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  1. 1. http://www.lecdenkenya.comTHE FIRST STEPS; I am interested in volunteering.What do I do now?First, you need to believe that Volunteering in Kenya is the right thing and Kenya is aplace for you. Learn about us: our programs, our goals, and our members. If you wantto be certain, go through the following steps and it will help you to make a decision:You can download a form here in our website home page Fill in the application andsubmit it online.Ensure that you have the qualifications or training required for the program(s) you areinterested in. Once you decide which program(s) you wish to be involved with, we cansend you the appropriate documents. You should review these before your arrival. Wewill also put you in touch with the Director(s) of the program(s) you are interested in. Let us know when you are thinking of coming to Kenya. Then we canensure there is a vacancy on the farm during that time. Once we are sure there will bespace, you can look into flights, insurance, visa and passport details. Once you book aflight, let us know exactly when you are coming so we can make arrangements for yourarrival.VOLUNTEER PROGRAM INFORMATION
  2. 2. 1. Do I have to specify a particular program I‟m interested in or can I work on severalprograms while in Kenya?It is possible to work on several of the different programs during your stay in Kenya.However, we require that you have a focus for your time there. It will help those who arein Kenya to organize your time and their time if they know your area of focus before youarrive. Since most people have limited time in Kenya, it is a shame to waste the first weekdeciding what you want to do. Your “game plan” will be centered about your primaryprogram of interest. However, you will always be free to contribute to the other programsgiven the circumstances permit this.2. I am unsure what program I want to work on. Is that a problem?Not immediately. We will work with you to determine where your interests, skills andenergy can be best put to use, and then develop a game plan from there. Read throughthe program information on this website and then email us with any questions you haveconcerning specific programs. It is best if we sort this out before your placement for thepurpose of scheduling. This is especially true during the busy months of May-Aug, whendemand for placements is high and most programs will be full. Since each program hasan individual limit as to volunteer numbers, it is essential during this period that we knowwhere each volunteer will be working. Outside of these months, there is slightly moreflexibility.3. Do I need to have any qualifications and/or training to participate in any of theprograms?Yes. All volunteers must be 20 years of age or older by the time of their volunteerplacement. Volunteers under the age of 20 may only come if they are accompanied bytheir parents. We have had several families come volunteer with us in the past. Thequalifications and required preparation work specific to each program is detailed on thePrograms website section for each program. Please read those sections for more detailson this. We have extensive training manuals that volunteers in the AIDS Education,Healthcare-Mobile Clinics, and Micro enterprise Development programs that you willreceive prior to leaving for Kenya. You will receive the orientation training manual for
  3. 3. your program after you have submitted an application. You can review these orientationtraining manuals before making the final decision to confirm your placement.4. Will there be other volunteers in Kenya when I go?Yes. We have volunteers working on the ground in Kenya year round. Since there arevolunteers coming and going to Kenya at various times throughout the year, there will beat least a few other volunteers already there when you arrive. Mid-May to Mid-Augustand Mid-December to Mid-January are the busiest time periods of the year for us, sincethis is when the students from undergrad and medical school universities are on vacationfrom school. During these months we are typically fully booked with 15-20 volunteers. Ifyou are able to schedule your trip outside of these time periods, that would be great. Ifnot, just make sure to book your placement with us far in advance so we can reserve youa spot. During the other months of the year we have 3-10 volunteers on the groundworking (plus all our Kenyan staff).5. Will there be an experienced health professional present at the clinic, or will I work onmy own?Local health care professionals staff the clinic so that the services are still available inthe absence of volunteers from abroad.6. Is it possible to communicate with patients at the clinic in English?Many of the people in the village speak English, since English and Swahili are the officiallanguages of Kenya. However, if the language barrier is ever a problem, one of thefamily members from the farm or one of the health-care workers can assist in translation.
  4. 4. 7. Is there any time during the year whenplacements are not available?No. We have volunteer placements 12 months a year. We have volunteers arriving anddeparting during every month. In 2007, we had over 75 volunteers.8. What is the minimum length of stay required for a volunteer?Although we do not strictly prohibit shorter stays, we do request that our volunteers areable to offer at least one month of voluntary services. Things in Kenya happen at a verydifferent pace than in the Western world. It can take some time for a volunteer to travel tothe farm, settle in, become accustomed to the lifestyle, learn their schedule, andunderstand their role. If a volunteer stays for only two weeks, most of their time will bespent getting settled in and little time will be left during which they can make acontribution. We want every volunteer to feel that their time in Kenya was put to gooduse and that they had adequate time to make an impact. Traveling around the world totry to “make a difference” is a big commitment and it is important that everyone feel theyaccomplished this desire.Ideally, volunteers should stay for 6-8 weeks.9. Is there a maximum stay for Volunteer Kenya volunteers?Yes. We allow maximum stays of 3 months for a volunteer‟s first trip. Volunteer Kenyadoes not have external funding and therefore, the running of the programs depends onthe program fees provided by volunteers, as do the salary fees. The extension rates listed
  5. 5. above have been established to help those volunteers who wish to stay a bit longer, toease the financial burden. However, these fees are not necessarily enough to allow theprograms to run for long-term stays.Life in Kenya is difficult and very different from what most of our volunteers have everexperienced. Kenya is a developing country and most of the people we interact with areliving in extreme poverty. Volunteers will need to adjust to living in conditions that canbe very foreign to them. No running water. No electricity. Lizards, mice, rats,cockroaches, and even snakes for roommates. This can be a tough change for manypeople.A visiting mzungu (non-Kenyan/”white”) can be seen as an opportunity by some. Thismeans that volunteers are likely to be approached by locals in need of food, money,staples, etc. and that many people will see them as a chance to get out of Kenya or toreceive support money for themselves, their families, or their “organization”. It can bedifficult to make people understand that not every person from the Western world has anunlimited supply of money available to them. Coupled with the differences in culture andthe rustic lifestyle, these demands can become trying for volunteers and are compoundedthe longer a volunteer is in Kenya.If a volunteer wishes to return to Kenya for a second trip, as many of our volunteers do,they are welcome to stay longer than the two month maximum as long as they discuss thiswith and get approval by our Executive Director Steve.10. Who will help me organize a game plan prior to my arrival in Kenya?Your initial correspondence will be with the Volunteer Coordinator and the InternationalCoordinator. Once you have been accepted as a volunteer, then the VolunteerCoordinator will put you in touch with the director of the program(s) you want to assist.You will then work with the specific Director to organize a game plan
  6. 6. 11. What is a typical day like?Obviously, the day‟s events will vary. Events like the launching of a women‟s consortiumcan take an entire day and community HIV/AIDS presentations can sometimes extendthroughout a day as well. The EMPOWER Peer Education Program takes about 2.5hours per session so when a course is underway, this can change the daily schedule.Some programs are happening in neighboring districts and therefore may involve moretravel time and can alter the daily time-line. Nothing is set in stone due to the rotatinglocations and program schedule. The below outline is very general and meant to give anidea of what to expect without being a strict daily itinerary. There are times when youwill have half or even whole days off and you can choose what you want to do with yourfree time.* Wake up between 6-9am* Go on morning run (or sleep longer)* Shower* Have breakfast (bread, butter, jam, peanuts, chai)* Go to a local school for an AIDS Education presentation or go to the Clinic, or go tothe school (Epico Jahns) to prepare your teaching plans and start class.
  7. 7. * For those participating in EMPOWER or mobile clinics, head out around 9am* Eat lunch at the farm, at the school, or eat a picnic lunch that you pack in the morning* Continue your volunteer program activities (school, clinic AIDS, presentations)* Take tea between 4-6pm when you return home from the day‟s work* Hang out, chat, relax, write in journal, run, go to the market, etc.* Eat dinner around 8pm* Hang out, chat, relax, write in journal, etc.12. Will I enjoy every day in Kenya?Probably not. While you will most likely have the experience of a lifetime, there willinevitably be days when you will ask yourself “Why did I do this?” Living in a ruralAfrican village can present difficult situations that you have never encountered before.You will experience the realities of poverty firsthand. There will probably be a few timeswhen you want to just quit and go back home. However, for all this hard work you willdo, you will have many very rewarding and enriching experiences. A great deal ofsatisfaction can be gained from making a positive contribution to the local communitythrough the development programs. You will most likely leave Kenya with a betterunderstanding of the human condition.13. What is the difference between “Lecden-Kenya” and “ICODEI”?The above two names represent the same group and work. “ICODEI” (InterCommunityDevelopment Involvement) is what the Kenyan community based organization has beenknown as locally since 1998. However, there is no name recognition with “ICODEI”internationally (i.e. ICODEI is not descriptive of the work). The name “Lecden- Kenya”came about during 2008 as a way to better reflect what we do all over KenyaFEE INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEERS1. How much are the Volunteer Fees and what do they include?Total Volunteer fees will depend on the number of days and the fees include pick-up fromthe Nairobi Airport (assuming you are doing a safari), program materials and expenses,program transport (such as vehicle repair and gas), salaries for the Kenyan staff, andRoom and Board. Volunteers receive 3 meals a day, 7 days a week while on the farm.Not included in this fee are airplane tickets, souvenirs, and food/drink outside of thehome stay. It does not include your flight to Kenya. Volunteers need to purchase and payfor their own flight separately. The breakdown of these Volunteer Fees and a moredetailed explanation of them can be found in the Volunteer Fees & Dates section of the
  8. 8. website located under the Resource Center tab. Click here to be directed to this sectionand contact us2. Do you have any discount arrangements with safari companies?Due to the volume of volunteers we have coming to Kenya each year, we have worked outa special deal with Eyes on nature expeditions Safaris so that our volunteers (who areusually on a tight budget) can go on a safari at a reduced rate. volunteers can take a 3-day safari in the Masai Mara National Reserve, one of Africa‟s most popular safaridestinations. fee includes transportation to and from Nairobi and all accommodationsand meals while on safari. Volunteers going on a safari also get a free night stay athostel in Nairobi when they first arrive in Kenya and free pick-up at the Nairobi airport.Almost all of our volunteers take advantage of this great opportunity. All arrangementsand payment for the safari is handled directly between the volunteer and Eyes on natureexpeditions Safaris, which can be done either before or after you arrive in Kenya .Click here to be directed to this section and contact usEyes on nature expeditions Safaris Most volunteers wait to book the safari until theyarrive in Kenya and typically go on the safari at the end of their trip. You do not need tobook the safari during your first days in Nairobi. You can communicate with Eyes onnature expeditions while you are volunteering in Nairobi or Siaya and makearrangements then.FUNDRAISING INFORMATION1. Is there any financial support provided for the volunteer’s plane ticket or otherFees?No. Unfortunately, we have no external funding and operate on a shoestring budget.However, we can assist you if you are interested in fundraising tips before you travel toKenya.For more information visit2. Can I raise money for my trip and have the donations be tax-deductible?
  9. 9. Yes. If you are interested in fundraising for both the programs and your personal travelexpenses, please contact us and we can give you the details. Donations made towards theprograms can be tax deductible whereas donations towards personal expenses cannot betax deductible.3. What has worked for other volunteers for fundraising?Past volunteers have found that talking to people you know and asking for direct supporthas proved successful. If you or your parents are members of any organization (RotaryClub, Churches, etc.), contact them and see if you can give a presentation about your tripand solicit funds. You can put together events as well. Many companies are willing todonate prizes that you can use to entice people to game days or challenges with entryfees, etc. Please be sure that you are clear where the funds will be used. Some people willgive only to personal travel. Some will give only to the programs. Some do not carewhere their donation is used. Be persistent. It will work out.4. Do you have a Power Point presentation I could use to solicit funds?Yes. If this is of interest to you, please contact us so we can give you directions on how toaccess this file.TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS1. Do you suggest I make my own plane reservations?Yes. Volunteers are responsible for their own round trip transportation to and fromNairobi . Cheap flights can be purchased from www.flycheapabroad.com ,www.cheapflights.com , www.airfareplanet.com , www.CheapOAir.com , Council Travel,STA Travel, and TravelCuts. Round trip flights from the Midwest and East Coast of theUS cost around $1,300 USD (as of April 2007).2. Who will pick me up at the airport? Where do we go from the airport?A representative from Lecden-Kenya or Eyes on nature expeditions Safari (who is thedriver) will meet you at the airport. They will bring you to our centre, which is justoutside of downtown Nairobi .
  10. 10. 3. You are welcome to stay elsewhere if you choose. If you choose to stay elsewhere inNairobi , you are responsible for all extra transportation expenses and makingarrangements to get to the bus station for onward travel..4.Do you have any information about travel insurance?STA Travel (USA) offers travel insurance. For more information, please call 1-800-543-3797 or visit their web site at www.statravel.com. In Canada, check with Travel Cuts forBon Voyage Insurance (also available in the US). For info, call 1-800-361-3119 or emailbonvoyage@pottruffsmith.com.5. I am interested in doing some traveling besides the safari. Do you have anyinformation about possible trips and their prices? Yes,Please contact us,We can help you with thisinformation.6. What type of visa do I need?Although it may seem like you would need some type of service or non-tourist visa, theKenyan Embassy in DC and the Kenyan High Commission in Ottawa have said thatanyone not earning any money in Kenya need just apply for a Tourist Visa. Pleasecontact Immigration in Nairobi to confirm this (The Principal Immigration Officer,Department of Immigration, PO Box 30191, Nairobi: Tel. 254 2 222022). Let us all knowif you receive different advice. Contacts for USA, Canada, and the UK are below.
  11. 11. Embassy of the Republic of Kenya2249 R Street N.W.Washington, DC20008Tel: 202 387 6101E-mail: info@kenyaembassy.comKenya High Commission415 Laurier Ave. EastOttawa, OntarioK1N 6R4Tel: 613 563 1773/1776/1778E-mail: kenrep@on.aibn.comKenya High Commission45 Portland PlaceLondon, EnglandUnited KingdomW1N 4ASTel: 0870 162 0849A single entry visa for Kenya will allow you to re-enter Kenya from Uganda or Tanzaniawithout paying any extra fees. If you are planning on traveling to any other countrieswhile in Africa, with the intent of coming back into Kenya, you should consider getting amultiple entry visa. US citizens can get 6-month visas for Kenya. However, the entrystamp needs to be updated after three months. Canadian citizens can only get 3-monthvisas so if you are planning to stay longer, you will need to extend your visa (and updatethe stamp) in Nairobi or Kisumu. Try Kisumu as they seem to be a little moreaccommodating and it is closer to Kabula. Although Visa applications are most oftenprocessed and returned in 7-10 days, it might be a good idea to deal with this soonerrather than later, just in case there are complications and/or delays of any kind. Send in
  12. 12. your application as soon as you book a flight. However, for those of you planning anextended trip, keep in mind that the visa is good from date of issue so if you apply amonth before you leave, you will have one less month in Kenya during which your visawill be valid.HOUSING IN KENYA1. Will I live with community members or in separate housing?You will live in a hotel in nairobi and in rural area on farm with extended family ofover 50+ members including orphans and vulnerable children in the rural village ofSiaya . Volunteers stay in the four grass-thatched mudhuts which were built in 2003 for the specific purpose of housing volunteers. Each hastwo bunk beds and hence, they can house 16 people in total. The huts are very nice andhave a locking door, a cement floor, glass windows, and a dry roof. Camping on theproperty is an option for those who are more adventurous (but the Room & Board fee isstill the same). The Orientation Packet and Photo Album sections on this web site containa picture of the volunteer huts. There is also a picture of the huts rotating through on theHome Page.2. Will the farm have running water and electricity?Water is drawn from a well on the farm. It can then be boiled and/or filtered for drinking.It can also be boiled for showers. There is a power generator on the farm which oftenruns in the evenings. This is an option only when there is money available from programfees to maintain the generator (ie repairs and/or fuel). Since the program fees are usuallyrequired for specific program-related expenses, this is a luxury that cannot be expectedregularly. It is recommended that you bring a flashlight (the LED headlamps mentionedin the Orientation Packet are a good idea) for reading (especially in bed) and trips to thelatrine.
  13. 13. 3. What are the washrooms like? Are there showers or toilets?While on the farm, you will have use of an outhouse on Reuben‟s property. There arethree shower stalls and three latrines. All have doors with locks. One of the latrines is along drop, which means there is a hole in the floor and you need to practice your aim.Two of the latrines have actual toilets in them, which is a luxury and not common inWestern Kenya . The shower stalls have a small hole in the ground for drainage but donot have a shower head. You can boil some water and mix it in a bucket with cold waterfrom the well to use for „showering‟. Each volunteer hut is equipped with a plasticpitcher that you can use to get water from the bucket for washing. When you are in town,traveling, or on presentations, be prepared for some less-than-ideal washroom set-ups.Most will be long-drops and many will be very dirty.DRINKING WATER1. Is the water safe to drink?No. Although most often the locals drink the water without treatment of any kind, it is notrecommended that volunteers do. Having not been previously exposed to the bacteria,viruses, and parasites that can be found in the water, we are more likely to become ill.2. Should I bring a water filter with me? Are there other options for water safety?It is strongly advised that people bring a water filter or purifier with them to Kenya. Theycan be used on the farm, as well as when you are traveling throughout other parts ofKenya. Please pay close attention when buying a filter or purifier, since you will want topurchase the best equipment possible. Try to find a water purifier as opposed to a waterfilter. They usually have filters with smaller pore sizes and the water will not have to betreated further after purifying. The employees of any store that sells outdoor equipmentwill be able to assist you. Another option is treating the water with chlorine or iodinetreatment systems. Boiling is also an option, although must be organized around thecooking times.3. What is the availability and cost of bottled water?
  14. 14. Bottled water can be purchased in Bungoma. A five-litre bottle costs approximately $3USD. Volunteers who do not have a filter often purchased bottled water for drinkingwhile they are in Kenya.DRESS1. Are there cultural restrictions as to what I can wear while in Kenya?While you are on the farm, you can be somewhat less cautious about the manner in whichyou dress. When you are out in the community, we ask that you follow local etiquette.Due to the local culture, we advise that women wear pants and/or long skirts when outworking in the community. Footwear is anything from hiking boots to open-toed sandals,basically anything you would wear at home.If you are a female volunteer that enjoys wearing shorter skirts and shorts, please askReuben if the attire is appropriate for any given situation. However, feel free to bringshorts since there will be plenty of occasions when this attire is fine. As with any otherissue, if you approach it with cultural sensitivity in mind, you will be fine. Please askquestions when you are not sure what is and is not appropriate.SAFETY1. What is the political situation in Kenya right now and do you think it will affect anypotential trips?During late December 2007 and January/February 2008, Kenya went through a verydifficult and contentious situation that resulted from the Presidential election held onDecember 27. The results of this election were contested by various political and tribalparties and it caused rioting and violence in many parts of Kenya. Therefore, we had tostop most of our volunteers program and make accommodations for the volunteers toleave Kenya. None of our volunteers were in any immediate danger – we just want totake the safety precaution. Since all of our programs involve daily traveling (using ourvehicles) to rural villages in western Kenya, we can‟t take the chance of running theprograms when the roads may not be safe. As of mid-February 2008, we have still put ahold on accepting volunteers in Kenya. We don‟t know if the situation will stabilize in
  15. 15. weeks or months. Hopefully, the situation will be resolved soon and Kenya will be back tothe stable country it once was. Most of the rioting and violence during January2008 involved the tribal groups of the two presidential candidates (Kikuyu and Luo).Many of the violent activities in Kenya that were being shown on the news involvedclashes where Kenyans were targeting members of these tribes. All of our staff membersand families in the village area where we are located are members of the Luo tribe.Therefore, our staff members were not targets of the violence. Once the situation inKenya stabilized during March 2008 we restarted all our programs. Since then, we havehad over 75 volunteers and have had no complaints or problems regarding the pastpolitical situation. Please review travel websites such as:http://nairobi.usembassy.gov/http://news.bbc.co.uk/http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/africa/archive/http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_kenya.htmlhttp://travel.state.gov/index.html2. I am a young female and very concerned about safety, especially since I have nevertraveled to Africa before. Will I be working together with some local people?When you are out in the community working on the programs, you will always be withsomeone from the farm where you‟ll live. After some time in Kenya, you might feel morecomfortable and go out and about on your own. Always use common sense.MONEY1. How should I take my money to Kenya?The ATM‟s in Nairobi and Bungoma are the best way to get money. There is an ATM atthe Nairob airport once volunteers walk outside of the security points. Volunteers shoulduse the ATM to get some travel money for their trip to Siaya. Once you arrive on the farm
  16. 16. you can use the ATM‟s in Siaya. There is a Barclays Bank ATM in Siaya that mostvolunteers use. Traveler‟s checks are also a good way to carry your money. You can cashthe traveler‟s checks at the Barclay‟s Bank in Siaya or in Nairobi at a Forex before youtravel to the farm. It is also a good idea to carry with you $100 USD to use in case of anemergency. It is also recommended that you have a VISA or MasterCard.2. Are there ATMs in Siaya?Yes. Barclay‟s Bank has one ATM. The machine does go down on occasion but notusually for very long. If you keep the $100USD (7,000KShs) on hand for emergencies,you won‟t be terribly inconvenienced if this happens. Past volunteers have never had togo more than a couple of days without access to an ATM.3. Where can I keep my money safe?Your possessions are generally safe while they are on the farm, so you need not beparanoid about people stealing your belongings. However, there are a lot of peoplecoming and going on the farm due to the Public Library, Primary school and Clinicbeing located there, so if anything is ever missing, you need to tell Reuben immediatelyso he can straighten things out.Depending on your housing arrangement, there are various options. If you live in one ofthe volunteer huts, there will be a lock on the front door. there is lockable furniture whereyou can store valuables. You can purchase small locks in Bungoma for $2 USD, so thereis no need to bring them with you.COMMUNICATION/CONTACTS1. How often will I be able to contact home via phone or email?Email and phone services usually operate daily in Nairobi and Siaya in western Kenya,which is a seven-mile (10km) ride from the farm. We also have two cell phones availablefor volunteer use. The frequency of calling/emailing is up to the volunteer. However, keepin mind that a trip to Siaya just to send an email can take several hours if you are relyingon public transport (i.e. you have to wait to be picked up on the main road; there‟s no setschedule; you have to wait for the vans to fill completely before they will leave Siayaheading towards the farm/Siaya). However, the trip to Siaya only costs 25 cents (US). Onthe return trip you can hire a taxi for $6-7 USD total, which can be worth the extramoney as you won‟t have to sit in Siaya waiting a long time for the vans to fill up. Therewill also be times when many people head into town and can use the 4-wheel drive truckwe own (so long as it is not needed for anything program-related).
  17. 17. 2. Do you recommend buying a cell phone once inKenya?It is up to you and depends on how long you will be staying. You can purchase cellphones in either Nairobi or Siaya for $50 USD. You do not have to sign a serviceagreement. You buy “Scratch Cards” which give you service. Once your minutes areexhausted, you can buy more cards or you can just receive calls but not place any. Youonly use your minutes when you initiate the call. Hence, you can still receive incomingcalls when your minutes run out. Not only is this convenient for communicating with thepeople working on the programs, but family and friends from home can call this cellphone too. Sometimes you have to leave the farm and walk 10 minutes toward the mainroad or high ground to get service. You are welcome to buy scratch cards for one of thetwo phones already available on the farm and put the minutes into one of these or givethese numbers as your contacts while in Kenya . You will need to have opencommunication with the other volunteers so that phone-time does not become an issue.3. How long does it take to get mail and/or packages to Kenya from North America?Letters can take from 5-14 days from North America. Packages from the UnitedStates/Canada usually take 2-3 weeks to arrive in Kenya. However, volunteers have hadexperiences in which packages never arrived or arrived after several months. It is veryinconsistent. Due to corruption in the postal service, it is not advisable to ship items ofexcessive value.4. What is the direct mailing address for Lecden-Kenya in Kenya?Name of VolunteerC/o Steve OlitaP.O. Box 79456Nairobi, Kenya00200Website address:http://www.lecdenkenya.com
  18. 18. FREE TIME1. Will there be any free time?Yes. Your schedule will be determined by the amount of work that you want to do while inKenya. If you are tired and need a break, just tell Steve and there won‟t be anyproblems.2. When will I have free time?Your schedule is flexible. If you are working on the EMPOWER Peer EducationProgram, then you‟ll be working Monday-Saturday. Most of our volunteer programs runMonday through Friday and so volunteers have the weekends off from work. Some weeksthere may be program activities on the weekend, so you can adjust your scheduleaccordingly during the week. Taking a break is never an issue. You are there as avolunteer, so it is important that you are working in the areas of your interests and withinyour limits. Please keep in mind that nobody is going to be breathing down your necksaying, “Get to work”. You have to be self-motivated. Most people that go to Kenya tovolunteer are there for a reason: to make a contribution to the community while alsogaining rich personal experience and insight into the human condition. So you are free totake breaks, just let Joyce know a little in advance.3. What can you do with your free time?You can always travel around to other communities nearby. The Kisumu museum .Kisumu, one of the larger cities in Kenya , is only two hours away. This is where mostvolunteers go for their souvenirs, since it is a lot cheaper than in Nairobi. There are alsosome great hikes close to the farm. When you are not volunteering, you will probablyspend some time in Siaya running errands (i.e. sending email, buying chocolate, toiletpaper, etc.). Spending time with people on the farm is a great way to learn more aboutthe culture, the family, and people‟s perspective on life. Since the farm is off the mainroad, running on the dirt roads can be a fun activity. Most of the time you will end upwith a bunch of little barefoot kids running with you and laughing (probably at you!). Forthose that enjoy beer, there is a small bar near the farm that welcomes volunteers.
  19. 19. Occasionally there will be live music in Siaya town or Kisumu town , which makes for afun evening.Most volunteers also take a weekend trip to go white water rafting on the Nile River inJinja , Uganda (which is only about 5 hours away from Siaya).4. If I do not want to travel alone (either on a day trip, or for a few days), will someonefrom the farm be willing to go with me?Yes. However, you will be responsible for all travel costs, including transportation, foodand lodging. Please keep in mind that the family members from the farm enjoy showingyou around, but they lack the financial resources to do so. Basically, if you weren‟t there,they would not go do this on their own.5. If I am interested in doing some leisure travel, can you help me organize this?Yes. As mentioned earlier, we have a partnership with eyes on nature expeditionsSafaris in Nairobi. They give our volunteers a good deal and can arrange safaris as wellas other excursions for you.MISCELLANEOUS1. What type of clothes should I bring?Please read the Orientation Packet. There you will find a list of the “Necessities.” Let usknow if you have any other questions about clothing.2. Will I be able to buy some of the essentials in Nairobi or Siaya town or do I have tobring enough for my entire trip?There are several grocery stores in Siaya town or Kisumu where you can get mostanything you need. If you are brand-loyal, then you might want to bring enough suppliesfor your entire trip. Essentials like shampoo, soap, cotton buds, feminine hygieneproducts, razors, shaving foam, etc are available. Items such as insect repellent, anti-itch
  20. 20. ointments (such as Benadryl or Calamine) and medications would be better to bring fromhome.3. Should I take a sleeping bag?Sleeping bags are a great item to take with you. Not only will you use if for bedding inyour home on the farm, but you can also take it with you during your leisure travels. It isa good idea to also take a sheet because there will be times when your sleeping bag willbe too hot.4. Is Volunteer Kenya , ICODEI, and/or any of its employees/volunteers responsible formy safety and health while in Kenya ? Can I hold them liable for any problems I mayencounter?No. We care very much for the safety of the volunteers and work to do our best to prepareyou for the trip and watch over you during your time in Kenya . However, we cannot beheld responsible for your safety or health while in Kenya . Volunteers must accept fullresponsibility for their own actions, safety, and health while in Kenya . We cannot watchover every volunteer every day since many of the volunteers go off on their own personaltrips throughout their time in Kenya . Even while partaking in volunteer activities, thevolunteers must assume all responsibility and realize that they are in a third-worldcountry with a lower level of healthcare, safety, hygiene, and development than in theirhome countries. We cannot guarantee that a problem will not occur in the future and wecannot be held liable if it does. All volunteers must sign and mail us a copy of anAssumption of Risk and Release and Hold Harmless Agreement before they leave fortheir trip.APPLICATION PROCESS1. How do I apply to be a volunteer and how long is the application process?If you wish to apply to volunteer with us,You can download a form here in our websitehome page Fill in the application and submit it online. or email us at info@lecdenkenyaOur Volunteer Coordinator will review it and get back to you as soon as possible. Thisshould not take more than a week or two and likely less. Once your application has beenreviewed and accepted, you will need to follow through on other preparations. The lengthof time before you will be able to come to Kenya will be determined by how long thesepreparations will take. Make sure you have the necessary training for the program ofyour choice. Finalize your flight itinerary. You will have to communicate with us to makesure we have space available for you during the time you wish to come before youpurchase your flight. Make sure your documents are in order (valid passport, Kenya visa,etc). See a travel doctor and have all required immunizations. Two weeks before you arescheduled to depart, you will need to complete the “Personal Details” form (found underthe Resource Center link) concerning your flight details, health issues, emergencycontact, and meal preferences. We will give you the password to access this form online.
  21. 21. You can download a form here in our website home page Fill in the application andsubmit it online.