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Internship Programs In Kenya
Internship in Kenya
Complete an internship in Kenya, one of the most naturally stunning countries in Africa, full of natural wonders. From tropical beaches, spectacular scenery to rich culture to unparalleled wildlife, Kenya has abundant natural beauty. In this beautiful country, you can meet the traditional Maasai on their ancestral lands and a internship in Maasai Land can learn much from these highly traditional people. Interns who travel to Kenya will spot the incredible wildlife and admire the stunning valleys.
Adventure in Kenya includes exploration of beautiful villages and diverse cultures. Boundless Love’s programs to host interns in Kenya are located in Mombasa and Nairobi, two vibrant cities. In the Boundless Love Kenya internship program, you serve the local communities; share your experience and compassion through an internship in a Nairobi orphanage and with local youth while exploring a great African country. An enriching internship abroad experience is waiting for you! Hot and humid, Nairobi is the modern capital city of Kenya aka the “Green City in the Sun” referring to the lush greenery throughout the city.
To get a head-start on your Kenya internship program, take a few moments to contact us by email for more information, including travel dates, fees and more. We look forward to hearing from you.
Internship Program Fees & Dates
Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.
Boundless Love’s fees for volunteer programs and internship programs are the same. Ifre volunteers offers the world’s most affordable internship programs. When you join our internship program, you pay your fee directly to host families and projects. In this way, we ensure that your money goes for you or the people who need it (not for the organization’s profit).
Boundless Love internship fee comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $50 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, field support, etc). You can visit the following link for details on fees and dates:
Additional costs for interns:
International flights, visa application/extension, daily personal expenses on beverages/entertainment daily transportation, laundry, telephone, immunizations.
Internship Projects in Kenya
Field Support and Supervision
How does Boundless Love help me when I am in the field? How can I maintain communication? Do you visit me?
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.
You can earn academic credit for most internship projects in Kenya. The best way to receive academic credit is by pre-arranging the project with your college/university. It is up to an intern to communicate with faculty/academic advisors regarding college credit for internship work PRIOR to applying to Boundless Love. Your college/university may require additional information prior to approval and may require students to submit pre/post research or other requirements.
Alternatively, you can earn academic credit through Seattle Central Community College (SCCC). SCCC offers college credit for a variety of international programs (study abroad, volunteer abroad, intern abroad, language studies and even cultural-exchanging home-stays). Boundless Love recommends contacting Professor Steve Tash (we can provide contact details) to further explore this option of receiving academic credit for your international internship. Boundless Love is not associated with SCCC and it is up to the intern to arrange to transfer SCCC course credit to their university/college of choice.
Room & Food
Boundless Love manages living accommodations, provides meals and supervision for interns for the entirety of their stay in Kenya. During the internship period, most interns stay in our safe and secure Nairobi homebase. Boundless Loves’ Nairobi homebase is located in a beautiful area nearly 30 km from the Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta) International Airport in the Thome 1 Estate in the Kasarani division of Nairobi. This estate is very safe and manned with onsite security. It is a clean, sparsely furnished home but will meet all your needs as an Boundless Love intern. It is close to the local bus station.
In the Thome 1 Estate you can see beautiful British style houses that belong to some wealthy families of Kenya. Many business families, high ranked government officials and people with high social status live in this village. The nearby local bus (matatu) station is only one km away from the homebase and it is easily accessible by walking. This matatu runs to downtown Nairobi and it is approximately 15 km from Boundless Loves’ homebase in Kasarani. The matatu (van/bus style taxi) fare should be approximately $1 one way. Useful amenities within 2 km of the Boundless Loveshomebase are an internet café, restaurant and supermarket. The local police station is also located within approximately 2 km from the Boundless Loves homebase.
Occasionally, depending on intern traffic, available projects or distance to a intern’s assigned project, we may also place our interns with carefully pre-screened host families. Our host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international interns. They have strong interest in our interns’ safety and well being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, interns will share a room with another intern of the same gender. Another viable option is an at-orphanage stay. Many orphanages in Kenya have set aside special rooms to house international interns. Interns who have stayed with a host family or at an orphanage describe an enriched experience because of having done so. Once you have applied for program placement, you will find the specific details of your accommodations in your personal placement documents for your project.
Interns have free time for the duration of their project, weekends and the Language and Culture program. While Boundless Loves does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in Kenya. It’s the time for self discovery and learning. It’s time to explore this foreign culture and exotic land. It’s definitely time for a safari in Kenya! Our Boundless Loves local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and helps to book your travel.
Kenya has coastal beaches and game reserves, not to mention an amazing assortment of safari adventures in Kenya to enjoy. In your free time, you can explore the amazing wildlife, fascinating landscape and colorful cultures and customs. Alternatively, you can simply hike in the village. Please discuss your options with our local project staff to find the best way for you to spend your free time in Kenya.
- Applying for the Kenya Internship Program
- Airport and Arrival Information
- Health and Safety in Kenya
- Money Matters
- Climate in Kenya
- Items to Bring
Applying for the Kenya Internship Program
How can I apply? What happens when I apply? Do you guarantee placement? How long does it take to receive confirmation?
- 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 Boundless Loves’ offices. Participants are required to submit their application with a $50 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 $100 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 Boundless Loves 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.
- Boundless Lovesreceives 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, Boundless Loves’ Program Manager is always available for any assistance.
Airport and Arrival Information
Who will meet me in the airport? What should I do if I get delayed or miss my flight? When should I arrive?
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 , Boundless Loves suggests participants arrive in Nairobi as the Language and Cultural orientation programs only take place within our Nairobi offices. One of Boundless Loves’ representatives will await your arrival at the airport. Participants should ensure pick-up by sending their flight information to Boundless Loves’ 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 Boundless Loves’ representative or in-country coordinator, they will then be transferred to Boundless Loves’ 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.
We require interns to obtain a tourist Visa in their home country prior to departure for Kenya . Your Visa supplements your passport and is your entry permit allowing you into any foreign country – without which you may be denied access – a risk Boundless Loves suggests avoiding at any costs.
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.)
Health and Safety in Kenya
Being informed is your first defense against disease and safety risks. We recommend visiting some of the following websites for health and safety information:
WHO website for international travelers ( http://www.who.int )
Boundless Loves closely follows the Center for Disease Control’s traveler’s health recommendations ( www.cdc.gov ). Discuss your travel plans and personal health with your healthcare provider to determine which vaccines are necessary.
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.
You might need $10-20 per day for personal expenses like water or soft drinks, taxi and shopping. The best way is to carry a Debit card as ATM machines are available in Nairobi and Mombasa (in airport and major hotels) where you can withdraw local currency. Another alternative is traveler’s checks which are secure and can be cashed in local banks during business hours.
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.
How do I communicate with my family? Boundless Loves staff? Is there internet access?
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 Boundless Loves’ office. Internet Cafés are widely available in most areas of Nairobi and Mombasa.
Climate in kenya
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
Items to bring
Many daily use items are available in Kenya at a reasonable price. However, we suggest interns pack the following things:
- Mobile phone (participants can use mobile phones after changing SIM cards)
- Sleeping bag
- Mosquito repellents
- Insect repellents
- Map of Kenya
- First-aid kits
- Flash light
- Electricity adapter/converter
- Footwear(for work and travel)
What gift should I bring for my project?
It is a common courtesy to bring a small gift for the staff who will be your hosts. You are not required to do so, but if you choose to bring a gift it can simple. We suggest a box of chocolates, a t-shirt with a hometown/country logo, pictures of your family and local post cards.
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.