Volunteer in Kenya
About the program in Kenya
In Kenya, we have 5 Volunteering Programs available including teaching English at a school, work at a kindergarten, medical or construction projects. You also have the option to start with Culture Week in Kenya. You can combine different projects easily with us without any extra costs. You can join from a short term 1-week program for up to 8 weeks.
Kenya Program Summary
Location: Gatanga VIllage in Narirobi area in Kenya
Arrival: International airport in Nairobi NBO (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) on Sunday from 10:00 or at 14:00.
Start Dates 2019 : 7 October, 21 October, 4 November, 18 November, 2 December, 16 December
Start Dates 2020 : 6 January, 20 January, 3 February, 17 February, 2 March, 16 March, 6 April, 20 April, 4 May, 18 May, 1 June, 15 June, 6 July, 13 July, 20 July, 27 July, 3 August, 17 August, 7 September, 21 September, 5 October, 19 October, 2 November, 16 November, 7 December, 21 December
Age: Join from 18 years old
Why Join with GapXperience ?
- Experienced and Trusted Organization – Established over 14 years ago, we have grown to become one of the world’s leaders for Gap Year & Volunteer Abroad Programs with over 200 programs in over 30 countries around the world, having placed thousands of participants abroad.
- Most Affordable Prices – our fees are the some of the most affordable for quality volunteer travel that you will find with just one low fixed fee without additional registration or application fees.
- Responsible Projects – Our volunteer projects abroad are run responsibly and have a positive impact on local needs of the local people.
- Great Support – Before you go and throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our team and the local coordinators who will provide you with assistance. Checkout our reviews to see the wonderful feedback we have received from our participants.
- Make Friends – Meet up with the friendly locals and like-minded travelers during your program abroad and make life-long friends during your trip.
- Explore on Weekends – You have the weekends free to explore the local area and travel around and create some great travel experiences.
- Self Development – We see volunteering as an essential part of personal and career development, playing a key role in building on life and work related skills.
Gatanga Village will be your new home and will give you the chance to see authentic rural Kenya. Close by is Thika, an industrial town where you will be able to find anything you need. Nairobi is not too far either, and you can head there during the weekend for nights out or sightseeing. Likewise, there are many natural areas in close proximity to Gatanga, a simple example are Fourteen Falls, a set of waterfalls that will leave you awestruck.
You have the option to start with the Culture Week, this will ensure that you get the most out of your stay by learning about the local culture and customs. This week is not compulsory but highly recommended.
There are several volunteer projects available and you can build your own schedule from a short term 1 week to 2 weeks program up to 8 weeks and choose which project(s) you want to join and you can also combine different projects!
On your first day you will start your program with an introduction to the area, accommodation, facilities and a cultural introduction.
Accommodation & Meals
There are three meals included from Monday to Friday and two meals during the weekend.
The accommodation is shared based on single gender rooms.
You need to arrive on the Sunday before the start date of the program at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10:00 or at 14:00. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation. You can join the program from 1 to 8 weeks. There are several volunteer projects available as well as a cultural introduction week. You can build your own program and choose which project you want to join and you can also combine different projects and create your own volunteer program!
Departure day is on Saturday of your last week.
Requirements to Join
- Participants need to be minimum 18 years to join
- Participants need to be in good physical and mental health
- You need to have your own travel insurance
- Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details
volunteer programs in Kenya
Culture Week in Gatanga Village
Join the Culture Week and learn all about the local Kenyan culture, some local dishes, learn some Swahili and meet the village locals.
Kindergarten in Gatanga Village
Work as a volunteer at a kindergarten in rural Kenya helping local teachers, taking care of kids and organizing activities.
Teaching in Gatanga Village
Help local teachers in Kenya and teach English to students in rural Kenya to improve their English for better job prospects.
Special Education in Gatanga Village
Volunteer as an assistant teacher in a rural school for children with special needs and help the children in their educational journey.
Medical Program in Gatanga Village
Join the medical program in Kenya and learn about health care in Kenya as you assist local the staff at a rural hospital in Kenya.
Agriculture in Gatanga Village
Help as a volunteer on local farms and learn all about sustainable farming through traditional and hydroponic methods.
School Assist in Maasai Mara
Make a difference at a local school in the Maasai Mara helping the local teachers and students.
Maasai Women in Maasai Mara
Help with education for the Maasai Women to achieve their goal of providing for their families.
Empowering Village Women in Muranga County
Teach financial principles, English and other subjects to women groups in rural Kenya.
Coffee and Tea Farm to Cup in Muranga County
Learn all about farm to cup production for local coffee farmers in Kenya.
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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find an overview of the frequently asked questions about our programs. If you have a question please feel free to contact us.
Are the program fees subject to change?
When you apply, we will email you your acceptance to the program together with a price quotation. When you confirm your booking paying your deposit within one month from the date you applied then your program fee will remain unchanged, even if the fees might change on the website during this time.
What is the average age of participants?
We have participants of different ages. Most are between 17 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older. The programs are suitable for both younger volunteers and older volunteers.
What is the support like overseas?
We believe our support at our destinations is excellent, just check our testimonials and reviews to see what our customers said. We have full-time staff in each destination. It is their job to set up and coordinate your placement, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need.
Can I also join my friend or family member?
Yes, you can book any of our programs together with one or more people. We will then organize your program together. Just let us know when you sign up and you will each receive a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.
Can I participate for a short period?
Yes you can participate from one week (from 2 weeks for some programs). You have a choice of different projects where you can gain a fantastic experience.
How well should my English be?
Anyone who can understand and speak reasonable English and express themselves in English can participate in the program. The level of English of the children you will teach is usually low.
Is travel insurance mandatory?
Yes this is mandatory. You are responsible for yourself if something happens to you abroad. That is why you have to take out travel insurance yourself before you leave.
Will I be picked up from the airport?
Yes, you will be picked up from the airport by the local coordinator. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange this for you.
Can I choose what type of project I want to work at?
Yes you can certainly do that. During your registration you can let us know which project (s) you want to join. You work about 4-5 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. At the weekend you are free to travel or to discover the surroundings.
Are your programs suitable for an internship?
yes that is possible for some projects. In the past we have had several participants who have done our program as an internship. Contact us if you have specific requirements for your internship.
Can I combine different countries?
Yes you can combine different countries. That is a great way for a unique experience of different cultures in one journey.
Can I still travel around after the program?
Yes, you can do this, we have several volunteers who travel around after their program has been done or before their program starts.
Will other volunteers be present on the project?
The number of volunteers can vary depending on the period, the country and the project. We can not guarantee the presence of other volunteers on the project.
Do I have to reserve my flight myself?
Yes you book yourself for your flight. Once you book we will let you know the details of your arrival and then you can book your flight. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange your pickup on arrival.
What to do in case of difficulties on the spot?
In the event of difficulties on the spot, you should first contact the person in charge of the project on site to inform that person about your situation. If the problems persist, contact us so that we can help if needed.
When can I register?
The earlier, the better it is to be certain of your place on a project on the dates of your choice. You can still register up to 4 weeks before departure, we will let you know within 24 hours if the program is still available.
prices of the programs in Kenya
Prices in Pounds
1 week : 375 Pounds
2 weeks : 535 Pounds
3 weeks : 710 Pounds
4 weeks : 875 Pounds
+1 week : 185 Pounds
Prices in US$
1 week : 465 US$
2 weeks : 670 US$
3 weeks : 895 US$
4 weeks : 1085 US$
+1 week : 240 US$
Prices in Euro
1 week : 395 Euro
2 weeks : 565 Euro
3 weeks : 750 Euro
4 weeks : 915 Euro
+1 week : 195 Euro
There is an extra cost of £190/US$230/€195 per week for these programs : Culture Week, Medical, Empowering Village Women, School Assist, Maasai Women Collective, Coffee and Tea From Farm to Cup
What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information
Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses