Spotlight: Orphelinat Sainte Genevieve De Katiola

Some of the children of the orphanage are pictured under the entry sign of St.Genevieve. Photo is courtesy of St. Genevieves Facebook page

Today we are spotlighting one of our Travel with Purpose partners, Orphelinat Sainte Genevieve De Katiola (Katiola Orphanage). This orphanage was founded in September 2011 by Father Germaine Coulibaly Kalahari with one goal in mind: help every child from his tribe in danger of infanticide. Sekou was able to meet Father Germaine on an advance trip to Côte d’Ivoire (CI) last month and got to learn more on how their organization is run. We are so thrilled to have met Father Germaine and the St. Genevieve orphans because from the get-go we wanted to find an organization with which we can establish a long-term relationship.

Father Germaine explains that before founding the orphanage he conducted a survey in the surrounding villages and found that twin children, children with disabilities, and children whose mothers died in childbirth were killed because these particular tribes still practice traditional customs of infanticide and abandonment. Father Germain and Habiba Koné, a social worker for the orphanage, have set up a vigilance committee in different neighborhoods who report cases of child endangerment. Since founding the orphanage in 2011, they have taken in about 40 children. Approximately 20 of the children live on-site in a single-family style home consisting of one boys’ dorm, one girls’ dorm, and Father Germaine’s quarters. In addition, they also have a full time cook and housekeeper. The other 20 children are hosted by families in the surrounding community.

A booth set up at a market selling the orphanage’s goods. Photo is courtesy of St. Genevieves Facebook page

The children at St. Genevieve receive excellent care, including housing, medical care, education and social services. In addition to providing ongoing care for the children, St. Genevieve staff also conduct community outreach and education related to the ongoing practices of infanticide. The village is very supportive of their work and recently donated over an acre of land to St. Genevieve for a larger facility where all the children can live together.

Funding and needs:
The orphanage relies entirely on donations. It is affiliated with the local Catholic archdiocese and Father Germaine is very active in seeking ongoing funding and support. In fact, this August he is leaving for three months to visit Strasbourg, France where he once held a priesthood to seek funding for the construction of their new facility. To supplement donations, St. Genevieve currently farms the land and harvests millet and other grains for sale. They also produce and sell honey, shea butter, and peanut paste.

On this year’s Travel with Purpose trip we are coordinating with our participants on the best strategy for supporting the orphanage. In addition to seeking funding for construction and for barbed-wire fencing to protect their farm, Father Germaine says they are also in need of medical supplies. Our travelers may check two 50-pound bags on flights to CI, and we plan to use one of those bags from each traveler to bring donated items. Stay tuned for updates on how you can help support the orphanage.

We are looking forward to our pilot trip and the many more that are to follow!

Above: A slideshow of some snapshots that Sekou got when he was onsite visiting the orphanage

St. Genevieve also did an interview with RTI, a publicly owned radio and television authority of Côte d'Ivoire. Click here if you’re interested in watching.


 

Interested in supporting the orphanage in person? We still have TWO seats left on our bus for this year’s 2019-2020 Travel with Purpose to Côte d’Ivoire trip.

 
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Celebrating Sekou’s citizenship: The Koné immigration story

Independence Day has special meaning for the Koné family as it marks the anniversary of Sekou Koné, Alicia’s husband, becoming a U.S. citizen. This July 4th marks Sekou’s 16th year as a U.S. Citizen – we hope you enjoy reading their reflections.

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L-R: Sekou poses after neighbors dress him up in Lady Liberty garb; surrounded by family, L-R: Alicia’s dad John, Sekou’s cousin, Aunt Char, Devin holding Isaac, Sekou, Alicia holding Zoumi, 2003.

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Sekou: I am the second to youngest of seven siblings spanning 20 years – born to Mamadou and Yadio Koné. My father, Mamadou, was born in Sirana de Odienne, a small inland village in northwest Côte d’Ivoire, bordering Guinea. This is the “Koné village” – nearly everyone with the name Koné comes from this area. My father left home as a young man and travelled south  to   the  sea   where   he   found  his  livelihood  as a merchant marine and his wife, my mother Yadio. She was 16 when they married, and had never been out of Tabou, one of the small fishing villages dotting the 600 miles of beautiful beach along the Cote d’Ivoire coast. After their wedding, my father sent his new bride to Abidjan by boat, where they raised our family and lived out their lives.

Sekou and his siblings, back row L-R, Ibrahim, Adam, Amidou, Sekou, Zoumana; Front row, L-R, (a cousin), Tata, Mariam.

Sekou and his siblings, back row L-R, Ibrahim, Adam, Amidou, Sekou, Zoumana; Front row, L-R, (a cousin), Tata, Mariam.

Like my father, I, too, have an adventurous spirit, and as a young man decided to head to the United States – New York City – and claim my own adventure. This was in 1994. Although I wasn’t initially planning to emigrate, I sensed there was a better life with more opportunities for me out in the world. My brother, Adam, had already made the move, and welcomed me to stay with him.

Alicia: Sekou has incredible self-confidence. Whereas in western culture most people need their surroundings or a home to feel grounded, Sekou has a sense of self and is grounded no matter where he is.

Sekou: Yes, my reason for coming to the United States was to see for myself – not out of any sense of desperation – I knew I could make my way at home or abroad. Not everyone comes here as a refugee – and I always knew I was going back home eventually.

After three years in New York, I was tired of working seven days a week to scrape by. I knew there was more to the U.S. and I wanted to see it. I was considering Los Angeles, Portland, or Seattle. I pretty much threw a dart at the map and chose Seattle. I had enough money saved up for a Greyhound bus ticket and two weeks of lodging and food.

Within my first week in the city, I’d met a fellow West African who helped me get a job as an insurance courier in downtown Seattle and a place to stay. Within a few months, I bought my first car - a little economy sedan - and rented my own studio apartment. I felt accomplished because for the first time in my life - I was really living on my own.

Alicia: And then Sekou and I met in 1998 and were married the same year; Sekou became Dad to my son Devin who was six at the time, and two years later, in 2000, we had Isaac, followed by Zoumi in 2001.

Sekou: 2000 was a big year; in addition to Isaac’s birth, I visited home – Abidjan – for the first time since leaving in 1994. It was a joyous and emotional reunion. I was pretty much a stranger in my own country. Things had changed. My friends had grown older. Their children who were babies when I left were young men and women. I barely recognized even my own nieces and nephews. I could no longer even drink the water - I had to buy bottled water like the Europeans. I didn’t realize how much I had changed.

I learned it is possible to have your heart live in two places.

2003 was another big year, because after a long process that started in 1999, I finally took my oath of citizenship on July 4th surrounded by family and friends, at the base of the Space Needle at Seattle Center. I had been a permanent legal resident since Alicia and I were married, but citizenship was important to me because I wanted to able to vote so I had influence over how the taxes I paid were spent, and who was making the laws governing our country. I also wanted the freedom to travel the world that comes with the privilege of a U.S. passport. Today I feel I belong here as much as I belong in Côte d’Ivoire. I take pride in how I help people here in the U.S. as a registered nurse, as well as being able to help the people in Côte d’Ivoire by contributing my own resources and encouraging cultural exchange with  Americans.

Alicia and the boys’ first visit to Cote d’Ivoire and the Koné Compound, 2011

Alicia and the boys’ first visit to Cote d’Ivoire and the Koné Compound, 2011

Alicia: I have had the pleasure of visiting Sekou’s family and childhood home in Abidjan a few times over the past 20 years– I always feel welcome, and so fortunate to have such a wonderful extended family. Which is why we are so excited to share our Abidjan with you through our upcoming Travel With Purpose project. It will be an honor to introduce fellow travelers to Côte d’Ivoire.

Sekou: This has been a long-time dream for both of us. I am looking forward to sharing my Côte d’Ivoire with Americans, just as I am excited to share my American culture with the Ivoirians. Together we can bridge understanding and make a better world for all!

Happy Independence Day from our family to yours!

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The Koné Family on a recent trip to Côte d’Ivoire, 2016. L-R, Isaac, Sekou, Alicia,  Zoumi, Devin.

The Koné Family on a recent trip to Côte d’Ivoire, 2016. L-R, Isaac, Sekou, Alicia,
Zoumi, Devin.


Countdown to Côte d’Ivoire
We are over 75% booked!

The countdown has begun and space is filling fast for our New Years’ Service Trip to Côte d’Ivoire, just 6 months away!

Save $500* when you register with a $1,500 deposit by July 5th!

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  • What to expect when you register to Travel With Us –

  • Excitement and an urgent desire to start packing

  • Eagerness for more information about planning

  • A compulsion to read the itinerary several times a day

  • A desire to tell all your friends and strangers about the Katiola Orphanage – stay tuned for our blogpost on the children and their needs

This intimate tour is limited to 20 travelers to ensure your best small group travel experience.  Come spend 14 amazing days packed with cultural sights and experiences, including two service, learning & leadership workshops collaborating with community members on a special project.

*Register by July 5th

$500 registration saves your spot, or $1,500 guarantees our introductory price of $3,495; trip price increases to $3,995 after July 5th, 2019. Tour price includes airfare from the US, hotel, meals (all breakfasts, 13 lunches, 7 group dinners), scheduled tours, tips, and local English-speaking guides.

If you can’t join us in December 2019 please stay tuned as we will be sending updates for future trips!

Spend New Year’s with us in Côte d’Ivoire, Africa – Early-Bird Pricing ends July 5th!

With just one week left to take advantage of early-bird pricing for our New Year’s service trip to Côte d’Ivoire, we’re excited to see who’ll be joining us, December 27, 2019 – January 12, 2020!

This intimate tour is limited to 20 travelers to ensure your best small group travel experience. We’re already over 75% booked, so act fast! 

Take advantage of our early-bird pricing – a $500 savings off your tour:

  • Fourteen amazing days packed with cultural sights and experiences!

  • Round-trip airfare, US to Côte d’Ivoire

  • Lodging (double occupancy)

  • All breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 7 group dinners

  • Expert local English-speaking guides

  • All ground transportation (in air-conditioned busses)

  • Tips/gratuities

  • Welcome to CI travel kit

Early-bird price of $3,495 available when you register with a $1,500 deposit by July 5th, 2019.

Regular tour price is $3,995, effective July 6th, 2019. 

Visit our website for more details

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Sekou Koné, our Vice President of International Affairs, is currently in Côte d’Ivoire finalizing itinerary details and service work logistics. Next week we will share about Sekou’s visit to the Sainte Geneviéve de Katiola Orphelina (Katiola Orphanage) where there is great work being accomplished, and great need.

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Empowering women, making gender equality a reality

Today we are spotlighting one of our Travel With Purpose hosts and service partner, Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders (WEL), a non-profit (NGO) organization based in Côte d’Ivoire dedicated to creating a world where women can live free from poverty, violence and inequality. Through grassroots efforts, WEL builds the skills of hundreds of women and girls so together the story and the stereotypes surrounding women's abilities are changed for the good.

2018 visit, Alicia and Sekou observed WEL in action during a workshop as part of WEL’s Impact My Community campaign held at the American Corner in Bouaké.

2018 visit, Alicia and Sekou observed WEL in action during a workshop as part of WEL’s Impact My Community campaign held at the American Corner in Bouaké.

 Madame (Mme) Kouadio, Co-founder and President of WEL explains how the idea for her organization was born. “During my adolescence, I noticed that women are fragilized (easily broken or destroyed) in their family home because of lack of means,” she continued, “my own auntie - a mother of 10 children - suffered in her marriage, frequently beaten by her husband and when he did not give her money to cook for the family, she and her children would stay hungry.” Mme Kouadio’s own mother helped the family as she could, however, this was not enough to ensure the children could attend school, which in Côte d’Ivoire can mean the difference between jobs and housing, or homelessness.

In addition to this formative memory, Mme Kouadio began her professional journey working with a non-profit fighting against HIV AIDS. “In poor communities and rural areas, women are incredibly vulnerable – the most affected and impacted by HIV AIDS. And most of the time they have no support for the education of their children,” explained Mdm. Kouadio.  

“Why? Why women?” Mme Kouadio would ask herself, “Why are women so far behind? Are women aware of their potential?”

Studying women’s issues a few years ago, Mme Kouadio discovered some grim statistics:

  •        Women and girls make up 70% of the 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty

  •        Some young girls still can’t access education in Africa

  •        16% of the world’s population is illiterate, of which two-thirds are women and girls

  •        During armed conflict, out of 40 million refugees, 75% are women and children

  •        In sub-Saharan Africa, 61% of people living with HIV are women

  •        Each year, approximately 22 million unsafe abortions occur when women are sexually abused

  •        Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth

 Active since 2016, WEL strives to empower the next generation of women leaders by focusing on Leadership, Excellence and Innovation – teaching economic independence and leadership, as well as programs related to agriculture, green environments, health (HIV and pregnancy), technology, and digital solutions.

“My vision for the future is a new generation of young female leaders, aware of their potential, who contribute to a world where women are free from poverty, and one Africa where we have no gender inequalities – where women are equals in making decisions,” said Mme Kouadio. 

Mme Kouadio’s experience and vision provided her the opportunity to become part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a U.S. – African merit-based program for young African leaders. In 2017, she was selected among 18,000 applicants from all over sub-Saharan Africa to take part. Held at Appalachian State University, N.C., the six-week Leadership Institute offered a host of academic sessions, professional networking, leadership training, community service and cultural activities.  

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Mme Kouadio has a Master’s Degree in Organizations Management and is driven by her passion to assist vulnerable populations and create awareness among women about their potential to positively impact their community. Inspired by black American women including Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, Mme Kouadio has over 10 years’ experience in development projects and United States Government (USG) Funds grants management. In addition to her work with WEL NGO, she is the Grants Manager of international NGO Health Alliance International (HAI). She resides in Cote d’Ivoire with her husband and infant son.

 “Go girls! Aim FAR, raise your standards. Make your dreams come true!” Mme Kouadio and WEL say, “Be the next generation of leaders!


Come work with Mme Kouadio and WEL!  

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Celebrating tomatoes

This week I am marveling at the abundance of Mother Nature coupled with human ingenuity and hard work, as we celebrate our first tomato harvest at the Koné Farm near a small village called Tiebissou in Côte d’Ivoire.

Some months ago, our Vice President of International Affairs (and my husband) Sekou was approached by a young man from his childhood neighborhood of Yopougon near Abidjan, CI with a proposal to invest in a micro enterprise: a vegetable farm. The young man offered his knowledge of farming and the sweat equity of he and a few friends in return for seed money (literally) to start a garden.  Sekou is an expatriate of CI who is always looking for ways to invest in the future of the country and its predominantly young citizens, so he jumped in with both boots, so to speak.

Win Greg Bell’s Book!   Let us know what you are watering in your life by commenting on this blog post below for a chance to win your own copy of  Water The Bamboo , by Greg Bell

Win Greg Bell’s Book!

Let us know what you are watering in your life by commenting on this blog post below for a chance to win your own copy of Water The Bamboo, by Greg Bell

As you will see in the slideshow below, the young men took on the arduous task of tilling the first two acres of land by hand with rudimentary tools, each seed carefully ensconced in the earth and tended first with watering cans, then (lean process improvement!) with drip irrigation fed by the nearby lake. In addition to tomatoes, the team also planted peppers and cabbages. Before long, the tender starts were ready to move to the field, which quickly became lush and green.  Once these two acres are fully productive, Sekou and his team hope to expand the garden, which is providing a needed source of vegetables for the markets in Abidjan, livelihood for these young men, and a source of revenue for the village tribe that is leasing the land.

Our new farm venture in CI reminded me of leadership development consultant and author Greg Bell’s book Water the Bamboo in which he tells the story of his grandfather- a bamboo farmer- as a metaphor for leadership success through optimism.  Giant timber bamboo grows fast- up to 90 feet in 60 days- but it takes three years to break through the ground once it’s planted.  Bamboo farmers must tend to their crops for years before they see any evidence of their hard work- they are true optimists motivated by a vision.  Greg asks each of us to imagine what we are working on today- or dreaming about- that might not yield results for years, and he recommends a set of action steps to help us all keep watering our bamboo. I read Greg’s book several years ago and his wisdom has helped me keep focused on my vision and goals for Koné Consulting for the past nine years, even though growing a consulting business can sometimes feel like watering a barren field waiting for something to sprout. For inspiration, check out this video clip from Greg.

We will continue to update you on our little vegetable garden in Tiebissou – and those who join us for our Travel with Purpose tour to Côte d’Ivoire this January 2020 will visit the farm and participate in a Lean waste walk with these hard-working young men, as we will be using Lean principles to improve the value we are growing for our customers while eliminating waste with respect for people. The farm as a metaphor abounds. For more information about Lean and farming, check out The Lean Farm – How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work by Ben Hartman.

Take care,

Alicia

P.S. For more information on our December 27-January 12 New Year’s tour to Cote d’Ivoire, register for one of our Service Leadership webinars:

Wednesday, June 5 @ 9 – 10 am PDT

Thursday, June 13 @ noon – 1 pm PDT

Saturday, June 22 @ 9 am – 10 am PDT

 

Visit our Travel with Purpose info page here.

Tulip and travel talk

Hello all,

Now is an appropriate time as ever to say happy spring! I recently was able to take a short day trip to Skagit Valley, WA to visit Tulip Town, one of the main growers for Skagit Valley’s Tulip Festival. May 1st was the last day for this season of tulips so I’m glad my sudden impulse to go visit the flowers was in time. $7 per person in exchange for a relaxing walk through the tulip fields is definitely worth it! Although it is too late to go visit this season’s blooms here are a couple tips for traveling to visit the flowers in the future:

  • If you plan on taking pictures (which you should) charge your camera!

  • Bring shoes you don’t mind getting dirty, you are in farm land after all

  • Plan bathroom breaks wisely as traffic can get heavy on weekends and there are no places to stop along the two lane road (Read The Stranger’s article for more info)

  • Pack a water bottle and some snacks for the drive

  • Bring cash to avoid that annoying ATM withdrawal fee (I forgot about this one this year)

  • Don’t walk in the flowerbeds, it’ll ruin the flowers - staff have posted reminders all over the fields, so please be courteous

Visiting the tulips has me in the mood for some more adventures and reminded me of our upcoming Travel with Purpose trip to Côte d'Ivoire.

— Katharina

Registration is open now and our Early-Bird pricing ends July 5.

If you are considering going, please stay tuned for an update on our next Travel Webinar series and make your deposit to secure your spot!

We want to hear from you! If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us:

info@koneconsulting.com | (855) 981-5663 23632 | Highway 99, Suite F #225 Edmonds, WA 98026

Agency Spotlight: SOS Children’s Villages –meeting the needs of orphans worldwide

Pictured above from left to right is Ladji Koné , the Director of center, and Mr. Kouadio of NGO WELL

Pictured above from left to right is Ladji Koné , the Director of center, and Mr. Kouadio of NGO WELL

As preparations for our Travel With Purpose service project, our Côte d’Ivoire based coordinator, Ladji Koné, has been learning about and visiting organizations which are working every day to improve the lives of Ivoirians.  

This week, Ladji would like to introduce you to SOS Children's Villages - the largest nonprofit in the world dedicated to children who have either lost their parents, or cannot grow up with their biological  families.  

Located not far from Abidjan, the SOS Children’s Village of Abobo was created in 1971 (the international organization originated in Austria in 1949 to serve orphans of World War II). In total, there are three such villages in Côte d’Ivoire, including Abobo, Aboisso, and Yamoussoukro.  

Funded through donations, SOS Villages provide children suffering from tragedies a safe, healthy home offering long-term emotional stability and educational opportunities, including a family framework which includes trained “mothers.” At 18, graduates transition to family homes in the surrounding village, continuing their education or apprenticeships. Alumni have become doctors, started their own businesses, are officers in the military, among other jobs. 

The playground at the center. The children were not photographed for their safety.

The playground at the center. The children were not photographed for their safety.

The Abobo Village orphanage Ladji visited includes a health center which offers vaccinations, a lab, and soon will have a maternity ward, all open to the community; boys’ and girls’ homes which serve 200 children in family-like settings (older children, 14-18+ reside in youth homes); recreation facilities for football (soccer), basketball and handball; and primary and secondary schools complete with computer room, canteen, and schoolyard. In the village surrounding the compound, the center supports over 500 children through a family strengthen program, designed to help prevent child abandonment.  

In a September 2016 Africa 360 media article, the Orphanage Director explained the tragedy of these children, “In this region, for example, it is customary for the tenth child to be considered a bearer of misfortune and to be ‘sacrificed.’ In Aboisso we have (saved) some of these children from death.” 

 Needs: 

“The center faces difficulty training students in the latest technology,” explained Ladji of his visit to the computer room. Although there is some equipment, tablets are in short supply and internet service can be temperamental.  

For more information, to make a donation or sponsor a child’s tuition:  

About SOS Children’s Village Abobo Gare.  

Related: SOS supports girls’ education and vocational training through the Women’s Training and Education Institute.  

Recognitions include the Better Business Bureau (Accredited Charity), Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2002, among others. 

In addition to SOS Children’s Village of Abobo, Ladji has met with Côte d’Ivoire’s National Tourism Office’s Director of External Relationships, Yao N’Guessan Grégroire to further explore partnerships for our Travel With Purpose program. 

 

Ring in the new year! 2020 in Côte d’Ivoire

December 27, 2019—January 12, 2020

This Photo  is licensed under  CC BY

This Photo is licensed under CC BY

Join us for a memorable New Year’s Celebration as we kick off 2020 in Côte d’Ivoire! December 31st– New Year’s Eve – is a big night out in Abidjan, with the city transformed by sculptures of light and a spectacular fireworks display which is broadcast live around the country. 

In addition to our Travel With Purpose itinerary during which you’ll be immersed in Ivorian culture and have the opportunity to collaborate with locals on a community project, you’ll party like a local with our entire Koné Consulting Team as we ring in the New Year, Abidjan style! 

Our New Year’s trip is a pilot for future CI excursions, and as such, 

we are offering a “friends and family” rate to our clients.

Interested? We’d like to hear from you.

Travel With Purpose Early Bird Discount Extended until January 31, 2019!

Greetings and Happy New Year from Koné Consulting!

We greatly appreciate the opportunity we had in 2018 to introduce you to our exciting venture to Travel With Purpose - our pilot trip to Côte d’Ivoire in 2019. Travel with Purpose will be a two-week cultural exchange tour with a health and human services focus that is slated to take place September 4-18, 2019. This unique experience will offer a combination of guided tour, volunteer opportunity, and free time for independent exploring. In addition to visiting villages, markets and museums, enjoying beaches and eating local cuisine, you will also roll up your sleeves and participate in a Lean improvement event with a local community organization.

Due to the interest in the trip, we have extended the early bird discount until January 31, 2019! We have also received many questions about the Ivory Coast in general as well as details about the tour. As such, we are happy to offer two 30-minute webinars in the month of January to discuss the country, the tour and our itinerary, as well as to answer any general questions you may have. The first webinar will take place on Monday, January 7 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific. The second webinar will happen on Thursday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific. Register now!

Travel With Purpose: Côte d’Ivoire Early Bird Pricing ends December 31st 2018

Join us September 4 – 18, 2019 in Côte d’Ivoire for an unforgettable experience!

Your tour is designed to provide up close and personal connections with the places we visit with opportunities for authentic cultural exchange, a chance to dig deeper into what it means to be Ivorian, how its people are rebuilding infrastructure and services in a post- civil war environment, and the chance to revel in the natural beauty of its landscape.  

Limiting the size of our tour group and offering a ratio of one staff member/guide to every 3-4 travelers, you’ll enjoy some itinerary flexibility and freedom for independent exploration.

With knowledgeable guides including both Western and African perspectives, you’ll have opportunities for authentic cultural exchange, meaningful conversations, and flexibility for independent exploration.

Lean Learning and Community Projects. In addition to all of the above, we are excited to offer Lean community workshops where you will work alongside Ivorians to make a purposeful difference in their community.

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By day 3, having completed your first community collaboration project, you’ll be travelling with friends! 

This tour is meant for you if you:

  • Have an interest in Social Justice

  • Would like to practice French

  • Have an interest in learning and practicing Lean tools

  • Are epicurious – willing to try new flavors and foods

  • Like the idea of having free time to explore on your own

  • Want a customizable itinerary on flex days

  • Prefer a small traveler to guide ratio

  • Are intrigued by a developing country rebuilding from economic instability due to political conflicts

  • Are excited to experience a riot of color, new sounds and unforgettable experiences

Your $500 deposit will allow you to register now at the reduced rate of $4975.00. Price includes round-trip flight from Newark, NY to Abidjan, CI, all on-the-ground group transportation, translation services, full-time guides, hotel/accommodations, and most meals.

After January 1, 2019 the rate will increase.

We treasure Cote d’Ivoire and its people, and are excited to share our home away from home with you. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss how we may customize your experience.