Rift Valley Adventures is not especially interested in supporting a “stand-alone” community service activity, such as painting classrooms. While such an enterprise may have some value to the participants’ community, by itself it rarely meets the essence of Service Learning. However, there are some projects that would not be accomplished without the manual labour, expertise or funding of the visiting group of students and teachers.
It is important to note that we only undertake these projects if several key conditions are met:
The project accomplishes a goal that comes from the local community.
The project adds to the quality of life for a broad spectrum of the local residents.
The project has some sustainable, long term impact.
It is very likely that the project would never likely be accomplished without the assistance of the visiting participants.
The participants have a clear understanding of the nature of the project and agree, in so far as possible, to work to complete it while in the country.
Case Study: Irura School ICT Development Program
Rift Valley Adventures has been working in collaboration with various international schools to improve school infrastructure and the overall level of education over the past 5 years. RVA committed to assisting Irura Primary School to initiate ICT education through the construction of an ICT lab, which has been completed. In partnership with the International School of Kenya, ACS Singapore, and George Heriots School in Scotland we have established ICT learning across all taught subjects and ensured ICT literacy for all 200 students.This was the first school within the location to have ICT as part of their school educational system.
Tanzania: Heshima Community Centre
Heshima is located in Kisongo, a rural village about 16km outside Arusha, Tanzania. This village largely serves the Maasai Community. Sadly, Maasai people often face discrimination and prejudice and find it difficult to get good jobs. Heshima is a local charity that provides support to the community by offering children a good start to life and school and offering mothers training and skills to enable them to make an income and become more independent. RVA is partnering with Heshima to provide opportunities for students from overseas to participate in various projects implemented by Heshima. You will learn more about Tanzania’s beautiful people and their strong culture, and make a contribution to their work and their children’s education.
Conservation in Action
By getting involved in “Conservation at Work” you can help contribute to desperately needed wildlife and conservation projects in some of the most endangered eco systems around the world. Your visit provides funds for local communities and practical assistance on conservation projects such as maintaining rhino and chimpanzee sanctuaries, forest restoration and natural habitat protection.