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Kenya Language and Culture Experience Program
To enhance the experience of overseas interns and volunteers abroad in Kenya, the International Volunteer Travel offers a special one-week program, called the Language and Cultural Experience Program. The program includes a culture lecture and Swahili classes plus day tours to the city covering places of historical and cultural interest and major tourist attractions around the city of Nairobi.
The Swahili language classes are geared towards helping international volunteers develop in practical skills for everyday travel situations such as restaurants, banks, tourist offices, supermarkets, post office, airport, etc. International volunteers and overseas interns are also given lectures on Kenya?s culture, religion, customs, politics, geography and various other topics.
A sample schedule of the Kenya Language and Cultural Experience program is as follows:
Day 1: Arrival and pick up from the Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport, in Nairobi,
Kenya and transfer to host household
home, registration |
Day 2: Orientation. About 2 to 4 hours lecture at the home of your host. Topics covered during orientation lecture will include East African culture, history, customs, politics, geography, and necessary health precautions, and various other topics, such as the diversity of Kenyan life. Afternoon is free for exploring rural Kenyan life and getting to know your host family.
Day 3: Morning - Swahili Language classes for 2-3 hours. Afternoon will be spent taking a guided tour of downtown Nairobi, including parliament buildings; the railways museum and the famous Maasai market where international volunteers can buy curios and interact with the famous Maasai people dressed in their traditional outfits.
Day 4 & 5: Weekend - Free. volunteers abroad and overseas interns can join the family at their weekend activities or explore Kenya life on their own with the advice of the coordinator and host family - visit various parts of the city, or travel to nearby Lake Naivasha a fresh water lake and a game reserve or the city of Nakuru, host to world famous bird and white rhino sanctuary with over 400 bird species.
Day 6: Swahili Language classes (2-3 hours). In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Giraffe Center found in Nairobi?s Lang?ata Suburb to view and feed the famous Rothschild?s giraffe which is an endangered species for a specially constructed viewing platform.
Day 7: Morning ?End of Swahili Language classes for 2-3 hours. In the afternoon, the volunteers visit The Nairobi City Park that features lawns and benches picnics, walking paths, frames of swings a bandstand or concerts. The Sykes? monkeys are the most prominent of the Park?s wildlife. These monkeys are dark gray in color with a thick collar of white fur, and have a long tail.
The Sykes? monkeys are friendly
and gentle and seldom bite. Baboons
and Velvet Monkeys can also be
seen at the park. The monkeys
feed on wild fruits and leaves
in the forest but also beg for
fruits and nuts from visitors.