Most Affordable Kenya Volunteer Programs in 5+ Locations from $270

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Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects in Kenya. Based in Nairobi, Kibera, Nakuru, Mombasa and rural Kenyan villages, volunteers are welcomed to experience Kenya while assisting on a range of community-driven projects and gaining an understanding of the Kenyan culture and customs. Volunteers can choose to participate on projects for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks and are accommodated in local homestays alongside other international volunteers.

IVHQ Volunteer Projects Available in Kenya:

  • Teaching
  • Childcare Work
  • Sports Education
  • Music Education
  • Special Needs
  • Women’s Education

Highlights

  • Programs available year-round, starting the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Highly affordable program fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Community-driven projects focused on supporting local needs and delivering sustainable positive impacts
  • Superior support services both pre-departure and while volunteering
  • Free online volunteer training for all IVHQ volunteers
  • Between 30 and 60 IVHQ volunteers start in Kenya each month
  • Weekends are free to explore Kenya with fellow volunteers - go on Safari and more!

Impact

Questions & Answers

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

Reviews

94%
based on 36 reviews
  • Impact 9.1
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.4
  • Value 9.2
  • Safety 9.1
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Rachel
9/10

Amazing!

I love kids. I couldn't ask for better students to teach and learn together. Even though we didn't have enough resources at school, the students showed great desire and enthusiasm to learn and participate. I encourage anyone that is planning to volunteer teaching in Kenya to prepare more teaching materials beforehand. Anything that you prepare would be useful. Plus, don't forget to bring a camping lantern too!

Besides education, food and water are major issues that students are facing in Kenya. I started a fundraising page to feed the kids at Bright Star. I hope I will have your support. Please feel free to join me and make a difference together: www.youcaring.com/bright-star-montessori-learning-center-67…

Asante sana!

How can this program be improved?
Besides the ones that I submitted earlier, some of the mattresses at volunteer houses may need to be replaced. Otherwise, they may hurt people's back for staying too long. Thank you.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Rachel, Thanks for providing advice for Teaching volunteers who are looking to travel to the program in Kenya. You are an amazing volunteer!

Yes, I recommend
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Eryn
9/10

A growth experience!

I really enjoyed this program and I'm very glad that I went! I did the women's education program at Gihon Women's Empowerment Center in Kitengela, Kenya (a 45 minute- 2 hour drive outside Nairobi with traffic). The program and its director, Agnes, were fantastic. Agnes is so appreciative of volunteer help and the center does need it. Some of the time, however, I felt pretty useless. The other volunteer and myself taught a thirty-ish minute lesson each day and the rest of the time the women were usually busy with their sewing teacher learning how to sew. Lessons were on a wide variety of topics from managing finances to safe sex-- most of the women only have a primary school education so they need to learn a lot of more basic things.

I rated the social scene low because there's really nothing to do in Kitengela and it's not safe to go outside at night, especially alone. For the most part, people are friendly but there were definitely some more threatening people on the street (no more so than I would expect from going to Kenya).

The program isn't perfect but I definitely recommend going!! There is SO much need in Kenya and anything we can do to help is so appreciated.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Eryn, Thanks for providing feedback on the program in Kenya. We are glad to hear that over all you enjoyed the program! We will be sure to take your feedback on board moving forward. Thanks for being an IVHQ volunteer!

Yes, I recommend
Georgia
10/10

Life changing experience - literally my life changed

My name is Georgia, I'm 20 years old and Im from England. Im currently a student at Durham University studying Human Geography. Ive just started my final year of my degree and the hot topic of conversation between my friends, family and basically anyone I meet is 'What are you going to do once you graduate?', and my answer to this question was always 'I have no idea'. To be honest with you, its still very daunting and hideously scary to think that soon enough I'm going to be a proper (hopefully) working adult. But after my short time in kenya I realised that my near future doest have to just be a 9-5 office job, running around a hot and sweaty city doing jobs for everyone. I worked with Positive Life Kenya, a small NGO located just outside of Nairobi that work to empower HIV+ women. My daily jobs consisted of home visits to the women, giving support and most importantly finding ways and teaching the women how to become independent financially. We set up an Esty page to sell some of the beautiful jewellery that the women made. We helped maintain the table banking system that supports the women with small loans to help expand their businesses. My experience at this NGO showed me how this type of work really changes lives. Young children were found sponsors so they can leave the slums and get the right support and nutrition. The women found their feet again and could support their families. The vibes of Kenya, the help and security I had from IVHQ and incredible adventures I had, together combine to help give my final answer to that burning question of 'What do I want to do when I graduate?'. My answer is... I want to move to Kenya and work with an NGO that empower women. Okay okay, I havent quite figured out everything yet, but Im working towards finding an internship or placement at an international organisation that will give me the same kind of work experience that IVHQ provided but at a more permanent level. Travelling to new countries, and especially working during your visit, opens your eyes but can also provide real life changing moments.

How can this program be improved?
I understand its difficult to place people at the various placements before they arrive but some ideas of what placements volunteers could be on before their arrival would be very useful. Maybe a profile of the different placements to re over before arrival would be nice (but not necessary)
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Georgia, What a great tale of self-discovery! You are an incredible volunteer and we have no doubt that you will be snaffled up by an NGO in Kenya. Thanks for making real, positive change in the community you volunteered in. We would love to hear about the next stage of your journey. Stay in touch!

Yes, I recommend
Kasey
9/10

Excellent experience Volunteering in Mombasa

My three weeks spent in Kenya were amazing. The IVHQ and NVS staff were incredibly supportive, able to answer any questions we had before and during our trip, and even connected us to excursions in our area as all of the affiliated ones were based out of Nairobi. I would highly recommend going to Mombasa to volunteer. Very few volunteers go there (perhaps because of the extra $100 fee), but it is well worth while. Myself and my friend were the only IVHQ volunteers there at the time, but the need for more definitely exists at the schools and various orphanages.

During our time, we were able to spend time with the kids at our placement, but also took on the role of teachers to support the current staff, who are full time local volunteers (receiving no payment for what is the equivalent of a full time job). I would say that this placement (Little Angels Orphanage) is better described as being a teaching placement than childcare, due to the nature of there being a school within the orphanage. With some fundraised money, we purchased school supplies, new uniforms, and a swing set for our orphanage, and sponsored a little girl at our home for two years. Though it is not expected for you to spend your money on donations and sponsorships, your money will likely go a very long way and creates a more long lasting impact for them.

Our weekends were spent doing different fun things. Because we were unable to return to Nairobi (that 10 hour bus ride wasn't going to happen twice) for the IVHQ affiliated safari, one of the NVS staff connected us to a safari to Tsavo East with Grand 5 Safari, which was so amazing. Mombasa placements are also quite close to Diani Beach, a major tourist spot and beautiful place to go relax, have a bite to eat or have a drink, and there is a store nearby to pick up anything you may need. I completely recommend taking at least one venture to Diani, which is about 30 minutes away by a matatu.

Our host family was so warm and welcoming, the food was great, and we had showers and a western toilet (bonus!). Overall, I would completely recommend Kenya, and especially Mombasa, as your volunteer trip. IVHQ and NVS have everything in place for you to have a fun, safe, and valuable time there.

Yes, I recommend
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Nicole
10/10

Bravo IVHQ

Being a first time traveller and first time volunteer i was very overwhelmed with this trip. But the amazing IVHQ staff eased my anxiety, comforting me and preparing me for a trip of a life time. The first day in half way through orientation everyone already feels like family, especially the IVHQ staff. James, Joe, Cleo and Chomlee accepted this stranger into their family. Joining in on singing and dancing. Now i was ready to embrace what kenya had to offer. Teaching at Blessed Hope Primary school I learned more about myself than i could have imagined. The kids were eager to learn always asking for more. At recess I ran and jumped more than I have in my 21 years of life. They made me feel like a kid again, teaching me their swahili songs and dances.

I have indulged in Kenyas culture, and food (being a picky eater) and loved every bit of it.
Thank you IVHQ for becoming my family, for showing my around Kenya planning trips, teaching me about Kenya's history and culture, Thank you for the experience allowing myself to grow and spread my wings. Thank you to the teachers for accepting me into their school, and thank you to the kids for being who they are, their smiles can light a dark room, can brighten up the world.
Kwaheri, for now.

Yes, I recommend
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Jessica
10/10

IVHQ KENYA TRIP

On the 29th of December 2015 i embarked my journey to Kenya, 18 years of age I decided to challenge myself and travel alone to a foreign country. I arrived in Kenya after a long flight with a short stop over i arrived on the 31st, just in time for the new year celebrations! I was greeted at the airport by Joe, and IVHQ driver who made me feel more than welcome. We arrived safe in Kawagware, were i was greeted by a loving Kenyan family and fellow IVHQ Volunteers.

We had our orientation, were we were informed on the safety and what not to do, after a day of orientation we set out to seperate towns. Placed in Rironi, with the most caring loving host Mum, Winnie, for three weeks i would call this my home. On our first day Winnie walked me to my placement SADAI Childrens home, Where we were greeted by the most excitable loving children. The children’s home reached my exceptions beyond belief, Mumma and Aunty (Head of the Orphanage), were loving and took care of us. We played games, we had several donations for the children, Books, pencils, school equipment, sporting good ect, giving these to the children was the highlight of my experience, to see the happiness ton their faces, and the joy something so little can bring to their lives.
During my experience i became ill, and landed myself in hospital, needless not to say the support of the IVHQ staff was outstanding, getting me to the hospital and visiting me each day.
IVHQ runs programs such as City tours, Safari, these again were amazing, and at a good price considering what we did.

Being a cheaper volunteer program i was a little nervous coming into the experience, but the program reached my expectations and beyond.

overall this was an enjoyable experience that i would do over and over again if i would, not once did i feel unsafe, or uncomfortable. IVHQ exceeded my expectations of any Volunteer program.

Yes, I recommend
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Sierra
10/10

Life Changing Experience

Thanks to the help from an amazing organization like IVHQ I can say that I have learned more about myself in one month than I have in the past 21 years. I can't say that I won't take the luxuries I have at home for granted anymore but I have a new appreciation for ALL that I have. I wish I could take these children home with me but they will always inhabit a special home in my heart. I thank them for showing me how to be happy with less than the minimum, sharing their contagious laughs and allowing me to love them. ASANTE SANA IVHQ !

Yes, I recommend
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Michael
10/10

Kibera, Blessed Hope, and an unforgettable experience.

To anyone who is sitting at home or in their office reading this review and saying to themselves - "I really wish I could volunteer in Africa" - well, it is only a few clicks away, and IVHQ is the organization to make it happen. From the moment I registered with IVHQ they were brilliant to deal with, and the ease in which I completed the whole process really made me ask myself why I hadn't signed up to volunteer earlier.

Once I had arrived in Kenya, NVS, which is IVHQ's local partner organization, were equally great to deal with. Joe, James, Chomlee, and John were all lovely, genuine guys, and although they sometimes did run on "Kenyan time", I will forever be indebted to them for placing me at Blessed Hope Primary School.

Blessed Hope is located in Kibera slum, and the school is currently operating out of a leased church hall. The school is owned and operated by two of the most selfless and generous women I have ever encountered - Director Elsa and Teacher Garret. Their passion and commitment to the students at Blessed Hope was infectious, and I had never felt more motivated to help. I signed up for the Sports Education program with IVHQ, so I would take various classes to the show-grounds (dirt field) for about an hour each day to play soccer. To ensure I maximized my time while at Blessed Hope, I also taught Maths to the Standard 2 and 3 classes. As much fun as I had playing soccer with the children, I found the teaching aspect to be a lot more rewarding as I could constantly see and document the progress being made.

After school had finished on most days, I would sit down with Director Elsa to review our 'urgent project list' for Blessed Hope. With the help of the NVS team, it was hugely satisfying to be able to complete all of the projects on that list while I was in Kenya. My focus has now shifted to raising enough money to purchase land in Kibera for Blessed Hope to establish a permanent base. (I will add the link to our fundraising page at the end of my review for anyone who is interested in checking it out)

As my placement was located in Kibera, I spent the duration of my time in Kenya staying at the main volunteer house with Miriam and Sarah as my hosts. Again, I can't say enough positive things about my experience here. Miriam and Sarah were both extremely caring and considerate, and they were always available to help volunteers in whatever way was needed. Sure, we endured some difficulties at the house from time to time with water and electricity, but isn't that the kind of experience you're prepared for when going to Africa?? I never once felt like my safety was in danger while at the house or at any other time during my placement, and I will really miss walking through the slum everyday. It is a very grounding experience.

I'll wrap this up by telling a story from my Standard 3 Maths class - as I was setting homework during my first week at Blessed Hope, one of my students asked me if I could give a prize to the student who scores the highest. I said to him that I'd collate the weekly homework results and then give a prize to whoever had the best overall performance. I asked him what he wanted the prize to be - Lollies? Snacks? Things a typical 9 year old child might want. He replied, "a pencil".

These children want to learn, and they want to have a chance to succeed in life. They are rarely without a smile on their faces, and in the short time that I spent in Kenya, I can honestly say that they changed my perspective on life. I would recommend the Kenya program to anyone who is considering it.

Sincerely,
Michael

www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/blessedhope

How can this program be improved?
I would incorporate a Kibera slum tour into the program orientation on arrival in Nairobi. I believe the slum is important for all volunteers to see, and currently, volunteers that are placed outside of Nairobi sometimes do not get another chance to visit it due to travel arrangements etc.
Yes, I recommend
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Daniela
10/10

My days in Maasailand

Volunteering in Kenya was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I had the opportunity to teach English in a Maasai community and the two weeks that I spent there were absolutely amazing. The family made me feel at home since the very first day that I arrived. I learned about their culture and traditions, their language, their food and many other things. I was very lucky because in my placement I had the opportunity to begin my day teaching English to children at Olmaroroi school, and to end it by teaching adults at Ewangan (a night-school program started by former volunteers). Both, kids and adults were eager to learn. It was just the perfect combination!
The IVHQ staff were very helpful since I started planning my trip and the local staff were always making sure that we were comfortable and happy. I had the chance to travel around a bit with some other volunteers which made the experience even more complete.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. The only thing I regret is not having stayed for a longer period...

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Daniela, It's great to hear from you. Thank you for sharing a little from your time in Kenya. Great to hear you had such a positive experience. We hope to have you back on another IVHQ program soon.

Yes, I recommend
Murphy
10/10

IVHQ Volunteering in Kenya for NVS

The local staff were great from the get go. I had no problems with my airport pickup.
Orientation was thorough and I met the entire team with a warm welcome.
Because of the conflict that has happened in the past and media portrayal in Nairobi Kenya, there was less and less volunteers compared to other African Countries Ive been to. But after being there and working in the Nairobi for 2 weeks I felt completely safe and would highly recommend Kenya for volunteering. The locals do really appreciate our help and there are some dire living standards right amongst the rich and classy that need attention in terms of livingstandards, medical aid and most importantly, education.
My placement was right in the biggest slum in Africa, Kibera and it was at New Beginnings Special needs school. I enjoyed every minute of it and felt I was doing my part in making the student smile and bringing a different vibe and learning experience for the students.

How can this program be improved?
The main volunteer house could be in a more secure safe location or have a security guard stationed at the house.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Murphy, Thanks for your review and recommendations. It's great to hear that you felt supported by our fantastic team in Kenya from the minute the you arrived in Nairobi. Great to have you as an IVHQer and we hope to have you back on another program again soon.

Yes, I recommend
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Sara
10/10

Make a difference!

Wow! What a rewarding experience my volunteer work has been. I opted to volunteer in Kenya as a teacher and was placed at a primary school in a struggling Nairobi neighbourhood.

Everyone - from the local NVS staff, to the principal and teachers at the school to the adorable kids - touched my heart and soul to the core. In the process of teaching others, I came out rich with life lessons and memories that to this day puts a huge smile on my face. It has opened up my heart!

My suggestion to anyone considering to volunteer is DO IT. But come prepared. Do your research beforehand, take time to complete the IVHQ modules and read the brochure. You will by the end of it have a realistic idea of what to expect and how to go about your volunteer work the best way possible.

My volunteer work in Kenya truly triggered a passion in me. Even upon my return back home, I started a fundraising campaign to raise funds to set-up a scholarship program for my beautiful and bright students in Kenya. And with that, I have promised them to return and set everything up on the spot. And I can't wait, to see their wide smiles and joyful spirits again!

To check out my fundraising, here is the link: https://www.youcaring.com/students-at-bright-star-primary-s…

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey there Sara, thank you for your review. It really sounds like you had the best time in Kenya! IVHQ are so happy that you came out of the program with valuable life lessons and amazing memories! Thanks for being an IVHQer, we hope that you join us again soon!

Yes, I recommend
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Marte
10/10

A great experience in Kenya

This was the best company for me. It was affordable, showed me greatly how my experience would be, the local staff is amazing (and the host mums!) and the help there was needed. Kenya is an amazing place to do your volunteering, the smiles and appreciation given from teachers, children, students and locals are overwhelming, and you feel you're time there was appreciated. The local staff will go out of their way to make it the best time for you as well!

How can this program be improved?
More information about projects and help that can be done before arrival.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Marte, Thanks for the small insight into your time in Kenya. It's awesome to hear that you felt supported by the amazing staff in country. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope that you will join us on another program soon!

Yes, I recommend
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Danielle
10/10

2 weeks in Kenya

I had an amazing experience volunteering with IVHQ. I am already looking into the next trip I'll take with them. From the second we got out of the airport to when we went back to come home the staff made me feel welcome and safe. They were excited to share their culture with us. I have learned so much! When we got settled in they told us all about the things we could do at night and on the weekends. It was really easy to sign up for safari and take visits to fun places like a giraffe centre and an elephant orphanage. I loved seeing all the animals... It's an experience I'll never forget! Also, the teachers at the school I was volunteering at were so nice and helpful. But the best part of the trip had to be the children I had the honor of working with. They were so keen to learn and to play games! Overall, this was an incredible experience and I recommended to everyone to volunteer with IVHQ! :)

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Danielle, Thanks for the recommendation. We are stoked to hear that you had such a positive experience volunteering in Teaching on our Kenya program. We hope to see you on another IVHQ volunteer trip soon.

Yes, I recommend
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Tina
10/10

A Kan-do attitude in Kenya!

The countries of Africa are very often perceived as politically unstable and unsafe for young woman travelers.The security that IVHQ offered me (and my family) during my trip was invaluable. My parents had the reassurance of a NZ contact if they could not contact me and we knew what to expect in terms of being collected at the airport and being placed in a relevant role within a reputable organisation.

The Fadhili and Marafiki community welcomed us with open arms and kicked off our orientation with a song. My friend and I were placed in the orphanage program and enjoyed every minute of it. We helped out with cooking, homework, entertainment of the children and cleaning of the house (african-mumma style!). We even had the chance to teach at the local school.

Through the partner organisation we even went on safari at a seriously discounted 'volunteer' price.

We had a private room and bathroom and had lots of opportunity for sightseeing during the day when the children where at school.

How can this program be improved?
We expected three meals a day, however this is not common in Kenya. Typically you will just have a hot drink in the morning and a large meal for dinner. This was somewhat of a surprise to us but now after having visited Kenya twice, I realise it is a cultural difference.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Tina, It’s great to hear from you again :) Safety is of huge importance to IVHQ so it’s great to hear that your safety expectations were met when in Kenya with IVHQ and our local team. Thanks for sharing a little of your experience in Kenya. Looking forward to seeing you on another IVHQ trip soon.

Yes, I recommend
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April
8/10

Kenya - Maasai Teaching

My experience with IVHQ was overall very good. They placed me at a great school in an amazing community. The price was the cheapest I could find for similar volunteer opportunities, plus we were still provided a good orientation and additional transport to our communities no matter how rural. They place you either with a local family or at a volunteer house in bigger cities.

I ended up returning to the community I taught in an additional three times, however I did this without IVHQ which saved me quite a bit of money. But, still, I would highly recommend them for your first trip since they can set you up in a program you likely wouldn't be able to be involved in if you just travelled to the country on your own for the first time.

How can this program be improved?
They set you up with another in country organization, which is too bad that you aren't working with IVHQ the entire time. Although the in country organization was good, it would have been better had they not contracted out to in country organizations and it's my understanding that they do this in every country.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi April,

It’s great to hear from you and it’s awesome to read that your experience volunteering with IVHQ was just the beginning of your volunteer contribution in Kenya. As each country we work in is vastly different, we partner with local organizations in each volunteering destination who are in the best position to identify opportunities for volunteers to provide valuable contributions that address the needs of the local community in a sustainable way. Thanks for your feedback and for volunteering with IVHQ.

Yes, I recommend

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