Volunteering in Kenya with Projects Abroad
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. It’s amazing diversity of wildlife, landscapes and cultures make it a perfect destination for a volunteer project.
Where we are Based in 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
Kenya is Africa’s original safari destination and has been attracting explorers, adventurers and travellers for centuries. The landscape ranges from the shores of the Indian Ocean with its white sandy beaches and coral reefs to the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya and the wild and vast deserts of the north. Kenya offers travellers a beauty and freedom which is hard to resist.
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
Work with children in a kindergarten or day care centre in Nanyuki. You will help to feed and bathe the babies, help the children with their homework teach basic lessons and play games.
Join a conservation project in the world's ultimate safari destination and experience the side of Kenya that the tourists don't get to see. Assist with protecting and reseaching the endangered African wildlife in Kenya's Rift Valley.
Work alongside qualified dentists and dental staff in a dentistry department that is attached to a local hospital in the town of Nanyuki.
Joining the Medical Elective placement in Kenya is an exciting way to see the inner workings of medical institutions in a rapidly developing country.
Work alongside a trained pharmacist in a hospital or health centre and provide assistance to the local community while completing your Elective course requirements.
Volunteer in the dental department of a local hospital and have the opportunity to learn about the dental profession in a developing country.
Gain valuable insight into the healthcare system and procedures within a developing country at a health clinic or hospital in Nanyuki.
Volunteering on a Nursing project in Kenya will allow you to observe a number of medical procedures whilst working alongside some of the most skilled doctors and nurses in the country.
Work as an occupational therapist and treat patients of all ages who may have orthopaedic, neurological or psychiatric conditions.
Under the supervision of local pharmacists, you can take part in a range of tasks, such as preparing and dispensing patients' medication, and counselling patients on drug therapies.
Volunteer in Kenya and coach sports at primary schools and drop-in centres in and around the town of Nanyuki.
Volunteer and teach primary school children in the town of Nanyuki. You will work as a classroom assistant and can get involved in teaching lessons such as sports, art, and drama.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Kenya
Work in Nanyuki and make a worthwhile contribution to children in local communities. In care centres or orphanages, volunteers look after and play with children and get involved with building, renovating, painting, and decorating.
As a volunteer, you can help protect endangered species in Kenya and contribute to preservation efforts, including the aim to protect and monitor the rare Rothschild giraffe.
Learn about medicine and healthcare in a developing country by observing local medical staff, attending medical workshops about HIV and tropical diseases, conducting health checks for children in orphanages, and more.