If you want to travel and volunteer in Africa, then Tanzania and Kenya are your choices. This volunteer destination is suitable for over-18s, gap year, career break or retired volunteers with time and experience to help make a difference. The beauty of Kenya’s expansive national parks and idyllic Indian Ocean coastline makes it a superb tourist destination yet masks the difficulties faced by 42% of its population who live in extreme poverty. Despite international development projects access to basic services such as health care, education, clean water and sanitation remain a luxury for many people. We support a number of small projects that provide local solutions to these problems.
Volunteers preferring a quieter coastal setting might choose a project in Watamu. Watamu is a beach resort town with exclusive hotels and houses overlooking the ocean and long golden beaches. But just one street back is the real village with huts of corrugated iron, daub and thatch, simple subsistence living and services for the local community.
Watamu offers a range of opportunities to volunteer teaching primary school students and volunteering with children with special needs. If you have an interest in gaining medical experience you can help volunteer in a medical clinic, ideal for medical students or for experienced nurses who want to gain experience in an African healthcare environment. Local people are helping themselves through a community development programme and would welcome volunteer help from business graduates, mature volunteers on a career break or retired volunteers with business, financial, legal or marketing skills.
Volunteers stay in a comfortable modern and private volunteer accommodation.
If you prefer volunteering in a city or living in a family stay you might chose to help a project in the capital city Nairobi. Nairobi is a vibrant city where you will see mansions and expensive shopping centres next to roadside markets and over-crowded slums. Volunteer opportunities are in two remarkable schools; both orphanages in the poorest areas of town, that started caring for small numbers of local children and have now expanded to provide schooling to the wider community.
Volunteering in Kenya offers gap year volunteers, students, healthcare professionals and retired volunteers who have experience to offer an incredible opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of Africa and help on some projects in real need.
Volunteering in Kenya is a rewarding challenge that we can support you on. See all of our Kenyan volunteer projects that you can participate in.
Beatrice has a BA in Library and Information Science from Makerere University in Kenya. She has spent much of her career setting up libraries and information centres for various institutes. She is currently studying Counselling and Psychology at Amani University and has been involved in the welfare of children at several orphanages in Nairobi. Beatrice joined our team in 2011. She lives in Nairobi with her husband and three children and uses her family homes to accommodate volunteers in Nairobi.
Shiru graduated from the University of Amherst, USA with a Major in Marketing and a Minor in Psychology. She joined our team in 2012 and lives with her family near where our projects are based in the coastal town of Watamu. She knows Kenya intimately and has been involved in a number of conservation initiatives in the national parks. In addition to supporting our volunteers she works as an administrator in a busy office that share the grounds of our volunteer house.
I arrived in Nairobi on Saturday afternoon and the heat instantly hit me. The sun was shining, people were smi...
No trip to east Africa would be complete without visiting one of the national parks, whether the great Masai Mara, Amboseli or lakes Nakuru or Naivasha. Kenya boasts some of the best national parks and they are easily accessible from Nairobi
Standing over 5,000m Mount Kenya is a significant trekking and climbing opportunity, albeit less well known than Mount Kilimanjaro. It sits in a national park and forest reserve which together became a World Heritage site in 1997.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust runs this home for abandoned baby elephants. No matter how hard-hearted you think you might be, the sight of these young elephants will make you feel very, very gooey.
A great opportunity to get up close to these wonderful animals, even climbing the tree houses to feed them by hand or be given a kiss. Something to combine with the Elephant Orphanage on a weekend day trip out of Nairobi.