Kenya Medical Volunteer!
Are you interested in or have experience in the medical field, and want to share those skills and passions with people who are lacking sufficient care?
Have you ever wanted to travel to Kenya to experience the beautiful scenery and learn about the Masai culture and traditions? Well, then this Kenya medical volunteer program is the right fit for you.
Kenya is an incredible country and encompasses of an array of dramatic landscapes, including snow capped high mountains, sandy white beaches, and national parks.
It also has one of the greatest bio diversities in the world, due to the presence of the coast, the equator, and savanna.
The Kenya medical project opens tremendous opportunities for you to experience unique learning situations. You will shadow local doctors and medical practitioners as they save lives. In the process, you will gain invaluable medical experience while immersing in local cultures.
You can become a medical volunteer in Kenya for a rewarding life worthy fulfilling experience. If you want to save lives and improve the healthcare sector in Kenya we have an exiting opportunity for you!
Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts
Your role during medical volunteering program in Kenya can range from observational to direct patient assistance. Depending on your level of knowledge, you will engage in some medical treatment, such as dressing wounds, taking patients' histories and vitals, counseling patients, providing assurance and moral support to patients' families, and disbursing medicines.
You will work alongside or shadow doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals in various departments and learn from observation. Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project.
An important element of these volunteer placements is being exposed to healthcare practices in a different culture. Your involvement with this Kenya medical volunteering program will have life-changing effects for both you and your patients.
Skills and Qualifications
If you would like to join the volunteer in medical program in Kenya, you should have a certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials.
While volunteering in Kenya, all your days will be filled with joy and excitement. You will have the opportunity to work with doctors and patients and share with them you skills and passion as you save lives and learn new skills yourself.
There is not a fixed schedule since tasks and responsibilities vary depending on your placement. Be prepared to give a helping hand at all times. However, here is how you’re typical daily schedule would look like:
Here is a sample daily schedule:
First Day: On the first day of volunteering in Kenya in medical program, your in-country coordinator will take you to the clinic or hospital and introduce you the other medical staff. You will spend the day getting to know them and learning the facilities and your responsibilities.
- Weekdays: The responsibilities and tasks are different each day however, a typical day will be something like this:
- 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Start your day positively and early with a local family breakfast at your host family home.
- 7.45 AM: Following breakfast, you will make your way to the medical clinic where you will observe and assist the doctor’s save lives and put smiles on patient faces.
- 12.00 PM: You will break for lunch and eat together with your colleagues as you get to know each and share experiences.
- 3.00 PM: Around this time you will generally finish your tasks and the rest of the day you are free to check in to town and discover the Kenyan culture.
- 6.45 PM: At the end of a successful day return to your host family to share a delicious homemade Kenyan dinner and enjoy cultural exchanges with your host family before going to bed.
Kenya Medical Volunteer: Dates and Fees
Dates: Volunteer In Kenya
All volunteer programs in Kenya start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.
Fees: Volunteer in Kenya
Global Crossroad has the most affordable and quality volunteer opportunities in Kenya. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer abroad in Kenya application and registration fee cost US $299. In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.
Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
Projects at Massai Land - $25 Transport Fee
How your fee is allocated?
Program fees cover:
- Accommodation (host family)
- Food (local food 3 times a day)
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
The program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the pro-gram to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the volun-teer abroad in Kenya program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses
Accommodation and Meal
While volunteering in medical program in Kenya, GCR will provide you with a respectful and loving host family. The family is respected in the community holding years of experience and a reputable record to host volunteers who were 100% happy and grateful. You will be very confortable as the home is safe with modern facilities including running water and electricity
You will be served with three delicious traditional home-cooked meals per day, as well as guide you as you adjust to your new community by teaching you their local traditions and culture.
Read more about the accommodation and meals provided while volunteering.
Free Time and Weekend Exploration
You will spend 4 to 5 hours everyday, from Monday to Friday working at the clinic or the hospital, leaving you a lot of free time to visit various sites and attractions in the local area. During your medical volunteer program in Kenya, on the weekends you have Saturday and Sunday to travel around the country for excursions and tours, either in Amboseli National Park or Lake Victoria.
Learn more about your free time and weekend exploration in Kenya
Safety and In Country Support
At GCR your safety is out priority. Our program has served thousands of volunteers since 2016 without a single major safety issue. We provide you with an in-country coordinator who is available to you, should you need any help with anything or something happens unexpectedly. We also carefully chose and vet host families to ensure they guarantee you the safety that you need while doing volunteer work in Kenya.
Kenya Medical Volunteer: FAQs
Arrival and departure
You should fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Please make sure to arrive one day before the start date of our volunteer project. We advise you to provide our country coordinator with correct flight details to avoid any confusion.
Our local representative will be there to pick you up and then transfer you to your respective accommodations. It is the duty of our volunteers to inform our country coordinator in advance about flights cancelation and delays. This way we can reschedule the airport pickup time before your arrival in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for our medical Kenya medical volunteer program.
However, Global Crossroad does not provide any kind of airport transfer to volunteers after the completion of its medical volunteer projects but your in-country coordinator will assist you to arrange for transportation to the airport
Anyone planning to work in our medical volunteer project must obtain a tourist visa. You can get a tourist visa from the official embassy or consulate of Kenya prior to your departure. There is also on-arrival-visa available in the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You can learn more about Kenyan tourist visas here:
Before coming to Kenya, you need to get vaccinated for Polio, Rabies, Influenza, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Chickenpox, Pneumonia, Hepatitis B, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Meningitis, Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR), TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis), and Shingles.
However, do consult with your local doctor before actually taking all of these vaccinations for your medical volunteering program in Kenya. You can visit this site to learn more.
Why Kenya Medical Volunteer?
While volunteering in Kenya, you will have an ideal opportunity to learn and improvise skills. You have to deal with a mix of personalities and all while adjusting to life outside of your comfort zone. This all adds up and helps to improve your teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and people skills.
You will be helping out the needy people and the community
Participating in the volunteer in Kenya at medical program can be rewarding. Day in and day out, you will be working with patients and their families, helping them get out of the most difficult time in their entire lives. You will help and assist them with whatever they need making a real impact in people’s lives.
You will increase your Confidence and skill
Taking part in some volunteering activities require great deal of confidence and apt skills. Nursing and medical health program in Kenya helps you to improvise and grow your existing skill set to make a difference in the lives of the sick and the needy.
You will gain valuable life lessons and experiences:
Joining medical volunteering opportunity in Kenya and around the world is a great way of learning valuable life lessons and the experiences involved in it. Using your skills and knowledge with charitable organizations you are likely to gain valuable professional experience for future career endeavors.
Other Volunteer Opportunities Available In Kenya
No matter your passion or interests, we offer a variety of life-changing, volunteer programs in Kenya such as
volunteering with HIV/AIDS victims,
volunteering teach English,
volunteering with orphaned children and much more.
For more information on our exciting programs in Kenya, contact us today.
Medical Volunteer Opportunities in Other Countries
Other than this medical program in Kenya, GCR offers great medical volunteer opportunities in many countries cross the world.
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