In Kenya, volunteers will find a dynamic melting pot of languages, cultures, wildlife and landscapes. The Kenyan Highlands make up one of the most successful agricultural production regions in all of Africa, and contribute to Kenya’s stability. Kenya is roughly the size of France and contains considerable geographic diversity – you will see mountains, deserts, volcanic highlands and wide savannas en-route to the Indian Ocean. Kenya is comfortably warm year-round with heavy rainfall in the spring. Wildlife habitats, including Maasai Mara, protect many native wildlife species including lions, rhinoceros, leopards, buffalo and elephants. Rural areas are rich with tradition, and volunteers can expect to be welcomed again and again by friendly locals.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Kenya, you will be hosted by ICYE Kenya, ICYE’s Kenyan partner organization. ICYE Kenya exists to offer opportunities for cultural understanding between youth from all over the globe and to create a world without prejudices and stereotypes.
Volunteers assist with projects that aim to encourage youth from disadvantaged communities to further their education and personal development. In addition to promoting the importance of education, individuals may also be encouraged to undertake vocational training where they are able to gain key job skills. Volunteers may create social workshops or run specific skills-based workshops such as language classes, computing, sports, drama or music.
Volunteers support local charities with the distribution of quality and affordable medicine to low-income communities. The goal of these projects is to reach remote or immobile individuals in order to promote the development and well-being of inhabitants in rural communities. Volunteers may assist in the daily running of mobile clinics in addition to other tasks.
Volunteers assist children from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds including rescued child laborers, abandoned street children, disabled children, children from troubled families, those who have suffered abuse, and orphans. Volunteer tasks may include assisting the organization with fundraising, supervising the children’s play, developing activities and workshops, or supporting families from low-income communities.
Experience Kenya’s unique culture by visiting one of the many tribal villages. There are 42 different tribes in Kenya, and in each one there is the opportunity to learn more about the customs, rituals, and daily life of the villagers.
The Maralal Camel Derloy is an annual festival that take place before and after the race. Watch the race as it begins in the centre of town. The excitement in the air is electric from start to finish.
There are different types of safaris that you can go on; walking safaris, balloon safaris, camel safaris, and many more. Each safari will provide you with a closer look into the variety of wildlife that inhabits Kenya.
Visit a prehistoric site during your time in Kenya. The Olorgesailie prehistoric site contains well-preserved examples of human evolution. This is a perfect place to learn not only about Kenya’s history, but your own history as a human being.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline|
|August 2016||$7,775||$11,175||Monday, March 21, 2016||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|January 2017||$7,775||$11,175||Friday, August 12, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.