Volunteer Opportunities in Kenya

About Destination and Volunteer Opportunities

About Kenya

Kenya is a country in East Africa famous for its scenic landscapes and wildlife preserves. It is home to a variety of animal species including lions, elephants, cheetahs, and rhinoceroses. Its Indian Ocean coastline has some of the best beaches in Africa. Tourism is an important branch of their economy.

Kenya has more than 40 national parks and game reserves for the conservation of wildlife and natural habitat. It is popular for its savanna which you probably envision when you think of Africa. Most Kenyans live in the highlands where Nairobi, the capital city is situated. The official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili.

Advice before volunteering in Kenya

It would be beneficial to familiarise yourself with some Kenyan customs before going to Kenya. Knowing and respecting the local culture will help you to connect with the community.

Before volunteering in Kenya it is also important to ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and medications. Malaria is prevalent in some areas, so educating yourself on the necessary medication and practising mosquito bite prevention is highly recommended as well.

Learning some phrases in Swahili could come in useful as well!

Is it safe to volunteer in Kenya

Kenya is considered to be a very safe volunteer destination. All of the programs in Kenya have been verified by the Freepackers team. It is still recommended to exercise general caution as with any international travel.

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Requirements to volunteer in Kenya

In order to volunteer in Kenya, you must be 18+, have at least proficient English, have a valid passport and have travel insurance. You will also need to get a Single Entry Visa or a tourist visa to volunteer in Kenya. Make sure to check evisa.go.ke.

Volunteer opportunities in Kenya

You can become an international volunteer in Kenya! Discover volunteer opportunities such as educational programs, eco-volunteering, and wildlife protection projects. Freepackers’ partner NGO for volunteer projects in Kenya was founded in 1998. Since then, it has supported over 300 projects in the region. The organisation won multiple awards for its humanitarian commitment and sustainable development actions.

Kenya needs volunteers, especially to support the education system, health facilities and, in general, work with children. You can also join numerous wildlife protection programs.

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The Kenya e-entry visa, which can be obtained from evisa.go.ke, is valid for 90 days, upon approval, for a stay of up to three months and can be extended for 90 days at the immigration headquarters in Nairobi or the immigration office in Mombasa. The cost is $51 (about €41)



Please check with your doctor or travel clinic in regards to the vaccinations you need for your project destination. You can also check the pasteur institute for the up-to-date health recommendation per destination at


For any international project, Freepackers Care requires the purchase of travel insurance including accident, sickness, repatriation and civil liability in case of third parties.

You can subscribe online with our partner CHAPKA, which offers a 5% discount with  this link. If you take out another insurance, we will ask you to send us a copy of your attestation in English.

For comprehensive coverage for studies and internships abroad, you can purchase Cap Student insurance online by following this link. <nbsp;This insurance also includes civil liability in the context of an activity.