Community Development In Kenya
Utilize your skills to improve the communities of Kenya!
- Work closely with the unique Massai people
- Embrace skills in construction, conservation & community leadership
- Work alongside Kenyan professionals aiming to improve daily life of the community
- Volunteer abroad affordably & safely
Volunteer in the Massai Region of Kenya and work in community development to improve local infrastructure, sanitation, education and overall quality of life. The Massai people lack basic infrastructure such as roads, community buildings, schools, hospitals, etc. and greatly need the help of volunteers to improve their lives. As you travel and explore this stunning country, you will have the chance to help develop the Massai region so they can properly preserve their culture while living happy, healthy and productive lives. Sadly, the lack of development has led many locals to migrate for survival and employment, but your efforts can provide them with opportunities in their homeland, where they can continue to live as a strong community. Join this project now and immerse yourself into the unique Massai daily life, travel to the original “African safari” destination and above all, truly make a difference in the lives of others.
There are no specific qualifications to volunteer in this project. However, engineers and volunteers with skills in construction, cultural conservation and community leading are highly valuable. Other than that, all you need is a positive attitude and an open minded, caring and flexible personality.
Each volunteer in the Massai Community Development Project in Kenya will engage in a variety of activities depending on individual skills and interests. Volunteers who are interested may also combine this project with another project in Massai, such as teaching English. Examples of activities may include:
- Building schools, orphanages, hospitals, community centers, etc.
- Assisting locals make their crafts and sell them to tourists
- Promoting HIV/AIDS education
- Working on community clean-ups
- Educating and helping locals expand upon community sanitation
- Supporting women's groups
- Organizing children's programs
- Promoting community health, disease prevention and personal hygiene
- Expanding community goals and planning future projects
- Teaching English
- Organizing extra-curricular activities such as talent shows, singing, dancing, sports, art, games, etc.
IFRE manages living accommodations and meals within host families throughout Kenya (Massai Region) for the entire duration of the volunteer program. Host families are all carefully screened, well educated and have experience with host international volunteers. IFRE arranges clean, simply furnished, private (occasionally shared with fellow volunteers) rooms in nearby host families. Volunteers will receive three (3) local meals each day (occasionally, if volunteers are away from their host families during lunch, they may required to pack their own 'to go' lunches). Host families provide meals, which are typical of the Kenya (Massai Region) diet. While host families do their best to provide vegetarian options, IFRE requests that all volunteers requiring a specific or special diet inform our offices prior to arrival in country. If you have other needs for food outside of these meals, you are able to purchase snacks and meals at local restaurants and grocery stores. You will be sharing the house, kitchen and bathrooms with the family members.
Once the volunteer program begins, our local staff maintains contact with volunteers. We visit our volunteers every 2 weeks (if possible) and you are always welcome at the local office. We recommend volunteers stop by the office once a week if they are in the local area just to let us know how they are doing with their home stay and project. If your project is very far, then our local staff members maintain communication by either email and/or phone.