Kenya Service International: Summer 2020
This summer, Episcopal returns to Kenya for another service learning experience. For the past decade, Episcopal has traveled to Western Kenya to visit with its school partner the Elewana Education Project, named for the Swahili word for understanding. This nonprofit, founded by The Rev. Zack Drennan '88, is committed to supporting education in Western Kenya through scholarships and facilities improvements.
Kenya is known worldwide for its beautiful landscapes and wildlife, but beyond this, Kenya is actually one of the fastest growing countries in Africa. On this program we will start our trip in Nairobi, the nation’s capital and largest city. We will explore the issues of modern Kenya in the city as we prepare for our project work in Western Kenya. We will meet with local innovators, students, and non-profits as we explore this incredible African metropolis.
Then, the group will head west to work with Elewana and a local partner school. EHS will forward the mission of the Elewana Foundation as we brainstorm ideas for their work and connect with Kenyan students. Activities will include exploring the local markets, visiting primary schools, and even learning to cook some Kenyan food with our new friends.
Finally, our journey will conclude with a safari in the Masai Mara, one of the world’s premiere wildlife destinations. Students will soak up the wonder of Africa's animals in the wild, as well as the spectacular landscape of Kenya, before we return to Nairobi for our flight home. Along the way, we will ask questions about global collaboration, development, and education as we think about next steps in Kenya and back at home.
Students will be traveling on an EHS-only trip facilitated by Atlas Workshops. This is a strenuous trip in the sense that it gets students out of their comfort zones in a big way. Trips in previous years have included our India trip, two trips to Haiti, and two trips to Greece.