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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • DOES THE CAMPING EXPERIENCE PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY?
    Sustainability lies at the core of Chyulu Wilderness Camp. The camp is a fossil fuel-free, carbon-negative eco-lodge. We use locally grown food, sustainable energy sources and water from the local pump, exposing the students to more eco-friendly ways of living.
  • HOW WILL THE STUDENTS LEARN TO BE MORE ECO-CONSCIOUS?
    The education the students receive will be the first step in a long-term process of changing mindsets through awareness of economic and environmental difficulties in other parts of the world that they would not usually be exposed to in everyday life. Students will be immersed in sustainable tourism due to the nature of the lodge, and will also partake in eco-conscious activities such as tree planting, organic farming, and learning about conservation in various ways.
  • WHAT ARE THE CHYULU CODES?
    The Chyulu Codes and Guidelines are our behaviour expectations for students on the programme. They will be shared with groups prior to their trip.
  • CAN STUDENTS BE EXPELLED FROM THE PROGRAMME?
    Discipline must be enforced: the camp is a school entity. If a camper disobeys the Chyulu Codes, the camp director may punish him/her with various tasks (in the kitchen, in the gardens). In serious cases, he will refer the matter to the local authorities and will organize the return of the camper to his/her home.
  • CAN PARENTS JOIN THE STUDENTS?
    In the launching stage, we will not allow parents to join the students. Regular updates will be sent from our Camp Directors to the families during the programme.
  • WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE FEES FOR THE CAMP?
    The price of CHF 4900 will cover transport from/to Nairobi to the Camp, accommodation, food, and the safari experience expenses. Flights from your home country and visa fees are not included in the price.
  • WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
    A reservation will be confirmed upon payment. Up to 60 days before the chosen session, reimbursement is in full.
  • IS THERE ANY FORMAL LESSON OR STUDY DURING THE CAMP?
    “Classes” in the traditional sense are not part of the standard programme. There will be, however, allocated hours for reflection and self-study. Students will have a formal presentation about the work of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust where they will learn about various conservation projects and have the opportunity to ask questions to the Maasai. They will also learn about Maasai culture during a conversation with Maasai elders.
  • IS THERE ANY AREA TO STUDY OR DEDICATED TIME TO STUDY?
    This depends on the program, however, the main area has computer stations where students are encouraged to study / reflect during down time.
  • WILL THERE BE ANY SCIENTIFIC OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, LESSONS OR EXPERIMENTS?
    Depending on the program, the level of depth of scientific activities varies. All students will experience outdoor activities, including conservation and/or science, including learning about the local flora and fauna, tree planting, or learning about sustainable farming.
  • WILL THERE BE ANY MEDITATIVE ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS YOGA OR MUSIC?
    This will depend on the program and the accompanying teachers. Yoga, music, or meditation can be easily included in the daily programme, especially in the mornings or evenings.
  • ARE SCHOOLS ABLE TO ORGANISE SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS ON CAMP?
    We have a standard programme, covering our four main pillars: Adventure expedition, Community volunteering, Conservation, and Mindfulness. If there are specific activities you would like to do with your students, we would need to organise these in advance with the person responsible for Activities at the camp.
  • WHO IS GOING TO GUIDE THE NON-IB STUDENTS? YOUR TEACHERS OR OUR TEACHERS?
    CWC has its own staff to assist and support your teachers every step of the way.
  • ARE THERE ANY DOCUMENTS WE NEED TO PREPARE FOR OUR STUDENTS?
    We strongly advise work to be done both before and after the students’ time at CWC to ensure an all-encompassing experience. With this in mind, preparatory work is crucial in order to maximise the lessons learnt whilst at CWC. We will send you some documents ahead of the visit to facilitate preparation work.
  • HOW WILL YOU DISTRIBUTE DUTY IN THE FIELD?
    Permanent camp staff members are responsible for all camp activities. Visiting staff are welcome to participate in evening activities with the students.
  • WHAT WILL THE ACCOMPANYING TEACHERS DO DURING THE CAMP?
    Teachers are responsible for chaperoning the visiting students during all activities, and to be a point of reference for visiting students so they feel comfortable with the Chyulu staff.
  • DO YOU OFFER ANY FEE REDUCTIONS FOR SCHOOL GROUPS?
    For every 10 paying students, we can offer 1 freeteacher and 1 free student.
  • DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL VACCINATIONS OR MEDICATION AGAINST TROPICAL DISEASES?
    No vaccinations or medication are needed for your stay as the altitude at camp guarantees safety from most tropical diseases.
  • CAN STUDENTS BRING PERSONAL MEDICATION?
    It is forbidden to self-medicate in accordance with the Chyulu Codes. All medicine must be handed in to the nurse. Students are reminded of the Codes upon arrival.
  • IS THERE INTERNET ACCESS DURING THE CAMP?
    We recommend a full nature immersion for the students when they come to the camp. Students might be allowed their phones in the evenings for a short period of time to talk with their parents. Camp directors will provide frequent updates to parents regarding their children. Parents will also be given the camp director’s number in case they need to contact the camp in case of an emergency.
  • WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS NEED TO SPEND ONE NIGHT IN NAIROBI?
    There is a hotel within the premises of the airport. If the group or an individual has to stay the night, then a CWC member of staff would stay with them.
  • WILL STUDENTS RETURN HOME WITH A PORTFOLIO SHOWING WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AND LEARNED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?
    Depending on the programme, students may have created a project on their experience during the camp. Throughout the camp, students are encouraged to reflect in journals (which they are provided with), and take many photos on the provided cameras (in which they can take their SD card home). For students counting on this experience as a main component of IB CAS/A-level EPQ, we require schools to contact us beforehand.
  • HOW DO THE STUDENTS CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAMP'S LONG-TERM GOALS WHEN THEY RETURN HOME?
    We believe that it will be useful and beneficial for students to spend some time digesting their experience at CWC through reflective journaling, creative expression, carrying out surveys and presenting to their local communities at home. We will also work with the schools to debrief the students in order to monitor the programme continuously.
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