Adventure Travel and Volunteering on the Amazing Kenya Coast

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Due to global health & safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, Africa & Asia Venture (AV) has decided to offer flexible booking options for some of their upcoming programs. Learn more about COVID-19 updates to stay tuned regarding program information.

Video and Photos

Volunteers on Safari in Kenya on a Gap Year
Volunteers on Safari in Kenya on a Gap Year
Time to relax - Diani Beach near Mombassa, Kenya
Time to relax - Diani Beach near Mombassa, Kenya
Camel riding on the beach on a gap year in Kenya
Camel riding on the beach on a gap year in Kenya
Local Kenyan village
Local Kenyan village
Get out on the water during your gap year in Kenya
Get out on the water during your gap year in Kenya

About

If you like the idea of living beside the Indian Ocean near Mombasa, enjoying water sports and safari adventures but doing more than that (getting involved with the local community, helping the children, playing sports etc), then this is the program for you! Whether you are taking a full Gap Year or just want to go for a few weeks, we can help you find a meaningful experience to match.

Find yourself challenged in ways you won't expect. Be inspired by the people you meet.
Volunteer in Kenya and learn more than you can imagine.

#seetheworlddifferently

All our programs are divided into three parts – orientation, cultural immersion placement and independent travel.

Highlights
  • The Kenyan coast
  • Live and work in the community
  • Visit an elephant orphanage and a giraffe sanctuary
  • All programs run by our own teams - we do NOT use third-party providers

#seetheworlddifferently with Africa & Asia Venture (AV)

Don't take our word, hear what just one of our participants wrote: “Thank you for the best days of my life… thank you for everything, I’m sure you get these things every year but I honestly have had the most amazing experience of my life and I would never change that for anything. Thank you.” Louise Jones, Sydney, Australia

Questions & Answers

Reviews

9.45 Rating
based on 22 reviews
  • Impact 8.4
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 8.5
  • Value 9
  • Safety 8.8
  • Program Selection 10
  • Pre-departure Help 10
  • In-program Support 10
  • Impact on Student 10
  • Value 10
  • Housing 8.5
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 10
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.5
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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kenya 2020

In the lead up to my Kenya trip AV was extremely helpful with the information they provided me with from a full run down of where we were staying, tips on teaching and lesson planning and also flight recommendations. I was also able to get in contact with AV representatives out in Kenya to ask any further questions before my departure. On arriving in Ukunda the induction is at a level beat chalet on Diani beach which is a great way to allow you to connect with your fellow AVs and get to know each other better. The house provided is pretty basic but has everything you need throughout your trip. The locals are some of the loveliest people I have ever met and so helpful.
The teaching in the local schools is such an eye opener, the teachers were extremely open and welcoming of us AVs. We would often be invited around for dinners and lunches after school to socialise with them and their families. The trip in general really helper me become more appreciative of what I have and more independent and open minded which I believe has set me up greatly for university and the next chapter in my life.
My highlight of the trip has to inevitably helping and playing with the children and just seeing the smiles on there faces which made everything worth while. Overall I would 100% recommend AV as a gap year programme and advise you not to miss this life changing oppurtunity.

What would you improve about this program?
I don't feel as though there is anything AV could of improved on. The programme itself is extremely well set up and AV offer a huge amount of support through out your travels.
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Helen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kenya 2019

I just recently returned from my 7 week trip to Kenya where our group of 9 volunteers lived in Msambweni. AV was originally recommended by my School and I'm so grateful I discovered the company through them.
The trip was fantastic, the teaching was beneficial for myself and for the children I taught I believe. I could really see a difference in the standard of maths in particular for my standard 4 class which was fantastic. In addition, I also taught Science and PE. The staff at the school were also very friendly and helpful.
The village itself was extremely safe and everything we needed - including a small market, small restaurant and the beach were all within a short walk. The house we got to stay in was also very nice and it was amazing and always fun to stay with what had become such a close group of people that I can now call friends.
The weekends were also amazing for breaking up the school term with activities such as staying at a hostel and an airbnb in Diani, the more touristic area 40 minutes drive away should anyone feel like a more western meal or western ingredients from a larger super market. The Safari trip we went on in Half term through some of Kenya's largest National Parks was also an irreplaceable experience.
All of this was made possible by AV and their help when it came to questions, recommendations for safari companies and hostels, and also a guide next door in the village itself to help with local issues. The company could not have been more helpful.
Thank you again for the experience, the only thing I would change is I wish I could've been out there for longer had I not had commitments to return to at home.

What would you improve about this program?
More opportunity to branch out into construction/painting and more physical endeavours. 1 more fan in the house would be a lovely luxury as well.
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Toby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kenya 2016

Volunteering in Kenya over the summer of 2016 was a truly amazing experience. AV were incredibly well organised in preparing the volunteers for what to expect and what to bring. I got to meet and great people from across the globe and the local community were very friendly and welcoming. The UK and Kenya office were very friendly and efficient, making the whole experience simple for the volunteers, in addition to keeping families at home updated with our progress. The projects at Milalani Primary School were incredibly rewarding, as was working with the community. The additional activities available were amazing, with the group going to Shimba Hills safari park, scuba diving in Shimoni Marine national park and sky diving on Diani beach. I can not speak highly enough of our guide Charles. He knew how to get the most out of us and made sure we had as great an experience as possible. The more you put into this fantastic experience, the more you get out.

What would you improve about this program?
I can not recommend this company or project high enough. It was an incredible experience. The additional activities to the volunteering work we did were mentioned on the website, but they could be advertised slightly better as there are so many excellent things on offer in the area. Once we had decided however, our guide Charles made organising them incredibly easy.
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Harry
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of AV trip to Kenya

My time in Kenya was amazing, I couldn't recommend it more. The school I was with was so welcoming and kind, and charles, who worked for AV, was unbelievably kind to us. I made friends with people in the village and had an amazing time. After a few weeks we became confident to go out and spend our evenings with the local people or go places with them at the weekend. I was invited to teachers houses for dinner and to visit them on weekends. AV did everything they possibly could have to make my experience so enjoyable and charles was always there when we needed him but never made it feel like he was just there to watch over us. All in all it was an amazing time and I would do it again in a heartbeat and recommend to anyone. So so much fun.

What would you improve about this program?
Stay at the schools for longer. They were the best times, and I couldn't recommend msambweni school more.
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Sharon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A mum's perspective

My son has just returned from 4 months in Kenya with AV. He has had an amazing time and loved every minute. He has fully involved himself in village life and made many friends and memories that will stay with him forever. The accomodation was basic but in a compound with a family who became friends as well as hosts.I never felt worried about safety as the people were very welcoming friendly and pleased to see them. They managed to cook together quite easily visiting the local market each day and also being invited to teachers and locals house to eat. The school he worked in were welcoming and supportive and by the end he was teaching almost a full time table ( and dont worry if they have no traching experience as they helped him in) The school were very grateful to have him there and part of the money he paid
To AV went towards new gates and a wal. Iin fact if you ask him his favourite part of the whole trip it was being in school every day. From start to finish I felt he was supported by the staff at AV without taking away any independence. Their staff member Charles who worked in Kenya became a friend to the group and organised a doctors visit when tonsillitis hit and helped the group sort their onward free travel( even inviting them to his family home in Mount Kenya ).
My main concern was the free travel month but Charles guided them as to where and where not to travel and they had an amazing time in Zanzibar Tanzania and on safari. I cannot recommend the whole experience highly enough and it was worth every penny we raised. AV have far exceeded my expectations and i would have no hesitation in using the company again. Thank you

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Helena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kenya

My experience in Kenya has changed me in many ways. It was an incredibly humbling experience, it brought me back to the pure joy of connecting with people with zero material possession or status and it made me aware of how truly blessed I am to live in the United States. I loved the people I met on this trip, the amazing sites, activities and cultures I immersed myself in and the feeling of making a difference in those less fortunate than I. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could - I miss the country very much and all of the wonderful people I have met.

What would you improve about this program?
All I would improve is the packing list - make it geared towards each individual site, not general.
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Georgie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AV Summer Programme to Kenya.

I participated in this Africa Asia Ventures trip in the summer of 2016, and it was honestly one of the most impactful and incredible things I have done so far in my life!

The AV team was so helpful and kind, ensuring we were safe and were fully organised for the trip, and once out there the representatives were friendly and so easy to get on with. I didn't know anyone prior to the trip, but a few good friends whilst there. The best thing about AV is you see first hand where your money goes, and how it directly benefits people. I was pushed out of my comfort zone in the best way possible, and in the process I learned so much about myself.

I could not recommend this programme more enthusiastically; I encourage all to take a look at it and consider going on the adventure of a life time!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would say is, it would be very good to go on the programme with a friend or a group of friends. Although, I loved meeting new people from all around the world, having some familiar faces would have been nice as well.
William
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kenya Summer Program

As an 18-year-old sixth form student, I chanced to hear about AV at a gap fair put on by my college. Not particularly knowing where I wanted to travel, only that travel I would, I started talking to Andrew and an ex-student / AV volunteer about their 5 week summer projects in Africa. About 4 months later I boarded Kenya Airways flight KQ0101 bound for Nairobi, from where a connecting flight would take us on to Mombasa. It is impossible to summarise all the fantastic memories and shared experiences of the trip, which ranged from seeing a wild leopard cub at Shimba Hills Game Reserve and later sailing a traditional Kenyan dhow to singlehandedly teaching classes of forty primary school children and seeing the renovation of a dilapidated classroom to completion. I made some great friends on the trip too, some of whom came from as far afield as the Netherlands and China, and I think it’s fair to say that they were all just as sorry as I was when our project eventually came to an end and we had to go our separate ways. In short, I can’t recommend AV highly enough. The UK office is clearly very well run and always on hand to assist in any way it can, and their representative on the ground in Africa, Charles, who was with us for the duration of the project always made us feel completely at ease and looked after despite being in such foreign land as Kenya. You couldn’t find a better gap year company than AV if you tried!