Kenya Medical and Community Volunteers

From $1,559, 2 weeks, Kenya Trip code: KEMC

  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 1 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Kenyan Culture
  • Care for local children in Childcare centres and Pre-schools
  • Opportunities to visit some of Kenya’s most famous safari destinations during you free time
  • Put your medical skills to good use and get some valuable hands-on experience*
  • Meet new friends
  • Make memories that will last a life time
  • Learn a bit of Swahili

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Volunteering abroad in Kenya is a great way to enhance your medical experience and make a huge difference with your expertise. Kenya is one of Africa’s poorest countries and you can help by giving locals access to a better standard of healthcare.

 

Depending on your level of medical experience and expertise you’ll be volunteering in public health care centres, hospitals, childcare centres, pre-schools or community projects. Wherever you are placed you’ll be taking part in some thoroughly worthwhile and rewarding programmes. As well as being involved in some fantastic community programmes, you’ll also be involved in a feeding programme for the local children in Limuru – a great added bonus to your experience in the Kenyan community!

 

 

*Subject to having the relevant medical qualifications, expertise and approval from local authorities.
 


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What will I be doing?

  • The project (2 to 8 Weeks)

  • Your role (2 - 8 weeks)

  • What should I expect (2 - 8 weeks)

  • Free time (2 - 8 weeks)

The project: 2 to 8 Weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

This project is based in the town of Limuru, north west of the country’s capital Nairobi; it is located on the eastern edge of the famous Great Rift Valley and most famous for its amazing tea plantations! Limuru offers the chance to sample ‘laid-back Africa’ with beautiful scenery, rolling hills and some of the best tea around!  

  • Location: Limuru

Your project work will vary and be determined by your level of medical experience, skills and expertise. For those with medical experience and qualifications, you can expect to be placed at one of the many local health care centres that the programme supports or the local hospital. For those who do not hold any medical qualifications, you will be placed in one of the many local childcare centres, pre-schools and other worthwhile community programmes. Typically you will be spending Monday to Thursdays at your volunteer project.

 

Every other Friday, volunteers will be involved in a fantastic feeding programme in Limuru; preparing and serving meals to children and local people, followed by a fun afternoon of sports and activities. On alternate Fridays, volunteers will be going out and about in the local communities to raise awareness, support and raise vital funds for the programme.

Your role: 2 - 8 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

This project is based in the town of Limuru, north west of the country’s capital Nairobi; it is located on the eastern edge of the famous Great Rift Valley and most famous for its amazing tea plantations! Limuru offers the chance to sample ‘laid-back Africa’ with beautiful scenery, rolling hills and some of the best tea around!

  • Location: Limuru

If you have medical qualifications and expertise:
There are a number of different projects that volunteers with medical experience and qualifications will be able to get involved in. The programme works alongside a number of Public Health Care Centres in Limuru and the surrounding area; volunteering at these health care centres is a real eye-opener into African medical care. You’ll be volunteering under the supervision of a local health qualified professional and could be involved in opportunities such as maternity, paediatric and child-care unit, orthopaedics, administration, outpatient care, pharmacy, comprehensive care clinic (for HIV and TB patients), laboratory and counselling.  

 

If you are a qualified healthcare professional you may be placed at a small government hospital which has a out-patient department along with a dental and maternity clinic. As well as being involved in these departments you may also be able to prepare and run workshops for patients and staff.

 

If you have no medical background, expertise or qualifications:
For those with no medical qualifications or experience, you’ll be placed at one of number of pre-schools or orphanages in and around Limuru. You’ll be helping children from a variety of different backgrounds including illness, poverty, HIV/AIDS and abuse; they are typically aged between 4 and 15 years with many having delayed mental development, so your extra help and support is greatly needed by both the children and the staff at the centres.

 

Some of highlights of this project work include:

  • Making improvements and light renovations – perhaps brightening up a classroom with a colourful mural
  • Giving vital support and guidance to the children
  • Teaching of basic subjects
  • Introducing some extra-curricular activities to the children including arts and crafts and fun sports
  • Providing general care – helping to prepare meals and organising fun activities

 

What should I expect: 2 - 8 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

This project is based in the town of Limuru, north west of the country’s capital Nairobi; it is located on the eastern edge of the famous Great Rift Valley and most famous for its amazing tea plantations! Limuru offers the chance to sample ‘laid-back Africa’ with beautiful scenery, rolling hills and some of the best tea around!
 

  • Location: Limuru

You’ll be volunteering at your main projects from Monday to Thursday every week. A typical day at the project will normally run from 9:00am until around 3:00pm, this could vary depending on the project that you are placed with. After your project you will have free time, perhaps you may like to spend this checking emails and getting in touch with friends and family back home, visiting the markets, preparing for your next day of volunteering or simply relaxing with fellow volunteers.

 

On Friday’s all volunteers will be able to get involved in the fantastic local feeding programme. This is bound to be a thoroughly memorable and rewarding experience as well as a great highlight of your trip. The time spent at this project will be variable depending on which week you are on; on fundraising days you will normally spend the afternoons out and about, and the days you are working at the feeding programme you will normally start mid morning and finish late afternoon. 

Free time: 2 - 8 weeks

Destination info

This project is based in the town of Limuru, north west of the country’s capital Nairobi; it is located on the eastern edge of the famous Great Rift Valley and most famous for its amazing tea plantations! Limuru offers the chance to sample ‘laid-back Africa’ with beautiful scenery, rolling hills and some of the best tea around!  

  • Location: Limuru

Your weekends are your free time to spend as you please. You may like to relax and chill out at the volunteer accommodation or take part in some of the optional activities available such as an exciting safari in one of Kenya’s famous and beautiful national parks.

 

The in-country team will also have plenty of suggestions on things to do and places to visit during your time off. 

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What's included?

  • Airport transfers between 6am and 10pm
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Daily transfers to and from project
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Weekly laundry service
  • Support and assistance

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • All visas for border crossings
  • E-mail/Internet and telephone calls
  • Soft drinks, wines and spirits
  • Transportation that is not related to the project

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years.

 

Accommodation

You will be staying in the project volunteer house. Accommodation will be on a sharing basis and you will generally be sharing your room with between one and four other volunteers on a same sex basis. Bedrooms are fully furnished and there are a number facilities at the centre including internet and phone services (a small fee may apply). A laundry service is provided twice a week  and the house has running water, hot showers and flushing toilets. All bedrooms are provided with lockers and padlocks so that you can store away any valuables during your stay. The accommodation is in an ideal location as it has around the clock security and breathtaking surroundings.

 

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.  Your breakfast will be available on a help yourself basis and usually consists of cereals, or porridge, toast, fruit, tea and coffee. You’ll take a packed lunch when at the project, provided at your accommodation or a local lunch at the placement. The cook will provide dinners, so you can expect a lovely cooked meal in the evenings. Vegetarians can be catered for. There will also be a laundry and housekeeping service on a regular basis.

 

Is this trip for you?

Volunteers who hold medical qualifications, skills and expertise will be placed in the local clinics or hospitals (this will be determined by their level of qualification/experience). Volunteers with no medical experience or qualifications will be placed in the childcare centres, local care centres and pre-schools in Limuru.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. Can I take part if I am not a Doctor or Nurse?

Definitely the programme has opportunities for qualified medical professionals, as well as medical students, those thinking about a career in medicine and those who simply want to give a helping hand.

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2. What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation is in a great shared volunteer house. It's a great place to chill out in the evenings and chat to other volunteers.

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3. Is it just medical?

There is so much more to the programme including helping out in pre-schools and childcare centres as well as being involved in the fantastic feeding programme on Fridays.

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4. Does it matter that I don't speak Swahili?

No, during your time you will have some language lessons to help you with some of the basics, most people on the project will speak English though.

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5. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, all bedding is provided for you however if you wish to bring one for extra warmth then you can.

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6. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

Yes, there will be one available for you to use. It is also recommended that you bring a lock to lock your bags/cupboard.

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Pan Niyomthai - November 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Whole different level of experience. Family. Priceless.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
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Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Getting to meet with a bunch of new people was an amazing experience. Everyone was from different parts of the world, yet there were so many similarities that merged us into one big family even though it was only for a short while. The Maasai Mara Safari trip was drop-dead gorgeous. A positively stereotypical scene of Africa in which I had always wanted to see as a kid watching Walt Disney's "Lion King". And ironically, the Westgate Mall incident occured right before our group of volunteers was going to go there - we turned the car around on time, panicked. But yet it only made the trip much more memorable.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Bring a lot of extra money, but keep most of it back at your room. The people in the local markets will try to squeeze every shilling out of you. 2. Be sure to visit Nairobi, a very lovely town. 3. Go on to some kind of Safari trip (Crecent Island, Maasai Mara, etc.) - this is more than worth the money.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Learn how to cook different types of African cuisines, or possbily choose to if it was possible. Sports and other outdoor activities would've been great.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Hamza Farhad - July 2013

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(10/10)
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Adventure of a lifetime, I don't regret a second.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting volunteers from all over the world, all different ages and from different backgrounds. Entering a placement where you know you're needed, and have a set of skills to make a difference. Spending weekends adventuring, making stories, and having the time of my life!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Ask if you're not sure. 2. If you're still not sure, ask again. 3. If there's nobody around to ask and you're still not sure. Go find someone to ask.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I really regretted not packing a diary and a set of pens. Also, DONATIONS! One thing that I don't think was on the itinerary was a smaller sling on bag. Something easier to lug around compared to a rucksack. At placement, I only needed to take a few things with me. It would have been so cumbersome having to trek around with my massive bag, I'm glad I had my small carry on.

Any other comments?

Two Weeks Isn't Near Long Enough. Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me?!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Anna Wolf - March 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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An appreciated work in an unforgettable area of love, freedom and happiness

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(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting the locals and their culture Seeing the kids smiling about every little thing

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Do not think you are absolutely needed - they can live without you! But they appreciate your work like a god's wonder You need a few weeks to come really close to the children and to be able to rate the work you're doing

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Claire Marks - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing friendly community, make new friends from around the world.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

having hands on time with the kids, experiences different schools in different areas & having the time to chat to the locals about there lives/familes and how they live.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

pack warm clothes especially for the night, take kenyan shillings for shopping dont bother with usd everything was in ksh. take games for the playground-skipping ropes, balls etc...-they are loved!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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