Our Programs in Kenya

There’s a lot to get involved in while volunteering. We recommend you concentrate on one programs for your volunteer work to have the most impact.

We’ve split the activities on offer into various programs: teaching, orphanage, medical and HIV/AIDS. During application, please select one of these programs as your primary choice.

Your trip adviser will review your application and let you know if there are placements available for the dates you’ve suggested. If not, they will suggest alternate dates or programs for you.

On booking, your application details will be passed on to the Agape team in Kenya, who will read these carefully before allocating a placement to you after your arrival. Placement allocations are based on personal requirements, suitability and placement needs.

Please be aware that the need for volunteers in different projects varies at different times of day and at different times of the week. Some placements are only available during the school term or school holidays while most are on offer year round. Sometimes placements may become unavailable unexpectedly. We encourage volunteers to be edible and be prepared to work in different areas so you can make the greatest difference wherever it is needed.

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As a teaching volunteer, you will work alongside school staff to teach a primary curriculum of English, Math, Science, Religion and Social Studies. By volunteering as a teacher, you can help teachers with large classes, ensuring that pupils receive more personal attention and tutelage. By setting an example of English pronunciation and grammar every day, you will create an improvement in your pupils’ language skills. 

It’s recommended that you work alongside a local teacher in the classroom. Working closely in partnership with the teacher gives you a chance to learn from them, while ensuring that any new ideas and interactive learning techniques you are able to introduce will continue to benefit classes after you leave. 

This is a great program for volunteers applying for or studying a PGCE, or qualified teachers looking for a different challenge. If you have studied or are enthusiastic about teaching, you can be an invaluable aid to the schools we work with. 

Even if you have not or do not plan to study teaching, don’t necessarily be put off. As long as you are willing to follow the lead of local staff and more experienced volunteers, you can always help. Just make sure to know and accept your limits and to bring all your commitment and enthusiasm. Please remember that the school holidays fall in April, August and December. If you plan to travel at these times, consider volunteering on a different program, as there will not be a lot for teaching volunteers to do!

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You will work either in a private local hospital or a private community clinic. The first question you need to answer for yourself and to your trip adviser is: what do I want to focus on when I volunteer – learning and experience, or hands on work?

Hospital placements are ideal for volunteers who primarily want to learn while on placement. These placements offer an opportunity to gain insight into healthcare provision in a developing country and to observe a wide range of care and procedures as well as some hands on experience.

Clinic placements are best suited to volunteers who want to be hands on and to focus on work while volunteering. These clinics serve many people who cannot afford hospital fees, often with only one or two doctors. Volunteer help is very welcome.

All medical volunteers will also participate in weekly community outreach work funded by Agape Volunteers, through your program fee. This might include health screenings and treatment, sexual health presentations, hygiene classes, HIV outreach and more.

The medical program is great for medical students looking to complete an elective, or anyone with medical experience who would like to gain a new perspective on their work and broaden their understanding of medical care in a third world setting.

You must be a qualified health care practitioner or have completed at least one year of a medical degree to qualify for this program.

You must provide proof of your credentials at least 8 weeks before your date of departure, as Kenyan legislation requires all foreign qualified practitioners to apply for a temporary license to practice. Please note that all medical require a medical supplement fee to cover the costs of registration, facilitate outreach and subsidies medication. This fee will be included as an item in your program fee.

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You will be working alongside community health workers to provide free HIV testing and outreach in the local area. This involves home visits, providing help with cooking and housework, as well as logging data on people tested and keeping records.

For anyone volunteering for 6 weeks or more and keen to get stuck in, we highly recommend the Kenyan government’s 2 week testing and counseling course, which qualifies you to conduct HIV testing and counseling independently. No previous medical experience is required for this program. If you’re interested, let your trip adviser know so they can make the necessary arrangements. By booking this course you also ensure that we can supply the HIV testing kits you and your project partners will need to be as effective as possible.

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You will be working alongside community health workers to provide free HIV testing and outreach in the local area. This involves home visits, providing help with cooking and housework, as well as logging data on people tested and keeping records.

For anyone volunteering for 6 weeks or more and keen to get stuck in, we highly recommend the Kenyan government’s 2 week testing and counseling course, which qualifies you to conduct HIV testing and counseling independently. No previous medical experience is required for this program. If you’re interested, let your trip adviser know so they can make the necessary arrangements. By booking this course you also ensure that we can supply the HIV testing kits you and your project partners will need to be as effective as possible.

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Water is life. A clean source of water is still a farfetched dream for many communities in Kenya. A large population in Kenya lacks access to a clean source of water and most Kenyans cannot access adequate sanitation facilities as the country is still facing huge challenges in water provision for domestic and agricultural use with poor weather patterns causing droughts and water shortages. Kenya also has a limited renewable water supply and is classified as a water scarce country. We as GF, we are committed to enhance a health and economic well-being of low-income and undeserved communities by facilitating equitable and sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and appropriate hygiene practices. We focus on providing sustainable solutions for individuals and communities including rainwater harvesting systems, hygienic water storage equipment, manual or solar powered water pumps, waterless toilets as well as training health & hygiene and efficient water usage.

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You will take on a role in taxed and understaffed children’s homes, where the care of thirty or more children may be in the hands of just one man or woman. You will help with the day to day running and maintenance of the home, as well as organizing games and activities. You may also be asked to take on a teaching role.

Although “orphanage” is common parlance in the volunteer industry, most of our placements are more properly referred to as care homes or children’s homes. They exist to provide support and care for vulnerable and at-risk children. These kids may have living parents or family who are not currently able to care for them.

Volunteer work will revolve around caring for the children and ensuring that the home is as safe and pleasant environment for kids. This means dishwashing, clothes washing, cleaning, painting, gardening, bathing, feeding, playing and more!

This is a great program for volunteers who are interested in childcare or working with children, or anyone happy to give of their time and themselves, and doesn’t mind hard work!