We partner with International Peace Initiatives on projects that help sustain a home for economic and AIDS orphans.
The SStS Kenya course is centered primarily in a village outside of Meru, a rapidly expanding town in the foothills of 17,000 foot Mount Kenya. 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. In addition to attending local schools, the children living in the Amani Home work on adjacent organic farms and tend to goats, chickens, and cows. In the process, they help to take care of themselves and learn invaluable vocational skills that will be essential to their success as Kenyan adults.
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, which provide sustainable revenue streams for IPI. Throughout the project phase, students will also have the opportunity to spend an evening around a campfire with local residents, to participate in a day-long leadership program with Kenya youth, to spend a night with a family in a rural village, and to 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 ethical leadership.
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The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.
ON THE MOVE
Day 16 and Day 17
Kenya : In Three Phases
THE 5 LENSES CURRICULUM
PARTNERING WITH NGOS
POST TRAVEL ADVOCACY
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.
Dr. Karambu's Vision
Students who attend a Shoulder-to-Shoulder partner school receive a tuition discount. To see a list of partner schools, click HERE.
Tuition (students from partner schools): $5040
Tuition (students from non-partner schools): $5240
Airfare & fees: $1260
Total Course Cost: $6300 (Partner)/$6500 (Non-Partner)
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
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.
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.