Kenya is a land of beauty, with a multitude of natural wonders and gentle, deserving inhabitants.
Meet the Masai in their ancestral lands and learn from these highly traditional people what it really means to give and receive.
For an enriching, unforgettable experience...
Volunteer Work Projects and Locations
IFRE’s Kenya volunteer program presently supports local orphanages, HIV/AIDS efforts, local schools and Non-Government Organizations working on different social issues.
Most projects are located in Masai land and in Nairobi. You can join any of these volunteer projects, learning from and teaching the local children, women's groups and other communities.
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Volunteer Program Dates
Most programs are available year-round. We recommend volunteers begin their placements on a Monday, scheduling their arrival and departure on the weekends. However, due to flight availability, particularly traveling internationally, start dates are flexible.
We ask that all volunteers communicate their arrival and departure plans clearly to their country coordinator, to ensure transportation and accommodations are properly arranged.
Volunteer Program Fees
IFRE Volunteers provides the lowest fees with the most transparent structure to all volunteers.
- Affordable fees
- Registered non-profit for tax deductible fees
- Transparent transactions ensures volunteers know where their money goes
- Proven safe placements
We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of the organization, not on profit; that’s why we make it affordable for volunteers. We recognize the value of your donated time and effort and are devoted to maintaining the quality of the programs and the safety of all volunteers.
IFRE fees comprise of two separate components:
- Application fee of $299 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.)
- Weekly program fee paid directly to your project (covers room/board, field support, etc).
You will pay your fee directly to host families and project. So that you will see it going directly to help the people you serve.
- Airport pick up/transfer (45 miles) $75
- Transfer to Watamu by air $350, bus $80
- Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include safari) $2269
The optional Language & Cultural Immersion program fee includes:
- Language and cultural training
- Food and accommodations for 7 days
- Training materials (books, papers, etc)
- Admission to local sightseeing/tourist sites
- Cost of recreational activities
- Comprehensive travel insurance
Additional costs for volunteers:
- International flights
- Visa fees
- Daily personal expenses for beverages/entertainment
Language and Cultural Immersion (Optional)
In Kenya, IFRE offers one week of Language and Cultural orientation in Nairobi. This intensive language and cultural immersion program includes:
- Language training
- Lessons on history, culture, and ways of life
- Visits to local villages/towns/markets
- Guided Nairobi exploration and local tourist attractions
The program immerses you in Kenyan culture, history and ways of life so that your experience as a volunteer in Kenya is as rich and rewarding as possible. It is taight in and around Nairobi one week before your volunteer program begins.
If you prefer, you can go directly into the volunteer project, but it is not advisable - most international travelers would love the opportunity to learn about the customs, language, and history of a country before visiting.Find out more about the Language & Culture program
Arrangement of Room/Food/Supervision
IFRE arranges accommodation, 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. This 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 clean, sparsely-furnished home, and will meet all your needs as an IFRE volunteer.
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 van/bus style taxi) station is only one kilometer away and is easily accessible by walking. The matatu runs to downtown Nairobi, which is approximately 15 km from the homebas, and costs around $1 one way.
Useful amenities within 2 km of the homebase include an internet café, restaurant and supermarket. The local police station is also located nearby.
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. These are socially-respected families experienced in 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 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.
Once you have applied for program placement, you will find the specific details of your accommodation in your personal placement documents for your project.
Volunteer Program Free Time
Volunteers have free time for the duration of their volunteer project, at weekends and during the Language and Culture Volunteer in Kenya program.
While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide a wealth of assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in Kenya. This is the time for self discovery, learning, and exploring this foreign culture and exotic land.
If you want to take a safari, our IFRE local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and to help book your travel.
As well as the game reserves, Kenya has wonderful coastal beaches. 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 to spend your free time in Kenya.