Out of the city and into rural Maasai Mara – Joe Jonas, from the Grammy nominated, multi-platinum band the Jonas Brothers, recently spent eight days on a Me to We experiential volunteer trip to Kenya.
His itinerary included volunteering with Me to We’s charity partner Free The Children, interacting and learning from local community members, and immersing himself into the rich history and culture of Kenya.
By visiting and volunteering in communities run by Free The Children, Joe Jonas interacted with the local school children and worked on various school-building projects. Simultaneously, he wrapped himself in learning more about the culture – from learning Swahili, to beading with local Maasai Mamas, to participating in a traditional water walk.
“My brothers and I have been supporting Free The Children for a number of years now,” said Joe Jonas. “In fact, this fall we will be performing at one of its youth empowerment events, We Day Minnesota, in front of 18,000 students from across the state. I’ve never been to Kenya before and I was able to see first-hand the value and role education plays on the lives of children. In fact, my brothers and I will have a special message to share with our fans while we are on tour this year.”
“We were thrilled to host Joe Jonas in Kenya this summer and give him a chance to get involved, learn and support communities in need,” said Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children and Me to We. “Whether you’re a celebrity or not, giving back to people who need it most is an incredible feeling – whether it is traveling and volunteering oversees like Joe did, or supporting your community and giving food to your local food bank. Everyone has an opportunity to make a difference.”