Are you are searching for a hands-on international medical elective program? If so you've come to the right place! Your medical skills and expertise are incredibly valuable to Kenyan clinics, whilst also giving you the chance to gain additional experience. Kenya's medical professionals are hugely experienced at working with limited resources, but often require a vital extra pair of hands. Their knowledge of the local conditions can also make a valuable difference to your learning.
Agape's medical volunteers in Kenya work in clinics or hospitals helping to support stretched local healthcare teams. Your work depends on your experience level, and you need to have completed at least one year of a university-level medical programme such as medicine or nursing in order to participate. Most medical volunteers can expect to engage in real hands-on work, and we make sure to properly register every volunteer so that you can be sure that your time in Kenya is as effective and safe as possible.
- All volunteers properly registered with appropriate local organisations
- Give valuable help whilst learning new skills
- Put your training into practice by helping those in most need
What to Expect
For medical volunteering in Kenya, you will generally be expected to work at your placement five days a week. Weekday mornings will start with breakfast with other volunteers at our volunteer house before you head to your hospital or clinic for around 9 am. Mornings will often start with a consultation with local staff members to discuss the needs of the day, and you may be asked to help out with a wide range of activities. At around 12pm you’ll get a break for lunch, which you can take with other volunteers and local staff.
You will generally finish your placement at around 5pm, though this will depend on the opening times of your placement. 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 a medical volunteer in Kenya you will have an impact on all the patients you work with, providing additional help and care, and potentially even saving lives. But the best thing about volunteering? You get to come and see first-hand the impact you can make!
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