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Royal Rangers

Kenya Pathfinder Missions Trip

Fri, 05 May 2017 - 3:23 PM CST

November 3-11, 2017

The National Royal Rangers Office will be hosting a missions construction trip to Kenya as part of our 2017-2018 Catapult missions emphasis. We would be excited to have you on our team-couples are welcome! We will be traveling to Kenya in November to finish the first floor of the East Africa Royal Rangers Training Center. We expect to tile floors, paint walls, build bunk beds, run electrical conduit on the main building, and construct metal or block walls on a secondary building. We leave the USA on November 3, 2017 and return on November 11, 2017. To keep this trip as affordable as possible, we will be handling the costs once in Kenya, but you are responsible to book your own plane ticket and visa.

In Kenya the cost is $850. This includes hotels, meals, water, and snacks for job site as well as medical insurance and transportation while we are in Kenya. Pay this to Royal Rangers. You can pay this all at once or in three payments (see the schedule below).

You are responsible to purchase your round-trip plane ticket from the airport nearest you to Nairobi and back. You also are responsible for your tourist visa to get into the country as well as any incidentals, such as souvenirs, meals while flying to and from Kenya, or extra's you may want while we are in Kenya. Information on purchasing your plane ticket and tourist visa are below. Please do this as early as you can. Ticket prices go up as you get closer to your date if they are even available. Airlines book up! The earlier you buy a ticket the more secure your space is.

If you don't pay the total $850 up front, you will need to send a $300 deposit to secure your place as the team is limited to the first 30 people. Important travel details are supplied below

In order to participate in this trip, you will need to carefully follow the steps below:

  1. Passport: You will need a current passport with at least 6 months of validity left from our travel month (November). This means your passport must have an expiration date of May 15, 2018 or beyond, or you will need to apply for a new one. If you need to renew or do not already have passport, please use this link to get started: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html. Please send us a copy of the photo page of your passport with the Pathfinder Mission's Application.
  2. Deposit: A $300 deposit is required with your application to secure your place on the team. (This is part of the $850)
  3. Additional Payments: The second payment ($300) is required by July 24, 2017. The final payment ($250) is required by September 30, 2017.
  4. Vaccinations: The only vaccination that is recommended (but is not required) for Kenya is Yellow Fever. Please consult with your doctor or a travel health clinic if you have questions or concerns about travel to Kenya.
  5. Insurance: Included in your payment is mandatory medical insurance provided through the MAPS Office for this trip that will cover the 9 days from November 3 to November 11, 2017. This is in addition to your regular health insurance; it does not replace your insurance. Please review the 3 attached insurance documents. You will want to print and carry the MissionAssure-Travel Card.
  6. MAPS Forms: You will need to read the Code of Conduct and Assumption of Fisk forms. Then, complete and sign the attached "Team Member Signature" form and return to me.
  7. Visa: Once you have your passport, you will need to purchase a $50 tourist visa for Kenya that covers our dates (Nov 3-11, 2017) via this link: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html. Please send me confirmation that you have completed the tourist visa process.

Plane Tickets: Ticket prices to Kenya range from $1,250 to $1,450 per person. Please book early! This will get you the best price and ensure the flight does not sell out! When booking your tickets, be sure to fly through Heathrow (London) or Amsterdam as instructed below so you can meet with the rest of the team. If you are unsure or don't understand, please call us; don't assume.

You will need to book tickets from your starting point (nearest or best airport for you) to Nairobi, Kenya (airport code NBO) via either London Heathrow (LHR) or Amsterdam (AMS). Leave the USA by November 3 and connecting on November 4 on either:

British Airways flight: BA 65 - departing London at 10:05 AM on Nov 4 and arriving in Nairobi at 9:30 PM the same day (this is approx. and 8 1/2 hour flight) (on this option you will meet Karl Fleig and part of the team in London)

OR

KLM flight: KL 565 - departing at 11:45 AM on Nov 4 and arriving in Nairobi at 9:50 PM the same day (8 hour flight) (on this option you will meet missionary Andy Whitman and part of the team in Amsterdam)

Both groups will arrive in Nairobi within 20 mins of each other but on different airlines. We will all join together at the airport for the rest of our time in Kenya. If you need help understanding the connection in Heathrow or Amsterdam, please call us. This is important!

This is going to be a great experience. Karl is excited about what we are going to accomplish over there as well as getting to spend time with you. Please begin praying for this trip now. Let's get ready. It's going to be a great adventure!

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