KENYA: Social Work Volunteer Projects

Kenya Social Volunteer Projects
Kenya Social Volunteer Projects

Volunteering in Kenya at social community development volunteer projects with Go Volunteer Africa will not only provide you with a meaningful experience, but it will change your life positively forever. Community social service volunteer projects in Kenya are diverse and each brings a unique, exciting experience.

There is simply no better way to experience Kenya than getting involved in a community service project. Kick start your Kenya adventure in the metropolitan cities or immerse yourself in the rural communities of Kenya. With so much to offer, as well as a huge array of volunteer work opportunities – Kenya community social working program organized by Go Volunteer Africa could be the best option for your holiday.

PROJECTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Work with our arts and music project
  • Coach sports and games
  • Help support some income generating and skills development project for youth
  • Teach English and other languages
  • Take up a medical care job
  • Get involved in our slum support project

The aim of community service 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.

PROJECT LOCATION:

The Kenya Photography volunteering project can be done in any of the three of our project sites. You can choose to be engaged in Kakamega town project, western Kenya, Nairobi city project in central Kenya or Mombasa county project in eastern-coastal Kenya.

Kakamega: is a town in western Kenya lying about 30 km north of the Equator. It is the headquarters of Kakamega County that has a population of 1,867,579 (2019 census). Kakamega is 52 km north of Kisumu city, the third largest city in Kenya and a port city on Lake Victoria. Kakamega county is Kenya’s second most populous county after Nairobi.

Nairobi:  is the capital and the largest city of Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to “cool water”, a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. The city proper had a population of 4,397,073 in the 2019 census, while the metropolitan area has a population of 9,354,580. The city is popularly referred to as the Green City in the Sun.

Mombasa: is a coastal city of Kenya along the Indian Ocean. The city is known as the white and blue city in Kenya. It is the country’s oldest (circa 900 AD) and second-largest city (after the capital Nairobi), with a population of about 1,208,333 people according to the 2019 census. Its metropolitan region is the second-largest in the country, and has a population of 3,528,940 people.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:

Depending on the project you choose, After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at either Kisumu International Airport in Kisumu City for Kakamega project site, Jomo Kenyatta Internationa Airport in Nairobi City for Nairobi Project or Moi International Airport in Mombasa for the Mombasa project site. A member of staff from our local partner organization will meet you on arrival at Airport. These airport services numerous international carriers. Kenya has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

ORIENTATION:

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Kenya you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.

PROJECT DETAILS:

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 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.

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 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 in Kenya 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.

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.

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Kenya volunteering program.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Kenya. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS:

Visitors to Kenya require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months. Kenya introduced an e-Visa system from 2 July 2015. According to the government an application should be done at least 7 days in advance and visitors can stay for up to 90 days with e-visa. Visa on arrival is still available and visitors can stay for up to 90 days with this visa.

From February 2014 Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda began issuing an East African Tourist Visa. The visa costs 100 USD and has no restrictions on citizens of any country. The visa is a non-extendable multiple-entry 90-day visa that has to be first used to enter the country that issued the visa.

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.

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Kenya has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: 6 to 17 yrs if traveling with parent/guardian
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 5-8 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Nairobi, Mombasa or Kakamega
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

1 Week
$260
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals Daily
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on reuqest)
Apply Now
2 Weeks
$360
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a day
Airport pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now
Any Extra Week
$100
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us