East africa

East Africa immersion


Join us for a mission immersion to experience the JOY of Africa. Learn about the people in Kenya and Tanzania and explore how we are linked to the people of East Africa in the bonds of global solidarity.

Program includes:

  • Pre-trip orientation

  • On-site introduction to the cultural, religious, economic and political realities of Kenya and Tanzania

  • Visit Maryknoll missionaries, hear their stories of working with the people and discover how their work in mission connects with your own mission

  • Meet the people of East Africa and listen to stories of hope and challenge, from the city slums of Nairobi to the rural villages of Tanzania

  • Celebrate with local communities of missionary disciples

  • Engage in pastoral visits with members of Small Christian Communities, street children, HIV/AIDS patients, orphans, school children and more

  • Trip typically begins in Nairobi with a van trip to Tanzania with stops in Arusha, Mwanza and Musoma

  • Includes safari park trip to Ngoro Ngoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park

  • Daily communal prayer, liturgies and theological reflection

  • Post-trip debriefing and reflection

  • Credits for Continuing Education

Trip details and estimated costs:

  • All inclusive in-country accommodations (room, meals and in-country transportation): approximately $3,100 per individual

  • Participants are responsible for air travel to and from Nairobi, Kenya

  • U.S. passports and Visas required

  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccine required

  • Check with your physician regarding any other vaccines

Next immersion trip to East Africa is planned for 2024

What Others have said about this immersion experience

What were the most powerful aspects of this experience?

"The East African spiritual joy amongst their material poverty"

"Visiting with people in their homes and informal settlements"

"I was touched by the openness and hopefulness of the children"

What did you discover about God, yourself, or others?

"This trip pushed me to think more critically about the world around me and also consider other ways of life than the way I was raised"

Based on this trip, how is God inviting you to respond?

I have always had a very clear life plan (college -> grad school -> PhD -> research). However, going on this trip has made me very open to living somewhere else and dedicating my life to something else. Two weeks is not enough and I am not sure any amount of time would be enough, but I absolutely plan to go back.

For more information on this or other immersion trips, please contact Kris East at keast@maryknoll.org or 510-276-5021