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Volunteer in Nairobi, Kenya


Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and largest city, is truly diverse. Even though Nairobi has a reputation for being somewhat unsafe, it is actually not very dangerous and in fact has its own unique, charming culture. Due to high poverty, the city definitely has a need for volunteers.

Program Types

Teach Children

Many children in Kenya do not have access to a proper education, but luckily there are organizations working in the nation to improve this. As a teacher, you will teach disadvantaged children various subjects such as math and science, and also focus on teaching them English.

Orphanage Work

Due to poverty and HIV/AIDS, a number of children in Kenya are orphans. There is a tremendous need for volunteers to help in the orphanages. As a volunteer, you will help the children in their daily routine, teach them, and organize activities for them.


Like many African nations, Kenya too has an HIV/AIDS problem. Even though the number of people suffering has been decreasing, there are still many who suffer from the disease. As a volunteer you will work with local communities to raise awareness about the disease. You will also help take care of patients suffering from the disease.

Planning Your Trip

Volunteering Tips

NGOs/Nonprofits: Nairobi is home to a number of nonprofit organizations that work in almost every sector imaginable. Specifically, there are many nonprofits that work on issues like education, disadvantaged children, and healthcare. For more information, visit Wango

Best Places To Volunteer: Westlands: district that is home to many businesses. Also home to places of attraction. Lang’ata: district in the southwest region of the city; home to the Giraffe Center and Uhuru gardens.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Nairobi

As a volunteer in Kenya, it is recommended that you get vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B, and Typhoid. If you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, particularly in rural areas, you should also get vaccinated for Rabies and Yellow Fever. For more information, visit MD Travel Health.

Safety is somewhat of a concern in Nairobi and you should be very vigilant while in the city. Locals often try to scam visitors. You should always ignore a stranger if they approach you on the street. Always be careful when you’re in crowded streets as pickpockets will definitely try and snatch your belongings.

What People Are Saying

Become a Volunteer - UCESCO Africa (Kenya)

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...
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Kenya Volunteer Programs from $23/day | Most Affordable & Trusted

My experience volunteering in Kenya was the best I’ve ever had and I don’t think it would have been as incredible if not for the program and the local team. I felt safe at all times and like I always...
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Kenya Volunteer Programs from $23/day | Most Affordable & Trusted

Incredible experience from start to finish, I don’t have just one word to explain my trip to Kenya. But what I can say is that it was truly life changing in so many ways. I have made friends for life...
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