The summer volunteer project in Kenya for undergrads & graduates!
#Seetheworlddifferently with Africa & Asia Venture (AV).
Man-years of service
Want to learn more about our summer volunteer program?
From living like a local within a village to community work through local schools, an education centre and community centre, your time on our summer volunteer program will be well-spent to make sure you have a positive impact in the surrounding villages.
Through a variety of volunteer activities you will be able to help children with English and other core subjects on our summer program in Kenya.
While volunteering in Kenya you’ll assist with PE lessons and after-school sports clubs within the local community.
Let your imagine run free with after-school clubs and sessions at the local schools and education centre for lots of extra-curricular subjects to make the most of your summer volunteering program.
Our summer volunteers often enjoy many community celebrations from weddings to supporting the local football team at matches. Make the most of your time on our summer volunteer program by getting stuck in to an all-round experience in Kenya.
Strike a good balance of volunteering and adventure this summer. Spend your weekends exploring all that Kenya has to offer – beaches, safari and trekking!
Step into someone else's world.
It'll be an exciting, rewarding, challenging journey you will never forget.
Make a difference
Our partner communities value your skills.
You'll make an impact in a way you wouldn't have imagined.
Travel changes people.
Overcoming challenges will give you confidence and you'll discover new skills.
Friends for life
Make unforgettable friendships.
You'll meet people from all walks of life who will be part of your life forever.
Summer volunteer program in Kenya: The details
- Customs and culture of Kenya and its people
- Safety, health and security
- Advice on communicating with your students and tips for lessons, if you’ve chosen to help in a school
- Community projects
- Basic Kiswahili
The briefings for the summer volunteer program takes place close to the beach so you will definitely have the chance to relax and enjoy the location! In no time, you will be ready to start your village experience and settle in to your new home, but remember they’re never more than a phone call away if you need them!
Each day you can spend time socialising with the local community, usually over a cup of chai (sweet tea) or lunch. This is a great chance to get to know your colleagues and learn more about them. They will be keen to learn more about your life at home whilst you can practice your Kiswahili! Support will be on hand to show you round and advice on where to shop, the nearest internet café etc.
At weekends and on public holidays you can stay in the village or travel further afield. You may want to continue work on projects you have started, such as painting a classroom or revamping the desks and chairs and playground equipment. Alternatively you can head to Ukunda or Diani to do some shopping, have a meal at a nice restaurant or meet up with other AV volunteers and travel to see other parts of Kenya. You could also go to Shimba Hills game reserve or Kisite Marine Park – there is plenty to do on the Kenyan coast!
The houses will have a bedroom(s), a communal/cooking area and somewhere to wash. You will have running water and a flushing toilet but expect electricity to be intermittent. Whatever house you get, you will grow to love it and soon feel very much at home! We encourage independence and so you won’t have someone cooking for you and looking after you – it’s a chance to step up and take responsibility for yourself.
You will be given a living allowance and will be expected to shop at the local markets and cook for yourself. Again, this is the best way of getting to know people, being involved in the community and gaining the best possible understanding of living there – you are not a bystander watching from afar.
24/7 AV representative support: Whilst not living with you full time the AV representative is never far away and there whenever you need them. They can be contacted by phone 24/7 and will visit you during your project.
Dates & Costs
A fantastic experience. Unforgettable and highly recommended…. being immersed in the culture and meeting lots of different people was amazing.
I loved meeting and integrating with the local community through the teaching, building, transport and playing football with the local children and adults.
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