Mambo Kifaru Crew! Greetings from Ellen & Mike. We have spent the last week here in Portland eagerly preparing for our upcoming trip to East Africa. We are excited to meet all of you soon, and look forward to traveling, playing, learning and growing together over the next three months. We hope you are as pumped about our amazing itinerary as we are. Be on the look out for a… Read More

Countdown to take off…see you soon!

Hi! Kelsi and Chris here, greetings from Portland, Oregon! Today we would like to welcome you all to our Carpe Diem Kifaru group for spring 2017. We are excited to be discovering East Africa through exploration, humor and reflection. This is the space where we will share our adventures with our friends, family, and the greater world. Throughout the semester you will all be seeing updates on this blog so… Read More


Greetings team Kifaru! Simon and Alison here, enjoying our last few days in Portland before takeoff to East Africa! We’ve been soaking up the warmth up here in Oregon as we prepare ourselves for the radiant African sunshine. Seriously. It’s gonna be hot! Yesterday we returned from a 4-day camping retreat with the entire Carpe Diem staff, including all the other amazing leaders who will be traveling with groups like… Read More

Habari za Asabuhi – All Gratitude

Our semester wrapped up in fitting fashion in Dar es Salaam. Alongside the scuba diving off the coast of Zanzibar or the tanning sessions on the beach, we were regaled by the top ten moments of our semester by Eric; Dayle and Chris provided cards and gifts with unique quotes and memories; Nikolle, Natalie and Kristian awarded the perfect superlatives for us all; and Sarah, Gus and Nikolle talked us… Read More