Volunteer in Kenya – Most affordable programs with Iko Poran!!
Volunteer in Kenya, Mombassa on sports development program, childcare or teaching English. At Mombassa with it’s sandy beaches you may also choose to volunteer on marine conservation.
Volunteering in Kenya at a glance:
Location: Mombasa, the second largest city of the country with the white sandy beach;
Available all year round;
Start dates of the volunteer programs: 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month;
6 different projects to choose from;
Accommodation in a Hostel, in the Nyali area;
Program fee includes: Airport pickup and drop-off, orientation, accommodation, breakfast, support from the local staff, program supervision, 24/7 emergency support;
Program fees starting at only $360 for 2 weeks;
No transfer fees on top.
Wide range of volunteer programs to match all skills and interests
Volunteering in Kenya – Overview
Kenya is one of the few countries in the world where you can visit tropical forests, beautiful beaches and deserts, climb mountains and explore the wild within a short distance. It will surely provide you a unique and very beautiful experience!
Kenya borders Somalia to the East, Ethiopia to the North, Tanzania to the South, Uganda to the West, and Sudan to the Northwest. Kenya is divided up into four different zones, each one having its proper geography, temperature and population. It is mainly dominated by the Rift Valley, within which is raised escarpments, deep valleys (often containing lakes) and some huge volcanoes.
The main part of the population gathers around 3 cities: the capital Nairobi, on the eastern edge of the Rift Valley, Mombasa on the coast, and Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria. You will therefore have the opportunity to discover a very diverse country, not only geographically but culturally speaking as well.
Kenya hosts a wide range of tribal groups, including the Maasai tribe, one of the best knowns local population due to their location near the African Great Lakes and their distinctive culture.
However, urban areas are spreading at an uncontrollable speed in Kenya, having both an environmental and social impact, with indigenous species of trees and wildlife diminishing and local communities still reliant on dwindling resources. Volunteers are therefore needed to play a part in the long term reforestation activities, in order to contribute to a more balanced relationship between the natural environment and the human communities.
The birth rate of Kenya who was growing very rapidly these past year has also slowed down recently due to the soaring incidences of HIV/AIDS, which now infects up to 2 million people, and estimations argue that 1 million children in Kenya have lost one or both parents to AIDS.
The overall result has been a dramatic increase in the number of children who are living on the streets. As a volunteer for Iko Poran, you will have the opportunity to offer support to these young people affected by homelessness, poverty and/or the HIV/AIDS, mainly by supporting the staff running the centers or even by participating in the building program.
Moreover, although primary education has become free and (in theory) universally accessible in Kenya recently, barely 10% of Kenyans can afford further education after secondary school. The support of volunteers is therefore critical to continue providing the most basic of education to thousands of children.
I was in Mombassa for around 4 months and I was nineteen years old. I didn’t know what to study yet or what to do with my life I had just finished high school. Just being there with the people was a life changing experience, I had the best time in Cannan Orphanage, the kids are the most beautiful kids I´ve ever seen, teaching them and playing with them was so fulfilling.
- Samantha volunteering in Kenya
Teaching in Kenya
Volunteer in Kenya in our teaching projects.
The schools we are affiliated with are in poor neighborhoods or take in children from poor families. You will be able to teach either english, mathematics or any other subject you feel you are most strong in.
The working hours are variable although you are required to put in a minimum of four per day.
While you do not need a degree for the same you will need toefl or equivalent along with passion to see others thrive under your guidance.
Volunteering on Construction in Kenya
Volunteer in Kenya in our construction projects.
This will vary depending on the needs of the project at the moment. An example is painting or building classrooms. You will be able to see your work take shape right in front of you.
No special skill required apart from being ready to sweat and gain an extra muscle to show off at the beach. Please note an extra $200 is required for this project.
Marine Conservation in Kenya
Volunteer in Kenya in our animal conservation project.
If you care about our environment and marine in general, this is the project for you. The acceptance to this project will be based on evaluation of your CV and discussion with the project coordinator.
Experience and/or education based on social science, climate adaptation and marine in general is highly rated.
Community Development in Kenya
Volunteer in Kenya in our community projects.
This project looks at helping the local community improve their lives through various ways. You will need to be open to ideas and be ready to share your knowledge with others.
There is a training center for local community in agriculture, leadership, personal development, youth development and civil society. You will work along a local team member to make your transition smooth.
Orphanage/ Childcare Volunteer in Kenya
Volunteer in Kenya helping us to care for our children.
The children in the orphanage range from a few months to teenagers. You will be able to offer your time via cooking, cleaning, bonding and offering a listening ear among others.
The children are eager to see you and will be looking forward to your visit every day. No experience required.
Sports Volunteer Program
Volunteer in Kenya in our sports projects.
While Kenya is ranked as the best country in long distance running worldwide, there is also other sports that the Kenyans will appreciate practicing.
You will participate in teaching either football, hockey, running and any other sport you feel you are best at. While a professional sport knowledge comes in handy, enthusiasm and dedication will be keys. No prior experience is required. You must be ready to sweat.
Volunteer in Kenya – Program Fees
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the program fee?
- Airport Pickup & drop-off
- Accommodation for all projects
- Support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
- Donation to support the local project
Please note an extra $200 is required for the construction project.
There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Kenya.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Kenya programs normally find US$ 30 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date
Our programs to volunteer in Kenya are based in Mombasa, which is the second largest city of the country.
Mombasa is a highly cosmopolitan city, which presents a range of attractions for visitors, including the white sandy beach which is world famous. Mombasa is only two hours drive away from Tsavo national park and three hours flight away from world famous Maasai Mara.
A safari can be arranged locally at cheaper rates and can be discussed with local team before arrival. Fort Jesus and Mombasa old town area is UNESCO heritage site which shows the influence of Portuguese, Indian and British influence to the town. The local Swahili language and English are spoken widely.
Accommodation and Meals
As a volunteer in Mombasa, you will stay in and hostel in the Nyali area.
The rooms are usually shared by up to four to ten people, and have shared bathroom. The hostel has free WiFi, lounge area, dining area and swimming pool.
Full breakfast is provided and other meals can be purchased here or in local eateries nearby. A private room is available at an extra fee, depending on availability.
Nyali is an upscale, cosmopolitan and very vibrant area, full of life and Kenyan culture.
The area is five minutes from the beach and from and Nakumatt city mall. There are lots of local pubs and clubs walking distance from each other.
There is a local supermarket chain down the street with local cafes offering sumptuous meals at a fair price.
Start & Duration
Projects in Kenya start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. You should arrive on Sundays. You can choose to volunteer from 2 to 12 weeks.
Orientation takes place on Monday after the arrival date.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in Kenya or during orientation.
Knowledge of basic Swahili is desired but not a pre-requisite. You will already learn a lot practicing in your project where everyone is glad and willing to teach you. Professional coaching can be arranged locally if desired.
You will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.
The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.