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Why volunteer in Kenya?

Choosing to volunteer with us means you are choosing to give up your time to help those less fortunate improve their lives. This is an extremely rewarding and life-changing experience.

You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, put your skills and knowledge to good use on a daily basis and make lifelong friends from around the world.

Need any more convincing? Check out our blog for 5 more reasons to volunteer in Kenya. 

 

Who can volunteer?

We encourage anyone to volunteer in Kenya. This includes individuals, couples, families, students, researchers and groups. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old and have a good grasp of English. We’re looking for people with a responsible, enthusiastic and compassionate attitude. On some of our programs, some experience working with children is preferred. Volunteers in the medical or health field need to have completed some medical training and will be asked to provide confirmation from their college and/or medical certification.

Our programs are centered around sustainability, so any volunteers coming to Kenya need to be pro-active and enthusiastic.

 

When do programs start and how long do they last?

Our volunteer programs have the flexibility to allow volunteers to start on any day of the year. The program durations range from 1 - 24 weeks. For some of the outreach programs, there are specific dates which will be confirmed when you get in touch with us.

 

Why do I need to do an outreach day a week for a different placement?

This is as much for the volunteers as it is for the placement. We collaborate with a lot of placements and we are not always able to have volunteers at all places at all times. They need our help, and sometimes, we can only do it as an outreach day.

It also enhances your experience as a volunteer, and gets you to do things that you would not usually do in your daily life. You get to hang out with other volunteers while you paint a room, teach a class, distribute food or play a game with kids from IDP.

 

Where will I be staying?

Volunteers in Kenya are very fortunate as they have the opportunity to live at a volunteer house or they can opt to live with a local family. Both are within close proximity of the volunteer projects. The host family, or the house ‘mama’ for those staying at the volunteer house, takes pride in providing breakfast and dinner. Lunch can be bought cheaply at street stalls, markets or local cafes.

 

What is the food in Kenya like?

Food in Kenya is simple but delicious. Breakfast could consist of anything from toast with spreads to pancakes or even Mandazi, which is a sweet Kenyan donut. Many meals centre on corn, maize, beans or potatoes. Ugali, which is a thick paste made for cornmeal, and flatbread Chapatti are consumed at most meals, along with sauces, meat, curry, fish, lentils, rice and vegetables.

The local cuisine varies somewhat from region to region. Meat is consumed more in the inland areas, while fish is more commonly served in coastal areas. A mainly vegetarian diet is the norm at refugee camp where meat and fish are not easy to come by.

If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

 

What is a typical week like?

The structure of the week varies for different projects, but we aim to be flexible. Provided some notice is given, we will try to accommodate your plans. A typical week in Kenya for volunteers lookssomething like this:

Weekdays: At about 7.30am you'll have breakfast with your host family. At 8-8.30am you'll make your way to the project to start at about 9am. Here you'll meet local staff who will start you on the tasks for the day. You'll get breaks throughout the day and finish between 3pm and 5pm.

In the afternoon you are free to socialize or perhaps take a trip to the shops or visit a cafe or restaurant. Alternatively, you can continue helping with your project.

Weekends: Volunteers are free to spend time in Nairobi, or to travel further afield. Volunteers

might like to plan a weekend safari, visit Hells Gate if volunteering in Nairobi, or spend time at the beach on the beautiful coast of Mombasa. Alternatively, they can socialize with other volunteers or simply relax at home after a busy week volunteering.

 

Where do my fees go?

It can seem like volunteering abroad should not be fee based, however, program fees are a necessary part of the project.

The fees go towards costs associated with your stay, as well as supporting the local organization who will provide you 24/7 assistance and helping out the local charity’s main projects.

Below is an approximate cost breakdown to show you how your program fees are used when you choose to join us in Kenya:

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Email address: info @marafikicommunity.org
Address:
57789 – 00200 Nairobi.
121 Riverside Dr, Kidfarmaco,
Kikuyu, Kenya.
Phone number +254 700 650 714

              

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