Volunteer Abroad in Kenya

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Volunteering Abroad in Kenya

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198 Volunteer Abroad Programs in Kenya

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International Volunteer HQ offers affordable volunteer projects in Kenya. Participants can work in placements located in Nairobi, Kibera, Nakuru Mombasa and rural Kenyan villages. Volunteers can choose to contribute to HIV/Aids projects, Teaching, Special Needs, Childcare, Music projects, Sports Education, and Women’s Education campaigns.

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Love Volunteers provides individuals with the chance to travel abroad and immerse in a new culture, while participating in projects that provide help where it is needed most. Join us for a truly memorable experience volunteering abroad in Kenya. All volunteer projects are responsible, safe, and affordable! Check out our programs!

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African Impact offers volunteering programs that let participants experience the diverse wildlife and the Masai culture in Kenya. With serious problems of HIV/AIDS, unemployment, and poverty plaguing the beautiful country, assistance will go a long way and will make a strong impact on the local hospitals, schools, and orphanages.

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There are nearly ten programs that individuals may choose from upon deciding to go to Kenya with Volunteering Solutions. They may partake in volunteer placements which involves teaching basic English skills, assisting in medical clinics and hospitals, and working with children in an orphanage. Programs are conducted in one of five locations including Mombasa, Nairobi, and Nakuru.

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It’ll be the trip of a lifetime when you volunteer in Nakuru, home of the stunning Lake Nakuru National Park. You’ll live with other volunteers and work in education, medicine, HIV, microfinance, community development or women’s empowerment. On weekends, you can join a safari or explore Kenya’s extraordinary wilderness: an unforgettable experience.

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Volunteers can explore the safari paradise that is Kenya through programs with Projects Abroad. A wide selection of volunteer placements are offered to international participants interested in working in Kenya, including Community Development, Education, and Youth Development. All participants live in the city of Nakuru and get to know the Kenyan way of life.

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Venture to Kenya by becoming a volunteer with Kaya Responsible Travel. Participants can help in providing various services, such as rural medical assistance, teaching and community outreach, and HIV/AIDS awareness in an orphanage in Nairobi. Volunteers may visit a Masai Mara Tribe, go on a safari in Masai Mari, or climb Mount Kenya. Eighteen year old participants from around the world are welco...

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Contribute to community projects at the Rift Valley in Kenya. You can work with other like-minded volunteers and local families on improving the quality of life in rural Kenya. Villagers live by the average Kenyan wage of a few dollars per day, leaving most communities barely able to feed their families, much less build improved facilities or repair schools in their communities. Madventurer end...

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GoEco offers volunteers the chance to dicover Kenya’s natural beauty while working on projects that help the underprivileged communities. Participants can help out at orphanages and local schools and provide education to the children, work on healthcare projects, or assist in local conservation efforts for the benefit of monkeys. They can also take advantage of the country’s pristine beaches wh...

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CrossContinental offers affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, culture/language immersion programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gain hands-on experience, improve your resume, enhance cultural understanding, and build global network. Stay with a host family for culture and language immersion.

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Travel to Kenya with Frontier. Volunteers can work with children with disabilities, join community outreach programs, or assist local teachers. Participants live and work in the cities of Mombasa or Nairobi, and some rural areas. Program fees include meals and accommodation, and participants even get the chance to earn a TEFL certificate for free.

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Contribute your performance skills to help others expand their abilities through programs created by Performing Arts Abroad. While helping the youth of Kenya gain a better understanding of the basic concepts surrounding theater, music, and dance, volunteers can discover the beauty of Kenya and learn to appreciate its traditions, customs, and norms.

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Experience a meaningful volunteering program in Kenya with A Broader View. Participants can choose from a wide array of projects including teaching in local schools as well as medical and health assistance programs. Placements are open in Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru and Nanyuki.

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Volunteer programs in Kenya, created by Greenheart Travel, usually last for one month. Participants have the chance to lend a hand by aiding in the improvement of local facilities, helping to enrich the lives of the Maasai youth, and assist in augmenting income-generating activities for women. Volunteers must be at least 23 years old in order to partake in this meaningful program.

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International Medical Aid (IMA) offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for doctors, medical residents, medical students, and pre-med undergraduates to work in busy international hospitals, mentored by our outstanding staff of dedicated physicians and other healthcare professionals. We collaborate with an extensive network of public and private hospitals to provide rewarding hands-on programs ...

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Volunteering Abroad in Kenya

When you think of Africa, you’re probably thinking of Kenya (or The Lion King). Simba’s kingdom is home to numerous national parks and reserves, and a landscape so diverse you can gaze upon its grandeur of snow-capped peaks, parched deserts, and tropical beaches for days. Not only is Kenya a tantalizing mixture of rare wildlife and picturesque scenery, it is a place for bold and daring volunteers to embrace their inner dauntless. To those ready to shine a light in the dark shadows of elephants’ graveyards, it’s time to volunteer in Kenya.

Locations

Volunteer opportunities in Kenya are plentiful in both metropolitan and rural areas. Cities usually offer more placements options and a greater variety of organizations, but if you're interested in nature, explore volunteer programs in the savannahs and deltas.

Volunteers who choose Nairobi will find they truly have the power to make a difference. Over half of the population resides in slums, meaning that there are many social and economic problems challenging the local people. A number of NGOs and nonprofits with a foothold in Nairobi work closely with local community members to develop projects and programs that have the ability to make lasting changes in a variety of social spheres. When you need a break from saving the world, you can enjoy a safari at Nairobi National Park or rugby match at the Impala grounds. After working up an appetite, head to the Carnivore for dinner you will never forget!

Mombasa also suffers from its fair share of social problems, making room for a plethora of volunteer opportunities. On a sunny note, this city is lodged along the lush, palm-fringed coastline of the Indian Ocean, offering a laid-back beach vibe that is swimming with fun activities! Spend your free time exploring the beaches or snorkeling and diving in one of the protected marine parks and reserves.

For those looking to get out of the city and experience the beauty of a savannah sunset, the rural areas of Kenya offer many volunteer opportunities as well. Kenya’s many conservancies bring tourism together with community development and wildlife conservation in a near-perfect marriage. If you’re interested in environmental or wildlife sciences, be sure to give the plains and rural areas a look. After a hard day of volunteering in Kenya, jump on a piki piki  and ride off into the sunset. Kenya is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife and national parks in the world that are just begging to be awed. 

Volunteer Opportunities in Kenya

Kenya offers many different ways for those who are interested in lending a helping hand to get involved. To begin your search for volunteer opportunities in Kenya, think about what kind of adventure is calling you.

There are an abundance of volunteer organizations in Kenya that offer conservation and wildlife research placements, where volunteers can hang with the Maasai Mara and participate in lion and wildlife research. Fearless volunteers will help monitor the movements of the prides, interactions between lions and villages, and help map game drive routes (we’re not lion to ya!). The aim of most environmental projects in Kenya is to educate the community on the importance of eco-friendliness, which may include raising awareness about conservation issues in schools or communities, joining village cleanups or building projects, assisting with waste disposal, or promoting water sustainability.

The Kenyan school system faces many challenges, including limited resources, overcrowding, and lack of qualified teachers. These tribulations create a high demand for teaching volunteers. Preparing for the challenge of working in schools with very limited materials and resources will make it clear that volunteering in Kenya as a teacher is one of the most rewarding placements available.

Kenya's population is hugely affected by the struggles of HIV/AIDS and other serious health issues, which breeds countless possibilities to impact the lives of locals and gain valuable experience through healthcare volunteering. Volunteers are encouraged to get involved in health education outreach programs that give back to the community as well as teach volunteers about the health challenges Kenyan communities face. 

Costs & Affordability

How many bobs does it take to feed a giraffe? Only about 500 at the Giraffe Center in Nairobi. Wait, what?! Investigate, convert, and find out that life in this wildlife paradise is actually a lot more affordable than the big numbers lead you to think.

The Kenyan currency, the Kenyan Shilling (aka. the bob), is still quite weak compared to the U.S. dollar and the Euro ($1 = 100 bobs). As a result, volunteering in Kenya tends to be very affordable for travelers from Western countries. For example, if you decide to treat yo’ self to a fancy meal and taxi ride, you’re looking at parting with the Kenyan equivalent of a crisp twenty dollar bill.

Volunteer organizations in Kenya typically charge volunteers a set amount in fees; but what’s included will vary from program to program. Most volunteer opportunities in Kenya will include accommodation, meals, insurance, and, of course, a sense of purpose. Visas, vaccinations, and flight fares are usually left up to volunteers to cover.

Accommodation & Visas

Specifics of accommodation and bureaucratic procedures tend to vary by program and volunteer, but most volunteers will find plenty of guidance with both of these items. Mentally prepare yourself for some new designs and procedures, and then jump into the whole process of volunteering abroad.

Kenya is a developing country, and so many Western luxuries, such as hot water, AC, and Wi-Fi, may not always be available. If you can keep an open mind and learn to adjust to some unusual or inconvenient situations, the laughter and growing experiences will flow freely as you volunteer in Kenya. Learn to carry around toilet paper, stock up on bug spray, and don’t automatically associate refrigerators with cold water. Living without luxuries isn’t actually taking away anything, but adding to your experience. #challengeaccepted

The type of accommodation you have will largely depend on where you are volunteering in Kenya. If you are placed in one of Kenya’s major cities, you will most likely live in a shared house or dorm-style hostel. If you are all about that wilderness life, your housing situation will likely involve a homestay, which will provide you with a great opportunity to fully integrate into Kenyan culture. Swahili and English double as the official languages (can we get a hakuna matata?) of Kenya, so a language barrier won’t be a huge concern. However, in rural areas, chances are the community will also have its own language or dialect.

Entering Kenya is straightforward, particularly at international airports. Single-entry visas are typically available upon arrival for most nationalities and are valid for three months (this gives you a good excuse to hop the border for a mini vacay to Tanzania when it’s time to renew). For more information on visas, check out GoAbroad’s Kenyan Embassy Directory.

Benefits & Challenges

Daily Eats. One of the things that some people find hard to digest is the traditional cuisine of Kenya. Kenyan food is meant to fill a person up, not necessarily to be gourmet or delicious. Ugali, a Kenyan staple, is like a giant dough ball that you will carry around like a food baby. While you may not be “wowed” by the typical Kenyan meal, you definitely won’t go hungry, and each meal will be very cheap and affordable.

Career Advantage. With universal unemployment problems, a resume with international experience will give you an unquestionably competitive edge over other applicants for future jobs; it is an experience that tells of a person’s intelligence, flexibility, openness, and decision-making skills. When an interviewer sees that you opted for life with bugs and lions in Kenya, instead of croissants and cute little scooters, you will undoubtedly set the bar high for all other candidates.

Be the Change. Considering the nation’s social issues, including poverty, crime, and social inequality, Kenyan citizens have their work cut out for them as they attempt to progress and develop their country, and their lives. Those who put in the time and effort needed to initiate positive change are a rare breed, and greatly needed for progress to happen.

Be awed by the intense beauty offered by the Kenyan countryside and the people who inhabit it. Volunteering in Kenya will be a two-way street. Having the opportunity to be a positive influence in someone else’s life is a gift; embrace this gift, shine light in the darkness, and receive the light as it is reflected back onto you. 

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