It is difficult to tell or tell someone about a country, its culture or how people live in a place. So traveling enriches you personally and professionally. There is no more unique way than to enjoy for your own eyes all that you have seen on television, on the Internet or what you have been told. If you are passionate about nature, animals, different cultures we recommend you to visit Kenya. One of the ways to know a country is to make a trip, but not just a trip, but a different trip, where you can know, live and feel the true essence of that country and its people. So today I want to tell you about volunteer travel initiatives in Kenya.
The main objective of the volunteer programs in Kenya is the care of nature, the empowerment of young people, children and people with different abilities, and at the same time they can develop their academic, personal and professional skills through social, physical and spiritual development.
Some of the problems identified in the population in which we collaborate and that motivate us every day to work are:
- Early pregnancies
- Dropping out of school
- Drug Abuse
- HIV Pandemic
- Domestic violence
Do not tell you more and know for yourself this wonderful country, which also needs that time you can devote to a social cause as it is.
PROGRAMS IN KENYA
The volunteer programs in teaching and empowerment of young mothers work from Monday to Friday, approximately 8 hours a day. This includes one hour for lunch.
All Kenya volunteer programs are available year-round.
You will live with a Kenyan host family. All selected houses have communities that generally have a medium low status family in Kenya. They have electricity, a bathroom (bathroom and toilet outside the house) and lounge. There is also a laundry area (cold water only).
Integrating into these communities, and enjoying the different rhythms of life and the fantastic opportunity to make local friends, you have it with this type of accommodation. The comforts are basic, but you will enjoy your stay.
Meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner), you eat with the host family.
The food is typical of the country. Breakfast is usually tea or coffee and fruit, cassava, sweet potato, pancakes or mandazi. At lunch rice with stew, spaghetti, ugali with cabbages or vegetables, githeri (combination of cornmeal and cooked beans) and Matoke (banana and chicken stew) dinner is similar to the main meal.
Volunteers are welcome to spend free time with the family and discover the village and its beautiful surroundings.
To be part of the volunteer programs in Kenya, no specific training is necessary, it is only required:
- Be of legal age
- Intermediate level English
- To be a participative, committed,
- dynamic and creative person.
- Be respectful of the people and customs of the community in which you are collaborating.
- You must be aware of the culture of the country.
- Work as a team.
IN ADDITION, YOU MUST PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION:
- A passport-size photo
- Copy of passport information sheet
- Criminal record sheet (police check).
The cost to be paid from 2 weeks is 585€. Each additional week costs 180€.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Welcome at the airport
- Accommodation and meals
- Orientation and induction to the program and country.
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program.
- Certificate of participation.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED ?
- Flight to Kenya
- Medical Insurance
- Internal transportation or excursions
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Trips inside or outside the country
- Visa fees (check with embassy if required)
- Departure tax (if required).
- Personal travel and sightseeing
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
We will pick you up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, located 15 km from downtown Nairobi, where you will be met by the coordinator responsible for the project, who will take you to the home of the assigned family depending on the chosen program.
The designated local driver or coordinator who will take you to the project speaks fluent English and is extremely helpful and patient. He or she will be waiting for you with your name on a big board! If your flight is late, it will wait for you, don’t worry!
As a volunteer you will find the best times to travel to Kenya from December to March and from June to October, these are ideal dates for volunteering in Kenya and doing a safari.
We can identify that Kenya has two types of seasons: dry and rainy. They don’t have four like in Spain or other countries. Depending on the month you choose for your volunteering you will find you have more or less rainy days. Between January and February are the driest months. For the months of March to May are rainy seasons.
As far as temperatures are concerned, they remain more or less constant throughout the year, around 26°C. It is also important to know that although it is hot during the day, the nights are usually cool. It is advisable to bring a sweatshirt or a light coat in your suitcase.
The currency used in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES) and the dollar is the reference currency (not issued in years prior to 2000). The euro is also generally accepted and it is not difficult to exchange currencies. It is also recommended to carry at all times cash in local currency for those small purchases or mobilize. You can check the actual exchange rate on the website of the Central Bank of Kenya.
You have the options to carry money from your destination country or withdraw from ATMs in Kenya, you must have the account the limit you can withdraw from an ATM per day, is very important. You can also change money at the exchange houses, but evaluate if it compensates you.
One thing you should know is that in Kenya tips are usually given, more if the service provided is very good. We therefore recommend that you always carry a banknote of at least .80€ equivalent to 100 shilling.
The most popular airlines you can find to travel to Kenya are: Emirates, Qatar Airways, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa or Turkish Airlines. However, we recommend using the Skyscanner flight search engine or google flights, where you can choose from a variety of flight options and good prices.
For your volunteering in Kenya, the flight must have as its final destination Jomo Keyatta Airport, where you will be transferred to the location of the program according to organization and information given by the coordinator.
Flights cost between 600 and 970 euros approximately (round trip).
On the visa, if you need it to enter Kenya, Spanish citizens if they need it, with a tourist visa you can enter Kenya quietly. In the case of other nationalities, most also require it. You should check with the Kenyan Embassy or Consulate or your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
THE GREAT MIGRATION
One of the spectacle of the wild nature of the planet, has for scene the ecosystem Serengeti-Mara. You can observe dozens of herbivores that begin to arrive at Masai Mara. This occurs in late June and early July in search of fresh pastures.
MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
In just one day you can witness one of the most impressive things in the world. In one place you can see lions or “big five” as they call it, leopards, rhinoceroses, buffaloes and elephants, you can also see other animals such as hyenas, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles many more.
NAKURU LAKE NATIONAL PARK
Known for its immense pink mantle of flamingos feeding in its waters with landscapes different from the other reserves.
Many people have on their list of things to see in Kenya this place by the rhinoceros, one of the most difficult animals to see. In addition, there is the possibility of seeing black rhinoceros that there are very few. You can also see lions, zebras, buffaloes, baboons and many other animals.
- Fill in the registration form. Your place will be reserved for 7 days, confirm your place definitively.
- You must pay a deposit of 150€ . Once the deposit has been paid, your place will be guaranteed and you will be formally part of the Adventure Volunteer family.
- As soon as you pay the program deposit, we will send you an email to confirm that your place is safe.
- After that, you will receive another email with more additional information on the website, to explain absolutely everything you need to know to prepare your trip correctly.
- Final payment of the program is made one month before your incorporation to the project.