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MODERN & INGIDENOUS MEDICINE. A 4-Week Rotation for Medical Students Featuring Integrative Medicine for the Underserved in Kenya. Learning Objectives. Experience the long heritage of Integrative Medicine as practiced by indigenous cultures Encourage dialogue with medical practitioners in Kenya

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Modern ingidenous medicine


A 4-Week Rotation for Medical StudentsFeaturing Integrative Medicine for the Underserved in Kenya

Learning objectives
Learning Objectives

  • Experience the long heritage of Integrative Medicine as practiced by indigenous cultures

  • Encourage dialogue with medical practitioners in Kenya

  • Develop a broader sense of cultural competency

  • Observe and develop existing clinical skills

  • Broaden public health knowledge

  • Develop creativity in problem-solving

  • Deepen a commitment to service

Proposed educational activities
Proposed Educational Activities

  • Orientation upon arrival, including cultural adjustment exercises & team building

  • Ongoing interactions with medical director and coordinator

  • Weekly lectures in the fields of AIDS, physical disability, public health care of Kenya, and integrative medicine

  • Clerkship days as described in itinerary, including inpatient, clinic, and ambulatory

  • Off-site activities by 4-wheel or walking / hiking, and tent and cabin sleeping, sometimes by group accommodation

  • Post-trip debrief materials and reflective discussion

Who can go
Who can go?

  • 4th and 3rd years* from Western U can reserve a spot first.

    • *3rd years must have vacation/elective at this time. Cannot change core rotations.

  • Students’ partners & family are welcome to join

    • Activities can be arranged during clinical days, some with additional cost

    • Maasai warrior treks

    • Other volunteering activities may be arranged in schools, childrens’ activity programs etc.

  • After Dec 10th, other students and professionals will be invited

  • Application process is simple, with 50% deposit due on booking, balance due 6 weeks before trip (February 25)

  • Western University credit is involved in the process

Travel orientation
Travel & Orientation

  • Wed 4th – Fri 6th

  • Arrive Nairobi through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

  • Stay at the Wildebeest Camp

  • Eco-tourism and excursions to wildlife centers and local tour sites

    Orientation: Team building, roles, curriculum & expectations, & cultural sensitivities

Nairobi wildebeest camp
Nairobi: Wildebeest Camp

  • Groups of 4-6 Dorm style rooms or shared Safari Tents

  • Upgrades to single or double rooming can be arranged

Kijabe kenya
Kijabe, Kenya

  • Sat 7th – Fri 14th

  • CURE Hospital

  • International Guesthouse, 2-4 per room

  • 6 days in CLINICAL, including surgical inpatient, orthopedic clinic outpatient

  • 3 days OFF

Maji moto village
Maji Moto Village

  • Mon 16th – Mon 23rd


  • 3 days FREE

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Maji Moto Village

  • Stay in guest village

  • Small rural clinic

  • Learn traditional medicine with tribal healers and immersion with villagers

  • Hikes, medicinal harvest, ceremonies, shamanic medicine, warrior treks

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My name is Salaton Ole Ntutu. I am very happy to welcome our guests into our community of Maasai.

If we have visitors, it’s a blessing. In Kenya, in Swahili, we don’t have the word “stranger.” So are Guests – Wageni.

You will be very happy when you are going to book this trip and come with us.

Talek and maasai mara safari
Talek and Maasai Mara Safari!

  • Travel through the bush to arrive in Talek Village

  • 2 days Safari at Maasai Mara National Park!

Talek community
Talek Community

  • Wed 25th – Tues, May 2nd

  • Koyiaki Community Clinic in Talek Town

  • Jackson Ole Njapit & many other mentors

  • 6 days CLINIC

  • 2 days OFF

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Talek Community

  • Koyiaki Clinic

Talek riverside camp
Talek Riverside Camp

  • 2 people per cabin with flush toilet and hot shower

  • Overlooking the Talek river

  • Walking distance to clinic

Travel back to nairobi
Travel back to Nairobi

  • On the last day, we'll drive from Talek to Nairobi in the morning (about 4-5 hours), then return to Wildebeest for rest, showers, lunch etc. as people await flights home.

Can my companion book too
Can my companion book too?

  • Yes!

  • Option for all 4 weeks or 2 week trip (non-clinical only)

  • Opportunities to contribute, relax, or tour

  • Prices will depend on interest for this option

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  • 12+ travelers $3100

  • 6 – 11 travelers $3400

  • 2 week option for companions $1900

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  • Includes:

  • All ground transportation for locations outlined in the itinerary

  • All meals and lodging as presented in the itinerary

  • Activities in the itinerary, including conservation experiences, Maasai cultural activities, wildlife driving safari, nature walks

  • Clinic supervision and opportunity for academic credit

  • Pre-trip informational session

  • Does not include:

  • Air fare, tips, immunizations, visas, alcohol & personal purchases

  • Mandatory travelers medical insurance

  • Personal-use medical equipment such as stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, otoscope, scrubs, or gloves. Please bring these items along with your white coat.

Let s go take the next steps
Let’s Go! Take the next steps…

  • Join the group

    • Get on the mail list to stay informed

    • Tell us your level of interest—ready to book? Hold a space for now?

    • Contact your WU rotations advisor

  • Send application form, receive booking package

    • Email your application

    • Complete a booking form and make a deposit with Susan Olofson Travel

    • First priority for WU students through December 10th, preference thereafter

  • Begin fundraising and preparing for your journey!!

Questions or want an application email susanolofson@gmail com kenyamedicine@susanolofson com


A 4-Week Rotation for Medical StudentsFeaturing Integrative Medicine for the Underserved in Kenya

Thank you asante sana


A 4-Week Rotation for Medical StudentsFeaturing Integrative Medicine for the Underserved in Kenya