Overview

Kuchanga Travel places volunteers with opportunities in schools, orphanages, wildlife conservation and community programs in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe & South Africa. Our summer programs use your skills to help communities. We also arrange great adventures for you while you travel abroad!

Kuchanga Travel specializes in connecting teens and young adults with life-changing volunteer programs serving public health, agriculture, business and economic development, technology, orphan care, education, and animal conservation throughout Africa during the summer. Kuchanga complements high school students' and college students' community service experience with amazing eco-adventures to suit any taste - hiking, white-water rafting, safaris, river cruises, and much more. Overnight summer programs are available in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, but students may also create their own itinerary for personal, family, nonprofit, corporate, or faith-based trips!

High School and College teens and young adults have the opportunity to spend their summers volunteering abroad. Kuchanga offers residential/overnight summer programs for volunteer opportunities in Africa, facilitating lasting, mutually-beneficial relationships between peers and communities in the United States and Africa. Kuchanga focuses on connecting summer volunteers with projects benefiting women, children, and entrepreneurs. It has been shown that when these groups in particular gain access to more social capital, more education, and more opportunity, their entire society benefits.

Uganda is Africa condensed, with the best of everything the continent has to offer packed into one small but stunning destination. Uganda is home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the Mountains of the moon in the Rwenzori National Park. It is the source of the mighty Nile, and around Jinja offers the best white-water rafting in the world. Teen and young adult volunteers in Uganda will either participate in the Ugandan Jewish Community Teaching & Outreach Program or the Bupala Education and Community Outreach Project. These programs may involve for you teaching, Ugandan cooking lessons, white water rafting, a wildlife safari, gorilla trekking, and tours of a coffee plantation.

Tanzania is East Africa's largest country, and an immensely rewarding place to visit. The plains of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, with its idyllic palm-fringed beaches and historic Stone Town. High school and college-aged volunteers in Tanzania will participate in the Maasai Tribe Teaching and Building Project. They will spend 10 days volunteering with a Maasai community in Mto wa Mbu, building a classroom, teaching, and helping in the women's beading project. Last, they'll end with a 4 day safari in one of the greatest wildlife meccas on earth.

Students volunteering in Kenya may choose from three projects. the Limuru Community Teaching and Orphanage Project involves getting a taste of Kenyan culture, cuisine, and learning a bit of Swahili while working with teachers to enhance the learning environment in orphanages and preschools, and supporting community projects such as cooking, cleaning, chopping wood, gardening, and refurbishments. Volunteers for the Limuru Medical Hospital and Orphanage Project gain medical experience under the supervision of qualified doctors and nurses at local hospitals and public health centers, assist in orphanages and preschools, help improve facilities, and get a taste of Kenyan culture. High school volunteers for the Maasai Mara Wildlife Research and Conservation Project will be involved in exciting conservation and wildlife activities in a spectacular Maasai Mara conservancy area. They will learn more about lion, elephant, and cheetah species through research and monitoring.

Zambia is one of the most beautiful, friendly, and diverse countries on the continent. Zambia's national parks boast some of the best safari opportunities in the world, while its bustling cities offer a taste of modern and traditional culture. Volunteers in the Livingstone Teaching & Community Development Project will spend mornings in one of six community schools that cater to orphaned and vulnerable children. Afternoons are spent helping the local community with various projects.

South Africa boasts coastal regions, arid desert lands, mountain ranges, and stunning wildlife reserves. High school and college volunteers may choose from two projects. Volunteers in the St. Lucia Vulnerable Children & Family Support Project will provide vital support in Orphan Day Care centers, and assist in HIV/AIDS and Family Support Groups. Participants in the BBYO Passport Jewish South Africa Journey take part in a 3-week experience combining safari, service, and programming with local Jewish teens from Cape Town. They will learn about the achievements of the anti-apartheid movements, make a different volunteering at a local school, and come face-to-face with the "Big Five" and exotic wildlife of all kinds.

Teach, train, mentor, build and create lasting relationships during these overnight summer programs. We'll match your skills with the communities needs. If you have your own dream or idea to pursue in Africa, Kuchanga Travel can help you realize it via travel packaging, logistics, and planning assistance!

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8 Participant Reviews

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5
Reviewed on 11/18/2014 by

If I could rate more stars for my trip I would. Last summer I spent 3 weeks on a South Africa journey with 25 other teens from around North America... All of us were strangers but by the end, we truly had a bond I've never experienced with anyone else. My group leaders and tour guides really brought us all together and made us a family. We still talk every single day via group chat even after almost 6 months without seeing each other.  Kuchanga Travels left us always on our toes emerged in South African programs, tours around Cape Town and Johannesburg, shopping, eating great food, and so much more.  Personally my favorite part was the more adventures activities such as shark cage diving, interacting with cheetahs and elephants, and of course our safaris in Johannesburg.  I would love to have another opportunity exploring Africa and if I ever get the chance to go again, I wouldn't go with anyone else other then Kuchanga Travels 

Amazing experience for the whole ...

Amazing experience for the whole ...

5
Reviewed on 11/17/2014 by

Amazing experience for the whole group! Kuchanga Travel has a great relationship with the Maasai community and secondary school. Clearly the work we did was meaningful, thoughtful and fun. Students worked side by side with their Tanzanian peers. The importance of doing a project to help the Tanzanian students become self-sustaining was a great lesson in volunteering and philanthropy for our group. We were able to customize our group trip to fit our needs and budget. I highly recommend Kuchanga Travel!

What is Africa? Think deeply ...

What is Africa? Think deeply ...

4
Reviewed on 11/9/2014 by

What is Africa? Think deeply for a moment; what comes to mind? Poverty, Primitivity, Overpopulation? Disease, Starvation, Apartheid? The list goes on and on. Our first impressions of Africa are often formed by media - news articles, and clever cinematography - to represent a negative mentality towards the "Dark Continent," as I've heard many call it. But Africa - the real Africa - is richly full of authenticity, culture, and ancient civilization unknown to Western societies; a misunderstood majestic frontier, a natural wonderland riding the voyage of mankind itself. Contrary to popular belief, Africa is not one country nor do all the countries share a single culture. There are 56 countries in Africa, containing countless languages, cultures, demographics and economies. Even though Africa is not wealthy, economically, it does not mean that the people are poor and unhappy. In fact, due to the simplicity of much of the rural societies, many Africans ARE happy. It's in some ways like they have more then us. Minimalism, though more primitive than materialism, seems to adopt satisfaction MORE easily. I went to South Africa this past summer with BBYO Passport, run by Joanne Trangle, CEO of Kuchanga Travel. This trip has been, to date, one of the most influential three weeks of my life! From cheetah conservation, to elephant conservation; bongo drum playing, to shark cage diving; fixing old houses, to playing with and educating children... by far the most existentially life-changing enterprise I have ever participated in. We played with and educated children at at a place called "Redhill." These kids have a ton of energy and are extremely grateful. On our first day at Redhill, the teacher told the preschoolers that "[they] ha[d] visitors [that]day," and they all shouted in excitement. I thought it was adorable. We played a game where we sang a song in Xhosa (their indigenous language) then in English; then stated a number that the youngsters had to memorize. This taught the toddlers cardinal English numerators, while having them burn off much of their energy. The days in which we worked with the preschoolers completely changed my perspective on much of the world around us, cognitively and introspectively. This wasn't just a tour of an African country in the southern hemisphere. This is an authentic adventure into a unique culture; experiencing the loving and lively way of the Bantu people firsthand.

I traveled with Kuchanga to ...

I traveled with Kuchanga to ...

5
Reviewed on 11/9/2014 by

I traveled with Kuchanga to South Africa this summer. Rather than simply touring, the program give you the opportunity to interact with the communities you visit. For instance, we did not just visit Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept, snap some photos and leave; we went around the island and then met with Mandela’s former prison guard about his experience in apartheid South Africa and the effects on the country in modern day. I definitely recommend traveling with Kuchanga, you will have a fun, insightful and overall amazing experience!

I had the most incredible ...

I had the most incredible ...

5
Reviewed on 11/7/2014 by

I had the most incredible experience with kuchanga travels! The guides and staff were amazing and prepared for any situation. Even if a problem occurred they were always ready to help with it. By the end of the trip i had formed an amazing repationship with all of the staff members and loved every second of the trip all thanks to kuchanga travels!

I fell so in love ...

I fell so in love ...

5
Reviewed on 11/6/2014 by

I fell so in love with this country and all the people I encountered, whether they were natives of Uganda or traveling with Kuchanga. Unconditional love is something that Bupala will never be short of; I learned more about myself in those two weeks than I ever had in a classroom in 20 years. It's almost six months later and I'm still missing Bupala every day! Thank you to Joanne for being so loving, caring and always ensuring that we were safe and well taken care of. This trip will not soon be forgotten by any of it's participants or by any of the people it affected. -Hannah Worrell

loved Kuchanga travel most amazing ...

loved Kuchanga travel most amazing ...

5
Reviewed on 12/5/2013 by

loved Kuchanga travel most amazing experience of my life loved South Africa loved Joanne trip was organized perfectly

GREAT organization! Volunteering and experiencing ...

GREAT organization! Volunteering and experiencing ...

5
Reviewed on 12/4/2013 by

GREAT organization! Volunteering and experiencing Africa with Kuchanga Travel is an unparalleled experience, and I can't wait to go back. You should not even think to use any other trip provider. Kuchanga really cares about your experience and tailor individual tours to your needs and wishes. A++++++ Can't wait to go back!

8 Participant Reviews

Write a Review
If I could rate more ...

If I could rate more ...

5
Reviewed on 11/18/2014 by

If I could rate more stars for my trip I would. Last summer I spent 3 weeks on a South Africa journey with 25 other teens from around North America... All of us were strangers but by the end, we truly had a bond I've never experienced with anyone else. My group leaders and tour guides really brought us all together and made us a family. We still talk every single day via group chat even after almost 6 months without seeing each other.  Kuchanga Travels left us always on our toes emerged in South African programs, tours around Cape Town and Johannesburg, shopping, eating great food, and so much more.  Personally my favorite part was the more adventures activities such as shark cage diving, interacting with cheetahs and elephants, and of course our safaris in Johannesburg.  I would love to have another opportunity exploring Africa and if I ever get the chance to go again, I wouldn't go with anyone else other then Kuchanga Travels 

Amazing experience for the whole ...

Amazing experience for the whole ...

5
Reviewed on 11/17/2014 by

Amazing experience for the whole group! Kuchanga Travel has a great relationship with the Maasai community and secondary school. Clearly the work we did was meaningful, thoughtful and fun. Students worked side by side with their Tanzanian peers. The importance of doing a project to help the Tanzanian students become self-sustaining was a great lesson in volunteering and philanthropy for our group. We were able to customize our group trip to fit our needs and budget. I highly recommend Kuchanga Travel!

What is Africa? Think deeply ...

What is Africa? Think deeply ...

4
Reviewed on 11/9/2014 by

What is Africa? Think deeply for a moment; what comes to mind? Poverty, Primitivity, Overpopulation? Disease, Starvation, Apartheid? The list goes on and on. Our first impressions of Africa are often formed by media - news articles, and clever cinematography - to represent a negative mentality towards the "Dark Continent," as I've heard many call it. But Africa - the real Africa - is richly full of authenticity, culture, and ancient civilization unknown to Western societies; a misunderstood majestic frontier, a natural wonderland riding the voyage of mankind itself. Contrary to popular belief, Africa is not one country nor do all the countries share a single culture. There are 56 countries in Africa, containing countless languages, cultures, demographics and economies. Even though Africa is not wealthy, economically, it does not mean that the people are poor and unhappy. In fact, due to the simplicity of much of the rural societies, many Africans ARE happy. It's in some ways like they have more then us. Minimalism, though more primitive than materialism, seems to adopt satisfaction MORE easily. I went to South Africa this past summer with BBYO Passport, run by Joanne Trangle, CEO of Kuchanga Travel. This trip has been, to date, one of the most influential three weeks of my life! From cheetah conservation, to elephant conservation; bongo drum playing, to shark cage diving; fixing old houses, to playing with and educating children... by far the most existentially life-changing enterprise I have ever participated in. We played with and educated children at at a place called "Redhill." These kids have a ton of energy and are extremely grateful. On our first day at Redhill, the teacher told the preschoolers that "[they] ha[d] visitors [that]day," and they all shouted in excitement. I thought it was adorable. We played a game where we sang a song in Xhosa (their indigenous language) then in English; then stated a number that the youngsters had to memorize. This taught the toddlers cardinal English numerators, while having them burn off much of their energy. The days in which we worked with the preschoolers completely changed my perspective on much of the world around us, cognitively and introspectively. This wasn't just a tour of an African country in the southern hemisphere. This is an authentic adventure into a unique culture; experiencing the loving and lively way of the Bantu people firsthand.

I traveled with Kuchanga to ...

I traveled with Kuchanga to ...

5
Reviewed on 11/9/2014 by

I traveled with Kuchanga to South Africa this summer. Rather than simply touring, the program give you the opportunity to interact with the communities you visit. For instance, we did not just visit Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept, snap some photos and leave; we went around the island and then met with Mandela’s former prison guard about his experience in apartheid South Africa and the effects on the country in modern day. I definitely recommend traveling with Kuchanga, you will have a fun, insightful and overall amazing experience!

I had the most incredible ...

I had the most incredible ...

5
Reviewed on 11/7/2014 by

I had the most incredible experience with kuchanga travels! The guides and staff were amazing and prepared for any situation. Even if a problem occurred they were always ready to help with it. By the end of the trip i had formed an amazing repationship with all of the staff members and loved every second of the trip all thanks to kuchanga travels!

I fell so in love ...

I fell so in love ...

5
Reviewed on 11/6/2014 by

I fell so in love with this country and all the people I encountered, whether they were natives of Uganda or traveling with Kuchanga. Unconditional love is something that Bupala will never be short of; I learned more about myself in those two weeks than I ever had in a classroom in 20 years. It's almost six months later and I'm still missing Bupala every day! Thank you to Joanne for being so loving, caring and always ensuring that we were safe and well taken care of. This trip will not soon be forgotten by any of it's participants or by any of the people it affected. -Hannah Worrell

loved Kuchanga travel most amazing ...

loved Kuchanga travel most amazing ...

5
Reviewed on 12/5/2013 by

loved Kuchanga travel most amazing experience of my life loved South Africa loved Joanne trip was organized perfectly

GREAT organization! Volunteering and experiencing ...

GREAT organization! Volunteering and experiencing ...

5
Reviewed on 12/4/2013 by

GREAT organization! Volunteering and experiencing Africa with Kuchanga Travel is an unparalleled experience, and I can't wait to go back. You should not even think to use any other trip provider. Kuchanga really cares about your experience and tailor individual tours to your needs and wishes. A++++++ Can't wait to go back!

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