Rams in Kenya is an annual trip to the schools in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya, which invites Derby County fans, Derby County Community Trust supporters or simply anyone with an interest to take on the trip of a lifetime and improve life for children in the project’s five partner schools.

The 2019 trip saw over 50 volunteers go overseas and help those in need. There are no formal skills required whatsoever on the trip, just a dedication to helping and getting stuck in. This year’s youngest volunteers were 8-year-old twins, and the eldest 78, showing that you can take part regardless of age, job or skill set.

This year’s trip was the eighth visit to Nakuru, and volunteers at Ungana improved classroom facilities and ensured the safety of the school grounds by relocating debris to be used as a speed bump outside. They also pioneered a new moveable partition wall with ‘Botl Blox’. The same style wall was also installed at Cherish school, where pupils there benefitted from education on sexual health and hygiene too, as well as taking part in recreational activities including a sports day and learning to crochet.

At Mama Kerry, facilities throughout the school were improved with new flooring inside and new sports areas outside, along with maintenance tasks to fix pipes and guttering. Volunteers helped with teaching and making the school more welcoming with new paintwork. At Jubilee new equipment was provided for the kitchen and classrooms and these were decorated. Teachers were helped through sharing the workload of educating the children across the project.

At our new partner school, Chaddy Mission, the team helped demolish timber and tin classrooms and replace them with brick ones, along with providing new kitchenware. They also brought musical activity into the school.

Volunteers also get the opportunity to take part in the Rift Valley Adventure Day which is a visit to the Nakuru National Safari, Thompson Falls and The Equator. There is also the chance to visit the Menengai Crater, an elephant orphanage and the giraffe manor in Nairobi.

Facilitated by African Adventures, the trip benefits the Derby County Community Trust and also the impoverished areas around Nakuru, in Kenya.

Every volunteer is tasked with raising the below amounts which cover flights, transfers, accommodation and three meals per day, plus a contribution towards the Community Trust’s programmes at home and the Kenyan school projects.

Any volunteers aged under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian unless permission is granted from the trip organiser.

You can now sign up for Rams in Kenya 2020!

  • Two-week option = £2,730 per person – departing 16th May 2020*
  • One-week option = £2,030 per person – departing 23rd May 2020*

A full information breakdown can be downloaded here and you can sign up directly through the African Adventures website.

If you have ever considered or wanted to do something like this, please get in touch and come along to our  information meeting on Wednesday 18th December, from 7.00-8.30pm at Pride Park Stadium.