Location
  • Kenya
    • Nairobi
    • Mombasa
    • Nairobi
    • Nairobi
Length
1 to 30 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
14
Age Max
75
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Apartment Host Family Hostel
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
35
Price Details
In Summary, the fee includes:

Accommodation
Airport Pick up/Transfer
Program Orientation
In-country support
Personalized project
Pre-departure information
Certificate of completion
Breakfast and Dinner

Not included in the fee:
Drop off
Laundry
Local SIM card you need to purchase
Tour / Safaris
Volunteer T-shirt
Visas
Airfare
Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
Daily transportation
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Travel Insurance Visa
Oct 11, 2023
Nov 29, 2023
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About Program

Whether you're excited about marine conservation in Mombasa (Indian Ocean-Coastal region of Kenya) or dream of teaching soccer in Kibera (one of the largest slums in Africa), you are most welcome to help.

CONSERVATION: If you're a water lover, join a program for marine life conservation in Mombasa. join us and help in cleaning the ocean that we are serving. We also do Educational campaigns in the schools around the ocean by teaching them about environment conservation and swimming classes and ocean literacy lessons which will involve our international volunteers. It's a unique opportunity for international volunteers to explore the city and the communities we are serving

ENVIRONMENT: Volunteers concerned about climate change help us in participating in our environmental activities with our students.

COMMUNITY SERVICES: If you're a people person, we have the following opportunities to help/participate; School Construction, culture, and the arts, NGO management, and media

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Program Highlights

  • You will have opportunity to experience the true African way of life, which will expand your perspective of the world, and memories that you'll never forget during your weekend excursions & safaris
  • The programs are many and suitable for volunteers from the age of 14 years and above, High School & University Students, Professionals, Couples & Families with their children, and Adults of 50+ years
  • After the completion of your online/ Onsite volunteer offer, UCESCO will write you a good and official recommendation letter and Certificate of appreciation/Recognition for your time and service to us
  • Our project site is truly an exciting place to be, a place where you can really make a difference. UCESCO - Kenya has a 100% safety record & we try to maintain it as Kenyans are friendly by nature.
  • Orientation of activities is done every Monday to understand all other programs we have in case you are flexible & interested to help other programs/activities. Opportunity to rotate to other program

Program Impact

Social Impact

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN HEALTH

213 expectant women who were offered counseling and HIV testing accepted the services and received their results.
3600 women who were empowered to access antenatal care check-ups.
Donated hand washing stations to 15 schools and public stations in Kibera, Kayole, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, and Mathare to keep the children and the communities safe from the current Covid-19 pandemic.
4600 trees planted were in different areas.

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Program Reviews

4.89 Rating
based on 19 reviews
  • 5 rating 89.47%
  • 4 rating 10.53%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Impact 4.9
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.9
  • Value 4.95
  • Safety 4.8
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Vilgot
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great adventure

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 care of the environment. It was cool to be part of such important work and to meet lots of different people. Sometimes things were tough, like not having enough resources or dealing with problems, but I learned to keep going and find solutions. Being involved in local projects showed me how working together can really make a difference. And besides all that, my time in Kenya was super fun and taught me a lot about the world and myself. Facing challenges like resource limitations I developed resilience and creative problem-solving abilities. Through grassroots involvement, I witnessed firsthand the impact of collective action and the power of community-driven solutions. My time in Kenya enriched my perspective, fostering lifelong connections and inspiring a continued commitment to service and global citizenship. I really recommend this project.

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Valeria
5/5
No, I don't recommend this program

AMAZING

I was so nervous going in because I was travelling alone but I had the best time ever. I made a bunch of friends, learned from the amazing community and culture, and boosted my resume for college. I would definitely recommend going for at least 10 days and bringing a friend or significant other, but if you decide to go alone you will still have a good experience. Elizabeth and Edna will ensure that you have an amazing trip, all while keeping you safe and happy. The people at UCESCO are truly incredible at their jobs.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I didn’t stay/sleep with the program because I’m underage so I was afraid, but it seems like such a amazing experience after seeing my fellow volonteers in their living quarters.
Pros
  • Make a substantial impact on an underprivileged community
  • Meeting people from all over the world
  • Going on safaris
Cons
  • Can be slightly overwhelming if you go alone
  • You need to be careful with the food to avoid food poisoning
18 people found this review helpful.
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Agnes
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Such an amazing experience

I went to Kenya for 3 weeks in June 2023. I taught/ helped out in primary schools in the slums. It was such a valuable experience. The staff are amazing. So helpful and really care about everyone (the community and the volunteers). The accommodation they give you are nice and clean. Breakfast and dinner are made for you. To get to the slums you can take an Uber. If you ride share with other volunteers it will be even cheaper but it’s cheap anyway. It’s a really valuable experience. I met so many amazing people and would love the chance to go again. 10/10 recommend.

Pros
  • The staff are so nice and supportive and encourage you with however you want to support the community
  • The accommodations are very nice, clean and comfortable
  • There are multiple projects ongoing so it’s completely up to you how you want to help.
Cons
  • The city can be dangerous so stick with the volunteers and staff
25 people found this review helpful.
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Dimitris
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Inspiring experience!

I volunteered in UCESCO for one week by participating in women’s empowerment project. It was a great experience. I met amazing people locals, volunteers and members of the organization, who were working wholeheartedly to support others and make an impact to the local community. Even though I participated only for a week UCESCO gave me the opportunity to visit schools in Kibera slums and take part in their activities. It was a unique and unforgettable experience!
In terms of improvement, in my opinion UCESCO has to take into consideration two things: Firstly, the overemphasis is given to involve volunteers into the fundraising process. Secondly, incidents in which members of the organization ask extra money from volunteers (e.g. transportation).
All in all, volunteering in UCESCO is a worthwhile and inspiring experience, which has an significant impact on local community.

25 people found this review helpful.
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Carlotta
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Experience

I joined the UCESCO volunteering organisation back in June 2023, where I stayed there for a month. I was 18 at the time and doing a gap year, and I am so thankful I decided to go to Kenya, and even more to join the UCESCO association.
UCESCO isn’t an organisation, it’s a family, the staff there treat you as their own, they make you feel so welcomed and make sure to fill you with love. What I loved the most about this experience was that anything could be possible ! As long as you had an idea who’s ultimate goal was to help the people around you, in whatever form, then you could do it and would get full support from UCESCO.
If you want to be independent and do projects of your own, you can. If on the other side you prefer to be in a group, and work with a team, you can do that too. I decided to be in a group whereby I would help out in schools in Kibera and would also help out in clinics.
I’ve learned so much through this experience, as I was preparing to enter medical school, I assisted a doctor in the clinics who taught me much more than any textbook could. I helped out in the schools, where I met some of the most amazing, talented and intelligent kids I’ve ever met. Kids who are hungry to learn more, who will give you all of their love in an instant - even if they don’t know you, kids who are pure at heart.

The UCESCO team became my second family by the end of the month, everybody around me treated me in the best way possible and I will forever be grateful towards them. They’ve taught me so much about life that I cannot put into words.

The organisation is one of the few that is rooted with good and pure values, who’s main and only goal is to help the community around them. Every project is well-thought and unique, where you see and experience much more than what you could imagine. I have made unforgettable memories during this trip, and I will without doubt come back. Ever since I left Nairobi, it is all I’ve been thinking about, I miss it very much.

Pros
  • The staff is always available for you, for whatever needs you might have, they make you feel very welcomed and your wellbeing is their priority.
  • The organisation has numerous projects that are very different from each other, giving you the possibility to explore various fields according to your preferences.
  • The atmosphere in UCESCO is like no other, it’s very family-like, making you feel very much at home (which is essential if you’re a young solo traveler).
Cons
  • Nairobi is a very dangerous city and you should be precautions when walking around. But then again that’s everywhere in west-Africa.
  • Get to the organisation with an idea of what you would like to do, or at least a preference, especially if you’re there for a small amount of time. Because if you really want to experience a project in depth, it’s going to take time.
23 people found this review helpful.
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Eduardo
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience ever!!!!

Great experience. Very flexible NGO and amazing programs. If you are looking for a big adventure while helping the local community you should definetly sign up!!!!!

People are very welcoming in the community and it is also a great place to make new friends from all over the world. I was there for 2 months and never had any kind of problems. The experience I had was very impactful and it is really nice to see what people go through there, it really made me realize just how much we need to value the things that we take for granted in our own house/country.

Pros
  • Flexibility
  • Very impactful
  • welcoming people
Cons
  • Safety (just be aware of your surrondings like any other place in west africa)
21 people found this review helpful.
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Walid
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience at UCESCO

Going to Kenya for volunteering last summer proved to be one of the most enriching and enjoyable experiences I've had the pleasure to have. UCESCO is a locally based organization which is very much in touch with the communities it is helping and organizes itself quite methodically and efficiently in trying to tackle some of the social issues it combats. I think the biggest strength of the organization is its staff, I got to meet some great people who were always helpful and present for whatever query or issue we might have had. The other volunteers we got to meet and spend time with were also great encounters. Overall a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in making a, albeit small, but significant impact on a great local community in a beautiful country.

Pros
  • Great staff
  • Amazing local community
34 people found this review helpful.
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Aline
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

I only was at UCESCO for about 2 weeks. And I absolutely loved it. I felt like I could actually do and help something and also the organisation lets you decide where and what you want to help with. The chance of visiting different sites was really great. Also it was perfect for me, since they also took minor volunteers, wich I am. Before the 2 weeks they answered all of my questions and during my stay they also helped with everything, cared for our safety and always checked on us and gave us the perfect advices of what to visit. Really great organization and team!

Ps: Choose the homestay ;-)

Pros
  • Safety
  • Unique experiences
  • Great impact
26 people found this review helpful.

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