Local charity Well Aware offers ‘voluntourism’ trip to Kenya

November 5, 2013

AUSTIN—Local charity Well Aware, which develops clean water systems in impoverished communities in rural Africa, is now reserving spots for its 2014 “voluntourism” trip to Kenya— a rare opportunity to go on a combination volunteer/tourism trip to Africa for two weeks.

Well Aware’s trip to Kenya, Aug. 3-16 2014, is open to the public. The nonprofit is currently taking reservations for the trip, which has been planned with the help of travel agency JB Journeys.

Participants in the voluntourism trip will travel for a cause as they experience the impact of Well Aware’s sustainable clean water projects, volunteer with local communities, and encounter African wildlife and culture up close and personal.

The carefully planned itinerary includes African adventures of all kinds, visits to Well Aware’s flourishing past water projects, meet and greets with Well Aware’s water projects team, a chance to get to know local communities, and more. The full detailed itinerary is available at http://www.jbjourneys.com/%5Bbook%5D/itinerary-1.

Well Aware’s founder and executive director Sarah Evans says that the past trips to Kenya have made a powerful impact on participants, and has transformed the lives of the people who go.

“It is a big paradigm shift for people who have never been to Africa before. Once they actually witness the poverty and lack of basic needs, they understand the full scope of the problem and solution, and they feel different about their own day-to-day lives.”

According to Evans, volunteering and travel go hand in hand. “Many travellers turn up to a new destination and feel lost. This voluntourism trip gives travellers the opportunity to instantly immerse themselves into a community, soak up a new culture, and travel with a purpose. It is a chance for them to leave their comfort zone, meet like-minded people, make a difference, and see unforgettable places.”

The total cost of the voluntourism trip is $5,895 per person, and includes all accommodations, meals, conservation and park entrance fees, all transportation while in Kenya, government taxes and levies, exclusive use of a six passenger vehicle with an English speaking driver/guide, and more.

The price excludes international airfare and several other international travel costs—entry visa fees, travel and medical insurance. JB Journeys will offer help finding affordable airfare and assistance with international travel preparations.

There will be several informational meetings about the Voluntourism trip over the next few months. For details about the informational meetings or to reserve your spot, please email barabara@wellawareworld.org. For more information about Well Aware and the trip, go to www.wellawareworld.org.


About Well Aware

Since its founding in 2006, Well Aware has completed 15 successful water projects in Kenya, providing reliable sources of clean water to people who previously had none available in their communities. www.wellawareworld.org