AFS Global Prep Program in Kenya - Wildlife Conservation Focus

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Kenyan children
Kenyan children
Members of the Maasai tribe
Members of the Maasai tribe
Bracelets made in Kenya
Bracelets made in Kenya


This two-week summer program is designed for students who want to get a flavor of Kenya by immersing themselves directly into the local culture. With a focus on Wildlife Conservation, you will have the opportunity to understand the issues, hear from leaders on how to innovate, and experience wildlife firsthand. Participate in a unique leadership-training course alongside cultural exploration activities. You will live with a host family for the duration of Global Prep in Kenya. By spending time with your family in the evenings and on weekends, you will have the opportunity to further improve your language learning and learn about local cultures. This immersion offers a unique way to skyrocket your learning by placing it in immediate context. Your learning will not be limited to books, but rather will be a part of every aspect of your life throughout your two weeks in Kenya.

  • Explore national parks and visit wildlife reservations
  • Tour bustling urban centers such as downtown Nairobi
  • Stay with a host family for a few days and experience warm Kenyan hospitality
  • Meet with members of the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe
  • Visit an orphanage and join in fun, cultural activities with local children


AFS-USA Scholarships
AFS-USA Grants & Scholarships

The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial means. Annually, we award scholarships to about half of our study abroad students.

$1,000 - $5,000

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AFS Global Prep- Not just a trip to Africa

I applied for the AFS Global Prep Kenya Trip the moment I first heard about it. I knew it would be a great experience but little did I know how much it would really change my life.

This is not just a fun summer trip where you see animals on safari. No, it is so much more than that. This program immerges you into the Kenyan culture, introduces a new and completely unfamiliar world, and shows you the wilds of Africa all at the same time. It’s not just about feeding giraffes or petting baby elephants, it’s about learning the real ness of animal conservation in Africa today. This program showed me the realities of threatened species and the conservation efforts that are helping to save them. This program lets you interact and meet conservationalists from around the world who dedicate themselves to saving the world’s most iconic species. Aside from the animals, living with a host family in a country like Kenya is something I will cherish forever. It allowed me to truly understand the Kenyan way of life. I made some incredible friends that I consider to be my family members. We still keep in close touch even after two years apart.

Going back isn’t just a ‘maybe,’ it’s a 100 percent certainty. I am determined and hopeful that I can one day return to Kenya and reunite with my new friends and family. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has wanderlust, anyone who wants to experience an entirely new culture, and anyone who wants to change the way they see the world.

What would you improve about this program?
Although two weeks was amazing, I wish it was much longer!
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Kenya is a middle income country, which often comes to a shock to tourists who expect to see a wildly impoverished and unruly country. Following their Independence from British colonial rule, many Kenyans started seeking business ventures alongside the growing tourism, which is even more present today. From the incredible wildlife on land and underwater, you will have a lot of activities that show you the natural beauty of Kenya.


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