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, and what better way to learn about the miracle of sand dams than to go and build one yourself?
On an expedition with Excellent Development, 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. Your efforts in supporting the build of a sand dam (providing nearby lifelong access to water to the community) 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 two different ways you can join an expedition: You can either join our annual sand dam expedition (see dates above), or talk to us about creating a bespoke expedition organised just for your group.
1. Excellent Sand Dam expedition: 1 week
Excellent organises an expedition every year. Enjoy a sense of team achievement and help transform lives. To find out more, read our expedition FAQs, or email [email protected] if you're interested in joining our next expedition.
2. Bespoke Expeditions: 1 week
We often create specific expeditions for teams of people from school groups to law firms. Get in touch at [email protected] to find out how we could help organise your special expedition.
Hear from the Excellent Development volunteers who worked together to support the Muka self-help group build a sand dam.
Jersey Overseas Aid volunteers and community members share highlights from the construction of a sand dam they worked together to build in southeast Kenya in September 2019.
Barclays Isle of Man volunteers and community members share highlights from the construction of a sand dam they worked together to build in southeast Kenya in September 2018.
Hear from the Excellent Development volunteers and community members who worked together to build a sand dam in southeast Kenya in July 2018.
Here are some of the most common questions about our sand dam expeditions. And we've done our best to answer them for you!
In 2014, nine supporters travelled out to Kenya to help the Athiani Farmers' self-help group build a sand dam.
In May 2013, a group of volunteers travelled to Kenya to help build a sand dam with the Mutethya self-help group. The expedition was organised in partnership with TRAIN, a youth work charity that supports vulnerable young people in the UK.
In this film, find out what happened when we teamed up with ethical adventure travel specialist, Quest Overseas, to support a community to build a sand dam. Quest offers gap year students the opportunity to get hands-on experience of sustainable development.