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Microfinance Projects in Kenya

Program Duration

5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months


Throughout the year




Experience within the fields of accounting, finance, marketing, and business administration is helpful.

Intern Types

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Humanities
  • International Trade
  • Marketing, Advertising, & PR
  • Sales
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Tourism
  • Women's Studies


  • English
  • Swahili

Cost in US$:

starting at USD 1000

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Registration fees
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

Pre-departure Support: ELI's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers to prepare for their travels.

Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in Nairobi and provided with transportation to their host family.

In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a two to three day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Kenya, a historical overview and introduction to culture, survival Swahili lessons, a morning safari in Lake Nakuru National Park, and visits to sites in Nairobi such as the US embassy which was bombed in 1998 and the elephant orphanage.

In-country Staff Support: ELI's Kenya coordinator has years of experience working with visitors to Kenya. She is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

Accommodations: Volunteers will stay with a local host family where they will be provided with a room and breakfast and dinner each day. By living with a family, volunteers will learn about the day to day rhythms of Kenyan life first hand as well as sample traditional meals not usually available in restaurants.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Aids
  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Computer Training
  • Culture
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Microfinance
  • Small Business Development
  • Volunteer Management
  • Water Projects
  • Women

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

Age Range

18-81 years old

This Program is open to

American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Letters of Reference
  • Online Application
  • Other
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Written Application