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This page provides answers to commonly asked questions specific to Kenya program. For answers to general program questions, please click here.
Section1: Planning for Kenya Travel
Q1. What languages do I need to speak to be able to participate in your volunteer Kenya program?
Q2. When is the best time to participate in your programs?
Q3. When do the programs begin?
Q4. Where can I read more about Kenya?
Q5. What is the Weather like in Kenya?
Section 3: Fees and Money
Section 4: General Kenya Program Issues
Q11. If I take the Language and Culture Experience program, will I need an extra two weeks to participate?
Q12. Can I spend less than a month with your programs in Kenya?
Section 5: Living in Kenya
Q13. What are the living conditions like in Kenya?
Q14. What is the food like in Kenya?
The language of business in Kenya is English. Some members of your host household will speak English and you should be ok if you have a working knowledge of English even if it is not your first language.
Ans. Any time is just as good. This varies from country to country. For Kenya, the May-September season is favored by those going on safaris because of the spectacular wildebeest migration witnessed in the Maasai Mara game reserve.
Ans. Beginning dates are First (1st) and Third (3rd) Thursday of each month. Plan on arriving by 3.00 PM, the day before.
Ans. You can click here to go to the Kenya Country Profile Page, where you can read more about Kenya.
Q5. What is the Weather in Kenya like?
Ans. Kenya has two rainfall season February through May and October through December. May through July is the cold season and there may be drizzles during that time. The temperatures vary across the country and over the year, and average between 10 Celsius (50 F) to 35 Celsius (95 F). There is sunshine throughout the year and summer or spring clothes are worn the year round.
Section 2: Traveling and Visa Issues
You will need a tourist visa since you are categorized as a tourist because you do not get paid for any services you provide while in the country. For the same reason you do not need a work visa. A non-tourist visa is unnecessary, difficult to obtain and twice as expensive as the tourist visa.
We provide all our participating applicants with all this information. Any traveler in Kenya can stay on a tourist visa for 6 months at $50 US dollars. You can get the tourist visa at the Kenyan embassy in your country. Kenyan visas can also be obtained from Nairobi International Airport upon arrival.
The amounts of money you bring depend on you. Most participants can live on USD 25 per week for out of pocket expenses. A weekend out will cost you between $ 250 and $500.
Q11. If I take the Language and Culture Experience program, will I need an extra week to participate?
Ans. Yes. Although this program only offered in combination with other programs, it is a separate program that takes one week. There is no overlap between the programs
Ans. Yes you can spend a minimum of 1 week with our programs. Feel free to email as with a request if you need this kind of arrangement.
Ans. Living conditions are average for developing countries but
vary from house to house. There will be electricity most of
the time. Portable tap/faucet water will most likely be available
in the house or on site, just outside the house. Flush toilets
will be there in at least 70% of the
In order to maintain low fees for our clients, host families, carefully selected among respected members of society to ensure maximum security and comfort for our clients, provide accommodation. If you would rather stay at a hostel or hotel that can be arranged with costs borne independently by you.
East African foods include ugali - a porridge like mash made from corn meal; chapatti - more like tortilla made from wheat flour; irio - a mash of corn, beans, greens and potatoes; rice and beans, a mash of plantains, meats - chicken, pork, beef, goat, sheep etc. Vegetarian foods can be arranged.For further discussion on these or other questions, please Contact Us. We will be more than happy to assist you.