Volunteer in Kenya

Teaching deaf and blind children in Kwale
Kwale, Coast province       September 1 - September 21, 2016

Volunteer project: The international volunteer project is organised together with a school for deaf children in Kwale since 2009. The school offers formal learning to hearing impaired students and they have a small unit for blind children. The school was established in 1968 as a unit and later upgraded into a fully-fledged boarding institution. The school has 17 fully trained teachers from the Kenya Institute of Special Education. The students have various degrees of hearing loss ranging from mild to profound.

Orientation will be conducted for the volunteers to understand the objectives and expectations of the program. Volunteers will be involved in various teaching activities such as assisting the teachers in teaching sign language, playing with the kids, speech therapy, organizing games and art lessons, teaching blind students.

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: Excursion to Mwalungaje elephant sanctuary and beaches. The trips are done 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 in areas such as low vision aids, speech therapy and sign language, will be used accordingly. Volunteers are expected to love kids and be able to work with differently abled kids.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation at a host family. Please note that there is electricity at the accommodation, but no shower. 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 August 31st, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on September 1st.

Location: Kwale is located in the Southern part of Kenya, approximately 8 and a half hours drive from Nairobi. Volunteers will travel to the project site by public transport. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office are 5 minutes walk; Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Ukunda, 30 minutes drive from the project site or 45 minutes drive to Mombasa.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Support for patients and staff in a hospital in Nakuru
Nakuru, Rift Valley province       October 6 - October 26, 2016

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, PMTCT (preventing mother to child transmission). 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 in areas 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 will be on October 5th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on October 6th.

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 Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Nakuru, 5 minutes drive from the project site.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Economic empowerment and social upliftment of women and children in Kibera, Africa's largest slum
Kibera, Nairobi       November 3 - November 23, 2016

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 craft 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 in areas such as finance, marketing, accounting, social media, management and entrepreneurship, 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 2nd, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on November 3rd.

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 Prestige Plaza, 5 min drive from the project site.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Education and rehabilitation of street children in Mombasa
Mombasa, Coast province       December 8 - December 28, 2016

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 in areas such as early childhood education, nursing, counseling and teaching Math/English, 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 7th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on December 8th.

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.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Long-term projects in Kenya