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Care Volunteer Projects in Kenya

Project Overview
  • Placement locations: Nanyuki
  • Types of care projects: Day care centres, kindergartens, centres for street children and children with special needs
  • Age of children: 0 - 14
  • Number of people cared for: 15 – 60+
  • Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, providing emotional support and helping improve general hygiene
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From two weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Voluntary Care work in Kenya is a rewarding way to help improve conditions and levels of education for disadvantaged local children. You can contribute towards this on-going development work during a gap year, career break, or during holiday time. Volunteers with qualifications and experience are welcome but you do not need to have either to volunteer. Energy, passion and a commitment to help the children that we work with should see you through.

Kenya is the most industrially developed country in East Africa, however the inequalities between different communities continue to widen. Poverty has a severe and long-term detrimental effect on a local population, often leading to an increase in drug use, mental and physical abuse, as well as disease.

Voluntary Community Development and Educational Support Work with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad volunteer from the United Kingdom paints a jungle gym at a Care project in Kenya

We have a variety of volunteer options in Kenya, working in care homes, kindergartens, centres for children with special needs. The children are aged from 0 to about 14 years old. We also have some placements in smaller care homes and day care centres that look after children from single parent families or street children.

Our Care placements are located in and around the town of Nanyuki, 200km north-east of Nairobi. Nanyuki is home to two slums and a large number of street children, so there are many opportunities for volunteers to make a real impact on these children’s lives.

Volunteers play a vital role when it comes to introducing new educational activities and helping the local kindergarten teachers with their day to day work, ensuring that the children have the best start in life.

In many of the centres they have limited toys for the children and so the local staff carry out basic lessons with children as young as three in order to keep them occupied and stimulated. Education is vital for the younger generation in Kenya and allows them to have more opportunities and choices when they are older. Almost all the care placements we work with have a classroom where the young children are expected to attend basic lessons. We encourage volunteers to get involved with these lessons and carry out simple educational activities with the children, including arts and crafts, colouring, and basic maths games.

Whichever volunteer Care Project you join in Kenya, you need to be ready for a challenge. Many of the children are not used to having a routine and look forward to having planned activities, educational games and help with their homework and daily chores. On some placements there are children who have psychological or physical health problems and who need a great deal of special attention and help with their day to day activities.

The Projects Abroad team in Kenya often organise workshops for care volunteers. These workshops may focus on cultural differences in placements, learning key vocabulary in Swahili, reflection and feedback sessions between volunteers or practical ideas for care activities. The workshops will provide you with a valuable insight into the care system in Kenya and the background of the placement where you’re working.

Volunteering Abroad on a Care Project in Kenya

A Projects Abroad Care volunteer plays with children at a school in Nanyuki, Kenya

It is in your role as a volunteer - spending quality one-on-one time with a child, playing educational games with a group of children, helping them with their day to day chores and monitoring their progress - that Projects Abroad volunteers are so valuable.

Whether you are helping older children with English school homework or playing a game with the younger ones, you will help provide emotional support, educational opportunities and improve the quality of life for the children in Kenya. Please let us know about any extra interests or skills that you have which could be used at your placement.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Kenya Care Management Plan.

You can join a Care project in Kenya for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more.This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

 Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Kenya

Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes in Kenya. They have done incredible work at these placements, improving living conditions there and creating opportunities for children by supporting their education and care. However, we have decided to move our focus away from orphanages and homes toward community and family-based care. This is because we believe stable family environments are best for the children we work with. Read more about orphanage volunteering and our position on it. This means that instead of volunteering in orphanages in Kenya, volunteers will work in placements like day care centres, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.

Kenya Care Management Plan

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