Our Mission in Africa | Fighting poverty, improving food security and empowering change!

The Mission of IVI Volunteer in Kenya projects is to empower people to combat poverty through sustainable, life changing development work. Our unique programs allow University aged volunteers, interns, professionals young and old to contribute and catalyse the efforts of our local partners on the ground. We encourage ALL our volunteers to become social entrepreneurs who understand the complexities of poverty and play an active role to improve quality of life to the most vulnerable populations in Africa.

WHY we need you in Kenya

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Why Involvement Volunteers International?

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Volunteer in Kenya

Do something you’ll remember for the rest of your life! Give back and experience the real Kenya as you volunteer with Involvement Volunteers International. With IVI you will be immersed into the local culture in a safe, supportive and fun environment with other like minded international volunteers who can often become friends for life.  

Our projects in Kenya aim to address the issues affecting rural parts of the country where economic disparity is a significant issue. Our projects allow you to share your unique talents while living like a local in a setting and culture that is likely very different to what you know back home. This inter-cultural exchange can be life changing for all involved.   

IVI projects are based in 2 destinations in Kenya. A rural village setting in central Kenya approx 1 hour north of Nairobi, and a southern Kenya, deep in the Maasai Mara tribe region. In both areas you are very close to incredible natural parks with amazing scenery complete with all the African animals such as Lions, Zebra, Giraffe & Elephants, Wildebeest etc.  Kenya is famous for wildlife safaris, and we can connect you with ‘less touristy’ options at a fraction of the price you’d pay through the standard tourism methods! Ask us how when you apply.  

With IVI choose from projects involving english teaching & early childhood development in the Maasai Mara or get involved in medical clinic & community medical outreach projects, food security & farming assistance, woman’s empowerment projects and special needs teachin

Volunteer Projects in Kenya

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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.

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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This unique project in Kenya will allow you to assist on local farms, learning how they practice sustainable farming, through both traditional and hydroponic methods. Tasks can include working 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. A great way to get a feel for the local lifestyle.

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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Shadow local doctors & learn about the healthcare system as you assist staff in a rural hospital in Kenya.This is aimed at volunteers with a medical background or those who are studying a related field. Based on level of experience, you’ll be given a variety of tasks, shadowing doctors and helping those with limited access to affordable quality health care.

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

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

Location: Remote location close to Narok
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 for a truly rewarding experience in Kenya. Help and assist the 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. Assist with teaching and engaging in fun, creative, educational and engaging 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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Help Maasai women utilise their skills in beadwork to create accessories they can sell. This helps them earn extra income & provides quality meals & schooling for their children. Inspire the next generation of girls who want to have opportunities, other than marriage and motherhood at a young age. Support these women into earning a living.

Location: Remote location close to Narok
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A


What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion


All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $395
  • 2 Weeks - $445
  • 3 Weeks - $665
  • 1 Month - $875
  • 2 Months - $1775
  • 3 Months - $2700
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All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $425
  • 2 Weeks - $575
  • 3 Weeks - $695
  • 1 Month - $825
  • 2 Months - $1055
  • 3 Months - $3150
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33 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.

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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

An arrival airport pickup is included in the cost of your placement. Accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees. Arrivals are on Saturdays and Sundays (please check the individual project for the pickup window times, as they can differ). 

If arriving outside the pickup times we can arrange a private transfer and extra night’s accommodation, depending on availability, or you can make your own way to the project.          


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.


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.


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.

Would you like to raise money in order to afford your trip abroad to volunteer? Or perhaps you would like to set up a funraiser to gain enough money to give as a donation to the local project? Crowd funding is a great way to do this. Read this article on Crowdfunding tips to find out how you can raise funds for your trip.

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