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Kenya has an unrivaled unique combination of interests for any traveler. It is 582,644 sq. km. astride the equator, and unfolds into a diverse topography with a variety of flora, fauna, and cultures. From the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean, with miles of sandy white palm-lined beaches and coral reefs, it extends to the world’s second largest freshwater body, Lake Victoria.

In between is snow capped Mt. Kenya, the Great Rift Valley, and shimmering thorn tree dotted vast savannah teeming with wildlife. The central highland with lush tropical forests also features growth of the world’s richest coffee beans, tea, pineapples, and sugar plantations.

The cultural diversity of Kenya is truly astonishing. While there are vast differences among the 45 ethnic groups, they all share a rich history with the performing arts. Dance and music have been a part of the cultures in this part of the world for thousands of years, and some of these original traditions remain. Theatre has moved from sacred spaces to public spaces, and is one of the most popular tools for political activism, community development, education, and social change.

Our Kenya Programs

Dance for Social Change in Kenya

How can dance save lives? Find out as you collaborate with young people in Nairobi, Kenya using the arts to pass critical social messages to their communities.

Music for Social Change in Kenya

Music is changing lives for the better in the slums of Nairobi. See for yourself as you lead workshops and collaborate with musicians who will change your perspective on music forever.

Theatre for Social Change in Kenya

“You will just be remembering one character, and that character will change your life.” This is Lizzet’s story, and the story of thousands of young people in Nairobi’s slums. See firsthand the incredible power of theatre to change communities for the better.

“Nairobi was such an eye opening experience that will always, always stay with me. I learned so so much, not just about this type of Theatre but about myself and about other people and other cultures. The people out there are amazing. It literally was incredible and honestly life changing and I can’t wait to go back again. If you feel drawn to this programme don’t hold back, just go for it and you won’t regret it.”

“My experience volunteering in Kenya was nothing less than insightful. I was deeply immersed in the Kenyan environment, lifestyle, and culture touring and working in Kenya as if I were a native. The groups we taught and worked with in Nairobi were receptive, attentive and a lot of fun to work with. I hope to go back very soon!”

From the blog

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Alumni Update #2: Bria de la Mare

Is it true that life continues after you return home from abroad?  Will you ever stop craving that one candy they don’t even sell here? These are the things you’re dying to know!  Never fear.  We’ve started asking for updates and…

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Jack Mullen in Kenya Part II

The second half of my time in Nairobi was very different from the first half. A group of around 30 students from Norway came over for something called the Pamoja festival, an annual festival of mainly music. They spent two weeks doing…

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Culture Shock in Nairobi

When I first arrived in Nairobi, Kenya I was greeted with every bit as much culture shock as I had expected and more. To be honest I thought I’d never get used to it. And I was right; I never…

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Theatre Volunteering in Nairobi, Kenya! "A Footstep you’ll never forget"

Just a little over a year ago, Bria de la Mare was returning from a summer experience working with a Theatre for Development group in Kenya through Performing Arts Abroad.  Looking back a year later, she considers the enormity of…

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