Kenya 2019 tentative trip dates:
June 9th – June 25th, 2019
estimate historical cost: $3,900
*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. For the first few years, we served at the Ngala School for the Dear in Nkuru, Kenya. After that we connected with Sister Mary who invited us to work in Kiamuri, Kenya. In 2012, we opened our current site in Kajuki, Kenya, thanks to the vision of the late Father Joe and the Rotary Community Corps. Since then, Youthlinc teams have carried out committee work and various construction projects (e.g. classrooms, dormitories, vocational training centers, chicken coops, etc.) in Kajuki and the surrounding villages.
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!
Kenya is also home to breathtaking wildlife. Did you know that the team always ends their stay at the Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp where they go on an afternoon and morning safari? You will be able to see elephants, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, impalas, buffaloes, and if you get lucky you might even see a lion!
2019 Kenya Team Leader: Kevin Biddle
If you’ve ever come into Trader Joe’s you’ve probably seen me. I’ve been there for 15 years and couldn’t love what I do any more than I do. I have a wife and 3 kids (one of which has been on a Youthlinc trip and one who will be going on a trip soon). One of my biggest strengths as a leader is I never get stressed. I work in a chaotic environment and love it. Plans change all the time with a Youthlinc trip and being able to go with the flow and make the best out of any situation is what I do best. One thing I enjoy about Youthlinc is something that I carry over from Trader Joe’s. While we are in country we will work very hard but we will have a lot of fun while we do it. Making the experience enjoyable for the students is my main goal. If they can come back having had an overall good experience it will make it more likely that serving others is something that they will want to continue in the future.
A few years ago my daughter told me she wanted to go on a Youthlinc trip to Cambodia but only wanted to go if I went with her. I knew very little about Youthlinc at the time but was excited for the opportunity to have this experience with my daughter. I signed as a mentor and absolutely fell in love with everything that Youthlinc had to offer. Getting to know the students on the team throughout the year and then being able to share this life changing opportunity with them was special. Getting to know the people of Cambodia and being able to serve them taught me so much about myself that I came back truly changed. After returning from Cambodia I knew that being involved with Youthlinc was something I wanted to continue. The following year I became a team leader for a trip to Nepal. I lead a team full of some of the best kids I’ve ever known. The students that sign up for Youthlinc are all good kids with even better intentions. The trips are life changing but getting to know the students and see them grow is the best part for me. This year is Kenya and I’m looking forward to having another successful trip with a lot of hard work, fun times and more life changing experiences for everyone.
2019 Kenya Assistant Team Leader: Macie Boyle
Macie is a junior at USU pursuing her bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in anthropology. Her love for people and fascination with different cultures led to her involvement with Youthlinc in 2012 as a student on Team Kenya. She then participated again in 2013 on the Vietnam F&F team, and a third time as a mentor on the Guatemala team in 2017. In addition to her involvement with Youthlinc, Macie has also volunteered with a nonprofit in Romania, served a religious mission in Bolivia, and studied abroad in Europe.
Macie is excited for the opportunity to be an ATL because it means she’ll get to work closely with students whose shoes she was in seven years back. She looks forward to assisting others in their own life-changing experiences with Youthlinc, both locally and internationally. She is thrilled to be returning to Kenya this summer, joined by her husband and mother on their very first Youthlinc trip.