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Project Africa

Project Africa is an extraordinary opportunity for senior BSN students to become directly involved in a charity project in Kenya’s Rift Valley, home to an incredibly diverse and abundant ecosystem, yet also to people who live in abject poverty.
Being part of the BSN Project Africa Team involves working extensively on a project which will directly benefit people who are in need whilst providing an opportunity for students to experience Kenya and its people at an authentic level through living and working in the local community and participating in a camel safari.  

Students return home with a greater level of self-confidence and an awareness and appreciation for the world and all it has to offer. Students who have been on Expeditions in the past speak with great fondness for their time in Kenya as they were not only able to get to know the people in our host community very well but they developed a real sense of responsibility and opportunity to make a positive change in the world.
Project Africa has fundraised for, and built classrooms at, Ndege Primary School, a Jungle Gym at Kenana Primary and built and stocked a library at Njoro Orphanage. Students have been able to complete the 80km expedition and residential components of the Gold International Award as well as to enjoy a well-earned rest at Diani Beach, south of Mombasa.

The opportunity to join the Project Africa Team arises for Year 11 students in February, when they are invited to apply to be part of the team.  Team selection is competitive and involves a written submission and interview.  Once accepted, the students work as a team to fundraising €12,000 over fourteen months to pay for the construction projects.  Each student must project manage a profitable, fundraising event to contribute to this financial goal.

The students then spend three weeks of July at the end of Year 12 on expedition - made up of two weeks on the project, five days on a trek and the remainder for 'rest and recouperation' at Diani Beach.