Although the CRS Farmer to Farmer program is no longer operating in Kenya, we felt it would be helpful for you to still have access to some of the logistical information should you chose to take a vacation here after completing your volunteer assignment in one of our current core award countries.
Kenya Overview: This link gives you an overview of Kenya’s: history, people, language and culture.
Kenya Logistics Preparation Info. “at a glance”: This link tells you the essentials (SCROLL DOWN THE ENTIRE LINK), getting there, best time of time of year to go, currency and conversion, getting around, health and safety, insurance, and traveler’s advice specific to populations with special needs.
2018 Holidays: Check to see if your assignment will be during a major holiday, as this could shift your schedule of activities, and access to resources (example – most people don’t eat meat during “Lent” leading up to Easter).
Time and Weather: Make sure you are packing for the weather you will encounter, not the weather you “think” you will encounter. Check the Host Country Organization map at the top of the page to find the closest major city to your assignment.
Agricultural Country Stats/ Old Site: Overview of land use and major crops grown at a glance.
Agricultural Country Stats/New Site: Select the “Search and Visualize” tab, then select the vibrating file. It will open to a selection of tables that share information on agricultural production, crops, and the population.
Swahili and English are the official languages in Kenya. Swahili is the national language while English is the business language. Kenyans speak other local languages as well.
We are providing the link below because although it addresses Ugandan Cultural Norms, we find it very relevant to many African cultures. The information can help you navigate some of the unspoken cultural norms which can lead to frustrating experiences while working in African Countries.
Cultural Mistakes to Avoid in Uganda:
http://www.magicalkenya.com/ – Kenya Tourism Board Website