T.H.I.V.S Turn Passion Into Actions

48 Golden Tips For Your Travel And Participation!

1. Start looking for flight ticket once you’re your request or application is accepted.
2. Volunteer is assigned to a workcamp, which run for 3 weeks or projects for longer period.
3. Volunteers commit themselves to work for five days a weekmainly from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (depending on the nature of the workcamp) and then engage in other leisure, creative or social activities.
4. Weekends are free and volunteer get to relax, go for adventure in tourist sites and explore scenic places of great attraction.
5. A THIVS official takes the volunteer[s] to workcamp sites and introduces her/him.
6. The Volunteer may be left in the safe hands of the Workcamp head.
7. THIVS official will accompany/stay with volunteers in special cases of need for daily support and guidance.
8. THIVS official visit or call the Workcamp to find out if our Volunteer is doing fine.
9. Participant will eat and drink what is locally available both at work-place or home.
10. Volunteer participates in any the work/project destination provided by THIVS.
11. Accommodation at the workcamp/project is usually provided by the host community in a rental house, guest house or host family.
12. Volunteer should show a great deal of interest and enthusiasm in the workcamp/project
13. Volunteers should not wanderfar away from the workcamp site unaccompanied
14. Volunteers are supposed to direct any problem or needs to the camp/project Leader or Head.
15. Volunteers are regularly updated on the availability of the chosen project.
16. The workcamps/project work normally starts from second week of every month with orientation taking place a day or two priors the commencement date.
17. A Volunteer may carry a mosquito net, water instant purifier iodine tablets, cup, plate, sleeping bag, torch, insect repellant, films warm and light clothing.
18. Arrangements to visit places of attraction need approvals by the office, Team leader or Head.
19. Preferably drink bottled or treated water and avoids eating food prepared by the road-side.
20. Participants are expected to a bid the programme rules and regulations.
21. Volunteer should report back to the project or host family by 8pm for security reasons. Plans for longer outings should be communicated to the Managers.
22. Volunteers should always cooperate with THIVS members and Workcamp/Project Managers.
23. Temperatures in Kenya varies from region to the other - ranging from 18 degree (minimum) to 48 degrees (Maximum) b centigrade.
24. Buses and mini-buses tickets are purchased before boarding, or while on board for short distances.Prefer using a recommended cab for safety.
25. Avoid changing money on the back-streets
26. Electricity in Kenya is 220/240v 50H2 with 3 point square plug.
27. One should not introduceelements of influence to or enter into inmate relationship with children.
28. Currency: Kenya's Unit of currency is Shilling. There are copper coins of 50 cents and one shilling (1/=) and silver copper coins of 5/=, 10 and 20/=. Bank notes are available in denominations of 50/=, 100/=, 200/=500/= and 1000/=.
29. Banks in Nairobi and other major towns open from 9am-3pm Monday to Friday and 9am -11am on the first and last Saturday of each month.
30. Barclays and Standard Charted Banks are some of the leading International Banks.
31. The ATM countrywide network can facilitate 24-hour access to your Account. Most Credit cards are accepted in Kenya. Master card, Visa, Visa Electronic, America Express,
32. Foreign Currency Forex Bureaus are found in majority of our big cities {Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru, Kampala, Jinja, Juba, Khartoum) etc.
33. Postal Services: Post Offices are identified by words Posta and mail-posting boxes are red. Usually you can buy stamps at the Post Office. Post Office hours are from 8am to 5pm.Monday to Friday and from 9am to 12noon on Saturdays at main Post Offices.
34. Telephone services: Telcom companies provide advanced telecommunication services that include voice data, Internet, and multi media. Safaricom and Celtel provide cellular mobile phone services for Kenya and MTN for Uganda etc.
35. Kenya is usually hot and humid at the coast, hot and dry in the north and eastern region. It’s hottest in January to March and coldest in July and August. Long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. For Uganda and Sudan (see country profile).
36. Carry personal spending money,in ATM card, or traveling checks for withdrawing locally .
37. Safaris/adventure to the national parks starts at 8a.m.
38. Each project arranges for its past-time activities, songs, dance, games and discussions.
39. Volunteers should always share thoughts on all issues, consult with project mangers and urgently contact THIVS by phone incase of serious problem or crisis.
40. Carry a sleeping bag forSafari (but you can hire locally at US$ 20).
41. Carry a Torch for theSafari nights.
42. Carry Insect repellent jelly to fightmosquitoes and other biting insects.
43. Come with sets of warm and light clothes - enough for the hot and cold days;
44. Get Films for the duration of thesafari adventure
45. Carry Sun - tan cream for beach safari
46. Swahili is popular language. Request for a basic word manual on arrival.
47. The common mode of transport from is buses, taxi cabs, mini-buses and bicycles.
48. Learn basic Swahili – click here