Internships in kenya
Complete an internship in Kenya , one of the most naturally stunning countries in Africa , full of natural wonders. From tropical beaches, spectacular scenery to rich culture to unparalleled wildlife, Kenya has abundant natural beauty. In this beautiful country, you can meet the traditional Maasai on their ancestral lands and a internship in Maasai Land can learn much from these highly traditional people. Interns who travel to Kenya will spot the incredible wildlife and admire the stunning valleys. Adventure in Kenya includes exploration of beautiful villages and diverse cultures. IFRE's programs to host interns in Kenya are located in Mombasa and Nairobi , two vibrant cities. In the IFRE Kenya internship program, you serve the local communities, share your experience and compassion through an internship in a Nairobi orphanage and with local youth while exploring a great African country. An enriching internship abroad experience is waiting for you! Hot and humid, Nairobi is the modern capital city of Kenya aka the " Green City in the Sun” referring to the lush greenery throughout the city.

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.

In Kenya , IFRE offers one week of Language and Cultural orientation in Nairobi . This week long intensive language and cultural immersion program includes: language training, lessons on history, culture, ways of life, visits to local villages/towns/markets, guided Nairobi exploration and local tourist attractions. This IFRE program aims to submerge you in Kenyan culture, history and ways of life to vastly improve your time as a intern in Kenya . When you understand the life and culture around you, your experience is richer and more rewarding. However, you can choose to take the Language and Cultural immersion program or go directly into a internship project. If you choose to participate in this one week Language and Cultural immersion course, your internship program will begin the Monday following this one-week of Language and Cultural Immersion taught in and around Nairobi . This experience should not be missed! So many international travelers wish they could have an opportunity such as this to receive a briefing on customs, language and history.

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).

Volunteer Program Fee ($US)

Pay only $25 more than the weekly volunteer program fees for your internship. Please refer to the volunteer fee grid for this.

What's Included in Program Fee
  • Language and Cultural immersion program $250 USD
  • Airport Reception / Transfer to home base (40 KM) $75 USD
Language and Cultural Immersion program fee includes: Language and Cultural training, food and accommodations for 7 days, training materials (books, papers, etc), cost of local sightseeing/tourist sites, cost of recreational activities, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Additional costs for interns
International flights, visa, daily personal expenses on beverages/entertainment, laundry, telephone, immunizations.
IFRE manages living accommodations, provides meals and supervision for interns for the entirety of their stay in Kenya . During the internship period, most interns stay in our safe and secure Nairobi homebase. IFRE's Nairobi homebase is located in a beautiful area nearly 30 km from the Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta) International Airport in the Thome 1 Estate in the Kasarani division of Nairobi . This estate is very safe and manned with onsite security. It is a clean, sparsely furnished home but will meet all your needs as an IFRE intern. It is close to the local bus station.

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.

Interns have free time for the duration of their project, weekends and the Language and Culture program. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in Kenya . It's the time for self discovery and learning. It's time to explore this foreign culture and exotic land. It's definitely time for a safari in Kenya ! Our IFRE local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and helps to book your travel.

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 .

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