The first thing that might pop to mind when thinking of Kenya are lions, zebras and leopards. However, this vast country has much more to offer. With 40 national parks and reserves scattered around the country, Kenya features almost every landscape and activity that you can imagine and it will suit any type of traveler’s palette.
Undeniably, safaris are the core of tourism in Kenya, but you might also venture in deeper and discover the Maasai, a semi-nomadic tribe known for its color-filled adornments. Nairobi is a great city to explore, with its bustling nightlife and unique vibes. For those who love nature, a visit to the Great Rift Valley is a must. And for those who enjoy relaxing at the beach, Kenya’s coastal area covers almost 80,000 square kilometers and remains sun-filled during most of the year!
ABOUT GATANGA VILLAGE
Gatanga Village will be your new home and will give you the chance to see authentic rural Kenya. Close by is Thika, an industrial town and Nairobi is not too far either. You can visit either during, the weekend for nights out or sightseeing. Likewise, there are many natural areas in close proximity to Gatanga, such as Ndakaini Dam, Fourteen Falls , a set of waterfalls that will leave you awestruck.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, though exceptions to this age requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in the culture. Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
World Endeavors volunteers in Kenya can contribute to the following projects:
Volunteers interested in Childcare Assistance can participate in the following project:
During your time at this program, you will be working with small children (ages around 3 to 6 years old) at local kindergarten spread around the Gatanga area.
Each class at the kindergarten is quite packed, with an average of 30 children per classroom! So the extra hands are certainly appreciated by the local staff.
You will collaborate with local teachers and assist them while they manage their class. But you will also have the opportunity to lead groups and create your own activities such as drawing, coloring, games, etc. So get creative!
Your main aim should be to practice English with the children through the use of creative expression; stories, poems, songs and games.
Even though the language is widely taught in Kenya, the chance to practice it may not happen often enough in some of the rural areas. The ability to master English can greatly improve the life prospects for many local children.
Volunteers interested in Healthcare can participate in the following project:
Our Medical Program is geared toward increasing your knowledge and experience, while helping the local villagers gain access to quality health care that is affordable.
Kenya continues to be a developing country and its health sector remains a work in progress. Communities, especially those in rural and less developed areas.
In some of the smaller communities, there may be government-owned health care centers and hospitals. Unfortunately, these are often understaffed, with limited facilities and equipment.
You will be pitching in right alongside local nurses, doctors and other medical staff in either a small health care center or a district hospital (depending on the needs at the time). Your level of experience, skill and ability will determine which tasks will be given to you.
A medical background or related work experience required - Nursing and medical students are welcome to join this project!
Volunteers interested in Special Education can participate in the following project:
Special Education Project
This program is specially designed to support local schools with classes of children with special needs in Gatanga Village. Your contribution of time, energy, effort, and skills will assist local teachers and add to the educational experience of their students. You will have an opportunity to engage with children of different ages and levels of ability, who will warm your heart with their genuine kindness and smiles a mile wide. This will be an experience that you won’t soon forget!
Resources at the school are limited, so anything that you can bring to enhance the learning experience is greatly appreciated by students and staff alike.
Volunteers interested in Sustainable Agriculture can participate in the following project:
Agriculture is the main economic backbone of Kenya, as well as the primary source of income for basic households in many parts of the country. As many areas throughout the country are struggling with issues of food security, this is a great opportunity to try new and tried and true methods of farming to tackle these issues. When you join this program you will assist local farmers who are not only trying to feed their own families and make a living, but those who are trying to share the knowledge they have attained to keep the farming culture alive and thriving.
Gatanga is one of those places, and local villagers spend their lives harvesting fruits, vegetables and coffee, as well as taking care of their livestock.
In this program, you’ll get the chance to experience the authentic countryside of Kenya by living amongst locals and helping out the villagers on their farms.
Your tasks may include:
- Cutting and cleaning up the grass areas around the farm
- Planting, weeding, watering, picking fruits
- Helping take care of the livestock
- Addressing various community needs
- Learning about the use of nutrient rich water for soil-less farming (hydroponic farming)
Working up close with local farmers will not only teach you new skills, but will also allow you to get authentically immersed in a new culture and lifestyle.
Volunteers interested in Teaching can participate in the following projects:
You will be in the heart of the Maasai Mara and enjoying all that goes along with the life there as you assist in a local school that is short on resources, but long on desire to develop and thrive.
Teachers here are putting all of their energy into educating students that have been historically underserved. Typically young Maasai males are tending to herds for their families and young Maasai females are being prepared to be wives and mothers. The emphasis on education has been slowly increasing, but the associated costs for school fees, uniforms and supplies make it difficult to send all the children in the family to school.
The objective of partnering with this school is to fill in some of the gaps that exist and to create a bridge to the possibilities that exist outside the Mara. Most of these students have never been to the capital city of Nairobi that is just 6 hours away and their interaction with visitors from other places is usually limited to passing waves from tourists in vehicles on their way to the National Park.
You can expect to help all around the campus, from the classroom to the dining hall, to the garden or to the make-shift play area. What you bring in terms of community engagement will excite these students and what you will gain will be a deeper understanding and appreciation for others having an experience very different from yours at home.
This project is a minimum of 2 weeks and is located in Narok County.
The School Assist project is an additional $55 per week.
Local children in Kenya, especially those in rural areas, rarely have the chance to meet and interact with foreigners. Most do not even get the chance to practice English outside of the school setting, despite the language being one of the official languages of Kenya. Even interacting and speaking the language properly with them may benefit their learning and increase their confidence with the language.
You will be placed in either a local school in the Gatanga area. Your specific placement will depend upon the community needs and availability at that time. During holiday periods a “ day-camp style English and Sports program will be put in place and run by participants with the help of our coordinators.
Keep in mind that you will be in charge of preparing lessons for the class where you will assist the teacher. This may be done in an informal way and so, you are free to get creative! The favorite activities among the youngest students include games, gardening, and singing.
The aim is to teach in English through practice and creativity, and you are welcome to provide new ideas that promote an exchange of cultures and conversations between you, fellow participants, staff and students.
Volunteers interested in Women’s Development can participate in the following projects:
Empowering Village Women
This program is geared toward assisting women who may not have had access to basic education and may find it difficult to thrive, particularly in this age where understanding the importance of education and an ability to manage basic technology have become fundamental aspects for survival. The ability to navigate issues such as personal development, environmental awareness, budgeting, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy also help to build a resiliency that cultivates sustainable development.
Therefore, through our program, we utilize the engagement of international participants with some groups of local women, who may never have had any kind of real-life exposure to outsiders, to help them to expand their worldview and personal perspective. Participant immersion in the community promotes a mutually beneficial relationship with the local women where all those involved gain just as much as they give.
This is an opportunity to form relationships with someone from another background and culture and create an exchange that motivates both younger and older women to show their hidden talents and enable them to participate in developmental activities of family, society, and nation.
Creative teaching methods and a positive outlook are extremely helpful and go a long way to engaging the women and breaking down the existing barriers. Participants are encouraged to use different techniques to teach topics that they are passionate about, and/or have firsthand knowledge, as long as they are relevant and assist with the goals outlined by the women being served through the program. Since English is widely spoken here, there is a greater capacity for you to convey your knowledge with ease and use anything you have in the way of reference materials and resources more easily.
Maasai Women Collective
You’ll be part of the collective effort to support the educational goals of Maasai girls. These village mothers and grandmothers are using their skills and abilities to create unique and intricate beadwork jewelry and accessories knowing that every piece they make and sell gets them closer to earning enough to cover school fees and to supplement the household income enough to provide nourishing meals to their families.
Your efforts can go towards the creation of a database, building a roadside stand to sell items, teaching the women basic English or math, help complete the concrete floor at a local church where they currently meet underneath a tree, or help to build a proper stand for access to the water tank at the church. The ways in which you can be of service are many. The life lessons and sincere smiles you will receive in return are invaluable. A portion of your program costs goes directly towards reinvestment in the group by providing bead making supplies and other resources to sustain and further expand their collective efforts.
This project is a minimum of 2 weeks and is located in Narok County.
This project is an additional $110 per week.
Volunteers stay in a shared volunteer house and stay in shared rooms by gender. The meals served will mainly be Kenyan food, which consists of vegetables, potatoes, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapati”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.
The World Endeavors Volunteer in Kenya program is flexible in duration and can be tailored to last between 1 to 12 weeks. If you have the time, we recommend a stay of at least 4 weeks. Admissions are rolling, and World Endeavors volunteers can choose when they would like to start their program. Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer at a specific location or in a specific project.
When you are ready to start planning your volunteer trip to Kenya contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing considerations unique to your destination or your volunteer project.
Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.
|Program Name||First Week||Each Additional Week|
|Volunteer In Kenya||$1,790||$300|
- Program Advisor: dedicated, experienced, and accessible for one-on-one guidance
- Local Onsite Coordinator with 24/7 availability; pre and post arrival orientation
- Visa guidance and support
- Comprehensive travel medical insurance
- Travel Protection with 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
- Re-entry Support
- Airport reception
- Shared, single gender dorm style rooms
- 3 meals per weekday and 2 meals per weekend provided
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip transportation to Kenya
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip a memorable, meaningful one. We can accommodate applications received 4 weeks prior to the intended start date up to a year in advance. If your intended start date is less than 4 weeks away, contact World Endeavors for more information.