Volunteer Opportunities in Kenya

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In recent times, the medication available for HIV sufferers has increased greatly, but these advances rarely reach those in most need in Kenya. Agape Volunteers works with local projects which help to combat this issue, and we need volunteers to help with this most valuable volunteering work.

Agape's HIV volunteers in Kenya work in local clinics and community projects performing testing, counselling patients, and helping HIV education programs. This work brings some obvious challenges, but Agape is also proud to provide our volunteers with the opportunity to participate in the internationally recognised HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) course. The HTC provides its participants with the required knowledge to ensure that testing is carried out safely and effectively, whilst also providing training in counselling and community awareness.

This program is popular with those who wish to help out in a genuinely effective volunteer program whilst learning valuable skills themselves.

Highlights
  • Receive a training qualification to ensure safe and effective practice.
  • Work with those in genuine need.

Impact

We're proud that Agape's work in Kenya has already had an enormous impact on the local communities we work with, and you can be a great help in continuing this good work. As an HIV volunteer in Kenya you will have a really positive impact on people living with HIV, as well as communities trying to recover from the disease. But the best thing about volunteering? You get to come and see first-hand the impact you can make!

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sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful time

I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience with Agape Volunteers. They were so supportive and made me feel at ease about traveling to a foreign country. I learned so many things, met so many people, and had the time of my life. I volunteered with children while I was there and they were the sweetest kids I have ever met. I can’t wait to go on another trip with them! Kenya was such an interesting place. I have never been to a place like that before, but it was so beautiful. I think I will try another country next, maybe Ghana. I can't wait for the next adventure! It was really so much fun and I never felt like I was on my own at all. If you are on the fence, go with it! You will not regret this life-changing trip! Happy travels!

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sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible experience

If you want an eye-opening experience you will remember for the rest of your life; this is the place to go. They were there to help me with every step of the way, making this process so much easier. I found exactly what I was looking for; I wanted to go on an adventure, and explore the world, all while being able to give back and help others along the way. I can't even begin to explain the connection I had with these sweet children, I still miss them! I really felt like I was able to teach and support the kids. I thought about traveling on my own, but I can’t express enough how happy I am that I did not. I was not only able to meet so many new people, fellow volunteers, but I felt like I had a support team behind me, which was something I didn't realize I would be so grateful to have.

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Ben
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in a Kenyan School

I had heard about Agape Volunteers through a university advertisement, the prospect of doing something different and fulfilling for summer was exciting for me, so I applied.

All of my expectations for a memorable summer were met and more. There were many projects to get involved with but my main placement was teaching at a local school. I found this extremely rewarding and also challenging since I was in charge of a class of 20 children 5 days a week. However, this allowed me to really get involved with their education and form some lifelong bonds with the children.

One of the uncertainties for me before leaving was the other volunteers: were there going to be any others, and if so, would I get along with them? These worries were dashed instantly when I met everyone. I made friendships with a large number of other volunteers from all over the world, some which I fully intend to meet again.

The Agape staff were very helpful and able to answer any questions that I had regarding my placement or Kenyan differences.

I would highly recommend volunteering through Agape for a memorable, rewarding experience which you'll never forget!

What would you improve about this program?
You need to be sure to ask about when school holidays and exams are as you can accidentally volunteer during a period when the kids don't have that many lessons.
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Tim
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Kenya

If you want your eyes opened and have a top experience this is the place to go, and Agape Volunteers was there to help at every step. I stayed in Kenya for just under a month - if it wasn't for the day job dragging me back I'd still be there. Wanting to do something a little different this year I set about searching the web for things too do - every site I went on seemed either really expensive for what you got or just too complicated to sort out. Luckily a friend had recommended Agape so I decided to book with them. Not a seasoned traveler I wasn't too confident in what I was doing - I considered trying to sort everything out myself and 'going alone' but looking back the facilities and guidance which were provided helped massively and I'm glad I booked via them.

I'd signed up for the teaching program, this involved going to a primary school and helping out. It's not like any school you'd see in the UK. The syllabus was pretty basic in some subjects, but in others I was surprised at how advanced it was. I'm positive I wasn't doing some of those maths equations till well into secondary school! (Don't worry if your education wasn't the best, I wouldn't say I excelled in maths but managed fine) I don't think you can get across in words the difference between schools in England and the ones in Kenya. Although basic, it works.

The children make the trip, very chatty. You could spend all day with them asking questions about where you come from, inquiring about different aspects of life elsewhere in the world. Children would come up to you in the street and say "Hi" just to get the opportunity to speak to someone from a different country. I also spent a week at one of the orphanages which again was amazing, I had the vision of a massive institution-style building which the kids would hate being at - I couldn't have been more wrong. It was basically a massive family which I was adopted by as soon as I arrived, straight away I was helping out cement there yard. Living with the children you get a real feel for life out there. Walking them to school in the morning past the fields was one of the best parts, seeing locals wandering about carrying out there daily routine. When you see pictures on the web and think, I wonder where that is, it looks amazing - that's your view everyday.

One thing I'm glad about was the ability to swap and change what I was doing. Although I was only there for around a month I fitted so much in. The fact I was on the teaching program but was also able to stay at the orphanage was great, in my opinion I fitted in double the experience. The safari is a must, and I'd recommend fitting in as many other excursions as possible. I had some spare money towards the end so mentioned to one of the Agape staff I wouldn't mind doing something, next day I was up a mountain. The relaxed way of life out there is something I'll always be jealous of.

The staff there are all really helpful and I cant thank them enough for the experience. I'm already considering volunteering again, and Agape will definitely be used if I do. Anyone wanting to do something a little different I'd recommend Kenya and using Agape.

What would you improve about this program?
I think slightly more communication from the staff on the ground would have been good at times, as it could be a bit disorganised, but this is very 'Kenyan',
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Sage
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic opportunity with hands-on experience!

I avidly recommend volunteering with Agape for many reasons! First up, the UK staff provided ceaseless advice and support during the preparation for my trip, ensuring I knew the specific details of my stay before I even set foot abroad. During my time in Kenya, the Agape team became like family. I completed an HIV counselling/testing program that equipped me with necessary skills that I then took into the community. Agape provided me with great independence, which I found SO rewarding.

I felt I could really delve into the Kenyan lifestyle, not being shielded from any realities. Agape offered me a genuine experience through which I made valuable connections and friendships with passionate Kenyans and volunteers from around the globe. Agape value transparency, a hands-on-approach, and voluntary work that promotes public needs not simply ‘voluntourism’.

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Hayden
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life

After finding myself with 6 weeks to spare in the summer I decided to go to Africa to do some volunteering. After searching through google and researching a number of charities I decided to go with Agape. I worked directly with Gee to get the trip sorted, with a 10 day turn around from booking to flying out to Kenya. After landing in Kenya I was picked up from the airport promptly and taken back to the Waithaka volunteer house where I was met by the house mamma Florence, who is amazing! Breakfast and dinner is great, local Kenyan food and the house consists of the basic amenities along with a TV and DVD player. As there is a curfew keeping yourself entertained is a important, we generally played card games, monopoly, drinking games and watching movies. My first full day consisted of a tour around the local area and a trip to the main shopping mall and local market. You can buy most things locally around the house, such as water, food, DVD's (burned from downloads) and alcohol. On the first day of placement I was taken to Saint Dorcas Children's Home by one of the guys from Agape (Little Bony), where I was introduced to the head teacher and each of the classes. The St. Dorcas Children's Home is relatively small with children from all backgrounds, the age of the children ranged from 4-20 and they were all so excitable and lovely, it made the days fly by! You get lunch provided which is the same as what the kids eat, generally maize, corn and beans. After a day or two you are given a class to teach. I found myself teaching Class Five (10-11 year olds) English, Maths and Science. It was fantastic and it gives you such a great opportunity to bond with the kids and have some fun in the classroom. During my stay I did a number of excursions; Kibera Outreach Day, Maasai Mara Safari, Hell's Gate, Mount Longonot and then the two excursions included; City Tour and IDP Project. Kibera is a good opportunity to see just how much of a struggle it can be living within the country and despite the hardship so many people have are so positive and make the best of their situation. A bottle in the street gives the kids something to play with for hours. You get the chance to meet two families who are extremely welcoming and happy to talk you through how they ended up where they are. You will also go to a workshop where they make items out of animal bones, the employees are all from Kibera and helps get them off the street and earning money. Safari is a great experience, you get to see loads of different animals in their natural environment, we managed to see 6 of the super 7 (Lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, hyena and cheetah), missing out only on the rhino. If you do the four day, you will more than likely see the a rhino. The accommodation is great, as is the food and you can stay up late in the group drinking and playing card games or just sit by the bonfire. Hell's Gate is probably one of the best excursions you can do, it consists of a bike ride, cycling past zebra's, warthogs, gazelle and antelope. This is followed by a hike through a large gorge with a small amount of rock climbing. The views are phenomenal. You then get to relax in a sulphur spring pool before heading off to lunch. After lunch you go on a boat ride around lake Naivasha where you see a lot of hippo's. Mount Longonot is a hard hike up the dormant volcano, at the top you get some fantastic views both into the crater and the surrounding areas of lowland, forests and lake Naivasha. Masaai Tribe is not for the faint hearted and you need to have an open mind. You pick up bottled water on the way but that's it, don't expect showers, toilets, a cooking hob etc. this is living the Masaai way with a fantastic hike (around 7 hours), children that are infatuated with you, going out hunting, milking a cow etc. It's definitely worth doing if you can live without modern comforts for a few days! City tour is a good little tour visiting a crocodile farm, elephant orphanage, giraffe sanctuary and a park with friendly, wild monkeys. During the tour you get to hold a crocodile, get a kiss from giraffe and have monkeys climb over you whilst you hand out some peanuts to them. IDP is a tour around the project where the charity is helping build homes for the displaced families currently living in tents. They have already built a school, a number of houses, a chicken coup and started on a medical building. It's great to see just where the additional money goes from the money you pay. The guys in the house - Florence, Izzo, Jo, Joseph, Tabby, Little Bony - are amazing and will always look after you, as well as taking you out on an occasional night out. I would thoroughly recommend going out to Kenya and I'm already planning my trip back for next year to work at the IDP project.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing is perhaps the time it took to get orientated. I arrived on a Friday so I wasn't orientated until the Monday which was a bit off for the first weekend.
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Jonni
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible time in Kenya

I had one fantastic time in Kenya, fantastic, awesome and surreal are the best words I can use to describe my time there. The people were just awesome and the level of support was
fantastic. I am planning to return to June for 5 weeks.

I volunteered with a couple of friends and we all did different programmes but were all staying in the same place, which was fantastic. I did the medical programme as a I am medical student while the others did the teaching and orphanage programme, which involved working at a local school. We all had very different experiences but they were equally incredible and we would recommend all the programmes.

The accommodation is in a large shared volunteer house which means that you can see everyone in the evening. All the staff are really professional but also similar ages to the volunteers which makes the atmosphere very relaxed which helps. All the food is excellent and you must do a safari!

What would you improve about this program?
As Agape is a relatively new organisation (or was when I was there) there were a few things around processes to do with booking which could be easier, but I think they are addressing them well.
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Stevie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

HIV Volunteering in Kenya

So far I'm having a great time! Things at the volunteer house is wonderful, I'm sleeping and eating well. It was great to be placed with anther volunteer Betty who I Facebooked before coming out here.

I'm certainly learning that volunteering is what you make it. I can see that for people who are used to travelling a lot tend to be more open with meeting people, speaking to people and in general using their initiative to make the most of the spare time.

Me and 3 other volunteers organised with our school and headteacher to do like a "fruit and fun" morning yesterday (a Saturday) from 9 til about 11:30. For just £2 something we got 100 bananas, enough for one for every student and about 30 other kids, some of them street kids. We also got some juice and the headteacher provided water so we had a massive pot of juice so every child could have a drink after hours of playing games. My experience teaching at summer camps definitely helped as I was confident enough to get all the children into a big circle and sing some songs I'd learnt at camp. We hope to do this kind of "fruit and fun" Saturday morning every Saturday which perhaps future volunteers could continue with.

I'm very interested in helping to fundraise for my school here. I didn't really bring much from home so I'm eager to see if friends and family could post things like old school uniforms and stationary which could really be so useful. A friend of mine works for Disney, and he says he will be able to send a whole load of Disney stationary, pencil cases, notebooks etc so I can't wait to receive his package, but I haven't yet got an address to send to him. I want the parcel to be addressed to me preferably so I can check the stuff first, for example if there's only enough for like half the kids I want to be able to distribute it fairly. I suppose I'll ask Isaac or Joe about it so we can get that cracking. I've heard something about high tax on receiving packages particularly with clothes. Isaac mentioned getting volunteers to bring things but I think it would be a lot of hassle sending everything to each volunteer.

What would you improve about this program?
As for feedback, I think maybe some of the volunteers were expecting a much more organised timetable where time would be used very efficiently. My teaching timetable for example has several gaps but I'm trying to get myself involved in other classes so I'm not just sitting about.