Community Development in Kenya

Overview of the Project

Kenyans are working to improve their country. While it is the original safari destination, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa and an absolutely stunning country, Kenya is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Extreme poverty, political corruption, weak democracy, poor educational standards and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other serious health issues leave many Kenyans suffering. African Volunteering needs your help to focus on issues like community organization, income generation, micro-credit programs, land reform, agriculture, animal raising and gender empowerment.  With your time, dedication and support, you can help local Maasai increase their quality of life with preserving their culture. As a volunteer in the community development project in the Maasai region of Kenya, you can truly make a difference in the Maasai region, promoting local growth and immersing yourself into an enchanting culture.  This is truly the opportunity for the experience of a lifetime.

Role of Volunteer

Volunteers in Kenya exchange cultural ideas and experiences to contribute to projects for community development. Examples of possible projects are:

  • A law student supports a community by researching/sharing land right information.
  • A volunteer with skills in development work guides an organization with writing reports and fundraising proposals.
  • A volunteer might organize income-generating programs for the poor or develop a savings program for the community.
  • A planning and zoning student could assist a CBO as they establish land and fishery communities in a province.
  • Teach English to Maasai
  • Help the Maasai people sell their goods and services to tourists
  • HIV/AIDS education
  • Assist with community maintenance and sanitation
  • Plan and carry out extra-curricular activities for community members such as singing, dancing, sports, art, games, etc.
  • Organize and assist women’s and children’s programs
  • Build schools, orphanages, community centers, etc.
  • Fundraise
  • Help promote tourism
  • Enhance public health education, such as malaria prevention
  • Share ideas and plan future community projects

Skills/Qualification Needed

To volunteer in the community development project in Kenya, there are no specific skills or qualifications required, but volunteers must be open-minded, flexible, patient, caring and motivated.

Volunteer in Kenya: Project Locations and Free Time Options

Project Locations and Free Time Options to volunteer in Community Development in Kenya

Global’s volunteer in Kenya projects are available in Nairobi and Massai land. All locations offer multicultural scenes that are friendly to travelers and host traditional experiences.

Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. The colorful combinations of culture and modern living are living examples of past meets future. There is a solid tourist infrastructure in place that supports day trips and city tour planning. Volunteers can spend free time in the National Museum or Nairobi National Park. The city is a hub for safari launches and there are many opportunities for different length excursions. There are also crocodile farms and nature trails to explore, along with the standard pulsing city options for travelers.

Massai land is close to Kenya’s best-known and finest wildlife reserve – the Maasai Mara. The land is located in the south west region of Kenya, about 90 minutes from Nairobi. The land covers an area around 1530 square km and is reserved for Maasai people, who live a pastoral and nomadic lifestyle.

Many Maasai, however, have settled down permanently and have build houses. There are also schools and hospital in the region but lacks adequate manpower and facilities to run them smoothly.

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