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Kenya Alternative Winter Break

June 11, 2009

The Alternative Break program is an immersion experience into different cultural, environmental and socioeconomic communities across the nation. Students provide service in exchange for education about current social and cultural issues facing the host communities.

A different kind of winter break

A group of 12 students and 2 CSU staff will be traveling to Kenya over winter break this year.

Students will work primarily with two different organizations: the Save the Elephants organization and the Umoja village:

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.

For more information, contact the Office for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) or call (970) 491-2955.

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