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Frequently Asked Questions

PROGRAMS APPLICATION
Where or How can I find all the detailed information on the available programs?
Kindly visit our website www. accessaidmission.org .  If you still have more questions after going through through the websites,  One of our staff will be happy to answer everything you are curious about, just write us an email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How can I apply for one of the programs?
You can submit online application asking for personal information, which program you are applying for and the duration. After receiving your application, we will get back to you with full information containing the organizationís  account details and let you know what percentage to place as a deposit and the balance payable on your arrival in kenya. When the fee is deposited, your place on the program is secured.

How can I pay the program fee?
You pay fees via Wire transfer, we provide you with all the details after receiving your application and it normally takes 2 to 3 working days for the deposit to reflect in our account.

Why do I have to pay for volunteering?
During your volunteer work with us, we will have to take care of your  accommodation, food and transportation. The money will also be used to pay our staff (driver, cook, security guard) to provide services for you. A part of the funds will also be used for materials the projects need, this will depend on the program you will be participating in.

Whatís the minimum or maximum length volunteer work period?
The volunteering options are available for minimum 1 week and maximum 52 weeks. If you have the time itís advisable to stay a few weeks, to get to know the children, you will find it more rewarding.

What kind of travel combined volunteer programs does Access Aid Mission Offer?
We combine meaningful volunteering work with Kenya and Tanzania holidays to help explore these two incredible countries for a rewarding and unique experience. We offer various programs depending on your interest, budget and number of days you would like to spare for the trip.
Please feel free to select any of the programs as hown below:

How will a typical working day at a project be like?
You will spend around 4 or 5 hours daily at your project working. At most projects, you will work in the  morning after breakfast. You will have meal breaks in between , cooked by our cook/your host family. After lunch you are free to visit local places of interest to relax.

JOINING OUR PROGRAMS AS A GROUP OR SINGLE
Is it also possible to work together with friends or a group for a project at ago?
Yes! You can come alone, with family, friends, small or larger groups and make a great contribution together

What kind of people usually participate in the programs?
Mostly we welcome enthusiastic persons from the ages 15 and any other likeminded people who is interested in meeting  and exchanging  ideas and experiences with both local and international volunteers.

VISA/TICKETS/INSURANCE
Do I need a Visa to come to kenya?
You do, please inquire at the Kenyan embassy in your country as the rules per country differ. Itís the responsibility of the volunteers to obtain the visa. Note: the visa is valid from date of issue, NOT from date of travel. We advise volunteers to apply for a tourist visa, as itís way easier than other visaís and part of most of the programs consist of travelling activities.

Do I need (additional) health and travel insurances?
Itís advisable that you should be covered well in case of sickness or incidents. Also think of things like lost/stolen luggage/things or emergencyís at home.

PREPARATION, BEFORE COMING TO KENYA
Do I need experiences, special skills to be a volunteers at Access Aid Mission?
No, you donít need particular skills. We are happy to welcome everyone that is enthusiastic and self driven to help the community.  Itís necessary to speak English if coming here, but itís perfectly fine if English is your second language. Youíll also be able to improve your level of English here, as youíll be speaking it here constantly with the locals. Where communication might be a barrier, there will always be somebody to help in translation and easen the communication.

Is there a minimum/maximum age for the programs?
The minimum age is 16 years and the maximum depend on participantís health. Upon request we can provide volunteers 40 Ė 65 years old with a little more luxurious accommodation on some extra cost.

Can I do anything to prepare for the volunteering work at home?
You donít need to prepare because there is no special skill required to volunteer, everything will be explained at your program orientation.

Can I bring materials for the projects?
Yes you are encouraged to bring some writing materials and general stationary etc for your use. Other program material will be provided by us.

THINGS TO BRING?
What kind of items are recommend to bring?
You have to think of items such as mosquito repellent, mosquito net, sunscream, medicines (prescription and some basic medicines that belong in a medical kit) donít bring too much clothes, and you can buy them here as well. You have to bring your own towels and itís advisable to bring something to wash your clothes.

MONEY MATTERS
What currency is used in Kenya?
In Kenya we use Kenya Shillings (ksh)  and you can check the exchange rates online as they constantly change. You can as well come along with usd, sterling pounds and euro, for local exchange. You can as well get local currency from the ATM machines using your visa cards.

How much money shall I bring?
This will all depend on what extra activities you would like to get involved in. Prices in Kenya will vary depending on what you want to purchase. But we suggest you carry your visa for convenience of getting the local currency from the local Atm machines if need be.

Can I bring travellerís checks?
You can, they will be accepted in most hotels and restaurants, but not at local shops, markets  or in the village.

YOUR SAFETY
How safe is the program locations or volunteer placement areas?
All the volunteer placements sites are perfectly safe. The volunteer house in situated in a safe neighbourhood and comes with 24 hr security.

Is it safe to travel in the city or around volunteer placement areas?
Your volunteer placement areas will be safe but we advice you to take caution just like being in any other new place in the world. Donít  take too much risks. Donít go out alone or with a stranger at night or during the day unless in company with trusted local volunteers who know the areas well.

In case of emergency or for a simple question, will there be any staff available to help?
At every location we have coordinators and staff with their mobile numbers 24/7 on. We will always be at the office at the resource center, their door is always open for questions, help and advice and any idea or suggestion is welcome.

HEALTH/HYGIENE
Do I need vaccinations to come to Kenya?
Most likely youíll need them! As we do not have a medical background, we cannot provide you with an answer. We advise you to talk with your doctor/ travel clinic, they can advise you! Be sure to go there sometime before you plan to come here, as some vaccinations need to be given multiple times.

What vaccinations should I consider having prior to arrival?
Health and Immunizations
No immunizations are required by law to enter Kenya if you are travelling directly from Europe or the US. If you are travelling from a country where Yellow Fever is present, then you will need to prove you have had the innoculation.
Among the most important vaccinations highly recommended when traveling to Tanzania are:
ē    Yellow Fever
ē    Typhoid
It is also recommended that you are up to date with your polio and tetanus vaccinations. Contact a travel clinic at least 3 months before you plan to travel.
-Malaria
Ensure you visit your doctor or travel clinic to get the right anti-malarial medication.
Your Safety
In general people are extremely friendly in Kenya and you will be humbled by their hospitality. But, there is real poverty in Kenya and you will soon realise that you are far richer and more fortunate than most local people you meet. You will probably attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars, but try and take the time to meet ordinary people going about their day to day business too. The experience will be worth it. Don't be afraid to step out of that tour bus, just take some precautions.

CLOTHES/SHOES
What do you have to wear as a woman in Kenya?
Itís important to always up your shoulders and knees, as itís the norm and tradition in Kenya. This you can do by wearing a skirt, or long trouser. Do not go out in singlets or hot pants etc.

What do I have to wear while doing the volunteer work?
For men: long sleeves and a long pants
For women: Any comfortable and respectable type of clothing that covers your body well. Avoid too much revealing attire.
Most of the year itís hot at the project locations. Loose-fitting breathing clothes are a good option. Only in winter you might need some light woollen.

Can I wear sandals, flip-flops?
Yes! Most people wear them. Itís good also to bring some shoes, for hiking, trekking or longer walks in general.

ACCOMMODATION / NEIGHBOURHOOD
Where will we stay while volunteering?
In Masai Mara, you will be staying at the campsite, in Western Kenya villages, you will be staying with host families or at the resource center, while in Kisumu, you will be staying in budget hotels or with host families. For more information you can visit our Volunteer Accommodation section.

Do I have to bring my own bedding?
No, but you should bring your own towels.

Is there a post office or ATM near the accommodation?
Yes, within easy reach you will find an ATM and post office in towns that will be close to your point of volunteer placement or accommodation.

AFTER THE PROJECT
Can I support the project from my country?
Yes you can! We are always looking for sponsors for the orphaned children to enable them to go to a good school and have a good chance on a better future.

KENYA  CULTURE
What do I need to know about the Kenyan Culture?
Itís recommendable to read something about the Kenyan culture and traditions before you arrive, as it might help you understand the life in this county more.

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