FAQs

GENERAL

Will I get high school credit for participating in ASIC?
Participants may receive credit depending on their high school’s policy. All participants will receive a certificate for completing our rigorous curriculum, community service hours and leaders seminars.
Who attends ASIC?
Who attends ASIC? Our participants are high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 years who seek adventures, learn and immerse themselves in a new culture and challenge themselves in and out of the classroom. Our diverse cohort is a symphony of experiences, ideas, interests, and skills.

DESTINATION INFORMATION

What’s important to know about Nairobi?
Nairobi, popularly known as “Green City in the Sun” is one of Africa’s most developed and fastest-growing cities, and home to the continent's largest tech sphere - the Savannah Valley, over 100 ethnicities and nationalities and the largest game reserve in any city in the world. Nairobi also features other attractions such as The Nairobi National Park, David Sheldrick’s Trust for orphaned elephants, the Giraffe Center, the lush Karura forest, and the energetic Maasai markets. Learn More Here
What’s important to know about Kenya?
Kenya is a country in East Africa with a coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, Lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley, and mountain highlands. It's also home to wildlife like lions, elephants, and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania's 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Where do participants go during the camp?

Nature Exploration and cultural immersion is a central feature of ASIC. As such our trips include visits to some of Nairobi’s wildlife reserves, natural attractions, and cultural and historical sites.
Some of the places we will visit include:

  • Nairobi Safari National Park
  • The Karura Forest Reserve
  • Giraffe Center
  • Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for Orphaned Elephants
  • UN Africa Headquarters
What is the weather like in Nairobi?
Average Weather in June in Nairobi Kenya. Daily high temperatures are around 73°F/23°C, rarely falling below 67°F/19°C or exceeding 77°F/25°C. Daily low temperatures decrease by 3°F/1°C, from 58°F/14°C to 55°F/13°C, rarely falling below 51°F/11°C or exceeding 60°F/15°C. Although we expect clear skies, you should expect chilly and breezy nights; it will be advisable to pack up some layers.
Where is Brookhouse School located?

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS AND DOCUMENTS

Visa Applications and Travel Requirements for ASIC Participants

Securing a Kenyan visa is relatively very stress-free and our team is ready for our participants to get through the process by providing critical information, documentation and advice to speed up and make the process as easy as possible. For most countries, you can complete an application for an Evisa online in a couple of minutes. You can learn more here.

We will provide the following documents for the VISA application process:

  • An invitation letter confirming attendance, camp dates, and the address of the location of the program. This serves as the statement confirming the purpose and duration of your visit to Kenya.
  • Participant letter confirming that all expenses in terms of accommodation and meals will be covered by ASIC (based on your program fees).
  • Confirmation of Guardianship for minors.
  • Copy of Identity Document of ASIC Vice-President who stands as guardian while students attend the program

In addition to these documents, participants also need to have a valid passport. All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after terminating the visit to Kenya

Minors aged 16 and below do not require a Kenyan visa to visit Kenya.

Do I need medical insurance?
Yes! All participants must provide proof of medical/health insurance valid during their camp session.
What should I pack?
Once your application is accepted, you will receive a pre-camp packet that will outline everything you’ll need for your ASIC experience. We recommend you stick to the list provided – travel light! — and avoid bringing valuables.
Will I be picked up and dropped off at the airport?
Yes. You will be greeted at the airport by an ASIC team and transported to campus. At the end of your program, our team will take you back to the airport and ensure you are safely past the ticket counter and on to security check-in and Customs.
When should I arrive?

We ask that students arrive on the Start Date of their session. Plan on purchasing a flight that has you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on that date. You can find session dates here


FEES, REFUNDS, AND SPENDING MONEY

How much money should I bring?
We recommend anywhere from $150-$300 USD to purchase snacks, apparel, souvenirs and gifts during trips.
How do I exchange my money for Kenyan Shillings (KSH)?
After you arrive and collect your luggage at the airport, our team will take you to a currency exchange kiosk.
Can I get a refund if I need to cancel my registration?
All program tuition fees, minus the $500 deposit, are fully refundable before the refund deadline. You may request a refund or a credit towards another session or season of ASIC.
Can I pay the program fees in installments?
Yes! We can work out payment plans on a case by case basis to make paying easier on your family. However, all payments must be completed before the camp start date. Please contact us to discuss options.

SAFETY, SECURITY, AND HEALTH

I have food allergies/dietary restrictions. Is ASIC able to support my needs?
ASIC meals include vegetarian, vegan, and halal options. We work with individuals around specific allergies or other dietary restrictions. Brookhouse is not nut-free or fully kosher. When eating off-campus, we do our best to accommodate individual needs. Specific information is provided in enrolment and medical forms.
What happens if I get sick or injured during the camp?
Brookhouse has a 24/7 on-campus health staff, including a nurse during regular working hours. Staff manage participants’ health information and handle basic health concerns and administer necessary over the counter medication. All other situations are referred to the Nairobi Hospital urgent care facility.
Do I need immunizations for Kenya?
In most cases, immunizations required by schools/ministries of education are sufficient for tourist entry into Kenya. The Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization also recommends immunizations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza.
Is Brookhouse campus safe?
The safety and security of our participants is our utmost priority. Brookhouse School has a strict access policy and is guarded by a 24-hour security service. Access to our residence halls is strictly for camp participants and designated staff. There are surveillance cameras, fire extinguishers, and emergency switches on every residence hall and other spaces across campus.

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