Kenya

Projects Abroad

My experience in Kenya is one I will certainly never forget. From the outstanding staff, to making friends from all over the world; seeing elephants and giraffes, to helping improve the living conditions for less fortunate people, this experience opened my eyes to a whole new world. During my four weeks in Kenya, I stayed at a beautiful home with a welcoming family. The kids in the house kept me on my toes, and the adults provided authentic Kenyan meals.

When I wasn't at home, I was spending an average of 6 hours a day at a school called The Fountains. There, I was working alongside a teacher to help 2-4 year olds learn English. This, being my first real experience as a teacher, helped me to build up my confidence being in front of a class. I learned how different schools work in Africa, and was able to give suggestions based on what I have learned in college as an Education major.

To be honest, I was quite nervous going into this experience. I have never really left the country before, so this was a big step for me. My mother was even more worried, but those nerves got put to rest when I told her how outstanding the staff was. There are four main coordinators in Nanyuki, Kenya, and they all exceeded my expectations. This experience wouldn't have been nearly as great without their hard work, dedication, kindness, and perseverance. They were constantly catering to our needs, and making sure we had the best experience possible. They organized medical outreaches, a day to teach a kindergarden in the slums how to properly wash their hands and brush their teeth, a soccer day with an orphanage, a renovation day, and much more. We even ended up getting so close that all of the volunteers and volunteer coordinators went to dinner before we all had to leave. Overall, I would highly reccommend this experience, and push for you to choose Kenya as your destination!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Oct 3, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Traveling overseas for the first time by yourself can be a very overwhelming scary experience. The Projects Abroad staff helped make my pre-departure, arrival, time in Kenya and departure as smooth as possible. The staff opened me with welcoming arms and made sure that each day I was in Kenya was a positive experience for me. They constantly checked in on me and made sure that I was happy in my placement, happy with my host family and happy with the overall experience. I was not 100% happy with my first care placement so they helped find me a placement where I found my true calling. I would not have made it through my time in Kenya without them!

Also with the support of my host family, I had the most amazing experience in Kenya. My host family was so caring and loving which helped make me feel even more comfortable with them. They always had breakfast, lunch and dinner ready for me. They always asked about how my day was and listened to all of my stories, just like my own parents would have. They asked questions and helped me understand why some of the people do what they do in Kenya. When I left I truly felt like their home was mine and they were my own family. They were incredible.

The other volunteers I met in Kenya soon became close friends. They helped make my time in Kenya even more memorable. We constantly shared adventures and stories and helped push each other to reach our goals.

Projects Abroad helped make my life time dream come true.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Sep 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I volunteered for 2 weeks in Kibera town, Nairobi. My project is a medical and health project working in a clinic. A lot of volunteers may be confused who will pick you up and where you stay. The coordinator from Kenya which is my host is a responsible person. He will contact you before the project started to make sure you have everything set and ready, and he is always ready to help you if there is any questions regarding the project and the country. Kenya is truly safe when you are with the local. Then the host will arrange accommodation and transport for your project unless you have special request.

Throughout my volunteer week, I really learnt a lot from the doctor and manage to see the malaria and TB cases from patients. I also experienced to do a public screening for students in the school. In the meantime, I have visited a few primary schools in this town to see their environment of study. The school will be recommended by the host for visit. These schools definitely need some support in term of foods, books and stationaries. From this 2 weeks, I have seen the culture and people living in Kibera town which is different from the Nairobi city center. This place is mainly populated by the poor living people called slum. This is something could open your eye when you have seen the reality on how these people living as compared to your home .Moreover, you could really interact with the local, tasting the local foods and learn a few Swahili words. Everyone is really friendly in this town that I really had a hard time to say goodbye to my host family and my project team.

There are also a few other projects offered in Kenya. I have seen other volunteers teaching in the school either in Nairobi or in the Machakos county. Some were doing cultural exchange in Masai mara and wildlife conversation in national parks. I was lucky that I could spend my weekend in Mitaboni, Machakos county where my host used to lived there. This is an unexplored village where you really can live in nature and livestocks. All and all I really had an amazing time in Nairobi and Mitaboni.

In terms of cost, personally I would think that the registration fee is too high for usd300. The program fee is still reasonable as stated in the website. Other expenses you might consider to cover is your phone data, cost for tour to national parks and spend on some snacks you might miss from home.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: May 22, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Global Crossroad

The welcome team was nice. Although the said that they would come take me around masiland but they did not. Although, the locals showed me around their land that they owned. The masi people were some of the most hospitable peopleI have ever met. They made me feel like family, even with a strong language barrier. They are very thankful that people want to learn about their culture. My host family was so nice. Whenever I come back to Kenya I have promised to see them again. They really made me feel like a part of their family. I felt very safe in masiland. The people explained to me it is one of the safest places near Nairobi. The doors were locked and there was barbed fencing around their houses to protect us. One warning I would give to a person going to Masiland is get ready for the culture shock. The food is very different and they do not eat meat often. The biggest difficulty was communication, my host family did not speak much english, only the children spoke english. It was hard communicating with them when the children were not there.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: May 11, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
6
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

The welcome team was nice. Although the said that they would come take me around masiland but they did not. Although, the locals showed me around their land that they owned. The masi people were some of the most hospitable peopleI have ever met. They made me feel like family, even with a strong language barrier. They are very thankful that people want to learn about their culture. My host family was so nice. Whenever I come back to Kenya I have promised to see them again. They really made me feel like a part of their family. I felt very safe in masiland. The people explained to me it is one of the safest places near Nairobi. The doors were locked and there was barbed fencing around their houses to protect us. One warning I would give to a person going to Masiland is get ready for the culture shock. The food is very different and they do not eat meat often. The biggest difficulty was communication, my host family did not speak much english, only the children spoke english. It was hard communicating with them when the children were not there.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: May 11, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
6
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

This company is possibly the worst, and if you are searching for a good experience I sugest you ignore their cheap prices because otherwise you will come to regret it.

I travelled to Kenya for the Mombasa project in the beginning of March, from the get go the company showed little interest after payment had been made. They would take ages to reply to e-mails and phone calls were non existent.

Upon arrival (following an 8 hour flight from London) my supposed airport pick up, was no where to be found. Turns out the lack of communication between OV and their connections was as bad as they were with me, they failed to communicate that I was to arrive in Nairobi and not Mombasa. I had to take another 8 hour coach ride to the coast to meet my pick up.

Upon arrival I was told that the volunteer house that had been out of use for over 5 months and that volunteers had been staying at the White Castle Hotel (the Kenyan welcome pack from OV stated all volunteers had to stay at the volunteer house). To make matters worse, not only did they not tell me the volunteer house was out of use, Emma also lied to me and told me there were another two volunteers already at the supposed 'volunteer house'. It turned to to be only me and absolutely no project to volunteer, as the Grandsons of Abraham Rescu Center was recruiting street kids and so there was nothing for me to do.

One day on my lack of volunteering I was out doing touristy things as a way to kill time and I was robbed and beaten near Fort Jesus. When i repported the incident to OV they completely ignored my pleas, screened my calls and refused to refund me my monies. Luckily I had payed via paypal and they found in my favour.

I have a police report and will be taking further action against this so called company for negligence and misrepresentation. I would definitely not recommend them to anyone, DO NOT let the prices fool you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Mar 21, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Elective Africa

Elective Africa satisfied my expectation and desire to experience a new health system.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Mar 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

Program:
Location: Kenya
Posted: Jan 24, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I signed up in September and actually began my volunteering experience in November 2016 through December 2016. I flew from Boston, MA to Nairobi, Kenya and was picked up by the In-Country Coordinator, Barnabas and his friend, Jackson. The two brought me to Barnabas' house to meet his family and welcome me to Kenya. I spent the next few days with Barnabas and Jackson visiting an orphanage and school that Barnabas oversees and then going on a 3-day safari in the Masai Mara that Barnabas arranged. The safari was terrific, staying with locals and seeing some amazing wildlife. When that ended I spent another evening at Barnabas' home and was then driven to a bus station where I took a bus to Voi and was picked up by by the Park Rangers from Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary where I was to stay fro the next month, helping rangers with their duties monitoring the game preserve. Over the next month I became close with all of the rangers, each who lived in the sanctuary with their families and children. I spend days learning the local culture, working with the rangers to remove poaching traps and herding private cattle off the preserve. I ate what they ate, slept where they slept and generally assimilated into their daily routine. Each ranger was unique and welcoming and all were supportive and helpful. I was pleased to find that during my time in Kenya, everywhere I went I had quality cell phone coverage. I brought my T-Mobile service with me and I was connected to both voice and data almost 24/7. I never once found myself concerned about security or safety and I never experienced any illnesses or discomfort from food that I ate or water that I bathed in or drank. When my program ended I was picked up in Voi by Barnabas and Jackson who then drove me back to Nairobi where I stayed again at Barnabas' home for a few nights until I returned to the U.S. Overall, without any doubt, all the people involved in this program were exceptional, kind, helpful and honest. I can't recommend enough IFRE, Barnabas, Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary and Kenya in general. I'd be happy to provide advice and references to anyone interested in going.

- Chris Macheras

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Jan 3, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

After years of contemplation, I finally made the decision to participate in a Kenya Care Project for four weeks in the summer of 2016. I can confidently say it was the best decision of my life. From the second I was greeted at the airport by two staff members to the heartbreaking moment I had to say goodbye to my host family, I received so much love, guidance, and wisdom from the people of Kenya. I lived and volunteered in a small market town called Nanyuki, which is about three hours north of Nairobi. I was a little nervous at first about living with a host family, but I quickly learned I had absolutely nothing to be nervous about. My host family was so loving, welcoming, fun, and just all around amazing people. I was provided with great living accommodations and plenty of food the entire duration of my trip. Not only did I love my living accommodations, I also had a great experience at my volunteer placement. I spent the weekdays at a home for children with disabilities ranging in age from 5-16 years old. At this particular site the children attended school and received rehabilitation. This was great for me because I was able to both help in the classroom and also in Occupational therapy. The staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming, and I could tell they appreciated any assistance I was able to give them. Outside of volunteering I had plenty of free time to explore, socialize, and relax. The possibilities are endless when staying in Nanyuki, and everyone can find some sort of adventure that peeks their interest. The other volunteers were so fun and friendly, and to this day have become some of my dearest friends. In the evenings we would hang out in the Projects Abroad office in town or relax at a coffee shop. On the weekends I participated in excursions including a day-long safari, visiting a nearby animal orphanage, and traveling back down to Nairobi to shop in the markets. Other volunteers also hiked at Mount Kenya, or even flew to Mombasa for a few days. All in all, I cannot imagine my life having not gone to Kenya through Projects Abroad. I highly recommend taking advantage of any opportunity you have to travel through this organization; I know I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Nov 4, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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