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East Africa: Feb. 22 – Mar. 11

Follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis and experience the JOY of Africa and its people.

“The crowds, the joy, the ability to celebrate even with an empty stomach” were impressions the pope said he took home with him after his visits across Africa.

Motivated by love and challenged by the Gospel, Maryknoll has been witnessing God’s call to mission for over 100 years in combating poverty, providing healthcare, building communities and promoting human rights in Africa and elsewhere around the world – we invite you to join us!

Tanzania & Kenya Mission Trips by Maryknoll

A Missionary & Cultural Adventure

Mission Trip to Kenya & Tanzania  •  Feb. 22 to Mar. 11, 2018

Maryknoll’s mission trip to East Africa will engage with the people of Kenya and Tanzania, exploring our common bonds of global solidarity and availing deep cultural immersion.

Crossing borders and encountering our brothers and sisters around the world is an opportunity for a mutual exchange of the joy that comes from the Gospel. Discover the sacred presence of God in the people of Africa.

Ministers / Deacons (& Wives) •  Religious Educators  •  Singles  •  Couples

  • 16 Days (Feb. 22 to Mar. 11, 2018) – mission trip begins and ends in Nairobi, with van trip to Tanzania and stops in Arusha, Mwanza and Musoma.   Registration DEADLINE: Jan. 15, 2018
  • Package includes: 1) pre-trip orientation; 2) on-site immersion to the cultural, religious, economic and political realities of Kenya and Tanzania; 3) all-inclusive, in-country accommodations (room, meals and in-country transportation); and 4) post-trip debriefing and reflection.
  • Room, meals and in-country transportation: Approximately $3,000 per individual
  • Participants are responsible for air travel to and from Nairobi, Kenya
  • U.S. Passport and Visas are required — please check with your doctor regarding vaccines

“I’ll never forget my first trip to Tanzania and Kenya. It was a life changer. I know that sounds cliche, but it’s true. I went expecting poverty and misery, which were there, but came home forever touched by the joy and hospitality of the people I met.”

Deacon Matt Dulka

“They were the stories of the Kenyans and Tanzanians – narratives of intersecting lives – of the struggles to blend modernity and old traditions, sometimes for the good; other times for the bad. There were stories of tribes – abused, divided, exploited by colonialists, and then finding freedom – freedom to chart their own destiny as people. And then there were stories of the Maryknoll missioners whose lives were intertwined in the lives of the people they served. To be part of my life’s journey, every single one of those stories I had to feel, experience, store, remember and share. So, must you! I cannot think of any other way.”

Deacon Noe Tuason

Scored as:  1 (very little)  —>  5 (significant)

What You Can Expect on this Mission Trip…

Work/Service Projects

Mission Trip Work/Service Projects - 3 out of 5


Cultural Immersion

Mission Trip Cultural Immersion - 5 out of 5


Relational Ministry

Mission Trip Relational Ministry - 4 out of 5


Physical Challenge

Mission Trip Physical Challenge - 2 out of 5


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Kenya in East Africa

Language: Swahili, English

Major Religions: Christianity

Kenya only has two seasons—one rainy season and one dry season in a year.

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More about this Mission Trip…

    • Interact with Maryknoll missionaries, hear their inspiring stories of mission work, from the city slums of Nairobi to the rural villages of Tanzania, and see how their work connects with your own personal call to mission
    • Celebrate with local missionary disciples and engage in pastoral visits with members of Small Christian Communities, street children, HIV/AIDS patients, orphans, school children and others

Safari park trip to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park

  • Includes safari park trip to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park – reflect in awe and wonder at God’s gift of creation: lions, giraffes, rhinos, elephants all in their natural habitat
  • Accommodations in Nairobi will be at the comfortable Maryknoll House, and in Tanzania we’ll stay at retreat centers with private baths (except when we travel through the game parks, when we will be staying in lodges)
  • Daily communal prayer, liturgies and theological reflection
  • Credits for Continuing Education


Tanzania in East Africa

Language: Swahili, English

Major Religions: Christianity and Islam

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania and is the largest mountain in Africa

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The Maryknoll Institute of African Studies offers graduate courses in the contemporary cultures and religions of Kenya.

All 3-week MIAS courses are intensive, immersion-style, and are registered as four-credit graduate courses at St. Mary’s University. A typical course will combine 40 hours of lectures, 40 hours of directed professional field research (assisted by a personal tutorial assistant), a 15-page research/integration paper, and pastoral reflection. Browse full Course Catalog

MIAS also runs full semester programs for non-East Africans and other foreigners who come for a sabbatical of three months. Visit www.MIAS.edu