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Kenya Orphanage Volunteer

Do you want to volunteer in Kenya orphanage and make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children? Do you wish to experience the breathtaking scenery and wildlife the country is

Kenya is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with stunning scenery and fascinating wildlife waiting around every corner, just as it was when the earliest humans first walked these lands hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Unfortunately, Kenya is a developing country that struggles with poverty, and despite being one of

the leading economies in Eastern and Central Africa, more than half the population still lives under the poverty line. This hurts children especially, with many orphans deeply affected by both the AIDS epidemic as well as poverty.

In Kenya, many orphanages are working to help these children. Sadly, most of the orphanages are underfunded and are urgently looking for volunteers like you.

When you join our Kenya orphanage volunteer program, you will not only be improving their chances of a happy life, but also feel fulfilled yourself knowing you have made a real positive impact on the world.

Become a volunteer working with orphans in Kenya for an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience. If you want to make a positive impact in the lives of these kids, and thus help to create a better, kinder world, contact IFRE about this exciting opportunity today!

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Skills and Qualifications:

No specific qualification are needed to join orphanage volunteer program in Kenya.

This project needs volunteers filled with deep love and passion for children and a desire to make the world a better place. While anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply, regardless of experience or education, you need to be a kind, flexible and patient individual who enjoys spending time with children.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact:

When you join volunteer in the orphanage project in Kenya, you will provide tutoring to the children in the orphanage where they are being home-schooled, assisting with homework and monitoring their academic progress.

Additionally, you will teach and assist the children with personal hygiene, such as brushing teeth and showering. In the evenings you will organize games and creative educational activities such as drawing, singing, dancing and more.

While the children are in school during the day, you will help the staff with administrative work such as cleaning, cooking and gardening, which will constitute the majority of your work at the orphanage.

Volunteering in orphanage in Kenya is a very meaningful project.  Your work will greatly improve the quality of life for the children and give them hope for a brighter future and happy adult life after a traumatic childhood.

This will in turn reverberate into the future as they carry these effects with them throughout their lives. Children are the future, and by helping them prosper you are helping to build a better life for the country as a whole in the generations to come.


Working as a volunteer in Kenya orphanage, your days will be full of fun, excitement. You’ll have the opportunity every day to share your love and passion for children and make a real difference in their lives.

We work with several orphanages in Kenya, and as each one has its own needs, programs and activities, there is no fixed schedule or exact daily itinerary. You should be prepared to give a helping hand at all times in a wide range of tasks and activities.

First Day:

On your first day of volunteering, you will be taken to orphanage by one of our local coordinators and introduced to the orphanage staff that you will be working with. During this day you will get to familiarize yourself with the facilities, the staff and your duties at the orphanage.

  • A typical weekday will look something like this:
  • 6.00 to 7.30 AM​: You will start the day with a traditional Kenyan home-cooked breakfast with your host family.
  • 7.45 AM:  After breakfast you set out for a fulfilling day volunteering at the orphanage. Here you will spend the whole day helping kids, as well as various administrative tasks like cleaning, cooking.
  • 12.00 PM: At noon there will be a lunch break, you will spend time with the orphanage staff and other international volunteers, providing an excellent opportunity to make lifelong friends.
  • 3.00 PM: After a few more hours, the workday ends, and you are free to head back to your host family, or spend some more time with the kids at the orphanage, or go exploring the nearby area.
  • 6.45 PM: In the evening you will be served a traditional home-cooked dinner with your host-family, giving you the chance to get to know both them and their culture more intimately.

Kenya Orphanage Volunteer: Dates and Fees

As a respected international volunteer organization, IFRE is dedicated to offering volunteer opportunities at an affordable rate, allowing anyone regardless of financial status, the chance to experience Kenya and also make a visible difference in the lives of orphans there.

Our fees at IFRE are composed of two parts, first a $299USD application fee, which covers our administrative fees such as staff, offices and advertising.

Second is the weekly program fee for your Kenya volunteering program paid directly to your host-family and orphanage project (via the country coordinator), covering your daily expenses such as accommodation, food, field support and other minor expenses. This allows for full transparency, letting you see exactly where your money is going, and who it helps.

Below is a table with information about the weekly project fee. As IFRE is a non-profit organization, these fees are tax-deductible.

Volunteer Program Fee (US$)

Weeks Orphanage
  1 Week   $150
  2 Weeks   $250
  3 Weeks   $350
  4 Weeks   $450
  5 Weeks   $550
  6 Weeks   $650
  7 Weeks   $750
  8 Weeks   $850
  9 Weeks   $950
  10 Weeks   $1050
  11 Weeks   $1150
  12 Weeks   $1250

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

How your fee is allocated?

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:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

During your time at the orphanage, you will be staying with a trusted and loving Kenyan host family.  You host family will make sure you always feel safe, comfortable and part of the family, and provide you with delicious traditional Kenyan home-cooked meals. Not only will they make sure you are safe and well-fed, they will ensure that you have an amazing time during your stay.

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Free Time and Weekends

While volunteering at an orphanage in Kenya you will have plenty of time and opportunity to explore the country both in the late afternoon and evenings of your weekdays, and also during the weekend when you will be free to travel anywhere you wish on tours throughout Kenya.

Learn more about the things you can do in your free time in weekday and in weened. Also fascinating places to discover in Kenya.


Safety and In-Country Support

At IFRE, your safety is always our number one priority. We have provided safe and enriching volunteer experiences for more than 22,000 volunteers from more than 20 different countries. Thus, when volunteering through one of our programs, you can always rest easy knowing that we will do everything in our power to ensure that you are safe and secure at all times.

From the very moment you book, we will guide you in all the necessary safety preparations, and our in-country coordinator will be available to assist you with any concerns or issues that may arise during your time volunteering.

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Kenya Orphanage Volunteer: FAQs

Arrival and Departure

You should fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi for your orphanage volunteering work in Kenya. Please arrive in Kenya one day before your project starts, and we suggest you talk to our Kenya country coordinator before departure in order to avoid any unnecessary complications.

Airport picks up and Drop off

We organize airport pick-ups for our volunteers, and all you need to do is provide our staff with your flight details and then meet up with them at the airport. Upon your arrival, you will be picked up by our airport representative and transfer to your respective placement.

We do not offer airport drop off services, so this is something you need to budget for. The local staff at your placement and our in-country will be more than happy to assist you in booking the necessary transportation.

Visa

It is compulsory to obtain a tourist visa in order to be eligible for our orphanage volunteering programs in Kenya. This can be secured by visiting the Kenyan embassy in your home country prior to departure.

Depending on your country of origin, you can also get a tourist visa on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. On arrival visa is available for citizens of several countries including

You can extend your visa for 3 more months by visiting the Kenyan immigration offices while in Kenya. Please visit this link for more details.

Vaccination

Chikungunya, Dengue, DTP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningococcal, Mumps, Measles and Rubella, Rabies, Schistosomiasis, Tuberculosis, Yellow Fever and Zika virus are some of the vaccinations suggested by the CDC and WHO for those planning to do orphanage volunteering work in Kenya.

However, you must visit your local doctor and ask them for medical advice before taking any vaccines for your volunteering trip. You can learn more about these vaccinations.

For further readings:
Vaccination
Volunteer Health and Safety

Why volunteer in orphanage project in Kenya?

The orphans of Kenya is the most disadvantaged group in the country, and they need significant attention and care to help ensure a bright future. Teaming up with IFRE will allow you to make a real difference in the lives of these kids, which contributes to a better future for the country as a whole.

You will make a difference in disadvantaged children’s life

Being a part of the orphanage volunteering work in Kenya will provide you with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, not just from exploring the deep culture and magnificent scenery of the country, but also through making a real positive impact in the lives of orphaned children who need it the most.

Increases your mental peace and happiness

For anyone struggling with depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues, there is no better treatment than the feeling of helping someone who needs it. Volunteering exposes you to a wide range of people, all happy to welcome you and get to know you. This mean it’s a great way to increase your own mental peace and happiness by seeing the positive effect you have on others.

You will give your time to a cause greater than yourself

Taking part in our orphanage volunteer project in Kenya will let you dedicate your time to a greater cause, and by the time your time as a volunteer concludes, you are sure to see tangible positive effects of your time there, leaving you feeling rewarded and fulfilled.

You will make a positive impact and provide a better future for orphans

During your time spent at our Kenya orphanage volunteer project, you will get to make a real positive difference not only for the orphans, but in the country as a whole. Helping to provide a brighter future for these kids will ensure that they go on to lead happy lives, further improving the situation in the country as a whole.

You will assist local orphanages in their struggle to look after orphaned children

Orphanages in Kenya need all the help they can get, and as a volunteer at our Kenya orphanage volunteer project you will be able to lessen their burden and make sure that the children they have dedicated their lives to are clean, healthy, well-fed and educated.

Other volunteer opportunities available in Kenya

No matter your passion or interest, we offer a variety of lifechanging volunteer programs in Kenya such as teaching English, volunteering with HIV/AIDS victims, medical work, family volunteering and much more. Please contact us for more details on our exciting programs in Kenya.

Orphanage volunteer programs in other countries

Other than this orphanage program in Kenya, IFRE also offers amazing volunteer opportunities with orphans and children in many countries across the world. Please see some of our most popular orphanage programs below:

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