Volunteer in Kenya
In a nutshell:
- Sustainable volunteer programs with measurable impacts
- Ethical values ensure the wellbeing of all program participants
- Excellent volunteer reviews and award-winning programs
- Comfortable volunteer accommodation, most meals, airport transfers, and 24/7 support are all included in the program fees.
- Get to know Kenya in a safe and supportive environment
Why volunteer in Kenya?
You never know if you will be waking up to the roar of the lion or the call of an elephant when you go on a volunteer trip to Kenya. GoEco has projects situated within or nearby Kenya’s world famous national parks, which allow you to really feel what it means to live in Africa, as you volunteer with animals, communities and agricultural projects.
Although Kenya has one of the strongest economies in Africa, many of its citizens are still living below the poverty line, and may never get the opportunity to visit the bustling and shiny Nairobi, which is often as little as an hour away from a remote village.
By immersing yourself in the lives of rural Kenyans, you will be able to learn from them as well as provide the community with a link to the outside world, as well as help them to perpetuate their traditions through developing structures that allow for a sustainable future.
No matter what your taste, you will be able to find your dream destination in Kenya.
Want to go for a hike? Trek to the top of Mt Kenya before your volunteer program, the second highest peak on the African continent.
Is pink your favorite color? Take a drive to Lake Kataru, less than four hours from the project locations, and witness two million flamingos descend upon the lake.
Always wanted to dive? Grab your scuba gear or your snorkel and swim in Kenya’s coral reefs, before taking a boat trip to see dolphins and green turtles. Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park is only an hour flight from Nairobi.
It is better to do your travelling around Kenya before or after your volunteer trip, as both destinations are relatively remote:
The Masai Mara region is world famous for the annual wildebeest migration, where 1.5 million animals are expected to cross into Kenya between July and November. The area is otherwise home to over 90 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, and just under 500 species of birds. The projects are located in remote villages, so you will be able to experience rural living as well as have opportunities to visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
The Gatanga village is just north of Nairobi, allowing you to experience the capital as well as Mt Kenya, before heading back to the simple life. The village is also close to Thika, a town you can visit on your weekends, and the Fourteen Falls, which will mesmerize you with their beauty.
Volunteer programs in Kenya
There are several ways that you can volunteer in Kenya, and make the most of your experience in this beautiful country:
- If you only have two weeks and you want to see most of Kenya’s highlights as well as volunteer, then the Kenya road trip is for you. The experience includes going on safaris, snorkeling in coral reefs, sleeping in tents underneath the Kenyan sky, and, most importantly, volunteering with children and other community members,
- Spend time with the women of Maasai Mara and help them create sustainable businesses for their beadwork, which will allow them to support their family.
- Help to increase the education level of a village in Gatanga by volunteering with kindergarten children as you work with local teachers, or head to the Maasai Mara to teach older kids.
- Learn about hydroponic farming, where new solutions are being explored for soil-less farming. You will also get to care for livestock and support the community’s needs in general.
- Volunteer with big cats, as you stay in a comfortable tent and enjoy living in the wild. This project involves monitoring the animals and going on wildlife counts, as well as supporting the community in conservation projects.
The first day of the plain count I remember looking over the list of the 30 or so wild animals. I thought, “Yea right, like we are really going to see all these? I doubt it!” Then I thought, “How am I supposed to count something I have never heard of before in my entire life?” Each creature was pointed out and explained in vivid detail to us. I had seen more beautiful creatures on that day than I had ever seen in any zoo anywhere. And I have been to quite a lot of zoos in my life. I was shocked, excited and ready for more.
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