SFS Kenya - More than a Study Abroad Experience, A Family January 22, 2023

By (Environmental Studies, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2022 to 12/13/2022 with

The School for Field Studies / SFS: Kenya – Endangered Species Conservation

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I got to experience how climate change, specifically drought, has transformed the landscape around the Amboseli ecosystem. People and wildlife alike have been extremely impacted, and it makes me think even more about how companies continue to pollute, quite literally threatening the lives of communities.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

SFS Kenya is a true home! The staff are very friendly, there are plenty of resources available, and the experience is once in a lifetime. You become a family with you fellow students and professors!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We lived in bandas with bathrooms close by! All classes and dining (besides field exercises and trips) were in the chumba!

* Food:

The cooks are amazing! And we were even given a chance to bake some cookies for everyone!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got sick while I was studying abroad, but I was quickly taken to the clinic and taken care of. I couldn't have asked for better service!

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

The program was wonderful! The people really made it what it was!


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 0


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

We learned some Swahili in the first month or so, and we practiced throughout the semester. All programming was in English though.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Field exercises
  • Living with professors
* What could be improved?
  • The program should be highlighted more- because it really is that amazing!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will not spend much time outside camp due to scheduling conflicts.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.