Grow in the lord & Live cross culturally within our Zoe family
Our internship program in Kenya is a journey for young people to experience a longer term trip. This will allow students to grow in the Lord and to live cross-culturally within our Zoe family in Kenya.
As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to help serve with short-term mission teams in construction projects, orphan care, VBS, our child child sponsorship program, and many other activities or projects. You will partner with us on site at Zoe Children’s Tribe in Kitale, Kenya and become part of our Zoe family. When not assisting teams or being involved in other ministry roles, you’ll experience the daily life of a missionary by attending our local church, visiting new areas of ministry, grocery shopping, running errands, daily housekeeping, and all duties that keep Zoe running. Most importantly, you’ll be building relationships with the local people, bringing them hope, encouraging them, and showing them the love of Christ.
Interested? Your next step will be to print and complete the application and mail it to the address below:
2020 Summer Intern Program
TRIP COST: $1,700 + AIRFARE
Flights may range from $1,300-$1,800. The months of June and July are typically most expensive.
deadline to apply: december 1, 2019
Before You Apply
+ Do you have an age requirement for interns?
Yes! We require all interns to be 18 years of age and older. Preferably 1 year of college completed.
+ How long is a standard internship with Zoe?
All internships last 4 weeks. Our 2020 internship program will be from June 1st - June 30th.
+ Do I need a passport prior to applying?
It is highly recommended that prior to registering, you either already have or are in the process of getting your passport. It usually takes between 4-6 weeks to receive your passport, but for an additional cost it can be expedited. Visit passports.state.gov for more information. We cannot book your flight until we have a copy of your passport.
+ Can I fundraise for my trip?
Yes! We highly encourage you to fundraise for your trip with Zoe. Once you have applied and been accepted we will offer you the same resources that our Zoe team uses to fundraise!
+ When are trip payments due?
There are two payment deadlines for your trip. Your first payment is due by March 1. Your first payment will be between $1200-$1700 depending on your international airfare cost. We cannot book your international airfare until we have received your first payment. The remaining trip balance is due 1 month prior to your arrival in Kenya. Your remaining balance cannot be determined until your international flights are booked.
+ What does your trip cost include?
Everything apart from souvenirs and snack food! Your trip cost includes all international and in-country airfare, lodging, food, transportation, and your overnight safari.
+ What is Zoe Children's Tribe refund policy?
All donations Zoe Children's Tribe receives toward the cost of your trip are non-refundable. We are aware of circumstances that may inhibit your ability to serve as an intern; therefore, we have two options if you are unable to serve as an intern. The options include applying your donations toward another intern's trip cost, or donating towards Zoe Children's Tribe's greatest need. If you over-fundraise for your trip, the same policy applies.
Before you Arrive
+ Are there meetings before the trip?
Yes! Our Zoe team will facilitate a meeting either in person or via Facetime leading up to your departure. If you choose not to partake in the meeting, you will not be allowed to travel to Kenya with Zoe Children's Tribe. No exceptions.
+ Will all interns travel together to Kenya?
As interns, you will likely be flying from different areas of the United States and will meet in either Amsterdam, London, Paris, or Frankfurt. All interns will be on the same flight from either Amsterdam, London, Paris, or Frankfurt to Nairobi. We try our best to book interns together on the same itinerary if possible, however, this is subject to availability.
+ Can I book my own flight?
Typically, interns are not allowed to book their own airfare. Only in special circumstances are exceptions made. In those cases, our Zoe Team will work with you prior to booking in order to ensure you are on the correct flights.
+ What is the total travel time?
This will depend on which airport you begin your travel and layovers along the way, typically you should expect between 24-30 hours of total time of travel. Usually interns will have two eight-hour international flights to and from one of the major hub airports. If you fly from a non-hub airport you will have an additional domestic flight.
+ How do we travel once we land in Kenya?
In order to ensure the safety of our interns, we use our own personal vehicles that are driven by Zoe staff. If our Zoe transportation is unavailable, we hire private transportation with drivers we know and trust having worked with them over many years.
+ What is a typical day like for interns?
Interns begin their day with breakfast and morning quiet time. This time is followed by being transported out to Zoe and joining in on morning errands with our Kenyan team. Your days are spent on site at Zoe and within the village helping with specific projects while submerging into Kenyan culture. During the evening, you'll be transported back to Kitale Town where you will enjoy dinner and a debriefings with our other interns. You also spend two days during your time in Kenya where you will go to Nakuru to visit Lake Nakuru National Park on an overnight game-drive safari.
+ What do we eat?
Interns will eat traditional Kenyan food cooked by our staff every day at lunch. Interns will also occasionally eat at trusted local restaurants that serve American-style meals.
+ Where will we stay?
Karibuni Lodge in Kitale Town. Your security is our first priority. You will stay in a fenced and gated compound with at least one of our full time Kenyan staff members. The guest house is split into separate rooms for men and women. There will be a kitchen, indoor plumbing, and a shower (usually with hot water). Here, you will have breakfast and dinner every night with our other interns.
+ Do I need a yellow fever vaccine?
It's not required but we highly suggest it! Yellow fever vaccinations can often be in short supply so please be sure to get this vaccination as soon as possible.
+ Do I need to take malaria medication?
Yes! All interns are required to take malaria medication. We recommend Malarone or Doxycycline, however, please consult with your physician for his or her recommendation.
+ What other vaccines/immunizations should I receive?
Please refer to The CDC for the most current and up-to-date information regarding recommended and required vaccinations for travel to Kenya. Additionally, consult with your primary physician. We recommend being up to date on all routine vaccinations prior to travel.