Kenya

The World Through Soccer


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THIS TRIP IS FULL! But there's still room on our Peru: The World Through Soccer program.

Join soccer coaches and players on the trip of a lifetime to build a soccer pitch in a remote Maasai village in Kenya. The program is organized by Crooked Trails in partnership with the Maasai Association and the village of Merrueshi.

Through Crooked Trails’ partnerships with communities and organizations around the world, participants come to a deeper understanding of other cultures through the back door. On our educational programs, participants learn not only from Crooked Trails facilitators but from the elders and children of the community as well.  Participants will have daily interaction with the coaches who will provide inspiration by sharing their love of travel, philanthropy, and soccer. There will be soccer clinics, as well as a few matches with the local kids after their soccer field is built. We're proud to be partnering with GPS Foundation, a foundation that was born out of Global Premier Soccer’s commitment to enriching kids’ lives regardless of socio-economic and other barriers.

The objectives of this program are:

  • To immerse participants in the social, Kenya Sustainable Cultural Ethical Travel Tourism Local Merrueshi Elderspiritual, cultural and economic life of a native community
  • To share in a remarkable travel experience with fellow participants who hold a desire to make the world a better place
  • To complete a meaningful volunteer service project with community support
  • To return to home with a measurable appreciation and greater understanding of the Maasai people and the incredible wildlife of Kenya
  • To gain valuable soccer skills and game ethics by spending close time with great soccer coaches

Price includes: All transfers, all transportation between parks, game drives, park entrance fees, all accommodations, all meals, all activities.

Price does not include: International airfare, travel insurance, tips for guides on game drives.

Because this is a volunteer program, the tax deduction per participant is $2,800. You will be issued a tax receipt. Parents are welcome to attend at the same rate as the kids.

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Sample Itinerary

Our itineraries are designed to let the country and its people guide your experiences. Please be flexible and allow the program to unfold.

DAY 1 - Saturday, February 16, 2019

Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya!

You will spend the day in transit to Kenya, having departed on Feb. 15. Most flights arrive in Nairobi late at night. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and brought to your hotel in Nairobi.

MEALS:  None


DAY 2 - Sunday, February 17, 2019

GIRAFFE & ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

After breakfast, we will visit the sanctuary and educational facility Giraffe Centre, followed by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, home to one of the world’s most successful elephant rescue and rehabilitation programs. We’ll learn about their efforts at rescue and rehabilitation as well as conservation. After lunch, we head south to the village of Merrueshi where we are welcomed by our Maasai hosts and set up in our lodge stay at Simba Camp.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 3-5 - Monday-Wednesday, February 18-20, 2019

SOCCER FIELD CONSTRUCTION & VILLAGE LIFE

Our days in the village will be flexible and revolve around volunteering on the new soccer pitch, learning about the Maasai way of life, and having fun with our coaches at soccer clinics. We will be sure to include a walkabout into the bush, guided by our local community’s Maasai warriors who will teach us about bush life, tracking and animals. Giraffe, zebras, porcupines and many ungulates all live on the village lands and you will see them up close and on foot. On our final day in the village, we will have a soccer game with the local kids as well as a celebratory dinner and dance.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 6 - Thursday, February 21, 2019

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast, we will depart for Amboseli National Park which is famous for its vast elephant herds. There are also scores of other animals including hippos, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, hyenas and more. We will spend the entire day guided by the warriors in open-air jeeps. In the late afternoon, we will return to the village and Simba Camp.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 7- Friday, February 22, 2019

SAFARI AT TSAVO WEST

This morning we will drive about 2 hours to Tsavo West, home to the largest population of red-skinned elephants as well as to members of the rest of the "Big 5". This large park borders Tsavo East and other conservation areas with varying elevations between 900 and 3500 feet.

From Lake Jipe, on the Tanzanian border, to the mountain forests of the Chyulu Hills, the wide range of landscape offers protection to many endangered African wildlife including the black rhinoceros, Cosen's gerbil, Hunter's hartebeest, several species of shrew and rat, Grevy's zebra and wild dogs. We will overnight at a safari lodge.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 8 - Saturday, February 23, 2019

SAFARI - NAIROBI & DEPARTURE

Today there may be time for a morning game drive and then we will set off for Nairobi. We’ll have dinner together at the famous restaurant Carnivore, then continue to the airport for our flights home, arriving home the next day.

MEALS:  B,L,D


PRICE

Sorry, this trip is full!

DURATION

9D / 8N

DEPARTURE DATES

February 16 - 23, 2019


ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy

ROUTE

Nairobi - Merrueshi - Amboseli - Tsavo West - Nairobi

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Village experience, volunteering



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