Medical and Healthcare volunteering placements are offered in Nairobi and Kakamega Kenya. This medical volunteering project in Kenya offers diverse experience as volunteers can be placed in a variety of medical settings, including public and private hospitals, clinics, fitness centers with equipment as gym balls or weights, and community outreaches in under-resourced locations around the metropolitan cities.
If are you a medical professional or student looking for a volunteering opportunity in Africa, Go Volunteer Africa offers medical and healthcare volunteering and internship opportunities in Kenya to Pre-med, nursing, and medical students and professionals interested in a volunteer abroad medical opportunity.
- Shadowing professionals medics and assist whenever needed.
- Assist patients (getting them from one service point to another)
- Treating minor injuries, vaccinations etc. (depending on skills)
- Getting actively involved in the daily work of the hospital, taking rounds of the wards, maintaining files, and doing routine patient checkups like measure Blood pressure, pulse, check fever etc.
Your exact role within the hospital or clinic will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as by the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. You may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions.
We offer short and long term medical volunteering project placements in hospitals, clinics, outreach centres and slum community projects in Kenya. Placements are available in areas of Dentistry, HIV & AIDS, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Radiography and Veterinary
You can join our Kenya medical volunteering 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.
Healthcare is neither easily accessible nor affordable for many Kenyans living in the slums and semi-urban areas. As a result, an overwhelming number of Kenyans people never receive proper healthcare. People in villages, slums, urban and semi-urban areas face health concerns that diminish their ability to improve their lives whereas the quality of health influences the quality of life for any individual and subsequently impact development for a community. HIV/AIDS, Malaria, childhood illnesses such as measles, tetanus, parasitic diseases and malnutrition devastate communities.
Go Volunteer Africa strives to improve the health conditions of children and adults in these communities through various medical and healthcare volunteer projects. Go Volunteer Africa has set up activities with both small health clinics and large government hospitals in Kenya, including but not limited to Village Health Talks Outreaches (VHTO), Mobile Clinics Camps and so many other interventions. All our projects have one similar goal of improving the provision of healthcare and of preventative health education to underserved populations across Kenya.
If you are currently studying or recently graduated we have medical volunteer programs and internships which will boost your resume / CV and allow you to help people in the developing world. Lots of people apply every year and this healthcare volunteer program is perfect if you are planning a career in healthcare. Volunteers with professional credentials, or those currently enrolled in medical/nursing school are welcome. The type of hands on 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.
Volunteers/Interns are not allowed to perform the major identification or surgery works. Most of the time volunteers help doctors or work as an assistant to doctors. You will be involved in aspects of the day-to-day running of the hospitals, observing or directly assisting, where possible. You can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice.
Volunteers measure BP, temperature, height, weight assist doctors and medical staffs with health center tasks. You also help in health camps (if any), distribute medicines, provide tips to patients on health, nutrition and sanitation and counseling patients, and involve yourself in the treatment for minor injuries or wounds and keeping patient records.
Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in developed world. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases, and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients. Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis and most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.
There is an obvious lack of manpower and resources in the local hospitals, which are located in the outer city areas and sub-urban areas. Since many health centers lack modern facilities, or have broken equipment and lack of staff, the placements are very challenging. Volunteers need to bring their own medical equipment, gloves, lab coat, medical scrubs and appropriate shoes.
For the medical 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 3 weeks commitment|
|Age Limits:||Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.|
|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|
|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