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Trip Cost – FAQ
How Much Will My Trip Cost?
Trips to Canopy Life Academy cost approximately $3,500. We will assist you with resources to help you fundraise and build the support system you need.
When are the deadlines for funds to be in?
There is a deposit of $250 at the time of your application being accepted. 50% of funding is due 60 days before your trip. 100% of funding is due 45 days before your trip.
Is the money raised in fundraising tax exempt?
Yes! Canopy life is an official 501c3. Any funds/donations to your trip will be made on the Canopy Life site, putting your name in the trip participate memo area. Checks should be made out to Canopy Life Academy and mailed to Canopy Life | PO Box 500942, Atlanta, GA 31150.
If I have to cancel, can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, no. Canopy Life Academy is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization so we are unable to refund donations. Any cancellation will incur the loss of your deposit.
What is covered in the cost of my trip?
The cost of the trip includes round-trip airfare, international medical insurance, lodging, project materials, meals and bottled water, translators, and ground transportation in Kenya. A safari is included at the end of the trip.
Do I need to obtain a visa prior to the trip?
Visas are required for Kenya and can be purchased online. We will provide you with step by step instructions on this process. The cost is $50.00 per visa and exact change is recommended. This is not included in the cost of your trip.
How much spending money should I bring?
That is up to you. We will note that credit cards are not widely accepted, so we suggest bringing $100-200 in cash.
Will I have the opportunity to shop?
Shopping time is planned into each itinerary. Limited souvenirs can also be purchased at the airport upon departure.
HEALTH & SAFETY – FAQ
Will I be safe?
Do I need immunizations?
Although there are currently no required immunizations for
What do I need to know about the food and water?
It is important when
What if I don’t know the language?
There will always be a Canopy Life staff member or translator who will assist your group. If we are visiting a community, a translator will assist our group. We do encourage you to learn some Swahili to connect with the students, as this means a lot to them. However, we are also trying to teach English to our students and the more practice they get through their interactions with you the better.
Can I give my personal contact information to the people I meet?
Personal contact information should not be given to anyone. We do encourage building relationships; so if you would like to communicate with individuals you meet, please send letters to the Canopy Life PO Box and we will deliver them for you. It is important to understand that once your personal contact information is exchanged, it may be distributed to others in the community in search of unhealthy Western support.
PACKING & TRAVEL – FAQ
Do I need to obtain a visa prior to the trip?
Visas are required for Kenya and can be purchased upon arrival in the Nairobi airport. The cost is $50.00 per visa and exact change is recommended. This is not included in the cost of your trip.
How long does it take to get to Kenya?
Actual flight time to Kenya is approximately 20 hours. Total travel time varies depending on connecting flights for your area of the country.
How many bags can I bring?
Airline baggage allowances vary. We ask that you pack your personal items into one bag to be checked, weighing no more than 50 lbs. You are also allowed two, small carry-on bags. Please do not pack gifts or items of clothing to be left. Baggage regulations change from time to time. Airline websites offer current baggage restrictions.
Why does Canopy Life prohibit giving of any sort?
We prohibit giving in order to protect the health of the relationships in our communities. Canopy Life has a strict policy of NO individual giving of any kind. Adherence to this policy is crucial to the success of our school culture.
What will the weather be like?
The weather in Africa is generally warm; however, it varies significantly depending on the season. It can sometimes be rainy and the evenings can be cool, so please be prepared with a light sweater or jacket.
Do I need an electrical adapter?
All electrical items in Kenya run on 210/220v plug. An adapter will be needed to plug in your accessories. Many of the newer rechargeable cameras, laptops, etc. will operate on both 110 and 220. Some items such as hair dryers can be changed from one voltage to the other. If not, a converter will also be needed to change the voltage. Hair dryers are not provided in the hotels, so please plan accordingly