Kakamega, KenyaKakamega, Kenya

Kakamega, Kenya

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Kakamega is situated on the rainforest’s edge, not far from Lake Victoria. Here, GESI students encounter exceptional natural beauty, and the challenges and joys of East African village life. Two-thirds of the region’s population falls below the poverty line, directly relying upon the water and land resources surrounding their communities. 


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With seventy-five percent of the workforce engaged in agriculture, Kenyan farmers face growing problems of soil erosion, deforestation, water pollution, and desertification. Students interested in understanding connections between local people and their environment will find this a perfect location to work with citizens and NGOs to do community development.

*Safety and Security Note:
This program is located in a country under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning and operates with special permission under the University's travel policy. Students enrolled in this program will be required to adhere to additional security measures and sign a release acknowledging the Travel Warning. These matters will be discussed in more detail during advising appointments and pre-departure.

Fast Facts

  • Formal Name: Republic of Kenya
  • Nationality: Kenyan
  • Currency: Kenyan shilling. Check XE for updated exchange rates.
  • National Population: 45,010,056; 31st in the world
  • Kakamega Population: 69,502
  • Poverty Rate: 43.4% nationally
  • Religions: Christian 82.5%, Muslim 11.1%, Traditionalists 1.6%, other 4.8%
  • Languages: English (official), Kiswahili (official), 68 indigenous languages
  • Climate: SEP-DEC average high 87℉ average low 50℉, average rainfall 3-6in
  • Independence: Former colony of Britain, independence 1963