Kenya: volunteer in the way it's supposed to be
If you want to work near the local people with local needs we have two important projects to get engaged in. We only work with matters that are important for locals – and we work in collaboration and dialouge with these organizations.
Under “Kenya” you find information regarding the two projects.
Volunteer – what to expect and what is included?
Location and duration
Kenwild have our own home where welcome our volunteers, tourists and guests. The foundation of Kenwild is to be genuine in the way that everyone coming to work, live and eat with us will be offered a real “African experience”.
Our home is clean, safe and nice – but no luxury because we have chosen a level for our home that could be described as “a middle class Kenyan”. We will off course help you with special requests and make you feel at home, but our idea is very clear: This is Kenya – so we are all Kenyans here.
You will share room with up to four people in comfortable bunk beds. We have a kitchen, bathroom, toilet, living rom. We have electricity and running water, but sometimes three are power black outs and shortage of water – but we always manage to handle that. Wi-fi is installed but not at same capacity as Europeans often are used to.
Local Kenyan food is very tasty, fresh and well appreciated, and our aim is to provide original Kenyan food. But also in this case we can arrange exceptions and off course help you with allergies, special food etc upon request.
Breakfast is usually Tea/coffee, fruits, eggs. We usually prepare lunch at our home to bring to the field where we work. Lunch could be for example: Fruits, bread, eggs etc
Dinner is served back home and could typically consist of rice, ugali, chapatti, vegetables, chicken, meat/fish.
Water is the only included drink 24/7. (You are free to buy other drinks and foods by yourself and store in our kitchen.)
As a volunteer you pay 35 USD/day.
Transportation to and from the airport, sleeping and eating all meals & drinking water at our home, bed sheets, one towel each. Safe and cunning guidance in Kenya and to and from our two projects where we work. (Washing clothes: You can either do it by yourself or for a small cost it can be arranged by Kenwild.)
What other costs to calculate with
Visa, flight tickets, travel insurance, vaccinations.
Spending money: Most volunteers find 50 USD/week sufficient for weekly expenses.
Weekends and travel
You might want to take the chance to use weekends + some extra days to explore Kenya in a unique way – you are already here, right!
Kenwild will guide and advice you, and if you want Kenwild will take you to different places and guide you in a safe and interesting way, at a reasonable cost.
All voluteers need to be at least 18 years old in order to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or gurardian.
Experience of two 19 year old Swedish volunteers
Cheryl’s children’s home is a school (combined with a children’s home). That means that some of the students also live here full time and some live at home and some kids only go home during the breaks. Since it is unaffordable for some parents to pay school fees for their kids, this school is for them! Otherwise they would not get any education in life at all.
Cheryl’s is quite close to the Kenwild´s house where we live but the traffic can sometimes make the ride seem longer than it is. To get to Cheryl’s we take the bus, or as it’s called here Matatu. It is very cheap and a one-way ride to Cheryl’s cost about 0,5 US-dollar.
On a normal day we leave the house at 8:30 am and arrive between 9:15-9:40 am, depending on the traffic. The classes start at 8:20 am but we usually have classes that start 9:50 am or later. After a few days we received a schedule with the classes that we have, from the head teacher. The teacher will help you, so you know what they are currently working on in class, but we also plan our own lessons. Some of the classes you may teach in are “Creative art”, “Life skill”, “PE/sports”, “English” or “Library”. They also have classes I Swahili, Science, Christian religious education (CRE) and Social studies. The schedule is very flexible, which means that if you know a lot about Science or maybe CRE, you can also tech in those classes. When we don’t have classes, we usually help sorting the beans for the children’s food. Later the beans are mixed with corn while cocking. This dish is called “Githeri” and the children eats this every lunch – if there is food for them…
The classes are 35 minutes long, but they have two classes in a row then a break for 20-30 minutes. At 12:45 pm we help serving the food to the children. The school day ends around 3:10 pm and at that time Eric (Kenwild) usually pics us up and if he is not there we spend the time playing and interacting with the kids until he comes.
Home for homeless kids in the slum
We also go and work in one of the many slums here in Kenya called “Mathare” and work at our “Good Samaritan Children’s home”. It is located on the other side of town, so it takes a bit longer time to get there. But we still leave at 8:30 am and arrive there around 10 am and then we return at 2 pm. The total cost back and forth with the Matatu is about 3 US-dollars.
The home was started by Mama Mercy in 1991 and today there are about 550 children in total. Mama is an incredible strong, positive and warm person, and she is the heart of Good Samaritan!
At this home we do what is needed, which is a lot. We assist the teacher in classes for the very young children, were we are basically comforting the children when they start crying so they won’t disturb the other children or the teacher, and we also help to teach some. We help by taking care of the small babies too. We feed them, play with them, change diapers and cuddle a lot! It is wonderful!
At the home you will have the liberty to start your own projects – try your new ideas! When you have visited the home, you can easily see that there are a lot of things that needs to be done, so you will not have any problem finding one or a few projects. If you don’t have any ideas, Mama Mercy or Eric can assist you finding a suitable project.
Most of the children have unbelievable stories that will really break your heart! Some of them have been left in a ditch when they were only a few days old, some have been brutally abused etc. There is one boy who was left in a plastic bag when he was 1 day old and when they found him, the ants had started to eat on his skin.
Because of these horrible backgrounds, our goal is to make them feel wanted, appreciated and loved!
Alma & Klara from Sweden
Worked and lived 3 months as volunteers in Nairobi: September – December 2017