Imagine a world in which children are free from poverty, live in happiness and have open access to adequate education. Imagine a world where children, even those born in a disadvantaged part of the world, can be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy for the road ahead. Well, Children’s Humanitarian International (CHI) is working to make this world a reality.
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- Experience an amazing 5-week study abroad trip to Nairobi, Kenya.
- Cost: $5,405 - includes airfare, accommodations, meals, excursions and more!
- Scholarship support offered.
- Dates: July 5, 2016 to August 8, 2016 – dates subject to change +/- 2 days.
- Notable excursions: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Mt. Kenya, Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha.
Are you ready to transform your life? To learn about a new culture? To become a CHI Summer Abroad participant? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are ready to apply for Children’s Humanitarian International’s new five-week summer abroad program that will take 10 Sonoma County high school students to our new CHI Academy in Kenya for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a part of the world that few local residents of any age, let alone teens, have an opportunity to experience.
In addition to seeing much more of life in this developing nation than the typical safari tourist experiences (although the stay in Kenya will definitely include time observing wildlife), you will interact closely with CHI Academy’s Kenyan students whose enthusiasm for education may surprise you.
While in Kenya, participants will study a rigorous morning curriculum. Topics include:
- History of Kenya (including the experience of colonialism)
- Agriculture (as practiced both in Kenya and other developing nations)
- Pastoralism (i.e., East Africa’s traditional cattle-raising subsistence economy)
- The significance of Kenya’s national parks
- Migration from the countryside to the cities and the accompanying rise of slums (a problem common to many developing nations)
- Global humanitarian awareness and service
- A 50-minute daily lesson in Swahili, Kenya’s most widely spoken language
In the afternoon, each participant will be partnered with a CHI Academy teacher to assist in teaching CHI Academy students math, English, history, science and other subjects, as appropriate.
On certain days, students will work on projects around the Academy, including helping build new classrooms, landscaping and installing playground equipment.
Throughout the program, students will make group field trips to a variety of cultural and humanitarian sites around the country, accompanied by qualified staff and volunteers. These will include Nairobi National Museum, Lake Naivasha, the Great Rift Valley, an Internally Displaced Persons Camp, Kibera Slums, safari in Masai Mara National Reserve (part of the same world-famed ecosystem found in Tanzania’s adjacent Serengeti National Park), and a Mt. Kenya hike.
At CHI, we aim to create a passionate group of informed high school students who can bring back to Sonoma County the knowledge of the world they gain and share their experiences with other local students now and with others they meet throughout their lives. It is our goal to build a unique program that can foster a community of returned CHI interns who not only better appreciate and value education, but have a broadened mindset they can use to help develop exciting new ways to tackle poverty here in Sonoma County and around the world.
Upon return home, participants will be offered an important program of meetings and activities over a two-week period. This is an opportunity to come together and talk about their experiences both in Kenya and back in Sonoma County (where they may experience “reverse culture shock”). Meetings will take place three times each week and once during the (middle) weekend. Parents will be encouraged to attend the final meeting.
This portion of the program will help focus and harness the students’ newfound energy and passion for education and humanitarian work. Activities will include journal writing, discussing articles about humanitarian work, outdoor projects, and developing personal plans about how to continue helping make the world a better place.
THE CHI SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAM AIMS TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING IMPACTS ON PARTICIPANTS:
- Increase appreciation for education
- Increase appreciation for their surroundings and the material benefits of life in a developed country like the United States
- Foster academic success in areas such as history, geography, the natural sciences/environment, agriculture, global poverty alleviation, political science, anthropology, and foreign languages and cultures
- Strengthen their understanding of how people live elsewhere on this planet and foster awareness that, in comparison with the people of developing nations like Kenya, Americans are lucky to live in the country they do and that they should never take this good fortune for granted
- Strengthen their resume (for application to colleges and, later, career positions)
- Strengthen their planning and problem-solving skills and their ability to contribute to a team effort
- Nurture their leadership skills and instincts
- Learn to handle challenges, solve problems, appreciate the satisfaction of overcoming hurdles and helping others in significant ways
- Nurture a sense of responsibility and belonging to a much larger community than they had previously realized they were part of
- Foster a realization that individual efforts in service and social action can contribute to effecting change, and that even modest successes in helping make the world a better place are significant because progress, as they will have experienced it, is built one brick at a time