My name is Ginny Kimbro and I am a short-term missionary and have traveled to many countries for about 10 years. The last mission I attended was in Kenya. It was an amazing trip and a genuine adventure...a way that broadened my world and gained new perspective. I made new friends and experienced open hearted love; had my mind and heart changed in incredibly positive ways, and most importantly, shared God's love-- hands on and face to face.
I am now wanting to recruit more people to share this experience with me and others in the winter of 2010. It is not an easy trip, it is an arduous and physically demanding experience. We will be living in the modest homes of local people in a small village in a very rural and isolated part of south-eastern Kenya, and we will fly 36 hours each way to get there. The accommodations are minimal and rough, and the food is .....interesting... some really great and some very questionable.
You will need a series of shots to protect you from strange diseases. There are bugs and heat and high humidity, and thunderous rainstorms erupt from nowhere (like the tiki room at Disney Land) all of this is a part of what makes it so cool.... it is an honest adventure, and a full blown Indiana Jones experience! But it is important that you understand what you are getting yourself into if you decide to go.
I wanted to give you some additional information and make you aware of some dates and deadlines. The trip will leave Portland, Oregon possible on November 28th to December 15th (2 1/2 weeks) with a verify and confirmation dates, as soon as I will hear from the MKI Group Travel agent. There is an important informational meeting held in June 15th, and not yet the confirmation where.
We will have Australia Medical students from Unversity traveling to Kenya as the same time as we will arrive. They will be with us where we will be living in the modest homes of local people in a small village in a very rural and isolated part of south-eastern Kenya. The students will also be with us whenever we need medical attention.
The Immunization Record- you will need to check all immunizations that you have received, including the month and year that you received them. While you do not need to have had all the immunizations listed at the time of the International Volunteer application certain ones may be required depending on the location of the medical trip.
Location: -Kaloleni, Kenya Dates: -Training/team building sessions once a month June to November; debriefed after the trip -November 28th to December 15th.
Activities for Plumeria Disabled Children Organization:
-Building a food shelter
-Guidance & Counseling with parents
-Building school huts, benches and desks
-Other humanitarian activities
-Teaching children how to speak English, read and write
-Arts and Crafts with children
-Work in the school's first garden and crop
-Visit Homes with HIV and AIDS Children
-Experience Required; the program is more enjoyable, if someone has experience with kids, community work, education, culture, curriculum planning, health care and counseling.
-Age Range: 17-70
Approximate cost for the trip: -Plumeria Disabled Children Trip's estimate total $1,600. - $1,800 per person; depends mostly on the cost of airfare
-Air travel notes as of November 28th:
Depart- Portland, November 28th
Arrive- Amsterdam, London, November 29th
Depart- Amsterdam, London, November 29th
Arrive- Nairobi, Kenya, November 29th
Depart- Nairobi, Kenya, November 29th
Arrive- Mombassa, Kenya, November 29th.
Touch Africa Leaders will pick us up at Mombassa airport and then they will transport us to a villiage, Kaloleni, Kenya- that is about 2 hours drive from Mombassa.
Airfare with taxes- all prices are estimated per passenger and subject to change until ticketed. Flying into Mombasa is a bit more difficult, and usually requires flying through Nairobi first.
There will be mandatory team meetings each month leading up to the trip. The deadline and final decision day is May 31st, 2010... on that day a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 to deposit for transportation, lodging, dinings and association fees. This year we are limited to 10 people. Please obtain the International Volunteer application form as soon as you contact with me. It is also due on June 15th at the first meeting. Hope all this helps as you make your decision. I am sure you all have many questions, so write them down and bring them to the meeting on the 15th of June. I will send you a note of the meeting date, time and where.