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Volunteer in Kenya with IKPVA – Most Affordable Volunteer Programs in Kenya!

At a Glance:

  • Location: Mombasa, with white sandy beaches;

  • Available all year round;

  • Start dates: 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month;

  • Choose from 5 Cheap volunteer programs in Kenya:

  • Childcare Volunteering

  • Teaching children at school

  • Community Development

  • Sports Program

  • Construction

  • Accommodation in a nice hostel in the Nyali area;

  • Program fee includes: Airport pickup and drop-off, orientation, accommodation, breakfast, placement & program supervision, and 24×7 emergency support;

  • Program fees starting at only $360 for 2 weeks;

 

Volunteer in Kenya – Overview

Volunteer in Kenya, experience a beautiful country, and participate in rewarding volunteer projects. You can choose from a wide range of programs, with the most affordable prices in the world.

Educational projects and volunteer work with the children of an orphanage

If you choose to work with children in an orphanage, you will make all the difference for children who have not had the opportunity to be welcomed by loving parents. In addition, you can contribute to the upbringing of children in a school in a poor neighborhood of Mombasa. Kids will love to learn English, math or any other subject!

Do you love sports? Teach football, hockey, running and more to the children as a sports volunteer.

Samantha volunteering in Kenya
Samantha as a volunteer in Kenya

Samantha had a Life Changing Experience as a Volunteer in Kenya

I was in Mombassa for around 4 months when I was nineteen years old. […] 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 from Mexico, a former volunteer in Kenya

Community development and vocational training

Through your volunteer work in Kenya you can also strengthen communities and thus improve the lives of the residents. In the construction project, you can contribute with your work to reform the classrooms and leisure areas of a school. At a community training center, you can help people in vocational training, for example in agriculture, or in personal development.

Natural Beauty and Cultural Diversity in Kenya

Kenya is one of the few countries in the world where you can visit tropical forests, beautiful beaches, deserts, climb mountains and explore the wild within a short distance. You will surely have a unique and very beautiful experience!

Also the country is beautiful, in the weekends I would book tours and excursions around Mombassa and see everything Kenya has to offer. At the end I left like a different person, it was by far the best 4 months of my life. – Samantha from Mexico City

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.

Main Cities of Kenya: Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria

Volunteer in Kenya - Many children smiling in classroom of a Volunteer in Kenya teaching program

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.

Volunteers in Kenya will have the opportunity to discover a very diverse country, not only geographically but culturally speaking as well.

 

Massai in Kenya

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.Volunteer with children smiling in a teaching project in Kenya

Volunteers in Kenya can 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 years 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.

 

Volunteer in Kenya to Help the Children

Volunteer playing with children in our community project in KenyaThe overall result has been a dramatic increase in the number of children who are living on the streets.

When you volunteer in Kenya with 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.

You can choose from 5 authentic Volunteer Programs in Kenya:

Volunteers have the opportunity to choose from our five cheap volunteer programs in Kenya: Childcare, Teaching, Community Development, Sports, and Construction.

 

Join our cheap volunteer programs in Kenya for the experience of your lifetime!

Most Affordable Fees to Volunteer in Kenya

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 – only U$ 100 for payments before March 31st – on top of the program fee.

Volunteer in Kenya program fees

What is included in the program fee?

  • Airport Pickup & drop-off
  • Orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • Local 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 programs 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 volunteer programs in Kenya normally find US$ 30 to be sufficient for basic 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

 

Project Details

Location

Our programs to volunteer in Kenya are based in Mombasa, which is the second largest city in 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.

It is also very well located, 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 the local team before arrival.

Fort Jesus and Mombasa old town area is a UNESCO heritage site, which shows the influence of Portuguese, Indian and British influence on the town.

The local Swahili language and English are spoken widely.

 

Accommodation and Meals

Volunteers stay in a hostel in the Nyali area. At the volunteer house, you will find shared rooms, for up to ten people, with a shared bathroom.

However, a private room is available at an extra fee, depending on availability.

In addition, the hostel has free WiFi, and features a lounge area, dining area and even a swimming pool.

Every moring, you’ll have full breakfast at the hostel. During the day, volunteers can purchase meals here or in local eateries nearby.

 

 

The neighborhood

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

Programs in Kenya start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Volunteers should arrive on Sundays.

You can choose to volunteer from 2 to 12 weeks.

 

Orientation

Orientation takes place on Monday after the arrival date.

 

Requirements to Volunteer in Kenya

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 in Kenya must have adequate travel insurance. Moreover, you need to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in Kenya or during orientation.

 

Language Requirements – Swahili

If you know some basic Swahili, this will be appreciated, however, it is not a pre-requisite to be a volunteer in Kenya.

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.

 

Safety

You will have a competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders.

Someone from the local team will always be available in the case of an 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.