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Participate in alternative winter break to Kenya

March 17, 2009

Applications are now available for the Kenya Alternative Break.

The Kenya Alternative Winter break will be an incredible opportunity for students not only to participate in service-learning but also to learn about the local culture. Students will work primarily with two different organizations: the Save the Elephants organization and the Umoja village (leading lessons and activities at the pre-school, assisting with ongoing construction of a small on-site museum, recording and transcribing women''s stories to create a historical record of Umoja).

The trip will take place December 28, 2009 – January 11, 2010.

Students interested in participating should pick up an application in the Office for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) Office located on the main level of the Lory Student Center.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2009. For more information, please attend an informational meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, in room 211E of the Lory Student Center.

More information on our work sites:

Save the Elephants

Save the Elephants (STE) is an NGO working in East Africa to conserve the region’s unique and diverse wildlife species, with particular attention to the African elephant. Its primary research camp, located within Samburu National Reserve, serves as the field headquarters for monitoring and research elephant behaviors, migration patterns, diet and population. In addition, STE monitors all mammal species in the Samburu heartland region to better understand the relationships between different species. STE’s administrative headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Umoja (pronounced oo-moe-juh; Swahili for "we are one")

Umoja 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.

Contact: Jen Johnson
Phone: (970) 491-2955