The Kenya slum volunteer project run by Go Volunteer Africa will give you a great opportunity to share your skills and time with disadvantaged children in Kenya. The Kenya slum volunteer project is always tailored for the participating volunteer to suit their skills, interests and needs of the slum community.
Kenya has the largest urban-slum in Africa. Kenya’s two main slums Kibera and Soweto are sections of Nairobi city distinguished by poverty and dreadful living conditions. There are approximately 2.5 million slum dwellers in about 200 settlements in Nairobi representing 60% of the Nairobi population and occupying just 6% of the land.
Kibera houses about 500,000 of these people. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the biggest in the world and Soweto not nearly as big as the world famous Kibera, is about 3 kms in length and 1 km in width and this tiny area has over 250,000 people living in it.
Go Volunteer Africa is working with our development partner in Nairobi to improve the living conditions of slum dwellers of Kibera and Soweto in Nairobi, Kenya. Go Volunteer Africa supports various community development projects like slum schools, health clinics and various community development projects through our Kenya Slum Volunteer Project.
- Help with slum health clinics
- Healthcare sensitization programs
- Counseling and therapy programs for youth
- Assist with lessons and teach English at makeshift schools in slum
- Lead recreational programs like sports, art, games, picture books, music activities
The living conditions of the slum people is extremely shocking to the most. There are no roads, sewage systems, no clean water, no schools and no hospitals. Slum communities face various challenges and are a big problem in Kenya. As an organization, we have been playing our part to ensure that children and women in slums of Nairobi find a better life. As a volunteer, your services will go a long way in improving the livelihood of these children and their families.
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
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta Internationa Airport in Nairobi City. A member of staff from our local partner organization 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. The 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.
Living illegally without homes, families are detached from any economic, social or educational lifeline. Go Volunteer Africa is carrying out a number of community improvement services in these two slums and we offer a range of slum volunteer opportunities in Nairobi.
Volunteers can teach English, Math and organize extracurricular activities for the little slum dwellers. This provides the opportunity for children to learn basic skills such as how to read and write or simple math. By learning elementary knowledge such as this the children are able to apply the skills to their daily lives.
Go Volunteer Africa recruits and places volunteers from various backgrounds into community service projects in these slums – whatever your skillsets or your passion – we shall utilize it. Our Kenya slum volunteer project will offer you a very meaningful rewarding life experience.
Volunteers in our slum volunteer project can teach English, give a helping hand in healthcare or share a valuable skill, you can utilize your creativity and come up with a developmental project to improve the living conditions of slum people. The living conditions of the slum people is extremely shocking to the most. There are no roads, sewage systems, no clean water, no schools and no hospitals.
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 accommodation is always close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 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. 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!
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. Buy here Now
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 QUICK FACTS
|Availability:||Project open all year round|
|Duration:||Minimum 2 weeks commitment|
|Age Limits:||Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.|
|Minimum Age:||Families are encouraged to apply|
|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, 3-7 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|
IN A NUTSHELL
Volunteering in Kenya with Go Volunteer Africa is affordable, low cost and budget friendly. The volunteer opportunities in Kenya are meaningful and life changing both to the volunteer and the host community.
Go Volunteer Africa was ranked as the best volunteer organization in Kenya. All volunteer programs in Kenya are community driven and managed by the local coordinating teams and this will give you a chance to get to know local people and really help those in need.
Go Volunteer Africa is among the top NGOs looking for volunteers in Kenya. Most volunteer projects in Kenya are located throughout the country in places like Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kakamega Kajiado and in more rural areas.
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PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
Program Fee Excludes:
- Personal Expenses
- Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
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.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are planning to start the program in less than 3 months from now (start within 12 weeks from date of application), Fill Volunteer application form. If you are planning to start program more than 3 months from now (start within 13 weeks and above – up to 24 months) or if you are not very certain of the exact start dates- just reserve your placement by filling volunteer reservation form. or Simply Make an inquiry here