Be a volunteer for the 1 Weeks Special Volunteer Program in Kenya, work in and around the city of Nairobi and experience the best that the country has in store for you! This program would be perfect for those who have very little time in hand yet keen to travel to Kenya and volunteer for a meaningful cause. As a volunteer, you'll be working in a Childcare Center, where the orphaned and abandoned babies are sheltered.
Your main role would be to shower these adorable little ones with the love and care that they deserve. Apart from that, you'll have other work like cleaning the babies and changing diapers, feeding the babies, cooking the lunch, teaching the young ones and playing with them. Needless to say, it'll be an amazing learning journey and it'll change your way to look at life.
Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded and have a passion for working with children. You should also be proactive and have the ability to take initiative All volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report prior to joining the program. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program.
Day 1 – Welcome to Kenya!
You will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and then will be transferred to your accommodation. Relax on the day of arrival, meet your fellow volunteers and prepare yourself for the experience ahead. You can also venture out to the nearby local market and acquaint yourself with the area around the accommodation.
Meals – Dinner
Day 2 – Program Orientation & Nairobi City Tour
Post breakfast, your program coordinator will discuss your program itinerary for the days to come and brief you with the essential information. Later, we'll head out for a city tour of Nairobi, ticking off some popular places like the Giraffe Center & the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3 to Day 7 – Volunteering at the Child Care Center
Volunteers will be working in the Childcare Project located in the outskirts of Nairobi. The main aim of this program is to provide adequate love and care to the children living in the centers and keep them engaged in various activities. Under this project, you'll also get to take informal lessons, design fun games and make a playful atmosphere at the center. You'll get to spend about 5, 6 hours in the center, but if you feel like, you can stay back for longer and enjoy your time with the kids.
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8 - Trip to Nairobi National Park, and then, Departure
Today, we'll take you for an early morning game drive in Nairobi National Park - the only national park in the world that's located within the area of a capital city! You'll surely be mesmerized by the beauty of the place, and keep your eyes wide open to spot the lions and leopards, giraffes and zebras, wildebeests and rhinos! Not just that, but you'll get to see various unique bird species as well. After the game drive, you'll head towards the airport, and take your flight back home!
Meals - Breakfast
Just pack your bags and land in Nairobi and get working at your volunteering placement. The rest is for us to handle, from your airport transfers, your stay, food and weekend tours, we manage and facilitate everything for you.
You will be met by our representative at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi from where you are transferred to the accommodations in Nairobi itself. Volunteers who will be already in Kenya or arriving overland would need to give us their contact details so that the pickup can be arranged from a specific location.
Volunteer Accommodations is provided in a volunteer house or in a homestay. The volunteer house is taken care of by localhost and has all the modern amenities available to ensure a comfortable stay for the volunteers. Some of the facilities available are showers, microwave, and refrigerator in the kitchen and a lounge area for the volunteers. Rooms in the volunteer house are typical dorm style rooms with 4-8 participants of the same gender sharing a room.
A half day orientation will be provided by our staff in Nairobi. Areas like culture, safety, locations, transportation are covered in the Orientation. After your orientation is over, you will be introduced to your project.
Volunteers are provided with 2 meals(Breakfast and Dinner) on weekdays and three meals during the weekends. Typical meals include Ugali, Chapatti, Chai (Tea), Bread and rice with vegetables and fruits. Volunteers also purchase supplies from the supermarkets and take with them packed food cooked on own to the project.
During your Free Time
Majority of the volunteers go on safari trips on the weekends. Volunteers usually take the two days or the extended three-day safari. While in Nairobi you can explore the different places of interest in the city.
Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of $259 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Airport pickup from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi
- Round the clock assistance of our in-country coordinator
- Program orientation by our in-country program coordinator
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Accommodation in the volunteer house
- Game Drive in Nairobi National Park
- Nairobi City Tour (entry fees excluded)
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- International/Domestic airfare
- Visa fees
- Insurance (can be purchased from us at a nominal cost)
- Cost of vaccinations
- Local transport and personal expenses
- Airport transfer while departing
- Entry fees except for Nairobi City Tour (Approx $35-40)
FAQ's Application and Program Details
As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is strongly recommended to apply for the program and reserve your spot in the program well in advance. You can book your spot in the program by filling an online form and pay the application fee.
Once you complete your application, your individual 'My Account' will be active in which you will receive your placement confirmation after which you can pay the program fees. You can pay the program fees later as well in installments, but 45 days before the program starts.
Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the program.
Need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Keep your expectations real and humble.
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Participants must be in good health.
For Medical /Healthcare Program, participants must be at least 18 yrs old and be a Pre-Medical, Medical, Nursing Students or Medical Professional. Participants possessing other qualifications such as CNA, midwives are also welcome to join the program. All medical program participants need to provide a copy of their certifications/ credentials along with their passport copies.
We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 12+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.
Kenya is one of our popular destination among student groups and is highly recommended for family volunteering as well.
Volunteers are picked up from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, by the in-country coordinator or representative and will be transferred to the accommodation. Those who are arriving overland or are already in Kenya? will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand.
Flights and Visa
Some of the major airlines operating in Kenya are:
KLM Dutch Airlines
Health and Safety
Volunteers are informed about the necessary safety precautions during the Orientation session as well as in the pre-departure information guide. You will have the assistance and support of the in-country coordinator in Kenya. It is strongly recommended to follow the safety rules and regulations provided by the in-country coordinator.
All travelers are required to carry an International Certificate of Vaccination (Yellow Card) to show proof of yellow fever immunization.
The recommended vaccinations are as follows:
Hepatitis A and B
Accommodation and Living
Volunteers are provided two meals a day. Breakfast usually comprises of toast, tea, fruits, ?and eggs. Dinner usually comprises traditional Kenyan or Western foods.
We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked under the ‘Add-on Tours’ section in your ‘My Account’. You in-country coordinator will also help you book and organize the tours once you are in the country.
While traveling, it is recommended to follow local etiquette and customs. Female volunteers need to wear pants and/or long skirts. Dressing in Nairobi is quite liberal. However, approach it with cultural sensitivity in mind. You will be provided with a kit list in your pre-departure? booklet. As for footwear, hiking boots, old sports shoes or open-toed sandals are recommended.
For organizing weekend excursions, the in-country coordinator will help you to book the same at the best prices.
Connect with Past Volunteers
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit ?the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.