Hands-On Medical Volunteer Experience In Kenya
Are you a medical student, doctor, nurse or other medical professional? Are you looking for opportunities to gain hands on medical experience? Or are you interested in sharing your medical experience with in impoverished communities? Then our Kenya medical camp program is a perfect opportunity for you.
- Gain hands on medical experience in a stand alone medical camp in Kenya
- Share your medical expertize and make a difference
- A life changing medical volunteer abroad experience starts at $350
- A highly rated program that has been trusted by thousands of volunteers since 2003
Kenya is a thrilling country with sweeping savannahs as long as the eye can see, where lions, elephants, and rhinos live. The energetic and modern city of Nairobi is a bustling and vibrating place with many historical, and cultural attractions.
Tucked away from the eyes of the visitors is the slums of Kibera, It’s one of the biggest slums in Africa. Among the slum dwellers, 75% are under 18, and around100,000 of those are orphaned children.
Kibera slum is a dark place with high levels of corruption, contagious diseases, and environmental pollution, decorated with the faces of those who live in dire poverty and hunger.
Thousands of children, women, elderly people who are living in the Kibera slum have been suffering from variety of health issues and medical conditions. Unfortunately, there not enough medical facilities or resources to provide the medical services necessary for these people.
The limited government resources have failed to address this situation, which leads to the unnecessary losses of lives and endless suffering among people living in the Kibera slum. There is an urgent need of help these poor and suffering people. It is our duty to help others who cannot help themselves.
About the Medical Camp in Kenya
The medical camp in the slums of Kibera aims to provide basic medical and health services to the people living in the slum. In this program, we will set up stand-alone medical camps in the different areas of the slum to provide primary medical and health care services to the local people. This medical program will be run with the help of local doctors and medical volunteers like you.
As a medical volunteer, you will be directly involved in the treatment of the local people. You will have ample opportunity to treat the elders, women, orphans and the disabled who are in need of primary medical care and basic health care education. You will examine them, diagnose them, and give them treatment for various aliments and conditions. You will also give them basic health education on different topics such as: how to stay basic healthy habits and how to purify water to prevent water and fecal-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, stomach bugs and numerous related illnesses, just as two examples.
Please note that there may be occasions where mobile medical camps cannot be offered to remote villiages and communities. In these situations, volunteers seeking hands-on medical experiences will be placed in the hospital to work in collaboration with physicians.
Skills and Qualifications
Any medical student and any health care professional working within the health care field can participate in this program. There is no age limit. Medical students, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives, gynecologists, dentists, paramedics, EMTs, physical therapists, nutritionists, and many other health care workers are welcome to help.
By participating in this true hands-on medical experience, you will be exposed to the health care system abroad and experience first-hand the extent of the impact
Your local team leader will be a local doctor.
The medical camp in Kenya will be managed and coordinated by an experienced local doctor. He or she will also be your team leader during the project. The team leader will be present with you and your group throughout the project period. Your team leader will coordinate the camp, allocate the tasks, share information about common health issues, and supervise and guide you in order to ensure that you are having great volunteer abroad experience. Your team leader is your professional go-to person and your point of call for support and guidance. You can consult your team leader for any help or issues. Your team leader will be an experienced, qualified doctor with ample knowledge on the local health care issues. In some situations, there will be local interpreters and nurses working to support the medical volunteer team.
A Sample Itinerary (one week)
The daily program itinerary of Kenya medical camp varies based on the needs of the communities, goals of the medical camp, the interests of the group of medical volunteers, and many other factors. Here’s a sample itinerary:
Day 1: Orientation and Q&A session about the medical camp
Your Kenya medical volunteer experience starts with a comprehensive orientation. On the first day of the program, your local team leader will give you a thorough orientation of the medical volunteer program in Kenya in Nairobi. The orientation will start with an introduction to the country, including general information about its culture, history, geography, politics, people and contemporary local and national issues.
hen, your team leader will give you crucial information about the primary goal of the camp, the location, and the locals who attend the medical camp, common health issues, and how the camp is run. You will also learn about your daily tasks and responsibilities, health and safety procedures, information about your accommodations, meals, transportation, must do and must not dos, and a throughout explanation on how the team manages the medical camp.
Then, there will be a question and answer session, which is a perfect occasion for you to ask questions and clarify any doubts before going over the daily itinerary. The orientation will give you the useful and essential information that you need to help the local communities efficiently and to make the most of your medical volunteer abroad experience in Kenya
If time allows, you and your group will visit the slum for the first time, see the medical camp, and meet the locals and leaders. Depending on what happens that day, you may even start your medical volunteering tasks on the first day.
Day 2-5: Beginning of your experience as a medical volunteer in the medical camp
At 7 am, your host will serve you breakfast. Then, you will head to medical camp to arrive before 8 am.
8 – 9 am: Set up camp
As soon as you arrive to the camp, you will participate in the setup tasks necessary to make sure that the medical camp runs smoothly. The medical camp must be ready within the first hour. The tasks will vary depending on each location, but usually, they include cleaning and setting up a registration desk and area for check-ups.
9 – 1 pm: Patient check-ups
At 9 am, you will start examining and treating the local patients. This is the most important part of your volunteering role in this medical volunteer opportunity in Kenya. During the following three to four hours, you will be extremely busy treating, checking up, and caring for local patients with their health care needs. You will be in a prime position to help others. This will be a true privilege for you and for the elders, the women, and children who seek the assistance of the medical camp.
We will advertise the location of the medical camp at least one week before the opening to invite those in need to attend. It is expected that local patients with all sorts of medical conditions - general health, poor eyesight, ear infections, skin conditions, etc. - will start arriving in great numbers to the camp.
The main purpose of the medical camp is to provide primary health care treatment and medical advice, however, there maybe opportunity to utilize your medical specialties based on specific medical conditions and issues that arise. Every day will be different.
There will be a 30-minute break from 11 am to 11:30 am to rest and to refresh.
1 pm: Closing of the medical camp
The medical camp will close its doors around 1 pm. Then, you will head to your local home, eat, and rest. The afternoon will be yours to decide if you want to discuss the following day tasks or to do some independent exploration. A local team will be ready to help you at any time.
Day 6– 7: Days Off
The camp only runs during the week. Saturday and Sunday you will have additional free time to explore the country, head to other cities, visit local markets, meet new people, and see famous landmarks or tourist attractions. After ten years of running volunteer abroad programs and working with thousands of volunteers in Kenya, we can use our experience to help you have the best experience and make the most of your free time.
Just let us know what you would like to do during your first weekend in Kenya, and we will do our best to make that happen.
This program starts again on the following week.
Important Notice: The sample itinerary above is just to give you a general idea of how we run the medical volunteer camp in Kenya. Prior to your departure to Kenya, we will send you a final customized itinerary of your medical volunteer trip abroad.
Dates And Prices
IFRE Volunteer's medical camp starts on the first and third Monday of each month. However, if you have a small group of more than three volunteers who want to join the program, we can create a customized program to allow your group to start at any date that is more convenient for your group.
Important notice: You can join IFRE Volunteer's International medical camp individually or in a group. We need a minimum of 3 volunteers to run the camp. Therefore, we request that you invite others to make a small group. Or, if this is not possible, please apply at least 2 or 3 months in advance so we can inform you - at least a month in advance - in case we have to cancel the camp setup due to failing to meet the minimum number of volunteers required.
IFRE Volunteer offers one of the most affordable medical volunteer abroad programs. Our cost is extremely affordable.
IFRE Volunteer’s international medical camp offers a hands-on medical volunteer experience to volunteers while running the stand alone camp and covering most of the expenses related to the medical camp such as local doctors, nurses, medicine, water, etc.
The IFRE Volunteer's registration fee is $299.
One Week - $488
Two weeks - $766
What Does The Fee Cover?
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Comprehensive travel insurance
- Food (3 local meals a day)
- Support & supervision from local doctors and team
What's Not Included?
- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
- $100 donation to buy and distribute free medicines to local people - you can pay it locally.
Housing, Food, and Supervision
In the Kenya medical volunteer program, you and your group will stay with a host family who has previously housed hundreds of international volunteers in Kenya. Your host family lives in a large house near the slums. The house has many bedrooms, Wi-Fi, electric fans, modern bathrooms, a balcony, and communal areas to rest. You will share one of the bedrooms with one same gender volunteer.
Your host family also manages your food for you. You will be served typical Kenyan food three times per day. The Kenyan diet consists of Ugali (cornmeal staple) Irio (mashed peas and potato mix) Githeri (beans and corn) Kenyan Pilau (spiced rice) Wali wa Nazi (coconut rice) Sukuma Wiki (collard greens / kale) and Kenyan Stew.
IFRE Volunteer has been running volunteer programs in Kenya since 2003. We have a strong team of professional country coordinator and local staff. A whole support network will be waiting for you. A local IFRE Volunteer team, a host family, and a team leader will work together to make sure that you have a safe and rewarding medical volunteer experience in Kenya. The country coordinator will pick you up and drop you off at the airport, provide you with transport every day, and be available for any necessary logistical support you might require.
Travel and Extending Your Stay
After working as a medical volunteer in the slums, you are free to stay longer in Kenya. You can join another IFRE Volunteer’s volunteer abroad program where you can teach English or work in orphanages, or put on your exploration boots and explore Kenya. Let us know what you would like to do and we will be happy to help make that happen.
Where are the medical camps located?
The medical camp will take place in local schools, orphanages, clubs, and or health centers within the communities of the slum of Kibera. The precise location will vary depending on the needs of those who seek out help from the medical camp.
Who will benefit from the camp?
The Kenya medical volunteer program aims to help poor people who cannot afford essential health care services, the sick, the vulnerable, and those who may die due to lack of basic medical care.
Do you charge any fees to local people?
Not at all. The services and treatments provided to the neediest, the sickest, and the poorest members of the slums are absolutely free. To support those who benefit from this medical volunteering program in Kenya, we also give away medicine and food to locals in need and ask volunteers to help us by bringing medicines and supplies from their home countries. This vital request will assist us in reaching more people who need help.
How long will my medical volunteering experience last?
You can join the Kenya medical volunteer abroad experience for one or two weeks. It depends on your time, objectives and availability.
What kind of tasks will I perform in the medical camp?
It will vary according to your skills and experience. It will also depend on the need of the local communities.
- Provide basic health care
- Provide first aid
- Administer medication
- Check patients and prescribe medication when needed
- Use your expertise and qualifications when situations arise
- Stitch and dress wounds
- Help patients with physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Record patient details and vital signs including height, weight, blood pressure, body temperature, etc
- Give immunizations
- Promote health education
- Help with personal hygiene
Please note that you cannot perform surgical procedures due to liability issues and the limitations of the medical camp.
I am a specialized medical doctor or professional, how can I use my expertise?
The medical camp in Kenya aim is to offer basic health care services to local people. However, many people with different kind of health issues will come to the medical camp to seek advice and treatment for conditions that require specialization. . You are welcome to use your skills and expertise, however, due to liability issues, to the limitations of the medical camp, and to our inability to follow up, you are not allowed to perform any surgical operations and related procedures.
Do I need to take equipment and supplies to Kenya?
We ask that all medical volunteers joining Kenya medical volunteering program to bring medical supplies whenever possible. This is due to the shortage of supplies available at the medical camp. As you will see, it really helps.
If it’s possible for you to cooperate in bringing medicines or supplies, we will be happy to give a list the medications and related medicine supplies needed the most in the slums.
What type of supplies should I take with me?
All volunteers should try and bring medicines and medical supplies to help the medical team in better treating patients and to assist us with our free distribution program to those in need. Once more, your contribution will assist us in helping those who truly need help.
We need things like:
- Basic medicine for fever, cold and cough
- Latex gloves
- Insect repellent
- Items for basic personal hygiene