Kenya - Oyugis Communities

October 13 - October 28, 2018

Trip Code:  KE1018
Team Size:  22 (Team Status)
Application Due Date:  July 10, 2018
Acceptance Notification by July 15, 2018
Team Leadership: Anne-Marie Summerhays
Minimum Donation Amount: $3,880

Note: Applying for a team does not guarantee acceptance. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application in the estimated date notification.


Since 2007 Project Helping Hands has been sending teams to Oyugis an area of West Central Kenya the rapidly growing commercial and financial center of the Rachuonyo South District in Western Kenya.

Our team Leader Anne-Marie Summerhays is leading her tenth team to the region. PHH volunteers teach community health and education. PHH provide health, dental, and vision services with a set up a week-long clinic that serve, in he past, over 1000 patients.

The Oyugis, October 2018 trip is a continuation of our work in this region.

Trip Details

The team will arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport late in the evening.  Once the team has cleared customs  they will be transported to a nearby guest house where they will spend their first night in Kenya.  The following morning you will load back into the vans and be transported into the community of Oyugis which will serve are your home base for the majority of your time in Kenya.

The team will walk from the hotel in Oyugis each day out and back to the clinic site at "Hope Station", wich is about a 2.5 mile walk each direction. We will be providing healthcare to the orphans and education to the community, including a local school and possibly an orphanage.    

Near the end of the trip the team will be transported to the great rift valley and meet the "Masai Mara National animal Reserve " also known by the locals as The Mara, is a large animal reserve in Narok County. People will experience a Safari.

The final day the team is transported back to Nairobi for their flights home.

Skill Requirements

The primary focus for this team is to provide general health care and health education services. We seek licensed health care professionals including but not limited to the following!

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Dentists
  • RN's
  • Occupational Therapists
  • EMS Personnel
  • Student Nurses
  • Interpreters
  • Non-Medical Support Personnel

We welcome both medical and non-medical volunteers with a spirit of adventure and determination to partake in a culturally sensitive growth opportunity while helping others in need of our services.  Above all you must be willing to work as a team for the common goal of our mission!

Trip Rating

This trip require a level of fitness to be able to participate in the activities as describe:

  • Amount of in-country travel:  The team will be staying at the same Hotel in the town during the duration of the trip. The team will walk approximately 2.5 miles to the clinic site . You must be in good condition to do this daily walk.
  • Sleeping arrangements: Team members will stay at a hotel in Oyugis where bedding is supplied.
  • Running water, electricity and AC: Running water and electricity will be available but may be intermittent at times. Internet service is possible but not guaranteed. AC will not be available.
  • Physical requirements:  The physical activity level for this team is rated at Moderate. Team members should be able to tolerate hot and humid weather. (temperatures average between 85 & 95 degrees) Team members may be asked to assist in lifting heavy luggage and must walk to and from the clinic site each day (sometimes in rainy/muddy conditions)

Provided by Project Helping Hands

  • Round trip Domestic Airfare (from a major airport, does not include regional airports)
  • Round trip International Airfare (From USA departure point to destination country)
  • All in-country air and ground transportation (All transportation while in our host country)
  • All applicable VISA fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • International Travel Insurance
  • All meals and drinking water while in our host country (does not provide for specialized diets such a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free)
  • Housing while in our host country (Varies depending on specific trip from Hotels to School house floors to camping)
  • Project Helping Hands team deployment package (shirt, name tag,luggage tag, trip of purpose letter)
  • Transportation, meals and any fees associated with the one day sightseeing activity on the teams day off 

Not Provided by Project Helping Hands

  • Airline baggage fees 
  • Meals or lodging in the USA due to a forced layover
  • Passport Fees
  • Fees associated with vaccinations or malaria prophylaxis
  • Personal Gear
  • Personal choice food or snacks either home or acquired within destination country
  • Any costs  incurred outside of Kenya.


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