Safety Guidelines

KUEF Volunteer Teams - Guide for Safety and Well Being

Providing for the safety and well-being of the team is not only the concern of the Group Leaders, but of every member of the team. The following guidelines outline strategies and offer commonsense measures to avoid putting yourself or the group at risk. We appreciate your cooperation in building a successful team. If you have questions about the appropriateness of something- ask the Group Leaders; they are there to assist you.

  • Follow the schedule and stay with the group at all times. Please make it a priority to be prompt. 
  •  NEVER leave our lodging facilities or projects without permission from the Group Leaders.  For instance, do not leave the grounds of the Methodist Guest House in Nairobi thinking it would be nice to 'take a walk.'  There are night Security Guards at all of our lodging facilities - for a reason.
  • Someone in the group should know where you are at all times!  Never wander off by yourself.  Stay together.
  • Do not take photos out the windows of the van. (Exceptions; on safari or with permission from the driver. You may freely take photos at all our project sites and lodging.)
  • Lock the doors to your rooms. 
  • Always use the mosquito netting provided.  Take malaria prophylaxis as per recommendations from your physician.
  • Do not bring or wear expensive jewelry.  Any item could be stolen or lost; consider this as you pack.
  • Passports are extremely valuable and very difficult to replace. Know where your Passport is at all times. In addition, keep copies of your Passport with you and give a copy to the Group Leader.
  • ONLY digest BOTTLED WATER! Bring an extra tooth brush in case you accidentally put it under the tap. Stay hydrated. 
  • Maintain good health by getting adequate sleep and eating properly.
  • Remember in regard to fruits and vegetables: "boil it, peel it or don't eat it."
  • When the van comes to a stop, CLOSE ALL THE WINDOWS.  Do not purchase items from 'vendors' who approach the vans.

The Center for Disease Control website important information for traveling to Kenya.  The CDC  recommends visiting a travel clinic four to six weeks in advance of your trip.  University of Michigan faculty and students may find the University Health Service travel clinic to be a convenient option. 

More specifically, please familiarize yourself with the following CDC Recommendations for Travel to Kenya and consult your physician or a local travel clinic.
Clinics and full service hospitals are located within a one hour drive of our project locations and our hosts at the Thiiri Center are familiar with the local medical resources. 
Megan Peck,
May 15, 2011, 8:32 AM