Gap Year in Kenya

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Whether you are a solo backpacker, a couple on the go or a gap year student looking for some valuable exposure - your experience in Kenya will surely leave a mark on your memories and turn you into a better person.

How about sharing your breakfast with the Giraffes at a countryside Manor? Or do you wish to spend some quality time with orphaned elephant calves while feeding them milk and running around with them? Where else on the Earth will you get a better opportunity to meet the BIG 5 other than Kenya! Arguably one of the best places for a wildlife safari, Kenya is a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. And it just doesn't end where - you can also visit the Great Rift Valley of Lake Turkana where early humans first evolved, the deserted flatlands and the snowcapped Mt. Kenya, the equatorial rainforest regions and the vast stretches of golden beaches bordering the Indian Ocean on the East.

Considered as a developing country, there's still a huge population in Kenya that will provide you with opportunities to serve them, and in case you choose to be a part of a volunteering project while exploring the country, it'll turn into a trip of a lifetime! GoDiscoverAbroad is here to offer you the best and most affordable trips to Kenya, which will not only help you to give back to the society but also bestow you with opportunities to explore the nooks and corners of this gorgeous African nation.

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General Questions

All travelers and volunteers need to complete an eVisa application which will then be processed by the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya. There are certain passport holders who do not need to apply for a Kenyan Visa, do check if your country is on the list.  You will need to apply for a Holiday / Tourist Visa. It is still possible to obtain a visa on arrival for the same cost with cash in USD, however, it saves time to purchase the e-visa online before you arrive.

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, our programs accommodate will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Kenya, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. We mostly recommend for you take immunizations against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A&B, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. A Yellow Fever vaccination and its certificate are obligatory for Kenya despite what some people advise. You will not be allowed to enter the country without it.

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Kenya. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 50-75 USD per week is more than sufficient. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Kenya, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. The amount might run higher if you choose to go on Safari trips. The cost of the safari trips varies between 300-600 USD depending on the safari option you choose.  

It is essential that you fly in on the scheduled project start dates and end dates to get the complimentary airport transfers, so book your flights accordingly. Many projects have different airports slated as pick-up points information about which will be included in your pre-departure kit. Your project coordinator will be picking you up, just keep your eyes peeled for a GoDiscoverAbroad Sign Card and a friendly face with a big smile on it!

We’re on toes, all the time when it comes to the safety of our volunteers. Upon arrival, we will give you a comprehensive talk on the do’s and don’ts around Kenya. We provide 24/7 volunteer support and our program coordinators are also there to assist with in any case. As with traveling anywhere you just need to use common sense. We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be just a little cautious. 

Of the total 68 languages spoken in Kenya, (yes you read it right, 68), English and Swahili are the official languages of the country. The urban population is multilingual and English is spoken widely in commerce, schooling, and government. Your coordinator will be fluent in English and you will also be inducted into the common local language (a few essential words and phrases really!) in your orientation sessions. So, what language barrier, really?

The first and the most important things to remember is that Kenya is a conservative society and it is better to dress accordingly respecting their cultural norms. Opt for lightweight modest clothing in the summer months and avoid black or any dark colors which may attract additional heat during the day. The months of March-May and Nov-Dec is characterized by long and short rainfalls respectively and if you’re down for visiting Kenya in this season, then be sure to pack in a good rain jacket. Months of June-Oct, Jan-Feb offer hot, dry weather good for wildlife watching so you can pack in a good dose of neutral colors and easy breezy clothes. Also, keep a light sweater and extra socks on your packing list for you never know when the mercury might take a dip in the nights. 

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