Love Volunteers

Drug Rehabilitation Assistant

Diani Beach, Kenya show on map
Carry out a hands-on awareness program and go on daily outreach walks to provide proactive help, pick up and dispose used needles and clean addicts's wounds. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

Volunteers play an essential role in supporting this program, delivering essential services relating to the huge challenges faced by drug users and the community in Diani Beach. On this project, volunteers will work alongside a team of local volunteers to run a drug awareness community center. The main role of the center is to carry out daily outreach walks into the areas where drug users are known to spend time. This project is not for the faint of heart, and will require a great deal of maturity and strength on the part of the volunteer, yet volunteers are desperately needed to aid in keeping users and non-users safe, raising drug awareness and assisting with many other initiatives of this vital program. Volunteers need to be aware that they will be working hands on with users of hard drugs and WILL witness people injecting drugs during the daily outreach walks. As a result of this, there is a strict minimum age limit of 21 to join this program. Volunteers do not need a background in the Medical field, though Nurses, Doctors, and pre-med students are welcome to join.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide essential care to vulnerable drug users in Diani Beach
  • Reduce the transmission rate of disease and improve the future prospects of the population through education and tactical initiatives
  • Give drug users quality care, proactive help, compassion and a sense of hope
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.
How you can help

Volunteers on this program play an essential role in helping drug users and in reducing the transmission rate of disease and other health issues in the community. Volunteers will find they at working right at the heart of drug and health issues in Diani Beach, helping the addicted to achieve a better life, and working on awareness and education programs. Volunteers will visit drug taking areas with program staff, and hand out packs of clean needles, syringes, alcohol wipes and injecting liquid. They will also pick up and safely dispose of used needles, clean and dress abscesses and wounds the drug users have. Volunteers need to be prepared to work hands on with drug addicts and witness them injecting heroin on a daily basis. Volunteers will spend afternoons at the center in the community working with any drop in clients and planning community activities to raise awareness of drugs, HIV/AIDS, sexual health and hygiene.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Support those addicted to drugs in Diani Beach and create a safer environment for them
  • Raise awareness of the issues and educate users on how to stay safe
  • Dispose of drug related items to create a safer environment for the entire community

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast with your host family

7:30am Walk or bus to your project site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

3:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

3:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

3:30pm Walk or bus back to the accommodation

Evenings Volunteers are free to explore the local area, check out the multitude of local restaurants, bars and cafes, or relax with the other volunteers

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

With some of the best beaches in the world, Mombasa is Kenya’s main tourist destination. It is located on the Eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean. There is a tropical climate all year and the city is filled with many things to do during the day and at night.

Inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2011, Fort Jesus is one of the oldest European buildings on the eastern coast of Africa. The ultimate in indestructible fortresses, it stands 15 meters (50ft) high on the seaward side, where it overlooks the entrance to the Old Harbor, and its stone walls are up to 2.5 meters (8ft) thick.

The Old Town, located around Fort Jesus is a great place to visit. This historic district has mostly been converted into souvenir shops and restaurants. A maze of alleys, many too narrow to allow motor traffic, the Old Town sprawls out either side of the Ndia Kuu Road. A nice place to explore on a Sunday when much of the city is closed down. Mombasa is a truly epic place to visit and be a volunteer!

Diani Beach is a fantastic long white beach with loads of water sports and primates to see. A night at ‘40 Thieves’ beach bar is a great place to hang out for a few tuskers (beers). From Mombasa you can catch the ferry from Mombasa town center across to Diani and then Matatu to the beach -  approx. 1 hour travel time.

Swimming
Hiking
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 21 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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Emergency Contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite. All applicants must of course display a genuine willingness to help, show drive, initiative and compassion, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Breakfast & dinner provided
  • Return airport transfer
  • registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Moi International Airport

Upon arrival into Mombasa volunteers will be collected by a representative of the local project team and transported to the volunteer house accommodation where they will join a full orientation session where a representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience in Kenya. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Moi International Airport, Mombasa, Kenya (CODE: MBA)

Accommodation

Volunteers on this project are billeted with one of our wonderful local host families in Diani Beach who are experienced in hosting international volunteers.

This will involve shared bedrooms and bathrooms. Please keep in mind that some will consist of squat toilets and bucket showers. Although most families have running water, hot water is still uncommon among local families in Kenya.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Staying with a local Kenyan family is a great way to be truly immersed in the local culture. 

Volunteers are provided 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner). Lunch is not included but is often taken at small cafes or restaurants where you can try cheap and tasty local food. You are also free to buy bread and other snacks. The meals provided are mostly vegetarian, local cuisine. 

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 Moi International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa. 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$688.00
2 weeks
$803.00
3 weeks
$883.00
4 weeks
$1,021.00
5 weeks
$1,148.00
6 weeks
$1,240.00
7 weeks
$1,297.00
8 weeks
$1,435.00
9 weeks
$1,504.00
10 weeks
$1,562.00
11 weeks
$1,631.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,688.00
Average fees
$414.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Diani Beach/Kenya between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Kenya.
Deposit (15%)
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 (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Kenya  Diani Beach, N/A

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