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Medical Volunteering Kenya

Do you want to volunteer in medical project in Kenya? Do you want to have a life-changing experience working closely with top medical professionals in a fascinating part of the world?

Kenya is a country filled with beautiful nature and loving and kind people. Located in East Africa the country is famous for its sprawling vistas filled with exotic wildlife and diverse range of fascinating and ancient cultures.

Unfortunately, more than half of Kenya’s population live in poverty, and this has resulted in tragically inadequate access to healthcare for low-income families living in poor and rural areas of Kenya. While the government of Kenya has established hospitals and clinics in these areas, they are perpetually overcrowded and understaffed, and as such in great need of volunteers like yourself.

While medical volunteering in Kenya, you will get to work in rural health posts and community clinics located in the areas most at need, side by side with local doctors and medical professionals. This work is crucial in improving the general health and well-being of the country, and you will have an incredibly rewarding medical volunteering experience being directly involved in saving the lives of those that have nowhere else to turn.

If you want to directly impact the lives of people and gain invaluable experience, contact IFRE today for more information about this exciting opportunity!

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Skills and Qualifications:

In order to volunteer in medical program in Kenya you need some sort of medical background, whether you’re a doctor, nurse, or medical student. You should also be a person with a deep love for other people and a commitment to improving their lives through better access to healthcare. Furthermore, you need to be patient and kind, and have a respect for local traditions and cultures.

Volunteers Responsibilities & Impact:

When you join this medical volunteer program in Kenya, your responsibilities will depend on your education, experience and qualifications. While volunteers will not be allowed to perform major diagnostic or surgical work, you will have a vital role to play in assisting doctors and interacting with patients.  

Depending on your experience, you will be allowed to check up the patients, or assist the local doctors. Volunteers also help collect information and measurements from the patients such as blood pressure, temperature, and height/weight and be available to assist the doctors and other medical staff when required.

While volunteering in medical project in Kenya, you may also get the chance to work in community outreach program and assist in distributing medication, educating patients on health, nutrition and sanitation through counseling

While working in this medical volunteer program in Kenya, every day will be full of fun and excitement and present you with lots of opportunities to get to know and interact with local people who are incredibly friendly and will welcome you with open arms.

  • First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Medical project in Kenya, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the local doctors, staff you’ll be working with. During this day you’ll get to know the hospital or clinic, and learn what your precise duties will be while volunteering.

  • Weekdays: Your work as a medical volunteer begins on the second day of the project, and while your exact tasks will vary from day to day and depending on the placement, a typical day will follow this outline:

  • 6.00 to 7.30 AM​: Early in the morning you will greet the day with a delicious home-cooked breakfast together with your host family and fellow guests.

  • 7.45 AM:  Once you’ve enjoyed breakfast and some lovely conversation with your hosts, it’s time to head to your placement for a rewarding day of medical work.

  • 12.00 PM: Around noon you’ll have a lunch break, and this is the time to rest and a chance to get to know the rest of the medical staff better.

  • 3.00 PM: After a full day of volunteering, work usually ends around this time and the rest of your day is your free time that you can spend as you wish, exploring the local area, spending time with your colleagues or heading back home to your host family.

  • 6.45 PM: At the end of the day you can settle in with your host family in their cozy home and enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner, learning more about their customs in the process.

Medical Volunteering Kenya: Dates and Fees

Program Dates

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.

Our Fees

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$)

Weeks Medical
  1 Week   $200
  2 Weeks   $320
  3 Weeks   $440
  4 Weeks   $560
  5 Weeks   $680
  6 Weeks   $800
  7 Weeks   $920
  8 Weeks   $1,040
  9 Weeks   $1,160
  10 Weeks   $1,280
  11 Weeks   $1,400
  12 Weeks   $1,520

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

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 stay in Kenya, you will stay with a wonderful and kind host family that will open their home to you and welcome you as one of their own. All our host families make great effort to make sure you feel completely safe, comfortable and happy, and also that you have a great cultural experience during your project. They will also ensure that you are well-fed by providing you with amazing home-cooked meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Learn more about our Kenyan host families and their homes here.

Free Time and Weekends

While you are working as a medical volunteer to improve and save the lives of those most in need, you will also have a great opportunity to explore this amazing country. During the week you will get to spend your evenings as you wish, and your weekends can be spent travelling or taking tours anywhere in the country.

Read more about some of the exciting things you can do in your free time while in Kenya.

Safety and In Country Support

When volunteering in a developing country, safety is often a concern for prospective volunteers. We here at IFRE recognize this and with our vast experience organizing volunteer trips for more than 22,000 volunteers, we have developed incredibly strong security practices as well as a large and skilled network of in country support staff that will always be on call, 24/7, to help you with anything you may need.

Learn more about our commitment to safety and our in-country support in Kenya.

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Medical Volunteering Kenya: FAQs:

Arrival and Departure

You need to fly into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for our medical volunteer program in Kenya. We recommend you talk to our Kenya country coordinator and arrive a day before your project starts.

Airport picks up and Drop off

We provide airport pick up services for all volunteers participating in our medical volunteer project. On arrival, our airport representative will pick you up and drive you to your respective accommodation. For this to take place smoothly, please provide us with your flight details and landing time. In case of a missed, delayed or cancelled flight, you only need to let us know as soon as possible and we will arrange for a new pick-up schedule.

We do not offer airport drop off services, but your host family and our in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you in booking this.


You will need to get a tourist visa from the official Embassy of Kenya in order to work as a volunteer in Kenya medical projects. You can also get a visa on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Visa on arrival is available for citizens of several countries including UK, USA, Canada, Australia, among others. However, we suggest our volunteers to secure visa before heading to Kenya in order to avoid unnecessary complications.

If you wish to continue volunteering in the project then you can extend your tourist visa for another 3 moths by visiting the Immigration Department in Kenya.  Visit this link for detailed information regarding Kenya’s visa process.

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Visa And Passport


The recommended vaccines for volunteering in Kenya by the CDC are Chikungunya, Tuberculosis, Measles and Rubella, Hepatitis B, Mumps, Malaria, Meningococcal, Schistosomiasis, Zika virus, Rabies, DTP, Dengue, Yellow Fever, and Hepatitis A.

Vaccination is important for anyone planning to visit Kenya for volunteering purposes. For your personal health precautions and extra safety, you should consider consulting your doctor for further vaccine recommendations.

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Volunteers should be 18-years-old with a background in healthcare. Additionally, you are expected to be patient and open-minded, as well as respectful of local cultures and traditions.

Why volunteer in medical project in Kenya?

This project is an excellent learning opportunity for those in the medical field, as you have to deal with a wide range of personalities and adjust to working outside of your comfort zone. This helps you improve your teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and people skills.

Helping out needy people and their community

Volunteer in Kenya at medical project is incredibly rewarding, as you get to work with patients and their families first hand, helping them through and out of

This volunteering opportunity will greatly increase your confidence and skill, as you have to adapt to unfamiliar situations and make a difference in the lives of the sick and most needy, preparing you for anything else that might come your way in the future.

Sense of accomplishment:

Participating in medical healthcare trip in Kenya will allow you to directly help those in need in a very real way. The sense of accomplishment that you will feel as a father returns to his family or a couple goes home with their now healthy child is unparalleled.

Stimulating and rapid work environment

With so much going on and so many people in need of healthcare, volunteering in a healthcare program in Kenya means that you will never expe

Joining medical volunteering work in Kenya is a life-changing experience that you will never forget. It also provides you with significant professional experience for your career in the medical field, as you’ll learn how to quickly adapt and apply your skills in any environment.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Kenya

While this medical program requires volunteers with prior training and experience, there are plenty of programs where this is not needed. We arrange volunteer experiences in a wide variety of areas such as teaching English, combating HIV/AIDS, working in orphanages and much more.

Medical Volunteer Programs in Other Countries

Besides Kenya, we also offer hands-on medical volunteering experiences in many different countries all across the world. Whether you want to work in Asia, Africa or Central/South America, you’ll find a medical volunteer opportunity with IFRE waiting for you. Below you’ll find a list of our best received medical volunteer programs:

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