Luo People of Odienya, Kenya

Odienya, Kenya

Luo People

Xperitas partners directly with the Luo people in Odienya, located in southwestern Kenya, near Lake Victoria.

Site Specifics

Altitude: 4,400 ft.
Airport: Nairobi, Kenya
Typical Foods: Ugali, vegetables, beef, eggs, avocados and fresh fruit
Lodging: Homestay in guesthouse
Language: English and Swahili
Transportation to Site: Meet at airport in Nairobi and stay overnight before private transport to Odienya.

A Brief History of the Partnership

Teams live and work with the Luo people, the third largest tribal group in Kenya. The team collaborates with a local committee of elders to decide what projects are beneficial for their community.

In the past, Xperitas teams have worked on a variety of projects with the community, such as building a much needed health center that will serve families in the vast rural area west of Odienya.

CP Philosophy

Xperitas is committed to deep and intentional relationships with our primarily indigenous community partners. Projects are designed and led by the community and serve as a vehicle for cross-cultural learning. Participants agree that cultural exchange is the primary purpose and most important aspect of the program. As an organization we have cultivated sustainable relationships with our partners that are long lasting; it is important that our participants engage with the community respectfully and honor our partnership.

What will we do? Sample Activities

Because Xperitas CP programs are led by our partner communities, every program is unique. The day-to-day activities will be determined and led by the community and as a result participants experience an authentic immersion experience. Based on past programs, here are some activities you may engage in:

  • Visit Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake by area and the largest tropical lake in the world.
  • Collaborate on efforts like construction of the health clinic project with community members.
  • Travel to Tabaka to learn about soapstone (Kissii stone) carvings.
  • Build relationships by sharing stories, cooking or playing games with host families.
  • Reflect on shared experiences with the team and developing knowledge of the community.

Extend your Trip Ideas

Many past participants have extended their stay in Kenya to explore other enriching activities. While we are not a provider of these services, we may have recommendations and contacts near the site who can assist you with your trip extension. Contact Xperitas for more information.

Here are some ideas for other activities you might enjoy:

  • Go on a safari at Amboseli or Maasai Mara to view wildlife such as lions and rhinos.
  • Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which is an elephant orphanage located in Nairobi.
  • Explore the islands of Lake Victoria by booking a day-trip fishing experience.

Contact us to learn more about programs to Odienya.