Volunteer Abroad in Mombasa Kenya: Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteer Abroad in Mombasa Kenya: The African coast is a magical place with a long and striking history, its calm blue waters the traditional route of the Arabian Spice Trade.
Along the coast visitors discover Arab and Portuguese forts, Old Towns and ruins of Swahili outposts that tell of the fascinating history of this area.
Mombasa is a lively port city, an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. The true heart of the city is the exotic old town made up of narrow winding streets, open markets, and Arab architecture.
Mombasa is a place steeped in history, where life has continued unhurried and unchanged for more than 900 years.
The second largest city in Kenya, Mombasa has its own airport called the Moi International Airport.
Volunteers should book their flights directly to Mombasa, where our project director will meet them.
We offer programs supporting children, education, HIV/Aids prevention and education, and outreach healthcare projects in Mombasa. With our volunteer program we allow you to discover the wonders of East Africa, while doing meaningful and rewarding community work. This is a great opportunity to explore life in coastal Africa, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference.
We offer the following programs in Mombasa:
Program Length: 1 to 24 weeks
Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
Accommodations: Shared volunteer residence Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
Requirements: 17 years +, open-mindedness to new adventures.
Note: You must bring your own mosquito net or buy it at the local store.
* To be successful volunteering with a local NGO you need to be able to motivate yourself. Regardless of the country and program, to get the most out of your time abroad you need to quickly get to know the placement.
Find out where you can be of the most help and jump right in. Sometimes you might be the only person working on your particular project. You will have to decide what to do and how to do it. While our Lipi Adventure Directors and local staff are a great resource for getting ideas and talking about your plans, you shouldn't be surprised when they leave the big decisions up to you. Successful Lipi Volunteers all have one thing in common: they take advantage of this freedom to design really excellent projects or manage existing ones and are capable of working hard without a great deal of supervision.
Child Care Assistance
Volunteer in a children’s center which provides meals and basic education for 260 kids ages 3yrs-13yrs. Some of the children are orphans, some have been abandoned, but most are local children that need assistance since their parents are unable to provide for them. Volunteer tasks include assisting with daily care of the kids; including meal preparation. Volunteers play games, arrange activities, create arts & crafts projects and share their time and caring with these wonderful children. Prior experience not necessary, volunteers should have a lot of patience, an open mind and a sense of compassion.
Volunteer in a locally run school, in Mombasa. The children are ages 5yrs-13yrs and provided free education at a children’s center. The school serves hundreds of local children from the surrounding communities. Volunteers support the local teachers with English and math classes; encourage students to learn and play and instill pride in their schooling. Volunteers can assist with the physical upkeep of the school; painting, decorating, mending desks etc. Prior teaching experience is not required; volunteer simply need an open mind, caring spirit and a compassionate nature.
HIV / Aids Prevention Program Also Done in Zanzibar
Volunteers work with a local grassroots organization who is providing HIV/AIDS education and support programs to rural communities around Mombasa. This project focuses on providing culturally sensitive methods of awareness and education with the goal of preventing transmission of the disease and seeks to offer assistance and encouragement to those infected with the virus. Some of the activities for volunteers include: Promoting safer sex through education, assisting with home-based care for victims with HIV/Aids, providing free blood testing for the disease, woman empowerment projects for surviving widows of the community, and most especially rural outreach programs to those in need with food distribution, assistance with activities of daily living and providing words of encouragement. Experience in this field is not required. Volunteers with a strong interest in making a difference are welcome.
Medical / Health Program Also Done in Zanzibar
Volunteers with medical experience are needed to work in local clinic in Mtongwe district. This program is open to medical professionals, as well as 3rd-4th medical and nursing students. There is a wide variety of cases but disease such as malaria, HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and syphilis, as well as childbirth/maternity needs are most common. Volunteers with medical training; doctors, nurses, paramedics, lab technicians participate in direct patient care such as diagnosing, injections, IV starts and lab work.. Nursing and medical students are welcome and assist with tasks like dressing wounds, record and immunization chart keeping, helping dispense medications, helping to screen and organize patients and assisting with administrative needs or seminars. *Medical volunteers must submit a copy of their credentials or nursing certificate. Also $150 registration fee/clearance permit to be paid locally.
Accommodation at a supervised shared volunteer house in Mombasa. The home has running water, electricity, indoor facilities and access to internet (small fee). Three meals a day are included. Airport transfers on arrival and departure (in Mombasa). Our local Project Coordinator will provide orientation tour on arrival, project briefing and introduction to work placement. Percentage of the fee is donated to the project site. *Weekly transportation budget $20 for local buses to/from project sites.