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.

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.

Weeks Nairobi/Maasai Health/HIV
  1 Week   $150   $175
  2 Weeks   $250   $300
  3 Weeks   $350   $425
  4 Weeks   $450   $550
  5 Weeks   $550   $675
  6 Weeks   $650   $800
  7 Weeks   $750   $925
  8 Weeks   $850   $1050
  9 Weeks   $950   $1175
  10 Weeks   $1050   $1300
  11 Weeks   $1150   $1425
  12 Weeks   $1250   $1550
  • 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:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

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.

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

Application Information

  • 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?

VISA INFORMATION

  • What are the Visa Procedures?

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  • 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?

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?
  • 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?
  • 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?

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?

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • How safe is Kenya?
  • 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?

MONEY

  • 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?

COMMUNICATION

  • 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?

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?

Free Time Options

  • Free Time Options while volunteering in Kenya

More Information about Kenya

  • What is weather like in Kenya?
  • Official Kenyan Holidays:
  • What about tipping in Kenya?
  • Important Items to Pack:

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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