TRAVEL SAFETY, KENYA SECURITY, WEATHER & TIMING
- Refer to the state department website for any pertinent travel warnings (www.travel.state.gov/travel)
- MADE IN THE STREETS requires that all visitors read, NOTARIZE and sign our Visitor’s Waiver, available for download in the Visitor Resources section of our website. Once you complete the Visitor’s Waiver, please return it to Steve Sherman c/o MADE IN THE STREETS, Otter Creek Church of Christ, 409 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027
- Kenya is a developing country and due to a multitude of complex causes, crime is a very real threat. Your safety and the safety of our staff and students is a high priority to MITS and we frequently reassess our security measures and make necessary changes and updates.
- MITS’ security measures are as follows:
- While you are staying in Kamulu, your living quarters will have locks on all external doors. They will either be key or combination locks. In addition, each compound has a night watchman. Walking in the village between compounds after dark is strongly discouraged. If walking at night absolutely necessary, one of our guards will escort you.
- The Eastleigh Centre has a 24-hour watchman who monitors the locked front gate. Visitors are never allowed to leave the Eastleigh Centre and walk in Eastleigh unless escorted by a MITS staff member.
- We strongly recommend that all visitors observe the following additional precautions:
- Do not leave any valuables within easy reach of windows, which have bars but don’t always latch well.
- Any time you are walking between locations in the village during the day, stay in groups. Do not walk the village at night, unless escorted by a guard.
- Regarding cash withdrawals from ATM and forex bureaus: be discreet. Avoid making withdrawals from ATMs on the street and instead use ATMs that are inside shopping areas, for better security. The ATM at the Nairobi airport is a great place to make the first (and perhaps only) withdrawal of your trip.
- Avoid bringing expensive possessions, such as diamond rings, laptops, tablets and cameras to Kenya. If you do choose to bring such items, exercise extreme caution when you transport them. Don’t walk through the village carrying a laptop in your hand. Don’t leave your camera in your lap while driving through town. Opportunistic snatching is a common strategy for petty criminals.
- When packing for your airline flights, make sure all electronics are in your carry on bag. Luggage handlers in Kenya are known to have sticky fingers.
- Avoid attracting attention. That includes wearing loud clothes, using loud voices, and going places in large groups. Keep a low profile at all times and everyone will have fun!
- Check www.weather.com for approximate weather conditions for the time of year you will be visiting.
- Plan for a range of temperatures and be prepared for the occasional rain.
- Don’t forget to pack sunscreen as Kenya has an equatorial location and a sunny climate. In addition, some malaria medications will increase sun sensitivity. Sunscreen is available for purchase at supermarkets in Kenya but it is quite expensive, as only Westerners need it.
- If all or part of your trip takes place during April, May and June, you will likely experience a few rainstorms. Consider bringing a rain coat and be prepared for mud.
- The school at MADE IN THE STREETS observes the Kenyan trimester system. They have month-long breaks in April, August and December. These are great months to visit MITS and plan special extra-curricular events such as vacation Bible schools or camp outs.
- The cheapest plane tickets can be purchased in October, November and December.
- The majority of MITS’ teams of visitors arrive during the summer months, because of the American school year. To relieve crowding and overlap in Kamulu, think about planning a spring break trip.