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Beautiful East Africa : Kenya

Full name: The Republic of Kenya
Location: Africa
Population: cc. 45 million
Capital City: Nairobi
Other Important Cities: Mombasa
Currency: 1 Kenya Shilling = 100 cents
Language(s): Swahili, English
Religion(s): Christianity
Calling Code: +254
Internet TLD: .ke
Electricity: 240V 50Hz

Emergency Numbers: 999

he landscape across Kenya is variable; from sweeping savannahs to tropical beaches and coral reef, dense equatorial forests to large snow- capped mountains… Which of course, all makes for great days out to explore! Plus as Africa’s original safari destination, the country attracts adventurers and travelers, and has been for many centuries.
Kenya is the home of Africa’s famous five – the lion, elephant, rhino, and leopard and buffalo, and is often considered the best place to see these five species in their natural habitats.
There’s plenty to see and do in the country on top of a safari. For example, the Gedi Ruins in the depths of Arabuko Sokoke forest, Haller Park in Mombasa, Fort Jesus – the UNESCO World Heritage Site – in Mombasa and the Nairobi National Museum.

Residents Visa and Work Permit information


Temporary Stay Visa
Passports must be valid for three months from date of entry and nationals of the following countries do not need visas to travel to Kenya:
Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei-Darussalam, Cyprus, Dominica, Ethiopia, Fiji Islands, Gambia, The, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe
**If you are NOT a citizen of any of the above countries and you wish to enter Kenya, you must obtain a visa in advance to enter the country.
Applications from Nationals of the following countries have to be referred to Nairobi for approval: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Tazikstan, Yemen, Stateless Persons. Persons falling under the above category are advised to apply at least three months before the proposed.

International Schools


International School of Kenya
ISK provides an exemplary education offering both the International Baccalaureate and the North American diploma.  We prepare students within a culturally diverse community to become informed, independent thinkers and responsible world citizens.
Curriculum: North American
Address: International School of Kenya, PO Box 14103, 00800 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 720 639 363
Email: jroberts@isk.ac.ke
Website: www.isk.ac.ke

Nairobi International School
To provide technology based education to students of all races, religions and nationalities,  through a fellowship that carries with it, enormous choices and responsibilities, by giving opportunities to lead a life of learning through dedicated study, while committing themselves to personal growth, integrity, self-discipline and caring for each other, as “Creative Re-thinkers”, whether at NIS or elsewhere.
Address: Nairobi International School, PO Box 66831, 00800 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 020 215 4672 / 020 204 3146
Email: info@nis.ac.ke
Website: www.nis.ac.ke

Accommodation


Prices for housing
Apartments with 3 bedrooms are around Ksh 40,000 to 60,000 per month including 24h security of the compound. Maisonettes (or town houses) usually have a small garden and parking within the compound and go for around 40,000 to 80,000 per month. Houses with 3 to 5 bedrooms are around Ksh 60,000 to 150,000 per month, depending on location, size of garden, etc. For houses, the price does not include security. In Kenya it is advised to have 24h security. So you should add around 15,000 per month. for 24h security through one of the major companies.

Expat Clubs


American Women’s Association of Kenya
American Women’s Association (AWA) is a non-profit, charitable organisation promoting community services and development and volunteering opportunities in Kenya as well as providing social and cultural activities for our multi-national members.
www.awakenya.org

Kenya Quilt Guide
A vibrant cosmopolitan group of around 130 women – and one man – who all love the art of quilting.The largest group is based in and around Nairobi where meetings are held monthly and an active weekly Workshop gives members the chance to meet and work on group projects. Smaller groups meet regularly at members’ homes and offer each advice and support on their individual projects.
www.kenyaquiltguild.org