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14 Days Volunteering Program with Go Volunteer Africa in Kenya

Go Volunteer Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Volunteer and Travel Program

Kenya is one of the most popular volunteer travel destinations in Africa. Go Volunteer Africa arranges meaningful and affordable volunteering projects in Kenya, incredible Kenya adventure holidays, inspiring Kenya tours, exceptional gap year programs, and life-changing culture immersion opportunities. This Kenya volunteer program provides you with a unique opportunity to experience real Kenya; a mixture of volunteer work, meeting and interacting with local people, and helping disadvantaged communities.

Highlights

  • Volunteer experience
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international headquarters back-up
  • Project donation and support for resources are included
  • 3 meals a day are provided
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Airport pickup is included
  • Free GVA t-shirt

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 activity days
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Conference room
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Go Volunteer Africa's volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. Volunteers working on the orphanage volunteer project in Nairobi are housed at either the orphanage (GVA has accommodation space for volunteers), the in-country coordinator’s home, host family or volunteers’ house, depending on the interest of the volunteer.

All accommodation environments allow volunteers to meet other travelers and to get to know each other better outside the work-site and forge friendships that will last a lifetime. The accommodations, of course, are clean and comfortable and will quickly become your second home.

The African and Western-style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people and, while GVA can’t always guarantee the hottest water, the facilities are more than adequate. The accommodation is always equipped with a lounge, TV, kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones, and spare electricity sockets.

Life at the accommodation facilities is simple, unsophisticated, and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day! The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during the evening free time and on the weekends. During the week, GVA organizes a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings.

The volunteers often play football (soccer), cards, and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know one another, from around the world. Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time, as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.

Program

Through this Kenya volunteer program, expect exotic wildlife and ethical volunteer encounters which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Sharing your knowledge and skills, helping under-privileged people to achieve better, and bringing smiles to people in need of support makes volunteering in Kenya an intellectually rewarding experience.

Go Volunteer Africa allows you to give back to communities in Kenya while exploring the amazing diversity and rich cultural history of this stunningly beautiful country in Africa. Whether you are interested in teaching volunteer work, childcare volunteer work, construction volunteer work, healthcare volunteer work, or sports coaching volunteer work, or just interested in touring, surfing, and safari, Go Volunteer Africa has something in Kenya that is suitable for you.

Go Volunteer Africa tailors school, corporate, and adventure expeditions for groups to suit specific requirements. Go Volunteer Africa is guided by a unique commitment to its volunteers and to its communities.

  • To the Volunteer: You are offered safe, responsible travel experiences, exceptional training, and career development opportunities and GVA facilitates the ability to make a real difference; GVA values your money and are reliable!
  • To the Local Community: GVA commits all project ownership rights and all work is undertaken fully under their direction.

The Kenya volunteer program is unique and of quality standards, yet very affordable and GVA ensureS an ultimate cross-cultural experience.

  • Immerse yourself in rural, slum, semi-urban, and engaging community
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods
  • Improve the living standards of local people
  • Make friends for life

Volunteer Projects in Kenya

  • Arts and Music Volunteer Project
  • Sports Coaching Volunteer Project
  • Social Work Volunteer Projects
  • Medical Volunteering Project
  • Orphanage Volunteer Project
  • Slum Volunteer Project
  • Childcare Volunteer Project
  • Teaching Volunteer Project

Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Nairobi and Kericho in Kenya, from teaching, childcare, construction, wildlife conservation, or healthcare projects; GVA also offers marine and conservation projects in Mombasa. If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer in Africa for a short or long stay, Kenya is an ideal destination.

Programs are perfect if you want to do something more than sightseeing and would like to see more than the average tourist and truly start to understand this distinctive culture.

Volunteering in Kenya Quick Facts

  • The program is open all year-round
  • Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
  • Over 12 outstanding sustainable project options
  • Projects are based across the country with major locations being Nairobi, Kericho, and Mombasa
  • Accommodation available at the volunteer house and host families
  • GVA hosts over 100 volunteers every month across Kenya
  • Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals, and 24/7 in-country support
  • GVA is the most affordable organization in Africa because they are the locals

You will get to integrate into local society, sample tasty food, experience the vibrant culture, and also make a difference. There are summer and year-round programs available where you can help people, animals, and the environment. Volunteering in Kenya and helping people is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseeing activities you will get to do in your spare time.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local coordinators on arrival in the country.

About Go Volunteer Africa

Go Volunteer Africa is the largest volunteer travel organization in Africa with offices in Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, and Senegal and run by volunteers spread around the world. Go Volunteer Africa is an award-winning volunteer travel operator. Go Volunteer Africa provides sustainable and ethical volunteer projects and exciting adventure holidays in Africa.

Go Volunteer Africa is the number one provider of affordable and meaningful volunteer travel programs in Africa. Go Volunteer Africa has been leading volunteering opportunities since 2009. They have volunteering projects across Africa (and abroad!); from building to teaching to childcare, all combined with memorable safaris and tours! You can join a group or take a group of your own, there are also solo programs.

The projects are established in collaboration with the host community, so GVA knows they are addressing a real need and genuinely making a difference to those communities’ lives but if you have an idea for a project please do let them know! GVA is dedicated to empowering communities through sustainable service, transformative learning, and adventurous exploration.

Go Volunteer Africa leads the way in combining meaningful volunteer encounters and fun-filled adventures in Africa; "Work Hard and Have Fun". Go Volunteer Africa coordinates placement of international volunteers committed to social development who seek to learn and contribute by working as part of community-initiated projects in developing countries in Africa.

Go Volunteer Africa specializes in offering overseas volunteers internship placements and also facilitates opportunities for individuals, students, groups, and gap year students. GVA also offers adventure holiday tours, wildlife safaris, and language and cultural experience programs in Africa.

Each year, GVA places over 2000 people into their programs across Africa and have a wide range of volunteer travel opportunities all across Africa. Go Volunteer Africa offers affordable and high-quality volunteer programs in Africa and internship abroad programs. In collaboration with local and international organizations, their volunteer programs in Africa focus on working in orphanages, teaching English in primary and secondary schools and other lessons, health projects, research, internship, and conservation efforts.

Volunteering in Africa is one of the most rewarding, exciting experiences that a volunteer can have. Africa itself is one of the most diverse places on the planet, with everything from deserts to ancient cities to immense and uncharted tropical jungles. As Africa is so vast and varied, it may be hard for you to zero in on exactly where you want to go and what you want to do. With so many choices, this is a struggle that many volunteers experience after deciding to travel to Africa.

Go Volunteer Africa will do two things: give you a basic level of information about volunteering and traveling in Africa and excite you with the knowledge that you are about to serve in a way that is rewarding without bounds for both you and your host community. There are many ways in which Africa is a unique volunteer abroad environment and sadly, it is often overlooked by volunteers deciding to travel to more popular volunteer abroad destinations.

Because of misconceptions about Africa's general level of economic development and the long-lasting and harmful vestiges of colonial expansion, many travelers have skewed ideas about the reality of modern-day Africa. The first thing you must know is that there is no one Africa but thousands of communities that sometimes share only the same continent.

When considering this, you are urged to take a look into the wide scope of diversity that is Africa and find a special community where your hands, and your heart, are needed the most. Volunteer and travel with Africa’s leading and largest volunteer travel organization, Go Volunteer Africa!

Location

Kenya is a country in East Africa with an area of 582,646 square kilometers. It borders Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia and the Indian Ocean to the east. Kenya is undoubtedly a gorgeous African country. If you are dreaming of tropical weather, lush plains, white sandy beaches that rival the Caribbean, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, lazy afternoons out in the sun, and gracious people to boot, Kenya will simply blow your mind.

Kenya encompasses Savannah, the dramatic Great Rift Valley, and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants, and rhinos. Kenya is a land where you can experience a truly welcoming culture and natural beauty, offering an abundance of diverse wildlife, jaw-dropping scenery, and bountiful opportunities.

Whether you’re exploring Kenya’s forests, its island-dotted lakes, or its colorful, vibrant cities, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. The country is steeped in history, lauded with bountiful natural beauty, and renowned for refining its rustic ambiance and cultural elegance. As a matter of fact, Kenya may simply be the best-kept travel secret in Africa.

Kenya can be accessed by road from Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Somalia; immigration should be processed at land border stations. Entry by sea is possible and immigration should be processed at a port facility. There are over 40 different ethnic groups throughout the country. Despite the differences in culture between people, they can all be easily identified as pure Kenyan.

The nomadic Masai people are often given an almost iconic status when promoting Kenya for touristic purposes and when a group of warriors dances on the Savannah, dressed in their traditional outfits, one of them wearing a hat made out of a lions mane and blowing a horn from a kudu, it’s quite easy to understand the fascination of these people.

  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES) / 1 USD = 100 KES or 1 GBP = 130 KES (2019)
  • Official languages: Swahili and English
  • Area: 580,000+ square kilometers
  • International Calling Code: +254

Food

You will be provided with three good quality meals every day, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry. The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! Typically, your diet will consist of rice, bread, ugali, sweet potatoes, beans, noodles, cornbread, and banana with vegetables such as Sukuma, cabbage, avocado, spinach, and eggplant.

Water, tea, and coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (Coke, Sprite, etc.) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarkets in town.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Hallal
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Safaris, day, and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous Kenyan wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Kenya. Yet one of the biggest perks of volunteering in Kenya lies in the plethora of weekend outings. Go Volunteer Africa organizes. GVA arranges city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

What's included

  • Placement booking and confirmation
  • Project donation (Support for Resources)
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Airport pickup
  • 24-hour international headquarters back-up
  • In-country emergency support
  • Pre-departure support and documentation
  • Project orientation
  • Travel and medical advice and documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment advice
  • Free GVA t-shirt

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Safaris and tours

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). A member of staff from Go Volunteer Africa's local partner organization in Kenya will meet you upon arrival in Nairobi and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.

Orientation and placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers including the national airline Kenya Airways. Kenya has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, USA, and Africa.

Flights are not included in the program costs, however, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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