MITS VISITOR'S MANUAL
YOUR FIRST DAY IN KAMULU
- As soon as you arrive in Kamulu, you will be given a key to your living area. You will be the only person with access to your living space. Valuables can be left behind safely in your room. Always lock doors behind you when you leave, even for a minute.
- Chapel starts at 8 AM at the Octagon (located next to the boys place)
- Once chapel is finished (around 8:40), the staff meets briefly (you are welcome to participate) and students go to classes begin at 9 AM.
- Breakfast is at 9 AM at the Tea House (located in the row of shops on Kangundo Road).
- Try to plan a brief pow wow with your trip leadership plus Jackton and Mbuvi as early as possible on your first day to review the trip schedule in person. It will maximize your time to be on the same page starting from Day 1.
- You’ll want to buy groceries for the next few dinners + snacks during your first day. You do not need to buy bottled water because the drinking water from MITS’ wells has been tested and is safe to drink. Choose from among the following supermarkets. If you need advice, ask Jackton or Mbuvi which of them best suits your team’s needs. As a reminder, cash for grocery shopping can be requested from Mbuvi and comes out of the weekly fee you paid to MITS.
- Quickmart (located 20 minutes down Kangundo Road in Ruai) is very convenient and has nearly all the groceries you could imagine needing. A 20 KSH matatu ride will get you to their parking lot.
- Tusky’s (located 30 minutes down Kangundo Road, past the Eastern Bypass) is another large and well-stocked supermarket. A 30 KSH matatu ride will get you to their parking lot.
- Nakumatt (located at the Thika Road Mall, Village Market and the Sarit Centre) is the Kenyan version of Walmart and has the greatest variety of groceries, produce, meats, housewares and toiletries of any supermarket in Nairobi. Visit Nakumatt during trips into town with a MITS vehicle (Eastleigh trips, Village Market trips or Sunday grocery shopping trips with the MITS staff)
- Lunch is usually at 12:30 PM at the Tea House. Confirm this with Tea House staff. They are here for you and want to accommodate your needs.
- Have dirty laundry? There is a washing machine available at the M House. Frequently students ask visitors if they can do small chores in exchange for spending money. 50 KSH is an appropriate wage for a small load of laundry.
- Dinner is up to your team. You are responsible for grocery shopping and cooking your own dinners on weekdays and all meals on weekends.
- Team meeting, planning for the next day. After dinner is a good time to do this.
- Don’t forget your sleeping meds or melatonin if you are feeling jet-lagged.