Volunteer in Kenya

 

Care for children, provide medical support, teach in classrooms or immerse yourself in the Maasai tribelands through projects in and around Nairobi. Learn about the challenges facing Kenya as a country moving forward, while building a relationship with your host family. During weekends, you can visit the beautiful Indian Ocean or experience a true Maasai Mara plains safari.

My experience in Kenya has been unlike any other in my lifetime. I have discovered more than I ever thought about Kenyan culture, food, history, lifestyle, geography and adventure. I have gone from emotions of anxious to discovery, from sadness to happiness. I have truly been able to fix myself in another culture and social life. I feel privileged to have had the chance to participate in such a program.

Kate | Kenya Volunteer

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I am writing to you to let you know about my recent trip to Kenya. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Kenya - it is a beautiful and wonderful country and the people were among the nicest I have met in my life. I was made to feel home away from home and my host family in Nairobi were so welcoming and appreciating. I feel privileged to have been taking my program to Children orphanage project.

Lauren | Kenya Volunteer

 

Just Choose a Project and Apply!

 

You have a unique opportunity to learn a different way of living and culture, and to experience the traditional Kenyan diet. Accommodation in homestays and on-site have been selected to ensure volunteer well-being and comfort, to maintain safety and security, and to give an insight into Kenyan life.

Childrens

Childrens

Are you great with kids? Do you have a big heart? As a volunteer you will become like a big brother or sister to kids in a children's home. You will work alongside local staff to help with classroom teaching and homework help, childcare, and the daily operational running of the home. Volunteers are also encouraged to initiate their own work by organizing arts and crafts, music, dance, games, sports activities, and day trips for the children.

This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person who has a love for children and ideally has childcare experience.

 

Medical/Health

Medical/Health

Are you a qualified doctor, nurse or health professional? Do you want to share your knowledge and experience with severly deprived communities? We need volunteers to join our medical/health program in Kenya. Malaria, typhoid, pneumonia, and tetanus are treatable diseases, yet many still die in Kenya as a result of not receiving proper medical care. Government-run hospitals and medical clinics are ill-equipped to handle the volume of people in need of care. As a medically qualified volunteer you can help by sharing your medical skills and working alongside local staff to provide those in need with basic medical care. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in the areas of general medical practice, maternal health, minor surgery, and laboratory work. This role is suitable for self-directed, caring people who are medically qualified.

 

Teaching

Teaching

Are you a natural communicator? Are you kind, caring and organised? As a volunteer teacher you will help to empower girls and boys by giving them the skills they need to overcome poverty and to make their voice heard. We have opportunities for volunteers to assist with teaching at primary and secondary levels, where volunteer teachers can teach core subjects, such as English, mathematics, science, social sciences, and can initiate extra-curricular activities. This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. A teaching qualification is not required (except for some secondary teaching placements) but volunteers need to be confident in the above subjects and preferably have or be studying towards a university degree.

 

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS

Are you deeply empathetic and emotionally robust? Can you smile while your heart feels like breaking? If so, GVN needs you to volunteer in our HIV/AIDS program. Kenya has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS epidemic with approximately 1.25 million adults and over 100,000 children infected. The aim of the HIV/AIDS program is to decrease the spread of HIV through raising awareness and education, but to also increase access to homecare, and to provide emotional support to those affected by HIV/AIDS within the community. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in a community HIV/AIDS organization to assist with homecare visits to HIV positive people, and educate and counsel community and school groups and individuals. This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. Medical training is not necessary for all aspects of the program, but a background in HIV/AIDS and basic health care is required.

 

Maasailand Teaching

Maasailand Teaching

Do you want to experience a centuries-old African culture and lifestyle? The Maasai have largely managed to remain outside of mainstream African culture and maintain their traditional ways, although this becomes more challenging each year. For this reason Maasai are increasingly seeking the opportunities African society has to offer. To help achieve their ambitions, the community need volunteers to help teach adults and children the skills needed for the modern world. No teaching experience is required but volunteers should feel comfortable engaging with both individuals and groups.

 

 

Why GVN?

 

Our vision is to connect people with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. We do this by supporting the work of local community organizations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.

We are excited to get your placement under way where you will:

  • Be a part of GVN's efforts to inspire learning, innovation and action to unlock the potential of vulnerable communities around the world. Work with exceptional grassroots projects in community development, conservation and wildlife, personal development, fundraising and physical challenges.
  • Have the 24/7 support of a non profit with 12 years experience in placing 19551 volunteers that will provide you with an affordable and rewarding placement.
  • Volunteer with a world-class organization which is recommended by Bill Gates and CNN.
  • Be a part of progressive non profit that has raised over $2 million to help women and children in need.
  • Have the comfort of knowing that GVN staff have collectively flown over 1 million miles to ensure you get a quality placement.
  • Make a long-term impact in your community of choice - it's not just a vacation.
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How GVN works...

 

The first step is to fill out an application to see if we have a place for you. Then if your application is successful you will be accepted and we will then get to work organizing your placement.

GVN is a registered Charitable Trust, so volunteers finance themselves, or can fundraise online with our unique GVN platform, with US donors receiving tax receipts. The Program Package provides you with all that is listed below, along with personalized support from our expert staff and the knowledge that you'll be working with a reputable and registered charity with over 12 years experience in the field.

At the heart of our work is the communities our volunteers work to support - we ensure that these communities truly benefit from your time in Kenya and that the Program Package fully supports you financially while you're volunteering.

Program Package

The Program Package also includes a project donation, which supports the work the GVN Foundation does in addressing nutrition, education and healthcare needs, as well as supporting longer-term development approaches, including income generation activities and microfinance.

Your program package includes:

Pre-trip

  • Personal support from your Program Specialist throughout the preparation process.
  • Your Program Guide, with all the details on Kenya and your placement.
  • Fundraising strategies and access to our crowd funding platform where you can raise up to 100% of the cost your trip, with tax receipts for your US based donors.
  • Access to Your Own Online Journal: which helps you to communicate effectively and easily with your family and friends back home.
  • Opportunities for Preferred Pricing and Personalized Service when booking Airfares: through our travel partner GYT Flight Centre who go the extra mile to support GVN volunteers.

In-country

  • Accommodation: Home stay or onsite at your project.
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
  • Project Donation: Included.
  • Airport pickup: On arrival date.
  • Training: In-country orientation.
  • Supervision: In-country staff supervision.
  • Support: Pre-departure personal support from your Program Specialist, 24/7 in-country support from partner, and 24hr emergency line.

Post-trip

  • An opportunity to debrief and provide feedback
  • Free access to GVN Changemakers program which alerts you to future internship/job opportunities at GVN.
  • A Letter of Completion in Volunteer Service.
  • The opportunity to stay connected with your project.
  • Global advocacy and fundraising campaigns to continue your part of the movement for social change with an international non-profit that has granted over $2 million to our partner organizations.

The program package does not include: Flights, insurance, visas, vaccinations, departure from the program.

We recommend you allow a weekly budget of US $50 for your other expenses such as bottled water, lunch, personal items, beverages, and entertainment.

 

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FAQs

 

Tell me more about Kenya

Kenya’s incredible natural environment and cultural heritage is almost unmatched in Africa. If you’re adventurous - and sensible - it promises the globe's most magnificent wildlife parks, unsullied beaches, thriving coral reefs, memorable mountain scapes, and ancient Swahili cities. Kenya's beauty is compromised by a cluster of familiar problems; HIV remains a major problem, along with cholera and malaria epidemics. Kenya has also experienced major floods and droughts; one drought led to food shortages in mid-2004 that were deemed a national crisis. While Kenya's diverse population has produced a vibrant culture, it is also a source of conflict that has led to ethnic fighting. Other pressing challenges include high unemployment, crime, and poverty; most Kenyans live below the poverty level of $1 a day.

What is the climate like in Kenya?

Kenya has a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland, and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August. The average annual temperatures range between 10 degree celsius and 35 degrees celsius. The long rain season occurs from April to June and short rain season from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings.

What kind of volunteer work is available?

Volunteer opportunities are in areas of teaching, working in children's homes, primary healthcare, and HIV/AIDS programs. Wherever possible, volunteer placements will be tailored to the needs of the volunteer.

Is there any time of the year when I can't volunteer?

Volunteers are able to participate in the Kenya program all year round. For the teaching program, however, school holidays run during April, August, and December/early January. Volunteers can work during school holidays if the majority of their placement is during the school term. These volunteers need to come prepared to volunteer in the children's program during holiday times.

When will I know specific details on my placement?

The specific details of your placement are determined a couple weeks before you arrive. You will be asked for your preferences later in the process. Wherever possible, we will see that requests and specific needs are met with regards to both the volunteer and the needs of the community.

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About Kenya

 

Kenya

Kenya’s incredible natural environment and cultural heritage is almost unmatched in Africa. If you’re adventurous - and sensible - it promises the globe's most magnificent wildlife parks, unsullied beaches, thriving coral reefs, memorable mountain scapes, and ancient Swahili cities. Kenya's beauty is compromised by a cluster of familiar problems; HIV remains a major problem, along with cholera and malaria epidemics. Kenya has also experienced major floods and droughts; one drought led to food shortages in mid-2004 that were deemed a national crisis. While Kenya's diverse population has produced a vibrant culture, it is also a source of conflict that has led to ethnic fighting. Other pressing challenges include high unemployment, crime, and poverty; most Kenyans live below the poverty level of $1 a day.

Geographically Kenya lies across the equator on the East Coast of Africa. It borders Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan to the north, Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the south and the Indian Ocean to the east. Kenya covers an area of 225, 000 sq miles (582, 646 sq km); slightly more than twice the size of Nevada, U.S.A.>

Development in Kenya

Kenya has been hit hard by the HIV epidemic with approximately 1.25 million adults and over 100,000 children infected.

Throughout Africa, the AIDS crisis is placing serious strains on societies in a number of ways. First of all, it is draining the already limited health services as greater numbers of HIV patients become in need of care. HIV/AIDS has also increased the mortality rate of healthcare workers making their already depleted numbers in even shorter supply.

HIV/AIDS is also affecting the young adult group in society who are the prime income earners for their household. When young children lose their parents, they are often forced to leave school in order to work. Households with one or more HIV patients have to spend a greater amount of their meagre income on care and funeral costs and cut back on basic necessities and, in order to cope, they may be forced to borrow from other households and use up their savings. This causes many families to fall into further poverty.

Other long-term barriers to economic development in Kenya include electricity shortages, the government's continued and inefficient dominance of key sectors, corruption, and the country's high population growth rate.

Volunteer Impact

Volunteers provide assistance to disadvantaged socio-economic groups within Kenyan communities, focusing primarily on orphaned children, HIV/Aids groups, the Maasai people, and school children.

As a volunteer in Kenya you can provide love, affection, education and support to disadvantaged children.  You will help to improve education in schools ensuring children learn and flourish.  As a volunteer you can practice and teach preventative healthcare, and hygiene.  You will also provide education, inter-cultural exchange and understanding in Kenyan communities.

What else can I do in Kenya?

Visitors to Kenya will have no shortage of activities to fill up their free time.    

Visit a baby elephant orphanage and witness feeding time, experience the hustle and bustle of market shopping, go on Safari and spy the Big 5!  To cool off you can take a trip to the coast and soak up the sun and surf at the beach.

 

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