AU Nairobi staff schedule excursions throughout the semester that focus on student academic interests and enjoyment. These vary from short day-long excursions to overnight and week-long trips. Excursions are a good way to help students discover parts of the country not routinely observed through other aspects of each program, and are part of the curriculum. For instance, at least one excursion takes students to a rural location where you live in homestays. While this excursion gives some students the opportunity to compare their urban experience to rural Kenya, AU Nairobi Public Health students do their fieldwork in community diagnosis, but Environment & Human Health students are introduced to one of many aspects of Kenyan rural life before moving to Turkana Basin Institute.
AU Nairobi has taken students to important archaeological sites, historical monuments, wildlife conservancies, creative art centers and environmentally sustainable projects, among other interesting areas within Kenya. The end-of-semester extended excursion allows for reflection, in which students can relax and enjoy while they review their experience of studying and being residents of Kenya.
Past excursions have included:
the Paleolithic sites of Olorgesailie and Kariandusi,
ruins of ancient cities at the coast,
Kitengela recycled glass factory,
African Heritage House,
Aberdares National Park,
wildlife conservancies of Ol Pejeta and Mpala,
"The program excursions[....] took us to places that I would never have thought to go. The accommodations and activities were always amazing."
- Student Evaluation
Most likely AU Nairobi will take you over the equator, which intersects this expansive country of Kenya!