Mombasa, Kenya – Immersion Program
October 17 – 28, 2019
Deadline for Sign Ups: June 17, 2019
Karibu Sana Kenya – Welcome to Kenya!
They say that those who enter into mission fall into the dance of the living God. Indeed the rhythms of Africa are ones of dances. Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) in Kenya will introduce us to this dance of life in this beautiful and diverse East African nation. Most know Kenya for her stunning landscapes and abundance of wildlife. Participants of MKLM’s upcoming Friends Across Borders trip to Kenya will experience not only Kenya’s natural beauty, but will also have the opportunity to walk with Kenyan people on their daily journeys.
Humanity’s first footsteps were taken in East Africa. Since then, the people of this region have navigated a long, rich, and often arduous road. Our home bases will be Kitale, located in a beautiful rural agricultural area known as the maize basket of Kenya, and Mombasa, a city on Kenya’s stunning coastline.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners will be our hosts; they will share and celebrate with us the unique gifts of African culture: a spirit of generosity, hospitality, and hope, an emphasis on human relationships, and a pervasive and strong spirituality. The Kenyan people face conditions of extreme poverty, health crises, including malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS, lack of access to education, rampant corruption, violence, rapid population growth, and chaotic urbanization. We will witness the commitment of MKLM missioners as they attempt respond to these challenges both by addressing their root causes and by addressing the basic needs of the people who are impacted by them.
What Will You Do?
- Visits with MKLM missioners to projects including a diocesan health initiative, a street children’s project, two secondary schools, an initiative focused on the needs of AIDS orphans, and a child rescue ministry in a slum.
- Visits with Kenyans to share the daily routines of their lives – eating and celebrating with them, and seeing life through their eyes.
- Participation in local liturgical celebrations, experiencing the joy and hope of the faithful of Kenya faithful as uniquely expressed in song, dance and jubilation.
- Learning about the ancient trading cultures of the Kenyan coast by visiting Fort Jesus and the Old Town of Mombasa.
- Experiencing wildlife in its natural environment on a safari in the Maasai Mara.
- Visiting a market in a small village to support the work of local artisans.
Logistics and Costs.
Prior to leaving, Friends Across Borders will provide an orientation which will include education about important cultural norms to follow during the trip. Our in-country guides will be TBD, current Maryknoll Lay Missioners. You will also be accompanied on the entire trip by one or two experienced MKLM guides, TBD, from the United States.
TOTAL COST: $ TBD (ground cost, local airfare plus registration fee).
This covers the program registration fee, all lodging and meals in country, all transportation within the country (including national domestic air travel), medical insurance and medical evacuation with flying doctors, English- Kiswahili speaking guides, cultural activities, and safari. Airfare, taxes and visa are not included. (Roundtrip airfare cost from NY is approximately $ TBD).
Friends Across Borders will provide information on obtaining a visa and immunizations, and will help you make the international flight arrangements.
For International travel arrangements FAB will recommend a travel agent who helps with Friends Across Borders trips. He will plan your itinerary from the international airport nearest you to Kenya. He will try to set it up in a way that most of the participants travel together and/or arrive at the same time. If you have frequent flyer miles, he also can help with that. Participants are required to arrive in Nairobi on TBD.
To make a reservation, please Download the Registration Form, fill it out and send it to Friends Across Borders with a copy of your passport and your $250 deposit. Please make sure your passport is valid through December 2019!