I went to Kenya with IVHQ for 6 weeks this year. They were very helpful up until I left for my trip, answering all my questions quickly and efficiently, and then it was Fadhili Helpers who looked after the volunteers.
Fadhili were brilliant. I was picked up from the airport on time and taken to a temporary homestay. Then we had orientation and I found out where I would be placed. I went with one other volunteer to a smaller, rural town. My hostmother was amazing. She cooked lovely meals for us, helped us with our washing and walked us to our placement. The house was small and cosy. At times there was no running water or electricity but that is all part of the experience. I volunteered in a local primary school, doing teaching. We were given lots of responsibilities and were able to teach whole classes by ourselves. The behaviour in the school was excellent. The teachers were so grateful to have us there and made us feel so welcome! Fadhili also give you lots of opportunities to do extra things at the weekends. Ours included a trip to Hells Gate National Park, another volunteer programme in an IDP camp, a 4 day safari (organised by Fadhili staff so it was cheaper) and on one free weekend we took a trip to Mombasa (the coast).
IVHQ was the cheapest organisation that I found and it was well worth the money. I also really felt like I made a difference in the school. Don't hesitate to go with them - you will have a great time and be well looked after! I really recommend Kenya too. The people are wonderful and Fadhili are simply brilliant.



I am due to leave for Kenya in 2 weeks, volunteering just like you. I have never volunteered before and am extremely excited. Just a quick question. I want to take some gifts with me, I have some football shirts and some pens and pencils for the school I will be working in. Could you give me an idea of anything else to take? Maybe for a gift for the host family? Many Thanks, Amy