Kenya appeals for so many reasons, there is a gorgeous coast, wildlife, friendly locals and lots of amazing affordable volunteer programs in Kenya available to join all year round. By participating you will really feel the warmth of local people. Find structured affordable volunteer programs in Kenya run by the leading and largest volunteer organization – Go Volunteer Africa.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER IN KENYA
Here are some facts about Kenya and why you might want to help:
- Approximately 50% of the population live below the poverty line
- Life expectancy at birth is 56 years
- As of 2007 the estimated number of people living with HIV/Aids in Kenya is approx. 2.5 million
- The estimated number of orphaned children below 15 years is over 2 million
- 30% of Kenyan children suffer from stunted growth through malnutrition
- Over 70% of people have no access to adequate drinking water
Browse our affordable volunteer programs in Kenya and find inspiring ways you can give back from working with communities or help the environment and wildlife. You could even work with the Masaai. Kenya is a popular destination which gets a lot of income from tourists but it is also a country which has severe poverty and also certain areas lack basic infrastructure.
By applying to volunteer abroad in Kenya you are given the opportunity to make a real contribution and change lives of communities, wildlife and young people. Dive into the local culture and traditions and explore historic cities like Mombasa and all of its tropical beaches. This is a real and unique way to discover the real Kenya!
LOCATION OF PROJECTS
Most programs are located throughout the country in places like Nairobi, Mombasa, Kakamega, Eldoret and in more rural areas. There are also programs with wildlife conservation.
AFFORDABLE VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN KENYA
Community Development Volunteer Programs in Kenya
As a participant on a community project in Kenya you will get to know local people and really help those in need. There are sustainable tourism programs, teaching projects and also educational and training initiatives available. You will find out first-hand what it’s like in a Kenyan community as you will work alongside locally employed staff getting immersed in their culture and tradition.
Some placements are in large cities whilst there are other locations in rural areas where you will experience the rustic charm of the country – both of these places offer different experiences. There are lots of different programs which might appeal to you, some use creative things like art and music whilst there are also awareness campaigns where you can use training and education to improve local people’s lives.
Building & Construction Volunteer Projects in Kenya
Flex those muscles and wok with impoverished communities in stunning communities. You can help to give impoverished communities a brighter future building new homes and lending a hand with development projects. Simple housing is in short supply in Kenya and with no scheme in place to help poverty stricken locals, which means that those who can’t afford housing often have to make do with life on the streets.
Your help is needed to assist with essential building work and community renovation; this can range from building or repairing classrooms, orphanages and care centres to building homes for families who need a safe refuge. Schedules and work will vary according to what is needed at the project and when you arrive. You will generally work on the project for around 6 hours a day, Monday to Friday, with your weekends free to explore the incredible natural beauty of Kenya.
Volunteer with the Maasai Mara Tribe
The Maasai region is located within Kenya and northern Tanzania and on these projects you will get to work with and gain a greater understanding of the local tribes who live here. The Maasai are a semi-nomadic community who live a traditional and peaceful lifestyle, you will be able to help conservation and the land they live on or also join teaching placements educating youngsters in local community schools. Some programs are located in the Masai villages which are around 1 hour away from Nairobi. Living conditions can be rural and basic – this will be an authentic experience like no other!
Volunteer with Animals in Kenya
If you like animals you could work on a wildlife conservation program and work alongside locally employed staff, for example zoologists and vets who look after endangered animals. Kenya is famous for its wildlife but animals face many problems on a daily basis like poaching. You can help on the ground with local wildlife conservation which aim to provide sustainable long term efforts in place so animals can live freely in their natural habitat.
You will get back to basics and experience real African living helping with the daily monitoring and conservation of big cats and elephants as well as learning all about life within a traditional Masai community. Generally, your days will start with an early breakfast at around 7am and work on the projects until around 6pm.
Medical Volunteering Programs in Kenya
Kenya has a poor public health system and you can work in specially set up areas, hospitals or join outreach teams travelling out into rural areas to help people. There are skilled / non-skilled placements, some you will be required to have a formal education but no previous experience is required for nonprofessional placements.
On HIV / AIDS volunteer programs you might be raising awareness of the disease in local communities in hope of stopping and preventing the spread of the disease, around 5 – 10% of the population suffer from this devastating disease. We work with organizations which can place you in medical centres in places like Mombasa on the East Coast, there are nurses and nurses in training required all the time to help with daily tasks and duties at surgeries.
You will work side by side with local doctors helping local people who are in need of assistance, most centres lack resources and staff and you might be thrown straight into the action when you arrive.
Teach in Kenya
Do you want to build a new future through teaching? There are many ways volunteers are excelling in these areas by using their enthusiasm and experience to help change the lives of the children they are teaching. Many of these schools are based in poor, deprived areas of the city and require urgent assistance from volunteers.
The are placements available at small nurseries, schools and humanitarian feeding centers in places like Nairobi. Many schools help educate underprivileged children and most are run on shoe string budgets with donations allowing them to provide essential commodities like water, food, clothes and teaching materials.
You do not need to be a skilled teacher already in the profession to apply, most lessons are very basic – this might be a shock when you see the state of classrooms in this country especially in rural areas. There are roles where you can teach in a classroom or coach sports outdoors – you might also get to do some fun things like painting walls and helping with irrigation/gardening meaning schools can grow their own vegetables organ.
Some schools are very rustic – in rural areas some don’t even have electricity, international participants are encouraged to take books and supplies which will be of great use when in your destination. You will get to take part in a number of roles and flexibility will be a big advantage, most days you will encourage children to learn, read and write better allowing them to practice and improve. You will get guidance from local Kenyan teachers and be free to plan your own lessons, games and activities.
There are usually literacy clubs set up which are important in helping children and adults improve their skills which can help with long term job prospects. If you have any previous skills working as a teacher these will be put to good use where you can create structured lessons for different abilities, create weekly lesson plans, make tests and homework.
Requirements & How to Apply
Most nationalities can apply to volunteer in Kenya but we request you are aged 18+ on the start date. Knowing basic Swahili is not a requirement but you might want to take a phrase book as many local people don’t speak English. People are needed all year round and there is no best time to apply, register your interest or request more information today.
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