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Kenya Running

Running and Service
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Course Details

Dates will be posted in January 2021



Departure City
New York City (JFK)

TUITION: $4100 *
AIRFARE & FEES: $1220 *

We partner with International Peace Initiatives on projects that help sustain a home for economic and AIDS orphans.

After spending the first day visiting an elephant orphanage and a giraffe preserve in the Nairobi area, the group will travel to Meru to begin its work with our non-profit partner, International Peace Initiatives (IPI). The project work primarily focuses on supporting IPI’s efforts to build and sustain the Kithoka Amani Community Home. This home allows economic and AIDS orphans to remain close to their extended families while also providing them with a safe and healthy home environment.

While in Kenya, the SStS group will stay near the orphanage in order to build personal relationships with the children living there. In addition to teaching and playing with the children, participants will work on projects such as improving the existing bio-intensive farm and building eco-cottages or other structures at the Tiriji Eco-Center. Students will also participate in daily workouts led by experienced coaches, meet with Kenyan runners, and learn about the deep culture of running in Kenya. To gain a deeper understanding of the area, students will spend a night with a family in a rural village, and visit schools and homes with IPI’s community liaisons. Finally, the course concludes with a safari in a world-renowned game park, where students are likely to see a range of animals (giraffes, elephants, zebras, lions, and antelope) as they finish their course in athletics and ethical leadership.


The Kenya running course will allow students to dedicate time to both service and training. Training highlights include:

  • Dedicated time each day for workouts on the dirt roads of rural Kithoka, Kenya.
  • The chance to train at altitude (Meru County is over 4500′ above sea level).
  • Coaching from both SStS and Kenyan coaches with backgrounds in cross country/track and field.
  • Opportunities to run with local Kenyan runners in Meru.
  • Workshops focused on training, leadership, and Kenyan running culture.

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International Peace Initiatives

Course Elements

While at the Amani Children’s Home, the group will work on expanding and improving the facilities at the Tiriji Eco-Center, which is an organic, perma-culture farm as well as a training and retreat center. They will also visit other children’s homes, schools, and community organizations.
Prior to their travels, students complete a series of online activities (30 minutes each). While traveling, they also read engaging articles, participate in cultural experiences, and create presentations in small groups.
Because a majority of the course occurs in a rural agricultural area, the students will spend an afternoon doing a lengthy walking tour of the village surrounding the children’s home. If the weather allows, another morning will be spent hiking to a nearby waterfall.
For a majority of the course, the group will either stay at the Amani Children’s Home or one of the eco-cottages at Tiriji. The last night is spent at a wonderful safari lodge.
After spending the first couple days on the outskirts of Nairobi, the group will drive for several hours to the county of Meru. After over a week in this area, they will drive for a couple hours to a game park for the safari. Then, on the day of departure, they will drive past Mt. Kenya on their way back to the Nairobi airport.
After spending the first two days of the course on the outskirts of Nairobi, the remainder of the program occurs in the rural agricultural village of Kithoka or in a Kenyan Wildlife Reserve.


Day 1

Meet group, spend night at JFK airport hotel

Day 2

Begin travels to Nairobi, begin group orientation

Day 3

Arrive in Nairobi, continue group orientation

Day 4

Cultural orientation, visit Sheldrake Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre

Day 5

Travel to Meru, meet the children at the Amani Home, welcome dinner

Day 6

Project introduction, bio-intensive training and farm tour, begin training, orientation about history and mission of IPI

Day 7

Morning training session, project work, visit Furaha Children’s Home

Day 8

Training sessions, project work, meet with Kenyan runners or coaches

Day 9

Morning training session, project work, cultural experience such as visit to Bishop Matthew’s High School

Day 10

Training sessions, project work, leadership program with local youth or cultural experience

Day 11

Morning training session, waterfall hike or visit local market, rural home stay

Day 12

Finish homestay, cultural experience, farewell dinner and celebration

Day 13

Safari in a Kenyan National Park, stay at a safari lodge

Day 14

Return to Nairobi, farewell dinner, begin flights home

Day 15

Return to U.S.

Kenya Running : In Three Phases



Prior to departure, students are guided by their course instructors through a series of interactive, online lessons. Organized by SStS’s Five Lenses Curriculum, these activities (30 minutes per week) allow students to directly engage with other members of the group.



The majority of the days at each site are spent engaged in meaningful service work with our NGO (non-governmental organization) partner. Days not dedicated to project work are spent immersed in intriguing cultural activities.



During the next school year, students educate others by advocating for our NGO partner through public presentations to the community at large and/or younger, school-based audiences.

Travel Journal

During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting about the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. Explore the posts below to learn about the SStS Kenya program from the important viewpoint of our students.

Following Your Heart

I am currently writing this while watching the people of Kenya laughing and playing soccer with the Americans. The simplicity here is so very happy, and I have loved every moment of this journey. Earlier today was session two of the New Generation Leadership conference. During the session this morni...

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Kwanza: (noun) beginnings; firsts Today was full of kwanza. It was the first official day of work at Tiriji. Some re-planted onions, and others created new beds for potatoes. Meanwhile, Stratford and I experienced kwanza ourselves. I used a machete for the first time to cut down tall grass to fee...

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Global Citizen

As we look at the current progress we have made so far on the guesthouse, it is truly inspiring  seeing how one action can have a ripple effect. Working side-by-side, "shoulder to shoulder" with our fellow Kenyans has made my eyes open to the limitless possibilities when people of all backgrounds c...

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Dr. Karambu's Vision

Friday was our first day in Meru, and the warm sunshine and lush landscape were a nice change from bustling Nairobi. After a nice breakfast of oranges, bananas, pineapple, pancakes, and eggs, our group met with Dr. K to discuss how IPI began and why she decided to run her program the way she runs it...

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Important Details

Cost Information

Students who attend a school that is a member of SStS’s Global Schools Coalition receive a tuition discount. To see the list of schools in the coalition, click HERE.

Tuition (students from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $3900
Tuition (students not from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $4100
Airfare & Fees: $1220

SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students. Thus, we will do all that we can financially to support students who require assistance. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate this on the application. Financial assistance resources are limited. Scholarships tend to be less than 50% of tuition.

Please note, tuition does not include airfare, immunizations, and visas for students who are 16, 17, or 18 years old.
Tuition costs are all inclusive with the exception of personal expenditures (e.g. souvenirs).
Tickets and medical & security evacuation services are purchased as a group. The cost of these services is included in the tuition.
Talbot Travel Agency provides travel services for SStS, working personally with us to find the least expensive group fares. As a result, it is not possible to use airline miles or credit card benefits for the international flights. However, these can be used to purchase tickets to the gateway city.

Travel Expectations
Please note that we expect all participants to travel together, adhering to the identical itinerary. We will depart the United States as a group from a gateway city. Exemptions may be made for international students. Additionally, travel in the developing world inevitably includes “the unexpected” (e.g. weather disruptions, transportation strikes, etc.). SStS will adjust the itinerary accordingly, making the best of uncontrollable situations. Due to the unknown variables in international travel, participants are asked not to make travel plans or to enroll in programs that start immediately after their return. SStS is not responsible for expenses incurred due to missed flights if the group is delayed in their return.



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