Go Volunteer Africa is offering an amazing opportunity to gain hands-on medical experience in Kenya while providing much needed care Dentistry and Optometry services to disadvantaged people through a volunteer project. If you are a dental student or a dentist searching for a well-organized and life-changing volunteering opportunity in Africa, this is the best placement for you.
The dentistry and optometry volunteer project in Kenya is organized in various communities across the country for medical professionals, students, or someone hoping to study dentistry or optometry in the future and gain some work experience. The project offers a wonderful opportunity to gain practical experience as a dentist, and can be customized to meet your interests and skills. Volunteers will work under an experienced supervisor. Visit https://www.tolleydental.com if you want to get a appointment.
- Communicating with patients to get detailed case histories in order to provide the emergency eye care services they need
- Examining the eyes of patients of all ages to detect signs of injury, disease, abnormality or vision defects which may require prescription glasses.
- Checking for signs and symptoms of general health conditions (e.g. diabetes)
- Using specialist equipment for diagnosis and testing
- Issuing prescriptions for spectacles or contact lenses
- Fitting and checking prescribed lenses in order to correct vision defects
- Help the blind or low visibility patients with special requirements
- Offering advice and reassurance about optometrist services
- Offering help and advice for patients choosing frames and lenses
- Writing referral communications to doctors
- Liaising with other medical practitioners and sometimes sharing the care of patients with chronic ophthalmic conditions
- Preventative dental care
- orthodontist services
- Dental health education (brushing and flossing techniques, etc.)
- Common pediatric oral care procedures
- Dental health screenings
- Root canals and scaling
- Supporting dental hygienists
- Maintenance of dental equipment
- Other support roles associated with running a mobile dental clinic
You can join our Kenya dentistry and optometry volunteer project in Nairobi or Kakamega. Both project sites offer a very meaningful volunteer experience.
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.
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 or Jomo Kenyatta Internationa Airport in Nairobi City for Nairobi Project. 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 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.
Volunteering in the dental projects rewards you with valuable experience that will help boost your career. Additionally, working with trained and specialized dentist enhances your knowledge, while providing you with the confidence to be able to tackle the day-to-day challenges. It is also a lifetime opportunity to immerse in another culture and experience life from a different perspective.
The type of work you will be allocated will depend to an extent on your own abilities and capabilities, which is understandable given that you will be dealing with patient health and safety. You will be involved in the day-today running of hospitals and clinics, observing or directly assisting the doctors and nurses. If you plan on specializing in a particular field of medicine, we can arrange to place you in a relevant department, to ensure that you receive maximum experience support.
These volunteer placements are ideal for professionals in students or those interested in pursuing this profession. There are placements available at clinics, hospitals, schools and remote locations in places across Kenya. While trained professionals will be able to treat patients in the field, those volunteering as an assistant will be placed under the guidance of professional supervisors.
For volunteers without any training or background, tasks may range from general administrative assistance to providing basic training in the community. Apply to help people and communities around Kenya by providing dental and optical treatment and preventive care.
For the dental and optometry placement, volunteers need to be training. You will need to be aged 18 years or above at the time of joining the program. Everyone is welcome to apply and a lot of pre-med, medical students, graduates and general people looking to help can apply to join these project. If you are looking to volunteer in a skilled role (for example as a doctor), you will need to provide certificates and your level of experience.
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.
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.
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. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!
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.
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!
|Availability:||Project open all year round|
|Duration:||Minimum 1 week commitment|
|Age Limits:||Minimum 18yrs and above|
|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:||Volunteer House or Host Family|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily|
|Support:||Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7|
|Location:||Nairobi or Kakamega|
PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
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.
For Medical / Healthcare Volunteers: *Hospital administration fee of $100 per month (regardless of lesser duration) is added for all medical placements. Have an inquiry? Contact Us