Location
  • Kenya
Length
8 to 52 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Hostel

Pricing

Starting Price
1850
Price Details
Total cost includes pre-departure and on-return support from Ecologia, and the volunteering program at IPI: transport from Nairobi to Meru and back, accommodation, meals, local transport in Meru. It does not include the cost of airfares, travel insurance, inoculations or visa.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Jun 30, 2022
Jul 10, 2018
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About Program

This is an opportunity for you to be part of an inspiring volunteering program in Kenya where you can use your talents and skills to enhance the lives of vulnerable children who have suffered much due to poverty, HIV/Aids or being orphaned. You can be involved with their organic gardening at Tiriji, that provides food for the children. And you can support the various Women's Trainings that enable young mothers to earn an income to support their own children. Volunteers will live in the Kithoka Amani Community Home (KACH) and are invited to:
• Help care for children who live there
• Help teach English to children in the local schools
• Work on the organic farm or with one of our women's workshops
• Help with general housekeeping and in the kitchen
• Learn about the culture and customs of the local Kenyan people
• Social time - trips to the local town and cultural
Your presence at KACH will make a genuine difference in the lives of this community.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here.

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Program Highlights

  • Choose from various projects
  • In-depth cultural experience
  • Enjoy trips around the area

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Kilian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fascinating

My initial goal was to go to Africa without being a tourist, discover what I could of local culture and hopefully help some people.

Too many programs that I found just seemed like this cliche "build a house or teach english"; the cost of these programs seemed to me too high and the actual value created was dubious in my opinion.

I found IPI through Ecologia Youth Trust, and after reading extensively about it I decided it was this or nothing. Ultimately I found that I was very much encouraged to take any initiatives I wanted and very free, so independence was key here. I noticed that quite a few projects had been started but not finished, so decided to follow through on those that interested me: production of methane/biogas from cow dung before using it as fertilizer or their solar photo-voltaic system.

The most remarkable feature of IPI is how it is just such a magnet for fascinating people. Without leaving Meru I was able to meet the most interesting of people from all over the global north and eastern Africa. The diversity of conferences held during my time there were a great complement to the more manual work that had been my primary focus initially.

I came to Kenya as Kilian, a foreigner in an unknown country. Seven months later, I left as Mwongera with a new place I know I can come back to, what some would call a home.

What would you improve about this program?
Hard to say, it was pretty perfect.

Be prepared for the most serious rains of your life if your staying long enough.
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Ben
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IPI: A Place of Empowerment

I volunteered at International Peace Initiatives, Kenya (via Ecologia Youth Trust) for three months. IPI owns two large properties (just a few minutes walk from one another) in Kithoka, Meru County. Kithoka is a beautiful and lush rural area surrounded by nature and many small farms. One site is called “Amani” and the other “Tiriji”. At Amani there is a children’s home and a vocational college. At Tiriji there is an eco centre (large variety of plants grown there), residence building, and a conference centre.

Everyone at IPI and in the surrounding community is so welcoming and friendly. You will feel very at home right away. IPI’s founder, Dr. Karambu, is a very inspiring woman with so much to offer. In volunteering at IPI you will learn about yourself, about life in Meru County, about leadership, and about running a grassroots NGO.

I highly recommend this experience. At IPI you are not a volunteer, but rather a member of a team, a family, and a community.

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