So They Can Life Exchange Trip 2020

Join So They Can and visit their projects to see first hand the amazing work being done.

Challenge Highlights

  • Visit So They Can projects in Kenya
  • Spend time with the children at Aberdare Ranges Primary School and Mitti Mingi Village
  • Visit David Sheldrik Wildlife Trust for orphaned elephants
  • Hand feed giraffes at the Giraffe Centre
  • Visit the Karen Blixen Museum and enjoy lunch at her famous Coffee House
  • Explore Lake Nakuru National Park famous for its pink flamingos and white rhino
  • See first hand how your support is funding much needed projects

Overview

Join the So They Can team on our 2020 ‘Life Exchange’ trip. Visit Aberdare Ranges Primary School and Mitti Mingi Village in Nakuru, Kenya. Meet the children and experience first-hand a life very different from your own. Spend time at our projects sharing life experiences, exchanging happiness and giving back, through photography, painting, reading to the children or working in the amazing kitchen garden as well as meeting your sponsor child or connecting with a little one you may like to sponsor.

Itinerary

On arrival in Nairobi you will be met and transferred to the Wildebeest Eco Camp for a welcome drink, dinner and trip briefing.

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After breakfast we visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for Orphaned Elephants and The Giraffe Centre where you can hand feed these amazing creatures. A delicious lunch follows in the gardens of the Karen Blixen Coffee House and we'll visit the museum made famous in the Oscar winning film, “Out of Africa”. Travel to Sunbird Lodge – our home in Nakuru for the next five nights. Enjoy sunset drinks on the terrace overlooking Lake Elementatia and a delicious dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

Visit Aberdare Ranges Primary School (ARPS) and receive a traditional warm African welcome at morning assembly by the school community, followed by a tour of the school built by So They Can. Meet the wonderful staff and learn about So They Can’s educational plans for Kenya. We visit the New Canaan Village (formerly the Pipeline IDP camp) where many of our school children live and where the So They Can story began. We'll also visit the New Canaan medical clinic that we support. After lunch we will pay a special visit to Mitti Mingi Village, home to 120 orphaned and vulnerable children who are safe, loved and nurtured in our care, and meet the mummas who have dedicated their lives to caring for these children. We will also stop by our Sew Women Can workshop to meet the team and visit the Bibi &me shop where beautiful handmade items are available for sale. Overnight Sunbird Lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we head back to New Canaan Village to meet some of the graduates from our Wezesha Business Skills Project and learn about the difference being made to the lives of these women. Return to ARPS to undertake a range of activities including helping the cooks serve the children lunch, painting, craft and assisting the sponsorship team with the children's letters. There will also be the opportunity to visit your sponsor child’s classroom, home or possibly high school if they have already graduated from ARPS. Overnight Sunbird Lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

Attend an all day safari in the Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its pink flamingos and white rhino’s. We will be joined by children from ARPS, many of whom have rarely seen these animals before or even been on a bus! On the way back to Sunbird, there may be the opportunity to visit the Nakuru markets – a great chance to pick up some traditional craft and souvenirs. Overnight Sunbird Lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning we will visit one of the Nakuru Education Collaborative schools we support, followed by lunch in a traditional Kenyan Nyoma Choma restaurant. Visiting older children also have the opportunity of experiencing life in a Kenyan high school for a class or two while younger children can help with reading in the school library. After lunch we all take part in a fun sports afternoon culminating in the annual tug of war between the visitors and local school community. A surprise is in store for our final dinner at Sunbird Lodge!

Meals:  B,L,D

Depending on your travel plans, there is the option of enjoying a relaxing morning game drive to the nearby Soysambu Conservancy; home to over 450 bird species including the pink flamingo and 50 species of mammals including zebras, gazelle, buffalo and the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. After lunch we head back to Nairobi. As most flights depart late we will have dinner in a hotel close to the airport.

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • Travel with So They Can representative
  • 1 night at the Wildebeest Eco Camp on twin share basis with dinner and breakfast
  • 5 nights Sunbird Lodge at Lake Elementaita on (adult) twin share basis with breakfast, packed lunch and dinner daily
  • Minivan transport with English speaking driver/guide
  • Group flight arrival transfer
  • Group flight departure transfer
  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for Orphaned Elephants
  • The Giraffe Centre
  • Lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee House
  • Karen Blixen Museum
  • Lake Nakuru National Park Admission
  • Visit Nakuru Town and projects where mentioned
  • Lunch at a traditional Kenyan restaurant
  • Bottled water in vehicle
  • Emergency evacuation services
  • Driver Tips

What's Not Included

  • International Flight - airfare options can be discussed with Laura at Huma Charity Challenge on 02 8270 8400
  • Option of Soysambu Game drive, lunch and late check out of Sunbird (Costs available on request)
  • Dinner and beverages on departure day
  • Alcohol or aerated beverages
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel Insurance

Fundraising Impact

Your donation will have tremendous impact and go towards supporting:

* 16,500 students supported in collaboration with our government partners, receive a high quality education equipping them with the skills and knowledge for life.

* 37 schools supported as part of our Education Collaborative and includes teacher development, classroom construction, water solutions, education and feeding programs.

* 390 teachers' skills developed every year through our teacher mentors in our education collaborative schools.

* 6,310 students nourished benefiting from school and college feeding programs which nourish minds and dramatically increase school attendance rates and academic performance.

* 23 water tanks installed ensuring a supply of clean drinking water, improved hygiene and facilitation of feeding programs.

We believe that by improving the quality of primary school education, children are more likely to enter and complete secondary school and break the poverty cycle.

Reviews

I just wanted to say a very big and heartfelt thank you to you both for taking me and my family to Kenya. It was truly an amazing and life changing experience. The week with So They Can was so fabulous - the itinerary was excellent, the accommodation was fantastic and the access you gave us to the children and other Kenyan people, their lives and their experiences will never be forgotten. We got to experience so much more than any other regular tourist would. It was incredible. So, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Ann Folbigg, Life Exchange trip 2019


I wanted to go as I've been a sponsor since So They Can's inception. The most surprising thing about the trip was the amazing work So They Can do and all their incredible programs. Everything was inspiring - learning about the micro-finance projects, meeting the children and making them happy. Seeing how we change their lives was amazing and meeting our three sponsor children was wonderful, emotional and rewarding.

juliet Schmidt, Life Exchange trip 2019


It was surprising how connected we felt to the children and community during our visit. We learned how so little can make such a difference. Meeting the dedicated So They Can staff made hanging with the children at the school a real highlight. It was amazing to see how much the projects are about empowering people to help themselves - it's not just about giving money but about building long-term sustainability. The Life Exchange trip was a once in a lifetime experience and a 'life exchange' in the truest sense of the word for the whole family.

Karen Keall, Life Exchange trip 2019

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Donation - So They Can (per individual or family):AUD$1000 
Single Supplement:AUD$650 

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 4 Jul 202010 Jul 2020
Duration:7 Days
Trip Code:ST3
Registration Fee:AUD$200
Travel Cost:AUD$3275

So They Can Education Programs currently reach over 16,500 children living in poverty in East Africa. Working together with teachers, national government and local partners we improve their learning through quality teaching, school resources, student welfare, effective school management as well as parent and community engagement.