Volunteering Solutions

Supporting Orphan Children

Nairobi, Kenya show on map

Spend quality time with children from the local communities who have faced the wrath of losing their parents at an early age. Share love and affection to show you care.

The project

As the name suggests, this program is focused on working towards the welfare and development of orphan kids in the local communities of Nairobi and around. 

There are thousands of children in Kenya who have lost either both or one of their parents due to HIV AIDS. Many orphans are taken by their extended family members and foster parents but some families find it difficult to take care of kids for financial reasons and due to this reason place them in orphanage and children's care homes. Volunteers spend time at these centers to engage the kids in productive activities, play games, tell stories, share experiences, enhance general knowledge, help with their studies, and any way they think they can contribute and share love with these kids. 

Volunteer work

In many of the orphanage project placements, the school going children are in the school during the school term in morning hours. During these hours, only the smaller children are at the orphanages and the volunteers are expected to assist in daily chores such as cooking, cleaning and washing during these hours. After the children come back from school during afternoons, volunteers play with them and help them in their studies.

These orphanages are run by local NGOs and often face manpower crunch. Volunteers can also help in various other administrative works at the center. 

The tasks and daily work of volunteers under the orphanage volunteering program in Kenya varies and depends on the requirements at the center. This may include, but not limited to;

  • Work alongside the existing staff to care for the children in the orphanages.
  • Take part in feeding, dressing and keeping the children active within the homes.
  • Assist the local staff and caretakers in daily work to help them run the orphanage in a better way; such as, cleaning and tidy the homes as well as cooking.
  • Assist in the office of the orphanage if you think you can contribute to make them more organized and run in a more efficient manner.
  • Teach the kids, play with them, prepare their daily records, Get involved in preparing their dishes, help in washing their cloth and some administrative work also.
  • At times, attend meetings on behalf of the orphanage.
Please note

It is very important for the volunteers to understand the sensitivity of this program as it involves working with children and should be taken with utmost responsibility. These are not very large centers and have very basic facilities available. On an average there are around 15-20 children in a center where placement is provided. 

Typical day

The schedule for the volunteers remains as follows;

  • Sunday - Arrival at the program destination
  • Monday - Orientation + introduction to the placement (commute + local staff + kids + places to eat, etc.). Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behaviour, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Kenya.
  • Tuesday to Fri - Volunteer work
      • Breakfast - 07:30 am onwards (provided at the accommodation)
      • Leave for the project - 08:00 am
      • Working hours at the placement - 09:00 to 04:00 pm
      • Lunch - 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm (volunteers need to manage lunch on their own)
      • Dinner - 07:30 pm  onwards (provided at the accommodation)
  • Weekends - Free to explore the city, and do activities such as
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onward.

Details on Arrival

Below are the available start dates for this program;

2018
January          21
February        04 & 18
March            04 & 18
April               01 & 15
May               06 & 20
June             03 & 17
July               01 & 15
August         05 & 19
October        07 & 21
December 02 & 16

The program start date that you choose will also be your arrival date in Nairobi. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers work for 5-6 hours in a day for 5 days a week depending on the program requirements. You will have the evenings and weekends free for you to explore in and around the city. During the weekends, you can take a safari to Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru National Park or the Nairobi National Park. You can also go on a short excursion and interact with the locals, learn about their cuisines and customs. In Nairobi, volunteers can visit Masai market, Bomas of Kenya, Giraffe center and Carnivore Restaurant.

There's lot to do and explore for the volunteers during free time and weekends. We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked separately. 

  • Visit the elephant orphanage, giraffe centre, mamba village
  • Visit the local markets and buy souvenirs
  • Go for a safari
  • For those inclined to travel further away fro fun activities, one can go biking to Hells Gate National Park in Naivasha (1.5 hours from the accommodation), climb Mt. Longonot (1.5 hours from the accommodation), or visit Thompson Falls (3 hours from the accommodation).
  • One could also go to Mombasa and experience sandy beaches
  • Go hiking Mt. Kenya
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports

Program Requirements

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 (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, Passport and parental consent(for under 18)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Volunteering Solutions

The total cost for the program includes;

  •  24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
  •  Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  •  Airport Pickup 
  •  Orientation 
  •  Food - 2 meals a day
  •  Accommodation 
  •  Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost) 

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

You will be met by our representative at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi from where you are transferred to the accommodations in Nairobi itself. Volunteers who will be already in Kenya or arriving overland would need to give us their contact details so that the pickup can be arranged from a specific location.

Accommodation

Volunteer Accommodations are provided in a volunteer house or in a homestay. The volunteer house is taken care by local host mother and has all the modern amenities available to ensure a comfortable stay for the volunteers. Some of the facilities available are: 

  • showers, 
  • microwave 
  • refrigerator in the kitchen and a lounge area for the volunteers.

Guesthouse Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with 2 meals(Breakfast and Dinner) on weekdays and three meals during the weekends. Typical meals include Ugali, Chapatti, Chai (Tea), Bread and rice with vegetables and fruits. 

Volunteers who have special food requirements or are allergic to a specific type of food item should mention the same in their applications, and it will be taken care of. 

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.
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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$840.00
5 weeks
$940.00
6 weeks
$1,040.00
7 weeks
$1,140.00
8 weeks
$1,240.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$3,000.00
Average fees
$168.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nairobi/Kenya between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions 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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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