30 Elephants is a company that takes children under the age 17 on life changing, glob trotting trips. The creator of the company Tashi Harrow sums up the company:
“We take groups of children no larger than 10 at a time to various cities and countries around the world. We explore the language, customs, foods, clothing, and people of these countries, as well as national landmarks. We only take 10 children at a time because it is a small enough group to give each child the proper amount of attention and answer any and all questions they may have. We group the trips with similar ages so there will not be 8 -9 yr olds on trips with 16-18 yr olds that way the activities can be structured around the particular group that is going. This will not be a random vacation for children, but an educational and inspirational journey. These kids learn that the word “different” is not a bad word.
We here at Thirty Elephants Ltd. find that this program provides an amazing opportunity for the youth of today. If you think about how upon graduating from high school at the age of 16 or 17 you are expected to then go on to a university and pick out subject that you want to be involved in for the remainder of your life. I am not sure about you but I don’t know many 16 yr olds capable of picking out what they want to do for the day let alone for the next 15 years of their life.”
The really great thing is that it is freeeeeeeeeeeeee for the kids! The children fundraise each year for every trip, and this year they are going to Kenya! Last year they went to Kenya and they helped to build a school, learn the ways of the Maasai people, and enjoy the animals!
30 Elephants has taken children to Japan, Malaysia, and this is their second trip to Kenya. One of the sponsors who happens to be my youngest sister, is doing a fundraiser for her portion of the trip. So we would like to help her out. Here is her fundraising link: www.gofundme.com/30elephantchaperon
Now let’s learn a bit about Kenya!
Airfare: From Atlanta to Nairobi it is $952.73 round trip on a few different airlines such as Delta and KLM. I did a 90 day advance fare.
Transportation: To get around in Kenya you take a Lorry
Currency: In Kenya the Shilling rules although in some rural villages goats and cows still get the job done.
Language: Most of the people in Kenya speak Swahili, some of the elders in the villages still speak tribal languages such as Maa
Hotel: There are several to choose from depending on the type of experience you want to have. The 30 Elephants crew chooses to stay in tents in the Maasai Mara in South Narok with the Maasai people. This enables them to take in the full experience of being present to absorb all that Kenya has to teach them.
If you want to go an option is the Fairmont Mara hotel. It runs about $900 a night USD but on orbitz right now it is going for $263:-)