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Volunteer opportunities in KENYA

Construction of water tanks for the Taita people in Coast province
Voi, Coast province          February 5 - February 18, 2015

Volunteer project: The international volunteer project is organized together with Mwakiki community since 2009. The members of the community work together to build social amenities and facilities. The community needs water storage tanks to harvest rainwater for domestic use as this is a semi-arid region. Sometimes when there is too much rain, the water washes away plants and a lot of water gets lost. For this reason, as well as to prevent soil erosion, the community is also planning to build gabions. Volunteers are needed to help achieve these project goals.

Orientation will be conducted for the volunteers about the objectives and expectations of the program. The volunteers will be involved in construction of water tanks for the community, which involves different activities such as concrete mixing, plastering, floor renovation and roofing. The group will also help in the construction of a gabion. The volunteers will spend some time with the children in the community, talking and playing with them.

 

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 Taita Hills, trips to local beaches in Mombasa, playing games, learning Swahili. The trips will be 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, and be able to do physical work. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as masonry, architecture) will be used accordingly.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted by a local family. Please note that there will be no electricity and shower 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 February 4th, in the morning. From Nairobi, the volunteers will travel together to the project site on February 5th.

Location: Voi is located in the South of Kenya, approximately 6 hours drive from Nairobi. Volunteers will travel by public means of transport. The closest Hospital is 45 minutes drive; Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other facilities are located in Voi, 45 minutes drive from the camp site. The terrain is hilly and the weather is hot during this time of the year.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 210 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 deaf and blind children in Kwale
Kwale, Coast province          March 5 - March 25, 2015

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 (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 March 4th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on March 5th.

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 camp site or 45 minutes drive to Mombasa. The terrain is flat and the climate is hot and humid.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

  

 

Counseling, therapy and education for Maasai children
Kajiado, Rift Valley province          April 2 - April 22, 2015

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will support a Children's Care Center in rural southern Kenya. The Center houses orphans and children with disabilities of the Maasai community and provides them with education, therapy and life skills training. Motivated volunteers are needed to help the center in its mission.

An orientation will present the objectives and expectations of the program. The volunteers will support the educational and rehabilitation programs in the center by teaching, providing therapy activities, playing with the children, offering life skills sessions and counseling among other activities.

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: Possible visits during the weekend to Namanga (Kenya - Tanzania border), Arusha in Tanzania, and Bulls Eye Club, where the volunteers can swim.

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 therapy and creative arts) will be used accordingly. If you like arts and social activities, this is the place to be. Volunteers must be motivated to spend time with the local community. Respect for the local people and culture is essential.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with 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 April 1st, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on April 2nd.

Location: Kajiado is located in the Rift Valley province of Kenya, approximately 1 and a half hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport available. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kajiado town, 20 min drive from the camp site. The terrain is flat, the region is hot and dry. The Maasai ethnic group who live here, have maintained their longtime traditions.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Cultural exchange and teaching life skills to orphans in Nairobi
Kagundo, Nairobi          May 7 - May 27, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organised with the aim to promote intercultural exchange, minimize communication barriers and promote peace and understanding between people of diverse backgrounds.

The team will become familiar with the objectives and expectations of the program during the orientation. The two major activities in the program will be Cultural exchange and Work with orphan children and youth. The cultural exchange sessions include learning Kiswahili, teaching foreign languages such as Italian, German, French, Japanese, Chinese, learning to cook some Kenyan dishes, and learning songs. One of the volunteers' tasks is to develop a long term plan where we can have volunteers teaching these languages in schools and starting language clubs on an ongoing basis. In their work with the children, the volunteers will be teaching them life skills and peer education classes. The volunteers will have discussions on the topic of Cultural diversity, and they are welcome to bring some relevant info.

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, 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 and 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 May 6th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on May 7th.

Location: Kagundo is located one and a half hour drive from Nairobi. Volunteers will use public transport. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Tala Centre, 10 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 hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Education for orphaned and needy children in Machakos
Machakos, Eastern province          June 4 - June 24, 2015

Volunteer project: The project is organized together with the Children's Home in Machakos since 2009. The Home was started in 2006 to help orphans and vulnerable children in Machakos and Mbooni districts whose parents were affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty. The home currently houses girls only but also helps boys in terms of providing education. We would like to show these children that people do care for them and give them hope through education and Christian upbringing.

During the initial orientation, the objectives and expectations of the program will be presented to the volunteer group. The volunteers will be involved in supporting the children and the teachers with teaching English, Math, Social Science, singing, drawing and making crafts, helping them in farming activities. The group may also assist in construction activities.

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 “Kyamwilu” (The area has an anti-gravity phenomenon that is still a mystery. Water poured flows upstream, a car if left free will move uphill due to this force.), Satellite, “Wanyavu” (where wood carving is done). 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 (such as early childhood education, teaching math, English, sciences, tutoring) will be used accordingly. Volunteers are expected to love kids and be motivated to spend time with them.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, but no shower 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 June 3rd, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on June 4th.

Location: Machakos is located in the Eastern part of Kenya, approximately 1 and half hours drive from Nairobi. Volunteers will travel to the project site by public transport. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Machakos town, 1 hour drive from the camp site. The terrain is flat; the weather is hot and dry in the region.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching and counseling high school students in Rift Valley province
Kajiado, Rift Valley province          June 25 - July 15, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized in support of a Secondary School in Kajiado in Rift Valley province. The school was started by the regional member of parliament through the constituency development fund. It is a mixed school offering formal education to Secondary school students of Kajiado area. We aim to encourage the students to value education, mentor them, and demonstrate the power of voluntary service.

Orientation will be given to the volunteers to understand the objectives and expectations of the program. The volunteers will support the teachers in teaching English, Math, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, also tutoring the students and counseling them. Guidance will be given to the volunteers by the teachers. Sometimes on weekends, the volunteers may assist local women groups in bead making.

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: Possible visits during the weekend to Namanga (Kenya - Tanzania border), Elangata-Wuas eco-system and Bulls Eye Club, where the volunteers can swim.

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, sciences, English, tutoring) will be used accordingly. Volunteers should respect the local people and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation at a host family. Please note that there will be no electricity, shower and tap 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 June 24th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on June 25th.

Location: Kajiado is located in the Rift Valley province of Kenya, approximately 1 and a half hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport available. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kajiado town, 30 kilometers drive from the camp site. The terrain is flat, the region is hot and dry. The Maasai ethnic group who live here, have maintained their longtime traditions.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Reproductive health services and advocacy in Kisumu
Kisumu, Nyanza province          July 2 - July 22, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized together with a local organisation for family health and planning since 2010. It has an important role in the family planning movement in Kenya. In the 1950's, a group of far-sighted individuals recognized the problems posed by large families in Kenya, especially, the threat to family health and stability. They formed family planning associations in many parts of Kenya to popularize the concept of planned parenthood. The organisation was legally registered in Kenya and affiliated to international organisations for planned parenthood and sexual and reproductive health services.

Orientation will be conducted for the volunteers to understand the objectives and expectations of the program. The volunteers will be involved in assisting in the organization's programs such as reproductive health services, voluntary counseling, peer education, advocacy among others.

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: Possible visits to Lake Victoria and Kakamega forest “Kit Mikae” during the weekend.

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 counseling and medical and health knowledge) will be used accordingly. Volunteers are expected to love kids and be motivated to spend time with them.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is in a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, but no shower and tap 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 July 1st, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on July 2nd.

Location: Kisumu is located in the western part of Kenya, approximately 6 hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport is available. The closest Hospital, markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kisumu city, 10 minutes drive from the camp site. Terrain is flat and weather is hot during summer.

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 for orphans in Kisumu
Kisumu, Nyanza province          August 6 - August 26, 2015

Volunteer project: This volunteer project is organized since 2009 to support an Orphanage in Nyanza province. The orphanage provides a loving and safe home for orphaned, neglected and abandoned street children. It is based in Kisumu which is the third largest city in Kenya. Kisumu has a population of approximately 300,000 and is located on Lake Victoria almost on the Ugandan border. In Kisumu, there are many orphans who, without help, would have no future. The Orphanage is a home to about 130 orphans who lost their parents (usually to AIDS) and street children from the slums. There are primarily boys, due to the "preference" for girls as household labor help, and the difficulty for boys to stay at home if their mother marries someone other than their father. We are seeking volunteers to assist in the Primary School, Secondary School, farm and at the orphanage.

The project will start with an orientation for the participants. During the project, the volunteers will be involved in various educational activities with the children, such as teaching English, Math, Social Science, singing, drawing and making crafts, helping them with their homework.

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 trip to Lake Victoria, cultural exchange, playing games, learning Swahili.

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 early childhood education, teaching math, sciences, tutoring) will be used accordingly. Volunteers are expected to love kids and be motivated to spend time with them.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is with a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, but no shower 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 August 5th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on August 6th.

Location: Kisumu is located in the west of Kenya, approximately 6 hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport is available. The closest Hospital and market are 5 minutes walk; Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kisumu, 15 km drive from the camp site. Terrain is flat and weather is hot during summer.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

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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