Nestled in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and located along the gently meandering Melawa River, the Melawa campus maintains a remote feel while remaining only 20 minutes from the quaint town of Naivasha and two hours from bustling Nairobi.

Attend classes in an open-air building along the river, join professors for meals prepared by Kenyan cooks, and visit Naivasha weekly to navigate local markets, discover unique gifts made by local artisans, and sip a latte at the “Buffalo Mall.”

Take a road trip with the East Africa semester group every 10-14 days on outings that range from one-day excursions to week-long homestays. Visits include:

  • Aberdares Mountains
  • Arocha Environmental Learning Center at Watamu, Indian Ocean
  • Crescent Island at Lake Naivasha
  • Dorobo camping trip to live amongst hunter-gatherers
  • Hell’s Gate National Park
  • Lake Baringo
  • Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Mt. Logonot
  • Narkuru National Park
  • Ragati Conservancy on Mt. Kenya

Typical Day

So what does your ‘typical’ day in Kenya look like?

7:00 a.m. – Take a short jog, dive into devotionals, or take a quick shower.

8:00 – Loiter over breakfast while chatting with friends in the golden light under an acacia tree.

9:00 – Gather for class session I.

10:45 – Break for chai, featuring a homemade baked good and tea or coffee, as well as time to chat or play a little volleyball.

11:15 – Reconvene for class session II.

12:15 – Time for Swahili class!

1:00 – Break for lunch, followed by free time for the afternoon. Study, read assignments, go hiking, play board games, take a nap, talk to a local Kenyan, and more.

4:30 – For those wanting some athletic competition, students and faculty/staff play soccer, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, or spikeball.

6:30 – Reconvene for supper.

8:00 – Engage in scheduled events at least twice a week, such as a Sunday night worship service at professor’s home, a mid-week campfire, movie night, or a time of listening to a guest speaker.

10:00 – Head to bed. Students regularly comment on how much easier it is to sleep well and go to bed earlier during their semester in Africa, as we rise and sleep more in accordance with the rhythms of nature.