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Apply for Alternative Winter Break

March 23, 2010

Want to travel to another country over winter break? Looking for a trip that isn't the norm? Apply for the Alternative Winter Break trip to Kenya! Applications are now available in the SLiCE office.

Applications now available

Applications are now available for the Kenya Alternative Winter Break trip. The Kenya Alternative Winter break will be an incredible opportunity for students to participate in service-learning while immersing students in local culture.

Students will work with numerous organizations: the Umoja village, a local women’s village and cooperative; Gir Gir and Muslim Primary Schools, both K-8 local schools; and Save the Elephants, a non-profit wildlife research organization.

Participants may also have the opportunity to be invited into cultural events and experiences that facilitate a natural sense of place and deeper understanding of the Samburu culture.


Umoja (pronounced oo-moe-juh; Swahili for "we are one") is a manyatta community of approximately 25 women located within the larger town of Archer's Post, a "gateway" community to Samburu National Reserve. Many of the women left their previous homes following violence, abuse, early pregnancy or a similar circumstance.

The women operate a co-op, producing beaded necklaces and bracelets primarily for purchase by tourists who visit the women's manyatta to learn about local culture. Umoja also has a small volunteer-based on-site preschool. Participants' primary experience would include considerable interaction with local women and children.

Gir Gir Primary and Muslim Primary School

Gir Gir and Muslim are two of three primary schools in the community of Archer’s Post in the Samburu region. Gir Gir is the largest school with more than 400 students, and both schools are traditionally under-resourced in terms of teachers, supplies and materials. Participants’ primary experience might include engaging with students and teachers, school improvement projects, and some teaching.

Save the Elephants

A conservation-based NGO that studies the habitat and conservation of the African Elephant, STE also monitors the behavior and movements of all mammals in Samburu National Reserve. Our work with STE will be in conducting wildlife counts using their prescribed methodology.

Apply by April 5

The trip will take place Dec. 28, 2010-Jan. 12, 2011. Students interested in participating should pick up an application in the Office for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement Office located on the main level of the Lory Student Center.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 5, 2010. For more information, please attend an informational meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, 2010, in room 210 of the Lory Student Center.

Please direct all general questions to Jen Johnson at (970) 491-2955 or stop by SLiCE office on the main level of the Lory Student Center.

Contact: Brett Rundle
Phone: (970) 491-7126