After arriving in Nairobi the group will make its way to Kenya's West Coast and the town of Mbita on the shores of Lake Victoria with an overnight stop on the way at the Tea Hotel in Kericho, centre of Kenya's tea industry.

Mbita is a rural community in the province of Nyanza, Kenya with an urban population of about 6000, but the population is growing rapidly due to urbanization, new technologies like cell phone coverage and internet connection through cyber cafes, electrification, road improvements, trade and education.

Western Kenya is one of Kenya's least known and visited regions but the area has a lot to offer visitors. The west coast is endlessly diverse with lush green highlands, tropical rainforests, the great expanse of Lake Victoria - the legendary source of the Nile - and much, much more. The region is home to fascinating cultures, mythology and a history that lives and breathes in sacred sites and thriving traditional festivals.

Willetts Safaris, as part of its support for UK charities, has been involved in bringing groups of teachers to the Mbita area since 2005 and has been actively involved in linking schools in the UK with schools in the Mbita area. At the same time the company has also promoted wider involvement across both communities through health links and has supported a number of projects aimed at improving local education and healthcare services. Willetts is regularly involved in organising group visits and handling the logistics for education and healthcare professionals travelling on personal development programmes.

Lake Victoria Safari Village is a small, intimate hotel in idyllic surroundings right on the lakeshore, about 3 km from Mbita town and just inland of Rusinga and Mfangano islands, which is where the group will spend the next few nights. The village consists of attractive round traditional huts thatched with papyrus reeds.  Each double room has its own bathroom with shower and a private veranda overlooking the lake. It is a comfortable place with a friendly and relaxing atmosphere - a perfect place to relax while gazing out over the lake and the islands beyond.

The schools the group will be visiting are close to Mbita and the group will visit these to experience what life is like for students in rural Kenya. As well as meeting their contemporaries, the group will be involved in a range of activities, attend and take part in the delivery of lessons.

Hidden behind the hills, not far from Mbita, is Ruma Park where a number of unusual animals can be found. It is possible to see species like oribi and Jackson's hartebeest, which occur here on the eastern limit of their range, as well as Kenya's only population of roan antelope, plus a number of Rothschild's giraffe and rhino that have been relocated here. People coming on the trip will have the option of visiting the park if they wish but it will mean a day less in school.

In Kenya this type of visit is treated as a formal occasion and the group can expect to be introduced to a number of people from the local community including the local District Education Officer and Chief as well as visiting the VIAGENCO health clinic.