ARE YOU READY TO GO SERVE?
Canopy Life is thrilled to offer several opportunities a year for individuals, families, and groups to engage face-to-face with the students and staff of Canopy Life Academy. We believe that when people come together to share their stories and experiences, community forms and innovation takes root.
If you’re an entrepreneur, educator, child sponsor, artist, dreamer, adventurer, mentor, or friend, you’re invited to join us on a trip to Canopy Life Academy. While in Kenya, trip participants spend time at the Academy, engaging with the students and staff, participate in service projects to benefit the school and its surrounding community, and take part in Canopy Life’s day-to-day school and family routine. All of our trips are designed with a specific purpose and crafted around the skills and abilities of our team members.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I had to meet the child whose sponsor family I am part of. If you want to learn something new about God and His love for children, I highly encourage you to go serve with Canopy Life!” – Sarah Johnson, Summer Team Member 2015
“Canopy Life is, without a doubt, raising up a generation of world changers who are already impacting the Kingdom of God. You’d be crazy to not want to go meet these kiddos.” – Torrie Braley, Summer Team Member 2015
God is moving in the hearts of Kenya’s future leaders. Come be a part of His work.
- September 26- October 6 ,2019
- January 2020
- March 2020
I AM READY, BUT STILL HAVE LOTS OF QUESTIONS. LIKE…
Who will be joining me on my trip? All trips are led by either Christi Gordy, Canopy Life’s executive director, or Pip Jackson, our Deep Roots Coordinator. They are both experienced travelers to Kenya and are knowledgeable about leading teams through the experience. Teams will be comprised of individuals from various backgrounds, occupations, and geographic locations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That is up to you. We will note that credit cards are not widely accepted, so we suggest bringing $100-200 in cash.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Safety is paramount and Canopy Life staff will do everything possible to ensure your safety. Each team will have a trained leader and a team leader that will be with the team the entire time. Experienced drivers, aware of all transportation routes, communities and hotels, will provide private transportation. As an extra precaution, teams are not permitted to venture out from the hotels/school campus at night. It is important that you stay together as a group, be aware of your surroundings, and keep your valuables secure.
It is important when traveling in a developing nation to use caution in the food and drink you consume. Canopy Life works diligently to select hotels and guesthouses where food is prepared in a safe manner. Having said that, make sure all meat is well cooked. Three meals a day will be provided, however, we suggest that you pack snacks as well. Bottled water will be provided for you each day. It is recommended that you only consume drinks such as bottled sodas and water, drinks made with boiled water such as coffee or tea, or drinks served at our trusted hotels and guesthouses. It is recommended that you do not drink tap water, use it to brush your teeth, or open your mouth in the shower.
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.
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 AND TRAVEL
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.
Actual flight time to Kenya is approximately 20 hours. Total travel time varies depending on connecting flights for your area of the country.
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.
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.
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.
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
A Canopy Life staff member and a driver will be outside the main doors where you claim your bags. They will be wearing a shirt with the Canopy Life logo, or will be holding a Canopy Life sign. As soon as the team gathers all bags, your group will be transported to your lodging for the night. Your driver and Canopy Life staff member will be with you for the duration of your trip.
If the team is small enough to accommodate at the school, they will stay on the Canopy Life campus. Otherwise, Canopy Life teams will stay in hotels and guesthouses selected by our Kenyan staff. These guesthouses are somewhat different from the US, but offer the services we need and are as close as possible to your service destination. The hotels will be very close to the school campus and in some cases are only a short walk away, though transportation will be provided.
This is down time for the team to relax and process what you have experienced during the day. The team will have dinner together, debrief, and regroup for the following day. You will be tired, so plenty of rest is suggested. If your team is staying on the Canopy Life campus, time will be provided after dinner for debrief and rest.