After a rocky few years, Kenya is back in fashion and welcoming travellers with open arms…
Kenya is Africa’s original safari destination and has been attracting adventurers for centuries. The landscape ranges from the shores of the Indian Ocean, with its white sandy beaches and coral reefs, to the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya and the wild and vast deserts of the north. National Parks are scattered across the country, each with their own unique eco-system and home to incredible wildlife struggling to evade the poacher's eye.
Our care internships are based in and around Nanyuki which is about 200km north-east of Nairobi, in the heart of Laikipia and in the shadows of the mighty Mt. Kenya - rising up a mere 5,199 metres into the sky. One to climb perhaps? There is plenty to do at the weekends with the famous Ol Pajeta Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest nearby.
One thing is for sure, Kenya offers travellers a beauty and freedom which is hard to resist, and once bitten, you will be sure to return.
Kenya is the most industrially developed country in East Africa, however the inequalities between the rich and poor are still prevalent wherever you go.
We have a variety of care options in and around Nanyuki, focusing on day care centres, kindergartens, centres for street children and children with special needs.
Your role in these environments is simple – you will be asked to roll up your sleeves and get busy to stimulate and direct the day of the children you meet – from daily health checks to playing games, arts, crafts, colouring and basic English and maths games.
Many of the children are not used to having a routine and love planned activities, educational games, help with their homework and daily chores. In some cases, there are children who have psychological or physical health problems and require a great deal of help with their day to day activities.
The in-country team organise optional workshops which focus on the cultural differences, key vocabulary in Swahili, reflection and feedback and practical care activity advice.
No previous experience required. Minimum of 2 weeks
These projects are fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
The main office is in Nanyuki where the Country Director and all members of staff base themselves. The office acts as a general meeting point for all the volunteers in and around Nanyuki .
All our staff are trained in-country to follow best practice procedures, including monitoring, security, and emergency procedures. They are responsible for organizing the projects and accommodation to ensure everything runs smoothly.
They are there to assist with any concerns, problems, advice, and general administration that may arise during your time away - available during the day at the office and directly contactable 24 hours a day by phone.
On arrival you will be appointed with a project supervisor who will go through your ‘induction’, work schedule and will be your first point of contact.
Your Induction will include:
Project Details: One month before you go you will be allocated your project details. These include addresses and phone numbers of your host family, project and supervisor.
We will help organise your flights to Kenya.
You will need to fly into Nairobi International airport where you will be met by a member of staff who will accompany you to your internship.
If your flight gets in late then you will be taken to a guest house for the night before continuing on your journey the next day.
You will be taken by taxi to the shuttle van station to catch one of the 11 seater minivans called Matatu (restricted to 11 passengers so no over crowding) - we can purchase additional seats if the volunteer has a lot of luggage - to Nanyuki.
You will be accompanied by a member of staff the whole way and they will take you to the local town en-route to get your local mobile sim card.
Nanyuki is 197.6km from Nairobi - it will take approximately 4hrs depending on traffic but it is a very scenic journey through coffee and tea plantations.
Here you will be staying with friendly and welcoming host families in and around the town of Nanyuki. We try to pair you up with another volunteer but it can’t be guaranteed, but there are always multiple host families in town so you will have no problem meeting up with other volunteers.
Your host family will speak good English.
All our host families have western style houses with hot showers and western style loos.
You will need to wash your own laundry by hand.
Don’t expect wi-fi at the host’s accommodation - there is access to the internet in the project co-ordinators office and cafes in town.
3 meals a day will be prepared for you by your host family, 2 meals in house, one packed lunch. Expect to try:
Special diets can be accommodated – just let us know.
The local currency in Kenya is the Kenya Shilling. US$1 is about 104 KS. £1 – 130kS
A realistic amount for exploring at the weekends (budget accommodation & public transport) and occasionally eating/drinking out during the week = about ₤60 per week, but please budget separately for safaris which are expensive and start from about £100 per day.
Travelling and exploring around Kenya is a must as the landscape changes dramatically from one place to the next. So much to see and do, but our highlights would include:
Giraffe Manor and Nairobi National Park in Nairobi.
A safari in the Maasai Mara, Samburu or Laikipia National Parks.
Indian Ocean coast – head to Mombasa and head north or south to any of the beaches. Expect to see glorious white sand, crystal clear warm sea, coral reefs and a laid back culture… heaven.
Nanyuki is in the central highlands where they experience the best climate all year round - expect sunny days and cool nights.
The warmest months are December through to March, cooler months are July and August.
Head off to Kenya to help care for the disadvantaged children around Nanyuki.
We have flexible departures (every Monday) for a flexible duration (min 2 weeks) making it easy for you to include an experience such as this in your gap year plans.
Whilst you will be busy during the week you will have plenty of time to explore this amazing country at the weekends
When you arrive you will hook up with other volunteers so your social life is taken care of.
Just get in touch if you have any questions.
Over the last 12 years we've taken thousands of young people overseas to experience the trip of a lifetime.
That success has drawn industry-wide recognition. We're an accredited member of both the Year Out Group, an association designed to promote the benefits of well-structured gap year programs, and The American Gap Association.
We're big on safety too; everywhere we work is carefully researched, audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Industry Standards for organising and managing adventurous activities outside the UK.