If you haven’t already obtained a visa you will need to buy one at the airport on arrival. In Kenya this costs US$50 or £30 in cash and in Tanzania US$50. Application forms are sometimes available on the plane, if not then you can get them at the immigration desks when you arrive. If your ultimate destination is Tanzania and you are flying into Nairobi and flying directly on to Tanzania you do not need a Kenyan Visa. Often people fly into Nairobi and are transferred to Tanzania by road in which case they do need to buy a Kenyan Visa as well.

Travel Insurance
This is your responsibility and should be in place as soon as you know you are going. Please make sure that you take a photocopy of the relevant documentation with you. In the event of a claim, you will need to contact the insurers and the whole process is made much easier if you have the paperwork with you. It is also worth carrying a photocopy of your passport.

Willetts is registered with AMREF, the Flying Doctor Service, so you can take out additional emergency cover with them for 10 US$. This is in addition to and dependant upon normal travel insurance being in place. For further details check

People often take small gifts for their link teacher/school, which can be items from your area.  Items taken out include books about localities e.g. local town/city/cathedral, postcards, football shirts, plate depicting local scenes etc. Don’t load yourself up with too much but these are much-appreciated items. Presentations of these gifts are formal events. However, it is not worth taking boxes of pens or other stationery items for your school. If you are intending to donate stationery items then it is far more effective to buy these once you are out there. You tend to get much more for your money, and the money you spend in Kenya/Tanzania helps the local economy.

When visiting school, the local teachers will be dressed formally, but often colourfully. They are conservative in their dress code and you should follow suit. Please be aware that men should wear trousers not shorts. Their teachers will wear shoes and socks rather than sandals, although these are acceptable. Note that whilst it is not uncommon for men to wear ties and jackets, it is perfectly acceptable if you do not. Given the daytime temperatures you are likely to experience you probably won’t want to bother. Women should ensure that they are suitably clothed. Blouse with skirt or trousers or a dress are the norm. No short (mini) skirts or uncovered shoulders and no ‘strappy’ tops. Also tops should be loose fitting rather than tight. Footwear should be flat and comfortable – sandals are acceptable.

Long trousers/skirts, socks and shoes for evening wear are extra precautions against mosquito bites.  You can be much more casual about what you are wearing in the evenings, but if you go out and about you should cover up.

Shorts and T-shirts are fine when not in school and take a good sun hat. The evenings and early mornings will be cold so a sweatshirt or fleece is advisable. Cotton is the best fabric for comfort. As some of the travel will be on unmade roads, it will probably be dusty so clothes will get dusty.

The hotels will offer a laundry service if needed.  Small packets of soap powder can be bought for a few pence if you want to do any washing yourself.