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Other Paths welcomes participants ages 15 – 18 to to join our experienced staff for life-changing opportunities to work on community development initiatives in rural Kenya.

Our comprehensive, service-learning approach enables program participants to develop leadership skills through teamwork and cultural exchange. This program inspires young people to reach beyond themselves and discover their true potential.

We partner with high schools to implement programs that map to requirements for senior projects, community service-based credits toward graduation, or established service learning curricula. Our high school programs run for a full calendar year beginning in the Spring and follow these steps:

1. Identification and Selection of Participants – We interview student participants and adults (parents, teachers, counselors, etc.) involved in their personal development. We introduce them to the general goals of the program, its commitment level, and our overall approach.
2. Program Intake – In this phase, we provide program participants and adult sponsors with details on the expectations of the program, including the curriculum, timeline, and key events throughout the program cycle.
3. Program Kick-off – During kick-off, we stress fund raising, project planning, team-building exercises.
4. Outdoor Experience Sessions – The purpose of these outdoor experience sessions is to provide participants with opportunities to grow as leaders and team members through structured wilderness activities, such as hiking, snowshoeing, winter camping, and conservation activities.
5. Local Service Projects – We partner with local non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and participate in a minimum of two local projects prior to our international service trip. We stress the value of teamwork, being coachable under work conditions, and maintaining perspective on the needs of local communities.
6. International Travel Workshops – Through these, participants and their sponsors learn about international travel and skills useful in our service areas, such as:

7. Project-related Skills Workshops – Every year, we typically perform a range of tasks related to clean water, sanitation, and other public health issues in our service area. Our skills workshops offer participants training in the various tools and techniques we will be utilizing during our service activities. It is essential that participants be able to teach others what they have learned in these workshops.

8. Two-week Service Trip – Program participants travel with Other Paths leaders and adult volunteers to Kenya for a two-week service project, during which we fulfill one or more project goals set during the prior planning phases. Student teams work alongside adult volunteers and local area residents to contribute to construction efforts, lead small workshops, and make presentations to the community.

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DSC_0755After our work days are complete, our student team spends three days in one of Kenya’s world-renowned national parks for an unforgettable safari experience. Whether photographing the elephant herds at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli, watching the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara, or observing the endangered black rhino near Lake Nakuru, our group is treated to an amazing finish to an incredible journey.

Most of our service project fees, including airfare, accommodations, and other expenses, are tax-deductible. Visit our FAQ page for more information.

If you are a student, educator or parent and are interested in implementing an Other Paths program at your school or organization, please contact us today!