunteers, community leaders and staff to ensure that volunteers are contributing to long term sustainable projects which are genuinely benefiting community needs and are supported directly by Moving Mountains in Kenya.
  • All the costs are covered by the volunteer and trips are designed to benefit local communities financially rather than being an economic burden
  • Volunteers on our International Development trips work with local staff in local communities, rather than as a replacement for them.
  • All International Development trips meet the criteria set out by the 'Fair Trade Volunteering' organisation.
  • Many of our staff also sit on the board of  Mountains Kenya. Most have been involved with Moving Mountains as beneficiaries since childhood and are now employed by Adventure Alternative full-time and it is this unique relationship and development that ensures a team of hard working and dedicated staff who are committed to both the development of Moving Mountains in Kenya and to ensuring that you gain the best possible experience in a setting that is both relevant, enjoyable and rewarding.
  • As a result of strong relationships which have been built over decades in Kenya you will find a huge support network of amazing and caring people. Aside from the full time staff you are likely to encounter councillors, project managers, sports coaches, orphanage carers, teachers, health care workers, house staff, drivers; the list goes on! All of these people are there to ensure you have a great time, they are fun, energetic people who have your well being as their priority. Visit the Moving Mountains website to read more about the employment provided through Moving Mountains.

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