Volunteer in Kenya
Helping Kenya is a responsible and meaningful volunteering agency, who specialise in matching volunteers to projects where they can make the most difference. Helping Kenya is run by a Kenyan conservationist and his British wife, who have both experienced and built up close relationships with the projects in Africa. Here, at Helping Kenya, we have many different projects that would suit many different volunteers.
Some projects included are aimed at assisting the community. Volunteers can work with children in after school clubs and sports coaching, helping them to realise their full potential and educating the youths of the dangers of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. Other community projects include recycling, waste management, environmental education and sustainable business development and training for the locals. Helping Kenya also has community projects which are focused on medical and rehabilitation programmes. Either by working in a hospital, or working along-side drug addicts, volunteers are needed for educating the local community on the dangers of HIV/AIDS, counselling ex-addicts, helping to run family planning clinics as well as many other duties. These projects allow for a close interaction with the local people, and really allow an insight into the real Kenya.
Other projects that Helping Kenya supports are conservation projects which are all about protecting the environment and raising awareness of some of Kenya’s endangered animals. Projects include whale shark conservation which is a project all about education and research of the sea’s severely endangered gentle giant. There is also a dolphin and ecotourism conservation project which looks into the behavioural aspects of the dolphins, as well as educating the locals on these animals and other marine issues. Colobus Monkey conservation is another of Helping Kenya’s projects, which looks into the conservation of these animals, through orphan care, veterinary assistance and responding to emergency calls for injured monkeys. Helping Kenya also has a sea turtle project which looks at the protection of the turtles, along with local conservation and education to the locals of these animals. These projects allow volunteers to get close to some of nature’s most beautiful animals, and help to protect them and their habitats.
Finally, Helping Kenya has projects which include different orphanages and schools that are not only in need of volunteers to help with the day to day running and caring for the children, but for some of the orphanages, builders, plumbers and electricians are needed to help with the maintenance of the buildings. These projects range in their resources, with some orphanages having very few facilities, to other orphanages that are well resourced and funded. Volunteers will therefore be able to choose how 'basic' they would like to go. As the government does not fund schools or orphanages, these places and children really rely on donations and funding from elsewhere.
All of Helping Kenya’s projects are worthwhile, and are not only a great experience which will stay with a volunteer for a life-time, but through a wide range of skills that volunteers will be using, will also look great on a CV. Helping Kenya wants to send out volunteers to projects where they can make the most difference, not only through their help and interaction with the projects, but where their funding will be the most beneficial.
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