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Join us to Bright up Smiles & lives As A Dentist.

1 - 30 weeks  ·  Age 14 - 50+

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  • You will have opportunity to experience the true African way of life, which will expand your perspective of the world, and memories that you'll never forget during your weekend excursions & safaris
  • The programs are many and suitable for volunteers from the age of 14 years and above, High School & University Students, Professionals, Couples & Families with their children, and Adults of 50+ years
  • After the completion of your online/ Onsite volunteer offer, UCESCO will write you a good and official recommendation letter and Certificate of appreciation/Recognition for your time and service to us
  • Our project site is truly an exciting place to be, a place where you can really make a difference. UCESCO - Kenya has a 100% safety record & we try to maintain it as Kenyans are friendly by nature.
  • Orientation of activities is done every Monday to understand all other programs we have in case you are flexible & interested to help other programs/activities. Opportunity to rotate to other program

Especially suitable

Age 14+
Wheel Chairs

About the program

Volunteer as a dentist with Ucesco Africa mostly in the slums, marginalized areas in Kenya.The people in these areas are Vulnerable with no ability to access dental care.

This program aims at Dental Medical professionals or pre-med Dental students, who want to gain first insights into a medical career and gather valuable experience before starting University or working in Healthcare. Healthcare providers and childcare professionals are always in high demand in the ...

About the program

This program aims at Dental Medical professionals or pre-med Dental students, who want to gain first insights into a medical career and gather valuable experience before starting University or working in Healthcare. Healthcare providers and childcare professionals are always in high demand in the communities we are serving. Gain volunteer experience with us in humanitarian aid.

  • Students or interns who can’t rely on medical experience will learn from observing & assisting dentists on the site through;  (Observing procedures, Office Administration, and Health data recording).
  • Professionals can be assistant dentists or do basic procedures at our dental facilities
  • For those professionals who want to serve as full time dentists, serving patients directly, we need to process a temporary license for you from the Ministry of Health and all relevant authorities by sending us the following requirements in advance.
  1. Copy of ID/ Passport
  2. Current colored passport-size photo
  3. Certified copies of transcripts in English Version
  4. Copy of current CV
  5. Your practicing license in your country.
  6.  A license fee


Immediately you arrive, it is reassuring to know you’ll be able to contact home and keep in touch with staff and volunteers during your stay. Here are some tips on communicating in Kenya

  • Mobile phone- It is a good idea to have a mobile phone with you while you volunteer. They allow you to reassure your family and friends to know that you will be contactable. A local SIM card will usually offer much cheaper local and international rates than your SIM from home. You can buy a local SIM from many shops in Nairobi, and the Kenyan team or another volunteer can tell you where to go. Safaricom is the largest network provider in Kenya. You can buy or rent a handset after you arrive, or alternatively bring one with you. Some smartphones (including iPhones) will not accept SIMs from other companies, so please check before you travel. 

  • Internet - The cheapest way to stay in touch with friends and family is via the Internet, email, social networks, and telecom services like Skype. Many volunteers also choose to write a travel blog, and volunteers who fundraise may have promised an email diary for their sponsors. There are two ways to access the internet in Nairobi: on the internet, Wifi in homestays, and cafes, or using a modem stick plugged into your laptop. 

Climate and Weather 
  • Like much of the rest of the world, Kenya's weather can vary widely. However, some obvious climatic patterns can tell you what to expect. There are two rainy seasons in Nairobi. The major rainy season generally falls between mid-March and the end of May. The minor rainy season generally falls between the beginning of November and the end of December. During these periods, you will see a fair amount of rain, especially in the evening and during the night. 

  • July and August we usually rain-free, although they can be quite chilly, especially at night. Temperatures are fairly consistent throughout the year- around 20' C during the day and chilly in the evenings. 

  • January and February are usually the hottest months.

  • It is safest to plan for the hot sun as well as pouring rain, whatever the month, a raincoat is necessary, as is sun cream. Remember that the sun is stronger on the equator


There are a couple of things to bear in mind when packing clothes for Kenya. The first is the weather - it can vary quite a lot, so it is best to plan for hot sun and pouring rain. You will need to dress to protect yourself from the sun but also be prepared for rain. Here is a suggestion of what to bring;

  • T-shirts 

  • Shorts 

  • Lightweight trousers and tops

  • Jumper and Jeans for the evenings 

  • Plenty of underwear 

  • Hait for sun

  • Sports clothing 

  • Trainers or boots 

  • Sandals 

  • Day shoes 


Below are some suggestions about what to pack. Everything on these lists is essential or useful 

  • Passport 

  • Yellow Fever vaccination certificate 

  • Travel pillow 

  • Towels 

  • Toiletries and sanitary products. Consider bringing dry shampoo wet wipes, and hand sanitizer

Tours and Safaris
 Weekends are made for exploring our country and Safaris ( Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for any safari outside Nairobi City like Masai Mara, and Samburu, they need at least 2 nights and 3 days to have enough experience). Safaris within Nairobi city or nearby can be explored for one day or two ( Saturday and Sunday). The organization is aware and more than happy to give you enough time to explore Kenya too because you are here to help at the same time make sure you experience Africa's lifestyle and culture. We will always give you time for that. In case you are also interested in safaris while volunteering us us, let us know to link you to our sister company that offers pocket-friendly Hotel reservations for weekend holidays, flight booking, Visa application, holiday vehicle arrangements, and travel insurance for our volunteers. It's a company that embarks on a thrilling adventure with Meaningful Travel, a premier travel company in Kenya, as we unveil our exciting lineup of upcoming tours and extraordinary destinations within this breathtaking East African gem. From the iconic savannahs of the Maasai Mara to the pristine beaches of the Kenyan coast, our meticulously crafted tours promise to immerse you in Kenya’s diverse landscapes, wildlife, and cultures. Traverse the Great Rift Valley, witness the Big Five in their natural habitat, and engage with local communities in immersive cultural experiences. With Meaningful Travel, you’re not just exploring Kenya; you’re discovering its heart and soul. Join us on a transformative journey that showcases Kenya’s beauty and leaves you with memories to last a lifetime. Travel. dreams into reality.” The beautiful thing about booking a safari with us, all the cost recovery is donated back to the organization to keep one child in school. That is why we call it meaningful travel "traveling with a purpose".

Wish list 

To prepare for your work here, there are a few things you can do. We kindly ask you to check if you have any school materials (Schoolbooks -written in English-, pencils, toys, notebooks, rubbers, etc.) or electronics (laptop, tablet, Camera for documentary, smartphone/phone) you no longer use.

Unfortunately, resources are minimal here in Kenya, and any support is much appreciated. Your old schoolbooks can be given a second life for a great cause!


Do you want to be a volunteer superstar? You can multiply your impact by setting up a fundraiser.

Necessities like food, school tuition, ongoing School construction, or healthcare require funds. We understand that you can’t do it all, but maybe your friends, family, or colleagues can help you to make your visit even more impactful. We assure you; that it will be everyone’s best-spent money! Need help or materials for

promotion? Let us know, and we will provide you with promotional materials or you can access them from our social media or Google Drive. 

Typical day

1. Volunteer task

We anticipate that;

  • You want to contribute, and 
  • You have a passion for teaching locals with no knowledge
  • As a person you are calm, embracing, and with no judgment
  • You are passionate about making a difference to the target group or individual.

2.  Your induction and orientation

On your ...

Typical day

1. Volunteer task

We anticipate that;

  • You want to contribute, and 
  • You have a passion for teaching locals with no knowledge
  • As a person you are calm, embracing, and with no judgment
  • You are passionate about making a difference to the target group or individual.

2.  Your induction and orientation

On your first day, you will receive a comprehensive induction to your new town. A staff member will take you on a tour of the surrounding area, and point out places that might be useful. You will also be taken to buy a local SIM card or exchange money if you need to. We value innovative ideas to make us serve others better hence we always encourage our volunteers to have creative ideas for serving the community better apart from assigning you our usual operations. 

Orientation of activities is done every Monday to understand all other programs we have in case you are flexible and interested in helping with other programs/activities. When you rotate to other programs you get more exposure and be more impactful to many needy beneficiaries.  For example, if you have applied for medical volunteers to help us at our clinic, you can at the same time, help in teaching your language if you are good in life skills you can share with our high school students, and if you are good in sports you can teach some sports you know, if you are good in mathematics you can teach at our school, if you have the medical background you can volunteers some of your free time from the clinic at our schools and homes visit or at our beauty school. I recommend volunteers who are flexible to help in other areas if the program you have applied to is not that busy during your time in Kenya. Africa will be more fun and enjoyable and you can learn more than you expected. 

3. Daily program/ Timetable 

Volunteer work is during the morning hours every day, and in the afternoon, we have free activities such as sports, Kenya traditional dance classes, traditional cooking classes, and sports for those volunteers interested to learn, however, it's an optional offer depending on the number of volunteers interested to learn But mostly volunteers finish their volunteer work at 3:30 pm and go home direct to rest and prepare for the following days' activities. 

A typical day schedule will look like this with or without minor adjustments;

  • 8:30 am - We serve a delicious and healthy breakfast 
  • 9:00 am - 13:30 pm - Volunteer work as described above. 
  • 14:00 pm to 18:00 pm - Free time activities mentioned above (Optional)
  • 3:30 pm -  Break and prepare back home to rest
  • 8:00 pm - Dinner is served.

Free-time activities

Official languages are Swahili and English

  • Common swahili words
  • Hello: jambo/ hujambo/ ​salama.
  • How are you?: habari gani.
  • Fine (response): nzuri.
  • Goodbye: kwa heri/ kwa herini (more than one peson)
  • See you later: tutaonana.
  • Nice to meet you: nafurahi kukuona.
  • Goodnight: lala salama.


Kenya has a ...

Free-time activities

Official languages are Swahili and English

  • Common swahili words
  • Hello: jambo/ hujambo/ ​salama.
  • How are you?: habari gani.
  • Fine (response): nzuri.
  • Goodbye: kwa heri/ kwa herini (more than one peson)
  • See you later: tutaonana.
  • Nice to meet you: nafurahi kukuona.
  • Goodnight: lala salama.


Kenya has a considerable land area devoted to wildlife habitats, including the Masai Mara, where blue wildebeest and other bovids participate in large-scale annual migration.

More than one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras participate in the migration across the Mara River.

The “Big five” game animals of Africa, that is the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephants, can be found in Kenya and in the Masai Mara and Samburu in particular.

A significant population of other wild animals, reptiles, and birds can be found in the national parks and game reserves in the country. The annual animal migration occurs between June and September, with millions of animals taking part, attracting valuable foreign tourism.

Two million wildebeests migrate a distance of 2,900 kilometers (1,802 mi) from the Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya, in a constant clockwise fashion, searching for food and water supplies. This Serengeti Migration of the wildebeest is listed among the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

Things to note throughout your stay in Kenya.

Nice places to visit in Kenya

  1. Samburu
  2. Fourteen falls
  3. Maasai village
  4. Kibera and Mathare slum
  5. Nairobi national museum and snake park
  6. Nairobi national park
  7. David sheldrick wildlife
  8. Bomas of kenya / Karen Blixen
  9. Kazuri beads factory and Giraffe centre
  10. Mt kenya
  11. Kiambethu tea farm in Limuru
  12. Tsavo national park
  13. Elephant hill hiking
  14. Amboseli national park
  15. Coffee farm tour
  16. Nairobi safari walk
  17. Maasai mara park
  18. Zip lining at Kereita



Minimum Age: 14 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 14 years old on the program start date.

Language Skills

You need to speak English (basic level)

Education Requirements

Medicine, sciences, math at university level

Required Documents

Passport and any form of identification

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills

a social mindset • a good work ethic • the ability to work as part of a team • great communication skills • adaptability to different types of tasks • problem-solving ability • initiative • enthusiasm • resilience • a non-judgmental approach and respect for diversity • great cultural awareness • a professional attitude to work • strong regard for health and safety • eagerness to travel • dedication

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:30

What's Included

What's Included

Services by UCESCO Africa

In Summary, the fee includes:

  • Accommodation 
  • Wifi costs
  • Water and Electricity 
  • Airport Pick up
  • Program Orientation
  • Security 
  • Administration and on-site/in-country staff support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information and any services you need such as an invitation letter for your visa application
  • Background check fees
  • Meals (Breakfast and Dinner)
  • Letter of recommendation / Certificate of completion 

Not included in the fee:

  • Drop off 
  • Laundry
  •  Local SIM card you need to purchase
  • Tour / Safaris
  •  Volunteer T-shirt
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation to the project site
  • Airport return transfer

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

UCESCO-Kenya a staff member will be there to welcome you when you arrive at Nairobi Airport (NBO). From the airport, you will travel in our private car to your accommodation. Depending on traffic, this will be a 15-minute drive. Once you are done with the booking process, we share our whatsup number to keep in touch, especially during airport pick-up, it's easy and quick to communicate because there is always a wifi at the airport. 

N/B Just to remind you, sometimes luggage delays and we have seen our volunteer having a hard time as they are waiting for their luggage for three days, make sure at least the back bag/ the small bag you will be walking with, have all the basic items, and at least few clothes to change in case you luggage delays, At least make sure you can survive for two to three days but not always luggage delays but it happens. it's just a caution because we have seen volunteer forced to go the the mall to buy a few clothes to survive as they are waiting for their luggage to arrive, which is an unnecessary expense. 


  • All volunteer houses have running water. Volunteers should not drink tap water – instead, drink only bottled water
  • UCESCO- Kenya arranges accommodation for volunteers in a volunteer house or in homestays. Both our homestays and volunteer house are executive, spacious, beautiful, Well-finished apartment that is fully furnished with en-suite room features and en-suite bathroom. It's a place you can call home away from home. your stay is guaranteed to be comfortable, and memorable and a comeback is certain. The unit has a furnished living room fitted with armchairs, a flat-screen TV, Free Wifi, and a fully equipped kitchen in case you want to cook your own fast food apart from what we provide. Parking facilities are available and the premises are guarded by security personnel 24/7. 
  • Both Homestays and volunteer houses are located at Lower Kabete Road and Westlands, Nairobi, in a serene environment with friendly people, and proximity to major Shopping Malls such as Westgate Mall, Sarit Centre Mall, Springs Valley Mall, Ibis Hotel, KFC, GYM, Pizza Inn, Coffe cafes, Supermarkets, and Educational Centers such as the University of Nairobi and Kenya School of Government. Just a short drive from Westlands and is a great choice for volunteers to rest after hard work in the slums. They are also in a Great location…convenient for public transport to the city and many bars and restaurants nearby. 
  • Housekeeping is offered weekly (every Saturday) and change of beddings.  
  • Homestay volunteers can accommodate up to 3 volunteers same time, You will be living in a host family house and become a member of that family, which gives you the opportunity to learn their culture, learn a new language, and virtually do everything with them.

Food & Beverages

  • Cuisine

    Kenyans generally have three meals in a day—breakfast (kiamsha kinywa), lunch (chakula cha mchana), and supper (chakula cha jioni or simply chajio). In between, they have the 10 o'clock tea (chai ya saa nne) and 4 p.m. tea (chai ya saa kumi).

    Breakfast is usually tea or porridge with bread, chapati, mahamri, boiled sweet potatoes, or yams.

     Githeri is a common lunchtime dish in many households, while Ugali with vegetables, sour milk (mursik), meat, fish, or any other stew is generally eaten by much of the population for lunch or supper.

    Regional variations and dishes also exist.

    In western Kenya, among the Luo fish is a common dish; among the Kalenjin, who dominate much of the Rift Valley Region, mursik—sour milk—is a common drink.

    In cities such as Nairobi, there are fast-food restaurants, including Steers, KFC, and Subway. There are also many fish-and-chips shops.

    Cheese is becoming more popular in Kenya, with consumption increasing particularly among the middle class

  • We provide 2 meals per day because most of the lunchtime will always find you on the project site. You only need to buy some snacks or affordable food near your project site. Sometimes like in school you can share with the students but might not be good for your stomach because mostly we use Githeri ( Cooked Maize corns and beans together) which I guess might be difficult for your stomach to digest if you are not used to it. If you have any special dietary requirements e.g vegetarian or vegan, please let us know so we can make arrangements for you. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but, as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible so you can adapt easily.

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE


If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

1. Preparing for the arrival 

  • Volunteering in Kenya through our organization will be an exhilarating, horizon-widening time. You will find new friends and take on new challenges, experiencing a different way of life while you do so. To make the most of this opportunity, it is a good idea to make sure that you are as prepared as possible, both physically and mentally. 

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Program fees

1 week (min. stay) 369€
2 weeks 527€
3 weeks 762€
4 weeks 998€
8 weeks 1,942€
16 weeks 3,829€
30 weeks (max. stay) 9,603€
Average fees 344€/week

Program fees

344€ per week 1 - 30 weeks Age 14 - 50+

Payment methods

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1 - 30 weeks


The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.

Final Payment

Your final payment will be agreed with UCESCO Africa during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Meet your organization


Excellent 4.8 rating (102 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 2010

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Spoken languages: English

About the project

Our organization depends on the generosity of donors and volunteers to achieve our goals. There are different ways of supporting our cause and we welcome any help we.

Meet your organization

United Cultural Empowerment and Social Community Organization – Africa (UCESCO – Africa), is a Charitable NGO committed to supporting vulnerable women and children in marginalized communities in Kenya.

We do this through educationhealth care, and micro-business to emancipate families from poverty and empower them to take charge of their future.

UCESCO aims to build intercultural understanding through heritage protection and support for cultural diversity and human co-existence regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. 


We focus on initiating and implementing projects that contribute to poverty alleviation in the community.

1. Slums and Rural Women's Economic Empowerment
2. Provide Free Health Care
3. Sanitation and Water Safety Programs
4. Early Childhood Development
5. Education and Talent Development
6. Sports and Social Engagements


Creating sustainable growth for diverse vulnerable populations.


To support vulnerable women and children through education, health and micro-business boost to lift their families from poverty; and empower them to take charge of their own future.


Creating sustainable growth for diverse populations

Why choose us

UCESCO has a 100% safety record in Kenya and we mean to keep it. Our programs in Kenya are safe to experience. Generally, Kenyans are friendly people by nature, especially toward volunteers who are helping their community. We advise that no volunteer should be out after dark and that volunteers should stay indoors after 9 pm. Exceptions are made when volunteers are with UCESCO local volunteers or project staff. This is merely a precaution, but one that we expect all volunteers to keep. People may stop to say hello and it is polite to respond; however, they will understand if you are busy and cannot chat for long. Never accept an invitation to visit a stranger. We also recommend that you arrange medical, dental, and eye check-ups before you depart, to identify any issues that might affect your time in Kenya.

102 reviews · rating4.8

UCESCO AFRICA NEEDS YOU. TRY THE MOST POWERFUL HUMAN EXPERIENCE OF YOUR PROFESSION AND YOUR LIFE. I am very moved to meet the students in Nairobi (Kenya) and offer them psychological support. Not to conform to Western standards, but to restore their dignity and value the immense human and moral ...
Greta Sorrentino rating4.6

2024 at Help Women through Micro-Finance Education

I participated in the program for two weeks, supporting the women's training center in creating different types of designs. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the training center and am very proud of the progress and the learnings that were exchanged during my stay. Overall, UCESCO is a great ...
I had the privilege of spending a month in Nairobi as part of a humanitarian intervention, in collaboration with UCESCO Africa. My time there was truly transformative, surpassing all expectations and leaving an indelible mark on my life. Despite the preconceptions instilled by European narratives ...
Christie Knight rating5

2024 at Teaching in School and Communities

UCESCO Africa are an incredible organisation doing so much to help. During my time away from work, I wanted to spend some time volunteering and giving back to a community who need it. There are many times in our lives where someone goes out of their way to give us an opportunity, help us, or simply ...
I have just arrived back from Kenya. My daughter is still there to finish her internship. Returning from Nairobi after my volunteer work at the Rescue center in Kibera and the Psychology Counseling Program in Kyole, my heart is filled with a deep gratitude. What touched me the most was the ...
Jesse Van Dijck rating4.4

2024 at Construct Schools for Children and Families

I had the opportunity to help out in Kibera, the biggest slum in Nairobi. The experience with the kids there was amazing. Truly inspiring to see how these kids live and to grow close to them. The Ucesco team is amazing and always happy to help you with any issues or ...


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