Experienced Medical Assistant for Local Hospital

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Coordinator | Guillaume
Coordinator | Guillaume
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You'll be working in a local hospital or clinic assisting in a wide range of departments. You'll learn about Kenyan medicine from local physicians. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

There are medical placements available at local hospitals and community clinics. 

Please note that in the areas where Agape Volunteers works there is no comprehensive provision of national health services, so people are reliant on private clinics and hospitals. In most cases, patients are expected to pay treatment and medication, subsidised where possible by the government or charitable organisations, and often on a means-tested basis. Local clinics and hospitals are not profit-making operations but you must be prepared to work in a healthcare setting where patients will be expected to pay. 

Our medical placements offer a range of different experiences suited to different levels of qualification. Wherever you volunteer, please remember to leave your expectations behind you – healthcare provision in the developing world is likely to shock and challenge you. 

Please let your trip adviser know your level of experience and whether you are primarily looking for a work placement or a learning placement. In general, hospital placements offer more opportunities for observation and experience, while clinic placements require a more hands on approach. 

For example, one of our placement hospitals, St Theresa’s, is a 36 bed hospital located between Waithaka and Kikuyu. As the principal acute medical facility for the town of Kikuyu, it is a good placement for qualified practitioners but is not as well suited to students. Facilities include: a major trauma theatre; orthopaedic theatre; x-ray; laboratory; tuberculosis centre; infection control; paediatrics; maternity ward; general ward; immunisation; HIV care. 

Work and observation at both hospital and clinic placements will be varied, ranging from consultation, treatment of minor injuries and tropical diseases, checkups and care for people affected by HIV, and more. For volunteers who are happy to be on call, there may be opportunities to help out at clinic-based maternity wards.

As well as working at your placement, you will also be involved in community outreach work funded directly by Agape Volunteers. At least one day per working week will be devoted to outreach work. Activities will vary according to the funding available and in accordance with a schedule put together by our team in Kenya. Outreach work is designed to extend medical skills and resources to places where it could not be afforded otherwise, and might involve educational work, health screenings, distribution of supplies or partnership with HIV projects. 

Typical day

For medical volunteering in Kenya, you will generally be expected to work at your placement five days a week. Weekday mornings will start with breakfast with other volunteers at our volunteer house before you head to your hospital or clinic for around 9 am. Mornings will often start with a consultation with local staff members to discuss the needs of the day, and you may be asked to help out with a wide range of activities. At around 12pm you’ll get a break for lunch, which you can take with other volunteers and local staff.

You will generally finish your placement at around 5pm, though this will depend on the opening times of your placement. When you finish you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers and local team members over dinner, and we often organise games and activities of our own in the evenings. Weekends are also your own but there are always plenty of extra Adventures to do in Kenya!

Free-time activities

ll of Agape's medical volunteers in Kenya also get the opportunity to take part in at least two extra trips free during their stay in Kenya.

The first of these is to an IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp an hour's drive from the volunteer house. These camps were set up during the election violence in 2007 to house those who lost their home during the troubles. Thankfully the situation is much more peaceful now, but sadly many residents have not moved since. Agape is committed to continuing to offer as much support as possible to some of the most vulnerable people in Kenya. We help to run a school there, and are also engaged in various other infrastructure projects to help the local community. During your day there you will help out with whatever projects we have ongoing at the time. This may include medical outreach work, distributing supplies, or helping with the building and maintenance of ongoing construction projects.

The other trip Agape offers free in Kenya is our Nairobi City Tour. This is your chance to relax after the stresses of your placement or work in IDP, and provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with giraffes and elephants at the animal orphenage. It will also help to orientate you in Kenya's capital city - a vibrant and exciting place with plenty to explore!

From optional extras in Kenya, you can choose from the following: Three Day Maasai Mara Safari, Four Day Safari, Maasai Cultural Excursion, Diani Beach Getaway, Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Mount Kenya Climb, Hell’s Gate Biking and Hiking Day Trip, Mt. Logonot Day Hike, Kibera Outreach Day Uganda Adventure Holiday Break and Uganda Gorilla Trekking. Our most popular trips are the Safari, and the Hell's Gate Biking and Hiking, along with climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for those on longer trips. Please ask for further information about any of these, and for a full list of prices.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
Medicine/Nursing at First year of a medical/healthcare degree OR higher. level
Required Documents
CV, Passport sized photo, degree certificate if applicable and confirmation of medical status
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Please let us know if you have a specialism and we will do our best to place you where you will be able to use your skills.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Agape Volunteers

The program fee includes your accommodation, two meals a day, transfers to and from the airport, all Agape registrations, orientation, a dedicated trip adviser to guide you through your booking, a donation to your placement, a guided tour of Nairobi and a trip to the IDP camp where we do a lot of our work.

The fee does not include the medical registration. Please ask your trip adviser how much the registration is for your type of qualification.

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

A uniformed member of staff will meet you and drive you to the volunteer house. You'll be provided with emergency contact details and an explanation of the visa/arrival process.


Most of our volunteers undertaking medical work in Kenya live in our purpose-built volunteer house, supervised and run by our local team. Living in our volunteer house is great fun, and provides the perfect balance between getting involved in a big Kenyan family and having the opportunity to relax with other like-minded volunteers.

Our volunteer house has hostel-style dorm rooms but you can also request a private double room if you volunteer in a couple. Other facilities at the volunteer house include a roof terrace with a barbecue, games room, and plenty of communal space for games and activities.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast will be bread, butter, jam, eggs and chai, a type of African tea. Kenyan food often has an Indian influence, and dinner consists of rice, beans, mixed vegetables, chapatis, ugali and stewed meat. You are encouraged to try out the local vendors and stalls near your placement for lunch. Your host mum can provide you with a packed lunch if you prefer. It is recommended that you drink only bottled water. If you have any special dietary requirements, do let us know.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Kenya provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Shortly before your departure we will be in contact to give you some information about airport pick ups and safety procedures.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$484 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Agape Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Agape Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Experienced Medical Assistant for Local Hospital

You'll be working in a local hospital or clinic assisting in a wide range of departments. You'll learn about Kenyan medicine from local physicians.


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