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Volunteer in Kenya: Free Time and Weekend Exploration

Are you concerned that you won’t get to explore Kenya to its fullest while volunteering? Then don’t worry, as our volunteering opportunities provide ample free time to explore the wonders of Kenya on both weekday excursions to the nearby area or longer weekend explorations to any part of the country.

Weekday Free Time: Nairobi and Massai

While volunteering in our Kenya programs, you will generally work about 4 to 5 hours a day, starting at around 8 or 9 AM and finishing at around 3 or 4 PM from Monday to Friday. The remainder of your time during the weekdays will be yours to spend as you wish for exploration and sightseeing in the surrounding area and neighboring locations.

Our Kenya volunteer projects are located in the Nairobi and Massai areas, and as Kenya is known for its national parks and game reserves, you will get to spend your free time to experience Kenya’s famed scenic landscapes and vast wildlife preserves.

You will also get to spend time with and experience the indigenous Massai tribes, an ethnic group of semi-nomadic people who have settled in Kenya and northern Tanzania.

The country's diverse wildlife and panoramic geography is distinct and sublime, and you will get plenty of time to explore Kenya’s exciting wild life, vast natural bounties and colorful culture.

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Weekend Exploration

Volunteers in Kenya work 5 days a week from Monday to Friday and get 2 days off during the weekend to experience the natural and cultural splendors of the country. During the weekend, you can visit captivating national parks, local markets, ancient landmarks, museums and much more, from every corner of Kenya.

For inspiration, we have compiled a short list below of places you can visit or things you can do during your weekends.

Amboseli National Park

While volunteering in Kenya you can take a weekend to visit Amboseli National Park. This is one of Kenya’s finest and most well-reputed national parks, and it’s easy to see why. Here seeing hundreds of big-tusked elephants together is a common sight, which makes for some stunning photos set to a backdrop of Africa’s most stunning view as Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m) soars in the distance. You’ll also be rewarded with views of stunning vistas when the weather clears, usually at dawn or dusk.

Fort Jesus (Mombasa)

Fort Jesus is renowned for its ancient architecture. Built in the16th-century this fort is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a beloved cultural treasure of Mombasa. It consists of meter-thick walls, frescoed interiors, traces of European graffiti, Arabic inscriptions and Swahili embellishment revealing the history of Mombasa and the coast writ in stone. You will have free reign to climb the battlements and explore its tree-shaded grounds, an experience that is sure to make your volunteering experience in Kenya even more memorable.

National Museum

This is another attraction that should not be missed while attending our volunteering in Kenya programs. The National Museum is an imposing building set amidst lush, leafy grounds just outside the center of the city and has a good range of cultural and natural-history exhibits. Of particular note is the life-size fiberglass model of Ahmed, the massive elephant that became a symbol of Kenya at the height of the 1980s poaching crisis.

Galana River

During your Kenya volunteer program you can spend a weekend visiting this remarkable river. Running through the heart of a national park it combines the waters of the Tsavo and Athi Rivers, slicing through the dusty plains. You will get to experience extended sightings of crocs, hippos, lesser kudus, waterbucks, and maybe even lions and leopards. If you are lucky you might even get to see the distinctive Somali ostrich.

Other Interesting Places to Visit during Your Volunteering Trip in Kenya are:

Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust named after the famous park warden who pioneered techniques for raising orphaned black rhinos and elephants.

Enjoy a meal at the Boho Eatery, notable for being one of Nairobi’s most vegetarian- and vegan-friendly cafes.

Spend time at the Lamu Museum, housed in a grand Swahili warehouse on the waterfront.

Visit the Giraffe Centre which protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe subspecies.

Volunteer Opportunities in Kenya

If you’re interested in other volunteering opportunities in Kenya, then IFRE offers a wide range of projects in the country for a variety of passions and interests. Whether you want to work in HIV project, teach English, work in an Orphanage, become a medical volunteer, or much more there is an IFRE program for you!

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