Upon their arrival, students are introduced to the various aspects of the Program and to our staff. A main aspect of the orientation is to prepare students to live independently in Kenya. To achieve this they are first introduced to our neighborhood where they learn how to orientate themselves and take care of their personal needs such as shopping, entertainment, etc. Safety and security are emphasized, not only through lectures and discussions but through field visits and real life experiences. Students also visit Nairobi's central business district on their own, use public transport and start practicing to engage with Kenyans one on one. Students learn Swahili, Kenya's national language and are prepared to aspects of cross-cultural living before they set off for their week's long rural homestay.