Our Programme

Kenya is a country of great geographic and cultural diversity. It is located in East Africa on the equator and along the Indian Ocean. With a population of more than 52.2 million people, it is the world's 48th largest country.

Having had great success in growing business markets like financial services, telecoms, digital and renewable energy, Kenya is one of the fastest-growing economies in the region however it has its challenges, making it an ideal location for the exploration of development themes such as Urban Equality and Income Generation.

 

During this programme students will visit both rural and urban regions, including the plains of the Massai Mara and the country's vibrant capital and established hub for business and culture, Nairobi. 

Location 

Kenya

Duration 

10 days

Cost

£1990* 

Places Available

15 

Registration Deadline

TBC 

Registration Status 

Open

*including £195 registration fee

Itinerary

Below is a detailed plan of the themes, activities and speakers that make up our current programme. Note, all days are full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and water included). To find out more about each day's events simply click on the '+' to expand.

Day 1 - Arrive in Kenya


You will arrive at Nairobi’s national airport in the evening and will be met by James, an EwI representative and development professional. You will travel by bus to your overnight accommodation in the city’s suburbs for your first Kenyan meal. Once at the hotel, you will be given a short welcome talk by James and will meet the Kenyan undergraduate students that will join you on this programme. Accommodation: Guest House, Nairobi




Day 2 - Political Economy of Kenya


In the morning, you will be taken to Nairobi National Museum where you will be shown around by a post-grad history student. The museum brilliantly showcases Kenya’s rich heritage and culture and includes some fantastic exhibits of Kenya’s ancient and colonial history. After lunch at the museum, we will travel to Bomas of Kenya, a collection of traditional tribal houses which display the diversity of Kenya’s many tribes. Depending on availability, you will then head to the Kenyan Parliament for a tour of the National Assembly and be given a talk by a senior civil servant or government official. You’ll finish your first day in Kenya with dinner and drinks with your group back at the hotel. Accommodation: Guest House, Nairobi




Day 3 - Urban Equality


Today we will be taking in the extremes of wealth and poverty in Nairobi. We will be starting the day with a visit to the Kenyan International Conference Centre (KICC), one of the tallest buildings in Nairobi right in the centre of the city’s Central Business District. You will climb to the roof of the KICC which offers incredible views of the city and highlights the enormous wealth disparity and urban geography of Nairobi. We will then proceed to Kibera, Africa’s largest informal settlement where we will be met by a local charity who will give us a tour of the settlement and an insight into the difficulties faced by the residents of Kibera. In the evening, you will have dinner at a local restaurant with representatives from multiple organisations working on programmes related to urban equality in order to network and informally chat with them about their work. Accommodation: Guest House, Nairobi




Day 4 - Wildlife Conservation


Kenya is host to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife, which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. However, human-wildlife conflict often hampers the conservation efforts of charities and government organisations. Today, you will get up close and personal with Kenya’s wildlife and meet the people trying to protect it. You will visit the David Sheldrick Centre, a world renowned and respected conservation charity, where you will be given the once in a lifetime opportunity to see orphaned baby elephants during their feeding time and meet a David Sheldrick programme manager for a private talk. You will spend the evening in the company of a Kenya Wildlife Service representative to discuss the threats to Kenyan wildlife and the tourist industry, and the efforts made by the Kenyan Government to protect and preserve Kenya’s ecosystems and wildlife. Accommodation: Guest House, Nairobi




Day 5 - Water and Sustainability


Today we will travel to Narok to explore one of the biggest issues rural communities face; a lack of clean water. On your journey to Narok you will see magnificent views of the Great Rift Valley, world famous for being the cradle of life and home to the world’s first humans. In Narok you will meet Chip Morgan, CEO of Africa Water Bank, a charity that installs simple, low-cost rainwater harvesting projects in Kenyan schools and communities. Chip will show you around one of his projects and talk about sustainable development, the importance of community-led decision-making and learning from failure within development. In the evening you will be given a talk on project planning and management by EwI’s very own James (a water, sanitation and hygiene professional) whilst we enjoy the campfire and some sundowners. Accommodation: Camping, Narok




Day 6 - Gender in Development


An early morning drive from Narok to the Maasai Mara where you may catch your first glimpse of zebras and wildebeest. You will arrive at The Maa Trust headquarters, a highly respected indigineous NGO located in the stunning plains of the Mara. The CEO of The Maa Trust, Dr. Crystal Mogensen Ph.D, will give an orientation talk focused on gender issues in the Maasai Mara, followed by a BBQ and sundowners with a group of Mara-based development professionals to learn from their experiences and their career paths to their current roles. Accommodation: Camping, Maasai Mara




Day 7 - Income Generation


After a hearty breakfast, Crystal will give a talk on her team’s work on income generation projects in the Masai Mara. The Maa Trust’s programmes include a brick-making project and a jewellery-making project, which you will visit on this afternoon. They seek to provide local communities with skills and income so that they are able to improve their own living conditions. By collaborating with local communities and their partner organisations, The Maa Trust is ensuring the sustainability of the Maasai Mara ecosystem for generations to come. In the evening we will be joined at the campfire by Crystal’s senior staff Marias and Rasien who will discuss the challenges facing them as development professionals in the Masai Mara. Accommodation: Camping, Maasai Mara




Day 8 - Tourism and Development


We will kick off today by heading into the world famous Maasai Mara National Park for a day safari where you may see some of the Big Five. Amongst the animal sightings we will also be looking critically at the impact of tourism on the National Park, and the wildlife it contains, ahead of this evening’s discussion on the role of tourism in Kenya’s development. After your game drive you will meet representatives from the reserves and local conservancies to discuss the delicate balance between conservation and the needs of human development. Accommodation: Camping, Maasai Mara




Day 9 - Networking in Nairobi


After a week-long packed schedule, today you can take it easy on the long drive back to the capital. We will stop for a bite to eat in Narok and climb back up the steep slopes of the Great Rift Valley and into the city. In the evening we will enjoy a panel discussion with development professionals from large INGO’s, discussing their career progression so far and advice for careers in International Development. Many of the speakers are employers of graduates and informal drinks after the panel event will offer an excellent opportunity for networking. After dinner we will head out to celebrate the conclusion of the programme and to sample some of the nightlife Nairobi has to offer. Accommodation: Guest House, Nairobi




Day 10 - Say Kwaheri (Goodbye)


Today will be free of activities and offers the opportunity for some independent exploration and shopping prior to your return to the UK or departure on your Rest and Relaxation Package.





This itinerary is indicative and subject to change up to and even during the trip. A final itinerary will be provided 14 days prior to the trip commencing. 

 
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