Security Updates
The Kenya security situation continues to improve and tourism rebounds.

In September, 2005 the United Kingdom launched a major tourism initiative with Kenya. Tourism bookings have greatly increased with many lodges fully booked for the summer of 2009.

As you may know the State Department issued a Travel Warning for Kenya back in May of 2003. There had been a terrorist attack on the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998 and an attack on an Israeli hotel north of Mombasa in 2002. We decided to cancel the program in the summer of 2003. Conditions improved and the warning was modified in May of 2004. Before we decided to hold the program in the summer of 2004, Professor Kelly conducted an investigation of conditions in Kenya. He talked to State Department officials in Washington, D.C. and to embassy officials at the American Embassy in Nairobi. All urged him to continue the program. They told him that a terrorist attack was no more likely in Kenya than many parts of the world including the United States and that crime was the largest concern in Kenya. He also talked to directors of undergraduate programs who reinstituted their semester abroad programs in Kenya in the Fall of 2003. He concluded that conditions had improved to the point where he felt comfortable in conducting the program in 2004. After the success of the 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 programs, we look forward to returning again in 2009.

We instituted a Safety and Risk Management Plan to minimize any risk and improve safety. (Click on the link for more details.) Kenya's government has been working closely with the United States government to improve the security situation.

Students considering the program should fully inform themselves. It is important to review the Travel Warning issued by the State Department and any subsequent updates. You can inform yourself by clicking on the State Department link, http://travel.state.gov/, and then clicking on the Kenya link. In evaluating this consider that the U.S. government also maintains a Worldwide Caution to remind U.S. citizens of the continuing threat of terrorist actions anywhere abroad.

We will continue to update this site if conditions change. If you would like more information or have questions about the program, email Professor Patrick Kelly at jpkelly@widener.edu or call him at (302) 477-2124.