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 our 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.
- Receive a training qualification to ensure safe and effective practice.
- Engage in an holistic approach to HIV care.
- Work with those in genuine need.
- Safe and effective HIV program.
What to Expect
Volunteers are generally expected to work at their placement five days a week. Weekday mornings will start with breakfast with other volunteers at our volunteer house before you head off to work. Working on our HIV programme brings unique challenges every day, but you’ll often start out at a local clinic, helping to administer tests. We also run regular counselling and education projects, and you’re likely to be asked to assist with these.
You will generally finish your placement at around 5pm, though this will depend on the day. When you finish you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers and local team members over dinner, and we often organise games and activities of our own in the evenings. Weekends are also your own but there are always plenty of extra Adventures to do in Kenya!
Housing & Meals
Most of Agape’s volunteers in Kenya live in our purpose-built volunteer house, supervised and run by our local team. Living in our volunteer house is great fun, and provides the perfect balance between getting involved in a big Kenyan family, and having the opportunity to relax with other like-minded volunteers.
You will most likely be sharing dorm-style rooms with other volunteers, and these are typically single-sex. We also have some private rooms available. Other facilities at the volunteer house include a WiFi, a roof terrace with barbecue, games room, and plenty of communal space for games and activities.
You’ll be provided with breakfast and dinner, and these will be a mixture of Kenyan cuisine and more familiar Western dishes. We can cater for vegetarians and most allergies, but please be sure to let us know in advance if you have any specific dietary requirements.
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!