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Congratulations! By opening this website, you’ve just opened the door on the experience of a lifetime, one that will fill your spirit and heart and bring you wonderful memories you’ll treasure forever!
Change your life now by joining us in our Volunteer in Kenya program. Kenya, land of beauty a multitude of natural wonders, awaits your arrival to unfold its mystery and stunning panoramas, and to introduce you to its gentle, deserving inhabitants. Meet the Maasai in their ancestral lands and learn from these highly traditional people what it really means to give and receive. IFRE Kenya volunteers have the opportunity to serve in schools, clinics and orphanages to help indigent and benighted people’s lives in their quest for survival, and beyond. Share your own fullness of blessings while you explore one of the world’s most dramatic countries.
An enriching, unforgettable experience is there for the asking. Write us today, and we’ll send you all the details about this fascinating, affordable and imminently profitable volunteer program!
- Orphanage Work Project (Nairobi and Watamu)
- Teaching English in Rural Schools (Nairobi, Maasai Land , Watamu)
- Medical/Health Project (Nairobi, Watamu)
- HIV/Aids Project (Nairobi)
- Community Development (Maasai Region)
- Cultural Conservation Project (Maasai Land)
- Summer Volunteer and Adventure Program in Kenya (4 Weeks)
Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.
IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization, so your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE Volunteers is proud to offer the world’s best fee. Our programs are now more affordable than ever. We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of our business, not on profit. We work very hard and smart to keep our costs down, especially for the volunteers because 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 volunteers involved. Below is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE Volunteers offers.
IFRE fees comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $299 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, field support, etc). You will pay your fee directly to host families and projects. In this way, what you pay will go for you or people who deserve it (not for profit).
- Airport pick up/transfer (45 miles) $75
- Transfer to Watamu by air $350, bus $80
- Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include safari) $2269
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 volunteers: International flights, visa, daily personal expenses on beverages/entertainment, laundry, telephone, immunizations.
IFRE manages living accommodations, provides meals and supervision for volunteers for the entirety of their stay in Kenya. During the volunteer period, most volunteers 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 volunteer. It is close to the local bus station.
In the Thome 1 Estate you can see beautiful British style houses which 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 volunteer traffic, available projects or distance to a volunteer’s assigned project, we may also place our volunteers with carefully pre-screened host families. Our host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Another viable option is an at-orphanage stay. Many orphanages in Kenya have set aside special rooms to house international volunteers. Volunteers who have stayed with a host family or at an orphanage describe an enriched experience as a result 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.
Volunteers have free time for the duration of their volunteer project, weekends and the Language and CultuVolunteer in Kenyare 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. Or 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.