Volunteer in Kenya

Capacity development program in Kisumu
Kisumu       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The Resource Center is located in Kisumu County, about 25km east of Kisumu town and offers a variety of services to the local community. The center is equipped with training facility and provides capacity building opportunities in Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and venue for community group meetings. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School i.e. a model Farm which encompasses a greenhouse, open farm and poultry house that provide practical examples of modern farming practices. The resource center is also equipped with comprehensive rainwater harvesting infrastructure to fully utilize the short and heavy rains in the region.

Occasionally, depending on the availability of funds, 30 school going orphans and vulnerable children get free lunch at the center to improve their concentration and school performance. Additionally a borehole provides a reliable and affordable source of safe water for the community. The construction of two water kiosks in the wider area connected with the borehole will improve accessibility to clean and safe water in the community significantly.

Volunteer tasks:
• Working in the Model Farm of the center and helping to improve the agricultural methods, crops, etc.
• Promotion of the center’s agricultural activities in the community
• Improving the record keeping of the center’s activities
• Assisting in preparation of meals for the feeding program for orphans and vulnerable children
• Supporting the promotion of the center and its activities

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months

Arrival and orientation: There will be a 3-day orientation seminar for new volunteers including Nairobi city introduction. The orientation starts on the first Monday of every month. It is recommended that volunteers arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay in a host family near the project site. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Ahero, Kisumu County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro up to 1 month; 200 Euro per month for over 1 month
Airport transfers are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching and support for secondary school students
Limuru       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The project will support a secondary school in Maai Mahiu, Limuru County. The school was founded to provide children from poor families who cannot afford school fees the possibility to attend secondary education. The school therefore offers formal learning in the mornings while there are non-formal education courses in the afternoon (dress making, etc). These courses are primarily focusing on the provision of practical vocational skills to enable the children and youth to gain employment on the job market later on. Part of the students live in the school while others or coming from outside for the classes.

Volunteer duties:
• Assisting in the preparation and serving of meals at the school
• Assisting in teaching (Maths, English, science)
• Using sports, dancing, painting activities to develop creativity in children
• Assisting in providing vocational training courses

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months

Arrival and orientation: There will be a 3-day orientation seminar for new volunteers including Nairobi city introduction. The orientation starts on the first Monday of every month. It is recommended that volunteers arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

Accommodation: The volunteer will live with a host family near the project site. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: The project is located in Maai Mahiu, Limuru County.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro up to 1 month; 200 Euro per month for over 1 month
Airport transfers are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching and counseling high school students in Nairobi
Nairobi       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Volunteers will help at a secondary school in Kayole Estate, Nairobi County. The school aims to enhance the quality of education offered in Kayole, and improve the transition rate of students joining public universities. The school currently has over 80 students.
In addition to its academic mission, the school aims at nurturing the talents of some former school dropout teenagers. As a result, the school soccer team became Embakasi District champions and proceeded to Nairobi County games.

Volunteer duties:
• Teaching a combination of subjects i.e. Mathematics, English, Chemistry and Sciences
• Counseling sessions on issues relating to drug and substance abuse
• Assist local volunteers in provision of basic needs to the children such as cooking, cleaning etc.
• Visiting and helping orphans and vulnerable children in the nearby slums
• Playing and organizing games and sports with the neighboring schools

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months

Arrival and orientation: There will be a 3-day orientation seminar for new volunteers including Nairobi city introduction. The orientation starts on the first Monday of every month. It is recommended that volunteers arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay in a host family near the project site. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Kayole Estate, Nairobi County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro up to 1 month; 200 Euro per month for over 1 month
Airport transfers are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education for underprivileged children from Nairobi's slums
Nairobi       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Volunteers will support a local community based organization which operates in four slums in Eastern Nairobi, namely Korogocho, Kariobangi, Mathare and Gomongo. Their main objective is to make education accessible to the underprivileged children regardless of their religious, ethnic or racial backgrounds. They also seek to protect the children’s rights, build confidence in them, ensuring that the children grow into responsible adults who will bring positive change in the society. Furthermore the organization empowers the community through various interventions such as providing educational support services, study desks, books and other basic learning materials to students, organizing environmental activities and holding awareness programs on HIV/AIDS in various slum schools.

Volunteer tasks:
• Assisting in teaching English, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Health and Hygiene and creative arts
• Developing HIV/AIDS awareness activities for slum schools
• Mentoring of youths
• Playing with the children

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months

Arrival and orientation: There will be a 3-day orientation seminar for new volunteers including Nairobi city introduction. The orientation starts on the first Monday of every month. It is recommended that volunteers arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay in a host family in Buruburu. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Kariobangi, Nairobi County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro up to 1 month; 200 Euro per month for over 1 month
Airport transfers are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Community health program
Kakamega       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The Community Health Program operating in Kakamega East District focuses on fighting HIV/AIDS and other health issues. Their mission is to spearhead implementation of community health conservation projects in order to create a better life for communities in Western Kenya.

The aim of the program is expanding capacities of the community in regards to dealing with HIV/AIDS. It seeks to design and implement quality HIV/AIDS interventions, as well as to support people living with HIV/AIDS by increasing access and improving the quality of healthcare and referral services for them through increased linkages with the Ministry of Health. The program also aims to promote safe sexual behavior and practice among youth and vulnerable groups. In collaboration with the Danish International Development Agency, a dispensary and a computer-training center are being established to serve as a learning center for youth. This is the only dispensary and resource center within the area.

Volunteer tasks:
• Assisting the medical staff of the dispensary
• Supporting the computer training center by providing basic computer skills to community members
• School outreach programs: Awareness creation in the community on sexual and reproductive health

Special requirements: Volunteers with computer skills as well as those in the medical field (doctors, nurses, etc) are needed for this project. You should have high motivation and lots of initiative to implement the objectives of the project.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months

Arrival and orientation: There will be a 3-day orientation seminar for new volunteers including Nairobi city introduction. The orientation starts on the first Monday of every month. It is recommended that volunteers arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay in a host family near the project site. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Vihrembe Market, Kakamega

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro up to 1 month; 200 Euro per month for over 1 month
Airport transfers are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Help improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children
Mombasa       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The main goal of this project is to support, nurture and improve the lives of orphans and children that have been subjected to poverty and abuse by providing them with food, shelter and education.
The staff at the junior school provides physical and emotional support, spiritual nurturing and lots of tender loving care. We encourage and give hope to each and every child. With the right help and committed support we help these children turn their lives around. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life and a chance to fulfill their potential and we therefore support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.
The project aims to serve the poor and vulnerable by facilitating access to basic health, social and economic needs through capacity building, advocacy and skill development as a means to reduce poverty, discrimination, encourage talent and improve the quality of their lives.

Volunteer duties:
• Taking care of the children as well as playing with them
• Feeding the children
• Ensuring the surroundings are clean
• Helping the children with homework
• Fundraising activities

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months

Arrival and orientation: There will be a 3-day orientation seminar for new volunteers including Nairobi city introduction. The orientation starts on the first Monday of every month. It is recommended that volunteers arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

Accommodation: The volunteer will live with a host family near the project site. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: The project is located in Mtopanga Location, Mombasa County.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro up to 1 month; 200 Euro per month for over 1 month
Airport transfers are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Care and support for slum children
Nairobi       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The rescue center in Embakasi aims to give children living in Soweto Slum a place of peace and happiness where they can grow up in safety and are provided with quality accommodation and basic needs like proper nutrition as well as high-quality education.
The center is giving hope to children whose hope seemed cut off by poverty, crime and HIV/AIDS. It started as a support center for orphans and vulnerable children. The main aim was to give them the opportunity to go to school as well as to provide basic needs like food and clothes. In total, the center has 53 kids and 34 of them live there. The center has several programs e.g. school program, youth program, feeding program and counseling program.

Volunteer duties:
• Assist in cooking of meals for the children
• Develop and deliver creative arts and study activities with the kids
• Playing with the kids
• Support the cleaning of the accommodation
• Support fundraising activities of the center

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months

Arrival and orientation: There will be a 3-day orientation seminar for new volunteers including Nairobi city introduction. The orientation starts on the first Monday of every month. It is recommended that volunteers arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay in a host family in Buruburu. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Soweto Slum in Embakasi, Nairobi County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro up to 1 month; 200 Euro per month for over 1 month
Airport transfers are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Training and support for young adults with special needs
Kiambu       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: There are around 2.9 million individuals with various forms of mental disabilities in Kenya. These Kenyans face many obstacles in their daily lives since many communities still consider mental disability an ailment caused by witchcraft and black magic. These individuals are more than capable of developing useful skills given adequate support. The current education system is unable to support young adults who have mental disabilities since they cannot enrol in an ordinary secondary school and are often too old to attend primary schools.

A Center for people with special needs in Kiambu County was established in 2010 to help individuals with disabilities aged 16 to 50 years. It is a vocational training center that offers support for these individuals and their families. There are around 40 Kenyans enrolled in this center who have different disabilities including Autism and Down Syndrome. The students are divided and grouped into classes depending on their abilities, and they are trained on important vocational skills such as beadwork, baking, farming, activities of daily living among others.

The mission of this center is to make a difference in the life of young adults with special needs and disabilities by helping them become self-reliant and easing their integration into mainstream life without fear of stigmatization.

Volunteer tasks:
• Assisting in teaching of various subjects (mathematics, language, writing, computer skills)
• Promoting core activities such as such as drawing, sewing, beadwork, gardening
• Support with activities of daily living such as cleaning, personal hygiene
• Organizing extra-curricular activities such as sports and nature walks
• Provision of guiding and counseling services to the students

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months

Arrival and orientation: There will be a 3-day orientation seminar for new volunteers including Nairobi city introduction. The orientation starts on the first Monday of every month. It is recommended that volunteers arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated at the training center. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Kiambu County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro up to 1 month; 200 Euro per month for over 1 month
Airport transfers are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Short-term projects in Kenya