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Art and environmental activities in Kitui District
Kitui, Eastern province          May 1 - May 21, 2014

Volunteer project: The project is organized together with the Arts Education and Environmental Center in Kitui since 2007. The Center was founded and registered under social services act with the aim of bringing together self help groups and individual businesses together to have a synergy effect on the community rather than groups working individually.
In 2003 the founders mobilized the formation of a youth group focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness, drug abuse, communal work and established contacts with Bee keepers from whom they learned the skills needed to run their own bee keeping activity. In 2005 the Arts Education and Environmental Center was formed and registered as a community based organization and since then it's running several programs that focus on Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Creative Arts, Youth Counseling, Rehabilitation, Entrepreneurship and Environment.

 

The volunteers will have an orientation in the beginning of the project to help them understand the objectives and expectations of the program. Volunteers will support the locals in their Agribusiness activities such as vegetable growing and bee keeping; Creative arts including poetry, dances, theatre, raising awareness on HIV/AIDS and malaria through arts in schools; Environmental works like tree planting, garbage collection, clean ups, etc.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Cultural exchange program, visit to “Nzambani” rocks and “SyomaSango” resort during the weekends.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as agronomy, business development, creative arts) will be used accordingly. If you like arts and social activates, this is the place to be. Volunteers are expected to be motivated to spend time with the community, to respect the people and the local culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity and running water at the accommodation, but no shower. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on April 30th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on May 1st.

Location: Kitui, located in the Eastern part of Kenya, approximately 150 km from Nairobi. Public transport is available. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kitui town, 2 km drive from the project site. The terrain is flat, the climate is dry and hot.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Education for orphaned and needy children in Machakos
Machakos, Eastern province          June 5 - June 25, 2014

Volunteer project: The project is organized together with the Children's Home in Machakos since 2009. The Home was started in 2006 to help orphans and vulnerable children in Machakos and Mbooni districts whose parents were affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty. The home currently houses girls only but also helps boys in terms of providing education. We would like to show these children that people do care for them and give them hope through education and Christian upbringing.

During the initial orientation, the objectives and expectations of the program will be presented to the volunteer group. The volunteers will be involved in supporting the children and the teachers with teaching English, Math, Social Science, singing, drawing and making crafts, helping them in farming activities. The group may also assist in construction activities.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

 

Leisure activities: Excursions to “Kyamwilu” (The area has an anti-gravity phenomenon that is still a mystery. Water poured flows upstream, a car if left free will move uphill due to this force.), Satellite, “Wanyavu” (where wood carving is done). The trips are done during the weekends.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as early childhood education, teaching math, English, sciences, tutoring) will be used accordingly. Volunteers are expected to love kids and be motivated to spend time with them.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, but no shower and tap water at the accommodation. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on June 4th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on June 5th.

Location: Machakos is located in the Eastern part of Kenya, approximately 1 and half hours drive from Nairobi. Volunteers will travel to the project site by public transport. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Machakos town, 1 hour drive from the camp site. The terrain is flat; the weather is hot and dry in the region.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Teaching and counseling high school students in Rift Valley province
Kajiado, Rift Valley province          June 26 - July 16, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized in support of a Secondary School in Kajiado in Rift Valley province. The school was started by the regional member of parliament through the constituency development fund. It is a mixed school offering formal education to Secondary school students of Kajiado area. We aim to encourage the students to value education, mentor them, and demonstrate the power of voluntary service.

Orientation will be given to the volunteers to understand the objectives and expectations of the program. The volunteers will support the teachers in teaching English, Math, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, also tutoring the students and counseling them. Guidance will be given to the volunteers by the teachers. Sometimes on weekends, the volunteers may assist local women groups in bead making.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Possible visits during the weekend to Namanga (Kenya - Tanzania border), Elangata-Wuas eco-system and Bulls Eye Club, where the volunteers can swim.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as teaching math, sciences, English, tutoring) will be used accordingly. Volunteers should respect the local people and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation at a host family. Please note that there will be no electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on June 25th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on June 26th.

Location: Kajiado is located in the Rift Valley province of Kenya, approximately 1 and a half hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport available. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kajiado town, 30 kilometers drive from the camp site. The terrain is flat, the region is hot and dry. The Maasai ethnic group who live here, have maintained their longtime traditions.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Reproductive health services and advocacy in Kisumu
Kisumu, Nyanza province          July 3 - July 23, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized together with a local organisation for family health and planning since 2010. It has an important role in the family planning movement in Kenya. In the 1950's, a group of far-sighted individuals recognized the problems posed by large families in Kenya, especially, the threat to family health and stability. They formed family planning associations in many parts of Kenya to popularize the concept of planned parenthood. The organisation was legally registered in Kenya and affiliated to international organisations for planned parenthood and sexual and reproductive health services.

Orientation will be conducted for the volunteers to understand the objectives and expectations of the program. The volunteers will be involved in assisting in the organization's programs such as reproductive health services, voluntary counseling, peer education, advocacy among others.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Possible visits to Lake Victoria and Kakamega forest “Kit Mikae” during the weekend.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as counseling and medical and health knowledge) will be used accordingly. Volunteers are expected to love kids and be motivated to spend time with them.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is in a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, but no shower and tap water at the accommodation. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on July 2nd, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on July 3rd.

Location: Kisumu is located in the western part of Kenya, approximately 6 hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport is available. The closest Hospital, markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kisumu city, 10 minutes drive from the camp site. Terrain is flat and weather is hot during summer.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Protection and preservation of the World Heritage Sites of East Africa
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania          July 5 - July 25, 2014

Volunteer project: This East Africa Heritage initiative was conceived in 2012 in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Program, to mobilize and involve local youth and volunteers in East Africa in heritage preservation and promote regional integration. The project is a joint collaboration with civil society organisations, East African communities and local authorities.

The volunteers will visit different World Heritage Sites in three countries of East Africa: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The group will work on at least two heritage sites in each country. The volunteers will organise and participate in different activities related to promoting, preserving and protecting the sites, strengthening cultural values, awareness raising, educational support, screening of cultural films and tree planting. The project will start in Uganda with a two-day orientation.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be placed in host families to better understand and appreciate the local culture. Electricity, running water, telephone or wireless network may not be available at all locations.

Location: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Construction of water tanks for the Taita people in Coast province
Voi, Coast province          July 24 - August 6, 2014

Volunteer project: The international volunteer project is organized together with Mwakiki community since 2009. The members of the community work together to build social amenities and facilities. The community needs water storage tanks to harvest rainwater for domestic use as this is a semi-arid region. Sometimes when there is too much rain, the water washes away plants and a lot of water gets lost. For this reason, as well as to prevent soil erosion, the community is also planning to build gabions. Volunteers are needed to help achieve these project goals.

 

Orientation will be conducted for the volunteers about the objectives and expectations of the program. The volunteers will be involved in construction of water tanks for the community, which involves different activities such as concrete mixing, plastering, floor renovation and roofing. The group will also help in the construction of a gabion. The volunteers will spend some time with the children in the community, talking and playing with them.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Excursion to Taita Hills, trips to local beaches in Mombasa, playing games, learning Swahili. The trips will be done during the weekends.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient, and be able to do physical work. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as masonry, architecture) will be used accordingly.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a church hall. Please note that there will be no electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts.
The orientation meeting for the first project (February 9 - February 22, 2014) will be on February 8th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on February 9th.
The orientation meeting for the second project (July 24 - August 6, 2014) will be on July 23rd, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on July 24th.

Location: Voi is located in the South of Kenya, approximately 6 hours drive from Nairobi. Volunteers will travel by public means of transport. The closest Hospital is 45 minutes drive; Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other facilities are located in Voi, 45 minutes drive from the camp site. The terrain is hilly and the weather is hot during this time of the year.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Education for orphans in Kisumu
Kisumu, Nyanza province          August 7 - August 27, 2014

Volunteer project: This volunteer project is organized since 2009 to support an Orphanage in Nyanza province. The orphanage provides a loving and safe home for orphaned, neglected and abandoned street children. It is based in Kisumu which is the third largest city in Kenya. Kisumu has a population of approximately 300,000 and is located on Lake Victoria almost on the Ugandan border. In Kisumu, there are many orphans who, without help, would have no future. The Orphanage is a home to about 130 orphans who lost their parents (usually to AIDS) and street children from the slums. There are primarily boys, due to the "preference" for girls as household labor help, and the difficulty for boys to stay at home if their mother marries someone other than their father. We are seeking volunteers to assist in the Primary School, Secondary School, farm and at the orphanage.

The project will start with an orientation for the participants. During the project, the volunteers will be involved in various educational activities with the children, such as teaching English, Math, Social Science, singing, drawing and making crafts, helping them with their homework.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Weekend trip to Lake Victoria, cultural exchange, playing games, learning Swahili.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as early childhood education, teaching math, sciences, tutoring) will be used accordingly. Volunteers are expected to love kids and be motivated to spend time with them.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is with a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, but no shower and tap water at the accommodation. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on August 6th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on August 7th.

Location: Kisumu is located in the west of Kenya, approximately 6 hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport is available. The closest Hospital and market are 5 minutes walk; Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kisumu, 15 km drive from the camp site. Terrain is flat and weather is hot during summer.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching and recreational activities for mentally handicapped children in Mombasa
Mombasa, Coast province          September 4 - September 24, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organised together with the School for mentally handicapped children in Mombasa since 2007. The mission of the school is to rehabilitate mentally handicapped children through various activities and to enable them to lead a normal life. We want to appreciate the mentally challenged kids as part of our society and show them love.

The international volunteers will attend an orientation about the objectives and expectations of the program. In the school, the volunteers will be involved in various teaching activities, including assisting the teachers in sense training, communication, number work, reading, organizing games and art lessons.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Excursions to Haller and beaches during the weekends.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy) will be used accordingly. The volunteers should be able and motivated to work with differently abled people, including mentally disabled.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on September 3rd, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on September 4th.

Location: Mombasa is located in the Southern part of Kenya, approximately 8 hours drive from Nairobi. Transport to the project will be by public transport. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Mombasa, 15 minutes drive from the project site. The terrain is flat and the climate is hot and humid.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching English, Math and Social sciences to primary school students in Kitui
Kitui, Eastern province          September 11 - October 1, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized together with the Primary School in Kitui since 2007. The school offers formal education to primary school students of Kitui area. The school is under the District Education Board and it serves children of all races. Currently the school has 25 classes and a Special Unit for the Blind. We aim to encourage the students to value education, mentor them, and demonstrate the power of voluntary service.

The volunteers will have an orientation in the beginning of the project. The group will be involved in supporting the teachers in the school by teaching English, Math, Social sciences, Physical education, also tutoring the students, as well as counseling them. Guidance will be given to the volunteers by the teachers.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Visit to “Nzambani” rocks and “Syomasango” resort during the weekends.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as teaching math, English, sciences, tutoring and experience in teaching blind students) will be used accordingly. Volunteers should respect the local people and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is in a classroom. Please note that there will be electricity, but no shower and running water at the accommodation. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on September 10th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on September 11th.

Location: Kitui is located in the Eastern part of Kenya, approximately 2.5 hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport is available. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Kitui, 2 kilometers from the camp site. The terrain is flat. The area is dry and hot.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Support for patients and staff in a hospital in Nakuru
Nakuru, Rift Valley province          October 2 - October 22, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized together with the Medical Centre in Nakuru since 2011. The centre was a realization of the vision of its founders to provide the community it serves with quality, affordable healthcare within a caring environment. The hospital offers a number of services from treatment, prevention, training on life planning skills, providing health talks, HIV counseling, STI treatment, preventing mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. It has both inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital wants to demonstrate the power of voluntary service in the surrounding community.

The project will start with an orientation for the volunteers to understand the objectives and expectations of the program. The volunteers will be involved in different healthcare activities, including counseling, talking to patients, assisting the medical personnel, performing simple surgical procedures, dispensing medicines under the supervision of a consultant, taking the weight of babies. Volunteers will be rotated in several departments of the hospital during the project.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Trips to Lake Nakuru and National Park, to Mount Longonot, cultural exchange, playing games, learning Kiswahili. The excursions are planned for the weekends.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as medical knowledge and health sciences, critical care, nursing, therapy, radiology, internal medicine) will be used accordingly.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on October 1st, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on October 2nd.

Location: Nakuru is located in the Rift valley, approximately 2,5 hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport to the project site is available. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Nakuru, 5 minutes drive from the project site. Terrain is flat and weather is hot.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Enriching children's lives in Kibera, Africa's largest slum
Kibera, Nairobi           November 6 - November 26, 2014

Volunteer project: Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi and the largest urban slum in Africa, housing over 1 million people. Conditions in Kibera are extremely poor and residents struggle for basic necessities. Nearly half of the slum's population are children, often abandoned, orphaned or forced to work in the streets.

In Kibera, the international volunteers will be involved in health awareness activities, including counseling, playing with children, assisting in cleaning, cooking and social work, teaching children Math, English, sciences, peer talks, and tutoring. The volunteers will also visit and spend time with orphans in the slum. Orientation in the beginning of the project will prepare the volunteers for the expected tasks and duties.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Weekend trips to Nairobi National Park, David Sheldrick Farm, Bomas of Kenya, Giraffe Centre, Carnivore Restaurant.  Playing games, learning Kiswahili.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as tutoring, arts) will be used accordingly.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is with a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, but no shower and tap water at the accommodation. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on November 5th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on November 6th.

Location: Kibera is located in the southern part of Nairobi. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Nairobi.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Support for patients and staff in a hospital in Mombasa
Mombasa, Coast province          December 4 - December 24, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will support a hospital in Mombasa. The hospital offers a number of services from treatment, prevention, training on life planning skills, providing health talks, HIV counseling, STI treatment, PMTCT, etc. It has both inpatient and outpatient services.

The project will start with an orientation for the volunteers to understand the objectives and expectations of the program. The volunteers will be involved in different healthcare activities, including counseling, talking to patients, assisting the medical personnel, performing simple surgical procedures, dispensing medicines under the supervision of a consultant, taking the weight of babies. Volunteers will be rotated in several departments of the hospital during the project.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Excursions to Haller and beaches during the weekends.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as medical knowledge and health sciences, critical care, nursing, therapy, radiology, internal medicine) will be used accordingly.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on December 3rd, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on December 4th.

Location: Mombasa is located in the Southern part of Kenya, approximately 8 hours drive from Nairobi. Transport to the project will be by public transport. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Mombasa, 15 minutes drive from the project site. The terrain is flat and the climate is hot and humid.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Orphan education program in the Rift Valley
Nakuru, Rift Valley province          December 11 - December 31, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized together with a Home for Children in Nakuru. The Home currently houses about 150 children, most of whom have lost their parents to AIDS, other have been abandoned in hospitals or recovered from the streets. The Home's main objective is to rehabilitate the children and ensure their safety and welfare. The ages of the children range from infants to 18 year-old.

Orientation will be conducted for the volunteers to understand the objectives and expectations of the program. Volunteers will be involved in health awareness and educational work, which involves different activities such as counseling, playing with the children, assisting in cleaning, cooking and social work, teaching children Math, English, sciences, religious education, peer talks, and tutoring.

The group will work 5 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Trips to Lake Nakuru National Park, to Mount Longonot, cultural exchange, playing games, learning Kiswahili. The excursions are planned for the weekends.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as tutoring, arts) will be used accordingly.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is at a host family. Please note that there will be electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation one day before the project starts. The orientation meeting will be on December 10th, in the morning. From Nairobi the volunteers will travel together to the project site. Departure will be on December 11th.

Location: Nakuru is located in Rift valley, approximately 2 and a half hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport to the project site is available. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Nakuru, 5 minutes drive from the project site. Terrain is flat and weather is hot.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

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