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DESTINATION GUIDE


Your Volunteer Location: The address of the volunteer house is: Elephant Cottage, Brackenhurst International Conference Centre, Tigoni Road, Tigoni, Limuru The volunteer house has three shared bedrooms. Usually we have around 6 volunteers, and can hit capacity in our peak season which is July and August. Our cosy volunteer cottage is set in the hills on a 100 acre property surrounded by tea plantations and pretty woodlands. A lovely lounge area complete with comfy couches and fireplace provides ample room for relaxing in the evenings. A covered deck also provides peaceful spots to sit on warm African summer nights. Just a short walk away, an all-day cafĂŠ serves up all the favourites as well as excellent wood-fired pizzas with an eclectic selection of toppings! Feel free to sit indoors or head outside to the patio tables and hammocks situated in the well-tended garden. We can cater for most dietary requirements, but please let us know beforehand so we can prepare for your arrival. The food we serve is a mixture of International and Kenyan cuisine. Breakfast includes tea, coffee, cereals, toast, jam and peanut butter as well as eggs, sausages and pancakes served in rotation. Lunch is usually taken on project and a hot meal is cooked freshly in the evening. During the weekends, there will be plenty of delicious prepared food in the fridge for volunteers to help themselves to. You will be free to use the kitchen to prepare your own meals should you wish. Wi-fi is available, as is a large gift shop full of locally made handicrafts.

There is a daily laundry service on site, available for a small fee and payable in Kenyan Shillings.


Immediate Surrounding Area Outdoor lovers will feel at home here. With over 15km of well-mapped nature trails traversing the grounds, choose to walk, run or peddle under dense indigenous forests and through endless rolling tea fields. Keep an eye out for the occasional Colombus monkey glancing your way and see how many of the 187 species of birds you can identify. Sports facilities are also available if you feel you haven’t quite sweated enough. Limuru town itself is a short drive away, where you will find ATMS, restaurants and bars as well as local markets and supermarkets should you need to make any purchases. Nairobi, a 1-hour drive away, offers a well-developed tourist infrastructure and is filled with numerous things to do and see. You will also be able to find many familiar international chains and brands in the city.

The Country Kenya has it all. From the mountains down to the beaches, the valleys across to the lakes, the wildlife complimenting the wilderness, the sunsets over the savannahs, the list goes on. And who could forget the people. This is the essence of Africa, and an Africa in its most quintessential form. The largest economy in the East, Kenya is growing at a fast pace, but it is still very much a developing nation. Things are different here, but that only adds to the charm. Welcome to the adventure.


Steps for planning your trip Make note of the start dates! You can join for 2 to 12 weeks. Project start dates are EVERY Monday throughout the year with the last start being 26 October for a 2 week placement only.

ARRIVAL INTO NAIROBI We will meet you at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on the Monday that your volunteer placement starts. Please ensure your flight arrives between 6AM – 10PM. Outside of those times, you will have to pay for a private transfer that we will arrange for you. When you arrive look out for the African Impact sign and your name, with a friendly face to welcome you. It is approximately a 1-hour drive to the volunteer house in Limuru. Please do not leave the airport, if you cannot find an African Impact representative. Please call the project team, whose numbers are on the list below. We will be there and will certainly never leave without you.

If you wish to take the FREE transport you will need to book your departure flight between 6AM – 10PM, on the Monday that your volunteer project ends.

We will collect or drop you off at your chosen accommodation on the Monday. Ask your Volunteer Placement Manager if you need any more details and don’t forget to tell us the address if you need to be picked up from there before your project!

Contact Numbers – please carry with you while travelling In the event that your flight is changed at the last moment, or you miss your connecting flight please contact one of the following: Project Manager: Nila Asaji +254 717 940 806 nila@africanimpact.com General Manager : Lincoln Njiru +254 724 768 733 lincoln@edu-africa.com

PRIVATE TRANSFERS OUTSIDE ABOVE MENTIONED TRANSFER HOURS AND DATES WILL COST US$45 (PER VEHICLE) ONE WAY


FLIGHTS With the assistance of our flight partner, Flight Centre, you can now contact us for assistance in bookings of your flights and even accommodation should you opt to arrive a few days earlier and/or depart a few days later.

Don’t let this be stressful. Obtaining visas is your responsibility and the extended information provided on our Visa Guidance is to serve as a guideline only. We advise that you confirm this information with the embassy / consulate of the country that you will be visiting in your home country before departure. Please request the Visa Guidance if you are unable to to allocate it on your Online Portal and feel free to email your Placement Manager as well for assistance.

TRAVEL INSURANCE Prior to your trip you will need to arrange medical insurance which will give you full coverage for any medical requirements which may arise during your trip, including cover for full air evacuation in the unlikely event that this is necessary. Your medical cover also needs to include repatriation. Please ensure that you arrange adequate cover and send your insurance details to your Volunteer/ Internship Placement Manager before departing for the project. Please be sure to check your policy carefully to ensure that it does cover activities which you are hoping / likely to participate in, as cover does vary from one country of residence to another and from one volunteer project-type to another. Our preferred travel insurance partners are World Nomads (https://www.worldnomads.com/Turnstile/AffiliateLink?partnerCode=afrimp&source=link&utm_source=afrimp &utm_content=link&path=https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/) but you are welcome to use whichever provider you find suitable.

Money (where available) How much spending money you need differs from person to person and depends on how much you shop, drink and eat besides the meals provided for you. We recommend that you allow a figure of at least 500KSH (approx. US $5) per day for extra spending. It is also important that when deciding how much money you bring, you take into account what optional activities you anticipate participating in. We recommend bringing enough US Dollars which you can exchange in Nairobi on your arrival or near the project. Credit and debit cards can be used in some places and you will be able to draw Kenyan Shillings from ATMs not far from your placement. VISA and MASTERCARD are the most widely accepted. If you are planning on going on safari that has been organised by African Impact, please note that we do not accept credit cards. Payment can be made in Kenyan Shillings or USD.

Contact with friends and family – internet or telephone You are able to purchase a Safaricom or Airtel SIM card either at the airport or from a nearby shopping centre. Make sure your phone is ‘unlocked’ before you travel. Generally, phone coverage is not a problem in the areas you will be in. Wifi is available at the brakenhurst coffee shop, which is a short walk from the volunteer cottage and stay open until late, for 1 US dollar per hour.


What Else?

POLICE CLEARANCE/ BACKGROUND CHECK CERTIFICATE (In respect to Working with Children and Vulnerable Communities). You must please get a police clearance/ criminal record check certificate PLEASE NOTE:

WITHOUT A POLICE CLEARANCE, (in respect to Working with Children and Vulnerable Communities). YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE PROJECT. It is MANDATORY for every Volunteer to complete Police Checks prior to joining any one of our projects. As a Volunteer, regardless of project selection, you will come into contact with minors and/or vulnerable adults during your stay. We therefore feel that it is our responsibility to obtain a check on every Volunteer with us in order to ensure the safety of the people and communities we work with. Depending on your nationality and the regulations in your home country, there may be a small charge, payable to your local authority. Please note that your Police/ Criminal Record Check cannot be more than 6 months old when you start your volunteer program, so if you are booking more than 6 months in advance of your Project start date, please wait to obtain this check closer to the time. Some countries may not allow for an Advanced Check/ Vulnerable Sector check. If this is the case, we will require a Basic check accompanied by two professional character references. If you are from the United States of America, we can assist you with the process for a minimal fee payable to African Impact. In addition, African Impact insists that Volunteers and Interns avoid any contact with drugs and/or any inappropriate activities relating to alcohol.

Vaccinations Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever vaccination and the certificate are obligatory for Kenya. You WILL NOT be allowed to enter the country without it. Please consult your private doctor with regards to immunizations/vaccinations. Below are details of what is likely to be recommended.

Tetanus: A recent tetanus injection is highly recommended Polio: Recommended Hepatitis A&B: Recommended Tuberculosis: Recommended Malaria: Limuru is a malaria-free zone. However, if you plan on travelling outside of Limuru on excursions to the Maasai Mara for example you will need a supply of anti-malarial tablets for your trip as well as mosquito repellent. Ask your doctor to prescribe the best one available. N.B. We do not recommend Larium (sometimes known to cause hallucinations) or Doxycycline (many people have bad reactions to the sun when they use this prophylactic). You will need an adequate supply of sunscreen cream for the hot African sun - SPF 30 and above. Also, please bring a hat and a water bottle with you, as you will be in the sun for a good portion of the day. Even if the sky is overcast, the sun is strong enough to cause burning. Many volunteers get dehydrated during their time with us, don’t let that be you – we do not want you to have to miss out on any of your experience due to being sick as a result of dehydration, so please, please, drink lots of water!


Here is a packing list for you to tick off as you go! Clothing When doing project work, particularly in rural areas, please dress with modesty. Volunteers should wear clothing that is comfortable, won’t limit your movements and you don’t mind getting dirty. It is culturally respectful to cover your shoulders, cleavage, knees, lower back and abdomen with loose clothing. We ask that you bring strong, covered shoes to wear whilst working. Trainers and tennis shoes are acceptable and recommended. If you have a pair of Wellingtons or gum boots, these will be very useful during the rainy season from June - August. If not, they can be purchased here. Also bring along a pair of ts or sandals/flip-flops for the times that you -cut shir w lo o hirts (n ) ts or T-s are not on the project. leavage ved shir

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As with most other countries in the equatorial belt, seasons seem to merge into one and are not distinctly different.

Please e xpect th ere to be surp risingly la rge drops in tempera t ure at night , with tempera tures po ssibly droppin g to 10C / 50 Fahrenh e it . Please p ack war mer than yo u would expect for this project !

Summer season: begins in September and temperatures rise until January and then cool off again. Rainy season: The “long rains” are generally from March to May and “short rains” fall mostly in November/December. Highland areas (Limuru) are cooler because of their altitude. Bringing a warm sweater or jacket with you is a good idea.


Your Expectations and our Requirements on Project You will need to remain flexible, understandable and good – humored. “African time” can be difficult and frustrating for those who are used to a very structured life, so it is something to keep in mind! Once you arrive in Africa, your care is the responsibility of African Impact and our trained Project Managers. We always aim to provide you with all of your daily needs to keep you out of harm’s way and to support you in your Volunteer and Intern work. In exchange, we ask you to attend work punctually and to behave consistently in ways that reflect well upon African Impact and our Project Managers. We ask that you dress according to local norms while in the public eye and to treat people on the work site with kindness and respect. In addition, African Impact insists that Volunteers and Interns avoid any contact with Drugs and any culturally inappropriate activities relating to Alcohol. The African Impact projects rely on networks of people, and those networks are held together by good relationships. If a case should arise in which our staff feels that Volunteers or Interns have repeatedly behaved in ways that contradict the basic spirit of this agreement, we reserve the right to remove you from the Program.

Upholding the good name of African Impact and its partner organizations We ask that you do not bring yourself or African Impact into disrepute nor involve any other Employee, Volunteer or Intern in any behaviour that might amount to disrepute. If your behaviour is found to be detrimental to the program that you are involved with, you may be asked to leave immediately without compensation

Child Protection Our Child Protection Policy and Guidelines are there to help Volunteers, Interns and Staff be clear on our role in safeguarding children (anyone under the age of 18). It’s important to be aware of what good practice is and who to talk to if you have any concerns. You will get more information when you start your Volunteering or Internship placement. Any evidence of poor practice towards children will be acted on immediately and the relevant steps taken based on our policy and code of conduct

Drugs If you use or even come into contact with drugs, drug users, drug pushers or anyone remotely connected with drugs, illegal or otherwise, other than for medical reasons, your placement will be terminated immediately. If you are taking drugs for Medical reasons and have not informed us of your medical condition the same rules and conditions apply

Discrimination on Any Grounds If you see, hear or encounter any discrimination of any kind, do not challenge that person or intervene. If you feel that you need to express your views, please tell your Project Manager and they will take the necessary actions. African Impact is strongly against any form of Discrimination and any information given to us is taken very seriously.

Relationships Whilst on your placement we do NOT encourage any sexual relations. In addition, the program neither allows nor encourages Volunteers and Interns to develop intimate personal relationships with general staff and partners. This would not promote a good working environment and could result in the dismissal of the staff member and your termination from the program


HIV and AIDS The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that infects cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their function. As the infection progresses, the immune system becomes weaker and the person becomes more susceptible to infections. The most advanced stage of HIV infection is Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It can take 10 – 15 years for an HIV –infected person to develop AIDS. Antiretroviral Drugs can slow down the process even further (WHO). We highly recommend that you do some research before arriving at your project as HIV is widespread across Africa with an estimated 24.7 million people living with the virus on the continent (UNAIDS) . A good source of information is “28 stories of AIDS Africa” by Stephanie Nolan. The book is available on Amazon

Termination of Placement In the event that your placement is terminated due to your failure to abide by the code of conduct laid out below, you will be required to pay for any costs incurred for your return home from the placement.

Safety – what to do in an emergency We take your safety very seriously and on arrival, we will give you a comprehensive talk on the do’s and don’ts around the Town. We pride ourselves on our record and give all our volunteers 24 hours support. We also live on the premises of the Volunteer House with you so we have the best knowledge of the local area and how to have the best experience. Please respect this advice. Some safety guidelines you should be aware of:

· Avoid travelling alone, especially at night. ALWAYS use a taxi · Find out where the unsafe areas are and avoid them. · When travelling, keep all important documents and valuables in a safe place like a hidden pocket or money belt. · Carry only as much cash and personal items as you think you will need for that day. · Don’t wear expensive jewellery or watches. · Be wary of people who seem too friendly too fast. · Keep cameras out of sight and always keep bags and purses in your sight. · Before swimming, ask how safe the area is. We would advise not sharing your personal contact details with anyone under any circumstances. In addition, you will be working outdoors, in an unfamiliar community and environment. Listen to your Project Manager and respect the local rules and customs at all times! Know the emergency numbers of the Project Team. Make sure we have a copy of your emergency contact person at home


Volunteer Code of Conduct 1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

General Bad Conduct

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Poor Punctuality

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Laziness

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Breach of Safety Rule

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Damage or misuse of company property

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to follow instructions from African Impact Staff members

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Conservation Projects: Failure to follow Game Drive Rules

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to attend an Activity without just reason

Written Warning

Termination

Staying out all night without prior notification to staff

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to use taxis as form of transport after dark Being rude, unfriendly or disrespecting local customs (language, clothing, etc)

Written Warning

Termination

Written Warning

Termination

Discrimination in any form

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Offences

Breach of our Child Protection Policy

Written Warning

Termination

Not upholding the Reputable Name of African Impact on and off site

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to keep the PAAZAB code of ethics

Written Warning

Termination

Disrespecting or potentially harming any animals (domestic or wild)

Written Warning

Termination

Wildlife Projects only - ethical standards in the good treatment & management of animals in captivity

Written Warning

Termination

Serious Offences

1st Offence

Theft

Termination

Drinking on Duty (or between activies) where you could endager yourself or someone else as a result

Termination

Drinking under the age of 18

Termination

Malicious damage to Company Property

Termination

Breach of accommodation establishment rules

Termination

Relationships between African Impact Staff and Volunteer/Interns

Termination

Assault

Termination

Negligent performance of duties with serious consequences to property or life

Termination

Serious breach of the safety rules (especially at night)

Termination

Under the influence of drugs and/or in possession of illegal drugs

Termination

Major breach of our Child Protection Policy

Termination

Family Volunteering - African Impact considers all minors/children

1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

Your child is your sole responsibility at all times, on project or during free time, including weekends

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Your child is no one else's responsibility including African Impact staff. Parents are responsible for disruptive/bad/rude/ culturally insensitive behaviour of their children, and all other aspects of the code of conduct

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

to be anyone under the age of 18

If any family member breaches the code of conduct, the whole family's placement will be terminated

Termination


EXPLORING THE AREA TOURS - Please note these are only entry fee pricing. There will also be a transfer cost of US $120 - US $210 per vehicle. The Project team will confirm the exact price on the ground. Nairobi National Park: Entry: US $43 - A stone’s throw from downtown, this is a safari with a city backdrop!

Giraffe Sanctuary: Entry: US $15 – Home to over 300 Rothschild’s giraffes, view these magnificent creatures up close. There is also an opportunity to hand-feed them from a raised platform.

Elephant Orphanage: Entry: US $5 - Combined with the giraffe sanctuary, this makes a lovely day out. This long-running rehabilitation project cares for baby elephants affected by poaching and habitat destruction.

Nairobi National Museum: Entry: US $12 – Museum showcasing Kenya’s rich culture and heritage. Take a leisurely stroll outside through the botanical gardens when you are done inside.

Maasai Mara Safari Visiting The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a must for most visitors. Renowned for the Great Migration of 1.4 million wildebeest (usually between July and September), ‘The Mara’ is famous year round for its prolific game-viewing and abundance of predators, and boasts the country's highest wildlife density. This is undoubtable one of the greatest wildlife reserves in all of Africa, and it’s right on your doorstep.

Price: from US $450pp – US $1000pp+ 3 days/2nights (includes game drives, full board and transport) (Price dependent on accommodation preference, road or air transfer, extras such as balloon safari, duration of stay) NOTE: Apart from entry fees to different places, please also remember to factor in transport costs to various excursions.

Other National Parks With over 65 National Parks, Reserves and sanctuaries to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. Highlights include Mt. Kenya (Meru National Park) and Mt. Kilimanjaro (Amboseli National Park), flamingos on lake (Lake Nakuru National Park), trekking to the crater forest (Mt. Longonot National Park), the Great Rift Valley (Hell’s Gate National Park). Not to mention hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, bird watching, hippo safaris, horse riding, fishing, game walks, and camping! Kenyan Coast (Mombasa, Diani Beach, Lamu, Malindi, Watamu) Kenya’s coast could easily be called paradise. Just 5 hours from Nairobi, the palm-fringed white sand beaches drop gently down to turquoise waters sheltered by coral reefs. Aside from sunbathing, there’s activities like snorkelling, dolphin safaris, dhow cruises (traditional Kenyan boat), fishing, scuba diving and bird watching to name but a few. We recommend that you make these bookings on arrival. Bookings are subject to availability and prices depend on group size and dates. Please be advised that the above activities and prices are guidelines and are subject to change without notice.


Fundraising and Donations Interested in raising funds for your chosen project or collecting donations for your Project Destination of choice? Download The African Impact Foundation pamphlet from your online portal to learn more! If interested in bringing some project donations, you can request a detailed Wish List from your Placement Manager of all current needs for your project.

WHO IS AFRICAN IMPACT? WHY VOLUNTEER WITH US? At African Impact, we create the most Transformative and Impactful Volunteer experiences on the planet for communities, wildlife and volunteers. Volunteering in Africa is what we do, it’s in our DNA and what we are awarded for year after year. We’ve built, grown and developed our very own projects, hand-in-hand with local African communities. We work with the most incredible people to make this happen and surround ourselves with inspiring human beings from every corner of the world. Every year is a chance to grow, learn and better our offering – both for host communities and for volunteers themselves. We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of excellence and know that volunteering can achieve even more. What do we believe in?

ü ·Providing an extraordinary experience to our volunteers ü Making tangible, measurable impacts for our communities and wildlife initiatives ü Transforming the lives and perspectives of everyone who is part of our journey So, welcome to what good volunteering looks like. Join us and go #BeyondVolunteering to a place that connects cultures, mindset and ideas. A place that leaves you awed and inspired, able to do more, discover more and to make a real impact.

Destination Guide: Kenya (Limuru) Volunteering  

Destination Guide: Kenya (Limuru) Volunteering  

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