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East African Student Handbook

MARYKNOLL INSTITUTE OF AFRICAN STUDIES
OF SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
AND TANGAZA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, NAIROBI

EAST AFRICAN

STUDENT HANDBOOK


INDEX 


ADDENDUM I

CHECKLIST

Before closing your suitcase, you might check to see if you have included the following items:

______ shirts/blouses

______ handkerchiefs

______ camera & film supply

______ umbrella

______ underwear

______ hat for sun

______ toilet articles

______ suit/sport coat

______ trousers/slacks/skirts

______ insect repellant

______ stationary, notebooks, diary

______ recommended textbooks (cf. Section V)

______ warm sweaters

______ bandages

______ sewing kit, scissors

______ cold remedy, aspirin etc.

______ lined windbreaker or jacket

______ shoulder bag for field trips

______ flashlight

______ extra passport photos

______ socks

______ cassette tape recorder/tapes

______ thongs for shower

______ international driver's license

______ walking shoes

______ warm knee socks for women

______ medication & prescriptions

______ Bible, New Testament

______ dress shoes

______ ticket and passport

______ sun glasses (dark)

______ Visa (download online before arrival)

______ fall-weight skirts/dresses

______ laptop computer (Recommended)

______ pouch to wear around the neck for passport/money

Above all: don't forget your passport, airline ticket, money!

Those who have contact lenses may find it wise to also bring along a pair of regular eyeglasses; some have found the dust an irritant in areas outside of the city and preferred to wear eyeglasses at those times. Those with glasses may want to bring an extra pair and a copy of their prescription.

CURRENCY AND CURRENCY REGULATIONS
Kenya currency is based on the decimal system. The unit of currency is the shilling, divided into 100 cents.

Prices in the market places and in the small stores are usually negotiable. If you don't bargain and haggle, it's your fault. Visitors are advised to check currency rates regularly: As of March 2014, one U.S. dollar was worth eighty-five Kenya shillings.

Visitors are strongly advised to avoid street dealers when exchanging money, and to transact all currency dealings through official FOREX bureaus. This avoids the possibility of counterfeit money and being short changed.

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT
Upon arrival, the most convenient way to get to your place of residence is to take a TAXI. MIAS has an arrangement with NEW JAMBO TAXIS at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Telephone No: (020) 822-011 or (020) 822-114. As you pass through the glass doors after leaving customs, the New Jambo Taxis booth is to the right across the hall. It's sign is clearly visible. Their rates as of  March 2015, are US$ 25.00 or  Kshs. 2500 to many areas within Nairobi. 

If you are arriving late at night, be sure you notify the place where you are to stay so that they are prepared to receive you. If you need someone to meet your flight, MIAS can arrange it with New Jambo Taxi. They wait outside of customs carrying a sign with your name on it. Be sure you contact the Director giving flight details if you wish to be met.

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