DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER IN KENYA?

We love having volunteers to work side by side with the Kenyan GORP staff, the artisans, and the children in GORP Kids Program in Nairobi, Kenya.  We accept individual volunteers or pairs of volunteers and typically accept volunteers in the summers, but can also try to work around a schedule that is best for you.  Here are some common questions people ask us:

WHAT WOULD I DO?

  • Participate in devotions with the artisans
  • Help artisans design and create products and learn quality control
  • Help cook and serve meals for the artists and children
  • Plan and teach Bible, art, reading, music, PE, theater and other lessons for our kids program
  • Read with children and help with homework
  • Play soccer with the teens on our soccer team and provide discipleship
  • Help with home visits for GORP Kids Program
  • Field trips and retreats with GORP Kids and artisans.

AND...OTHER THINGS BASED ON YOUR TALENTS AND INTEREST!

WHO CAN COME TO KENYA?

If you are self-motivated, mature, trustworthy, energetic, and innovative, you'd be a great fit.  We hope you enjoy working with children and have a heart for serving.  You should be open to new experiences and willing to embrace all aspects of a new culture including the food, events, transportation, and more. Most importantly, volunteers are willing to be challenged and stretched and live a simplified lifestyle.

WHERE WOULD I STAY?

GORP volunteers stay in the GORP house, which is located in a more permanent neighborhood within the slum of Kibera. The GORP house is equipped with running water, electricity, and a fridge. However, at times there can be power outages throughout Nairobi, and this neighborhood is no exception. Please understand that life in Kenya is different from life in the U.S., and volunteers will not have the same amenities that they have at home. This experience is about being flexible and adaptable to new conditions. If you desire to have other housing options arranged, please discuss this with us before planning your journey.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

GORP strives to keep costs reasonable for our volunteers. Volunteers are responsible for paying for their own plane tickets and travel insurance. We can advise you of the best place to purchase flights and insurance at reasonable rates. Check out www.volunteercard.com for options to purchase travel insurance. The below costs include housing, transportation to and from the airport, and 3 meals at the house per day:

Per week: $250

A typical breakfast consists of Kenyan chai tea and bread and jam or pancakes or eggs. Cereal is also available in the local supermarkets. Lunch is typically rice, ugali, or lentils with vegetables. Dinner is usually a common Kenyan dish: rice and beans; chapati and vegetables; fish and ugali, fresh fruit, etc. Volunteers will take turns helping cook meals. Western food and snacks can be purchased on your own at nearby grocery stores. Please note that some foods may be different than what you’re accustomed to, but being flexible is important to respecting and adapting to a new culture.

OTHER COSTS:

Kenyan Visa, must apply online at least 2 weeks prior to departing for Kenya: $53

Transportation:

  • Nearby stores and restaurants are within walking distance of the workshop; however, volunteers may wish to use public transportation (which is cheaply priced, averaging $1 per trip) to get to bigger grocery stores or motor taxis. If you need to take a taxi for site seeing, the cost is similar to taking a taxi in the U.S. Volunteers will pay these costs.

Additional trips and excursions: There are many tourist attractions to see throughout the city of Nairobi and in other parts of Kenya. GORP staff can help arrange any of these trips. A day trip to the nearby national park costs approximately $150. 3-day safari trips to Masai Mara cost approximately $350-$500 per person. Additionally, if you join us when we take a field trip or retreat with our kids or artisans, there will be an entrance fee of between $10-$50 to the park.

Vaccinations: All volunteers are required to consult with their healthcare professional to determine which vaccines will be needed prior to coming to Kenya. We recommend at a minimum that you be vaccinated for Typhoid Fever and Hepatitis A and B and have an updated Tetanus shot.

Laundry: Clothing is typically washed by hand in Kenya. Paying a local Kenyan to wash your laundry is a great way to empower women in need. This service typically costs about $5 for a week’s worth of laundry.

HOW DO I APPLY?

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