Location
  • Kenya
    • Nairobi
    • Mombasa
Starting Price
$280 USD
Length
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Housing
Host Family
Travel Type
Budget Family Senior Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
$280 USD
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $280 for 1 week - this includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Jun 09, 2021
Jul 29, 2021

About Program

Trusted by 114,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's most popular volunteer programs in Kenya and 50+ other destinations around the world.

Based in the Kenyan towns and cities of Nairobi, Mamuru and Maasai, volunteers can choose from 10 meaningful programs starting at just US$280 for one week. When you're not giving back to local communities, you can immerse yourself in the welcoming Kenyan culture for periods ranging from 1 to 12 weeks.

Your fully-hosted experience includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a volunteer house with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers, so even before you depart, you’ll receive outstanding service from your IVHQ Program Manager and gain exclusive access to volunteer training and preparation tools.

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Program Highlights

  • IVHQ’s Kenya programs are available year-round, starting the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Fully-hosted volunteer experience from only $280 for 1 week - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining a global network of 114,000+ volunteers backed by the world’s leading team of volunteer travel experts with an outstanding safety system and track record
  • Support impact-driven volunteer projects run by locals within your host community
  • Flexible booking and free changes so you can register with confidence

Scholarships

IVHQ Scholarships

You can get your hands on a range of different International Volunteer HQ sponsorships throughout the year, with the money you win going directly towards the cost of one of their two-week programs. You'll also get a flight voucher in the value of up to $1,000 from STA Travel and travel insurance to cover the duration of the program from World Nomads. Recent grants have included an “Alternative Break” scholarship, where Spring, Summer or Winter break programs were fully funded.

Value
$1,000 - $2,000

Popular Programs

Volunteer in Kenya with IVHQ

Many childcare and kindergarten centres in Kenya are under-resourced, meaning there is a high demand for energetic volunteers who love children and can keep up with the lively atmosphere. You’ll help to teach basic English and Math, as well as assist with the general running of the center and daily chores such as cooking, cleaning, feeding, general care for children and babies and occasionally even helping with farm work.

Volunteer in Kenya with IVHQ

As a Teaching volunteer, you'll be based in either Nairobi or Masaai teaching at local schools and helping teachers to manage large classes. This project is one of a kind and suitable for volunteers looking for a teaching experience like no other. In Masaai, Giraffes, gazelles and dik-diks often wander freely across the school grounds. It’s also not unusual for wild animals to burrow holes in the school field overnight.

Volunteer in Kenya with IVHQ

As a volunteer on the Women’s Education project in Kenya, you'll work closely with centers that support women affected by HIV/AIDS in providing companionship, guidance and sometimes childcare. Volunteers assist in a range of areas, including counseling, skill training and providing education. This project is particularly relevant for those with skills and interests in arts and craft-making, as well as an interest in supporting women to become self-sufficient.

Volunteer in Kenya with IVHQ

Sport plays a big role in the lives of young, enthusiastic Kenyans. Many children grow up with very little, but by using sport as an outlet for fun and competition, they gain skills and coordination while enjoying themselves at the same time. As a volunteer on our Sports Education project in Kenya, you’ll help to broaden their knowledge of sports, teach foreign sports and educate them about general fitness, health and wellbeing.

Volunteer in Kenya with IVHQ

Due to lack of support and education around disability awareness in Kenya, many disabled children and adults are kept out of the public eye. As a volunteer on this project, you'll assist with providing daily hands-on support and disability education among families and local communities. This project is well suited to caring and open minded individuals with an interest in helping those with special needs.

Program Reviews

9.5 Rating
based on 44 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 90.91%
  • 7-8 rating 6.82%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 2.27%
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.3
Showing 1 - 8 of 44 reviews
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Brigham
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Volunteer Experience

This was my first trip out of the country and my first major volunteering experience, but it was also the best part of my life. The friends I made along the way and the people I met will impact me forever. IVHQ has shown me how much I can do by helping those in poorer countries around the world. The organization also lets you go on side trips on the weekend, such as safari. These trips are fun and also let you experience the culture much more than regular touristy trips. Everyone who was with me in the program wanted to stay longer and the goodbyes were the saddest part.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would do more. This was my first volunteer experience and I was a bit timid, but by the end of the trip when I was looking back I was wishing I had done more.
5 people found this review helpful.
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Isabel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best volunteer program

I spent 6 weeks in South Africa and they were the best weeks of my life. The staff is amazing, since the very first moment you know that you are going to have the time of your life, it is an amazing program, I change my perception of life and grew so much as a person. It was the best experience of my life. You know that wherever you choose to go you will have so much fun, you will be safe and you will grow so much as a person. They have so many programs and all of them are amazing. My experience was amazing and I wouldn’t change anything about it

What was your funniest moment?
The best moment is when the children hug you everyday and they won’t stop smiling
7 people found this review helpful.
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Ashley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The absolute best volunteer travel organization!

The absolute best volunteer travel organization! The programs are responsible, safe, affordable and sustainable. I have volunteered in two counties through IVHQ and cannot wait for my next service trip!
I had the best time. I met so many amazing people. I look forward to continuing to support the NGO I worked with in the future. It was incredibly meaningful work that I am grateful to have been able to contribute to. To highly recommend International Volunteer Headquarters. The staff is great. So great!

18 people found this review helpful.
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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Trip of a Lifetime with IVHQ

Volunteering halfway across the world with IVHQ was easily one of the best experiences I’ve ever been on. IVHQ was very helpful during the days leading up to the trip. They were always checking to make sure we were well prepared and new what to expect to ensure a successful trip and arrival. They had an amazing team working for them in Kenya that were always available if we needed anything. IVHQ’s team went above and beyond to make sure our volunteer experience was an incredible one. They were very affordable and gave us the best possible deals whenever we wanted to branch out and do any excursions during our off time on the trip. We met tons of amazing people and made many life long friendships. It truly was life changing and I will definitely be going through IVHQ again in the future to plan my next volunteer trip!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open to anything. Try new things, branch out and meet new people and do something you’ve never done before. Don’t hold back. Leave your comfort zone. Live everyday to the fullest on this trip and you will have the most amazing time ever. It WILL 100% change your life.
17 people found this review helpful.
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Audrey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

World Travel Made Affordable But Priceless Experience

I discovered IVHQ as I was doing a quick search for volunteer abroad trips. During college, I always dreamed of studying abroad but due to finances, it was never possible. IVHQ gave me the experience of going to another country at a much lower cost. In addition, giving me the opportunity to see the true side of some areas of the world. From start to finish, the IVHQ team was there to help me with any questions, comments or concerns I had. During my experience in Nairobi, Kenya, the local team was more than excited to help me while I was at my placement. Now that my trip is complete, I am still getting the guidance and support. The experience I had was unforgettable and I can't wait to hopefully do another volunteer trip with IVHQ. Would recommend this trip for individuals wanting to seek travel, but not luxury

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Poverty. Going to Africa, people typically think of 3rd world. Yes, there were people who had money but I got to see the side of Africa that needs the most. I got to see what the real life struggle of living in the slum. Hearing the women's stories and struggles was the most eye opening experience I have encountered yet.
18 people found this review helpful.
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Corentin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience d'une vie

Translated Review

Reliable association, very attentive support, the welcome and the organization was irreproachable and I would retry the experience with great pleasure! Everything is very well organized, we pick you up at the airport, all your accommodations are provided, you can leave safely.We had the opportunity to go to Safari, as well as to discover the Maasai culture, it was a great experience I would recommend IVHQ to all travelers in search of discovery A breathtaking journey and wonderful encounters I am already planning to return to Kenya in a short time to renew the experience, and I intend to go to Sri Lanka with IVHQ in December I discovered a new way to travel cheaply, while making myself useful and meeting people

Original French Review

Association fiable, support très à l'écoute, l'accueil et l'organisation était irréprochables et je retenterais l’expérience avec grand plaisir ! Tout est très bien organisé, on vous récupère à l"aéroport, tout vos logements sont prévus, vous pouvez partir en toute sécurité. Nous avons eu l'occasion de partir en Safari, ainsi que de découvrir la culture Maasai, ce fut une formidable expérience. Je recommanderais IVHQ a tout les voyageurs en soif de découvertes. Un voyage à couper le souffle et des rencontres merveilleuses. Je compte déjà retourner au Kenya dans peu de temps pour renouveller l'experience, et je compte partir au Sri Lanka avec IVHQ au mois de Décembre. J'ai découvert une nouvelle façon de voyager à moindre couts, tout en se rendant utile et en rencontrant du monde

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Having a bucket shower, you feel sustainable and wild
16 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Corentin - thanks for your feedback, it's awesome to hear you had a positive experience with IVHQ and would travel with us again in the future. We wish you all the best and hope to have you join us again soon. :) Kaila - IVHQ Program Manager

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Brittany
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ-Kenya

My experience with IVHQ was great. I always heard good things about them and their programs. What I also liked was there prices, as they are all reasonable! IVHQ-Kenya was where I decided to go with 3 of my classmates. We are Occupational Therapy students and were so excited to give back to the Kenyan community. I was placed in an orphanage where children reside with various disabilities. We were able to provide a lot of range of motion, positioning, education, feeding, and play for the children. My experience at the orphanage and with my host family was fantastic as I learned so much about the Kenyan culture.
I also traveled while in Kenya. IVHQ recommended several day or two day programs that we took advantage of. If you are thinking about going to Africa, do it! You will not regret it. I never once felt unsafe and was always treated with great hospitality. I can't wait to go back one day! Thank you IVHQ - Kenya!

What would you improve about this program?
I did not know of the many programs that were offered until I arrived in Kenya at the volunteer house. I would recommend letting future volunteers know of these programs in advance to plan out their trip. I was very happy I came a couple days early to travel some!
17 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Brittany - Thanks for sharing your experience on the Kenya Program, it was so awesome to read! It sounds like our local team supported you well and you got to experience some pretty magical things while visiting the program. We hope to have you join us again soon! Kaila - IVHQ Program Manager.

Kimberly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Special Needs in Kenya

I had a wonderful experience in Kenya with IVHQ. I was there for four weeks and volunteered with the special needs program. While it's not required on the website or through IVHQ to have experience, I highly suggest only doing the special needs program if you do as there isn't specific training for working with kids with special needs during orientation and some of the placements are very challenging. The classroom I taught in had 43 students with moderate to intensive special needs and only two teachers! I am a special education teacher, so while I was definitely overwhelmed the first day, I was able to jump in and adapt quickly. Others who were in the special needs program without any prior experience were very overwhelmed and ended up switching placements. There isn't any training as it relates to teaching during orientation.

Overall my time with IVHQ was incredible! My placement was AMAZING and the kids absolutely stole my heart! I still keep in touch with the teacher at the school as well as others I met in Kenya. The staff on site in Kenya were so kind, personable and easy to reach for any sort of help. I would definitely travel with IVHQ again.

What would you improve about this program?
More training at orientation specific to the placement that you are going to, general training on teaching
17 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

As long as you are 18 or over you can volunteer!

What would I expect to need if I were planning to volunteer for around 3 months or, a rate per month if possible? And what would be included? Sorry for the brevity, thank you