Welcome CHI Summer Abroad Participants

Congratulations on your acceptance!

Please bookmark this page as it contains useful information about your upcoming experiential learning adventure.

You have taken an important step in adding an international dimension to your education, and becoming a global humanitarian citizen! The staff and volunteers at Children's Humanitarian International (CHI) are committed to assisting you as you plan and prepare, while you're abroad, and when you return.

Now that you have accepted your offer to participate in the CHI Summer Abroad program, there are several steps that you should take immediately:

  • Plan financially for the program. CHI will assist you with fundraising, including hosting several fundraising opportunities/events that you may find helpful to participate in. More information about this will be given during your personal fundraising meeting with the program director.
  • Set up a peer-to-peer fundraising account (more information will be provided during fundraising meeting) on our website and visit our fundraising 101 page (coming soon) for helpful tips on successful fundraising. 
  • Apply for a passport.
  • Apply for a visa.
  • If you have a pre-existing health condition or are on prescription medications, check in with your physician to discuss your travel. You should also visit our Health & Safety page for additional information about recommended vaccines, malaria prophylaxis, and other important health and safety information.

Pre-departure planning

Your involvement before you leave is vital to a successful Summer Abroad program. How involved you become in planning and preparing for your time abroad will directly influence how well you achieve the personal and academic goals that you have set for yourself.

There are many ways to prepare for your journey.

  • Talk with your program leaders to learn details about CHI Summer Abroad and Kenya.
  • Attend the orientation/parents night.
  • Visit websites and read books about the history, geography, and customs of Kenya. Study maps, read newspapers with good international news coverage, and watch videos of the places we will visit.
  • Go online to access daily editions of foreign newspapers for helpful information and advice.
  • Review the U.S. Department of State publications Background Notes/Fact Sheets. These include information about Kenya's people, history, geography, economy, government, and political situation.
  • Check out the international travel sections of bookstores and purchase one or two good student guides such as Let's GoLonely PlanetBerkeley Guides, or Rough Guides.
  • Finally, if you don't speak the language, learn some key words and phrases, and purchase a small phrase book to carry with you when you are out and about. Everyone likes to hear even simple words or phrases in their native tongue. (Please note: you will also be enrolled in a daily Swahili lesson during the program).

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