Volunteer in Kenya Opportunities
Are you seeking an affordable and safe volunteer abroad in Kenya and travel option? Then you have come to the right place!
- Lowest prices guaranteed; starting at $150 a week
- 20,000 plus happy volunteers since 2003 have enjoyed life changing projects
- The safest and highest quality experience volunteering in Kenya
- Positively impact the lives of poor children and communities
Astride the equator on Africa's eastern coast lies Kenya, where colors are intense, landscapes are breathtaking, and needs are great. When you choose to volunteer abroad in Kenya, you are beginning the adventure of a lifetime.
From the stunning beaches on the Indian Ocean to the majestic heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is a land of distinctions. Wildlife abounds, and eighteen national parks are home to innumerable species, including nearly two million wildebeest!
Global Crossroad has carefully designed several overseas volunteering opportunities in Kenya to let you explore the country, while you also serve its disadvantaged people through orphanage care, education programs, or medical services. This experience will be an enriching and rewarding one, knowing that you have helped to improve the lives of countless appreciative people. Global Crossroad offers everything from a volunteer in an orphanage abroad and volunteering teaching English overseas program to a mini adventure abroad and a family volunteer trip abroad.
Volunteer in Kenya Programs
Global Crossroad offers variety of exceptional volunteering and special programs such as summer volunteer travel (4 weeks), mini volunteer travel (2 weeks), hands on medical camp , family volunteering, among others, to meet your volunteering as well as travelling need. Please feel free to choose any program you love and contact us for more information:
Special Programs (Volunteer + Travel, Group)
Dates and Prices
Dates: Volunteer in Kenya
All volunteer programs in Cambodia start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.
Price: 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/day
- Airport pick up/transfer (45 miles) $50 Nairobi
- Airport pick up/transfer (75 miles) $75 masai
- Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include safari) $1,699
Program fees cover:
- Accommodation (host family)
- Food ( local food 3 times a day)
- 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 program to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the volunteer abroad in Kenya program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses
Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Kenya
During your volunteering opportunity in Kenya program, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices.
Our volunteer program in Kenya meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer's responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.
During volunteer abroad in Kenya timeframe, you will stay with a host family. Volunteers staying with a host family usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers.
Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system to those having a volunteering experience in Kenya will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs.
Unless you are traveling with your husband or wife, opposite gender rooming will not be permitted. You will either have your own private room or will be sharing with a same gender roommate. You can request to room with your travel partner if you are of the same sex.
When you volunteer abroad in Kenya, it is highly advised that you do not eat food from street vendors and do not drink the tap water. You are responsible for paying for bottled water and or asking your host family to boil you water to drink for the day.
Free Time Options: Volunteer in Kenya
Global Crossroad’s volunteering opportunities in Kenya projects are available in Nairobi and the Massai land. All locations offer multicultural scenes that are friendly to travelers and host traditional experiences. Kenya has it all, from beautiful white sand beaches and coral reefs to snow-capped mountains and seemingly endless desert terrain. By volunteering in Kenya, you have the unique opportunity to explore its vast and beautiful natural and cultural diversity.
Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. The colorful combinations of culture and modern living are clear examples of past meets future. There is a solid tourist infrastructure in place that supports day trips and city tour planning. You can spend your free time in the National Museum, Nairobi National Park, Elephant orphanage, Giraffe and Nairobi City Walking Tour. 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 pulsing city option for travelers on a volunteering overseas in Kenya trip.
Massai land is home many Giraffe families. The land is located in the North west region of Nairobi, about 90 minutes from Nairobi. The land covers an area around 1,530 square km and is reserved for Maasai people, who live a pastoral and nomadic lifestyle. There are also schools and hospitals in the region, but they lack adequate manpower and facilities to run smoothly and properly. You will have plenty of time when you join a volunteer abroad in Kenya program to enjoy all the wonders of this country.
Safety and Field Support
Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.
Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.
1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :
In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.
Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:
- Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
- Management of room and food in host family/hostel
- Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
- Introduction to your host family and project staff
- Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
- Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting
We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.
3. Orientation and safety discussion
Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.
4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation
While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.
Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.
5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan
While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.
6. Placement with Other Volunteers
Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.
Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.
The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.
These links provide valuable travel information:
It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – KENYA
- When should I apply for a volunteer in Kenya program?
- What happens once I submit my documents and application to volunteer in Kenya?
- How long does it take to process my application to volunteer in Kenya?
- What documents do I need to submit with my application volunteer in Kenya?
- Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer in Kenya?
- An open-mind, a willingness to teach others as well a passion for helping those in need.
- Enthusiasm for living abroad, meeting new people and embracing varied cultures.
- Be in good mental and physical health.
Global Crossroad has offered volunteer in Kenya program (including internship) since 2003. We are able to place volunteers on the 1st or 3rd Monday of any month, year round. We recommend applying at least two months in advance, as there is an ever-increasing volume of applications. If your application must be expedited for quicker placement, please contact our office for more information.
Once Global Crossroad receives and reviews your completed application, it is then forwarded to our In-Country Coordinator in Kenya who will then finalize a personal assignment as per your qualifications, experience and requests. Your finalized placement details are forwarded to you upon completion.
The application process may take up to 2-4 weeks – occasionally longer given the time of year and influx of applications to your chosen country. However, in the event that an applicant requires quicker placement due to time constraints, we request you contact Global Crossroad's offices prior to submitting an application.
The only initial documentation required is our completed application form, which can be found online (http://www.globalcrossroad.com/apply). We reserve the right to request further information or documentation; however, in most situations information contained in the application is sufficient. Applicants have the option to either submit their application online or download the application from the website and submit the completed form to Global Crossroad's USA-based offices by either mail or fax.
The only qualifications are:
- What are the Visa Procedures?
Obtaining a tourist visa is your responsibility and Global Crossroad requires all volunteers to obtain a tourist visa before departing for Kenya on a volunteering overseas in Kenya trip. Please call our office or contact your nearest Kenya embassy to learn more about visa, visa fees, and visa extensions. A lot of information can be learned online by searching out Kenya’s embassy or consulate.
- Who manages volunteer in Kenya projects?
- What are the daily schedules of volunteer in Kenya projects?
- Where are volunteer in Kenya projects located?
- What is the language spoken in Kenya?
- When are volunteer in Kenya projects available?
- How long can I volunteer in Kenya?
Global Crossroad's in-country Coordinator in Kenya is responsible for researching appropriate volunteer projects as per the qualifications, skills and interests of the applicants.
Project schedules vary for each project in Kenya. Most projects are from Monday to Friday, for approximately 4-5 hours a day. Most volunteers have the weekends and evenings off to sightsee or explore Kenya on their own.
Most of our programs in Kenya will take place in and around Nairobi. Review the details of your project on our website or in your placement documents for the particular city or area to which you will be travelling.
Kenya is a multilingual country. The official languages are Swahili and English. However, there are actually a total of 62 different languages that are spoken through the country.
Global Crossroad programs are available year round and begin on the 1st or 3rd Monday of every month.
We normally recommend that participants on a volunteering overseas in Kenya trip go for between 2-12 weeks. Most countries do not allow those travelling on a tourist visa to stay longer than 12 weeks. If you would like to stay longer, please contact our offices to discuss your options. A Global Crossroad representative will have all of this pertinent information for you and can help you decide on the length of your stay.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION
- Who will arrange my flight to Kenya?
- At which airport should I arrive?
- If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Kenya?
- Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
- What should I do if my flight is delayed?
- Try to call our Kenya in-country coordinator from the airport to notify him/her of the possible delayed arrival time.
- Check your placement instructions pertaining to details of hotels that have been recommended for late arrival if your flight will after midnight.
- How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
- What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
- Please make sure that you pack all your necessary documents: passport, copy of passport and at least one other form of picture ID.
- Please bring your volunteer assignment placement details.
- Prepare financially to cover unforeseen expenses up to $50-100 USD/week for extra expenses and travel to your project each day.
- Prepare your mind and spirit for the experience to which you have committed. Culture shock affects everyone and it may be so strong that you want to quit the week after arrival. Take precautions: read about your county/city, study the culture and language(s) and learn about food and customs.
- If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
- When should I depart from Kenya?
- From which airport shall I depart?
- Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?
International flight coordination and payment of international airfare is a volunteer’s responsibility.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya; however, random placements may require arrival at a different airport. Please do not book travel until your placement is complete.
Please arrive the day before your assignment begins. If you wish to arrive earlier, your accommodation and meals will be your responsibility. Please review our assignment or Language Studies start day details in your personal placement information package we will forward to you.
You will be greeted up at the airport, but you must send your travel itinerary to our Kenya in-country Coordinator and to us at Global Crossroad’s offices before your arrival in Kenya. You will be met by a local staff member or our in-country coordinator. They will be holding a sign with your name, awaiting your arrival outside of the airport.
If you miss our representative due to flight delay or confusion, please call the in-country coordinator number provided in your placement details. This rarely happens, but be prepared by keeping this important information with you as you travel. Make sure you look carefully for your pick-up representative, as it is normally busy outside of the airport.
Call/email our Kenya in-country Coordinator once you arrive so that s/he can orchestrate a new pick-up time.
In the event that your arrival time is changed/delayed, requiring you to stay overnight in a hotel (or if you failed to meet Global Crossroad's representative at the airport), you should hire a taxi at the airport. Request the taxi deliver you to the hotel designated in your placement details/pre-departure information. Remember to request a receipt from the driver.
IMPORTANT: Ensure that you have contacted Global Crossroad's in-country coordinator BEFORE boarding a taxi. Participants are advised to contact Global Crossroad's Kenya In-Country Coordinator the next day and let him/her know their whereabouts.
You can arrive up to a week early for your assignment; however, you are responsible for making and paying for these arrangements (including accommodations and food), and must still meet the in-country coordinator at the airport on the designated date.
We ask that participants depart from Kenya on the Saturday following the completion of their assignment.
All Kenya volunteers should depart from Nairobi, Kenya (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) unless you receive other instructions in your placement details.
GC does not offer airport drop-off services. You will need to arrange a taxi or bus ride to the airport following your assignment’s completion. This is a simple process and our Kenya in-country coordinator or your host family will normally be very happy to assist you with the arrangements.
LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS INFORMATION
- Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
- Are single rooms available?
- If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
- Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
- What are the bathroom facilities like?
- What are the laundry arrangements?
- Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
- Who manages my meals?
- Can you accommodate special diets?
- Is the running tap water safe for drink?
- Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
- Will bottled water be provided?
During your volunteer in Kenya program, Global Crossroad’s weekly fees include management of volunteers’ meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional Kenyan cuisine. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer’s responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.
While volunteering in Uganda, most volunteers stay in our Homebase. This concept is a permanent residence set up especially for international volunteers. There are several bedrooms at our Homebase and volunteers will normally share a room with a same gender volunteer. There are community rooms and a television. The environment is very relaxed and social and a great place to unwind after a busy day. The kitchen and bathrooms are shared, and there is running water and “western-style” toilets. The neighborhood is very safe and clean. There are many amenities nearby like internet cafés, grocery stores, restaurants and mass transit stops. Orphanage volunteers in Kenya might have the opportunity to stay with the children as many orphanages provide private rooms for international volunteers. These volunteer rooms will normally be shared with a volunteer of the same gender.
If there are a large number of volunteers during your timeframe, you may stay with a host family. Volunteers staying with a host family usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers. Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system a volunteer will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country’s culture and customs.
A unique and important part of Global Crossroad’s successful volunteer in Kenya programs is our volunteer support in-country. We put safety and comfort first as we deliver enriching and consistent experiences for our international travelers. Our support is multi-faceted while volunteers are in Kenya and our staff is in contact with our volunteers on a regular basis either with face-to-face visits or via phone/email. Key support comes from our country coordinator and in-country field staff. These individuals are employed by our company and committed to ensuring your experience the best it can be. Your chosen project staff and host family offers support as well, and they are familiar with working with international volunteers and accustomed to answering questions and providing guidance. Volunteers also have access to our country coordinator’s mobile number for emergencies. With longer assignments, our field staff visits regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to ensure the experience is meeting your expectations. Sometimes an assignment may be too far to visit physically, so staff members will touch-base via phone/email. You are also welcome to stop in the offices at any time. You are never alone.
Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival.
Occasionally, in most cases you will share a room with a same-gender volunteer. Please note your request and we will do our best to meet your needs.
In many situations yes, but please contact our office regarding your situation, since it may depend upon individual accommodation availability and time-of-year circumstances. Please be reminded that volunteers of different genders are often not permitted to stay in the same room, unless they are a married couple.
Yes, more often than not, but this depends on the exact assignment and accommodation placement. If you want to travel with a companion or group, we allow and encourage this option. You may be placed with different host families, but these residences will generally be located close (within one to two miles) to each other. Please be reminded that volunteers of different genders will normally not be allowed to stay in the same room, unless they are a married couple.
Bathroom facilities depend up on the location and project. Most of our host families have running water and western (or modern)-style toilets. However, in a few projects/accommodations there are varying toilet and bathroom situations.
In most cases, laundry will be washed by hand. It is the responsibility of volunteers.
Yes, but you will need an electrical converter. Information for different countries can be found on the internet, for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity. Your local small appliance specialty or travel retailer can advise you on plugs and voltage converters.
Global Crossroad organizes food and accommodations for the extent of your volunteer assignment.
Global Crossroad can provide both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. We cannot accommodate special dietary needs (i.e. diabetics). If you require a special menu beyond vegetarian/vegan needs, you will need to be responsible for your own meals.
In most developing countries, tap water is not safe to drink. We recommend that you purchase bottled water for your consumption, but make sure that the cap's seal is not broken! You can also request that your host family boil water for you each day for you to consume.
Specifics pertaining to availability of hot water will be included in participants' placement details.
No, the purchase of bottled water is a volunteer’s responsibility.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
- How safe is Kenya?
- British Foreign Office Advice ( http://www.fco.gov.uk/)
- American State Department Advice ( http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html)
- Australian Government Advice ( http://www.dfat.gov.au/)
- Canadian Government Advice ( http://canada.gc.ca/main_e.html)
- What are the principle health risks in Kenya?
- Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
- What are the sanitary conditions in Kenya?
- Be prepared and never expect a clean toilet 100% of the time. Carry some tissue in case you need to use the public toilet.
- In Kenya, toilets generally do not do well when flushing large amounts of items or feminine hygiene products so do not flush them and throw them away in the trash.
- In some areas/restaurants, toilet systems are old, have very narrow plumbing and are easily blocked. In these cases, a small basket is usually placed beside the toilet (for your used toilet paper).
Any international travel requires caution and awareness. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before participating in a Global Crossroad program. International travel does present risks, especially with the modern-day threat of international terrorism. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings change frequently as situations in each country transform.
These links provide travel information:
We use the Center for Disease Control traveler's health recommendations www.cdc.gov. You should also consult a travel doctor who will be knowledgeable about current epidemics, health risks and recommended vaccinations.
No! Kenya is still considered a developing country and you should be cautious. While you are in Kenya, food safety should be a major consideration. You can hardly resist the tempting novelty of street vendors and their food variety, but you should abstain. Our suggestion is to avoid eating on the streets until you get familiar with the general situation. The food will likely taste quite different from anything you have had before. Food safety problems can range from chemicals and contaminants, to bacteria as well as some other diseases. In Kenya, poor food cooking, preparation, and storage, as well as improper cleaning and disinfecting of cooking supplies is very common among street vendors. Therefore, we do not suggest buying food from street vendors.
Use hotel lobby toilets; these are everywhere and are tend to be clean. Still, they may not always have toilet paper.
- Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
- What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
- Where should I exchange my money?
- How much money should I bring with me on a volunteering trip to Kenya?
- Is it safe to carry cash with me?
Major cities in Kenya have ATM machines, accept all Major international cards. You can withdraw cash from most international banks from ATM machines, but $2-4 USD surcharges apply for each transaction.
MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus/Maestro and American Express cards are usually only accepted at the more expensive restaurants and hotels. Please use caution when paying by credit card, as there is potential for fraud.
It is important that you have notified your bank in your home country of your intent to travel to Kenya on a volunteering overseas in Kenya trip. This will provide you the necessary information and alleviate any confusion at your home bank regarding international transactions, which can result in a cautionary freeze on your account in some cases.
The local currency is the Kenya Shilling (KES). Current exchange rates can be found using Global Crossroad's currency converter or by visiting www.xe.com.
Money exchanges by cash or traveler's checks can be made at various bank branches found throughout Kenya - primarily in the major cities.
Remember, you may have to present your passport whenever you change currency or traveler checks.
Global Crossroad manages food and rooms for our volunteers throughout the volunteer abroad in Kenya assignment; therefore, you will not need more money to pay for these expenses. However, if you plan to take part in activities outside of our organization or buy some souvenirs, you will need to bring extra money.
On a side note, you must also remember the fee for visas for your volunteering experience in Kenya, which can range from US $150-200 depending on the length of stay. There may also be an airport tax that you pay upon your departure from Kenya after you have completed your volunteer program in Kenya. You will want to determine the amount of extra money you bring based on these factors.
Carrying cash is not always safe when you are on a volunteering trip in Kenya; therefore, do not carry a large surplus of cash with you. This goes for any country that you are traveling to, as well. Carrying large amount of cash with you only puts you at a greater risk. It is advised that you carry cash in a money belt with some additional stashed in your wallet, as a precaution.
- How do I contact the Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
- How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Kenya?
- How can my family members contact me while I am on my volunteering trip to Kenya?
- Can I bring my telephone from my home country on my volunteering trip to Kenya?
The complete contact details of our Kenya in-country coordinator will be given in final placement sheet for your volunteer abroad in Kenya project. You can contact him or her by email or telephone. We advise that all volunteers talk with their country coordinator before they arrive.
International Direct Dialing from Kenya is available in cities. Phone cards are widely available and calls can be made from post offices, hotels, and phone booths on the streets. In hotels, local calls are generally charged at a nominal fee. Internet cafes are available in most towns. There are plenty of options, especially when you are in the major cities and town around Kenya.
Communication options depend on where you are placed during your volunteering overseas in Kenya trip. Most placements will have access to a post office, so mail and postcards are an option. If you are in a city placement, there are many places to make international phone calls or access the Internet. Regardless of where you are, you will have some form of a communication line.
These details will be provided prior to your departure to Kenya for your volunteer program in Kenya, so you can share communication options with your family and friends before you depart.
Yes, but it may or may not work. You will want to contact your mobile phone provider to make sure that your phone will work while you are in Kenya, but remember that roaming will apply and those charges can be very, very expensive. To avoid them, you may be able to buy a local SIM card to use in your phone.
CULTURE & CUSTOMS
- Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Kenya?
- What should I know about religious conduct while volunteering in Kenya?
- How do I respect the people of Kenya while I am on my volunteering overseas in Kenya trip?
You should dress conservatively when at your assignments. Jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable. No short-shorts and tank tops please. Remember to consider the regional religious beliefs of Kenya, which may be extremely conservative and revealing clothing is unacceptable - shorts and skirts must be at least knee-length and no one should show their shoulders.
Please note: When entering temples, mosques, or buildings of religious importance always check what dress attire is required. In most cases, covering your head is required also take off your shoes and be dressed conservatively.
Religious tolerance in Kenya is very high, as the Kenyan Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. About half the population is Christian and 10% Muslim. There are small Hindu and Sikh minorities. Much of the population follows traditional African, often animist, beliefs and interweave these native believes into their organized religious practices.
Be inclusive and show respect of their culture. Kenya’s culture is rich in customs and traditions. The people of Kenya enjoy sharing their customs and traditions with foreigners, so feel free to take part with them. You can go with your host family on outings, if they ask you to or invite them along with you to go on an outing. Simply helping your family do household chores will be another bonding experience that you can enjoy while you volunteer abroad in Kenya.
More Information about Kenya
- What is weather like in Kenya?
- Official Kenyan Holidays:
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 21 Mar Good Friday
- 24 Mar Easter Monday
- 1 May Labor Day
- 1 Jun Madaraka Day
- 10 Oct Moi Day
- 2 Oct Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
- 20 Oct Kenyatta Day
- 12 Dec Independence Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec Boxing Day
- What about tipping in Kenya?
- Important Items to Pack:
- Mosquito net
- Padlock and chain
- Pillow case and Bed sheet
- Sleeping bag liner and sleeping bag
- Water purification tablets
- Wet wipes and no-water washes
- First-aid kit
- Waterproof pouch
- Tea light candles (during a power cut these are safer than regular candles)
- Collapsible water bottle
- Waterproof poncho
- Gaffer tape
- Universal bath plug
- Towel and personal bath kit
- SPF/sun protection, sunglasses
- Insect net
- Bedding (if noted in placement document)
- Medical first-aid kit
Tipping is not obligatory, but it is expected with most services.
NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.
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