- Official Language(s)
- Kiswahili, English
- 45 million
- % of Population Below Poverty
- 43.4% (19.5 million people)
- GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
- $1,800 (Canada = $43,100)
- UN's Human Development Index (?)
Why volunteer in Kenya?
Kenya’s population has tripled during the past 30 years. With this rise in population comes a significant rise in poverty. The causes of increased poverty include low agricultural productivity, unemployment and low wages, high cost of health and education and HIV/AIDS. Women are particularly vulnerable because they do not have equal access to social and economic assets. Subsistence farming is the primary – and often the only – livelihood. Developing World Connections’ long-term commitment is to help improve living options for community members and to increase their self-sufficiency. These are the reasons why we want you to be volunteering in Kenya.
Volunteers who choose Kenya work with our in-country partner, Access Kenya, in Naro Moru. Access Kenya is a non-profit group that raises awareness of the problems that come with deforestation. Volunteers build schools, libraries and community facilities. Education and volunteer tree planting serve to protect the wildlife and safe guard the essential water needed for the people and wildlife in the area. The national government is supporting the creation of citizen-based committees to plant new trees. These committees include all village stakeholders and are the umbrella bodies for many volunteer projects. The community/district of Naro Moru is made up of the town centre and six other villages within a 25-km area and each of these villages have similar water shortage and reforestation issues. No special skills are required for volunteers to pitch in on projects with Access Kenya.
In the past, DWC has worked with UBUNTU and Covaga in Kenya as well.
See our volunteers in action
Listen to radio DJ Holly Conway talk about her trip to Kenya. You’ll see photos of her trip where she helped install water pipes:
When can I go?
How much does it cost?
Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.
We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Kenyan projects and programs through Developing World Connections.
After you are done volunteering in Kenya, we recommend you take a safari in the Maasai Mara, the best destination in the area for viewing abundant wildlife, where more than two million wildebeest migrate yearly from the Serengeti. Soak in the sweeping views of the Great Rift Valley, a high escarpment wall that plunges to the flat-bottomed valley below, dotted by a small string of volcanoes. Enjoy the tropical climate of Mombasa, the centre of Kenya’s coastal tourism and its second-largest city. Navigate its intricate streets in the old town and visit its national monuments to gain a sense of its complicated and bloody past. Participate in a range of coastal activities from scuba diving and surfing to water skiing and sailing.