Derby County Community Trust has been taking part in the Rams in Kenya trip for the past five years.
Since its first trip in 2012, the initiative has grown from 13 volunteers on the first visit to 50 on the latest. 164 volunteers have now taken part across the five trips.
Due to the amazing growth, the scheme now works with three partner projects, Jubilee Academy, along with the St Trizah and Ungana Schools, where work has continued from previous visits.
Across the projects, volunteers spend their time funding the installation of running water, building classrooms, providing resources, supporting teachers and completing maintenance and site improvement.
Returning back to St Trizah for a fifth time, the volunteers’ energies were spent concentrating on the continual construction of new classrooms, working on land the Community Trust helped to purchase in 2014 to relocate the school to its own permanent site.
Sarah Rawson, who was one of the 50-strong ‘Rams in Kenya’ team this summer, said:
“It was such an incredible two weeks with some awe-inspiring people. The volunteers on the trip all had something special to bring to the group and seeing such an eclectic mix of people working together to achieve a common goal was something to behold.
“I love what the trip does for people and although I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again… it really has changed my life.”
Volunteers also get the opportunity to take part in the Rift Valley Adventure Day which is a visit to the Nakuru National Safari, Thompson Falls and The Equator. There is also the chance to visit the Menengai Crater, an elephant orphanage and the giraffe manor in Narobi.
Facilitated by African Adventures, the trip benefits the Derby County Community Trust and also the impoverished areas around Nakuru, in Kenya.
Every volunteer is tasked with raising the below amounts which cover flights, transfers, accommodation and three meals per day, plus a contribution towards the Community Trust’s disability programme and the Kenyan school projects.
- Two-week option = £2,550 per person
- One-week option = £1,920 per person (does not RVAD)
No formal skills or experience are necessary to join the trip, just enthusiasm, commitment and a desire and willingness to help.
To register your interest in attending, or if you simply require more information, please email [email protected].
If you have ever considered or wanted to do something like this, please ask or come along, it really is a chance of a lifetime.