Dates: June 24 – July 21,
|Location: Nairobi , Kenya Start/End point: Nairobi
Food: Local food (3 times a day)Room: Host family or hostel
Date: 4 weeks ( June 24 – July 21, )
Program fee: $2269 for 4 weeks (including 5 days of Safari)
Volunteer in Kenya, one of the most stunning countries in Africa and full of natural wonders. From tropical beaches and magnificent scenery to rich culture and incomparable wildlife, Kenya has everything in abundance. In this beautiful country, you can visit the traditional Maasai on their ancestral lands, spot the incredible wildlife, admire the stunning valleys, and explore beautiful villages and culture. IFRE’s summer volunteer and adventure Program in Kenya is a great opportunity to taste the montage of East African cultures and traditions.
Orientation in Nairobi (1 Day)
You will meet with Global Adventure Safaris’s local staff members. Participate in a general Q&A session review program itinerary. Today also includes general orientation on history, culture, tradition and general issues (health, safety, etc) You will have time to explore nearby areas.
Service Projects – Work in an Orphanage (22 Days)
During the next part of your summer program, you work in a local orphanage sharing your love and passion for Kenyan orphanage children whose lives are void of parental love/care. As an orphanage volunteer, you will teach English, organize games and other creative extra activities like singing, dancing, art, etc. In your free time, you can experience the rich Kenyan culture, tradition and the day-to-day lifestyles of the local villagers. Volunteers have the chance to hike around their villages and explore Kenyan rural life.
Kenyan Safari (5 Days/4 Nights): Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru, Maasai Mara Game Reserve (5 Days)
With a full and satisfied heart you depart the orphanage, knowing that you have made a positive impact in the lives of the needy children. Now it’s time to relax as you embark upon a Kenyan safari! You will encounter a multitude of animals – lions, hippos, giraffes, wildebeests, zebra, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs and a variety of antelopes and elephants in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is world renowned for this distinct and amazing assortment of wildlife! You may witness the most spectacular event of the natural world while on safari! The migration of millions of wildebeests and zebras – traveling to the Maasai Mara region from across the Serengeti in search of water.
Predators closely follow these animals are the predators of the savanna – from lions to cheetahs, to wild dogs, to hyenas and other vultures. It’s an impressive experience! You may also explore Amboseli National Park and Lake Nakuru during your safari outing.
Program itineraries are merely samples and may altered to meet the needs of the volunteers as well as field conditions. This itinerary will be finalized on the day you begin your Summer Volunteer and Adventure Program during orientation in Nairobi.
Amka Afrika manages living accommodations, provides meals and supervision for volunteers for the entirety of their stay in Kenya. During the volunteer period, most volunteers stay in our safe and secure Nairobi home base.
Global Adventure Safaris’ Nairobi home base is located in a beautiful area nearly 30 km from the Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta) International Airport in the Thome 1 Estate in the Kasarani division of Nairobi. This estate is very safe and manned with onsite security. It is a clean, sparsely furnished home but will meet all your needs as an Global Adventure Safaris volunteer. It is close to the local bus station.
In the Thome 1 Estate you can see beautiful British style houses which belong to some wealthy families of Kenya. Many business families, high ranked government officials and people with high social status live in this village. The nearby local bus (matatu) station is only one km away from the home base and it is easily accessible by walking. This matatu runs to downtown Nairobi and it is approximately 15 km from I Global Adventure Safaris’ home base in Kasarani.
The matatu (van/bus style taxi) fare should be approximately $1 one way. Useful amenities within 2 km of the Amka Afrika home base are an internet café, restaurant and supermarket. The local police station is also located within approximately 2 km from the Global Adventure Safaris home base.
Occasionally, depending on volunteer traffic, available projects or distance to a volunteer’s assigned project, we may also place our volunteers with carefully pre-screened host families. Our host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender.
Another viable option is an at-orphanage stay. Many orphanages in Kenya have set aside special rooms to house international volunteers. Volunteers who have stayed with a host family or at an orphanage describe an enriched experience as a result of having done so. Once you have applied for program placement, you will find the specific details of your accommodations in your personal placement documents for your project.