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Your Pre-Journey checklist

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Preparing for volunteering abroad can often be one of the most stressful parts of your trip - but it doesn’t have to be! To help your prepare for your volunteering experience, we have put together a handy pre-journey checklist to make sure you have everything you need before you leave home.

Visas & Passports

A valid passport, with at least six months to expiry date from intended exit date, is required to enter Kenya. If your passport is likely to expire, you should get a new one before arriving.

Visitors to Kenya must obtain and pay for their visa in advance via the ecitizen website: www.ecitizen.go.ke. A single entry visa (valid for three months from date of issue) will cost US $50, while a multiple entry visa (valid for six months) will cost US $110.

Health

Vaccinations which are recommended for all travelers to Kenya are; Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Yellow Fever. Other vaccinations to consider are Polio, Rabies, MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and Tetanus-diphtheria.

You will also need a course of malaria medication - Malarone, Doxycycline or Lariam.

For more information, click here.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that all volunteers have travel insurance to cover you throughout your stay in Kenya. Make sure this covers all overseas medical costs.

Money

The Kenyan currency unit is the shilling (KES), divided into 100 cents. USD 1 equals about KES 100. Changing cash for KES is easy if you have USD, GBP or EUR. The best places to change cash are foreign exchange bureaus which can be readily found and usually don’t charge commission.

You will need cash when paying for taxis, entrance fees to museums or when buying items in small shops or market stalls. ATMs are the best way to obtain local funds - just make sure that your card is compatible with foreign machines and notify your bank before travelling.

Visa and MasterCard credit cards are also widely accepted in Kenya.

Arriving in Kenya

Most volunteers fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. An airport pick up is included in your programme fees, so someone from Marafiki will be waiting to collect you. Look out for a Marafiki Community sign.

If you plan to arrive overland, please let us know so we can coordinate a suitable meeting point.

Accommodation and Meals

Safe and comfortable accommodation will be provided during your stay in Kenya. Volunteers are generally accommodated in the volunteer house, under the care of the ‘house mother’ who provides two meals a day. In some cases, we can arrange accommodation with a host family who are experienced in hosting international volunteers. The accommodations will involve shared bedrooms and bathrooms. You will also be provided with two meals a day during the week, and three meals over the weekend if you are staying at your accommodation.

Orientation

After being picked up from your arrival point, you will be taken to their accommodation and introduced to your hosts. The format of the orientation is dependent of the arrival time, but will take place within the first couple of days.

The orientation program includes basic information about the volunteer placement and about customs & daily life in Kenya, as well as security and transport information. You will be shown around places of interest such as supermarkets, internet cafes and restaurants. You are also given time to change money, buy bottled water, snacks, mobile phones, sim cards and so on.

Download a PDF of the checklist here

GET IN TOUCH

Email address: info @marafikicommunity.org
Address:
57789 – 00200 Nairobi.
121 Riverside Dr, Kidfarmaco,
Kikuyu, Kenya.
Phone number +254 700 650 714

              

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