EventCamp 2013

Tour Details


To be scheduled


Kenya, Africa

Honsha.ORG and World Vision are bringing LEAN methodologies to Africa.

Let us know if you would like to be part of this life changing experience and leave the world a better place.


  • Fluent working English
  • Working proficiency of lean methods
  • Leadership skills to conduct small groups through Lean transformation
  • Ability to devote one full week without parallel activities during the day: no cell phones and emails




Frequently Asked Questions

What should I prepare?

We will support you in developing the working structure and work with you in establishing the training material that fits into their needs.
Upon the announcement of the selected coach, s/he will receive further and detailed support to help prepare for this mission.  

What cause am I helping?

You will help improve the lives of African children through improving the processes that support them.  World Vision Kenya receives and distributes resources throughout thousands of children, and the process they use for that end can certainly benefit from your Kaizens: how to streamline them?  How to reduce waste in them?  How to improve service levels? See more at: http://www.wvi.org/kenya

What will be the cost of this?

Zero.   Absolutely zero cost to you, unless you want to buy gifts or make personal discretionary purchases.  Everything else will be covered by World Vision and Honsha.ORG

What is the Safari Experience?

Honsha.ORG will sponsor for a 3-day Safari at the Mara Premier Safari or the equivalent available at the time.   All your expenses will be covered over these 3 days.  This is a way for you to enjoy a little of this beautiful and unique country as well as a way for us to thank you for your kindness and generosity.
To learn more about this special Safari Experience, check:

Who is organizing this?

World Vision  World Vision is a global relief organization that serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.  World Vision is dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. (www.wvi.org)
HONSHA.ORG is a global alumni association of current and former Toyota professionals who help organizations improve their operations through Lean methodology. (www.honsha.org)

Can I add this experience in my resume/Curriculum Vitae?

Yes.  You will receive a certificate of recognition as well as training where necessary.  You will have the option of having your photo and name posted on our Honsha.ORG certificate page: 

Can I have my company sponsor and promote this event?

Yes.  In case your organization supports you in this initiative, perhaps with days off, or training material, or whatever means, in return Honsha.ORG will provide your company with two complimentary onsite workshops or a complimentary sign up for the next Toyota City Executive Mission to Japan – a one week long study mission visiting the birthplace of lean.

Will I have a tour guide and people to help me during the trip?

You will receive all the information before hand.  World Vision and Honsha.ORG will also give you guidance and preparation prior to this trip.  It is very important that your mindset is focused on the real objectives:  Your mission is to help and serve.  There will not be a staff to help and serve you during the mission.   Most of the support you will receive, will be done prior to the trip, not during.
More details on how to get ready, clothing, vaccines, visas, flights, schedule, etc., will be discussed directly with the selected coach.
Now, during the Safari Experience, you will have a guide and support needed for the last few days before returning home.

What kind of roles will I have?

Lean thinking and praxis:
- Practical PDCA – solving problems in real time, most problems will be related to administrative and service functions. 
- Process and value stream mapping - Setting goals and standards, and measuring to identify gaps 
- Seeing waste and variation, and making problems visible 
- Coaching small local teams into executing improvements.
-Teaching lean concepts in a very practical way, by implementing:  Kaizen Teian, visual management, standardized work, 5S, pokayoke, Kamishibai, Kanban, Andon, Takt image.

What is in it for me?

NOTHING. You will be a giver, not a taker. This is a mission where your focus will be solely on helping others. Those expecting to gain from this mission should refrain from applying. Still, typical comments from participants in past missions report to have gained a higher sense of satisfaction from the difference they made in the lives of those communities. You may expect to gain a new perspective and gratitude to all you have. You may expect to gain a different view of your value system. You may expect to gain a new level of respect to people who make of these missions their mission in life.






Safari Experience

Live the experience of a real African Safari for three days, at absolutely no cost to you.  You will never be the same again.

Activities: Day and night game drives, bush walks, Tana River cruise and bush breakfasts and dinners 
Destinations: Nairobi, Meru National Park, Shaba National Reserve, Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi (due to availability and current local conditions, an equivalent Safari may be chosen).

Safari Experience

Follow in the footsteps of Joy Adamson with this 3 Day Meru, Shaba and Mara Premier Safari. Adamson raised a Lion called Elsa who she rehabilitated and was made famous through the book and movie Born Free. Start your journey in Nairobi before heading to the Meru National Park where Adamson trained Elsa how to live in the wild. Explore the area on game drives in the company of experienced guides.


You cannot travel to Kenya without including a visit to the iconic Masai Mara. Known through many wildlife television specials, step back in time and enjoy a luxury Kenya safari of yesteryears. The region is famous for its plains game such as Zebra and the Wildebeest migration as well as large prides of Lions.




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World Vision
World Vision
is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. (www.wvi.org)


is a global group of former Toyota Lean Senseis (masters) who help organizations improve their operations through training, coaching and consulting. They apply Lean techniques to help reach “value excellence” through sustainable Kaizen improvements. (www.honsha.org)