You can earn academic credit for most internship projects in Kenya . The best way to receive academic credit is by pre-arranging the project with your college/university. It is up to an intern to communicate with faculty/academic advisors regarding college credit for internship work PRIOR to applying to IFRE. Your college/university may require additional information prior to approval and may require students to submit pre/post research or other requirements.
Alternatively, you can earn academic credit through Seattle Central Community College (SCCC). SCCC offers college credit for a variety of international programs (study abroad, volunteer abroad, intern abroad, language studies and even cultural-exchanging home-stays). IFRE recommends contacting Professor Steve Tash (we can provide contact details) to further explore this option of receiving academic credit for your international internship. IFRE is not associated with SCCC and it is up to the intern to arrange to transfer SCCC course credit to their university/college of choice.
IFRE's Kenya internship program presently support HIV/AIDS efforts, local schools, medical health projects and NGOs working on different social issues. IFRE's internship projects in Kenya are located in Mombasa , Maasai Land and Nairobi . Interns can work in any of these internship projects while sharing their love and skill with humanity: the local children, women's groups and communities at large. Interns can help in any of these projects in Kenya:
Start Dates: Internship programs starts on the following (first and third Monday of each month)
IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization, so your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE Interns is proud to offer an extensive assortment of programs at very reasonable prices ( and may rank “best priced and best value” among the many internship abroad organizations in the USA/Europe/New Zealand ). Our programs are now more affordable than ever. We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of our business, not the profit. We work very hard and smart to keep costs down, especially for you the intern, as we know the value of your donated time and efforts. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all interns involved. Below is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE Interns offers. IFRE fees comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $349 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, insurance, field support, etc).
Pay only $25 more than the weekly volunteer program fees for your internship. Please refer to the volunteer fee grid for this.
- Food (3 Meals a day)
- Airport Welcome
- In country Transportation
- Country Coordinator Support
- Thoroughly researched projects
- SAFE Volunteer Placement
- Volunteer Care and Other Services
- Emergency support
- Certificate of Appreciation/Completion
- Fund Raising Ideas
- Allocation of program fee
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance
- Language and Cultural immersion program $250 USD
- Airport Reception / Transfer to home base (40 KM) $75 USD
In the Thome 1 Estate you can see beautiful British style houses that belong to some wealthy families of Kenya . Many business families, high ranked government officials and people with high social status live in this village. The nearby local bus (matatu) station is only one km away from the homebase and it is easily accessible by walking. This matatu runs to downtown Nairobi and it is approximately 15 km from IFRE's homebase in Kasarani. The matatu (van/bus style taxi) fare should be approximately $1 one way. Useful amenities within 2 km of the IFRE homebase are an internet café, restaurant and supermarket. The local police station is also located within approximately 2 km from the IFRE homebase.
Occasionally, depending on intern traffic, available projects or distance to a intern's assigned project, we may also place our interns with carefully pre-screened host families. Our host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international interns. They have strong interest in our interns' safety and well being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, interns will share a room with another intern of the same gender. Another viable option is an at-orphanage stay. Many orphanages in Kenya have set aside special rooms to house international interns. Interns who have stayed with a host family or at an orphanage describe an enriched experience because of having done so. Once you have applied for program placement, you will find the specific details of your accommodations in your personal placement documents for your project.
Kenya has coastal beaches and game reserves, not to mention an amazing assortment of safari adventures in Kenya to enjoy. In your free time, you can explore the amazing wildlife, fascinating landscape and colorful cultures and customs. Alternatively, you can simply hike in the village. Please discuss your options with our local project staff to find the best way for you to spend your free time in Kenya .