UCESCO Africa

UCESCO Africa

Why choose UCESCO Africa?

United Cultural Empowerment and Social Community Organization – Africa (UCESCO – Africa), is a Charitable NGO committed to supporting vulnerable women and children in marginalized communities in Kenya.

We do this through education, health care, and micro-business to emancipate families from poverty and empower them to take charge of their future.

UCESCO aims to build intercultural understanding through heritage protection and support for cultural diversity and human co-existence regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

WHAT WE DO

We focus on initiating and implementing projects that contribute to poverty alleviation in the community.

1. Slums and Rural Women's Economic Empowerment
2. Provide Free Health Care
3. Sanitation and Water Safety Programs
4. Early Childhood Development
5. Education and Talent Development
6. Sports and Social Engagements

VISION
Creating sustainable growth for diverse vulnerable populations.

Website
ucesco.org
Founded
2010

Reviews

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Vilgot
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great adventure

During my time as a volunteer in Kenya, I got to help out with different projects that aimed to make things better for people there. I worked with teams on stuff like education, healthcare, and taking care of the environment. It was cool to be part of such important work and to meet lots of different people. Sometimes things were tough, like not having enough resources or dealing with problems, but I learned to keep going and find solutions. Being involved in local projects showed me how working together can really make a difference. And besides all that, my time in Kenya was super fun and taught me a lot about the world and myself. Facing challenges like resource limitations I developed resilience and creative problem-solving abilities. Through grassroots involvement, I witnessed firsthand the impact of collective action and the power of community-driven solutions. My time in Kenya enriched my perspective, fostering lifelong connections and inspiring a continued commitment to service and global citizenship. I really recommend this project.

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Vilgot
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great adventure

During my time in Kenya, I gained extensive experience that encompassed both work and cultural immersion. I worked on a development project, collaborating with local communities to promote sustainable agricultural practices. Through this work, I gained a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within Kenya's development sector. I also had the opportunity to immerse myself in Kenya's rich culture and history through interactions with local people and by exploring the diverse communities and traditions of the country. Participating in traditional ceremonies and festivals helped broaden my horizons and deepen my understanding of Kenya's cultural diversity. During my time in Kenya, I also developed valuable interpersonal skills by working in a multicultural team and effectively communicating with people from diverse backgrounds. It was really strong experience to work in Kibera and see how people live there. The staff was really nice and the fact that I was able to also go to a different project on the country side made the whole adventure more wonderful. I really recommend this project!

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Valeria
5/5
No, I don't recommend this program

AMAZING

I was so nervous going in because I was travelling alone but I had the best time ever. I made a bunch of friends, learned from the amazing community and culture, and boosted my resume for college. I would definitely recommend going for at least 10 days and bringing a friend or significant other, but if you decide to go alone you will still have a good experience. Elizabeth and Edna will ensure that you have an amazing trip, all while keeping you safe and happy. The people at UCESCO are truly incredible at their jobs.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I didn’t stay/sleep with the program because I’m underage so I was afraid, but it seems like such a amazing experience after seeing my fellow volonteers in their living quarters.
Pros
  • Make a substantial impact on an underprivileged community
  • Meeting people from all over the world
  • Going on safaris
Cons
  • Can be slightly overwhelming if you go alone
  • You need to be careful with the food to avoid food poisoning
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Agnes
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Such an amazing experience

I went to Kenya for 3 weeks in June 2023. I taught/ helped out in primary schools in the slums. It was such a valuable experience. The staff are amazing. So helpful and really care about everyone (the community and the volunteers). The accommodation they give you are nice and clean. Breakfast and dinner are made for you. To get to the slums you can take an Uber. If you ride share with other volunteers it will be even cheaper but it’s cheap anyway. It’s a really valuable experience. I met so many amazing people and would love the chance to go again. 10/10 recommend.

Pros
  • The staff are so nice and supportive and encourage you with however you want to support the community
  • The accommodations are very nice, clean and comfortable
  • There are multiple projects ongoing so it’s completely up to you how you want to help.
Cons
  • The city can be dangerous so stick with the volunteers and staff
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Dimitris
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Inspiring experience!

I volunteered in UCESCO for one week by participating in women’s empowerment project. It was a great experience. I met amazing people locals, volunteers and members of the organization, who were working wholeheartedly to support others and make an impact to the local community. Even though I participated only for a week UCESCO gave me the opportunity to visit schools in Kibera slums and take part in their activities. It was a unique and unforgettable experience!
In terms of improvement, in my opinion UCESCO has to take into consideration two things: Firstly, the overemphasis is given to involve volunteers into the fundraising process. Secondly, incidents in which members of the organization ask extra money from volunteers (e.g. transportation).
All in all, volunteering in UCESCO is a worthwhile and inspiring experience, which has an significant impact on local community.

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