Intern Kenya Volunteer and Safaris have volunteer programs in both the rural and urban Kenya. Our programs are also found in coastal Mombasa and Masailand and in the biggest slum in Africa.
We have opportunities in Teaching, Orphanage Work, Medical Work and HIV/AIDS placements. Our volunteers get to experience life with the people they are serving because they live with local families within these communities.
Intern Kenya Volunteer and Safaris is involved in various humanitarian projects that are aimed at helping the orphaned and the vulnerable children, and also people infected or affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Children growing up in a third world country like Kenya are faced with a lot of challenges which include lack of good education, nutrition, shelter and even medical care.
Volunteering is based on the concept of giving through the donation of your time, your skills, your energy and often just simply your presence to help others in need. However, while volunteers have a tremendous effect on the people they work with, you will very rarely find a volunteer who feels they have given more than they have received. The lessons and benefits that a volunteer receives while volunteering are endless and can include increased self confidence and social awareness, development of life skills, personal growth, friendship and building of independence. Furthermore, volunteering can help to enhance career prospects. Not only do volunteers increase their skill base, work experience and international contacts through volunteering, employees often look favorably upon those that are willing to go outside of their comfort zone and give up their time to assist others.
Intern Kenya Volunteer and Safaris gives opportunities to all sorts of people to match their interests in Kenya. Here are some examples of the volunteer/internship projects we place people in:-
1. Kenyan Health-based Internships, Children Orphanages and Schools
This is an ideal opportunity to work as a volunteer social worker in many of our countrywide projects.Hospitals are also in need of extra manpower and this would be ideal for pre-med students, qualified and graduating health workers to experience health matters from an African perspective.
2. Kenya Community Volunteer Projects
There are other community based projects that volunteers from all over the world can engage in Kenya. Each community has its distinct development, health, education and social issues that could benefit from an intern's valued contribution.
3. Charity & Mission Tours in Kenya
The volunteer and missionary tours have grown exponentially due to the increasing North South pro-poor movement. Needy situations in Africa including Kenya, Africa's volunteer and charity missions are a result of HIV/AIDS, Education, poverty environment, Hunger e.t.c
There exist very ideal projects with which charitable volunteer human resources are channeled to Kenya including: - volunteering in Destitute Homes - volunteering in Conservation Organizations - School volunteer teaching - volunteers in Hospitals-Churches -Micro finance institutions.
4. Internships and Gap Year Students
Participants in this kind of travel include-Gap year students -volunteers -Missionaries -Internship programs etc. Intern Kenya Volunteer and Safaris handles the applications, orientation, and other logistics of such groups.
We also understand placement of these volunteers in needy institutions as volunteers, teachers, interns, missionaries etc.
Currently, opportunities exist for volunteers, missionaries and interns for several organizations that we collaborate with in Kenya.
5. Working with Kenyan Destitute children
Internship with the children’s home will require an intern to house themselves in a safe neighbourhood. Working with children accords the interns and volunteers a chance to care for the most venerable destitute of the society-children. There is no experience as righteous and self developing as working with children as a volunteer or intern.
Working with children accords the interns and volunteers a chance to care for the most venerable destitute of the society-children. There is no experience as righteous and self developing as working with children as a volunteer or intern.
There are also many HIV AIDS organization at community level involved in research, mobilization and sensitization of people about the disease. This is an ideal opportunity to work as a volunteer social worker in many of our countrywide projects.
Builders of Hope Self Help Project (BOHSHEP) is another of Intern Kenya’s registered partner community based organization that deals with HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention campaigns.
Kenya is home to one of the world’s harshest HIV and AIDS epidemics. An estimated 1.5-2 million people are living with HIV; around 1.2 million children have been orphaned by AIDS; and in 2006 85,000 people died from AIDS related illnesses.
Kenya’s HIV prevalence peaked during 2000 and, according to the latest figures, has dramatically reduced to around 6.3 percent. This decline is thought to be partially due to an increase in education and awareness, and high death rates.
Many people in Kenya are still not being reached with HIV prevention and treatment services. Only 1 in 3 children needing treatment are receiving it. This demonstrates Kenya still has a long way to go in providing universal access to HIV treatment, prevention and care.
A principle aim of the 2005/06-2009/10 Kenyan National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan is to reduce the number of new HIV infections by using new, evidence-based approaches to HIV prevention. The main prevention strategies outlined in the Plan include:
• Increasing availability and access to counseling and testing
• Condom promotion
• Strengthening sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV program linkages
• Expanding services for prevention for mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT)
• Ensuring more effective and targeted behaviour change communication
• Promoting abstinence, safe sex and delayed sex debut among young people
• Improve availability of safe blood supplies
• Ensure injection safety and expand access to post exposure prophylaxis and universal precautions
• Ensure mutually supporting prevention and treatment efforts.
• Intern Kenya welcomes inquiries of any kind. Support towards BOHSHEP’S programs and Activities could be in form of online donation, Volunteering, Internship, Child Sponsorship for Orphan, Destitute or Street Rehabilitation efforts , Visit etc.
If you need to PARTNER with BOHSHEP in whatever form, please do let us know and we will be delighted to facilitate that.
7. Maasai projects
INTERN KENYA VOLUNTEER AND SAFARIS partners with local community–based organizations in Kajiado district in the Rift Valley province.
The proud Maasai run organisations, aim to improve the lives of people in Maasailand, Kenya. We coordinate a wide range of projects, including volunteer, homestay and sponsorship programs, all of which allow foreigners to personally assist in developing the community, and directly benefiting children in the local community.
1. Program Name: Masai-Teaching
Program Length: 2 weeks - 6 months
Requirements: Teaching/Arts qualifications/students for Secondary School.
Primary School is open to all, subject to fluency in english.
Teaching children in a developing country is an extremely rewarding experience.
People from all countries and backgrounds come to Kenya to experience volunteer teaching. Volunteers play an important role in the education of Maasai children, as a volunteer brings with them not only their fluency in english and knowledge in other subjects, but also a perspective on the world outside of Kenya that Kenyan teachers cannot necessarily provide. Most of the children our volunteers teach live in absolute poverty (living on less than $1 US a day), and all the children our volunteers teach greatly appreciate all the help a volunteer is willing to offer.
Volunteer teachers work the following hours:
8.00AM - 12.40PM: Classes (Compulsory)
12.40PM - 2.00PM: Lunch (Optional)
Kenyan schools open five days a week, Monday to Friday.
Volunteer teachers can teach a range of subjects, including English, Maths,
Social Studies, Religious Education, Science and more. Volunteers are free to choose the subjects they teach, and can teach as many subjects as they like, but usually specialise in one or two subjects. Volunteers are also free to coordinate sports and arts at the end of the day. Many volunteers also opt to tutor some students during this period.
Many volunteer teachers form a solid bond with their students, and will often be invited by students to join their families in celebrations or to accompany students on any outings they may take outside of school. Kenyan children are extremely generous, despite the poverty they live in, and volunteers will always feel welcome and wanted.
2. Program Name: Masai-Medical Clinic
Program Length: 1 - 6 months
Requirements: Medical background (students/professionals) for medical work.
Medical work in a developing country is without doubt an incredibly rewarding experience. There is a significant shortage of medically trained workers in Kenya, leaving high costs for locals, that simply cannot be met. This often results in people either going without treatment, or using traditional treatments that are often not effective and even counter-productive. Volunteer
medical workers help ease the burden on the Kenyan medical system, and are greatly valued by their patients and the Kenyan government.
Nurses and doctors are placed in hospitals and clinics in the regions most in need of support. Their duties will depend largely on their skills, but they can conduct all services in english, and when the patient does not speak english, a translator will be provided.
More than this, medical professionals are invited to organise and host seminars on health issues affecting the local population. This typically will involve work on HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB and the best preventative measures for all these diseases. This work is incredibly important, and will save lives, and for this reason we are so thankful for those that are offering their services.
Medical volunteers are invited to bring any material they can on these issues with them, for distribution at a seminar/conference. Intern Kenya Volunteer and Safaris will assist medical volunteers in every way we can to ensure the best outcome of these conferences.