Kenya is one of Africa's most stunning locations. It is a country of internationally significant habitats where wildlife roam freely. Kenya is home of rare, unique species and the Big Five (African elephant, Cape Buffalo African leopard, and White/black rhinoceros). If you are interested on becoming a volunteer in Kenya, we will guide you on your decision and give you advice about the safety and cultural considerations to have in mind, before visiting this great country.
Some examples of Kenyan vegetation include the Sphagnum Moss, Rose moss, the African Juniper, the Mexican Cypress; as well as the Blood Lily, Water Lily, the Gloriosa Lily, among others. Kenya's vegetation varies as the temperature and altitude varies and it is rich and unique.
Additionally to this, maternal mortality is also a health issue in the country. The official data indicates that, in 2010, maternal mortality for Kenya is 530 (out of 100, 000 births). However, other sources assure that this cipher is even higher: as much as 1,000 deaths per 100,000 births. The consequences are even worse for women under 24 years of age and among those living in rural regions of Kenya, because they can develop complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
Nevertheless, literacy levels in Kenya are low. And, generally, girls tend to perform better in reading English and Kiswahili (Swahili), while boys tend to perform better in math. And 5% of all children are not enrolled in school, and this is particularly bad in rural regions. Schools also struggle to offer quality in education. As a consequence, many children are older than expected for their class level. This is mainly so, because schools don't receive governmental support on a regular basis, and schools are severly understaffed.
One of the biggest problematic in Kenya's school system is that children are not allowed to repeat year. And, even if they fail their examinations, they pass on to the next year. This means that a lot of children, the ones who fail their examinations, are not receiving the quality in education that they should have and it is eventually harder for them to keep up with the rest of their class.
Kenya has a its own "Silicon Valley", locally named as "Silicon Savannah, that has attracted all types of investors. In Nairobi, it is cheaper to install mobile telephone networks and this has attracted a range of tech start-ups and venture capital firms. Kenya's advancement has been recognized from companies like Google, Intel, Nokia, IBM and Microsoft, which have established sites in Nairobi. So what comes next for the Silicon Savannah? Some are rooting for the development of 5G technology, expected to be launched in the next decade, which not only make mobile services faster, but it will boost Kenya's technological capabilities.
By the way, I inserted a picture of another cool reserve in Kenya, that you definitely need to check out, if you are looking forward to interact with giraffes, in a charming yet luxurious place. You'll find curious giraffes checking out what's in your plate and in your room window. A dream come true, if you ask me!
To volunteer in Kenya you will need to apply for a Special pass from the immigration department, the Permit Class I in addition to the Entry Visa. Please note that the Single Entry Visa (tourist Visa) alone does not allow anyone to engage in any form of employment whether for pay or not.
If you wish to volunteer in Kenya, you'll additionally require authorization from the Director of Immigration Services in Nairobi (P.O. Box 30191, Nairobi Kenya). This can be done by your contact/host in Kenya.
Next step: Get a permit to do volunteer work! For the permit, you will need: