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Volunteering in Kenya with Projects Abroad

  • Placement location: Nanyuki
  • Project lengths: From 1 week
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Prices: from Loading...
  • Top places to travel: Mount Kenya, Ol Pajeta Conservancy, Nairobi, Ngare Ndare Forest

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Map of Kenya Zebras in Kenya

You can volunteer with Projects Abroad in the enchanting East African country of Kenya. You can take part on a volunteer project, such as teaching English to children in primary schools. Other options include medical projects in hospitals and care work with children in nursery schools, centres for street children and care homes. You can even get involved in the protection of wild animals on our Conservation & Environment project!

These projects are perfect for anyone looking to gain experience or help make a difference in the developing world. You will find Kenya to be an incredibly friendly and welcoming country. Its amazing diversity of wildlife, landscapes and cultures make it a perfect destination for a volunteer project.

Where we are Based in Kenya

  A volunteer smiling with two locals from Kenya

Projects Abroad is based in the town of Nanyuki which is 200km north-east of Nairobi. Nanyuki lies in the heart of Laikipia County, watched over by the sweeping peaks of Mount Kenya, making it an ideal base for those wishing to ascend this famous summit. Home to multiple tribes, the town is known for its welcoming community, positioning along the equator, verdant surroundings and fresh produce.

During your project you will live with a Kenyan host family. This allows you to experience Kenya from a local’s perspective - a very different world from the luxurious hotels of the safari industry. Projects Abroad staff will meet you when you arrive in Kenya and give you a thorough induction and safety briefing. You will then be ready to start your project.

General Information on Kenya

Kenya is renowned for its magnificent national parks, lush forests, breath-taking mountains and tribal cultures. Our base in Nanyuki encompasses a lot of these unique traits and is home to the famous Ol Pajeta Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest. Mount Kenya presides over the region and there are a plethora of hikes to explore offering stunning scenery and wildlife watching opportunities.

The country is also famed for its diversity and development. Everyday life brings together traditional tribes and urban families, ancient customs and modern sensibilities. Having gained independence from Britain in 1963, the country has become established as the dominant economy in the Horn of Africa and is a place filled with hope and exciting development opportunities.

Travel and Tourism in Kenya

A Jeep conducts a game drive in a park in Kenya.

When you are not working this country will provide you with unlimited opportunities to travel and explore. Our base in Nanyuki lies in the heart of the Laikipia County and is the ideal destination for adventurous souls seeking to summit Kenya’s highest and most renowned mountain, the tallest peaks of which rise 5,199 metres into the sky.

You can also visit the vibrant city of Nairobi. Even though it is a thriving and modern city, it has not separated itself from the wilderness which defines Kenya. Nairobi is home to the world’s only urban national park. Travel just 20 minutes away from the city centre you’ll find rhino, lion, buffalo and more all living wild and free.

At the end of your placement it’s worth adding on a bit of extra travel time to experience Kenya’s most famous tourist activity, the safari.

Projects available in Kenya

High School Specials for 15 to 18 year olds available in Kenya

Projects for professionals available in Kenya

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