Volunteer In Kenya

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MAKE YOUR NEXT VOLUNTEER TRIP COUNT BY JOINING ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS AND BECOME PART OF A WORTHWHILE CAUSE IN KENYA TODAY!

 

LIFE IN KENYA

Within the borders of this country, you will find savannahs rich with wildlife, timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, pristine beaches and coral reef, equatorial forests and mighty snow-capped mountains, searing deserts, cool highland retreats and endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, and relaxation. Kenya is also a great place to travel to with plenty of options that suit any travelers’ needs. It is a country rich in history and dates back to the earliest remnants of humanity; the paths of a long and complex history have crossed this region in the Olduvai gorge. There are very few countries on earth that can offer a visitor as much to see and do as Kenya does. There is no better place to give back and volunteer than in Kenya.

 
 

ISSUES FACING KENYA

From the prehistoric records of early man to the present day, Kenya has been a land of unending change, contrasts and diversity. With that being said, the people of Kenya also have some major issues they are facing and Poverty is one of them. Poverty in Kenya is fueled by a diversity of factors: unemployment, child labor, HIV/AIDS epidemic, and an education system in failure. Since 2008, 40% of the people in Kenya have remained unemployed. In 2004, it was recorded that 57% of Kenyans were living below the poverty line. If you're wondering what is the poverty line in Kenya, it is $1.46 USD in urban areas and $0.68 USD in rural.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ?

As a volunteer, you can provide one of the greatest gifts to the people in this country which is Education. It is believed that Education alone cannot eliminate poverty but is one of the greatest contributors to it. You will be given an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of others and in doing so, the people you will work with will also make a difference in yours. The programs we offer are designed to provide an ethical volunteering experience whereby volunteers will not only share their skills but will also learn about the local communities getting to know the people and their culture. We are actively looking for enthusiastic and emphatic volunteers who want to experience community life in Kenya while getting involved to make a difference with local projects, which are designed to help the most vulnerable people of Kenya.

 
 

ESSENTIAL COUNTRY INFORMATION:

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CAPITAL CITY: Nairobi
POPULATION:  43.2 million
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 46
CURRENCY: Kenyan Shilling (KES)
TIME ZONE: UTC +03:00
LITERACY PERCENT: 85
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S): Swahili and English
RELIGION: Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Indigenous beliefs

WEATHER AND CLIMATE: Kenya is a tropical climate. It is hot and humid along the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeastern parts of the country. The rainy season is from March to May and November to December but the amount of rainfall varies year to year. Central Kenya is situated on a plateau and the altitude keeps the heat index at a comfortable level. The coastal areas are hotter, but the ocean breeze also makes that region (Mombasa, Lamu and Malindi) fairly comfortable for most of the year. 


" .. THESE 3 WEEKS HAVE CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE AND OUTLOOK ON LIFE "

I had the opportunity to volunteer in Kenya for 3 weeks with Volunteers Without Borders where I was able to participate in several projects. The first week I volunteered at an orphanage, where I helped prepare meals, assisted with chores and played games with the children. The second week I volunteered in a medical dispensary program where I helped assist health care workers and prepared medication for needy patients. For my final week in Kenya, I was teaching math and English at an elementary school. This was my first time volunteering abroad and these three weeks have changed my perspective and outlook on life. Volunteers Without Borders provided me with exactly what I wanted to do there and I felt completely safe and secure during my placements and with my accommodation at different home stays. I would definitely recommend Volunteers without borders for an experience of a lifetime when volunteering abroad.
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Sarah Janssen

 21 years old
Nationality:United Kingdom
Destination: KENYA
Program Duration : 3 Weeks

 Sarah Janssen


NAIROBI COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMS

PROVIDING VALUABLE SERVICES TO THOSE IN NEED ACROSS KENYA

Location: various locations in Nairobi and surrounding area

As you might begin to imagine, there is so much opportunity here in this country that it would be a shame to miss out on getting to experience what Kenya has to offer. Becoming a volunteer in any country and working with underprivileged locals or pristine wildlife is always an honor and we want to help you gain a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this. We have a large variety of different programs available in Kenya so its up to you to decide what exactly it is that you're most interested in. We encourage you to spend some time exploring this page and getting familiar with all the wonderful programs we offer and learning about all the incredible ways you can get involved.


WILDLIFE GAME RESERVE CONSERVATION & RESEARCH PROGRAM

Location: various wildlife game reserve areas across Kenya

By joining the National Wildlife team in Kenya you will get an incredible opportunity to volunteer and work closely with African wildlife like Elephants, Leopards, Impalas, Lions, Buffaloes, Elands, Jackals, Warthogs, Hyenas and Giraffes. While volunteering on this program you will be required to participate in any of the following activities:

  • Conduct wildlife counts at waterholes and monitor poaching activity as part of our ongoing conservation work.
  • De-snaring wire snares or traps that poachers set across animal tracks to capture and kill wildlife.
  • Sanctuary maintenance and improvement to maximize the sanctuary's potential as a prime wildlife habitat.
  • Work on various water projects for the benefit of people and wildlife (ie) tree planting.
  • Learn about issues surrounding human wildlife conflict from a wildlife expert and work on ways of reducing this conflict.
  • Make Elephant dung paper that can be sold to visitors.
  • Assist with ongoing road improvements to enable anti-poaching patrols to access all areas of the sanctuary.
  • Develop environmental educational workshops to teach children at local school about wildlife conservation and its importance.
  • Game drives monitoring wildlife (elephants, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, lions, wild dogs, hyenas, buffaloes, birds).
  • Teach in schools.
  • Research insects (ie) 25 species of bees, and helping out at snake park or crocodile sanctuaries.

Game Reserve Conservation Program Fee

To convert these prices to your currency click here. Fees may vary depending on the USD exchange rate.

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers are required to pay a Registration Fee of $225 CAD, which will be added to the program fee. This fee helps to cover the registration, enrollment, administration and processing costs. What's included in the program fees?

    1 Week       .............................................      N/A
    2 Weeks     ............................................    $ 2195
    3 Weeks     ............................................    $ 2480
    4 Weeks     ............................................    $ 2770
    5 Weeks     ............................................    $ 2965
    6 Weeks     ............................................    $ 3165
    Additional Week(s) .............................    $ 195

    All Prices Quoted In Canadian Dollar (CAD)



COLOBUS MONKEY CONSERVATION & RESEARCH PROGRAM

Location: Nairobi area and coastline

This program was created for continued research on the Colobus Monkey populations in Kenya. As a volunteer working on this program, you will be required to participate in studies on Colobus feeding ecology, primate censuses, feeding and behavioral monitoring, forest disturbance surveys and hotel pest assessments. Volunteer activities may also include; cleaning cages, feeding the Colobus Monkeys, snaring projects, behavioral research, electrical work,  maintenance and cleaning of environment, or carpentry work.


SEA TURTLE MARINE CONSERVATION & RESEARCH PROGRAM

Location: Vipingo (eastern coastline)

The survival rate for sea turtles from eggs to adulthood in the wild is estimated at 1 in 1000. There are several factors that determine their survival but a few major ones are poaching (by humans), predators, as well as the duration of time to reach sexual maturity. By laying a large number of eggs and having a long reproductive life, turtles have developed a survival strategy such as this one to help overcome their odds. The main problem facing sea turtles and extinction is human impact. Due to problems like over fishing, poaching, along with a lack of understanding of the consequences of our actions, Sea Turtles are facing extinction at a rapid rate and their habitat is being threatened more and more. Despite international and national legislation to protect sea turtles, all 7 species of sea turtles are on the IUCN Red List and the 5 species found in Kenya are listed as either critically endangered or endangered. This conservation program is community based and the aim is to protect the turtles and nests along the beaches, as well as the hatchlings as they make their way to the ocean. The organization hopes to accomplish this by including local fishermen and the community in educational programs to teach them about turtles as well as marine conservation, This organization helps to assist larger government funded organzations with data collection, administration, research, and other activities. As a volunteer, you get the opportunity to help out with these efforts as much as possible during your stay. It can be rather demanding work but if you feel up to the challenge, getting involved with the most up to date conservation efforts will allow you to gain a better understanding of all the aspects involved in Marine Conservation. By volunteering, it provides you with a unique opportunity to gain a strong knowledge base of what all is involved. It allows you to take your experience and share it with others. By passing along your stories and experiences, it will help us to convince the rest of the world that conservation is an essential priority in moving forward in the future to ensure these majestic creatures continue to remain in our oceans.


WHALE SHARK & DOLPHIN MARINE CONSERVATION PROGRAM

Location: Vipingo (eastern coastline)

While volunteering on this program, you will work closely with local communities and help to educate them and discourage poaching of large marine species such as the whale shark. With proper education and support, the goal is to have local communities participate in beach clean ups and educate them about the importance of Marine Conservation. As a volunteer on this program, the activities that you will participate will include:

  • Dolphin and Whale shark eco tourism projects
  • Sustainable eco tourism to eliminate poverty
  • Environmental welfare through advocacy
  • Teaching in Schools and / or local community centers
  • Dolphin and Whale shark Surveys ie) population distribution and identifying hot spots (GPS), Fin identification
  • Educating tour boat operators on observation policies and behavioral ecology

MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTHCARE PROGRAM

Location: various locations in Nairobi and surrounding area

The primary focus of this program is maternal and child health care and improved community wellness through health education, reproductive health services, targeted mentor ship, psycho-social support and nutrition counseling as well as entrepreneurial skills building. As an Intern or Volunteer on this program, you will get an opportunity to assist with training and mentoring young women on their sexual reproductive health, educating communities on the dangers of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) as well as teaching communities on the importance of girl children in the society.


MEDICAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Location: various locations in Nairobi and surrounding area

The primary focus of this program is mobile clinics, community health programs, and working in community health centers and clinics. As a volunteer on this program, you will be required to assist with teaching communities and people on general health and hygiene, HIV/AIDS as well as antenatal and pre-natal care, community outreach which also involves visiting the HIV infected areas to see whether they are taking their medication as prescribed by the doctor or not. If you feel up to it, the volunteers on this program are encouraged to offer counseling to those affected and to educate them on entrepreneurial skills so that they can become self reliant and be more effective with providing for their family or future family.


ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS WE OFFER:

  • IT / Life Skills
  • Child Sponsorship
  • Staff Development and Coaching
  • Before and After School
  • Cooks and Cleaners ( prepare meals, clean facilities )
  • Administrative Support (Secretary, Bookkeeper, etc)
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Maintenance, Construction, Carpentry, Groundwork Development
  • Orphanage Care and Education
  • Veterinarian Clinic
  • Agriculture and Community Development
  • Women's Empowerment / HIV/AIDS
  • Teaching English ( Kindergarten / College )
  • Forest Conservation
  • Food and Aid Distribution
  • Counselling and Development for Youth At Risk


Nairobi Community Program Fee

To convert these prices to your currency click here. Fees may vary depending on the USD exchange rate.

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers are required to pay a Registration Fee of $225 CAD, which will be added to the program fee. This fee helps to cover the registration, enrollment, administration and processing costs. What's included in the program fees?

      1 Week      .............................................    $ 590
      2 Weeks    .............................................    $ 885
      3 Weeks    .............................................    $ 1185
      4 Weeks    .............................................    $ 1475
      5 Weeks    .............................................    $ 1760
      6 Weeks    .............................................    $ 2050
      Additional Week(s)  ...........................    $ 280

      All Prices Quoted In Canadian Dollar (CAD)


 

OUR PROGRAM FEES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

Registration Fee - (refundable if you cancel your program), ongoing support from VWB staff, program marketing costs, digital information package, administration costs, travel costs to develop additional programs as well as ongoing costs to sustain programs.

Program Fee – airport pick-up (available from Jomo Kenyatta International airport only), orientation, program supervision, accommodation (private or dormitory style) and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in country administration costs.

* ADDITIONAL COSTS TO THE VOLUNTEER - visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), immunizations / vaccinations, in-country trips or tours, transfer to other areas and spending money.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Our enrollment and registration process begins by applying online. Once you have filled out and submitted the online application form, you will receive a confirmation email. To continue on in our enrollment process, all volunteers will be required to pay a Registration Fee of $225 CAD, which will be added to the Program Fee. This fee helps to cover the administration and processing costs. Once we receive both the registration and program fee payment, we will send you a confirmation email with the program details and encourage you to book your flight at that time. Our team will be readily available to correspond with you and answer any questions you might have from the time you apply until you reach the project. If you have any further questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us at: info@vwbinternational.org.

 

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