The current list of trips with places available can be found on the 'Current VWP Teams' page.
Kenya has long been a favorite travel destination in Africa. Revered by many anthropologists as the 'cradle of humanity', Kenya has magnificent wildlife parks, unsullied beaches, thriving coral reefs, memorable mountainscapes and ancient Swahili cities. But Kenya is also a country with substantial needs.
Work Projects in Kenya
- painting and miscellaneous renovation or maintenance projects in their clinic
- volunteering with the nurses or administrative staff at a clinic
- assisting Home Care Nurses in the communities
- working at a garden project that provides food support to families in the community
- painting and doing renovations at the small orphanage
- building a storehouse for grain and produce
- painting the local school
- teach English to children
Other projects might include micro-finance training, sanitary kit making, gardening, and much more.
Teams stay at a guesthouse in shared rooms, usually two or three people per room. Bathrooms are shared and the water may not always be hot in the showers. Meals will be served at the guest house each day, with a dinner or two eaten in local restaurants. Purified water will be provided and everyone is encouraged to take their own water bottle in order to cut down on plastic waste.
Other Trip Highlights
At the end of the work project, we go on safari! We travel to Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya for a 2-night stay at an amazing hotel. You will have multiple opportunities to go on safari drives where you will see elephants, giraffe, zebra, gazelles, buffalo and maybe even lions. The cost of the safari is included in your trip fees.
Zimbabwe is an amazing country with breath taking scenery and heart breaking poverty. The country is mainly covered by savannah, with beautiful views in all directions. Elephants, leopard, cape buffalo, lions, giraffe, and zebra are all native to Zimbabwe, as are eagles and a plethora of other wildlife. The Zimbabwean people are welcoming and warm and are happy to have visitors in their country, opening their homes to offer tea and a smile.
Our Zimbabwean Work Projects
Projects in Zimbabwe change each year but may include:
- Repairs and improvements to local schools
- Building houses for AIDS orphans
- Painting orphanages, school, clinics, or churches
Other projects might include micro-finance training, sanitary kit making, soap and cloth making, gardening, and much more.
Other Trip Highlights
While in Matopos, teams stay at Morning Star in Matopos (a Unesco Heritage Site). Rooms are dorm style and will be shared. Blankets and pillows are provided and can be used indoors or to sleep under the stars. The food is fantastic (western fare), water is available on site and is purified there, and while there is a pit latrine system, there are actual toilets to be used. There is no electricity, but solar panels are used. Breakfasts and dinners will be served at the guest house each morning and lunches will be packed and will be eaten at the work site. Rock climbing, volleyball, hammocks, trekking, and much more is available for the team during off hours.
While in Bulawayo, teams will stay at Bultop, a house that is totally off the grid. Solar power makes everything work! Hosted by the Green family, a team will enjoy delicious meals – some prepared on site and some in restaurants in town. Flush toilets, clean running water and comfortable beds make this a great place to stay. Souvenir shopping completes the stay in the historic city of Bulawayo.
Hwange National Park will be visited by the team, with an overnight at Hwange.
Uganda is called the “Pearl of Africa”, a country with fantastic natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. You will be captivated by its beauty, overwhelmed by the friendliness of its people and intrigued by all that Uganda has to offer.
Our Ugandan Work Projects
Projects in Uganda change each year but may include:
- Repairs and improvements to local school
- Painting school, clinic, and staff housing
- Micro-finance training
- Medical services, including midwifery and nursing training and practice
- Sewing training and projects to help current sewing program expand
Other Trip Highlights
While in Uganda, teams stay in Kampala for one night upon arrival in country and one night upon departure. The stay will be at a local hotel with hot water and good food.
While in Papoli, teams will stay at a guesthouse owned by one of the village community leaders. The guest house has two living rooms, 4 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms. It won’t be luxury, but great news – it has flush toilets and electricity!
We will have most of our meals at the guest house, cooked by local women, so our meals will be authentically Ugandan. We’ll also have a few dinners in the nearby town of Tororo.
For a break during the weeks in Uganda, the team will take a hike up Sipo Falls for a great view and a delicious picnic.