Volunteering in Kenya
Kenya is easily one of the most visited countries in Africa for travelers seeking an incredible safari experience. Whether it’s watching the wildebeest migration or meeting the Maasai people of the Maasai Mara; Kenya does not disappoint. As incredible as the natural beauty of Kenya is, it’s the passionate people that make your visit here so much more rewarding. Despite being a developing country pushing towards development, a large percentage of the population lives in poverty due to poor economic diversity, government corruption, and limited educational opportunities. By volunteering in Kenya, you’ll help move the country towards a brighter future.
Fast Facts on Kenya
Capital City: Nairobi
- Nairobi is located in the southern, central part of Kenya
Currency: Kenyan shilling
- Find your currency’s exchange rate here
Languages: English & Kiswahili
- Kiswahili is the national language, but most citizens speak English as well
Population (2017 estimate): 49 million
- About twice the population of Australia
Size: 224,081 square miles or 580,367 square kilometers
- About the same size and Germany & Austria combined
2018 Global Peace Index Ranking: 123 out of 163 nations (Low)
- For comparison: USA (121 – Medium), Canada (6 – Very High), United Kingdom (57 – High)
Our NGO partner in Kenya doesn’t look at volunteers as short-term teachers or guests; they see them as family members. When you join their family, you’re immediately welcomed by the staff of both the NGO and the school with open arms. The team here puts their heart and soul into making a home for the children that live and learn at this educational center. The impact is as evident from the smiles on the children’s faces as it is from the stories of those who have grown and moved on to further education.
Kisumu is the third largest city in Kenya and a short flight from the capital, Nairobi. Situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, volunteers are close to an array of activities
It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time. That’s especially true for underprivileged children. Volunteering in Kenya at a school is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time. Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.
Included: Airport arrival & return transport • Pre-departure information & support • Shared room in a one-of-a-kind, sustainable volunteer house • 3 meals per day, plus snacks, fruit, tea, coffee, and filtered water • 24/7 volunteer on-site support
NOT Included: Flights • Vaccinations • Visas • Travel insurance • Local transport • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.
All projects incur a $250 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
The climate of Ghana is considered Tropical and is characterized by two main season: dry and wet. Located on the southwestern border along the coast of Lake Victoria, Kisumu experiences the following climate norms:
Dry Seasons: January to February & July to October
Wet Seasons: March to June & November to December
Temperatures throughout the year are remarkably consistent month-to-month with an average of 84° F (29° C).
Hottest Month: February | average highs of 87° F (30.5° C)
Coolest Month: July | average lows hovering around 61° F (16° C)
Special Considerations | Volunteering in Kenya
Please keep in mind that Kenya is a developing country. That means that infrastructure, amenities, and sustenance will likely differ from what you’re accustomed to.
The tap water in Kenya is not drinkable, but purified water is provided.
Despite being a progressive African nation, Kenya still considers homosexuality illegal. However, this should not dissuade potential volunteers as the local NGO does not support this discrimination. GOAT Volunteers recommends any LGBT volunteers who visit Kenya refrain from public displays of affection to avoid any unwanted attention.
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