Kenya Vision Trip, American Friends of Asian Rural Institute

Kenya Vision Trip, American Friends of Asian Rural Institute

Opening/Closing Date: 
November 5, 2018 to December 4, 2018
Anticipated Start Date: 
January 11, 2019

Pilgrim in Mission | January 11–23, 2019 | $1,500

People gathered in a circle in the shade of a large tree
A Kisiwani Community Meeting, Kenya

The United Church of Canada’s People in Partnership program invites interested United Church members to participate in the American Friends of Asian Rural Institute (AFARI) Vision Trip to Kenya. The tour will be accompanied by Asian Rural Institute (ARI) Director Tomoko Arakawa and AFARI board member Bev Abma. Participants will meet and learn from ARI graduates and sending organizations, visit their work on the ground, and enjoy a safari to the Maasai Mara. This is US-based tour that has warmly invited Canadians to join.

The Asian Rural Institute in Japan offers a 9-month Rural Leaders Training Program each year. The training focuses on sustainable agriculture through integrated organic farming techniques, community building, and servant leadership. It is community based and hands-on learning is emphasized in all areas. The aim of the program is to invite and train local grassroots leaders to more effectively serve in their communities as they work for the poor, the hungry, and the marginalized.

If you have more questions about the tour, please let us know and we can put you in touch directly with the organizer, AFARI board member Bev Abma.

This is a Pilgrims in Mission opportunity offered through the United Church’s People in Partnership program.


January 11–23, 2019 (exact dates will be determined based on flight availability)




The advertised cost for the trip is $3,000 USD, inclusive of travel and program expenses. We ask participants to contribute $1,500 CDN towards this cost. 

People in Partnership believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in their programs. If the cost of an opportunity presents a barrier, please contact us at pip [at]  to find out more about alternate means of resourcing and financial support.

Applicant Profile

  • Have a valid passport that does not expire before end of July 2019
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to, and engagement in, The United Church of Canada (locally, regionally, and/or nationally)
  • Have previous experience and exposure to any or all of facets of ARI’s mission (organic farming, community development, and servant leadership)
  • Be willing to speak to United Church groups about the experience and its impact on your faith journey, and the value of the partnership with the Asian Rural Institute


  • Written piece (about 400–800 words) summarizing the experience, with 5 high-resolution pictures and/or alternate communications to share the experience as developed with People in Partnership staff
  • Speaking engagements to United Church communities of faith about the experience
  • Ongoing engagement in partner solidarity advocacy
To Apply

Apply online to People in Partnership by December 4, 2018. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. If you are interested in participating, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as space is limited.