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Cost & Airfare Information

Cost is $2000. This includes:
  • $550 MINIMUM* donation to Habitat and the Kenya Habitat building program 
  • all meals in Kenya, starting with the welcome dinner, January 8, in Nairobi, and ending with breakfast on January 19 (You are welcome to leave earlier that morning, but you won't be refunded for your prepaid breakfast)
  • accommodations in Nairobi Jan 8 and 18
  • transport to/from Nairobi airport
  • ground transportation to/from hosting affiliate
  • accommodations at affiliate Jan 9-17
  • ground transportation to/from work site
  • ground transportation for cultural activities
  • cultural activities, entrance fees 
  • all tips associated with accommodations, meals and transportation
  • mandatory medical travel insurance (policy explained on separate page) 
  • mandatory MEDEX Secure insurance
  • orientation materials

It does not include:
  • airfare to/from Nairobi
  • enroute travel expenses before the afternoon of Jan 8 or after the morning of Jan 19
  • expenses associated with international travel such as visa, passport, departure taxes, and immunizations
  • optional R&R activities before January 8 or after January 19
ALL Funds must be received by November 25, 2011
*MINIMUM $550 donation explanation - all you HAVE to raise is the donations and  expenses listed above. We encourage people on our teams to challenge themselves (it's not a competition between team members) to go beyond that minimum donation of $550. 100% of that additional money will go to Kenya Habitat for their house-building program. The more raised, the more houses built, simple as that. And for every person or group you contact for a donation is that many more people that are then aware of the poverty housing issues in Kenya.

So, as you consider your fundraising strategy, put the listed total cost of $2000 or just the $550 donation as the MINIMUM that you want to raise. Even if you could pay for this trip right out of your pocket, we would still encourage you to fundraise at least for the donation portion because that is the number one tool for raising awareness as well. When you tell the story, explain the need, you are letting others know about the challenges of poverty housing in Kenya. And when you do that, donations usually follow. It doesn't need to be an extravagant fundraising strategy. It could be as simple as writing an email to ten of your closest colleagues, friends, and family members, just stating what you're doing and asking them to JOIN you in eliminating poverty housing. Most people appreciate the opportunity. In the end, we hope that you can say you not only raised $xxx, but you also made xxx number of people aware in joining the challenge!!

Ideas on fund/awareness are posted on this site under that heading.

Planning Your Air Travel
Airfares vary depending on your departure city. We have found one agency that has "humanitarian travel" contracts with major airlines, and your Global Village trip MAY qualify. We have used this agency several times for other countries, as have many former participants, and have experienced timely and dependable service. Contact Eldon at Golden Rule Travel at, for a quote, or your own travel agent.

Your itinerary must have you arriving in Nairobi no later than noon on Sunday, January 8. You may need to leave the US on Friday night, Jan 6, in order to meet that time. You are certainly welcome to arrive a day or two earlier.  Doing so would help you feel more rested and adjust to the time difference, before we get going on a very full schedule. If you do arrive early you would be responsible for paying for any extra nights at the hotel, or making and paying for reservations at a different hotel. You would also be responsible for meals and activities.

Your departure from Nairobi can be any time in the morning of Jan 19.   Discuss this with the team leader before arranging your international ticket to/from Kenya.
When arranging your international flights, remember: NO team member can arrive later or depart earlier than the posted itinerary. Your team leader can give you more information.

NOTE:  Make sure that you book your flight under the SAME NAME with the SAME SPELLING as that in your passport - no shortened names or nicknames.