Where We Travel

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We offer team volunteer experiences in support of our in-country partners in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Haiti.

The current list of trips with places available can be found on the 'Current VWP Teams' page.

 

KENYA

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 KenyaVacation with a Purpose - 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. 


Accommodations

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.

 

Current teams to Kenya

 

 

ZIMBABWE

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 ProjectsVacation with a Purpose - Zimbabwe

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.

 

Current teams to Zimbabwe

 

UGANDA

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 ProjectsVacation with a Purpose - Uganda

Projects in Uganda change each year but may include:

  • Repairs and improvements to local school
  • Painting school, clinic, and staff housing
  • Micro-finance training
  • Gardening/Agriculture
  • 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.

 

Current teams to Uganda

 

HAITI

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, and one of the poorest in the whole world with 59% of the population living on less that $2 per day. Half of all children don’t attend school and 60% of those in school will abandon their studies after 6th grade. In recent years, Haiti has been at the forefront of the world news as the country has been hit by natural disasters.

 

Our Haitian Work Projects

haiti buildingOur work in Haiti will involve a construction project focusing on a school or clinic, depending on the immediate needs at the time and the resources available. This is a pilot project for AFCAIDS, as most of our work has been concentrated on the African continent.

Projects may include:

  • Construction of a school or clinic
  • Digging foundations and trenches as necessary
  • Painting the interior and exterior of current and former construction projects as needed
  • Mixing mortar (by hand!)
  • Carrying bricks, cement, and other construction materials as needed
  • Laying bricks and other masonry projects
  • Various and miscellaneous tasks as needed on the job site
  • No one is required to do anything they are uncomfortable doing, and complete instruction will be provided
  • NO CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!

 

Accommodations

Teams will stay in a dorm style facility each day, and will travel to and from the worksite each day. The facilities are clean but sparse. Breakfast and dinner will be at our accommodations. Showers and western style toilets are available, as well as bottled water.

 

Other trip highlights

We will have a chance to tour parts of Port-au-Prince on the Sunday before the work week. During the week, if time allows, we will tour some local neighborhood areas where you can interact with the locals and also purchase some very unique and special souvenirs made by local artisans.

 

Current teams to Haiti

 

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