Volunteer Abroad Programs- KNYV1
This Volunteer Abroad Program is in Nyeri, Kenya, situated about 150 km north of Nairobi, in the Central Highlands. Nyeri lies between The Aberdares Mountain Range and the western slopes of Mount Kenya. Volunteering at this orphanage will allow you to discover yourself as you give your time to the kids. Dive into making this orphanage a success story by helping out in their preschool, gardening, cleaning, helping with homework and playing with the children.
- Painting and building – help refurbish or build new classrooms or dorms
- Teaching – Help teach at a preschools, assist the older kids with homework
14 children, aged 7 – 14, reside at this orphanage 9 km from Nyeri. The children attend a nearby school during the day and return in the evenings. The children’s dorms are being expanded in order to house an additional 8 children. A nursery school operates on-site so they can use teachers and helpers to spend time with those children during the day.
Kenya School Terms (approximate):
- Jan 2 – April 6
- Apr 30 – Aug 3
- Aug 27 – Nov 1
There are plans for some additional projects involving outreaches into the communities about HIV/AIDS, so people with medical skills would be very helpful. There are 2 acres of land with a large garden so orphanage they can grow their own food and provide meals to other children from the community. The home is managed by a pastor and his wife. Volunteers are needed to help with the garden, construction of the expansion, painting, teaching, and counselling. They also have a registered community organization known as Positive Awareness and Counselling team. Nurses and counsellors can be of great help at the home and in the counselling center.
1. To assist children who are unable to pay school fees & medical expenses
2. To restore hope to the helpless through counselling & funding to the children
3. To offer training for the benefit of the children
4. To offer assistance to those suffering from HIV/AIDS
5. To fight stigma & discrimination
6. To exert maximum effort towards relief for the people
7. To empower young women and men through literacy campaigns as a means towards gender equality
8. To fund an individualized sports program for abused children, widows, and step-children
9. To establish an endowment fund to receive donations, gifts & other assistance for the poor people
Arrive today at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. You can buy your visas upon arrival at immigration; please have US, GBP or Euro to pay for this (approximately $50). Once you have your luggage, and have gone through the exit door, you will see your driver holding a sign with your name on it. There are ATM machines at the airport so you can withdraw some local currency. 10,000 Kenya shillings is approximately $125 US.
On your drive to Nyeri, you may ask the driver to stop along the way so you can buy some drinking water or snacks as the ride is 2 – 3 hours long. You will be taken to the homestay where you can meet your hosts, have dinner and get settled a bit before going to the orphanage. Pastor Francis will have you picked up each day and returned in the evenings for dinner and overnight.
Days 2 – 7
After breakfast, you will be picked up and taken to the orphanage for the day. He will explain current volunteer needs and determine where you can best spend your time. You can arrange with him what times work best for you for you for your volunteering. You may take some time off, if you wish, to enjoy the local area or explore the town. You will have lunch each day at the orphanage while working. Breakfast and dinner is served at your homestay each day.
Today you will be returned to Nairobi’s airport or to a hotel. Your pickup time can be arranged with the driver to depart 5 hours before departure of your flight. You can save time by checking in on-line ahead of time. Nairobi’s airport has many shops, but not much in the way of restaurants, so a good idea is to pick up water and snacks.
Nyeri is situated about 150 km north of Nairobi, in the country’s densely populated and fertile Central Highlands. The town’s population is estimated to have grown to between 200,000 and 300,000. Small business activities are vibrant and the town continues to grow. Most domestic homes in Nyeri are relatively permanent, modernized, and well-built compared to other parts of the country.
The majority of Nyeri residents are Africans from Kenya’s largest ethnic group, the Kikuyu. The Kikuyu language is widely spoken, along with Kenya’s national language, Swahili, as well as Kenya’s official language, English.
Phone and internet services are widely available, generally affordable and reliable. Electricity provision is also reliable, more so, in fact, than in most of the rest of the country.
The main industry in Nyeri is farming with the main cash crops being coffee and tea. Tourism is also significant, as there are many tourist destinations nearby, including Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Aberdare National Park and Mount Kenya National Park. The grave of the scouting movement’s founder, Lord Baden Powell and his paxtu cottage are popular attractions.
If you wish to do any additional excursions on the weekends, or before or after you do your volunteer work, we can arrange for you.
- Treks on Mount Kenya can be arranged, either as a short day hike or the more adventurous full technical climb for 8 days.
- Aberdare National Park – visit for a day or overnight, staying at The Ark, allowing you to watch animals drinking in a waterhole from the deck of the hotel.
- Visit any of the parks below by adding on a few extra days
KENYA PARKS NEARBY
Aberdare National Park
Between 2 mountain peaks is a plateau of moorland. The eastern slopes are relatively gentle and are therefore attract more animals. This park offers variety of flora and fauna not found elsewhere. The high altitude of Aberdares National Park makes the park different to the typical savannah of most Kenyan parks and creates a cool alternative to the traveler.
The forest is rich in wildlife. Elephants and buffalo dominate. You may also see black rhino, giant forest hog, black serval cats and the rare black leopard. The Aberdares also form a respite for the endangered eastern race of bongo, an outsized forest antelope. Other wildlife consist of eland, waterbuck, bushbuck, reedbuck, duikers, suni, bushpig, warthog, lion, Syke’s monkey and hyena in varying numbers.
Visit the former home of the late Joy Adamson who, together with her husband George, became world famous for their pioneering conservation work and relationship with the lioness Elsa, as told in her best selling book and subsequent film, BORN FREE.
The Adamsons devoted their lives to wildlife conservation and Elsamere continues to be maintained as a functioning conservation centre. By staying at Elsamere you have the unique opportunity to visit an active base for local conservation projects and a chance to experience life in one of Kenya’s most historic homes. Many of Joy’s paintings still decorate the house. Elsamere is found near the shores of Lake Naivasha.
Hell’s Gate National Park
Hell’s Gate National Park covers an area of 68.25 km2 and is situated in the environs of Lake Naivasha about 90 km from Nairobi. The park is situated 14 km after the turnoff from the old Nairobi-Naivasha highway. It is characterized by diverse topography and geological scenery. It is an important home of the lammergeyer.
Hell’s Gate National Park, lying south of Lake Naivasha, is a popular park for daily excursion from Nairobi. The Park is particularly popular with walkers and campers who can enter without a vehicle and move noiselessly past herds of zebra and gazelle. The park is flanked by imposing cliffs which lead to a narrow canyon containing hot springs and geysers.
Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination. This is also where Elsamere, the Elsa Conservation Trust home of Born Free fame is located.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru is a soda lake on the basin of the Rift Valley. Two million flamingoes reside in this park, feeding on the blue-green algae along the shores of the lake. Along with white rhinos, you may spot lions, leopard, hyena, Rothchild’s giraffe, warthog, rare tree-climbing lion, waterbucks, buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, reedbuck, countless baboons, and sometimes the rarely seen black rhinos.
Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya is the country’s highest mountain and second highest in Africa. Sitting astride the equator its icy summit reaches to 5199 meters (17,058 feet). The entire mountain above the 3200-meter contour forms a national park. In fact, Mount Kenya consists of three principal zones: the rocky peak area, which is actually an eroded volcanic plug, with its mantle of glaciers and snowfields; the alpine zone with its distinctive giant vegetation; and the vast gentle lower slopes drenched in mountain forest and bamboo jungle. It is no wonder that awed farmers at its foothills considered this remote majestic wonderland as God’s domain.
Many rivers flow from the perpetual snows of Mount Kenya, among them the mighty Tana River, Kenya’s largest and longest river and source of much of Kenya’s electricity supply. Most visitors are content to marvel at the mountain’s beauty but some will want to attempt to reach the peaks; a feat requiring considerable rock climbing skill. But the mountain’s lesser peaks and glaciers can be scaled and walked by the fit and the adventurous. Point Lenana on Mount Kenya, 4985 meters, can be easily reached. In fact the majority of visitors go to the mountain to enjoy the walking and especially the high level hut-to- hut hike round the mountain with its humbling vistas. Wildlife within the forests below the park boundary includes elephant, buffalo, lion, several species of antelope including the rare bongo and occasionally the melanistic forms of both the leopard and the serval cat.
The best months are January and February and late August through September. For those who wish to savour the mountain air, the glorious views and the peace and tranquility, which emanate from the mountain, there are many hotels around the foothills among them the famed Mount Kenya Safari Club.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre (360 km2) not-for-profit wildlife conservancy. All 5 members of the ‘big five” can be found on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy; lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for chimpanzees, and boasts the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa.