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Volunteer for Free in Kenya!

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A great opportunity for those who want to lend a hand!
13 years ago, July 16th 2007 No: 1 Msg: #16488  
Dear Travellers,

My name is Francisco (my wife and I use this account) and i am part of a community centre for volunteers which is located in Western province of Kenya. We are engaged in a few different projects, though our main focus at the moment is a reading program in some of the local schools. Anyone wishing to volunteer and participate is welcome.

There are no fees you need to pay to participate, and we provide free shared accomodation and meals to all volunteers. Those who are able are welcome to contribute something towards the costs of food, etc., but there is no pressure to do so.

We are a mixture of International and Kenyan volunteers. Our community centre is fairly comfortable, having running cold water (rain water), solar power, a big communal kitchen, a communal hall and chill out area.

Apart from the reading program at the schools we sometimes also organize a running club for local kids and have regular visits to an orphanage in Kakamega. Anyone interested in more information can go to my profile and get the contact details from there.

Also, we have some exciting activities planned for August, so let me know if you want more info and we can get in touch.

Safari Njema! Sincerely, Fran. Reply to this

13 years ago, July 28th 2007 No: 2 Msg: #16944  
Hi, I just joined travel blog to volunteer for this. I am from Kenya and would to volunteer there. Could you email some more details about what you will be doing there.

email:
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13 years ago, August 6th 2007 No: 3 Msg: #17189  
Hi Hajila,
Thanks for your interest in our program. We do have free volunteer work in Kenya available for international and kenyan volunteers. You are most welcome to participate! Please contact me via my profile on this forum as emails are not allowed to be posted here. Thanks Reply to this

12 years ago, September 28th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #50165  
N Posts: 1
I would love to volunteer in Kenya this summer for a few months. Ive been looking everywhere to find an opprotunity that was low cost, please let me know if this offer is still avaliable! Reply to this

12 years ago, September 29th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #50202  
Hello Kim 😊

I moved this to the Classifieds forum.

Mel Reply to this

12 years ago, October 4th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #50753  
hi mel, thanks for that. Reply to this

12 years ago, October 4th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #50755  
just letting everyone know that the offer of free volunteering is still avaialable. We had put our reading program on hold due to the post election violence that occurred in Kenya last month but have now resumed that program and we have a lot of interest from international and Kenyan volunteers. All are welcome. I am not allowed to post my email address here so you will have to contact me by clicking on my name and going to my profile. Thanks. Reply to this

12 years ago, January 27th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #61412  
B Posts: 47
Hi there, i'm interested towards the end of 2009 will there still be opportunities then?
thanks
G Reply to this

12 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #62198  
yes, there should still be opportunities towards the end of 2009. It is better to get in touch via email, which you can do via my profile. Reply to this

12 years ago, March 18th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #66441  
Does the trip include airfare? Reply to this

12 years ago, March 23rd 2009 No: 11 Msg: #66757  
please could you send me more information on your volunteer opportunities?, i am coming to Africa late August, starting in Cape town, but i would like to end up in Kenya. mayn thanks Reply to this

11 years ago, July 22nd 2009 No: 12 Msg: #80602  
Hi people,

I am willing to volunteer in Kenya. I have experience with Non-profit and some great experiences as a volunteer. I am looking for an opportunity to help but i can not afford any program cost (i can afford my visa, my tickets and insurance and vaccination). do u know any organization which offer free accomodation for those who wanna help? I am willing to volunteer at least 3 months to 6 months. Kenya is my choice but if you know any orgnaization wherever in Africa which offers free accomodation, please let me know. I wanna give some of my time. I wanna do somthing that worths wherever it would be.
please, let me know here or at thank you
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11 years ago, September 27th 2009 No: 13 Msg: #87517  
hi if you could email me the information on how to do this i am young and healthy and want to help people all around the worl. if i could i would spend my whole life to volunteer everywhere.
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11 years ago, October 12th 2009 No: 14 Msg: #89144  
hi sean, email addresses are not allowed on this forum for some reason. You will need to click on my profile name, and send me a pm with your email address and I can send you more info then. thanks Reply to this

11 years ago, October 12th 2009 No: 15 Msg: #89146  

.....email addresses are not allowed on this forum for some reason.


We snip them, to prevent spammers from gathering and using them. TravelBlog does not want to get a reputation amongst spammers, as a great place to harvest lots of email address and phone numbers to send spam to. 😉 Reply to this

11 years ago, November 20th 2009 No: 16 Msg: #94166  
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN KENYA

We have volunteer opportunities which do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round. Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in our placement program.

Activities at the center include those on the list below. On first arrival, volunteers sample activities before selecting the tasks that suit them best.
Children’s Education - To provide educational and training opportunities, food and basic living essentials for as many orphans as possible.

Orphanage Program - To house orphans in a safe environment, either at the orphanage or with guardians. Support foster parents and caretakers through an established network.

HIV/AIDS Prevention Education - Volunteers help train home-based caregivers who raise awareness of HIV/AIDS issues in the community and take steps to prevent infection.

Sustainable Agriculture, Crop and Animal husbandry - To alleviate malnutrition, hunger and poverty by working within communities. To increase environmental awareness within the community so as to enable them to protect, preserve and promote their surroundings.

Community service program - To mobilize the communities’ resources towards development projects at the grassroots level with a view to improve the children’s standard of living. To develop poverty reduction initiatives and strategies among rural communities and vulnerable groups.

Youth Sports & Activities program - This exercise is extremely important for personal development and helps to identify and develop the rare talents of these special kids. A coach is responsible for developing and implementing a physical fitness program for the children. Activities include boys and girls football, netball, volleyball and basketball.

Building and Construction - At times, construction projects are needed. Please ask about these opportunities when applying.

Sanitary Towel Project - to help girls realize their right to education. We do this by providing free sanitary products to under- privileged girls, offering them health and hygiene education and empower them to overcome the stigmas attached to their menstruation cycle.
Volunteers are free to visit local places of interest when not engaged in volunteering. It is possible to visit other parts of the country on weekends and to request time off in the middle of volunteering to take a trip.

WHY IT MATTERS
In Kenya, there are two million orphans and street children as a direct result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These orphans are seen as a burden to the community and as a result are often stigmatized and suffer extreme neglect. To over come this, the orphanage works with small rural communities to support these children. This includes placing them with guardians, grandparents, close relatives or friends.

A critical element is the financial and emotional support given to the guardians who otherwise would not be able to provide care. This includes essential items such as food, medicine, school books and uniforms. Once placed with a guardian, local field workers watch over the orphans, provide emotional support to them and ensure that they are not neglected. Orphans that cannot be placed with guardians, receive shelter orphanages where they receive the necessary care and protection they deserve.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Anyone over the age of 18 who wants to spend time helping children in an orphanage and poor communities in a rural Kenyan village. No specialist skills or qualifications are required, but volunteers should have some interest in working with children.

WORK SCHEDULE
Working hours are normally 6-8 hours a day. These hours are flexible during periods of hot weather. The minimum stay at this reserve is one week, but we recommend a minimum of two weeks. There is no maximum stay.
Upon arrival, there is an orientation session for new volunteers to become acquainted with the local culture, language and the project work. Further training and supervision is provided to new volunteers who are interested in tasks for which they lack adequate experience. More experienced volunteers are given direction, but work under minimal supervision.

ACCOMMODATION
Volunteers are typically placed with local/host families who live in the area, or at the orphanage or in a shared house with other volunteers. Food is provided as part of the program fee.

GETTING THERE
Volunteers fly into Nairobi, Kenya. You will be met at the airport by a representative from the organization. At the end of their stay, volunteers are taken back to the airport.
The local costs are paid in cash on first arrival.
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11 years ago, November 21st 2009 No: 17 Msg: #94222  
please bear in mind that the previous post is not from the same group as the one in my original post, and it makes no reference to it being free. I suspect it is NOT free, but you never know. Just bear it in mind if you contact them.

Having said that, we are still offering FREE volunteer work at our center. You can check out the website at: http://takatifugardens.atspace.org
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11 years ago, March 21st 2010 No: 18 Msg: #106939  
Has any one lend their service to provide a report? I would like to participate, but need to confirm that safety wont be an issue. Reply to this

10 years ago, December 2nd 2010 No: 19 Msg: #124091  
I found a great article about someone who volunteered at an orphanage in Kenya. I really got a feel as to how it was there. Seems like a really rewarding experience: Life at a Kenyan Orphanage
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9 years ago, May 23rd 2011 No: 20 Msg: #136904  

In response to: Msg #16488 hey is this offer still available i would like to volunteer Reply to this

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