Planning Resources for Planning to Volunteering Abroad
Are you looking for some resources to get you started on finding the best volunteering program for you in Kenya? Here you’ll find help with best volunteer programs, finding projects, getting ready, and more.
The Best Volunteer Abroad Organizations: While it doesn’t include every great organization, this list from KVCDP is a great place to start looking for programs to volunteer abroad and more so Kenya.
Would you like to travel to a country and experience its cultures more deeply than you would on a normal vacation?
Would you like to take up on a new challenge and learn new skills?
Would you like to take part in something worthwhile and meaningful as part of an international Team?
If you say yes to all, then welcome to our international Volunteer Service with a project that offers either short or long term basis service project in rural and urban areas.
Reasons to Volunteer Abroad.
Ever got a feeling that you have a higher calling? You know that you have a special purpose on this planet earth? Infact if you had a chance, you would surely try to save the world or some part of it.
Volunteering is one way to make a difference in the world around us, volunteering is not for everyone its for those who really feel they can make a change in peoples lives and the surrounding environment, it demands for real commitment.
A. To see the world with a purpose. Some travelers are content partying their way around the world, looking for a more substantial experience. Volunteering not only gives the opportunity to give back ,it also gives you something to do, somewhere to go, Somehere to stay and most importantly make and meet new friends.
B. Change Yourself, By volunteering you learn so much about yourself you will do things that you never imagined you were capable of. The biggest difference you will notice at the end of the program will not be external but will be the difference inside of yourself. Sharing your thoughts and friendship with local people will have a greater understanding of another culture.
C. Flexibility. Unlike paid employment, volunteering provides for a more flexible schedule and varying time commitments, you may choose to participate in a work camp anywhere for two weeks. Volunteer with street kids (families) or teach in a school for a year or more.
D. Build Your resume. Many employers value volunteerism above all else if you have volunteerism on your resume, it shows that you are flexible, patient and committed.
E. Career Development. In some cases you may find volunteer stick in your field of study a volunteer position may give you the hands or experience you wont get stuffing envelops for an internship.
F. Cultural Immersion. Many travelers know where they want to go, but dont know what they can do once they get there, volunteering gives your travels a purpose and an itinerary.
G. Affordable Travel. There are a few travel experiences that are cheaper than volunteering but most volunteer placement organizations charge a fee. The fee typically covers initial accommodation, orientation, communications and the program itself. Many volunteers cover their own expenses by organizing for fundraising events at home, sometimes through letter writing campaigns to families and friends. Contributions from churches or student organizations and other donations, fundraising is a simple way to help source for money and pay for a volunteer excursion abroad. Some of the best sources for small scholarships or donations are from companies or donor agents tied to the project service.
Nb:Before you sign up you should consider the following.
Can you Camp?
Can you live with ought modern plumbing, hot water and electricity? Most international volunteer experiences are hosted in developing countries like Kenya sometimes basic necessities are hard to come.
Before you go you should do some research about the area of possible placement and be convinced that you are able to adjust as the last thing the volunteer organization and the locals need is someone complaining about food. You will be surprised at how much or how little you need in the way of modern comforts to be happy.however, if you know yourself and you know that you wouldnt last an hour in a developing country, there is still opportunities for you in other areas.
Are you open enough to accept and respect a culture no matter how different it is from your culture?
This may be one of the most difficult aspects of your volunteer experience, there will be some aspects of the local culture that confound your sense of logic or challenge your sense of justice, however remember that you are the visitor. No solitary volunteer can change centuries of tradition or culture. You must look deep inside of yourself to determine if you are flexible enough to respect the local culture before you go despite of what you may have heard your job is not to teach the superiority of western ways.
Are you comfortable with yourself?
At times you may feel isolated, particulary when you arrive in a village knowing no one. Many students travel because they are dissatisfied with the state of their life at home this however is the wrong reason to venture for international trips, as many students dont know much about themselves you may have an opportunity and schedule that includes surrounding yourself with like minded individuals all day every day your social life or the lack there of will be entirely up to you.
Volunteering abroad is truly a study abroad experience. Every minute of everyday you will be a student counts.
Are you hungry to learn?
You may learn a new language, a new culture, a new way of life, flexibility and patience are the key to having a satisfying experience abroad particularly in developing countries.
Sometimes in developing countries people are not as obsessed with time as the developed countries like U.S.A Europe etc.often schedules are ignored or appointments begin a bit later than arranged.
Sometimes the Volunteer organizations and NGO S are understaffed, so your itinerary will not be as smooth and well organized as a tour. Things may seem disorganized at times; you may have to initiate your day to day itinerary. The only way to get over hurdles is to accept the program and offer your services within those parameters.
What will I do?
Volunteer projects are as varied as you might imagine, generally volunteer experiences fall into four main arenas.
1 Community Development. Placements rebuilding a school, setting up a water treatment facility or dig a bore hole, cleaning the streets, planting trees or helping the aged.
2 Education. Teaching placements or acting as a teaching assistant in a local school or kindergarten or in an adult education program.
3 Eco-Environment work. Placement might be in a wildlife reserve or National parks, monitoring endangered species like rhinos, elephants or working in a reforestation project.
4 Social Welfare. Working with underprivileged children, womens co-op groups, working in a hospital or orphanage.
How do I get started?
Start with your homework, research for existing volunteer programs, if you have questions about the quality of the program ask for assistance from the organizations or visit the online resourse and references.
NB. Volunteers never go to teach people on the western ways or culture, nor are they there to save the people. Volunteers go to share their energy and time with the people to experience their culture first hand and to grow themselves.
Our Goal is to develop partnerships and shared projects to assist in long lasting community development and environmental conservation.
We are interested in establishing partnerships with local and international organizations who share the same goals and objectives with ours.
We believe in mutual benefits in partnerships based on knowledge sharing and co-operation is the key to creating and implementing exceptional international volunteer projects.
We wish to establish a greater network of organizations co-operating together to maximize assistance to areas in need.
If you would like to discuss about becoming a partner organization with us and be part of our global network of voluntary organizations co-operating to genuinely assist areas in need, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Application for Volunteer placement
To join a project overseas with us, you need to choose one from our latest project list posted on our website, the information on our web is up to date about project availability, but if you would like to receive a hard copy, please contact us.
Once you have chosen a project that interests you, send us an online application accompanied by the appropriate fee and we will start the placement process.
1 Choose a project from the project list on our web.
2 Send us the completed CV, Form, colour photo, photocopy of your passport and submit electronically to email .
3 When we receive the application, we will notify you immediately, please give us 1-4 weeks to process your application and match your placement.
We will send you a notification of preliminary acceptance and a pre-departure booklet within 1-4 weeks.
4 Once you receive your project from us, you should begin preparing for travel by obtaining all necessary documentation (passport and visa) plus meeting the immunization requirements.
5 Make your travel arrangement and other practical arrangements.
6 Go and enjoy your project our staff will pick you up at the airport and take you to our organized accommodation.
KVCDP Clean Water Project.
Eradicate poverty, promote education, fight disease and improve health with safe drinking water!
The KVCDP waterpProject mission is to provide clean and safe drinking water to the Wagusu community and especially to the Shangilia orphaned children center. We believe that sponsoring a water project like this can change lives for people around Wagusu Village.
This project was realized through the kind support from our overseas partners PEACK which is based in Quebec Canada.
We also work with strong local staff and partners on the ground to build and maintain this water project.
Why Water Project?
Health and Sanitation
Help fight Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses that come as a result of luck for safe clean water.
Feeding our community and the world takes a big percentage of our freshwater withdrawals. When a water project is built in a community, members can often use the new water source to grow small gardens near their homes and secure their own food supply. Self-sufficient households are less affected by conflict, famine or inadequate government services.
In most rural communities worldwide, women and young girls are responsible for walking to collect water for their families. Building a water project nearby can give women the freedom to pursue an education or earn extra income. Water Committees are often the first chance for women to step into elected leadership roles.
Women and Children
In Africa alone, people spend soo much time of their productivity every year walking in search
for clean water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely contaminated.
Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families. Along their long walk, they're subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their family lives.
Support KVCDP projects for a sustained and well balanced community socially, economically and health.
VOLUNTEER IN THE FIELD
We're looking for volunteers to visit our projects. Placements are available in Sustainable agriculture which is important to the livelihood of many small farmers in Wagusu
Our Agriculture & Community Farming project in Wagusu village of western Kenya combines elements of farming and agricultural management with a community focused role. The project is open to volunteers taking a gap year, career break, or a volunteer vacation. You do not need any specific experience to volunteer on this project, just an interest in agricultural issues and a desire to help the people working within this field.
Working on organic farms and startups in greenhouses to help schools and communities support themselves by raising crops, and promoting sustainable farming methods.
Work on an organic vegetable plot at one of our Care placements in Wagusu.
Volunteers can choose to offer training to local people, who have no farming or gardening experience, making this project a great fit for all ages, from students on break to professionals and families.
Volunteering on the organic farm you will help with all aspects of producing the vegetables. In the process, you will learn how to grow your own vegetables, including the importance of the plot location, availability of sunshine, proper size of growing areas, how often to water, and the selection of vegetables depending on the season.
Volunteering on an Organic Vegetable Farm with kvcdp help Projects Abroad
Depending on the time of year you arrive and the development of the project, you could be helping with planting new seeds, building and fencing enclosures, creating a display area for seeds and herbs, harvesting, and selling the vegetables. Volunteers also arrange workshops at the farm to help educate local people about the advantages of sustainable farming and how to get started growing their own vegetables for home use and selling.
Volunteers live with local host families in Kenya close to where they are working.
Helping the Local Community
The vegetable plots are currently situated on sites at two of our Care placements. As a volunteer on the Community Farm Project you will have the opportunity to work and socialize with the local children and mostly with the Shangilia children center, who will also be helping with small chores in the growing of vegetables.
The placements where you will be working do not receive any support from the government, so some of the vegetables grown are sold affordably to local families. We are hoping to expand to new sites over the coming years to further impact the local communities.
This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please is aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.
Poultry farming is the raising of domesticated birds such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese, for the purpose of farming meat or eggs for food
However commercial free range chicken can be raised to boost the project funds for sustainability and a supplement for food to our children in our center.
We expect to make the project more sustainable to help ease the financial constraints in the running and feeding program for our children.
Volunteers with knowledge of poultry keeping are welcome.