Please read IFRE's 4-step application process:
• There are two options for applying to our Kenya internship programs. You can apply online ( http://www.ifrevolunteers.org/apply-now.php) or you can simply download an application form, fill it out and mail it into IFRE's offices. Participants are required to submit their application with a $349 application fee plus the program fee for the number of weeks you choose. However to simply start the placement process, all that is needed upfront is a $200 deposit which will be deducted from the final invoice. This non-refundable deposit from you is required to validate and initiate the application process.
• Once IFRE receives your application, we immediately forward it to country coordinator for processing. The in-country coordinator reviews the application carefully to determine the most optimal project for you while you intern in Kenya . Decisions pertaining to room and board are made at this time - depending on the location of the project. The vast majority of participants stay in fully immersed in-home stays.
• IFRE receives the details of the participants' placements from the in-country coordinator.
The information is then passed on to the prospective participants along with a final invoice. Final payment is due six weeks prior to departure and, in expedited cases, as soon as possible. The placement details contain local contact information to be used when applying for a visa and/or to get in touch with the local staff and host family.
Preparation for your internship vacation in Kenya should include reading about travel to Kenya , immunization, acquiring a travel visa and booking airfare for your internship journey to Kenya . If you face any problems, IFRE's Program Manager is always available for any assistance.
IMPORTANT: Once participants purchase airline tickets, we request flight information be forwarded to IFRE's U.S. office by fax or by email. Participants' flight information will then be forwarded to the in-country coordinator in Kenya , who will then arrange an airport pick-up.
The Nairobi International Airport ( Jomo Kenyatta International Airport )is your destination and arrival point for your internship travel to Kenya , so please book your flight to Nairobi . Even if participants are joining the program in Mombasa , IFRE suggests participants arrive in Nairobi as the Language and Cultural orientation programs only take place within our Nairobi offices. One of IFRE's representatives will await your arrival at the airport. Participants should ensure pick-up by sending their flight information to IFRE's offices - a follow-up call is suggested as your departure date draws closer.
If interns are delayed or miss their flight, it is highly recommended that you call our offices or your coordinator and make alternative arrangements with them. In the event that an intern gets lost, our general suggestion that they go to the specific contact hotel (provided within the pre-departure package) using a taxi service. Once participants make contact with IFRE's representative or in-country coordinator, they will then be transferred to IFRE's respective offices/hostel.
Interns arriving in Kenya are advised to arrive one day prior to the start of the program. In the event that participants arrive more than one day early or remain in Kenya after the close of the program, they will then be responsible for their own room and food expenses.
Interns work with a tourist visa. Please use the name and address of our in-country coordinator and office (provided your personal placement sheet and in the Kenya pre-departure booklet) as a contact address in Kenya (for visa application purposes.)
WHO website for international travelers ( http://www.who.int )
The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East Africa - including Kenya .
- Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG). Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling.
- Hepatitis B especially if you might be exposed to blood or bodily fluids (for example, healthcare workers), have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment. The Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children ages 11-12 years of age who did not receive the series of vaccines as infants.
- Malaria: your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa , including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription anti-malarial drug. For details concerning risk and preventive medications, see Malaria Information for Travelers to East Africa .
- Meningococcal (meningitis) if you plan to visit countries in this region that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June, (see see Map 4-9 on the Meningococcal Disease page ).
- Rabies , pre-exposure vaccination, if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur during camping, hiking, or bicycling, or engaging in certain occupational activities.
- Typhoid vaccine. Typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large outbreaks are most often related to fecal contamination of water supplies or foods sold by street vendors.
- As needed, booster doses are available for tetanus-diphtheria , measles and a one-time dose of polio vaccine for adults.
- A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into certain countries in East Africa . For detailed information, see Yellow Fever Vaccine Requirements and Information on Malaria Risk and Prophylaxis, by Country . Also, find the nearest authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccine center.
In Kenya , people of U.S. or European decent are considered rich no matter what the true circumstances are. This makes you a target for pick pockets and scam artists ('fly catchers'). Participants are required to be smart about their money matters when traveling through Kenya . Please be advised to pay attention to these suggestions.
- Avoid external money pouches, dangling backpacks and camera bags, limit jewelry.
- Don't flash money or your wallet.
- Travel in pairs or groups to the ATM.
- Remain aware of the exchange rate and cost of items.
- Take requests for 'donations' with a grain of salt .
- Store money in a secure, well-hidden place or safe.
- Carry money in different pockets and places.
Once your internship program begins, our local staff members stay in constant touch with you. Interns staying at the Nairobi homebase see our coordinators and staff daily. However, if you are staying far from the homebase, our staff will visit interns every 2-4 weeks (if possible) and you are always welcome at the office. We recommend that the interns stop by the office once a week, if they are staying/working in the local area, to give feedback on their home stay and project. Many minor issues can be avoided with a just little extra communication before they develop into major issues. Your project will have local staff members in addition to our in-country coordination staff. If your project is located a great distance from our offices, then our local staff communicates by either email and/or phone.
We are available for you at the local office via email and phone for your entire trip. It's our job to make sure that you are safe and healthy.
Interns are requested to bring their UNLOCKED mobile phones. Upon arrival in Kenya , participants can purchase and change SIM cards and use it. This is the perfect way to stay in touch with your family and IFRE's office. Internet Cafés are widely available in most areas of Nairobi and Mombasa.
Each of Kenya 's various topographical regions experience distinct climates.
Generally, the hottest time is in February and March and the coldest in July and August.
The coastal region is largely humid and wet. The city of Malindi , for instance, receives an average rainfall of 1,050 mm (41 in) per year, with average temperatures ranging from 21° to 32°C (70° to 90°F) in January and 20° to 29°C (68° to 84°F) in July.
The low plateau area is the driest part of the country. In this region the town of Wajir receives an average annual rainfall of 320 mm (13 in) and experiences average temperatures ranging from 19° to 37°C (66° to 99°F) in January and 19° to 34°C (66° to 93°F) in July.
Nairobi, in the temperate Kenyan highlands, receives an average annual rainfall of 790 mm (31 in) and experiences average temperatures ranging from 9° to 29°C (48° to 84°F) in January and 7° to 26°C (45° to 79°F) in July.
Higher elevation areas in the highlands receive much more rainfall. The Lake Victoria basin in western Kenya is generally the wettest region in the country. It is particularly wet in the highland regions to the north and south of Kisumu, where average annual rainfall ranges from 1,740 mm (70 in) to 1,940 mm (80 in). Average temperatures in this region range from 14° to 34°C (57° to 93°F) in January and 14° to 30°C (57° to 86°F) in July.
The average annual temperatures in the main areas are:
Mombasa (coastal): Max 30ºC, Min 22ºC
Nairobi: Max 25ºC, Min 13ºC
North Plainlands: Max 34ºC, Min 23ºC
Rainfall occurs seasonally throughout most of Kenya . The coast, eastern plateaus and lake basin experience two rainy seasons:
The "long rains" season extends roughly from March to June throughout the country. The "short rains" lasts from approximately October to December.
The highlands of western Kenya have a single rainy season, lasting from March to September.
All parts of the country are subject to periodic droughts, or delays in the start of the rainy seasons. Kenya 's climate has profoundly affected the location of settlement patterns, as for centuries population has been concentrated in the wettest areas of the country.
To check the current weather condition of Kenya please click here
. Mobile phone (participants can use mobile phones after changing SIM cards)
. Sleeping bag
. Mosquito repellents
. Insect repellents
. Map of Kenya
. First-aid kit
. Electricity adapter/converter
. Footwear (for work and travel)
If you want to bring gifts for your project and if you are working for an orphanage or a school, please bring pencils, pens and paper, art supplies like markers and construction paper pads, as well as games for the children to enjoy. Remember that every child will need these items so you may wish to bring enough for a number of children.