Experience the breathtaking culture and landscape of Kenya, and explore the beautiful national parks and wildlife reservations. Enjoy the fragrant smells of street food, colorful corner markets depicting the busy and bustling energy of the city.

Teens in Kenya like to spend time together enjoying sports or various school clubs. Family activities and ceremonies, such as weddings are also key parts of teen life.

People & Community

You will probably live in small towns or villages, rarely in or near cities. Your host family will be loving and welcoming, and you should also show respect and include them in your plans and decisions. Like your host siblings, you should help out with the house chores.


Having a good knowledge of English will be required to participate in the program. You will have the opportunity to participate in Swahili lessons provided by AFS.

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Food in Kenya is rich in different types of breads, fried potatoes, eggs, rice, meat, fish and vegetables. Meals are a family time, so Kenyan families often sit down together talk about their day during meals. Most people eat with their right hand.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Go abroad with AFS to discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

Our learning program will prepare you for an amazing AFS intercultural experience. The program begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations and other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations will help you maximize your experience, cope the challenges of navigating a new culture and community and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding, throughout your time abroad, and as you return to you home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.


The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program will support your intercultural learning experience. This state-of-the-art program prepares you to successfully navigate new cultural environments—during your AFSNext experience and long after you finish the program. Online intercultural learning modules combined with in-person sessions help you develop practical and global skills, knowledge and attitudes that employers need and mission-driven organizations believe will help achieve their social impact goals. You will receive your certification upon completion of the training program.