Category: Our Experience

Global Exposure to Kenyan Healthcare System

Clinical Internships

Your internship will be supervised on-site by professional personnel in their relevant fields, and this experience can range from locally based dispensaries to national hospitals both government and private facilities.

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Accommodation

In advance of your internship, we are well positioned to reserve appropriate and affordable accomodation, which can range from baisc hostels to bed and breakfast guest houses and hotels. In some cases, our students have preferred to be hosted by local families and this can be arranged

Accommodation

Tourism

Kenya is well known as a tourist destination having internationally renowned national parks with opportunities to observe African wildlife through guided safaris and at ecotourism facilities. At the end of your internship or even on your days of leave in Kenya, you will have a unique opportunity to experience some of Africa's most interesting and exciting places such as the Maasai Mara, Lake Victoria, Mt. Kenya and the beautiful Indian Ocean Coast. Benfra is associated with some of Kenya's best tour operators who offer the best discounts on a safari and tours within the country and throughout East Africa.

Tourism

Giving Back to the Community

The main goal is to restore the self-esteem of the youth, mainly the girls, give them hope of better life ahead and create a desire for more education. On the same breath I sensitize the community on need to keep girls in school as well as boys so that the Government would give more schools.
We wish to achieve this by giving exposure to the girls and boys of the life outside village and continuous motivation talks to them. We will engage reasonable minimal cost interventions. However any support of the same is very welcome.

Giving Back to the Community

Paediatric Non Communicable Diseases forum in Kenya

Kenya hosted this major forum to discuss way forward on the pediatric non communicable diseases. Pediatricians from all counties in Kenya and outside Kenya were in attendance.

Below is a picture of children of Morning Star education center in the slums of Kangemi, Nairobi. They are sitting on new desks courtesy of Kathie Berkvam, from USA, Madison.

Morning Star Education Center
Mentorship

Mentorship

Benfra Clinical Internship undertook a special event during the Easter holidays in Laikipia county, Kinamba to give lunch and hygiene lesson to the teenagers of the area and also some guidance to the growing young men. This event was witnessed by one of the foreign interns from USA, Wisconsin. The event took well over 4 hours. Girls were taken through by the intern hygiene tips and were supplied with sanitary towels and inner-wears.

Pediatric Forum

Pediatric Forum

Benfra Clinical internship was privileged to receive and orientate in Nairobi Ms Jen Rhodes, coordinator Global Health program, America Academy, and Ms Kiran A. Patel, program Manager, Global Child Health, America academy. Both were attending the pediatric non communicable disease forum in Kenya. Through Benfra, they had an opportunity to experience the city of Nairobi before they flew to Eldoret the venue for the forum

Pediatric Vaccines

More on Pediatric Vaccines Forum

Dr Jim Conway and Dr Tina Tana from states of Wisconsin and Chicago respectively, when they were in Nairobi, Kenya to attend Kenya pediatric forum on immunization uptake. The forum took place on the 5th May 2016 through to 6th May 2016 in Nairobi Club. they later visited David Sheldrick elephant orphanage and the Giraffe center. Benfra Clinical Internships was privileged again to host them for one day tour of Nairobi

Spring Break Kenya Trip Offer

Spring Break 2017 Offer

The program has been approved to make specific offers in specific times of the year. Learners from abroad can now take advantage of these opportunities with us.

The First takes place in March 2017 starting from 6th to 13th, coinciding with spring break.

For seven days, travelers will be given an awesome experience in a clean secure guest house in Nairobi, a tour the Nairobi city and visit some of gift shops. Have privilege to visit two major health care institutions and also visit two community based health / education programs. There will be briefings of the services during the visits. Travelers will also spend two nights in the Masai Mara Conservancy and have a full day game drive before returning to Nairobi ready to leave the country.

Accommodation - Maasai Mara

Accommodation

For two nights in Maasai Mara, you will be hosted in a tented camp. These will be shared, clean and self contained with adequate security. While in Nairobi you will be hosted in single occupancy, self contained guest house at half board cost. This will offer proximity to the city and hence easy shopping and site seeing within the city.
Transport to Maasai Mara

Transport

You get to enjoy cosy and punctual transport, including pick up and drop back to the Airport (not including Air tickets) will be provided. Everyday there will be ready transport to use to various destinations of the itinerary. Transport to Maasai Mara with tour compliant vehicles (pop up roofs for good view of the animals) will be granted, conducive for the tour game drives.

Game Drive to Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara Game Drive

You get to visit to Maasai Mara, one of the biggest game parks in Africa. Home to the Big Five and have fun with them in their natural habitat, and have a feel of the nights in secure tented camp, meals full board. A fantastic experience that will life changing.

HIV and Reproductive Health Education in Kenya

The team in front of Nyumbani Children’s Home
The team in front of Nyumbani Children’s Home

From August 13 – 31 I was stationed in Nairobi, Kenya as part of a 10-student team to teach HIV-positive adolescents about HIV and reproductive health in conjunction with Benfra Clinical Internships. The team was led by Susan Gold who developed the teaching curriculum through a Fulbright grant.

The team’s base was at the Y.M.C.A in Nairobi, a grand hostel by both Kenyan and American standards. The facility boasted an outdoor pool, veranda, barbershop, grill, and gym, though internet, electricity, and hot water were never reliable. Our days typically went from 8am – 3pm and consisted of clinical tours, meetings, field visits, and teaching sessions. At the end of each day, we all congregated on the veranda and drank Fanta and Stoney Tangawizi until dinner, which was consistently a medley of beef stew, steamed veggies, potatoes, rice, and chicken or fish fillets. Outside of work, we enjoyed bartering at the Maasai Market, dining at local eateries, and even went on a three-day safari through the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Unfortunately, due to violence on the coast and the mall shooting last year, we restricted our whereabouts to remain transparent.

Home visit with a rural nurse midwife from K.A.R.I.K.A

Home visit with a rural nurse midwife from K.A.R.I.K.A

Each student brought and left two 50 lb suitcases filled with donations

Each student brought and left two 50 lb suitcases filled with donations

We ate a lot of chicken and mukimo

We ate a lot of chicken and mukimo

Elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

Elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

No more food poisoning!

No more food poisoning!

Safari vehicle at sunset in the Maasai Mara

Safari vehicle at sunset in the Maasai Mara

Safari selfie

Safari selfie

Elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

Elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

Outstanding Internships in Kenya

Alisa and Andrea Internships in Kenya

The internships were supervised on-site by professional personnel in their relevant fields, and this experience ranged from Health center set ups to community activities. They were life changing experiences.

KNH Internships

Alisa Small

Alisa Small was in Kenya the month of August, 2013. She stayed for one month. During her stay she was hosted by a family in Kangemi, and was pretty near her internship program. She went for her internship in Amurt Health Center,which gives outpatient services, Lab services, radiography services and pharmacy services but has no inpatients. During her internship period she shadowed personnel in all the departments of the health center, and the key supervisor was Dr Kinyanjui. In this facility they offer comprehensive care clinic for the HIV positive patients and they also give anti retrovirus.

Alisa interacted well with the staff of this facility. She visited the Nairobi National park and Maasai Mara game park. Up to date she has very strong network with Kenyan people.

When she came for the internship she was a student in university of Wisconsin, and since then she has progressed with her education. Definitely the experience she acquired in Kenya has constituted a great deal into what she aspires to be

Alisa Small

Andrea Jordan

Andrea Jordan is a nurse in Colorado, she came in Kenya for two months from October 27th 2014 to Jan 4th 2015. Her main goal was to experience the Kenyan Health system.
She stayed at the YMCA Central hostel, Nairobi and shadowed staff of Nairobi City Council Health Center - Casino, in the CBD. The Health facility has majored in STD treatment and research in Kenya. They have HIV Comprehensive Care Clinic, and offer lab services, outpatient services, counseling services and pharmacy services. Out of her good relations with the entire staff, she participated in Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign. Over the Christmas period she participated in Benfra's community project in Laikipia county, and taught young girls on matters of hygiene and distributed sanitary towels to over sixty young girls in the rural set-up. She hiked Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and also visited lake Nakuru National park

Andrea Jordan

Visit to Lake Nakuru National Park

Andrea and Alec had the opportunity to visit Lake Nakuru National park and witness the effects of global warming with the Lake breaking its banks and displacing most of the flamingos. The Lake is known for the many flamingos there. With Flamingos, they also saw many of other wild life like the buffaloes, rhinos, chimpanzees gazelles just to mention but a few. This was a one day event, and they went back to their residence ready to go Hiking Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Visit to Lake Nakuru National Park

Global Exposure to Kenyan Healthcare System

Clinical Internships Your internship will be supervised on-site by professional personnel in their relevant fields, and this …

Paediatric Non Communicable Diseases forum in Kenya

Kenya hosted this major forum to discuss way forward on the pediatric non communicable diseases. Pediatricians from all counties …

Spring Break Kenya Trip Offer

The program has been approved to make specific offers in specific times of the year. Learners from abroad can now take advantage …