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Volunteer opportunities in KENYA

Economic empowerment and social upliftment of women and children in Kibera, Africa's largest slum
Kibera, Nairobi          March 3 - March 23, 2016
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 for the first project (March 3 - March 23, 2016) will be on March 2nd, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on March 3rd.
The orientation meeting for the second project (November 3 - November 23, 2016) 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 hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

  

 

Educational and counseling support for women behind bars
Nairobi          April 7 - April 27, 2016

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will provide counselling and support to women serving time in prison and their children.

The team will become familiar with the objectives and expectations of the program during the orientation. Volunteers' tasks involve: teaching microfinance and entrepreneurship to women inmates, counseling children of the prisoners, teaching them literacy, mentoring the women inmates, assisting in a women's clinic, education on human rights, vocational training (textile, information communication technology, etc.).

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 in areas such as arts, computer skills, business development, counseling, teaching, 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 April 6th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on April 7th.

Location: The project site is located 1 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 Nairobi Central Business District, 45 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Soil and water conservation program
Voi, Coast province          May 5 - May 25, 2016

Volunteer project: The international volunteer project is organized together with the Mwakiki community in Voi since 2009. The members of the community work together to promote soil conservation and managing the environment. 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.
In addition, the volunteers will be making Fanya Juu Terraces. This technology is the most successful cross-slope barrier measure used in small-scale farming in Kenya. Fanya Juu Terraces are very well suited to sloping land in marginal or wetter zones, and the environmental benefit is effective soil erosion control. The technology has also proven to increase crop yield.
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 in areas such as environmental science, biology and construction, 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 May 4th, in the morning. From Nairobi, the volunteers will travel together to the project site on May 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: 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 Science to school children in Voi
Voi, Coast province          June 2 - June 22, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized together with a school that offers formal education to students of Tausa area in Voi, Coast province. The focus is on primary school students ages 13-14 and secondary school students ages 16-17.

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, Science, as well as tutoring and mentoring the students. The volunteers will receive guidance from 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: 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. However, specialized skills and expertise in areas such as teaching Math, Science, English, mentorship, 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 June 1st, in the morning. From Nairobi, the volunteers will travel together to the project site on June 2nd.

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 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Providing assistance for patients and staff at a Hospital in Kisumu
Kisumu, Nyanza province          July 7 - July 27, 2016

Volunteer project: The project is organized together with a hospital in Kisumu city in Nyanza Province since 2010. The orientation at the beginning of the project will provide detailed information about the hospital, and the objectives and expectations of the volunteer program.

Volunteers will be involved in most areas of the hospital, which involves working in different departments such as Pharmacy, Laboratory, Pediatric, General, HIV/AIDS, Morgue. The volunteers will be guided and supervised by the doctors and clinical officers. Other duties will be counseling patients, feeding patients, therapy, giving health talks, Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT).

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 trips to Lake Victoria, to the rock formation Kit Mikae, and to Kakamega forest - Kenya's only tropical rainforest.

Qualifications: Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. Specialized skills and expertise in areas 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 with 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 6th, in the morning. From Nairobi, the volunteers will travel together to the project site on July 7th.

Location: Kisumu is located in the west of Kenya, approximately 6 hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport is available. The closest Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kisumu city, 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 orphans in Kisumu
Kisumu, Nyanza province          August 4 - August 24, 2016

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 have 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 in areas such as early childhood education, teaching Math, Science, 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 3rd, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site on August 4th.

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 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 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 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 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 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 hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

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