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Reported by Sarah Brown on 20th February 2017

Volunteering With Camps International in East Africa

Volunteering With Camps International in East Africa

We’ve now been at this Camp Muhaka for two weeks, and despite the sadness we felt when leaving Tsavo Camp, this Camp has made us feel like our home and has opened many more opportunities for our Gap Year expedition. The camp is a 30-minute drive from the beach, which has been perfect and good spot for R&R days. Whilst in Muhaka we’ve experienced the Kenyan night life at Forty Thieves, our favorite bar and restaurant located on the beach...

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Reported by Emily on 23rd January 2017

Happy Campers! – Kenya Gap Blog

Happy Campers! – Kenya Gap Blog

We have had a great team of 8 gap year volunteers for the first 2 weeks in Tsavo and everyone is loving the experience. Below is their updates... Jambo! (Hello) After months of working hard and saving, we’ve finally arrived! We are currently in our second week at camp Tsavo in Kenya. Once meeting everyone at the airport our journey began. The chaotic dirt roads allowed us to have time to begin to get to know each other. Within this short...

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Reported by Laura on 12th January 2017

Top Tips on Saving for Your Gap Trip

Top Tips on Saving for Your Gap Trip

If you’re thinking of taking a gap year (after school/college, before you go to uni, or even as a career break) there are plenty of opportunities to have the time of your life. If you think you can’t afford it, think again. We’ve put together our top tips to get you saving for your volunteering adventure, turning your dream volunteering trip into a reality. Setting a budget To start, you’ll need a rough idea of your budget so you know...

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Reported by Stu on 10th January 2017

Social Enterprise: No Longer Just ‘A Thing’

Social Enterprise: No Longer Just ‘A Thing’

Social Enterprise is ‘a thing’ now but it certainly wasn’t when we kicked off 15 years ago.  When we started talking to people about our concept, the most common question was, ‘so are you a business or a charity?’ Fifteen years feels like a lifetime for us as we have lived and breathed Camps since day one.  In the big scheme of things, it’s not so long though and it’s amazing to see how far the social movement has come. ...

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Reported by Laura on 06th January 2017

Why Should You Travel This Year?

Why Should You Travel This Year?

January is the perfect time for change. With a whole year ahead, now is the opportunity to plan a fresh start. Whether you’re looking to develop your skills, enhance your job prospects or simply have a once in a life time adventure, travel ticks all these boxes. Life’s ‘How To” Travel and personal development go hand in hand, so if you’re looking to enhance your skills and do good, volunteering whilst travelling is a great way of achieving this. Arguably,...

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Reported by on 22nd December 2016

New Year, New You, New Adventure

New Year, New You, New Adventure

Do you start every new year full of excitement and optimism for what you can achieve in the next 12 months? Would you like to make a resolution that can change your and other people’s futures for the better, forever? Did you know that travelling is one of the best ways to demonstrate your skills and prove the capabilities you have to future employers? It can also help to build your confidence, gain a better understanding of your true capabilities...

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Reported by on 22nd December 2016

Tick something off your bucket list in 2017

Tick something off your bucket list in 2017

Why not make a resolution for 2017 you can not only stick to, but thoroughly enjoy and book a trip with impact that can also tick something off your bucket list? We have a wide range of adventures available in Africa, Asia and South America from visiting breath-taking historical sites to seeing the ‘Big 5’ on safari, jungle treks, island adventures and scuba diving.   The #1 place to visit on the planet – Angkor Wat, Cambodia You could visit...

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Camps Foundation: Project Update – the Camps Effect in full swing

At Camps International we believe in doing things differently. Not content with just being a company, we’re a social enterprise - focused specifically on changing lives across 3 continents for the better. Not content with just being a social enterprise, we’re a social enterprise with a charity, one that focuses on enhancing the work our volunteers do and ensuring between charity and social enterprise that every project we start, we finish. This summer was our biggest ever, with over 1700...

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Reported by on 10th December 2016

Which life-changing project would you like to join?

Which life-changing project would you like to join?

Next year will be our 15th birthday. We will be celebrating – celebrating our volunteers, celebrating making the vision of a social enterprise that could help to change the world into a thriving reality and ultimately helping to change the lives of over 35,000 people for the better, forever. As we look ahead to next year, our focus remains on keeping our charitable and social goals at the heart of everything we do. At any one time we have over 100...

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Reported by on 16th September 2016

Changing lives in Kenya

Changing lives in Kenya

Camps International launched it’s very first Camp in Kenya in 2002. Kenya therefore holds a very special place in our heart and our commitment to improving lives in Kenya is the same now as it was when we launched. request a free brochure Feeding programme, Sasenyi Primary School There are currently 720 students enrolled at Sasenyi Primary School on the outskirts of Rukinga wildlife sanctuary. Prolonged drought conditions have resulted in deteriorating food security in the area. People living here...

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Reported by Henry Flynn - Sport BU on 09th September 2016

Africa Sports Talent Nurturing & Experience -SDX 2016

Africa Sports Talent Nurturing & Experience -SDX  2016

Camps International believes that sports contribute to the social and emotional benefit of an individual, such as weight control, problem solving, self-esteem, social competence, a source of employment and academic accomplishment. Over the past 3 weeks our group of the Sports Development Expedition (SDX) has been working solidly and along with our local staff in Tsavo, managed to nurture and develop sports talent of over 150 students and youth in Sasenyi primary school and its environs. This is what the...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 30th August 2016

Kenya Sports Training Mission – SDX 2016

Kenya Sports Training Mission – SDX 2016

Our team of Sports Development Expedition (SDX) is having an amazing sports experience in Tsavo Camp; Committed to nurturing sports talent on local youth and train over 150 students in sports at Sasenyi school... As a group of young travelers, visiting Kenya provides us with a unique opportunity to pass on our knowledge and understanding of sport to a local community in need of sporting facilities and coaching. Across all languages and cultures, sport remains equally important as it brings a great sense...

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Reported by on 05th July 2016

The Camps Effect 2016

The Camps Effect 2016

So far our projects have benefitted over 35,000 of the poorest people, supporting them towards a brighter future. We’re also helping to protect some of the most important wildlife habitats on Earth. With your help, we can achieve even more this year. In our updated report about the direct impact our charitable foundation is having we could not be more excited to share with you a few of the highlights. The Camps Foundation commits to a ‘100% Giving’ guarantee, meaning...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 21st June 2016

DECENT MOVE TO AFRICAN CULTURE

DECENT MOVE TO AFRICAN CULTURE

A quick update from our Gappers in Kenya .... Thirteen volunteers arrived at Camp Muhaka and the surroundings are absolutely beautiful; the Camp and the staff were all prepared for our arrival, we had a very warm welcome from everyone! We all got unpacked and showered ready for our first night in Camp, getting to know each other and going for a wander through the village. Meeting the locals, seeing the school and viewing the house which we would be working...

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Africa Project Blog (Muhaka) – Traditional House Project (CI Home Initiative)

It is our pleasure to share with you the good work that our volunteers have successfully been doing in the first quarter of the year 2016 in Kenya at our beautiful  Camp Muhaka. The Camp is located in a remote rural village which is amongst the most disadvantaged  local community with almost 70% people living below the poverty line and many people can’t afford to build a house. What’s more, it is not unusual to have entire families crammed into...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 09th April 2016

JOURNEY TO AFRICA!

JOURNEY TO AFRICA!

We had a great team from Dubai American Academy who visited our Camp in Tsavo early last month (March)  and had this to share...... A trip to Kenya they said… it will be super fun they said… no bugs they said. They were right apart from the bugs. Do you know how to lay a concrete floor? Rocks, sand, water and cement. A lot of hard work went in to that first day at the school. First we broke up...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

JUST KENYA AND WE LOVE IT!

JUST KENYA AND WE LOVE IT!

We were blessed to open the year with a great team of 15 gappers who are now based in our Camp at Muhaka. One week down and are all having a fantastic moment and they had something to share‰! Jambo! (meaning hallo in Swahili language)  We all arrived safely in Camp Muhaka and we are all getting along really well. Although things seemed to be really different from our normal life here; everything looks amazing. The camp hospitality is incredible...

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Reported by Hannah on 23rd February 2016

Healthcare Outreach 2015

Healthcare Outreach 2015

      In November, 30 truly inspiring healthcare professionals took 2-weeks out of their busy schedules to come and join us in Kenya and do something amazing. Established 5 years ago, the Healthcare Outreach programme has already impacted greatly on the lives of rural Kenyans and this year was no exception. Throughout the 14 days we ran 6 ‰pop up‰ health clinics in villages situated within the Tsavo region of Kenya. This year we also had some valuable additions...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

A Whirlwind Tour of Kenya and Tanzania!!

A Whirlwind Tour of Kenya and Tanzania!!

Meet Phil, who although is well travelled himself is relatively new to Camps International.  October half term was the first time he had visited our Camps in Tanzania and Kenya  over to him‰!   Wow!! What a trip! As a newcomer to Camps, I was in the same position as the accompanying teachers, wondering what the Recce had in store for us in Africa! Everything was packed, itineraries completed and what an action packed adventure it would be! Landing in...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Hakuna Matata – Kenya/Tanzania Recce Blog 2015

Hakuna Matata – Kenya/Tanzania Recce Blog 2015

Hi all, my name is Emma and I work on the Expeditions team for Camps International. This October I got the opportunity to go to Kenya and Tanzania on the Teacher‰'s recce. Throughout the course of the week, we visited several camps, local projects and communities. We landed in Tanzania at 9am, after flying through the night (and having several plane breakfasts!). Whilst there we visited Camp Mbokomu, Camp Kidia and spent two days at Camp Tanga (our beach camp,...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – ALEX !!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – ALEX !!

I‰'ve always wanted to hold an auction, purely to be able to look important and get to use one of those little wooden hammers if I‰'m honest which isn‰'t hat great a reason. Alex however, clearly has more reason than me because she‰'s only gone and raised over £1700 in one night AND organised a disco AND a buffet. You guessed it, it‰'s our Fundraising Friday Star and this week‰'s winner has been extremely busy‰! When I initially heard about...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

KENYA STUDENTS LEARNING OUTSIDE CLASSROOM,DESPITE ONGOING TEACHERS STRIKE

KENYA STUDENTS LEARNING OUTSIDE CLASSROOM,DESPITE ONGOING TEACHERS STRIKE

Education is the key to empowerment and ending poverty in any marginalized community. Teachers play a big role ensuring that students achieve this goal by receiving intensive education, knowledge and thrive academically every day in school to better their future.   Public school, especially those in the rural receives limited support from the government, school infrastructure and education facilities are dilapidated as a result education development in these areas are few or nonexistent. 70% of families live below the poverty...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – DEANNA!!

Hi guys, I hope everyone has had a fabulous week! Please allow me to introduce myself to those of you I have yet to chat to‰! My name is Lauren and I am a new member of the fundraising team so I will be supporting/annoying you along your fundraising journey :)  I went to Kenya with Camps when I was 15 so it‰'s an absolute pleasure to be able to say I am now a member of staff 9 years...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

THREE WEEKS OF TEAM COMMITMENT

THREE WEEKS OF TEAM COMMITMENT

We've had a fantastic summer in Kenya-Camp Tsavo and at the moment we are all back home safely. I  thought to share this amazing experience with you...................... Breakfast was  as usual at 7:30am and then we were off to project work! The projects varied from improving primary school infrastructures to helping local women in their farms as well as helping to expand water catchment in a wildlife sanctuary. In my 2 weeks in Kenya I helped refurbish a classrooms, build...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

TRUE EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

TRUE EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

This last blog is being written on our last day in Kenya: we are on the verge of leaving Kenya to either go home or go to Tanzania. We‰'ve had some amazing experiences, learned a lot and wouldn‰'t have missed it for the world. We went on a safari at Tsavo East Safari Park and saw elephants, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, dik-diks, monkeys and many more. On another day we did Wildlife Monitoring, which led us through amazing remote places where...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

TRUE TRUE TRUE EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

TRUE TRUE TRUE EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

This last blog is being written on our last day in Kenya: we are on the verge of leaving Kenya to either go home or go to Tanzania. We‰'ve had some amazing experiences, learned a lot and wouldn‰'t have missed it for the world. We went on a safari at Tsavo East Safari Park and saw elephants, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, dik-diks, monkeys and many more. On another day we did Wildlife Monitoring, which led us through amazing remote places where...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

LAST RESPECT TO SAMMY DRIVER OF CAMPS INTERANTIONAL AFRICA

LAST RESPECT TO SAMMY DRIVER OF CAMPS INTERANTIONAL AFRICA

We were all deeply saddened to learn of Sammy‰'s death 2.5.2015.He was a highly respected member of staff and a trusted employee of Camp Kenya LTD, he will be sadly missed by all of us who knew and worked with him.       He was born on 22/12/1953 and started working for Camp Kenya LTD on the 1/7/2009 on contract and after exactly one month he was taken on a permanent basis at our driver guide. He set the...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

REWARDING EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

REWARDING EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

It was a huge blessing to have a dedicated team of 19 pax from Avon Valley School (UK) last Month.This group spent two weeks in Tsavo doing a community project work at Sasenyi Primary School; School located in the rurals of Kenya-Tsavo Region. They got engaged on making 10 desks for 20 children who have been siting on the floor due to lack of chairs and they desperately needed desks in class.The group loved the experience in Kenya and mentioned...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Jade Walker

Fundraising Friday Star – Jade Walker

We have been super busy bees in the office this week as 2015 departures are getting closer and closer! And plans are getting put in place for those of you travelling in 2016 and we are still processing some of your applications. This particular Fundraising Friday Star has almost become my email pen pal! We have regular catch-ups and pretty much talk about anything. Without further ado, meet our Fundraising Friday Star, Jade. This time last year, I had only...

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Reported by Callum Davies on 23rd February 2016

What To Pack…According To Callum and Chums!

What To Pack…According To Callum and Chums!

Here at Camps, we are a global family with a number of diverse neighbouring communities, spread across 3 continents of the world. From the red soil wildlife reserves of East Africa, to the depths of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador and the remote paradise island of Mantanani in Borneo; there is always something, some little gem to have in your backpack that will really come in handy! I travelled out to Camp Kenya in 2011 for a 2-month stay along...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

BE CHALLENGED AND MAKE DIFFERENCE “KENYAN GAPPERS”

BE CHALLENGED AND MAKE DIFFERENCE “KENYAN GAPPERS”

It is our second month in Kenya and we all feel inspired by the work that we‰Ûªve done so far and most important, the difference that we are making to the people‰Û_‰Û_ To begin our final week in Camp Tsavo, we started by undertaking a project work at a local primary school (approximately a 40 minute drive Kenyan time) called Sasenyi. The purpose of this task was to construct an access point to remove the requirement for back braking maneuvering...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Lochlan Chamberlin

Fundraising Friday Star – Lochlan Chamberlin

IT'S FRIDAY... and I've most definitely got that friday feeling going on! As some of you may have seen already, it is Kenya week on Instagram this week (http://instagram.com/), so I thought it would only be fitting to have a Fundraising Friday Star who is going to Kenya this summer! However, I could never in my wildest dreams have found someone so enthusiastic about their fundraising and their expedition, as Lochlan! I adore this story, even the part about his...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

A NEW YEAR, A NEW CAMP AND NEW GAPPERS’

A NEW YEAR, A NEW CAMP AND  NEW GAPPERS’

Well, It's a New Year ,New Gappers in Our New Camp, all pleasantly enjoying the Camp Tsavo incredible environment and the services from our friendly staff. The group has been working solidly on a new boys toilet block in one of the local schools close to our Camp.They are all having a fantastic moment and this is what they have to share.............. When we arrived at the camp we were all pleasantly supprised at the stunning landscape surrounding us. The camp fully embraces a traditional Kenyan...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

A guide to biodiversity project work

A guide to biodiversity project work

So I know I usually write the silliest blogs ever, but I'm not quite the air head I seem to be(!). Camps International means a lot to me, not just because of the incredible people I work with, or the beautiful places we visit. Camps International is not a company that plans holidays, what we do is create expeditions, which in turn create opportunities for people to grow and learn things they may otherwise not get the chance to. It...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Andrew

Fundraising Friday Star – Andrew

I don't know about you guys, but I've definitely got that Friday feeling! It's been a mad week, and the office has been filled with a cacophony of sneezes and coughs (Harry takes the cake for weirdest sneeze so far, he sounds like a chicken, not even making it up!). Everyone in the office seems to be ill, and luckily I am sandwiched between the two people who seem to be suffering the most, so it's only a matter of...

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“THE WORK OF CAMPS TOUCHES HEARTS OF MANY” MUHAKA DISPENSARY EMERGENCY WARD HANDING OVER CEREMONY

Our volunteers have been tirelessly building an emergency ward in Muhaka dispensary since January 2013. The aim of this project was to provide a place where serious patients would be able to be admited and receive sufficient medical treatment from proffessional Doctors and Nurses. I thought by sharing this bit of story and inspirational achievement done so far by our volunteers, will make your day a nice one‰Û_‰Û_   Muhaka community dispensary was officially opened in 1943 .Until recently it...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camps 100% Giving Day – 29th May 2014

At Camps we are very proud of the various projects we undertake around the globe at our various camps - whether it be environment, community or wildlife focused, we know that these projects really make a difference and they are the life blood of our orgnanisation and ethos.  As a company, we underwrite these projects on a daily basis, 365 days a year, ensuring they are not only supported financially but, perhaps more importantly, supported physically beyond completion, ensuring the...

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Reported by Vics on 23rd February 2016

‘Ivory Belongs To Elephants’ Walk

‘Ivory Belongs To Elephants’ Walk

As we all know, poaching remains to be a huge problem in Africa and it is believed that about 30,000 African elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks. According to the Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya has a population of 38,000 elephants and 1,039 rhinos and over the last three months Kenya has already lost 51 Elephants and one rhino. Although the Kenya Wildlife Service has not classified poaching as a crisis yet, Non-Governmental Organizations, the Office of Public Prosecutions and other government...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

KUDOS TO KENYAN GAPPERS

KUDOS TO KENYAN GAPPERS

For the past ten days a butch of seven Gappers have been working solidly on our local School Project Work in Muhaka Community and just before they left for Tsavo Camp, they had something to share about their new life in Africa............. We arrived at Mombasa not knowing anyone, but we were greeted by friendly staff who were excited to see us and introduce everyone. This helped us feel at ease. We were quickly off on the bus and travelling to...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Kenya Gappers Bring Us Their Update…

We have finally finished our jungle trek after 5 long hard days of walking, and with very few mishaps along the way! The start of our trek began at a new camp in Bongkud and there we organised our kit as well as the food we had to carry. The food included mash potato mixture and lots of cereal, noodles and biscuits! We set off around 3 and soon got to our first camp which was a basic long house,...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camp 2 Camp Challenge – “Porridge Tales”

Camp Kenya volunteers had an unusual treat during thier cultural tour last week, an opportunity to dance with a group of witches. For a conservative Kenyan, this would have been a horror. For the volunteers, this was the peak of africa.

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Trust House

Further to a recent post, it's time now to let the cat out of the bag... And it's a big one... Background The entire formation of Muhaka has an approximately population of about 2000 people, with more than 99% being Muslims of the Digo community. The remaining percentage consists of social workers and business people. Each village has a small business centre, acting as a meeting point for the community. Formal Sector unemployment rates in the village are over 80%,...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camp Beng Mealea @ Camp Cambodia

Story and photos courtesy of Rachel Willox and on behalf of fellow volunteers Kerry Watson, Jenni Harris, Eleanor Cowie, Vicki Smith and Charlie Fuller During our time working at the Stephen Kanja primary school, one of our favorite tasks was serving the porridge to the 110 nursery children each morning. Patrick, our camp manager, told us that when Camp Kenya started working with the school; many of the children were poorly nourished and coupled with an often long walk to...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Eid Mubarak from everyone at Camps International!

The summer season is in full swing and even the goats and other farm animals are not to be spared. Out at Camp Mwaluganje, we have been increasing our community outreach and this season we are running several free animal clinics thanks to a donation of veterinary supplies and about 180å£ from a charity called Ladies In Action which will go towards covering part of the vet's cost. It would be no exaggeration to state that just about every rural...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camp Kenya “Summer of 2013!”

I know we have been a bit quiet on the Tanzania front but that certainly doesn't mean we have not been as busy as ever. Anderson, Eliphas and the Camp Tanzania team have been running the show in Tanga while Tommie has come back to Kenya to support the overall operations in East Africa. So here's the story straight from the camp and what our gappers have been up to...in Tanzanian village. This year we kicked off with construction of...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Godolphin make it 100% up Mt. Kenya!!!!

The Team and Tim After 16 hours travelling we all arrived at camp Makongeni greeted with a hairy warm coconut (TIA)... mmmmm. 19 names seemed difficult to remember at first however, a day later and it already seemed like we‰Ûªd known each other a lot longer. We soon discovered everyone‰Ûªs personalities ‰ÛÒ some funny, some strange and then there was Rupert! Camp life is full of banter from sunrise to sunset making each day a good day. ‰Û÷Would I lie...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Sasenyi Community

Year 5 from The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa recently visited Camp Tsavo with Camp Kenya. This article was published on their school website last week. Year 5 Field Trip to Tsavo National Park Posted on 15 May 2012 The Year 5 students from the AgaåÊKhan Academy, Mombasa went to Tsavo National Park, one of Kenya‰Ûªs beautiful national parks, on a field trip from 20-23 March 2012. The trip was organised to complement the Year 5 unit on ‰ÛÏResponsible Tourism.‰Û...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Quality Family Time for the Lovely Loomes

We work with so amazing people across all the villages and places where our camps are based. Through our projects, we often meet and get to know outstanding talent and dedicated individuals who over time have become part of the Camps family. Many of you have met and worked with these people through your travels and I am sure you will agree with me that they are heroes in their own right. Over the next six months, we will be...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Tavistock and Wavell

On 4th April 2009, 75 students and teachers from 5 separate teams travelling to Africa with us this summer packed their walking boots and head torches and made their way up to North Wales to climb a little hill called Snowdon as a practice run for the mountain expedition they are doing to either Mt.Meru or Mt. Kenya. Met at the hostel by leaders and various staff from Outer limits and of course Camps International, our UK Director Matt Lacey...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camps in the news today!

Despite a very rocky start to 2008 with election problems, our first four clients arrived in Mombassa last week. Since then the intrepid Imaginative Traveler team of Michelle, Allison, Vincent & Ingelise have been up to Camp Mukurumuji for their orientation, bush walks and a visit to the local village and Morris's house. Yesterday the team moved up to the elephant sanctuary and started project work in full force. The guys have been planting Jatropha seedlings to support the buffer...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Allerton get muddy on project site

Like so many of the school teams who travel with Camp International to Kenya their time in country is just so full of activity, excitement, emotion and reflection. Sometimes so much that it is hard to put into words....   As soon as we drove into the Camp Tsavo we received a huge happy welcome from camp manager Sammy and his team. KARIBU CAMP TSAVO! Everything was well organized åÊand were shown our home for the next few days. The...

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Peter Kai and the Camp Makongeni team are on a roll right now... All eyes are now on Melbourne school from Southern Australia. The 17 pax comprised of 15 boys and 2 Teachers (Year 11 and 12) arrived in Kenya on 3rd December on their first school trip abroad with the aim of supporting sustainable and community development programs through Camp Kenya. Being the first school from Australia to visit Kenya through Camps International, the Makongeni community gave a special...

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This article originally appeared on the Edge of Existence blog and has been reposted with permission (you can read the original post by clicking HERE): Here in Kenya we‰Ûªre being hosted by Camps International, staying at their Camp Makongeni, just outside Diani. Peter Kalenga Kaiis works for Camps International as a Project Co-ordinator for their conservation programmes and he has joined the course to find out just what it‰Ûªs all about‰Û_ Somewhere in Kenya‰Û_ Before I arrived, I didn‰Ûªt realise...

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A couple of weeks back we said kwaheriåÊ to our last lot of November volunteers and it felt like juståÊ the other day that we made this huge move into our own location in Tanga. So many volunteers have come through since Jan, 2011 and a huge impact is evident in the little fishermen‰Ûªs community of Mwambani. Tommie has been reflecting on life in the sleepy and peaceful little fishing village where our main Tanzanian base is... Community: Our volunteers...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Group arrival at Camp Ecuador

This team of young people have just beaten Mount Kenya and are now focussing their efforts on helping local communities in Kenya but are not forgetting the help and support their families back home have given them to achieve their dreams..... We arrived yesterday after a 13 hour coach journey in good spirits where we were welcomed by friendly staff and Mama Mercy the manager of Imani Camp. We were showed round the camp which made us all instantly feel...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Ecuador school team updates so far…

Not so long ago, in a little Kenyan coastal village called Muhaka, a couple of strange looking people came along and started talking to the Chief, the school Headmaster and the elders. People started to ask questions like what do they want here? why are they coming to our little village? Then word got out through the passion vine that somebody was putting up a Camp. Up in went made much like any traditional houses in the area and then...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

A well earned promotion!

As millions of Kenyans watched on television, President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga stepped forward Thursday and clasped each other‰Ûªs hand in a gesture which carried with it the destiny of a bruised nation. A collective sigh of relief seemed to sweep across the country in that magic moment ‰ÛÓ mediator Kofi Annan clapping gently to their left while Kenyans clung to the hope of security after three weeks of protests. With their advisors and select Cabinet ministers standing...

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Naomi was on one of our school expeditions to Tanzania this summer she wrote to me yesterday to share her experiences of our leaders in Tanzania...It sounds like they had a fantastic time and a lot of it is due to Vicks and James so a big thank you to the pair of them. I have found a photo of Viks but you need look no further than the cover of the Camps International brochure. Here's one of James. James...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Veteran Volunteers – Part 5

Kennedy Kariuki our Marine Program Coordinator finally has a chance to sit back, reflect and share a bit about our new Ocean Camp at Shimoni. We have had a great season and a lot of new and interesting challenges ahead to think about... As we all sit down at the restaurant, waves hitting on the coral in a systematic motion as though to create musical tunes and everyone evidently inundated with nostalgia from the serene silence in the camp now...

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Cambodia Project Update

The Stephen Kanja Primary school is situated at the very top of the Shimba hills, most of the children have to walk over ten kilometers every day to attend classes. The school does not have the means to feed any of the school children; as a result most of the children go the whole day without food. Last year our Camp Kenya Life clients built the school a kitchen/canteen and Deborah May, one of those clients initiated a feeding programme...

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School Trip to Borneo

"You only get out of it what you put into it..." was definitely the attitude this Team adopted whilst at Imani Camp with Mama Mercy. As you will see by the photos and captions they worked hard but never stopped smiling and laughing! Great job and enjoy the rest of your adventure.   We arrived at Imani Camp on SundayåÊin time for lunch. We met Mama Mercy who showed us around camp familiarising us with our new home for the...

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Kenya Gappers:- Chizi Fresh Team

Wow what a week! Most of the United Nations were represented last week in sleepy Muhaka as we welcomed 77 students and 8 teachers from the International School of Kenya for their final year school trip. They had travelled from the hectic city of Nairobi to the chilled out south coast of Kenya. The brief was for them to spend the week of their final school trip having lots of fun, experiencing traditional culture, participating in community project work and...

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GWA Service Project Trip to Borneo

This was originally posted byåÊBy Susanna Matters, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador on the UNICEF websiteåÊhttp://www.unicef.org.au/Discover/Blog/March-2012/A-celebration-for-all.aspx We are very proud to know Susanna and how the work she put into her stay at Camp Kenya has affected her work and ours. To celebrate International Women's day the 8th March in her role as young ambassador she has written this blog. How come there isn‰Ûªt International Men‰Ûªs Day? It‰Ûªs the question that relentlessly pursues me whenever I pin on my purple ribbon...

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Blazing week at the foot of Mt Kenya

Over the next ten days we will: Build two new traditional houses for two elderly destitute women: And renovate this entire nursery classroom: Anyone wants to bet we won't?

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Back to Muhaka

It's been a fantastic year in terms of our school classroom project development in Kenya. So many classrooms that we started in the summer are complete or nearing completion thanks to a lot of continuous hard work by our gap volunteers. We thought it was time to share where we are: Itinyi Nursery Classroom This is a new school we recently partnered with located across the road from Camp Imani in Tsavo. A big thanks to Alice Smith School who...

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Introducing the Camps International Dubai

We have converted the reception at Camp Kenya into a FREE Internet cafe for all Camps clients and today is opening day. All profits from t-shirt sales and sodas go back into the Camps International Trust and are recycled onto the projects that our volunteers work on. It also enable the guys to upload their images to the Camps International Facebook and post project updates. I take no responsibility for 'social' or 'party' posts.

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Surf and Turf with Gappers experience in Tanga

About a year ago we started a very small research project which involved making a sustainable and commercially viable alternative to charcoal. Why? What's wrong with charcoal?? Simple fact is that it is non-renewable and one of the greatest contributors to deforestation in Kenya and many other countries in Africa. BUT People need something to cook their meals on and people also need to make a living. In Kenya, charcoal is big business: Charcoal depots. Photo courtesy of Elias Kimaru,...

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A Fairytale Engagement

The season has begun and what a start! Following Hannah's blog post yesterday on this rather obscure project that we are all very excited with, I could not resist sharing the beginning of the epic journey of Papa Pata Pata (Father Flipflop)...If you have no clue what I am on about, you will just have to wait and see what lies ahead at Camp Kenya's Ocean Camp... Meanwhile enjoy the photos! :) Benson and team welded the frame together. Benson...

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Dubai exodus to Tanzania

Camps International & Camp Kenya are proud to announce that once again we are supporting the Kenyan Whale Shark Tagging Expedition and that our Gap year students will be joining the boat on its daily search for whale sharks! Click below for more details:

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Tears of joy – making a difference in your gap year

Camp Tsavo continues to buzz over December with school groups from Australia and Kenya as well as families from the UK. Steve Mwasi and Peter Kai share a brief report on this little melting pot of cultures in the heart of the Tsavo ecosystem... Camp Tsavo receives volunteers and school group from different all over the world and once the teams arrive they participate on various areas of our ongoing sustainable community and habitat conservation projects in and around Rukinga...

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Youth Empowerment – the key to Kenya’s future…

Our first blog from a Expedition Leader from Ringwood Academy team in Borneo of their time at Utan Paradise... While my team are taking a well earned break plucking Tea at the famous Sabah tea gardens I'd thought I'd take an opportunity to let you all know how we are doing with just under a week to go. After a few minor delays we got to our Hostel in KK about 2am to get our heads down and get ready...

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Home on the Ranch…

The following are excerpts taken from Peter Luck's (Campion School) blog. Campion was part of a composite team made up of fives schools (Stanground, Stonehenge, Banbury and Woodford Lodge). Quite a handful for Leo Biles who was their expedition leader and by all accounts did a fantastic job (as did all the teachers and students that made up this expedition).åÊ I think it would be fair to say that this really sums up how a Camp Kenya expedition runs so...

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Buenos Dias ‘Camp Peru’

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image size-medium wp-image-1003 aligncenter","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"212","height":"163","title":"Camp Cambodia","alt":"Camp Cambodia"}}]] ‰ÛÏWhat‰Ûªs that? Camp Cambodia?‰Û Yes, since October I‰Ûªve been fortunate enough to spend a bit of time in Cambodia where we have been in initial talks with various communes, organisations and state departments about creating Camp Cambodia. *Pause for ‰ÛÏooohs‰Û from the audience*. åÊ As you may have read in previous posts regarding the beginnings of Camp Borneo, setting up in a new country is not an easy process, but with nearly 2 years...

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Sports Coaching Volunteer Project A group of 24 students from Bournemouth University are traveling with us to Kenya in August 2013 on our Sports Development Expedition (SDX) and yet their Expedition has already started. As part of all our sports coaching volunteer projects volunteers undergo several training sessions to enable them to deliver a higher standard of coaching. Bournemouth University......on a weekend.....in the snow Barry Squires is leading this expedition to Kenya and has led it for us in the...

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Teacher Recce for 2013 School Expeditions to Kenya

Question: What happens when you have 150 campers all tucked away in a peaceful little Kenyan village? Answer: Tell everyone to bring out the drums and party the Camps International way! And what a day it was! A BIG THANKS especially to Muhaka Primary school who hosted the event and all the crazy school teams for making special moments like these possible... Click HERE for more photos of the Muhaka Big Bash

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The Jungle Trek and Beyond by Sheldon School

The digital divide is just one amongst so many divides that exist between developed countries and parts of the world like Kenya. Sitting here in the luxury of my office behind my nice big screen and unlimited internet connection, yet having to wait five minutes to load up a photo less than 150kb makes you realize that we are still world's apart. And I am at the top end of the fortunate in this part of the world! We all...

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SPOOOOOONAGE – The Journey Begins

Just arrived fresh off the press from Tommie in Tanzania. Whilst our colleagues were singing (out of tune no doubt) at the concert in London, beautiful little activities like this were happening across some of the villages we work in in East Africa (more coming from Kenya)... This year Camp Tanzania celebrated Peace One Day with a range of sports activities. Our volunteers arranged four (4) teams, Brown, Gold, White and Maroon which were later joined by Mwambani mamas, babas...

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Bethany started fundraising in September 2010 and has raised the full amount herself. She flies out to Kenya with Skegness Grammar and åÊCamps International next week. This is her inspirational story...... A few months into my fundraising, I decided that I no longer wanted to go to Kenya. I was concerned about the amount of money I had to raise, felt that I couldn‰Ûªt achieve the amount in such a short time and I also felt that the money I...

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Updates from Camp Uganda

I have been putting off writing this post for a while now... We have had such an incredible season and so much hard work put in with no question as to just how much has been achieved towards helping communities, the environment and the wildlife within the areas that Camp Kenya operates. In less than two months our summer school teams have more or less completed 6 classroom blocks in two different schools (4 at Muhaka and 2 at Sasenyi):...

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The Gap Diaries…

Holly and Rebecca on our Kenya Gap Year Program seem to also have the blog bug! Thanks for sharing... Over the weekend the other campers returned to the group, so project work was in full force with all 33 of us. On Monday, we began work on the large fish ponds with the Baraka Women's Mangrove Conservation Group. The villagers can then fish in these for food or sell the fish on so they can earn an income. Our work...

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The Gap Year Diaries… by Matt in Muhaka

Here is an update from the Kenya Tourist Board to reflect the current position in Kenya with regards to the localised incidents that have taken place since the recent elections. ‰ÛÏToday Nairobi was calm and all was operating as normal, apart from an incident this morning when a small crowd gathered in the city centre and attempted to hold a demonstration in support of the President. This was quickly dispersed by the police and all quickly returned to normal. There...

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Cambodia Tropical Gap Year Garden

Patrick Wall one of our recently returned Camp Kenya Gap Year volunteers offered to write a blog for us about parts of his trip. Here is the firståÊinstalmentåÊ(I say first as it puts pressure on him to write more). So thank you Patrick and we look forward to more! An Englishman, Australian and a Welshman decided to climb a mountain...åÊGranted our other volunteers were doing it as well, but we set out to break the Camps record of 2 hours...

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åÊSouth Wirral, Devizes and Oaks Park School Expedition leave Makongeni on a real high and big thanks to all for wonderful village Olympics day... Week 1 ‰ÛÒ Camp Makongeni After a late start following an early morning arrival, we all enjoyed exploring Makongeni village with Abdul and Amos, meeting the locals and seeing the projects we would be working on for the next week. After lunch we all split into two teams, one heading to plaster the inside of a...

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Sports Development Expedition begin…

It's been a busy month for the camps international website monkeys: We've put up a new easier to use front page. Added a new facebook profile. Done something with twitter and spent most of the time trying to figure out/explain what it is. Created a movies page from our youtube profile. On seperate company news we also said goodbye to Skip (Michelle) one of our longest staff members. For those of you that have followed this blog, you'll remember she...

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Sports Development Expedition Tanzania 2012

Hamisi Pakiah is our Program Coordinator based at Camp Kaya, one of our new camps established, in order to promote forest conservation and culture. I asked Hamisi to share some background on the importance of the Kaya culture and what we are doing to protect these vital stretches of coastal forests in Kenya. Camp Kenya has been working on various conservation related activities for several years now and also gearing towards establishing an ecotourism venture managed by the local community....

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Trust House Update

So much has happened in such a little space of time. Projects we started only a few months ago are coming to a completion. Lots to share but easiest if the pictures speak for themselves... In June, we started our most ambitious project: The Trust House. School Teams and our ever present gappers cleared and fenced the entire 3 acres of the upcoming vocational training school we intend to build for the community. As part of the plans, we started...

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Holly’s Farewell

Construct 5 toilet blocks in schools and villages... Renovate and build 7 classrooms in four schools in different village... Protect an entire school from erosion... Provide 30,000litres of water storage and catchment... Make desks and chairs for 400 students in four schools... Construct 8 traditional houses for impoverished elderly people... Rehabilitate and recreate water holes for hundreds of elephants and other wildlife... Plant over 2000 trees... Collect tonnes of garbage and marine debris from the beaches... And have A LOT...

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Gap Year Borneo

We are now being paid to use Facebook! It's not everyday you find an employer that actually allows you to spend all day messaging people! If you want to help the Gap Team (Sammy and me) to waste more time then follow this link

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Tales from Ocean Camp Shimoni…

With the summer season upon us and the first team arriving in just a few hours everyone is in high spirits and looking forward to what the season will bring. There is a real buzz around the office as everyone prepares for what promises to be an amazing summer here in Karibu, Kenya. One of the projects the teams will be working on this summer is to create a large Whale Shark out of flip flops collected from beach clean...

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Gap Year Feedback from 2012

I am not one to get emotional about community projects but this afternoon when I dropped into Muhaka and saw our Trust House buzzing with activities, I was (for a change), lost for words. We know one of the serious problems in Kenya and many other parts of the developing world is lack of opportunity for youth. There are simply no jobs and very little hope to break out of the cycle of poverty. We are not fooling ourselves into...

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Bridging the Youth Gap

One of the most exciting things for me having joined the Camps family is the challenge ahead of putting long term strategies in place for our projects. Camp Kenya has created an amazing foundation within communities and across a host of different environments and now we are asking, "where do we see our projects in five years?" It's complex but the glaring reality staring at us in the face is this buzz phrase: "Income Generation" There is no hiding the...

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The Campion Diaries (July 2012, Kenya)…

The ongoing point of view of our willingåÊ"outsider"åÊSunny in Cambodia. She's now getting very much stuck into to learning about the potential projects in the region and prioritising the needs of the commnity alongside the Commune and Village leaders and generally having a fun time bouncing around Siem Reap province on the back of Camp Manager Han's moped. Wednesday, June 21, 2011 - THE VILLAGE PEOPLE Bunlay came back to Siem Reap on Monday full of stories about his trip...

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Of mud, mangroves and marriage…Gap Year in Kenya

Over the weekend, with16 Gappers heading for Camp Amazonia, we and the community put the finishing touches to the building. It looks great, even if it is not easy to photograph because there are trees absolutely everywhere. "Can't see the wood for the trees"? - being in the Amazon puts a slightly different perspective on that concept. With the group now there, we will post more photos this week with the place occupied and alive. Localized storm over the Amazon

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Team Vale Academy and Barnwood Park on Mantanani Island

Long weekends are traditionally for family reunions, holidays and/or just another reason for people to get plastered. This year‰Ûªs Easter was all that and more. People from all walks of life, race, creed and organizations gathered at the Il Covo beach front on the North Coast for Beach 5‰Ûªs football tournament. This is an annual event that organized by Sporting Conservation and its aim is to raise funds towards small marine conservation projects and the Camp Kenya Trust was to...

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Magical Kenya…

Here are some of the pictures taken by our crew of the Teams during their work at the camps. GreatåÊavanze in all projects, thanks to all for your efforts.åÊ The mural at Camp Kuri Kuchu and the conservation of endangered species

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Out of Malaysia…

Friday was a proud day for me, the wooden spoon was passed from the previous holder, Mr Simon Englefield (Kenyan Director) to myself. This award was given to me for "Consistant Silliness" I'm proud to be bringing this award back to the UK and would like to thank all of the UK and Kenya staff without whose help and support this would not have been possible. I would like to take this opportunity though to say that while quite they're...

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Summer Preparations – Camp Bongkud

In our ongoing series of notes from the field in Camp Kenya, I asked Chris and Sarah (our Marine Conservation Program Coordinators) to put together a little rant about their first week at our Ocean Camp. From the sounds of it, these two seem to have a stress free season... Karibu sana kampi ya baharini!!!!!! Or, welcome to Camp Ocean for those of you yet to master any Swahili. So‰Û_ Kampi ya baharini‰Û_ what‰Ûªs it all about??? In a nutshell;...

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Compton House School Fundraising Blog

We are quite pleased this season to have an extra pair of hands. Helene whom all of you will meet over the season is an ex-teacher and has lived in Kenya for over 7 years. Her old school has traveled with us and after Helene ran one school trip, she had the Camp Kenya bug. And so the diary of a...begins... Blogging?... me?!... I can‰Ûªt put my finger on it, but there is something about this blogging idea that doesn‰Ûªt...

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Tabasamu Tanzania!

A picture says a thousand words (or sumfin' like that)... Summer Teams are determined to rebuild Sasenyi Primary in Tsavo Girls just wanna (carry water??) Everyone has a lot of fun!

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Summer Preparations – Camp Tinangol

We've been at this for a long time now and there is a lot of good reasons to keep it going. One: there's a hell of a lot of rubbish floating around in the ocean and washing up on our beaches and two: there is a hell of a lot you can do with that rubbish. We have taken it one step further this year with the art we create and very soon, we intend to have everyone making trinkets...

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Camp Borneo Supports Important Jungle Research

Background Camp Kenya has been working with the communities of Makongeni and Muhaka for 9 and 4 years respectively, to improve living standards and access to educational resources for local people through it‰Ûªs volunteer programmes. In this part of Kenya, it‰Ûªs estimated that around 70% of people are living below the poverty line and do not have access to proper educational facilities or healthcare. Many children live in unsanitary conditions where many are suffering from debilitating intestinal worm infestations and...

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Jungle Research 2, Sapulutely Fabulous!

We are very proud to announce that we are the winners of the ‰Û÷Business With Exceptional DNA‰Ûª Award at The Global Angels 2013, which we accepted last night at The Roundhouse in London.  The Global Angels Award reflects our unwavering commitment to our projects around the world. The overriding ambition behind Camps International was to build a company that balances commercial objectives with philanthropic goals, without compromising the integrity of either one. Camps is a tour operator by definition but our...

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Supporting Beng Mealea Primary School

And straight up from the field by PJ, Lauren and Alicia (on behalf of Etone Technology, Dyson Perrin and Birchwood KenyaåÊSchool Expedition Team).... Camp Muhaka gave us our first taste of Kenya; the staff were friendly, the locals were welcoming and the weather was refreshing compared to back home. We were keen to find out what our project was for the duration at Camp Muhaka. When we were set the task to build a fence around a nursery to protect...

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Camps International: Made in Kenya

Lou and the Stongehenge team are on their last few days at Camp Tsavo and by the sounds of it have had an amazing trip and still have the energy for more... Sooo, since the last Stonehenge update, we‰Ûªve been really busy! We left Ocean camp for the fantastic Camp Kaya, where in the words of Charlie and co‰Û_‰Ûthis is what we came for!!‰Û. We were surrounded by monkeys, pumped around a 1000 litres of water a day from the...

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Once upon a time in a little Tanzanian village…

It's all systems go with the gap year team at Camp Kenya who are working hard to complete all the projects we took on this year (and playing hard too!)... Jambo from Matt in Muhaka! Cannot believe we‰Ûªve been at thisåÊ camp for a week already! It‰Ûªs going so fast now ‰ÛÒ only one more week and we‰Ûªll have been here for a month! We arrived at Camp Muhaka after an 8hr drive through rural Kenya, feeling really disorientated and...

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In ten days we will…

Never a dull moment at Camps International. Our Sports Development Program in Kenya and Tanzania has literally kicked off. This year we are focusing on developing youth groups in Kenya and for the first time we have launched SDX in Tanzania. Only into week one and our small group from Bristol based at Camp Muhaka in Kenya have lots to report on... After arriving in Kenya, we were greeted by all the warm and welcoming staff. Our adventure began with...

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Camp Kenya and WWF: Partnerships in Conservation

Umm‰Û_SD‰Û_What?! SDX = Sports Development Expedition Catherine, our Expedition Leader who just can't leave Kenya will fill you in... The first SDX began 3 years ago in Muhaka near Diani, in partnership with students from Bournemouth University and is now in its 4th year (The Bournemouth team are blazing away at Camp Makongeni this very moment). But this is the first of it‰Ûªs kind to be run here in Itinyi, and with a new partnership called Umoja comprising 3 Educational...

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Anyone that chooses to be a responsible traveler is by nature a unique and special type of person. Perhaps the fact that they are unique is unfortunate because if everyone was a responsible traveler, I doubt we would have as many problems in this world as we do. Anyways...here's the deal. Diani, where our home is (yes, that's what others would call "the office")åÊ home to lots of unique and special people too, and yes, that includes a very special...

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And in ten days we did…

We are all smiles here at Camps International. Our September '09 Kenya Gap Expedition just got back from Camp Tsavo where they spent the week as our ambassadors for Peace One Day. After they wiped all the dust and dirt off from the road trip, the stories and the pictures came flooding in. This was a very special week for all of us as our Gappers teamed up with children from Sasenyi Primary School and spent the week together on...

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Beached whale rescued off Kota Kinabalu

Come to think of it...there are smiles all year round and that's because we are fortunate to have our gappers around all year and our projects keep ticking away. The buildings go up, the toilet holes go down, and life in the villages get's better and better everyday... We have a lot of school teams arriving everyday and we achieve so much more in this short period of time but I think one of the beauties of what we do...

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Making our mark, Ecuador

Photos courtesy ofÌâåÊMichelle Workman.Ìâ 'I have had the most incredible experience with Camp KenyaÌâåÊduring the pastÌâåÊten days.ÌâåÊ We have been treated royally by everyone weÌ¢‰â‰ã¢ve met; especially by the staff.ÌâåÊ They have taken us in and showed us the utmost hospitality.ÌâåÊ Ìâ The animal watching has been profound Ì¢‰â‰ÛÏ a day hasnÌ¢‰â‰ã¢t gone by without being truly amazed.ÌâåÊ For anyone who loves elephants the experience has been second to none.ÌâåÊ There is nothing more magical than seeing elephants in the...

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Kenya inci yetu..

About a year ago we were approached by a group of nurses who were keen to get out of their comfy practices and give their time to communities who really needed their help...and so our Healthcare Outreach Programme was born. Last week a group of 23 healthcare professionals (and a couple of chaps who wanted to tag along) flew out to Kenya for two weeks of sun, sea, sand and jiggers (Google it!) and halfway through their programme they seem...

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Nurses Blog from Kenya

With the rainy season still on, what better way to celebrate than to plant 200 indigenous trees at Kaya Muhaka for World Environment Day! Managed to get everyone out of the office which wasn't too difficult...even the boss... Several hundred well matured trees brought in from the WWF office and several hundred holes dug by our gappers, local school children, residents of Diani and the Kaya Muhaka Forest Group... We had hands belonging to children as young at five and...

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Fantastic Fundraising Website

Many of you who have stayed at Camp Makongeni will have spent some time working with the Baraka Group in the mangroves. Recently we have scaled up the work and a lot more happening now but so much more to do. We haveåÊ recently been joined by two interns, Leyla and Kennedy who are specializing in Marine biology and environmental conservation so taking full advantage of them being around to start compiling more data on the work we are doing...

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In November last year Camp Kenya started working with the Chanukeni Children‰Ûªs Centre founded by the Chanukani woman‰Ûªs group. The group is a registered self-help association whose main objective is to support orphans and other needy children. When we first visited the center there were 35 Children, ranging from the age of 2 to 9 years old. The center was built on a piece of land that was donated by a group member who has also undertaken the role of...

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Progress being made at Maqui

It's not been an easy year for the majority of Kenyans and educational institutes and students across the country have had it harder than usual. The annual primary exams determine so much for an individual and school performances are watched very carefully. Sadly, some of the schools we work at have not done as well as the could have but we are not going to give up. Having said that, we just received an email from Mr. Thuku, the Headmaster...

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Muhaka update

Upon returning back from an amazing school expedition in Kenya, now seems a great time to look back and reflect- not just on the amazing and worthwhile projects that our great volunteers worked on, but also the fun and games of living as a large group.   Every year the students we take away on expedition work really hard in the lead up to expedition, laying in tubs of baked beans and knocking on doors to fundraise the money to...

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Asante sana from Camp Tsavo!

Thank you Klaire Dale... "Well I'm home and hating it! Can't adjust to being back in gloomy England. Was great to see you (albeit briefly,) at Camp Imani and when we popped into the Diani office. Just wanted to say a huge thank you really. Genuinely. It was an incredible month...tough, but incredible. I'm an Ethics teacher - I spend every day trying to get students to think inside a stuffy classroom with damp creeping up the walls and an...

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Thanks Camps

åÊWritten by Bea, Charlie, Beth, Tor and Chris... This week at Camp Muhaka, we have progressed in teaching the children different sports, allowing them to perform to the best of their ability. The beginning of the week we trained the kids in netball,volleyball and football preparing them for a competition which would take place on Thursday and Friday. We took the time and effort to paint/mark out the pitches allowing the children to stick to the rules and regulations of...

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ICT4D thanks to Mr. Nosey…Kanya

This is the second installment from the Godolphin group having completed their community project work now focus on taking on the 2nd highest mountain in Africa.... After our time in Mumias, helping clean the community and paint more schools, we moved to Ol Pajeta on the foothills of Mt. Kenya to prepare for our mountainous climb ahead of us. We were briefed about the climb and the sicknesses that could come along side it, but never the less the whole...

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Lee’s Gap Year – 7 years on

2nd Kenya National Motocross Championship On the South Coast 19th October 2009 For the second year running, the National Motocross Championship is scheduled to take place in Diani on the South Coast of Kenya. The event will run over the long weekend Madaraka holiday on October 18th and 19th and already 40 motocross competitors are confirmed to race. The two-day event organised by Camp Kenya and the East African Motorsports Club with the blessings of Kenya Motor Sports Federation promises...

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Water Hole!

Happy New Year to all! And what a great start to the year! We have been keeping quiet about this amazing initiative undertaken by a group of Life clients who travelled with us in september. Below is the brief story about a bunch of amazing people who fundraised just over 10,000å£ to drill a borehole for the community in Majimboni! It's a story that has touched us all across Camps International and am sure it will you... (Many thanks to...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Tsavo – where the heart grows fonder…

Always great to get stories straight from the field. Our Kenya Gappers took some time out from wallowing in the mangrove mud and sent this little story of their week assisting the Baraka Mangrove Conservation group. Thanks for sharing! And if anyone has an article or blog or would like to write one on their experiences with us, please drop us a line... We set out Monday morning ready to journey to Camp Makongeni and begin our week of marine...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

A Level results – What to do next?

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image alignnone size-medium wp-image-1610","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"504","height":"378","title":"Peace One Day u0026amp; Camps International","alt":""}}]] If you've been following us on Facebook you'll know we're big fans of the International Peace One Day, which is the 21st September every year. If you want to learn more about it, here's a great short video. EssentiallyåÊ it is a UN recognised day of peace whereby all sectors of society, including governments, organisations of the UN, regional and non-governmental organisations, and individuals are encouraged to take action that fosters...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Over 200 new faces underwater this season!

Anyone who has grown anything, harvested it and eaten it, knows just how much more satisfying it tastes.åÊ But anyone who farms to make a living will know just how much hard work goes into producing a few kilos of fresh vegetables. As climate patterns change, and seasonal rains become less reliable, and populations soaring, food security particularly in Africa where the majority are still subsistence farmers has once again become a priority on the development agenda. To give you...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

So, err.. what will I be doing?

We have been leading school teams to Mt Kenya for adventure expeditions since we started Camps 10 years ago. This time round we had our very first school from West Africa and they had a great time during their short trip. Peter is our in country Expedition/Team leader who joined them. This is his story......... Emerald School from Nigeria started their journey from theåÊInternational School of Kenya (ISK)åÊat 7am.åÊThe team, comprising of 11 students and a female teacher, had just...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camps International on the Radio!

Well I guess it's my own fault! When I asked Rachel Gallagher to take on the role as Chair of our affiliated charity, the Camps International Trust I should have anticipated the 'order' to sign up for the BUPA 10k run in London on 25th May. She clearly has absolutely no concern for the fact that I am supremely unfit and fast approaching forty so sympathies not forthcoming, I am now on the campaign trail and training like Rocky Balboa....

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Sunny in Cambodia #1

In view of the Government of Kenya‰Ûªs withdrawn feeding program for the Sasenyi School students, Global Angels and Camps International have stepped up to the mark to provide a minimum of 12 months staple food for the students. This initiative is not a short term humanitarian effort but a long term commitment to improve the welfare and subsequent learning ability of Sasenyi students. A total of å£14,500 (Sterling/Equivalent Ksh 2million) has been raised for the next 12 months with a...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

The Kat that got the kream

We are quite proud of our new status as Garbage Warriors in Kenya. Discarded Flipflops, bottles and tyres have become an integral part of our programs providing materials for buildings and a source of income for the growing flipflop artisan community of Diani. Here's a little slice into the trash treasures... The Trust House Community Tailoring Center going up with bottles: Our Permaculture Farm Tree Nursery going down with bottles (for waterproofing) And at Kaya Muhaka Forest Tree Nursery, we...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Bethany’s Story “Fundraising for Kenya 2011”

Mantanani Community Learning Centre (CLC) has been officially handed over to the community on 18th October 2012. Following Rory‰Ûªs blog today on Wow! Completing Borneo Project WorkåÊ , I would like to share some photos documented from when it all first started building åÊin June 2010 to October 2012 feeling how amazing it is to get very committed and hardworking volunteers getting stuck åÊin every part of the built. We have had many challenges throughout the completion of this building...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

The diaries of a…

I‰Ûªve recently noticed the term ‰ÛÏVoluntourism‰Û has cropped up regularly in the press. Although it‰Ûªs a term that has been used within the travel industry for some years it has recently been misappropriated by the media, partly in response to a report by the Human Sciences Research Council which questioned the act of tourists taking part in short term volunteer activities during the course of their travels. I personally don‰Ûªt like the term ‰ÛÏVoluntoursim‰Û and I doubt any of our...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

interNational Express!

This week we have all been very busy with our project work! With some of the group continuing work on a grey water system in Muhaka meanwhile others have been working on a similar system at Camp Kaya. The work has been challenging in the heat, however we are all excited to finish off our respective projects.åÊ The grey water systems at the community owned forest camp at Kaya will be used to naturally clean the shower water and reuse...

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As we are now in the second year of operating in Borneo and with the first school team currently swinging in their hammocks in the jungle‰Û_.. It‰Ûªs probably about time you met the team that works night and day to make it all happen! Here‰Ûªs a sneaky look behind the scenes! Now here‰Ûªs the people to keep on the right side of‰Û_. the cooks!!!! Of course we are here to help wherever we can ‰Û_ sometimes that does mean having...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Notes from the field…

JAMBO! Mark Outing from the UK operations team Headed to Kenya with a group of 20 teachers who are planning school expeditions to Kenya for 2013 The teacher recce is all about risk assessments and preparing teachers for bringing their school teams out the following summer. We had a whirlwind of a tour around Kenya and as we had a lot of places to see and a lot of people to meet. Day 1 (Sunday) We all meet at the...

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...raise loadsa money and get to volunteer in Kenya. Obviously. Don't be so childish. Read below to find out, in his own words how some baked beans (quite a lot of them) got Ross Waldron, one of our School Expedition volunteers, all the way to Kenya! You could say he really came up trumps. That's enough hot air from me. Fire away Ross. That's the last fart joke, I promise. I'll get my coat (it stinks in here anyway). 'Volunteering...

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What if…it actually does…

Report by Peter Kai - Camp Kenya (Project Coordinator) Last yearåÊ in November, Camps International officially launched the Healthcare Outreach Programs with 25 medical professional who traveled all the way from UK to Kenya to provide free medical treatment and advice on nutrition, sexual health and hygiene and a strong jiggers eradication campaign within 8 villages in Msambweni District. The outreach program was a huge success and a clear indication that the needs are vast and wide with thousands of...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

The Sasenyi Family

After the succesful launch of our Healthcare Program and ongoing jigger eradication campaign, we are now beginning to give shape to a long term and more structured intervention. One way we intend to do this is to start offering placements and residentials for individuals in healthcare. We have been having regular meetings with people like Dr. Stan who have dedicated their lives to health treatment for those who simply can't afford it. Over the next few months, we intend to...

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Photo Competition Winners Announced!

Out here at Camp Kenya, we would like to think of our doors being open to all walks of life, young (some very, very young) and old. Sure we have our nutty gappers throughout the year (we love them dearly and would have them stay all year if they could!), and our new Life Program at Makongeni is seeing quite a few happy and hardworking adults who are taking a break for their urban grind. And of course we have...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

A Final Word from Sponne School (For Camps International)

MAMA MERCY. My name is Mercy Joshua, but my community calls me Mama Mercy. I am a mother aged 60 years with 4 children and six grandchildren, a farmer by profession. I went to Kichaka Simba Primary School in 1965-1968. Lateral I joined Ribe Secondary School on 1970-1973. I performed very well and I was appointed as an untrained teacher in Kilifi District for the first time in my life. Since my class performed very well in most of the...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Going Places ?

Final blog in from Holly and Rebecca who have recently completely their Camp Kenya Gap Year Program. One the main projects they have been working on was to build a larger poultry house for a Youth Group in Makongeni. This has been a very special project for us as part of our efforts to reach out to young people in Kenya and help them establish various income generating projects. What started off late last year with a donation from Sarah...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Daima – A new dawn for Kenya…

This is a photo of our 2009 SDX (Sports development eXpedition) team with lots of donated sport kit. Good work guys! They are going out to Kenya from Aug - Sept to work (sweat, run around and blow whistles) with 4 African schools on our sports development program. The students pictured are from Bournemouth University, Portsmouth University, Southampton University and Surrey University as well as the leader Barry Squires from Bournemouth University and Charlotte Doyle the teacher from Portsmouth University.

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Sightings of rare near-extinct wildlife In Borneo

And the Gap Year in Africa diaries continue on (thank you Chloe and friends)... It‰Ûªs safe to say that our experience at Camp Kenya has been anything but ordinary. Over the past two weeks we have come together as a group, working on each of our projects and bonding with the camp staff. The three projects that we worked on include Mama‰Ûªs mud house, the grey-water system and the bottle house for the polytechnic school. Working in the heat and...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Kenya Situation continues to improve

If you watch the news you wouldn't be blamed for thinking that its impossible for different cultures and religous groups to live and work together. With this in mind I took a little time to look at the cultural breakdown of the Camps teams in UK and Kenya. It makes for interesting reading....... Nationalities: British, Kenyan, Asian Kenyan, Burundian, Scottish, German, Italian Tribes: Digo, Kamba, Luo, Luhya, Taita, Kikuyu, Duruma, Meru Religions: Muslim, Roman Catholic, Christian, Protestant, Atheist, Agnostic We...

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