• Kenya
    • Nairobi
    • Mombasa
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Host Family
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $350 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
Jan 03, 2023
Apr 27, 2022
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About Program

Trusted by 124,000+ 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, Nakuru, Mlolongo, Thika, Naivasha, Maasai, volunteers can choose from 6 meaningful programs starting at just US$350 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.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here. Learn more about how International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ is promoting ethical volunteering.

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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 $23/day - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining a global network of 124,000+ 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

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

4.85 Rating
based on 47 reviews
  • 5 rating 91.49%
  • 4 rating 6.38%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 2.13%
  • Impact 4.75
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Safety 4.75
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Yes, I recommend this program

The most beautiful experience of my life!

Volunteering is a life-changing experience, you will learn and experience a new culture, community, people, language and most important: you will create beautiful memories with amazing people while you make an impact. If you are a volunteering for the first time IVHQ is the best organization to do it with. They offer 24/7 guidance, a diverse variety of programs/countries and an amazing team that will guide you through the whole process. I joined the kindergarten and special needs program in Kenya for 3 weeks, I spent every day teaching and playing with the most lovable and kind kids. The teachers and volunteers at the school I was placed in became my family and the school my home away from home. If you are thinking about it do it, you will have the BEST time of your life!

  • Made friends that became family
  • Experienced a new beautiful culture that taught me new things
  • Find happiness
  • None
42 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Abroad Trip!

I had the most amazing time on my 2 week trip to Kenya. It was much more than I could've anticipated. I have been following IVHQ for over 10 years now. I knew when I was younger that volunteering abroad was something I wanted to do but when you are young, having the time and money plays a major part. So when I finally got the time during the pandemic, I booked before I could talk myself out it (nerves of the unknown)! And I'm so glad I did. Between the culture, the people and the children I met (I taught children from PP1-grade 8) this experience left me nothing short of humbly appreciative. Down to my host family and the food that was prepared for us (I had two roommates also volunteering and we became fast friends!) daily was such a joy. I was awaiting such a big culture shock (and please don't review my experience, and think that you won't have one. Everyone is different!) but it never happened. It was all very comfortable and enjoyable. Again, everyone's experience will be different, even my next program may be very different but if you go in with no expectations except to give back to a community that needs helping hands, then you will love IVHQ. I came back on such a high, that I already signed up for my next destination!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The weekend trip to Maasai Mara for the Safari. It is a must do for anyone traveling to Nairobi. The most beautiful thing to experience these animals in their natural habitat. Absolutely amazing
51 people found this review helpful.
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Teaching in Nairobi

I went to the Teaching programme in Nairobi and it was the best experience in my life! Some people said that they were amazed that I am doing this with just 18, but I think it helped me a lot to grow and see beyond my little home town in Germany. All the kind people I met there, the volunteers, my host family and all the kids at the school… I have already decided to visit them before I go to University and I will definitely take part in even more IVHQ programmes!!! The only regret I have is that I only signed up for a month, so to everyone wanting to do this programme I recommend to do it over a longer period of time!!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have chosen to do the full 3 months, instead of only 1 month!
47 people found this review helpful.
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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.
51 people found this review helpful.
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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
53 people found this review helpful.
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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!

68 people found this review helpful.
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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.
67 people found this review helpful.
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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.
63 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