The Kenya volunteer programs are based in Mombasa, which is the second largest city of the country.
Mombasa is a highly cosmopolitan city, which presents a range of attractions for visitors, including the white sandy beach which is world famous. Mombasa is only two hours drive away from Tsavo national park and three hours flight away from world famous Maasai Mara.
A safari can be arranged locally at cheaper rates and can be scheduled with local team before arrival. Fort Jesus and Mombasa old town area is UNESCO heritage site which shows the influence of Portuguese, Indian and British influence to the town. The local Swahili language and English are spoken widely.
Just being there with the people was a life changing experience, I had the best time in Cannan Orphanage, the kids are the most beautiful kids I´ve ever seen, teaching them and playing with them was so fulfilling. Also the country is beautiful, in the weekends I would book tours and excursions around mombassa and see everything Kenya has to offer. At the end I left like a different person, it was by far the best 4 months of my life. - Samantha from Mexico City
As a volunteer in Mombasa, you will stay in and hostel in the Nyali area.
The rooms are usually shared by up to four to ten people, and have shared bathroom. The hostel has free WiFi, lounge area, dining area and swimming pool.
Full breakfast is provided and other meals can be purchased here or in local eateries nearby. A private room is available at an extra fee, depending on availability.
Nyali is an upscale, cosmopolitan and very vibrant area, full of life and Kenyan culture.
The area is five minutes from the beach and from and Nakumatt city mall. There are lots of local pubs and clubs walking distance from each other.
There is a local supermarket chain down the street with local cafes offering sumptuous meals at a fair price.
Projects in Kenya start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. You should arrive on Sundays. You can choose to volunteer from 2 to 12 weeks.
Orientation takes place on Monday after the arrival date.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in Kenya or during orientation.
Knowledge of basic Swahili is desired but not a pre-requisite. You will already learn a lot practicing in your project where everyone is glad and willing to teach you. Professional coaching can be arranged locally if desired.
You will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.
The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.
Please note an extra $200 is required for the construction project.
There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Kenya.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Kenya programs normally find US$ 30 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.