Busy Children's Home in Nairobi Needs Volunteer Helpers

Location

Kenya: Nairobi

Description

Nairobi Children's home is a world of need, both material and emotional. It is a world where a smile and a pat on a child's back makes all the difference, bringing out the humanity in a person and changes perceptions on things many take for granted day in and day out. The home comprises of numerous departments that team up to see the home through a day as comfortably as possible. Once placed, a volunteer could decide to work in either of the departments - Cook for the children, feed them, teach them (there is an educational class within the home), help with laundry, mop the floor, give those who are sick their medication and soothe them to sleep one at a time. At present, the home is short of staff and most of the above chores are taken care of by a slim staff collectively with the children. The children are from different backgrounds hence, have different emotional problems in addition to diseases that range from cerebral palsy to malaria and HIV/AIDS. Others are from broken homes, where they were physically abused. This category of children together with the HIV positive ones need special care, child psychiatric services and above all, friends whom they can trust and open up to - a motherly, fatherly, brotherly or a sisterly figure - a shoulder to lean on, sow hope and reap something in life. There are also those who have never known a mum or a dad - these are children who were either found abandoned by the road side or whose parents are long dead from HIV/AIDS. Therefore other than material insufficiencies, Nairobi children's home is a mix of emotions that needs every one of us.

Highlights

Many who have visited East African cities, have an impression that, "Nairobi is East Africa's hub of fun". The city is awash with standard fun bobbling joints for the young and the old alike. Nairobi is the only city in the world where one can go for a game drive in the wild, thus, weekends out to the Nairobi National Park could be in order.

There is also the Nairobi Safari Walk, Animal orphanage, a giraffe and an elephant sanctuary, where one could get to kiss a giraffe lip to lip. For a cultural night out a visit to the Bomas of Kenya, will leave you thrilled and educated about various Kenyan traditional cultures, music and history. One could also climb Mount Longonot, two hours drive from the city, for skilled climbers, Inspire Kenya will be more than glad to organise the volunteers a climb up Africa's second highest point - Mount Kenya. The mountain's icy peaks of Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5,189m) are accessible only to experienced mountaineers, Kenyans are uniquely hospitable people, intelligent and out going. A chat with them over a drink after a hard day's work could be equally as fun.

Program Duration

2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks

Typical Duration of Program

2-4 weeks

Dates

All year

Languages

  • English

Cost in US$:

from 1,169

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Pre-departure orientation/Training
  • Registration fees

Program Fees Include:

Food and accommodation will be provided for by a carefully selected host family in Nairobi. This home also has its own volunteer room with basic facilities but has the bonus of being on-site. We also have superior accommodation, a 15min bus ride away on a secure compound with swimming pool and modern facilities. Please select on booking.

Experience Required

no

Volunteer Types

  • Aids
  • Childcare/children
  • Street Kids
  • Teaching

Typical Volunteer

This placement is suitable for people from all walks and types of life with an interest in a fellow human beings' plights and sufferings. For younger volunteers they should be able to bare hash realities of life. The children are young and can be demanding! But lots of fun with it. Prepare for a walm welcome.

Age Range

18+

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves

  • Resume

Typically The Application Process Time is

1-3 weeks