Volunteers can participate in most of the programs any time of year and can also choose their start dates and end dates of participation. Volunteers work alongside local professionals. People without special skills, professional qualifications or previous experience also volunteer in some of our programs in Kenya. People with the initiative, drive and compassion to help the under-privileged in overcoming their challenges and their struggle for dignity and experience foreign cultures are welcome to participate in the programs. Volunteers should have strong work ethic, ability to work independently or as part of a team, and willingness to follow direction; and good interpersonal skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor. Volunteers should be able to speak English. We accommodate both individual and group volunteers.
The number of daily working hours and weekly working days of the volunteers is flexible. Volunteers will work in the mornings and/or afternoons, a maximum of 5 days a week, 4 hours to 8 hours a day. Participants of our programs can stay for a period of 2 up to 12 weeks but any volunteer who would like to shorten or extend their stay should inform the coordinator in advance. Participants stay with host families (home-stay) or other. The host families are carefully selected, well screened, respectable, caring and friendly people with many years of good reputation. Three meals daily and tea or coffee every evening. Room accommodation with lock and bed are provided to the volunteers throughout their visit/stay.
A large group of volunteers with a number of 50 or more people who want to stay together at one house can be accommodated at high school dormitories, church facility and other. Volunteers should be 18 to 70 years of age. Children below the age of 18 who wish to volunteer in our program should have permission from their parents. Children below the age of 16 must be accompanied by one or both of their parents to our program. Applications should be received at least two weeks in advance to organize a volunteer work placement and accommodation for the volunteers. Volunteers who wish to combine their volunteering experience with Safaris can do so and this can be organized during your placement.
VOLUNTEER/PROGRAM FEE FOR YEAR 2012 (this applies to all programmes.)
Cost for two weeks US$ 527
Cost for three weeks US$ 634
Cost for one Month US$ 741
Cost for five weeks US$ 848
Cost for six weeks US$ 955
Cost for seven weeks US$ 1062
Cost for two Months US$ 1169
Volunteers pay additional USD 100 (one hundred usd)for every week thereafter.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO VOLUNTEER IN KENYA?
Volunteers pay fees to help sustain and cater for the local projects and communities involved. Your fees enable us to directly contribute to the goals and needs of the your placement. The resources within these communities are very much limited and cannot support your costs for meals, accommodation, transportation and supervision etc.
VOLUNTEER FEES TAKE CARE OF THE FOLLOWING :-
Airport Pick-up: On Arrival in Nairobi and Departure: Once you give us your flight details our project co-ordinator and a driver will be at the JKIA airport to pick you up.
Orientation: Including important pre-departure information as well as on-site orientation on local culture, history and customs.
Placement arrangement: All your placement arrangement and well being while volunteering is our big concern and priority and ensure your placement is secure and safe. Our coordinator will provide whatever support you may need at any step along and our supervisor will always assist at the ground.
Accommodations/Meals: We carefully select host family connecting you to the culture and social, economic and political events in the community and country. You are provided with three meals a day and you will be flexible to intervene and assist in cooking/food preparation etc.
Transportation to the project: Volunteers are transported to and from their placement location by shared bus/shuttle.
Certificate of Completion/Participation: You will be provided with a certificate showing your participation with us and a recommendation letter as an appreciation for having chosen to volunteering with us.
Farewell: Is arranged on the last day either at the host family, School, or at the Community resouce center as a way of appreciating your time and ability to give to the community in need. It is a day of exchanging gifts and celebrate for having successfully worked with people you didn't know before.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN VOLUNTEER COST :
Tours and safaris
WHAT YOU NEED TO VOLUNTEER WITH US
*All volunteers must be 18 years and above.
* A medical background is required for the Medical/Health Program.
* Have a positive attitude and be flexible to adjust to the living conditions.
* English speaking.
If you still want to volunteer with us, fill out the application form. Upon receipt of your form we will contact you within two working days.
* All applicants will be notified by email on their placement and will be given a pre-departure information before arrival.