Kenya lies across the equator in east-central Africa, on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Kenya borders Somalia to the east, Ethiopia to the north, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest. In the north, the land is arid; the southwest corner is in the fertile Lake Victoria Basin; and a length of the eastern depression of the Great Rift Valley separates western highlands from those that rise from the lowland coastal strip. Kenya is a strategic country for the translation of the Bible into many African languages. There are many locations where volunteers can make a difference. This page should help you get started on your journey to Kenya!
- A passport and visa are required for entry into Kenya. Kenya Immigration has instituted a new eVISA process which is now recommended.
- Therefore, all travelers are strongly encouraged to apply online through the eVisa process. https://www.kenyaonlinevisa.com/application you will be able to pay with a Visa or MasterCard on the site. Please allow at least 2 days for them to process. Should you have any doubts or questions regarding your eVisa for the Republic of Kenya application, do not hesitate to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or +34644874857.
- Be sure you print your completed PDF eTV before you travel and take with you for when you arrive in Kenya.
- Travel with at least two 2x2 passport photos.
- Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead.
- Yellow Fever is a risk in certain parts of Kenya so the CDC recommends the yellow fever vaccine for travelers in these areas.
- You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Kenya for the most up to date medical info for this country.
- Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
- Contact your health provider for other recommendations vaccinations.
- Recommend that you carry medication for traveler’s diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
- If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.
- For Men:
- Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
- For Women:
- National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
- Socially acceptable or expected footwear:
- Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."
- Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.
Things to bring:
- Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
- Bug Spray or wipes preferably with a high concentration of Deet.
- Sunscreen, small battery operated fan, flashlight, and umbrella.
- A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
- A flashlight, a small portable battery operated fan.
- Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.)
- Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling). Putting all the information on a note card including gates for flights eliminates having to pull out your tickets and passport any more frequently than necessary. It is always good to have a copy of your passport.
Things to know:
- Be prepared to do without running water, electricity or internet on occasion.
- The Eastern part of the rift valley is very hot for most of the year, and you will want clothing that is made of natural fibers.
- If you are sensitive to strong sun, there are many areas with few trees and you may want sunglasses or a hat.
- There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
- Notify your bank that you will be in Kenya so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.