HIV/AIDS Project In Kenya
Spread awareness of HIV/AIDS in Kenya
- Fulfill an urgent need for volunteers to assist in the education of Kenyans
- Share your passion for helping others
- Immerse yourself in the diverse culture & beautiful country
- Volunteer abroad affordably & safely
There is obvious lack of manpower and resources in the local hospitals, which are located in the outer city areas and villages and urgently need volunteers. As a medical volunteer in Kenya, you will work in these rural health posts and community clinics. You mostly work as an assistant to the doctor. Work responsibilities vary with your education, skill and experience.
There is no specific education, experience, skills and/or qualifications needed to join the HIV/AIDS project. However, volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient as well as possess a passion and love for the poor and HIV-infected people.
Job responsibilities of volunteers joining as an AIDS volunteer vary with education, skills, experience and qualifications. Most of the time volunteers help in counseling, the feeding program (if the centre has one), visiting patients and their families, participating in public awareness. Providing tips to patients on health, nutrition, sanitation, and keeping patient records will also be part of your task.
We arrange for room, food and supervision for volunteer from the start to the end of program. During first, week of language and cultural program, volunteers stay with one of the host family in Nairobi. The home is located 10 min drive from the city giving easy access to most part of the city.
During volunteering at the AIDS project, volunteers will stay with a host family. You will either stay near the center or you will commute to the project by matatu every day. Host families will offer a separate room but you will share the bathroom with them. You can find the details of arrangement for room/food in placement sheets provided you. Our field staff visits you every 2 weeks and maintains contact by phone or through email with volunteers who are placed in farther locations.
How many hours a day do we need to work?
Volunteers generally work 5-8 hours a day, Monday-Friday with weekends off to allow them to tend to personal needs or explore they country.
What kind of activities volunteers do at HIV/AIDS project?
Volunteers do the following (sample)
- Registration of victims
- Assist in food preparation and feeding
- Volunteer Counseling and Testing (VCT)
- Care and support for victims
This outreach program places the volunteer with fellow health workers visiting the community once a week to provide counseling and advice to those affected by HIV/AIDS. They provide advice on their diets and attitude towards their status as well instructed on how to carry on certain duties. There are also home based care-volunteers who attend to victims who cannot travel to the location of the project.
Where are the volunteers placed at this project?
The communities volunteers will be working in are in and around Nairobi with their accommodations within close proximity of their project center to avoid additional cost for transportation.
What are the requirements to join the program?
Professional healthcare experience is not necessary; however, volunteers should possess an unwavering passion for individuals in need. There is a large need for both men and women over 18-years-old looking to volunteer in the HIV/AIDS outreach project of Kenya.
Can we get to work with the local doctors and nurses in taking care of HIV/AIDS patients?
Volunteers will be working side-by-side with local community health workers as assistants or under their supervision. They will also be accompanied by other local staff in the project.
What skills do you need to join this project?
Beyond and unwavering passion, there are no special skills needed for this project.