HIV/AIDS Volunteer Project in Kenya
- Program: Volunteer in Kenya
- Project: HIV/AIDS Volunteer Project in Kenya
- Start dates: 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month
- Location: Nairobi (in and around)
- Departure and End Point: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
- Language Need: English
- Accommodation and meals: Homebase and Kenyan cuisine three times daily
- Activities: prevention, counseling and outreach
- Working hours: 25-35 hours per week
Overview of the Project
Every years AIDS claims the lives of thousands of Kenyan children and adults. It is estimated that about 900,000 Kenyans are infected with HIV/AIDS and that number is expanding rapidly. Real grassroots efforts are needed to prevent human disaster in this millennium. In collaboration with local groups, Global Crossroad has established HIV/AIDS projects seeking to foster awareness among the local communities.
Ideally, volunteers in this project will be trained together with the local experts for a period of one week. For the following weeks, volunteers and local experts will together engage in training, education and demonstration activities to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in local Kenyan communities. This project is very challenging and participants should be prepared to learn and train others as this project goes forward.
Role of Volunteer
As a HIV/AIDS Volunteer Project in Kenya, you will take care of HIV/AIDS infected patients and engage them in educational and training activities meant to increase awareness and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Volunteer help is highly useful in the following activities:
- Care and encouragement of HIV/AIDS infected individuals
- Counseling and educational program in hospitals and communities
- Increase "personal risk perception" among the youth, men and women by involving them to actively participate in HIV/AIDS preventive education in the community
- Assist various HIV/AIDS organizations in their community outreach programs such as hospice care, recreational and educational programs, voluntary HIV counseling and testing and educational seminars and conferences
There are no specific qualifications needed to join our HIV/AIDS volunteer project in Kenya, but your understanding of Kenyan culture and Swahili language can help improve the experience for you and those with whom you interact. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. Volunteers should be willing to share love, time and compassion with people, all the while maintaining great patience and high flexibility.
Volunteer in Kenya: Project Locations and Free Time Options
Global’s volunteer in Kenya project is in Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya. The colorful combinations of culture and modern living are living examples of past meets future. There is a solid tourist infrastructure in place that supports day trips and city tour planning. Volunteers can spend free time in the National Museum or Nairobi National Park. The city is a hub for safari launches and there are many opportunities for different length excursions. There are also crocodile farms and nature trails to explore, along with the standard pulsing city options for travelers.