It’s difficult to describe a country, its culture and the way people live there to someone else. The truth is that traveling enriches you both personally and professionally. There is nothing more breathtaking than to see with 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 and different cultures, we recommend you visit Kenya. One of the ways to get to know a country is to take a trip that will allow you to explore, live and feel the true essence of that country and its people. One such trip can be in form of a volunteer project in Kenya.
The main objectives of our volunteer programs in Kenya are environmental care and empowerment of young people, children and people with different abilities, with whom we work on developing their academic, personal and professional skills through social, physical and spiritual activities.
Some of the problems identified in the population that we work with and that motivate us to work harder every day are:
- Early pregnancies
- Dropping out of school
- Drug Abuse
- HIV pandemics
- Domestic violence
Get to know for yourself this wonderful country that will appreciate all the time you can devote to local social causes.
This is general information, you will find specific information on each project in its section. Depending on each program, different information will be included or excluded and there will be different arrival and cooperation timetables.
PROGRAMS IN KENYA
The volunteer programs in teaching and empowerment of young mothers run from Monday to Friday, approximately 8 hours a day. This includes one hour for lunch.
All volunteer programs in Kenya are available all year round.
You will live with a Kenyan host family. All selected houses generally belong to families of medium to low economic status in Kenya. The accommodation has electricity, a bathroom (bathroom and toilet outside the house) and a living area. There is also a laundry area (with cold water only).
In this type of accommodation, you will have the opportunity of integrating yourself into the communities, enjoying its different rhythm of life and making local friends. The facilities are basic, but you will definitely enjoy your stay.
Meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner), and you will eat with the host family.
The food is typical of the country. Breakfast usually includes tea or coffee and fruit, cassava, sweet potato, pancakes or mandazi. Lunch consists of 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 their free time with the family and discover the village and its beautiful surroundings.
To take part in the volunteer programs in Kenya, no specific training is necessary. You’re only required to:
- Be of legal age
- Have an intermediate level of English
- Be a participative, committed, dynamic and creative person
- Respect the people and customs of the community in which you will be volunteering
- Be aware of the culture of the country
- Work as a team
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION:
- Passport-size photo
- Photocopy of your passport
- Criminal record certificate
The cost of the program starts at €585 for 2 weeks. Each additional week costs €180.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Airport pick-up
- 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
- Volunteering certificate
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 travels and sightseeing
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
We will pick you up from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, located 15 km from downtown Nairobi. You will be met by the coordinator responsible for the project, who will take you to the home of the local family.
The designated local driver or coordinator who will take you to the project speaks fluent English and is very helpful and patient. He or she will be waiting for you with your name on a big board. Don’t worry if your flight is delayed, the coordinator will be waiting.
As a volunteer, you will find that the best times to travel to Kenya are from December to March and from June to October. These are the ideal dates for volunteering in Kenya and going to safari.
There are two seasons in Kenya: dry and rainy, not four like in Spain or other countries. Depending on the month you choose for your volunteering, you will experience more or less rainy days. January and February are the driest months. From March to May it rains most often.
Temperatures remain more or less stable throughout the year, around 26°C. It’s also important to know that although it’s hot during the day, the nights are usually cool. We recommend bringing 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’s not difficult to exchange currencies. It’s also recommended to carry cash in local currency at all times for transport and small purchases. You can check the current exchange rate on the website of the Central Bank of Kenya.
You will have the option of bringing money from your home country or withdrawing from ATMs in Kenya. It’s important to know your account’s daily limit for withdrawals. You will be able to exchange currency at the exchange stores, too.
One thing you should know is that in Kenya tips are often given, even more so if the service provided is very good. We therefore recommend that you always carry a banknote of at least 100 shilling, equivalent to €0.80.
The most popular airlines 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 the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, from which you will be transferred to the program location.
Flights cost between 600 and 970 euros approximately (for a round trip).
You should check with the Kenyan Embassy or consulate or your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs if you need visa to enter the country.
THE GREAT MIGRATION
One of the greatest natural spectacles of our planet that can be seen in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. You can observe dozens of herbivores that begin to arrive at Masai Mara. This occurs in late June and early July when they’re in search of fresh pastures.
MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
In just one day you can explore one of the most impressive places in the world. In one place you can see lions or “big five” as they call them, leopards, rhinoceroses, buffaloes and elephants. You will also see other animals such as hyenas, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and many more.
NAKURU LAKE NATIONAL PARK
Known for its immense pink flocks of flamingos feeding in its waters and landscapes different from any other natural reserve.
Many people have this place on their list of things to see in Kenya because of the rhinoceros that live in the park. These animals are some of the rarest to spot. There is also the chance of seeing black rhinoceros, of which there are only very few. You will also see lions, zebras, buffaloes, baboons and many other animals.
- Fill in the registration form. Your place will be reserved for 7 days.
- You must pay a deposit of €150 within these 7 days. Once the deposit has been paid, your place will be guaranteed and you will formally become 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 guaranteed.
- After that, you will receive another email with more additional information explaining everything you need to know to prepare your trip.
- The rest of the program fee is paid one month before you join the project.