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.
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.
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
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.
Volunteer Programs in Nairobi
InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship
The InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship awards up to $10,000 to young Americans who are passionate about helping communities abroad thrive and are eager to learn about the local culture. Fellows identify a project or an organization working on an issue they care about, and with the support of the Christianson Fellowship, contribute their skills and passion to that endeavor for at least six months on-location abroad. This intercultural experience is a meaningful way to help others, improve skills, and gain insight about another culture.
GoEco Volunteer Scholarships
To assist prospective volunteers in taking part in one of their programs, GoEco, an eco-tourism company, awards one flight voucher of $1,000 and waived fees for a two-week program, plus travel insurance to successful beneficiaries of their scholarships. To apply, you must be currently enrolled at an educational institution to be eligible for the award.
Omprakash Ethical Global Engagement Grants
The Ethical Global Engagement Grants, funded by volunteer platform Omprakash, are for those planning on volunteering with an Omprakash partner abroad and who also wish to enroll on the EdGE learning platform, but are financially unable to do so. They have a range of scholarships, including:
EdGE Gap Year Grant: Available to those aged 22 and under who plan to volunteer for six months with an Omprakash partner and completely covers the cost of the EdGE tuition, plus $2,700 towards travel and living costs abroad.