Kenya 2020 tentative trip dates:
June 22nd- July 6th, 2020
estimate historical cost: $4,100
*dates and cost are subject to change depending on flights
Kenya holds a special place in Youthlinc’s history. It was our very first international site! In 2000, a small group of 20 participants worked in a village near Mombasa, Kenya and we have been traveling in Kenya ever since.
This year, the team will be opening a new site on the outskirts of Nakuru, Kenya. Nakuru is a beautiful area known for its farming, wildlife, and national park. The team will be working with the wonderful school community at Muriundu Primary to complete their committee projects, including building a water trench and catchment system to help eliminate classroom flooding. The team will be lodged at Wendo Retreat, an amazing outdoor residential facility that promotes learning, cooperation, responsibility, environmental-awareness, community and resourcefulness through experiential education and adventure challenges.
The team will end their stay at the Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp where they experience elephants, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, impalas, buffaloes, lions, and more on guided safaris.
David Muiru, a Rotarian in the Nairobi Utumishi Rotary Club, is our In-Country Coordinator. Fun fact: He actually met the very first Youthlinc team way back in 2000 and has been helping Youthlinc in one way or another since then. We are grateful for his oversight and continued support over the years!
Director of Gimco Limited
Youthlinc Coordinator since 2001
My name is David Muiru a Kenyan real estate consultant with thirty four years experience in the real estate with a wide range of exposure in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda and a good part of East and Central Africa Regions.
I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in (Land Economics) Upper Second Class Honors obtained from the University of Nairobi in 1985, in addition I earned a Diploma Certificate of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya and honored as a Senior Valuer in Kenya through the award of a Fellowship Certificate of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya.
My involvement in charity began in early 1977 when I joined the first Interact Club of Starehe Boys Centre & School in Nairobi under the initiation of Senior Rotarians Rtn. Prem Patel and Rtn. Ramlal Sharma. In 1989 long after graduating from University of Nairobi, I became a charter Member of the Nairobi Utumishi Rotaract Club and in the same year I joined Nairobi Utumishi Rotary Club.
In 1996, I was requested by now Past District Governor Peter Mbui of Rotary International District 9212, if I could help the late Shirley Michel of Salt Lake City to manage a charitable project on her behalf at the Ngala School for the Deaf in Nakuru through regular visits on and off my way to my home in Nakuru. At the time of my acceptance little did I know what I had gotten myself in.
In the year 2000 a gentleman and a missionary Dr. Vanderhoof of Salt Lake City had contacted me and requested if I could meet and take him to Ngala School for the Deaf on behalf of Shirley Michel and obviously, the answer was yes and so we went.
In the summer of 2001, I participated at the 2001 Rotary International Convention in San Antonio, Texas and during my visit I visited Salt Lake City courteously hosted by Rtn. Dr. Vanderhoof and Rtn. Sue Vanderhoof and the Rotary Club of Holladay in Salt Lake City.
During this visit I was hosted for dinner by Rtn. Judy Zone , the founder of Youthlinc. It was there in her home where I met for the first time the Youthlinc team that would be joining me in Kenya. That began my long journey with Youthlinc. At that time, I did not realize I was going to be its Country Coordinator, my engagement as a volunteer has been to help it with local logistics while in Kenya.
We did five years in Ngala School for the Deaf until 2005; then another five years in Kaaga Special School in Meru from 2006 to 2011. Part of our many achievements in Meru was chartering of the Rotary Club of Meru in 2006. In the year 2012 Judy Zone identified a new site in Kajuki in Tharaka which endured eight years to 2019 of continued Youthlinc support.
It’s a milestone achievement that from 2020, Youthlinc will be hosted in a new site/s in Nakuru under my coordination and the story goes on to infinitum.
I am a family man married to Jane Muiru an Insurance Underwriter at ICEA-LION Company Limited, a father of two boys one of whom is a graduate of Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) at University of Nairobi in 2016 and working for a local insurance company. The second boy is attending university education at Daystar University.
2020 Kenya Co-Team Leader: Brenda Hall
Brenda is super excited to be co-leading the Kenya team this year. It will be her 7th Youthlinc trip! Brenda has been involved with Youthlinc for the past 8 years when her son Jackson had an incredible experience on the 2010 Kenya team. She and her 3 kids joined the Peru Friends and Family team in 2011 and she was hooked from there. Since then she has served on the Youthlinc Board of Directors, as a mentor for the 2015 Kenya team, and as the team leader every year since 2016. She is excited to return to Kenya!
Brenda is a big believer in the Youthlinc model. She has seen it change the lives of not only the Youthlinc participants but also the people they serve locally and internationally. She cherishes relationships that she has made throughout her Youthlinc experiences and is excited to make more this year. She is eager to meet and serve with all of the participants of the Kenya team this service year and promises that it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!
Since graduating from BYU, Brenda has spent the last 30+ years serving in many local organizations including Girl Scouts of Utah, Boy Scouts, Big Brother/Big Sister, Guide Dogs For the Blind, as a coach for several youth sports teams and a leader in various church youth programs.
Brenda keeps busy working as an accountant, being a mom to 3 incredibly talented children, quilting, watching sports, traveling with friends and going to Disneyland.
2020 Kenya Co-Team Leader: Carter Woolf
Carter is very excited to be leading the Kenya team this year! This will be his third time as a Team Leader and his 10th time on a Youthlinc team. He has participated in the service year as a student, Alum Leader, Assistant Team Leader, Real Life Intern, and Mentor. Carter has grown to love this organization and has seen firsthand how much of an impact it can make on people’s lives, both locally and internationally. He can’t wait to experience this incredible journey with everyone in Kenya.
Carter graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Biology and a minor in Spanish. During his time in college, Carter was able to study abroad in Chile and travel around South America, helping him to become fluent in Spanish. He spent three years coordinating an after school program for at-risk teens and is now a middle school teacher at Granite Park Junior High in South Salt Lake. He teaches 7th and 8th grade integrated science, a science class specific to English Language Learners, and Latinos in Action. He absolutely loves going to work every day and thinks that it is the most rewarding job anyone could have.
When he is not teaching or traveling with Youthlinc, Carter enjoys being outdoors as much as possible. His favorite thing is to spend hours in the mountains running long distances and training for trail marathons. He also enjoys back-country skiing, biking, climbing, photography, camping, and spending time with his family, friends, and his favorite running buddy, his dog, Stella.
2020 Kenya Assistant Team Leader: Theo Moss
Theo Moss is currently a first-year student at Salt Lake Community College. Theo first got involved with Youthlinc in 2017 when he participated in his first service year experience to Peru. Even though he swore he didn’t have time for another trip, he traveled with Youthlinc again the following year as an Alum Leader to Guatemala. He’s excited to make it three years running this upcoming year as an Assistant Team Leader in Kenya. Aside from service work, Theo loves spending time in coffee shops, going on sunset drives, and listening to music much too loud for his own good. He can often be found at a variety of cafes (either doing homework or with friends), on Wasatch Boulevard watching the sunset, or in bed sleeping.