At the Manor House Agricultural Centre (MHAC) it is our aim to provide gap year students with an enriching experience which, on the one hand, gives them an exposure to the realities of rural life in Africa away from the traditional tourist destinations, while also enhancing, in a relaxed and pleasant environment, their education. It is our hope that students will come away from the course with a good understanding of Kenya’s people, language and history, as well as a knowledge of bio-intensive agriculture and its place in enriching the life of the small scale subsistence farmers. We also hope that students will get a better understanding of HIV/AIDS and its impact on people’s lives and enjoy the experience of climbing the mysterious Mount Elgon.
A non-refundable deposit of £100 is payable at booking time, with the balance payable 10 weeks before your departure. You must be at least 18 years old.
The Tudor Trust residential block was specially built to house students at MHAC. The accommodation consists of twin bedded rooms with separate shower and toilet facilities. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and each bed has its own mosquito net. The block is secure with barred windows and will be locked at all times. The block will also be patrolled by security guards at night. Security guards are on duty at the main access to MHAC 24 hours a day.
In addition to the security measures in place at the Centre’s main facilities, Kenya Green Gap takes care to provide safety measures during excursions, visits to museums, and during the trek on Mount Elgon. Security personnel will accompany the students at all times on their excursions.
MHAC is in a very beautiful and peaceful location. Your safety is our first priority. Please contact us if you have any further questions about safety and support.
Kenya is renowned as one of the more friendly and welcoming places in Africa. The country offers a fascinating mix of experiences. This, combined with political stability, makes Kenya an ideal environment for experiencing a gap year programme in Africa. The fact that English is widely spoken is an added bonus.
Kenya is not a developed Western country however. Despite government and international community efforts, Kenya still lacks widespread basic health, education and other important services. This is most noticeable in the rural areas and the shanty towns of the cities.