Army Exercises Kenya: A Wealth of Local Opportunities

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If you're going to Kenya with the British Army, either as military personnel or as a civilian attachment, then this guide will offer up some great tips on what to see and do so that you can make the most of your time in this beautiful country. 

Custom Wood Work

Many local tradesmen will be able to handcraft wooden ornaments for you for a very reasonable fee. Their shops will line the roads and they will often be seen trying to encourage soldiers to buy their wares. Have a look around and see which shops offer the best craftsmanship and put in your request. Everything from statues of animals to full chess sets can be made to order. Just be sure to check up on your order periodically in order to make sure that they are crafting it to your specifications. You'll also need to check the wood for any woodworm, as it won't be allowed on the plane back otherwise. Having it varnished is a good way to kill anything lurking in the wood.

Free Safari

If you have the chance to work with the Army's media department take it. It's a great way to see Kenya as you'll be allocated a vehicle for the media team which can be used to explore the surrounding countryside. The photographer will document the trip anyway as part of the exercise and you'll no doubt be able to request access to some of the photographs. 

Help the Locals

When the British Army deploys on exercise abroad they always engage in local community projects. Liaise with your local HQ to see if they are supporting any DFID (Department for International Development) projects. You may find that you can help teach English in a school or get involved in building a local football pitch. These activities are a great way to give back to the community and provide a lot of satisfaction. DFID usually allocates a sum of money to these projects, and if you can get some friends together to join in as well then you'll be able to maximise your personnel power and stretch the budget further, in order to buy school equipment and footballs for local children. 

There are many ways to enjoy your time in Kenya. Whether you want to be a tourist or make a difference, there's something for everyone. For more information or ideas for local things to do, contact services such as Hangout Kenya.

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