Volunteering Abroad with the Anne Kent Taylor Foundation

Our trip was booked through Anne Kent Taylor, a high end tour agency. But in addition to great safari tours, she runs a foundation that focuses on sustainable development in the Maasai Mara. She has many initiatives that she works on including biogas, anti-pouching, youth development and food programs. She is such an incredible woman and I was so happy to meet her and learn about her programs.

During our time here, we visited a few of her programs and learned a little bit more about what she was working on. My personal favorite was visiting the rural school with healthy food programs and English classes. It was a small 2 room school house with almost 100 students and only 3 teachers. But Anne explained that they were making huge strides in the children’s education by feeding them 2 meals a day. Many of the kids came to school hungry or hadn’t eaten since the previous school day, which really hinders their ability to learn. So by providing them with a fortified porridge breakfast, the children get their daily vitamins but also the energy they need to focus in school. These children had such bright smiles and they were all so excited to see us. They even sang a little song for us! It was a wonderful experience to see that our money wasn’t just going to touring, but also supporting the development of a local community.

 

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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