There’s no shortage of ways to give back to Kenya, and a carefully chosen volunteer placement can have a huge impact on the lives of local people – as well as the volunteer.
Teach English or science to a lively classroom of up to 50 children, run environmental awareness sessions, construct school buildings or be a sports coach. Qualified volunteers can work in healthcare – in rural communities or central hospitals, giving them valuable hands-on experience. You might even be our researching wildlife – in the savannah or the sea.
Placements can last from a couple of weeks to several months – but given the time to settle in and get to know the local people you’ll be working with, a longer place means you really can make a difference. It’ll also give you chance to pick up some of the local language, and make genuine friendships.
Remember – this is not a vacation. You won’t be in a luxury lodge but in a local house, probably with other volunteers. Electricity and running water may not always be available, and the food may be basic, but that’s a surefire way to get you focusing on what’s truly important – and helping you understand the daily life of your new Kenyan friends.