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Sand Dams transform people's lives - see what it means to get involved with one of our expeditions - and find out what it could mean to yours.
Excellent Development offers a range of expeditions where you can get involved in building a Sand Dam.
It's hard work - but there's a job to suit every ability.
Working closely with rural communities, you will help transform lives.
What better way to learn about the miracle of Sand Dams than to go and build one yourself?
On an expedition with Excellent, you’ll stay in a small Kenyan town, learn about people's daily life, their challenges and hopes. You’ll join them in building a Sand Dam and see for yourself just how it’s done and what it means. It’s hard work – there's no doubt about it. But there’s a job to suit every ability. Your efforts will be rewarded with an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life and make a real difference for a rural community in Kenya.
Most travellers to Kenya don't get the chance to take part in a trip like this. So, whether you're looking for a gap year challenge, a break with a difference, a different way to donate, or a way to get your company involved - an expedition could be just the thing for you.
There are three different ways you can join an expedition. You can either go on a Sand Dam expedition directly with Excellent Development, or join a summer gap year project with our partners, Quest Overseas. There is also the option of a bespoke expedition organised just for your group.
Excellent Sand Dam expedition: 1 week
Excellent organises an expedition every September for our donors and supporters. Enjoy a sense of team achievement and help transform lives.
Summer Gap Year for 17-24 year olds: 4 weeks
For our summer projects, we've teamed up with adventure travel specialist, Quest Overseas. The projects offer gap year students the opportunity to get hands-on experience of sustainable development. You'll spend four weeks living and volunteering as part of a rural Kamba community in southern Kenya. It’s a unique chance to live and work closely with a community to construct Sand Dams that will provide clean water for their farms and families for life. At the end of the project you’ll get to enjoy a well deserved break on safari through one of Kenya's stunning national parks.
We often offer specific expeditions for teams of people from scout groups to law firms. Get in touch to find out how we could help organise your expedition.
WOW! What a trip! It was the best experience of my life and I loved every minute.
Chris Harrison, Vulcan Engineering, 2011