Volunteering in Kenya with HIV Project
Do you want to improve the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS? Do you have a desire to see the rate of infection lowered and eventually eliminated?
Kenya has a deep and rich history, with a large range of diverse and fascinating cultures living side by side. The people are friendly and welcoming, and love to see foreign visitors to their country. Not only that, but everywhere you go you will see amazing landscapes, vistas and wildlife, presenting an untouched and gorgeous environment.
Sadly, Kenya has a severe, generalized HIV epidemic. And there is a critical lack of manpower and resources in the healthcare sector, especially in smaller local hospitals located in more remote and rural areas. With the country struggling with HIV/AIDS, they desperately need volunteers to fill this manpower gap.
While volunteering in Kenya with HIV project, you will help spread awareness of the infection and how to prevent it, work closely with doctors in treating those infected and provide hope and counselling to people who feel otherwise neglected by society.This project will allow you to provide hope and care to people neglected by their society, and also travel through and experience one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Do you want to provide these people with a sense of hope for the future and improve the life of both them and their families? Then contact IFRE for more information about this project today!
Skills and Qualifications:
While you do not need any specific education or experience to join this HIV/AIDS project, volunteers need to be kind, patient and flexible and have a deep love for poor and sick people. You also need to have a great passion for helping others and making the world a better place.
Volunteers Responsibilities & Impact:
When you join our AIDS volunteer project in Kenya will assist in counseling patients, both at the placement location and in their homes with their families, providing support as well as tips on health, nutrition and sanitation. You will also assist with feeding programs and keeping patient records. Finally, you will also be spreading awareness of the dangers of HIV/AIDS.
Volunteering in this HIV program in Kenya is an amazing lifechanging project both for you and others. Your work will help give hope to those infected with HIV and help bring down the rate of infection across the country by spreading awareness. You will thus have a direct hand in improving the health of not only the current population, but also future generations.
During your time on this HIV/AIDS volunteer project in Kenya, every day will be as exciting as the last, and you’ll get to work and live together with local people, immersing yourself in their culture and learning about their way of life. The friendliness and welcoming nature of the locals is sure to make you feel appreciated and at home.
- First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Kenya project, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with. The day will be spent getting to know them, the facilities and your duties going forward.
- Weekdays: Your volunteer work properly starts on the second day, and while every day will be different, a typical volunteer day will follow this pattern:
- 6.00 to 7.30 AM: Your loving host-family will provide you with a delicious home-cooked meal that you can enjoy together.
- 7.45 AM: Once you’re filled up with a delicious breakfast, it’s time to start your full day of helping unfortunate HIV victims in Kenya.
- 12.00 PM: Around noon there will be a break for lunch, which is a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues or some of your patients.
- 3.00 PM: At this time your work for the day will usually be over, and the rest of the evening is your free time to spend in any way you wish, or simply head back to your host family to relax and recharge.
- 6.45 PM: Your host-family will provide you with a delicious home cooked dinner and some great company during your meal, giving you a fantastic chance to learn more about them, their culture, and their way of life.
HIV Volunteer Abroad In Kenya: Dates and Fees
IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.
IFRE is the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to travel internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly program fee goes directly to your host family, and includes housing, food, project donation and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Volunteer Program Fee (US$)
Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »
Projects at Massai Land - $25 Transport Fee
Program Fees Cover:
- Accommodation (host family)
- Food (local food 3 times a day)
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program Fees Exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
Accommodation and Meal
While you work at the HIV project in Kenya you will be staying with an incredible and warm host family. They will make sure you feel at home and safe at all times, and they also love to spend time with the volunteers and exchange information and ideas about their culture and yours. Additionally, they will make sure you are well-fed and happy by providing you with delicious and traditional Kenyan meals.
Learn more about our great host families and living arrangement for you in Kenya.
Free Time and Weekends
In addition to helping save lives and prevent the spread of HIV, you will also get plenty of time to explore the wonders of Kenya. During your weekdays your evenings will always be yours to spend as you wish, exploring and discovering the local community. In the weekend you will also have time to take tours or travel all across the country to discover some of the best scenery, wildlife and fascinating cultures anywhere in the world.
Read more about some of the great experiences you can have while working in Kenya.
Safety and In Country Support
Nothing is more important than safety, and we here at IFRE take our responsibility to keep you safe and comfortable very seriously. Having helped more than 20,000 volunteers from all over the world we have vast experience in making sure your safety is never put in question. We will assist you with anything you need prior to leaving, and our in-country coordinator will be available to you 24/7 to assist in anything you might need.
Learn more about our commitment to your safety and our network of in-country support in Kenya
HIV Volunteer Abroad In Kenya: FAQs:Arrival and Departure
Volunteers will have to fly into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi for their volunteer experience in Kenya. IFRE’s local representative will be there at the airport to pick you up. Please consult with our Kenya country coordinator and arrive one day prior to the start of the project.Airport picks up and Drop off
IFRE arranges airport pick up for volunteers. Simply send us your flight details so that we can arrange your pick up at correct date and time. If your flight is missed or delayed, notify us as soon as possible, and we will arrange a new pick up schedule.
IFRE does not offer airport drop off service, but your host family and/or our in country coordinator will be happy to assist you in booking this.Visa
A tourist visa is a must if you wish to participate in our HIV AIDS volunteer project in Kenya. While it’s easier to get a visa in your own country by visiting the official Kenyan embassy, you can apply for a tourist visa after your arrival in the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Visa on arrival is available for citizens of several countries including UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and others.
Volunteers can choose to extend their tourist visas if they wish to spend more time working in our volunteer programs. Tourist visas can be extended for 3 additional months by visiting the Immigration Department of Kenya in Nairobi.Vaccination
To work in our HIV AIDS Kenya volunteering program, you have to get the vaccines for Chikungunya, Meningococcal, Measles and Rubella, Rabies, Yellow Fever, DTP, Hepatitis A, Zika virus, Dengue, Schistosomiasis, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Mumps, and Hepatitis B.
But these risks depend on where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing during your volunteer project. We recommend consulting with your medical doctor prior to getting any vaccines.
For further readings:
Volunteer Health and Safety
Why volunteer in HIV project in Kenya?
Get practical healthcare experience by working with experienced medical professionals.
Volunteering in HIV/AIDS project in Kenya program is a once in a life time opportunity to gain practical health care experience in real life situations. You will be working alongside experienced medical professionals and health care assistants, helping to treat patients, and taking care of the HIV/AIDS infected in the best way possible.
Create awareness regarding HIV/AIDS and help change the lives of the affected.
Spreading awareness about HIV in order to change the lives of the HIV/AIDS patients is a challenging obligation. Despite the challenges that you might encounter, it creates significant benefit in making people understand the risks involved with this life-threatening virus.
Lend HIV/AIDS infected support in their struggle for survival
Taking part in this Kenya volunteer program gives you an opportunity to help and assist the local organization in reaching out to a larger number of HIV infected people. Your efforts will open new doors for treating this disease and most probably with the best solution to overcome their sickness.
Providing safe and secured environment to the HIV infected
Volunteers involved in Volunteering overseas in Kenya in HIV/AIDS project programs get a life changing opportunity to provide the HIV/AIDS affected a secure and safe environment to live in. You will give them adequate care, love and attention so that they feel that they are not discriminated against or neglected.
Create a bond of long lasting relationships with HIV infected patients
HIV affected people need attention, care and guidance to lead a healthy and better life in the future. While taking part in in this project, you will always make them feel that they are just as much part of society as anyone else, and this bond will allow them to get a feeling of belonging.
Give the HIV/AIDS infected community hope and happiness.
Volunteer work in Kenya with HIV/AIDS programs involves working with people who are neglected and overlooked by society. They are often looked down upon as an unwanted part of the society, and while providing care and hope might seem like a small thing to you, for them it’s incredibly valuable and important.
Other Volunteer Opportunities in KenyaIf you’re interested in other volunteering opportunities in Kenya besides working with HIV/AIDS prevention, then IFRE offers a wide range of projects in the country for a variety of passions and interests. Whether you want to teach English, work in an Orphanage, become a medical volunteer, or much more there is an IFRE program for you!
HIV Volunteer Abroad Opportunities in Other Countries
Other than this HIV program in Kenya, IFRE works closely with organizations fighting the disease all over the world. We have HIV/AIDS programs in countries like Tanzania, Uganda, Cambodia and many more. Please have a look at this list of our most popular HIV/AIDS programs and decide what country is best for you.