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Volunteer opportunities in KENYA

Teaching and recreational activities for mentally handicapped children in Mombasa
Mombasa, Coast province          September 3 - September 23, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organised together with the School for mentally handicapped children in Mombasa since 2007. The mission of the school is to rehabilitate mentally handicapped children through various activities and to enable them to lead a normal life. We want to appreciate the mentally challenged kids as part of our society and show them love.

The international volunteers will attend an orientation about the objectives and expectations of the program. In the school, the volunteers will be involved in various teaching activities, including assisting the teachers in sense training, communication, number work, reading, organizing games and art lessons.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Excursions to Haller and beaches during the weekends.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy) will be used accordingly. The volunteers should be able and motivated to work with differently abled people, including mentally disabled.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on September 2nd, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on September 3rd.

Location: Mombasa is located in the Southern part of Kenya, approximately 8 hours drive from Nairobi. Transport to the project will be by public transport. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Mombasa, 15 minutes drive from the project site. The terrain is flat and the climate is hot and humid.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Teaching English, Math and Social sciences to primary school students in Kitui
Kitui, Eastern province          September 10 - September 30, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized together with the Primary School in Kitui since 2007. The school offers formal education to primary school students of Kitui area. The school is under the District Education Board and it serves children of all races. Currently the school has 25 classes and a Special Unit for the Blind. We aim to encourage the students to value education, mentor them, and demonstrate the power of voluntary service.

The volunteers will have an orientation in the beginning of the project. The group will be involved in supporting the teachers in the school by teaching English, Math, Social sciences, Physical education, also tutoring the students, as well as counseling them. Guidance will be given to the volunteers by the teachers.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

 

Leisure activities: Visit to “Nzambani” rocks and “Syomasango” resort during the weekends.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as teaching math, English, sciences, tutoring and experience in teaching blind students) will be used accordingly. Volunteers should respect the local people and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is in a classroom. Please note that there will be electricity, but no shower and running water at the accommodation. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on September 9th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on September 10th.

Location: Kitui is located in the Eastern part of Kenya, approximately 2.5 hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport is available. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kitui, 2 kilometers from the camp site. The terrain is flat. The area is dry and hot.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Support for patients and staff in a hospital in Nakuru
Nakuru, Rift Valley province          October 1 - October 21, 2015
Nakuru, Rift Valley province          December 3 - December 23, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized together with the Medical Centre in Nakuru since 2011. The centre was a realization of the vision of its founders to provide the community it serves with quality, affordable healthcare within a caring environment. The hospital offers a number of services including treatment, prevention, training on life planning skills, providing health talks, HIV counseling, STI treatment, preventing mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. It has both inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital wants to demonstrate the power of voluntary service in the surrounding community.

The project will start with an orientation for the volunteers to understand the objectives and expectations of the program. The volunteers will be involved in different healthcare activities, including counseling, talking to patients, assisting the medical personnel, performing simple surgical procedures, dispensing medicines under the supervision of a consultant, taking the weight of babies. Volunteers will be rotated in several departments of the hospital during the project.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Trips to Lake Nakuru and National Park, to Mount Longonot, cultural exchange, playing games, learning Kiswahili. The excursions are planned for the weekends.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as medical knowledge and health sciences, critical care, nursing, therapy, radiology, internal medicine) will be used accordingly.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts.
The orientation meeting for the first project (October 1 - October 21, 2015) will be on September 30th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on October 1st.
The orientation meeting for the second project (December 3 - December 23, 2015) will be on December 2nd, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on December 3rd.

Location: Nakuru is located in the Rift valley, approximately 2,5 hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport to the project site is available. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Nakuru, 5 minutes drive from the project site. Terrain is flat and weather is hot.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

  

 

Economic empowerment and social upliftment of women and children in Kibera, Africa's largest slum
Kibera, Nairobi          November 5 - November 25, 2015

Volunteer project: Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi and the largest urban slum in Africa, housing over 1 million people. Conditions in Kibera are extremely poor and residents struggle for basic necessities. With this project, we support a community based self-help group, which was founded 20 years ago to address socio-economic challenges in the areas of orphans and vulnerable children, women's and children's rights, poverty reduction, environment degradation, HIV/AIDS awareness and home based health care.

In Kibera, the international volunteers will be involved in teaching the women about saving and investing, entrepreneurship and marketing, follow up on groups that have defaulted on loans, and assist the group in marketing their handmade crafts products. The volunteers will also provide support and counseling to children affected by domestic violence. Orientation in the beginning of the project will prepare the volunteers for the expected tasks and duties.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

 

Leisure activities: Weekend visits to the museum, National Archives, Nairobi National Park, Bomas of Kenya, Giraffe Centre, cultural exchange program.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as linguistics, cooking) will be used accordingly.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on November 4th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on November 5th.

Location: Kibera is located in the southern part of Nairobi. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Nairobi.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Education and rehabilitation of street children in Mombasa
Mombasa, Coast province          December 11 - December 31, 2015

Volunteer project: For this project we partner with a Center for street children in Mombasa. The Center was founded more than 20 years ago as a response to the ever-increasing problem with street children in Mombasa and the Coast region. The Center is providing support to children through various activities such as education, vocational training, psychosocial support, health care and outreach. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate street children to mainstream society

The objectives and expectations of the program will be presented to the participants at the start of the project. The volunteers will assist the education, rehabilitation and psychosocial support programs of the center by teaching, counseling, playing with the children, feeding the babies, mentoring, number work, reading, organizing games and art lessons.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

 

Leisure activities: Excursions to Haller and beaches during the weekends.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as physio, speech and occupational therapy) will be used accordingly.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on December 10th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on December 11th.

Location: Mombasa is located in the Southern part of Kenya, approximately 8 hours drive from Nairobi. Transport to the project will be by public transport. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Mombasa, 15 minutes drive from the project site. The terrain is flat and the climate is hot and humid.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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