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Other Paths is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization creating world-class leaders through sustainable community development programs in Kenya, East Africa.

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We operate scheduled and on-demand programs for educational organizations, corporate & civic groups, families, and individuals that combine leadership development, team building, service learning, and cultural exchange in the context of international service.

We work with American youth and adults who wish to make a profound difference in the lives of others and, in doing so, create new possibilities for their own lives. At its core, our philosophy is simple: if a person is provided the opportunity to travel far from home to create a positive impact in the lives of others, that person is forever transformed. The thought of creating change in one’s family, neighborhood, or community becomes easier to take on after an Other Paths program, as our volunteers emerge with new-found senses of confidence, self-reliance, and perspectives on what is possible in life.

Our experience has shown that when people participate in our programs, they expand their understanding of how we are all ultimately connected. Our volunteers often establish deep, lasting friendships with the people they meet in the course of our programs. We believe that participating in our international service work provides an opportunity for people to develop or enhance an expansive, egalitarian worldview coupled with a strong sense of one’s own ability to leave a positive mark on the world.

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Integrity — The foundation of all relationships, whether between individuals or among members of a group, is integrity, which we define as inner truthfulness which creates a willingness to be accountable for one’s own thoughts and actions.

Respect — We adhere to the core principle of respect– for one’s self, for others (irrespective of differences), and for the environment– which is evident in the way we conduct ourselves at all times.

Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 12.49.16 PMTeamwork — There is a saying in Africa: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We foster the spirit of collaboration and cooperation as we build community at home and around the world. We truly believe that our future is intertwined with every person and every living thing, and only together will we solve the issues around the world that ultimately affect us all.

Compassion — Compassion is at the heart of everything we do. Giving of one’s self in service to others is central to our life as human beings, and we cultivate kind and caring perspectives in ourselves and others. Through compassion acts, we transform ourselves as well as the world around us.