Community volunteer projects in Kenya are diverse and each brings a unique, exciting experience. The overall aim of the projects is one of improving the community infrastructure, encouraging sustainable activities and capacity building. The people are hard working and appreciative of our contribution to their community and will be incredibly responsive to your presence on the project.
Kenya is thriving economically but poverty is a real problem and you can join community development projects with the aim of improving living conditions and infrastructure for local people. Participants are needed at community projects in places like Nairobi, Kericho and Mombasa and several other communities across Kenya.
No matter which project you chose in which to volunteer in Kenya, you will have an important role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated. School children will benefit from the knowledge you impart, your conservation efforts will contribute towards protecting local wildlife, and you will be part of preserving some of the extraordinary ways of life in this country.
Availability: Projects open all year round
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment and 6 months Maximum
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival: One day before the start date
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 5-8 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Location: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kericho (and sorrounding communities)
Experience Kenya intoxicating cultural diversity and breathtaking natural landscapes by joining one of our weekend safaris and tours. We offer a range of travel and excurcion deals in Kenya.
The aim of community volunteer projects is to provide support for a wide range of capacity building initiatives within the local communities being implemented by our affiliate NGOs. As a volunteer in Kenya, you'll be able to work and help improve living standards, education and healthcare.
The program has a number of projects aimed at improving on healthcare, education, environment conservation practices, improving the standards of living, building community schools, or helping youth with their ventures and so many other initiatives aimed at improving the communities in need.
Daily general volunteer activities can include playing creative games like coaching sports, participating in slum and community outreaches. These projects can be really tiring placements which can be very emotional but also amazing, the work you will do will be greatly received and you can make a difference regardless of your background and skills set.
Go Volunteer Africa has lots of volunteer projects in Kenya where you can work to help the environment and wildlife. If you would like to help people then medical and healthcare programs will appeal to you. You can teach in Nairobi slums and you can utilize your skills and creativity to improve education and help children to escape poverty in Kericho, western Kenya.
Volunteer placements include help local teacher, giving lessons, creating fun games whilst giving youngsters attention. Schools are often underfunded and lack resources. You could teach English in Kenya and help with activities in the classroom and to improve levels of spoken English.
Volunteering in Kenya with Go Volunteer Africa will be one of the most challenging but most fulfilling experiences of your life. You will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round.
One of the advantages of the Community volunteer projects is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your placement. To become involved in another projects simply inform a member of staff who will happily make any necessary arrangements.
LIVING IN KENYA
Go Volunteer Africa's volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. Volunteers in Kenya are housed at either, our in-country Coordinator’s home, host family or volunteers’ house, depending on the project site. All accommodation environments allows volunteers to meet other travelers and to get to know each other better outside the work-site and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
The accommodations of course are clean and comfortable and will quickly become your second home. The African and western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people and, while we can’t always guarantee the hottest water, the facilities are more than adequate. The accommodation is always equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones, and spare electricity sockets. Life at the accommodations facilities is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!
You will be provided with three good quality meals every day, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry. The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes, using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! Typically your diet will consist of rice, bread, ugali, sweet-potatoes, beans, noodles, corn bread, banana with vegetables such as sukuma, cabbage, avocado, spinach and eggplant. Water and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarkets in town.
The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends. During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings. We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world. Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.
Yet one of the biggest perks of volunteering in Kenya lies in the plethora of weekend outings we organize. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at either of three airports, depending on the project choice. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Moi International Airport in Mombasa, or Kisumu International Airport (serving Kericho).
A member of staff from our local partner organization in Kenya will meet you on arrival at airport, and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. These airport services numerous international carriers including the national airline Kenya Airways. Kenya has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
§ Placement Booking & Confirmation
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Project orientation
§ Three meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour international HQ back-up
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas: The Republic of Kenya, a member of the East African Community, allows citizens of all African countries to obtain a visa on arrival. Citizens of most other countries you can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel. To minimize time spent queuing at the airport; get a visa before you travel. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visas website. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months with at least one empty page. Check this page - http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
BOOKING AND APPLICATION
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.