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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Kenya

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Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Kenya


Along with South Africa and Uganda, Kenya offers the continent's greatest number of low cost and grassroots volunteering initiatives. Kenya also has a fair number of work exchanges, particularly through Workaway.


Grassroots Volunteering in Kenya

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

Ugunja Community Resource Centre

A small NGO in western Kenya promoting sustainable development that strives to meet the many needs of the local community. Originally set up to offer agriculture information to the community, UCRC has branched out to include a library, a community high school, a technical training institute for youth at risk, computer training, a savings and credit society, a health centre and it coordinates youth programmes. International placements, from a few days to two years, are available revolving around issues such as sustainable agriculture, preserving indigenous knowledge and youth empowerment.

Where: Ugunja, western Kenya.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers can choose either to live with a local family, or to rent their own accommodation in Ugunja town. Expect to pay around $40 per week for food and accommodation plus a suggested $70 weekly donation.

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CHASE Africa

CHASE Africa believes in the power of volunteering - and the difference that volunteers can make when they are placed in the right projects. At each project there is a real need for volunteers to help out - each of their projects are unfunded projects, and depend heavily upon local and international volunteers to achieve their goals, of alleviating poverty in their local community. Projects range from teaching, manual labour, medical and dentistry placements, environmental work, human rights and childcare. No qualifications necessary except for medical and dentistry placements. For these they require volunteers are at least medical/ dentistry students or fully trained medical professionals.

Where: Projects are all around Kenya, some in rural locations, and others are located in cities.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers will be accommodated by local homestays at each location - or at a local guest house. But all hosts have been approved by CHASE staff, and all offer three meals a day for the volunteers, plus laundry service. The last information we had rural projects cost £35/week and urban projects £75/week - this fee goes directly to your homestay. There was also a coordination fee of £250 - this includes registration with Chase, all admin and coordination fees, airport pick up and 24 hr support both in UK and in Kenya. These fees could have changed a little since they last submitted their details to us.

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Cara Projects

Requires volunteers that can provide help to their rescue centre, a home to girls that have been victims of neglect, abuse, female mutilation, early marriages or incest. The aim of Cara Projects is to provide vital services for the Rescue Centre and the children by providing a safe home where the children can sleep, be fed and be loved, get access to education, water and sanitation, healthcare and counselling.

Where: Kibiko, Nairobi.
Accommodation & Costs: Accommodation and food is available for $10 per night. The volunteer package is based on a minimum stay of 10 days, but shorter visits can also be accommodated.

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Karibuni Eco-Cottages

There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities at Karibuni, including teaching and homework support for local girls, sports coaching, participating in community building projects, getting involved in environmental projects, such as tree planting, recycling and composting. The project offers visitors the chance to experience life in a traditional Kenyan village in an ethical and sustainable way No qualifications are required to volunteer but if a volunteer feels they have a specific skill to share, they are happy to find a way to utilise it.

Where: Ndhiwa, Nyanza region of Western Kenya.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers can choose to stay in a traditional Luo Hut, or a brick house. There is no fee to volunteer at Karibuni. Accommodation is £15 a night, full board.

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Pamoja International Voluntary Services

Organise international work camps, internships and medium term volunteer programmes, where both local and international volunteers offer their services for free. Volunteer work includes the construction or renovation of social amenities for the community and agriculture enhancement programmes. PIVS have also partnered with a music school that offers programmes mainly targeting children’s centres located at the Kayole and Kariobangi slums in Nairobi. Volunteers for this help with instructing a wide range of performing arts including assisting music classes or leading drama lessons.

Where: Different parts of the country.
Accommodation & Costs: Accommodation and food is available for €350 for one month, or more expensive more shorter stays.

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Help Exchange Networks in Kenya

Workaway -
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Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Kenya

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


Volunteer Experiences*

A Tale of Three Schools - Alexia Nestora presents a tale of good intentions gone wrong.
The Kids of Ngong Hills, Kenya - Despite finding that volunteering abroad wasn’t as easy as she thought, Angie Orth finally had the opportunity when she visited Kenya.


* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations

Images copyright Ugunja Community Resource Centre and Pamoja International Voluntary Services