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2024 Leadership Summit and Trip to Kenya  

Who This Trip is For

Once a year, our leadership coaching and mentoring foundation for teen girls in Kenya, organizes a week-long in-person experience to complement our weekly programs--for a select few. 

You don’t need to be a coach or a teacher; you just need to have the desire to empower girls, connect with others, and share a lesson you learned in your life.  These in-person experiences enrich the learning we provide all year long and are not only a moment of joyous human connection and cultural learning for our girls, but are enriching, deeply moving experiences for the trip attendants.

This trip is for:

  • Anyone who wants to make an impact on teen girls

  • High School students wanting to earn social service learning credits

  • College students interested in Non-Profit, Coaching, Teaching, or Leadership work

  • Coaches who have service to others and youth empowerment as part of their core values

“The impact of this project is exceptional because of the cause and the high quality of the volunteers involved.”

- Kara Lewis, Assistant Principal, Friends School, Baltimore, 2023 Trip Attendant

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Leadership Summit and Trip Objectives

  • Deliver Leadership workshops to 120 teen girls in Rusinga Island, Homa Bay County, Kenya

  • Create awareness around Dream. Believe. Repeat. Community Based Organization mentoring and Leadership programs

  • Connect with Community Leaders, parents, teachers, and students on a personal level, discuss challenges, and create meaningful bonds

  • Give girls an opportunity to show their leadership skills and deepen their learning

  • Help create meaningful discussions between teen girls and teen boys around topics such as building healthy relationships, identifying unhealthy relationships, having empathy for one another, supporting young girls with their unique challenges, becoming an advocate and ally for teen girls

  • Help girls move faster towards their goals

  • To learn about Kenyan culture and traditions

"Just being in the presence of others who live differently than you makes you grow. I also learned from listening to the other coaches in their approach, philosophies and impact on others. It made me want to have a bigger impact on clients." 

- Jennifer Griffin, Executive Transformative Coach

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Trip Cost

Trip Cost: $5,800 (USD): includes hotels, all meals, flights within Kenya (2), all ground transportation, park entries, Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center & tips (does not include alcohol)

*10% of the cost of the trip is donated directly to Dream. Believe. Repeat. Community Based Organization and it’s programs to help girls stay in school.

Trip Cost without Safari: $4,350 (USD) includes hotels, all meals, flights within Kenya (2), all ground transportation Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center & tips (does not include alcohol)

*10% of the cost of the trip is donated directly to Dream. Believe. Repeat. Community Based Organization and it’s programs to help girls stay in school.

 

For those not particpating in the safari, Travel back to Nairobi by air will occuron the morning of Tuesday, July 2nd, from Homa Bay (schedule available in January)

“The local team did a great job including, accommodating and managing the multiple stakeholders and interest in the programme. What could have felt like chaos stayed dynamic and exciting. Their warm welcome and heartfelt appreciation for our presence and contributions was wonderful.”

- Gavin Flook, Executive and Team Coach, 2023 Trip Attendant

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Participants will gain: 

  • Gain valuable Leadership skills

  • Learn how to create and deliver learning

  • Learn how how non-profits operate

  • Gain perspective about challenges women face in other parts of the world

  • Get some great coaching from International coaches

  • Step out of your comfort zone--while being perfectly safe

  • Learn about Kenyan culture and traditions

  • Experience the beauty of the Kenyan wildlife

  • Laugh, exchange thoughts, and get to know a diverse group of amazing people!

  • Create meaningful bonds to last a lifetime

 

“Traveling and connecting with people from different backgrounds and cultures can be a transformative experience. It allows you to broaden your horizons, gain new perspectives, and learn valuable lessons from others. It's a testament to the power of travel and human connection in fostering personal growth and understanding. I learned and took something away from every person I met on the trip. In addition, I made lasting friendships.”

- Irini Nikolaidou, Executive & Systemic Team Coach, 2023 Trip Attendant

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Itinerary

June 26th: Participants arrive in Nairobi (usually in the evening).

Met on arrival at the airport by A&K guardian Angel. Transfer to Emara Ole-Sereni Hotel. Welcome dinner at hotel for those arriving on time.

 

June 27th: 9:30 Departure for Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Visit of the Nairobi Giraffe Center. Dinner at the hotel.

 

June 28th:10:00: Check out. Met by A&K representative & transfer to JKIA for flight to Homa Bay, transfer to Rusinga Island (30 Minutes)

Arrive at Rusinga Island Lodge at around 3pm. Meet with Dream. Believe. Repeat.Team. Dinner at hotel.

 

June 29th:​​ Church service followed by Leadership workshops, social time/cultural exchange with the DBR teen Cohorts. Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

June 30th: 3 hours of workshops followed by Community Event (speakers, entertainment by the Dream. Believe. Repeat. Cohorts, dancing, other activities). Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

July 1st: ​Choice of attending morning workshops for parents, visiting the Bright Light Academy Primary School, or key learnings and brainstorming meetings with the DBR Team. Free time.​ Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

July 2nd: ​Met at the lodge by A&K driver guides then depart towards Lake Nakuru National Park (Appx 300 Km’s – 5 ½ hrs), Check in to Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge. Afternoon game drive, Dinner.

 

July 3rd: Early morning game drive in the Nakuru National Park, Breakfast at the lodge, Check out & drive towards Ol Pejeta Conservancy (Appx 190 Km’s – 4 hrs). Arrive in good time for lunch at the camp. Afternoon game drive in the conservancy. Dinner & overnight at the camp.

 

July 4th: ONE full day at Ol Pejeta Conservancy with private game drives/activities including visit to the Chimpanzees sanctuary & visit to Baraka the blind Rhino.

 

Optional activities (Extra cost):

Lion Tracking, Meet the Northern White Rhinos, Night game drives, Guided Bird/bush walk, Dog tracking, Riding with rhinos – Each at $70 per person

Meals & overnight at the camp.

 

July 5th: Early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Check out & transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight Kamok/Nairobi, Wilson Airport (11:35/13:15)

Optional lunch (subject to international departure flight time)

Optional : Day use room (1300 – 2000HRS)

Drop off at Jomo Kenyatta International airport for your departure flight.

About our Trip Leader, Val Miller: 

“Val put in an incredible effort from start to finish, engaging meaningfully with everyone and riding the frequent surprises with charm and confidence. Her energy was incredible and pulled everyone else along to contribute their best."

- Jennifer Gardner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MorCare

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Need More Information?

A member of our team is always available to hop on a Zoom or call and answer any questions about the trip, the Leadership Summit, or our programs.

Reach out to us! 

moses@buildmybetterlife.org

valerie@collectiveworkscoaching.com

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On our trip you'll experience volunteering, deep connection, adventure, wildlife and more.  
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