Bring your family and join one of our exciting and most rewarding family volunteer program in Kenya. If you’re looking for something different to do on your family holiday this year, we suggest you consider our family volunteer vacations in Mombasa, Kenya. We tailor the program to the needs and interests of your family, while maintaining our focus of empowering local communities and making a positive impact in their lives.
Go Volunteer Africa’s family volunteer vacations in Kenya will offer your family with an amazing life changing experience. This is our most popular family volunteer program in Kenya and its suitable for couples and families with children seeking to volunteer abroad.
This is a standard holiday package for families and it will help you develop your family bond, while making a meaningful difference to the lives of local people. We have a great range of volunteering projects for families in Mombasa, Kenya.
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, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Families, Volunteer house or Private Family Guest House
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (or Self Catering on request)
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
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Our family volunteer vacations in Kenya, will offer you and your children an opportunity work in variety of community service projects that range from working at a local orphanage in Mombasa supported by Go Volunteer Africa, community outreaching projects and getting involved in our nature and wildlife conservation projects.
This project offers the family an opportunity to become immersed culturally, help others in need, travel, and explore together. Spending time as family in Mombasa and doing something more than your average beach holiday will definitely provide you with the most rewarding experience of your life! Sometimes you will be working alongside other families, this is a great cultural exchange where you will meet new people from all over the world under the guidance of experienced locally employed staff.
As a family you will have to choose from placements like nature and wildlife conservation, teaching English, coaching sports, improving living conditions and facilities, building and construction, helping healthcare or mixing a bit of everything. If either parent has any skills this will be put to good use.
This family volunteer vacations program is totally flexible and you can join anytime, throughout the year, generally there is no best time to apply. Family volunteers work between 3-5 hours per day Monday to Friday with weekends free to explore the beautiful Mombasa beaches. We always combine excursions and exploring activities on a case by case basis.
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya. Located on Kenya's Eastern coastline bordering the Indian Ocean. This cosmopolitan tourist hub is actually an island connected by bridges and ferries to the Kenyan coast. Mombasa is a melting pot of languages and cultures from all sides of the Indian Ocean. Mombasa has more in common with Dakar or Dar es Salaam than Nairobi, Mombasa's blend of India, Arabia and Africa can be intoxicating, and many visitors find themselves seduced by East Africa's biggest and most cosmopolitan port.
LIVING IN MOMBASA
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 working in Mombasa are housed at either, a host family or volunteers’ house, or our private guesthouse depending on the interest of the volunteers. 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 2 or 6 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 Moi International Airport in Mombasa. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Kenya will meet you on arrival at Moi International Airport in Mombasa 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. This 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
+ $ 130
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.