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We need you in Kenya...

  • At least 10 million people are in need of food aid due to frequent severe drought.
  • According to UNICEF, 42% of Kenya's population are below the poverty line
  • The estimated unemployment rate is 36%
  • Approx one-third of Kenya's population lives on less than US$1.90 p/day
  • Kenya's government does not recognize economic disparity amongst it's people in an equal manner
  • While literacy rates have improved, education is not accessibile to all children
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VOLUNTEER IN KENYA​

Experience the real Kenya with IVI volunteers.

Work alongside local Kenyan farmers in the rural countryside! Tasks can include work on avocado, mango, macadamia, coffee and tea farms. You may also get the chance to help with livestock such as: cows, goats, pigs and poultry.

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Organisation & Charity
  • Over 30 Years Expertise Globally
  • Low Program Fees - From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee - Multiple Countries
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30 Years Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.
 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

Kenya is a stunning country, featuring almost every terrain and climate from desert, beach, cities and forests.

There is something for every traveler here, particularly for wildlife lovers. It has over 40 National parks throughout the country and holds the some of the world’s most loved and endangered animals. Here you will find lions, leopards, elephants, hippos and so much more! Kenya is famous for its incredible safaris, which are the countries main source of tourism.

Also well known is the semi nomadic Maasai tribe- a hugely symbolic tribe known for its colourful adornments and traditional clothing. Kenya is a nature lovers paradise, with a visit to the Great Rift Valley being a must. For those who enjoy a gentler pace then Kenya also offers some beautiful beaches, its coast stretching almost 80,000 kilometres.

The beach is also sunny for most of the year! The capital, Nairobi is the fifth largest city in Africa, with unique vibes and a vibrant nightlife. This bustling and cosmopolitan city will throw you into Kenyan way of life and be an interesting eye opener.

Kenya is a huge country with its climate changing from tropical along the coast, to arid in the northern regions and then mild inland temperatures.

Kenya receives a large amount of sunshine year-round but generally, the hottest months are between February and March while the coldest months are July to mid-August. The “long rains” start from March to June, while the “short rains” are between October and December.

Due to Kenya being a major hub for migration over the years, it has now become one of the most culturally diverse countries with many different languages spoken.

There are over 40 different ethnic groups in Kenya, including Luo, Kamba, Maasai and more. Each have their own of mother tongue, although Swahili remains the most widely spoken language. You will also find ethnic groups from European, Arab, Indian and Pakistani, who migrated to the country in the 19th century.

Religions such as Christianity and Islam are widely spread, however many local people still believe in the ancestral world, where the dead have a bearing on the living. Today, the majority of Kenya’s culture, dress, music and food has taken strong influence from other parts of Africa, India, Europe and the United States.

In certain parts of the country however, many local communities hold onto their traditional lifestyle and customs. They still wear the clothes, animal skins and jewellery as they did centuries before. Many remote tribes remain completely isolated and indigenous.

Gatanga Village, located about 1 hour by car from Nairobi is the main volunteer center were many of the projects are run from.   This is a quiet village where you will have an incredible opportunity to experience the authentic, rural Kenya.    It’s a lovely little  Close by is the commercial town of Thika, where there are many restaurants, supermarkets etc.   In this region you’ll also find the famous Fourteen Falls which is a powerful set of waterfalls with lots of natural attractions and sightseeing.

Narok County, (Maasai Mara country) in the southwestern region of Kenya is where the Maasai Mara placements are located.   The wilderness landscape in this region is well preserved and as a national reserve area bordering Tanzania, is home to all the typical African animals we know and love.   Buffalo, Elephants, Leopards, Lions, & Rhinos, Wildebeest, Cheeats, Crocs & Zebras).   This region is home to the yearly wildebeest migration where millions of Wildebeast make their way to Tanzania across rivers dodging crocodiles, lions etc.

Click on the individual projects to see detailed info and pictures of your accommodation

In Gatanga Village, your accommodation is in a dedicated volunteer house where you will share with other international volunteers.    All volunteers are asked to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, particularly water, paper and electricity. There are occasional power and water cuts during the day (this will just add to your experience of living like a local!). The accommodation is very simple but comfortable and with all of the necessities you will need while here.

In Narok County, you’ll be housed in the school grounds in a homestay.   The living arrangements here are very simple with few amenities, but the locals are very friendly, safe and welcoming to help make you feel at home.   Adjusting to a more simple way of life can be challenging with limited resources, but can also be liberating to see how happy life can be without all the ‘stuff’ we’re used to in our daily lives.   Highly recommended experience! 

You will be expected to clean up after yourself and play your role in keeping the accommodation neat and tidy. The volunteer house is not far from the local Police station and a short walk to markets and shops. Please be aware that smoking is not accepted in public areas or even within the sight of local children and officials. Please refrain from smoking in these public places. The local dress is quite conservative. Small shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless tops are not considered appropriate to wear in the village. Women in particular should cover shoulders and knees.

You will have all meals provided and rooms cleaned on the weekends.

Traditional Kenyan meals usually consist of corn, potatoes and beans. A staple and popular dish is Ugali, a porridge made out of maize. Another typical meal is irio, which is a blend of corn, potatoes and beans dipped into meat or vegetable stews.  

Your daily meals will consist of mainly Kenyan cuisine, which will be of vegetables, potatoes, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapati”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.

Your program includes a 1 day orientation which starts every Monday in Gatanga.  This is an important day to help you become familiar with your surroundings, as well as learning about the local customs, culture and surroundings. Your volunteer program will then commence from Tuesday and throughout the rest of the week
Typical Orientation Day Includes:
  • Introduction meeting, General/ house rules, Setting Expectations, Advice on Health and Safety and handling of documents.
  • Kenyan Do’s and Don’ts, Introduction to Kenyan culture & history and Swahili Language Lessons.
  • Tour of house, local area and where you can find nearby shops. This is where you can buy a local SIM card if required.
  • Lunch
  • Tour to a Coffee Factory
  • Hike to a local Waterfall

Complimentary Arrival Transfer

An arrival airport transfer is included in the cost of your program fee.   After passing through immigration and customs at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you’ll be met by our representatives and transferred to the volunteer center approx 1 hour drive by car.

Arriving by Plane

An arrival airport transfer is included when you arrive on Sunday before 2pm.    For Saturday arrivals, a transfer is included free of charge, but you will have to pay for an additional nights accommodation at US$50 p/night including meals.   For transfers outside of standard times, a transfer can be arranged for approx US$45. 

There are four meeting times as follows:
Option A – Saturday 10:00am
Option B – Saturday 2:00pm
Option C – Sunday 10:00am
Option D – Sunday 2:00pm

Kenya Airways fly daily between Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Kisumu and Nairobi. Another popular airline is Air Kenya, which flies regularly between Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Meru, Nanyuki and Samburu.

Bus

Kenya has a large bus network between many of the country’s popular destinations but be advised that roads will be bumpy. For safety reasons, we highly advise to use the long-distance buses during daytime only, as crime increases after dark.

Minivan

Minivans, locally known as “matatus” are another way to get around for short and medium distance journeys. Taking a matatu is a fantastic way to experience the real Kenya and you will often find them decorated in bright and fascinating colours. You can flag down a matatu from the side of the road and nowadays routes and schedules are provided on Google Maps, making it much easier to get around.

Train

The train in Kenya is often named the “Lunatic Express”. It travels between Nairobi and Mombasa three times a week. It is without a doubt a unique experience to travel by train and see the local Kenyan way of life as you pass by. Do be aware that trains have a bad reputation for being extremely slow, often with delays. If you have time on your hands though, this can be a great way to experience the country.

During your free time after hour and on weekends, there are many places to explore in the surrounding areas.

For example, you can visit the Fourteen Falls in Thika, go trekking up to Mount Kenya (a stunning snow-capped peak), visit the amazing Mombasa beach or head out on a weekend of sightseeing in Nakura or Nairobi and explore national parks rich with native African wildlife.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals p/day
  • Arrival Airport Transfers
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Free coffee, tea & filtered water
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • Daily Transportation
  • In Country 24/7 Support
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Fundraising Support
  • University Credits Assistance

Spotlight on Kenya!

Volunteer Programs in Kenya

Medical volunteering in Africa is a truly unique experience! Shadow local doctors and learn about their healthcare system as you assist staff in a rural hospital in Kenya. IVI’s Medical Program is aimed at volunteers with a medical background or those who are studying a related field. Based on your level of experience, you’ll be given a variety of tasks, helping those with limited access to affordable quality health care. This is an incredible opportunity to make a real difference.

Location: Gatanga Village
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 18 Years
Special Requirements: Medical background, medical student, or related discipline

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This unique project will allow you to assist on local farms, learning how they practice sustainable farming through both traditional and hydroponic methods. Tasks can include work on avocado, mango, macadamia, coffee and tea farms. You may also get the chance to help with livestock such as: cows, goats, pigs and poultry.

Location: Gatanga Village Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals) Min Duration: One Week Min Age: 16 Years Special Requirements: N/A

Assist local teachers by taking care of the kids, teaching English, and other various activities. On this project you’ll work alongside teachers at a rural school in Kenya to children aged 3-6. Share your knowledge of basic English, numbers, colours and help teach, alongside drawing, singing and other techniques adding to the fun lessons. You will also help with the caretaking of the classroom.

Location: Gatanga Village
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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Right in the heart of the Maasai Mara! Assist dedicated teachers and deserving students, consisting of classes in English, Maths, History, or even with Sports Coaching. With your help we can provide a quality education to the local people and you may be lucky enough to see wildlife in the distance. A National park with the Big 5, is just minutes away!

Location: Gatanga Village
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

Help local Maasai women in Kenya utilise their skills in beadwork to create accessories they can sell. This helps them earn an extra income and provides quality meals and schooling for their children. Help and inspire the next generation of girls who want to have opportunities, other than marriage and motherhood from a young age. Assist in reducing poverty to encourage and support these women into earning a living for themselves.

Location: Gatanga Village
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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Teach special needs kids with IVI in Kenya for a truly rewarding experience. Help and assist local teachers in a rural school for children with special needs and contribute to their confidence, knowledge and social interaction. You will be working with kids from different age groups and different levels of ability, teaching and engaging in fun and educational activities.

Location: Gatanga Village
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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Ready to volunteer abroad? Complete your application online in about 5 min. We generally respond with your approval within 12-24 hours.

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