VOLUNTEERING IN 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 we tell you about volunteer travel initiatives in Kenya.
The main objective of volunteer programs in Kenya is to care for nature, empower 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
Know for yourself this wonderful country, which also needs that time you can devote to a social cause as it is.
This page is for general information, you will have specific information about each project in its section, because depending on the program, will include or exclude different conditions or concepts, both arrival times and cooperation.
PROGRAMS IN KENYA
WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN KENYA?
- Teaching and empowerment of young mothers are open all year round.
*They only close their doors for the Christmas holidays. See specifications of schedules and dates of arrival in each program through its link.
We cooperate with local organizations which provide us with information to offer their programs, regularly updates are made to make the information as truthful as possible, even so when working in low-income countries, it can always differ a little, especially in the months of July and August.
HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION
You will live with a Kenyan host family. All selected houses have the basic communities that generally have a medium low status family in Kenya.
WHAT DOES ACCOMMODATION INCLUDE?
- Bed, in a room that you share with other volunteers.
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Bathroom (outside the house)
- Laundry area (only cold water and hand washing).
Integrate into these communities, and enjoy 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 with family and friends.
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.
- Adaptive capacity.
Documentation that you must provide for your volunteering:
- A passport-size photo
- Copy of passport information sheet
Criminal record sheet (police check).
The cost to be paid for volunteer projects in Kenya is:
- 2 weeks (minimum period) € 585
- Each additional week is 180€.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Welcome and transfer to your accommodation.
- Accommodation during your volunteer stay.
- Meals during your volunteer stay.
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program.
- Orientation and induction to the project.
- Civil Liability Insurance
- Accident insurance for volunteer activity.
- Certificate of weeks spent volunteering.
- Guidance, advice and management in choosing the program.
- Volunteer T-shirt.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM?
- Flight to Kenya
- Medical Insurance (mandatory)
- Internal transportation or excursions
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Trips inside or outside the country
- Visa, if necessary
- Drinks, diets and special meals.
- Bottled water.
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.
He will recognize you by the photo you sent us attached to the extended form. The coordinator will take you to the place where you are staying according to your chosen project.
Depending on the time of arrival and facilities of the project, you will be made the orientation of the house, project and activities to perform. At that time the coordinator responsible for the project or area where you will be assigned will tell you the rules, regulations and procedures to follow during your volunteering.
- December to March and June to
- October are ideal dates for volunteering in Kenya and a safari.
- January and February are the driest months.
- March to May are rainy seasons.
Temperatures are more or less constant throughout the year, around 26°C. It should also be noted that although it is hot during the day, the nights are usually cool. It is advisable to wear a sweatshirt or a light coat.
The currency used in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES).
The dollar is the reference currency (not issued in years prior to 2000). The euro is also generally accepted.
- It is recommended to carry cash in local currency at all times for those small purchases or to mobilize 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 €1 equivalent to 100 shilling.
You have the option of taking money from your destination country or withdrawing money from ATMs in Kenya. There are some ATMs that allow you to withdraw in dollars and live well if you do a safari. You must also take into account the limit that you can take out of an ATM per day, to simply approach home to change money, just evaluate if it suits you change.
The most popular airlines you can find to travel to Kenya are: Emirates, Qatar Airways, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa or Turkish Airlines.
- Flights range from approximately €550 to €600.
- You can find good flight offers on google flights or skyscanner.
THE GREAT MIGRATION
One of the spectacle of the wild nature of the planet, has for scene the ecosystem Serengeti-Mara. You can see dozens of herbivores starting to arrive at Masai Mara. This is given at the end of June and beginning of July in search of fresh pastures.
MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Jirafa safari Kenia 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.
As in any country, you have to take certain precautions and know how to handle yourself in certain zones and areas.
Tourist areas are generally safe, but we also recommend that you keep these details in mind:
- Notify your coordinator if you are going on an excursion.
- Have your coordinator’s phone number and address handy.
- Avoid giving out information about where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers.
- Do not take anyone other than the organization to the volunteer’s home.
- Avoid risk areas in every place you visit.
- Travel in austerity in your daily transfers and on your excursions.
- Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
- If you can avoid taking your mobile phone out in public places.
- Try to use the country’s safe transport services.
- Avoid walking alone on unknown streets.
- Never put someone you don’t know in an unknown vehicle or someone you don’t know in your own vehicle.
- Do not drink any drink of which you do not know the origin.
Also in Kenya you can mobilize in UBER, it is very economic and safe.
- From the moment you fill in the registration form for a program in Kenya we will save your place for 7 days.
- To confirm your place definitively, you must pay a deposit of 150 € within 7 days, once the deposit is paid, your place will be guaranteed and you will be formally part of the family of volunteers of Adventure Volunteer.
- As soon as you pay the program down payment, we will send you an email to confirm that your place is secure where we will provide you with the volunteer guide, your t-shirt, mandatory insurance and the volunteer agreement.
- The rest of the payment is made one month before your incorporation to the project.
WHAT ARE THE BEST MONTHS TO TRAVEL TO KENYA?
The best months to travel to Kenya are between June and October.
- You can see animals around wells and rivers more easily.
- Almost no rain.
- Sunnier days.
- Good months to see the great migration.
You can also travel between November and May, you will find yourself with:
- You can see certain newborn animals.
- A lot of migratory birds.
- More rains, but they don’t prevent you from doing the safaris.
DO I NEED A PASSPORT AND VISA TO ENTER KENYA?
If you need a passport valid for 6 months and a visa to enter Kenya.
You can consult the following link with the steps to apply for the visa.
HOW CAN I GET AROUND KENYA?
You can go from one place to another in different means of transport, the safest and most recommended is the UBER, is economical and safe. also if you are with a local person you can use local transport (buses) alone is not recommended.
If you want to go from Nairobi to Mombasa, the train option is very good and economical. It leaves only in two schedules, in the morning around 8:00 a.m. and in the afternoons around 21:00 hours (check the schedules).
WHICH ARE THE PLACES THAT I CAN KNOW BEING IN NAIROBI KENYA?
The places you can see in Nairobi are: the elephant orphanage, the giraffe centre, the national museum and Karen Blixen’s house. The 3 first places you can see them in a day, of course, if you go trade to the tour start by the elephants that only have one hour a day (11:00 to 12:00).
HOW TO ORGANIZE A SAFARI WHILE IN KENYA?
We know that before traveling to Kenya and doing a safari you have many questions, we understand, so we leave you the link on.