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Kenya is a multitribal Country and has a rich cultural and Community homestay experience.Chaz Tours and Travel has started a Rural Village  Homestays package in Kenya Cultural Community Villages which is best placed for those who would want to Volunteer their skills to various communities in different expertise that will alleviate poverty or improve the skills for the rural folk while living amongst the indigenous communities rural inhabitants.
 

Your Homestay Placement with Chaz Tours and Travel

This holiday homestay is operated by Chaz Tours and Travel which is a Destination Management Company / Tour operator, licensed in Kenya and based in Nairobi,Kenya. We are able to provide expert local knowledge since we are in Kenya and understand the communities behavior well. We will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus Cost of your homestay.

Why Rural Village Kenya Homestays?

Clients will be emerged into the daily scores and activities of the rural hosts or community projects. With the help of host families, who will be the facilities for entry into a different culture, clients will feel what it is like to be part of a family member and a Community in Kenya.The communities will gain by sharing their daily livelihood experience with people from different cultures while upholding personal and cultural dignity,leaning new skills from the Voluntourists and donations from the willing sponsors of Community projects that generate employment amongst the rural populace. Daily food is largely obtained from the peasant farms of the hosts or bought from local, small-scale sellers, who often provide this service as the sole source of income for themselves and their families, thus creating employment within the community.

 Chaz Tours and Travel rural homestay packages offers a first-hand experience of Rural Kenyan African life currently. We place our clients with hosts who have extended family in a rural Kenya Villages,who emerse them into family life within the community that you live amongst.The participants are not regarded as visitors but as members of the host communities. As members of the family, clients will be expected to take part in daily activities and chores which include;Harding cattle, harvesting, weeding, food preparations, cookings, teaching in the local schools or rendering services and skills within the host community.This will avail our clients with the opportunity to immerse in Kenya African Cultural and Community experience which will bond clients with the families and the communities, thereby making a firm and lasting relationships.

Upon arrival at your Village Kenya Homestay

On arrival in the area, you may also need to visit the local chief as a matter of respect and courtesy. During your entire stay, you will not only be assimilating a Kenyan African culture, but you will have plenty of opportunity to ask about the aspects of culture that you are witnessing, such as the importance and etiquette associated with greetings, the use of titles of respect in an African language, the significance of body language and eye contact. Each homestay is preceded by a debriefing with our staff who will explain what such a stay involves (including culturally, socially or politically appropriate and inappropriate behavior), as well as give you the opportunity to meet your host and ask any questions you might have about the stay.

The impact of these packsges to visitors and their host families and the communities

Many of our visitors have been coming to Africa to the Game Sanctuaries, but now the dynamics are changing from Wildlife to Cultural abd community based tourism. In view of this Victoria Safaris have since packaged this New Tourism Adventure.Visitors opto live with rural families within their habitat and this has impacted positively on the home environments of our clients, who have since learnt to appreciate the value of tarmac roads, running water, cooking gas and electricity through their experiences in some rural areas and homesteads.We bring visitors in touch with local rural people.

Our hosts are indegenous of the rural areas of placements. This gives them an opportunity to portray, in a realistic and balanced way, the beauty and the challenges of rural life. We use our hosts as our guides who have had many years of experience in hosting visitors and are trained in our own human relationship training methodology.

Chaz Tours and Travel commitment with rural homestays is imparting skills to the Rural populace, creating an income-generating opportunity, not only for the host/guide, but also for his or her extended family and to the wider community. Irespective of Kenaya’s good economic growth, rural areas still lag very far behind the more obvious urban growth, suffering from poor infrastructure, very high rates of unemployment and inadequate access to meaningful economic activity. The secondary benefit of this kind of exposure is that people, who are not formally educated and believe they do not have anything to offer the world, begin to value their own languages and lifestyles as something that other people want to know about and learn from. This, in itself, is a significant contributor to the building of self-worth,value of African personhood, culture and life style.

Daily Programmes

We do not have a day to day itinerary for rural homestays since every homestay stay is different in its daily activities. Clients will have to emmerse themselves into daily common activities of the host families, unless she or he has some skills to offer or an attachment to a community project.

Morning Activities;

clients expect to be woken by the crows of the family cock and start the daily chores which include; These include the early morning tasks of opening for the checkens to walk and fetch their feeds within the homesteads,cooking breakfast and eating breakfast with the family members, fetching water, going to attend to the farms, harding cattle for boys,chopping or fetching fire wood for girls,lighting a fire to cook and boil the water for washing.

Mid Day Activities;

During the mid day, Clients are expected to spend time playing with the children while learning the local language, walking in the village visiting,helping in the food garden or field,harding cattle, visiting the local market, attending a funeral,riding a bicycle within the village, helping in building infrastructures,helping to prepare the evening meal, participating in the local traditional songs, rhymes and dances which the villagers will teach you.

Evening Activities:

In many parts of Kenya, various communities practice community celebrations,you will witness community celebrations if they occur during the time of your homestay.

These include;

Burials 

Clients will witness how the grave is prepared and how the coffin is interred so as to adhere to traditional cultural practices.Funerals are a major community event, they start with a vigil the night before the funeral,lasting the whole night and ending with a Village community meal.

Circumcision Rituals-

Within some communities in Kenya, you will witnes the circumcission ceremonies when the young men prepare for circumcission ceremony, what it takes and after when those who have been circumcised come out of isolation and their parents slaughter a cow to honor their coming of age. This will be an opportunity for you to talk with the young men about what this events means for them.

Village Sports Events-

Clients are expected to participate in either taking part in village sports or sponsoring the same or both.

Voluntourism Special Visits to the Game Reserves and National Game Parks -

Special visits may include a trip to a game reserve such as the Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Mombasa Beaches, Lake victoria, and other historical sites. If you are placed to a community project which requires your skills or you wish to gain some skills from,then you will be able to try your hand at these activities. A visit to the local Township may also be possible.

Period of Homestays wthin the community

This will be restricted to a maximum of 3 months as per the usual initial Tourist Visa provisions, but extention of stay can be arranged with the immigration department depending on one’s contributions to the developments of the community.

Costs for Homestays in Kenya

The costs for staying amongst the community depends on one’s contribution to the community projects, placement and daily upkeep. Chaz Tours and Travel has no fixed costs for homestay, but rather request its clients to customize their homestay.