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Volunteers urgently needed throughout 2015

Volunteer in Mombasa, Kenya and gain a fantastic opportunity to live and work in one of Africa's most beautiful countries whilst enriching the lives of ex-street children who come voluntarily off the streets with the hope of changing their lives around. 

How can I help?:

  • Teach basic English and Maths in small informal groups
  • Organise activities which stimulate learning and their interest in education
  • Accompany the children on day trips to places of interest

You do not need any teaching experience to be a successful volunteer just a commitment to have a go and get stuck in! Most of the teachers have only a basic Kenyan education themselves and few ideas for activities so no one will be judging your performance!

If you have never taught before and only have the confidence to hand out photocopied worksheets from home, write some sums and sentences on the blackboard and praise the children while they work you will be making a huge difference! Read how OV volunteer Amanda got on teaching for the very first time.

Placement at a Glance

Age
18yrs+ on arrival
Volunteer options
Informal teaching, care work, playwork, one to one support and outdoor games.
Support
Pre-departure helpdesk, in-country coordinating team and 24hr emergency support by live-in staff at volunteer house so you will be in safe hands!
Project location
Project in suburb to north of Mombasa. Volunteer house in Mombasa.
Accommodation
Shared volunteer accommodation with project staff.
Working hours
Full or part time depending on project need Monday to Friday
Language
English spoken by staff.Children’s ability variable from a few words to fluent
Minimum stay
2 weeks, longer stays possible.
Project operates
All year but limited spaces available in volunteer house (max 12 volunteers at any time)
When to apply
Apply early to secure your place.
Costs
£125 per week (weeks 1 -2) extra weeks £85
Airport Pick-up Service
£20 approx. organised for all volunteers. Payable on arrival to regular driver.

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Book your placement with £125. Then pay £125 per week (weeks 1 and 2) and only £85 per week onwards to volunteer with streets kids in Mombasa.

 

Change lives and volunteer in Kenya Mombasa 2015 - 2016

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Kenya Mombasa Placement Details

Here's everything you need to know about this incredible project in Mombasa, including placement details, how to get there, what to take and advice on staying safe and how to spend your free time.

Health, safety and support in Mombasa

Is Mombasa safe?

Mombasa is smaller than the capital Nairobi and does not suffer the same volume of poverty and disruption. Living in Mombasa you will feel that you are living amongst a new family at the volunteer house, living alongside staff and away from whatever is going on politically in Nairobi. You'll feel worlds away when you spend the weekends or afternoons on Mombasa's white sandy beaches. You couldn't be in a better location in Kenya!

What level of support is provided?

Since early 2013, the female volunteer support team have shared the same accommodation, living alongside volunteers. It is expected this will still be the case during 2014. They can help you with anything you need help with during your stay. They have many years experience between them having looked after more than 300 visiting volunteers so you will be in safe hands!


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Boys from the project enjoy the waves on a trip to Mombasa beach organised by volunteers as a treat.

 

Getting there

Do I need a visa for Kenya?

Nearly all visitors to Kenya require a visa. British passport holders can obtain this on arrival in Mombasa or in Nairobi if changing flights there. Take a clean $50 US Dollar note with you. This saves applying for a visa by post in the UK which can mean delays and extra worry if your passport is lost in the post!

Are there fixed start dates?

It is recommended that all volunteers arrive between Monday and Wednesday before 4pm to settle in before the weekend. Weekends should be avoided as current volunteers may be on safari or at beach resorts and the staff may want to take advantage of an empty volunteer house to take a break or visit partner projects elsewhere.

What happens on arrival?

The project's regular driver will be there waiting for you to take you to either the volunteer house or project to meet everyone, whichever is more convenient depending on your time of arrival. Once you are settled in, the co-ordinator will explain how things work and be happy to answer any questions you have about your new home. Other volunteers who arrived before you will often be more than happy to show you around too.

 

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Boys are of all ages and sessions are informal and friendly.

About the Project

What are the aims of the street kids project?

The 10 to 20 children who live at the project all come off the streets voluntarily to try to turn their life around. Most of the city street kids are aware of the project, know where it is and arrive when they are mentally ready to give it a go. When new spaces become available at the project, the staff make visits to other street kids to spread the word. From experience, the staff know that it is the voluntary aspect of the boys arrival which will give them greater chance of success to progress. That is not to say there aren't still challenges. Some boys find it hard to give up the freedom they had on the streets when they would have had some money of their own and perhaps a 'patch' of a street to work on that belonged to them. At the project they need to get used to a routine, rules and studying and being treated like a child again rather than an independent adult. For some boys with glue habits, without money, they will no longer be able to buy glue so withdrawal symptoms may affect concentration and focus.

If they can adjust to their new routine and their reading, writing and number skills are sufficient, they will have the opportunity to move on. A more formal school outside Mombasa provides the boys with national qualifications, vocational training and help on finding sponsors and employment. There are as many as 75 boys at the school, all who started their new life through the street kids project in Mombasa. During the whole process families are often traced to see if they are in a position to provide care and support. It is often the case that even in the most humble of families, home is often best. Sometimes family circumstances have changed for the better or extended family want to help or have a job available which is so important for when the boys reach adulthood.

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Volunteer Laura Harris teaches the alphabet to a small group at the centre.

What are the boys backgrounds and ages?

The boys all have different stories. For some they chose to leave home because of abuse and neglect. Some parents may have left to look for work and never returned, without the means to pay the rent, they took to the streets. Some boys may have been removed or encouraged to leave home by older brothers for what seemed like a better life on the streets.

The lucky boys will only be on the streets for a short time before hearing about the project. For others, they may feel trapped on the streets in a life of petty crime. Some boys may be living in a group with an older male who may psychologically control them through abuse, his bittersweet offer of 'protection' or supply of soft drugs like glue, making it harder to escape.

The ages vary but typically boys will be 7 - 15. Occasionally a 12 year old may arrive with his 5 year old brother because of abuse and neglect at the family home.

What is it like to be a teacher at the project?

Lessons take place in the morning Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm although often the afternoons are free if there are no organised activities planned. Volunteers work with small groups of between 5 and 10 boys sitting around a table together or at benches in front of a volunteer at a blackboard. Volunteers often choose what to teach and it is a good idea to cover a range of activities between reading, writing/handwriting/spelling and number work (nothing complicated: adding, taking away, times tables, adding up money). This also makes it more interesting for you!

On your first day, a test can be a good way to assess what level the boys are at. You may like to offer a little prize as an incentive. Do not be scared of teaching basic maths - this will be vital if they want to start their own business or want to sell things later on. Most Kenyans are self employed working hand to mouth so basic numbers will be vital for work involving buying and selling. If you are not into Maths (most volunteers aren't!) some worksheets from home for ages 8 to 14 will be a great asset. The activities can then be copied onto paper or the blackboard for the boys to copy and complete. No need for lots of photocopies! All basic materials pencils/paper etc can be bought in Mombasa cheaply after arrival.

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Volunteer Amanda donated a meal for the boys. Everyone's contributions are welcomed especially where food is concerned.

What to take

What should I bring for the children?

Try to bring things you are unlikely to find in Mombasa. Activity books for the 8 - 14 age group which the boys can copy onto paper and complete are a good idea. Waterstones in the UK has a good range for teachers or try Amazon. Cheap calculators, 5 reading books of the same story so they can take it in turns to read and everyone can follow together, educational science 'kits' for beginners, (the sort we buy as Christmas presents for young boys). A couple of Meccano sets or technical Lego boxes to divide the boys into competitive teams to build the tallest tower or a remote control car in the fastest time.

Basic stationery and pencils can all be bought cheaply in Mombasa which will leave space in your luggage for more interesting resources from home. That said, it is a good idea to bring at least one pad of A4 plain paper, a handful of biros, pack of chalk and a game brought from home so you are ready for day one. This saves you having to go shopping for basics as soon as you have arrived.

Kenya, like much of Africa has a thriving secondhand market economy with many imported clothing from the UK and elsewhere. T-shirts, shorts, underwear (8 - 15yrs) and single sheets are always in need and these will be considerably cheaper to buy in bulk at the secondhand markets in Mombasa than at home. A pair of secondhand shorts for an 8yr old in Mombasa can cost as little as 70p for example compared with £5 - £10 if bought new in the UK. Volunteers have recently bought clothes and shoes in Mombasa. Plastic/enamel bowls are also in short supply at meal times.

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There can be between 1 and 10 volunteers at any time. Being the only volunteer or one of many does not detract from the experience as you will be living with the staff as a welcomed guest and working at the one project which will quickly feel like your second home.

Meals

Are meals provided?

Some meals are provided at the volunteer accommodation Mon to Fri. It is a good idea to ask the staff in advance what meals will be provided each day so you can plan accordingly whether to shop or eat out. At the street kids project, the provision and quality of meals for the boys is determined by the funding available so you may like to buy some meat and tasty bread as a treat. Speak to the staff about what the boys would like to eat for a treat and perhaps go shopping with them, asking them to formulate a plan and help prepare it as a challenge.

Free time

Will I have free time?

Absolutely! At weekends volunteers relax or explore. Most tend to head to the beaches or go shopping in Mombasa; sometimes going to cafes and contacting home. Some volunteers organise themselves into a group and go on safari together, tours can be organised easily through the tourist office in Mombasa. A popular day out closer to Mombasa is the tropical island of Lamu. There are also a handful of guesthouses south of Mombasa offering sea kayaking and camping, so plenty to keep you occupied when or if you get bored of the beach.

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The boys with their new DVD player, donated by a volunteer.

Getting around

How will I get around?

Volunteers take a matutu to the street kids project each day. It is like a mini-bus and everyone goes together. It is relatively easy to get to the centre of Mombasa in your free time and takes about 20 minutes.

Other volunteers

Will I be the only volunteer?

Most volunteers travel alone to Mombasa, but don’t fret as it is very easy for you to get in contact with volunteers beforehand and perhaps fly out together so your dates match. Some volunteers get in contact via the Buddy List or the main Facebook group and get the same flights together. But remember that on this project, the female staff will be living with you so even if there is not another volunteer at the time of your visit - you will not be on your own!

In fact being the only volunteer can have its advantages. Nearly all volunteers who have been on the project at quieter times of year have reported to us that they probably did more with the boys at the project, tried new ideas out, took more tours and spent more time with staff than they perhaps would have sharing the experience with a large group of volunteers. If you are looking for a shared group experience, we recommend the summer months between June and the middle of September. If you would like a quieter time of year to have more chance of a unique experience alongside the staff and help to fill in the teaching gaps for the boys then you may like to make a visit between November and Easter.

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There is a large open space next to the centre where afternoon sport and games can be organised. Bring balls, bibs and bats etc from home as quality sports equipment may be hard to find cheaply in Mombasa.

What happens if I book with a friend?

All friends are met and transferred to the volunteer house together. Let us know when you book if you are travelling with someone so we can let the team know. This will make is easier to organise the bedrooms for friends to be in the same room. Because everyone volunteers at the street kids centre you will be together during your time!

Facilities

What are the facilities like in Mombasa?

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, it is here where you will find everything you need. There is even a Barclays branch. There is also a local hospital nearby that is easy to get to should you need to see a doctor. Most volunteer stays are hassle free, the main concern being stomach upsets in the first few days of arrival due to the change of diet but this is usual for about 2 in 5 of all visitors to Kenya, after a few days your body should acclimatise without any problems.

Getting back to the airport

How will I get back to the airport?

The project staff in Mombasa will be happy to help organise a transfer back to the airport for you.

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Volunteers making a visit to the school in Mtwapa at the end of term. The boys move to the school after a successful transition at the street kids project when they're ready for formal schooling.

What do I need to take for me?

A mosquito net is essential, the bigger the better as they can tear easily if they are too small. Don't forget to bring malaria tablets too, and they need to be started before travel to ensure protection. The most practical and comfortable clothes for volunteering will be an OV T-shirt or other crew neck top and jeans or knee length shorts. There is a fairly strict dress code. Female volunteers should not strappy vest tops, short shorts or low cut tops whilst teaching as you will be teaching teenage boys. This would be no different to teaching teenagers back home. For other times, a smart casual outfit is recommended for the evenings and special occasions for a smarter restaurant or when there is a special day with presentations at the project or its sister school up the coast. Beachwear is an essential if you will be taking advantage of the beaches, you may also want to bring an underwater camera to take advantage. Flip flops good idea for relaxing, showering and beach trips.

Mombasa Project costs

What are the costs after I have registered and booked my space?

After you have registered and booked your space on the project for your chosen month of arrival you will need to cover project costs which are £125 pw for weeks 1 and 2 and £85 pw from week 3 onwards, a return flight to Mombasa (Moi International Airport, airport code MBA), insurance (allow £30 to £40 for a short visit, make sure your policy covers medical bills and repatriation). A visa is required to enter Kenya and British and most European passport holders can obtain this on arrival. If you are not flying direct to Mombasa from Europe and instead changing planes in Nairobi you may need to obtain this there but you will be advised when you arrive. The cost of a general tourist visa is US $50/£30/40 Euros. The airport pick-up and transfer is payable on arrival to the regular volunteer pick up driver and is approx. £15. After arrival at the project, sometimes a volunteer permit has to be obtained in order to volunteer, project staff will advise, the cost of this was at the last request £25.

For your daily living you should allow £10 a day for transport to the project which should cover small extra meals and snacks although some are provided by your hosts at the volunteer house. Living is fairly cheap in Mombasa and if you don't take a safari, you will only cover basic living costs and possibly make a small contribution to the project, although this is completely at your own discretion, there is no requirement to do so but if you decide to help out, just £20 of food or second hand clothes or shoes will make a big difference to the boys.

How and when do I need to pay for my project?

We will send an invoice by email for your project shortly after we receive your flights which can be paid online. Try to get this paid no later than 3 weeks before travel so we can confirm with the project of your arrival and organise your pick up.

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Free Time in Kenya Mombasa

Mombasa is an easy city to get around and with some afternoons and every weekend free you should be able to get round the main sights even on a short visit. Most volunteers visit the old town first then spend nearly all their free time at the beach, not surprisingly, as the beaches are what draw hundreds of thousands of tourists each year! 

Historical Fort Jesus in Mombasa old town, a popular way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Fort Jesus

Price from just £8

Built in 1591 by the King of Portugal, hence
the Christian name, it was intended to defend
the old port of Mombasa. In 2011 it was declared
a UNESCO world heritage site and is
high up on the Mombasa tourist trail. Trained
guides are available Ask your guide if they
can add on a guided tour of the Old Town.
Open daily 8am - 6pm. Approx. £8.

Mombasa Old Town

Free to stroll around

Narrow streets, Indian/African/Arab flavour,
great for gifts , the Old Town is well worth
spending a couple of hours wandering around
finishing with a visit to Fort Jesus. Yes it’s a
bit run down and you there are some touts but
for most visitors this does not detract from its
historical charm. Skip the Old Town until
you’ve seen Fort Jesus and try to get the same
guide to take you round.

 

Mombasa old town. A historical setting to pick up some gifts for family and friends.

 

 

OV volunteers at Mombasa beach. Only 20 minutes by bus from the volunteer house.

The beaches

Bus and snack from just £10

For any volunteer, the beach will be the most
popular (and cheap) activity and if you finish at
the centre early you should be able to squeeze in
a dip in the afternoons.

Top beaches, to the north of Mombasa;
Nyali and Bamburi and Diani to the south.

Snorkelling

Price from just £30

For relatively low cost, hire one of the small
boats and snorkel on the reefs.

 

OV volunteer snorkelling over the reefs at Mombasa beach.

What happens after I have booked?

  • As soon as you have booked with the once-only £125 registration fee (this covers one or more projects within a year), you will receive a welcome email confirming your booking and explaining in more detail how to get organised for you trip.
  • We will Buddy you up with another volunteer going to the Mombasa street kids programme arriving around the same time so you should have a good chance to travel together if you wish to
  • You will also receive a Welcome Pack with some useful information which will include project specific advice on what to take, how to prepare and travel health recommendations

Below is what you need to do next after booking in time order

  • As early as possible : buy return flight for Mombasa airport to arrive before 4pm Monday to Wednesday if at all possible. Monday will be the best day if you only have a short time available because then you will have time to settle into a routine before the weekend when things are quieter and volunteers head to the beach or explore. A pick up will be automatically organised for you from Mombasa airport. If you are travelling overland from elsewhere in Africa, shortly before you travel we will put you in touch with your Mombasa team to arrange a suitable meeting point or to get directions.
  • Add yourself to the Buddy List to meet other volunteers, travel together or simply find a familiar face when you arrive.
  • Join the volunteer community on Facebook to see recent pictures from projects and other interesting stories and updates. We often post items of interest and volunteer stories from projects around the world.
  • 3 to 4 weeks before travel: contact your travel nurse or travel clinic to make appointments for jabs and boosters (for more information on what is typically recommended please refer to the NHS website fitfortravel). Malaria tablets are essential, please consult a good pharmacist a couple of weeks before travel. If you are short on time, a local independent travel clinic may have appointments at short notice.
  • Before travel : Send us a copy of your CRB or your Subject Access Data Request (if in the UK). Details on this and alternatives if you are not in the UK or travelling at short notice are provided after booking.
  • Before travel : Arrange suitable travel insurance – make sure that the policy you purchase covers medical bills and repatriation.
  • No visa is required before travel for Kenya for UK passport holders- visas for short stays are obtained on arrival at the airport in Mombasa on direct flights (or at Nairobi if changing planes before the final flight to Mombasa), $50 US Dollars (or approx. £40).
  • As soon as you have flights to Mombasa: Upload your flight following the link in the Welcome Pack to organise your pick up.
  • At anytime : pay for your project - we will send you an invoice by email to pay online – don't worry we will send you a reminder if you forget!
  • We will organise your pick up and transfer from Mombasa airport automatically when we receive your flights

Kenya Mombasa at a glance

Kenya is a stunning country on the east coast of Africa, from the reserves on the plains to the beaches on the Indian Ocean attracting tourists from all over the world. Wildlife safaris have been the mainstay of Kenya’s tourism for decades, and several Kenyan parks, like Tsavo National Park, are among the best places in Africa to see lions, elephants, leopards and the famous wildebeest migration. Amboseli and Masai Mara are also excellent for game viewing and in one typical two to three day tour you will encounter lions, hippos, giraffe, zebras, hyenas, antelope and elephant and can be booked easily in Mombasa at the tourist office for as little as £250.

Other activities for outdoor enthusiasts include trekking the glacial ridges of Mt Kenya, ballooning over the Masai Mara, snorkelling at the Marine National Park in Malindi on the Indian Ocean coast, and much more. The North around Samburu and Turkana are off the beaten track and an anthropologist's dream. The climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro takes several days but is worth it. Not to be missed are Mount Kenya, Masai Mara, Thompson's Falls, Lake Nakuru, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Festivals: January 1st; August 15th; October 2nd; also major Hindu, Christian and other religious holidays.

Kenya is bordered by Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan. The capital city is Nairobi. Kenya is named after Mount Kenya, which is the second among the highest peaks in Africa.Kenya gained independence in 1963 and a key figure in Kenya’s liberation was Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of the country.

Climate

Kenya has a tropical climate. Kenya gets a lot of sunshine all year round; however it is usually cooler in the morning and evenings. The hottest period in Kenya is February to March and the coldest is July to August. April to June is the longest rain season. The highest temperature in Kenya is 30 degrees and the lowest is 22 degrees.Most people visit Kenya in January to February or July to August as these are the most popular times for safaris.

 

 

Accommodation in Kenya Mombasa

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Book your placement with £125. Then pay £125 per week (weeks 1 and 2) and only £85 per week onwards to volunteer with streets kids in Mombasa.

 

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Accommodation Volunteers stay together in shared accommodation, with 2 to 4 in a room. The accommodation is clean and comfortable.

There is also a kitchen on-site and communal dining area, which is the hub of volunteer life.

Support: An on-site team of project co-ordinators and volunteer co-ordinators are always nearby

 Not supported in the rooms so don't forget:

  • Sheet and mozzie net
  • Toiletries

Above: Your volunteer accommodation on site
at the project.

Main volunteer house: Facilities near by within walking distance

  • Shop
    10 minutes

  • Bars
    10 minutes

  • Chemist
    10 minutes

  • Bus
    5 minutes

  • Taxis
    5 minutes

  • Cash machine
    10 minutes

  • Bank
    10 minutes

  • Phone Booth
    10 minutes

  • Internet
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  • Laundry
    provided with your stay small fee

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Many of our returning Kenya Mombasa volunteers send us photos and videos of their positive experiences in Africa. Click on the images and films below to get an idea of what to expect volunteering at this project.

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Meet The Team

Country: Kenya Mombasa

Book your placement with £125. Then pay £125 per week (weeks 1 and 2) and only £85 per week onwards to volunteer with streets kids in Mombasa.

 
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The permanent staff team, Sister Emma and Irene at a birthday celebration at the volunteer house

 

The Team - Kenya Mombasa

At the street kids project you won’t be better supported when not volunteering as volunteers live together with the volunteer coordinator and project manager in a spacious modern house with garden in the city. So if you need any help or are wondering how to get to the beach at the weekend, you have everyone you need right there, like a family.

Frequently asked questions – Kenya Mombasa

Country: Kenya Mombasa

Book your placement with £125. Then pay £125 per week (weeks 1 and 2) and only £85 per week onwards to volunteer with streets kids in Mombasa.

 

Kenya Mombasa Specific Questions

Do I need experience?
No previous experience is required for this project.

When do I choose what I will be doing?
The schedule is organised for volunteers by the staff at the project so there is no need to choose before or after arrival. Volunteers work together with the children in the mornings Monday to Friday with a handful of children each at tables helping them with basic Maths and English (handwriting, spelling, basic sentences). A Kenyan teacher when present, teaches the children Swahili. Sometimes volunteers will help organise additional sport and games activities in the afternoon. Occasionally volunteers may also sit in or support health education sessions or visit the street kids still living on the streets to assist and promote the project.

Will I be met on arrival?
All volunteers are met at the airport in Mombasa on arrival.

Will I be on my own?
This project usually receives between 5 and 10 volunteers on any month with up to 20 between May and August.

I need to teach 80 hours for my course?
Teaching will often take no more than 3 hours if afternoon activities are excluded. Speak to the project staff about running activity sessions or a presentation on a subject in the afternoon to top up your hours. Before travel, check with your course to see if lesson planning and meeting time can also be included in your total hours.

How can I book a safari?
You can easily book a safari for the end of your trip in Mombasa. Allow at least £500 for a reasonable tour of 3/4 days although there are a few budget operators who can organise for £250. Another option is to spend a weekend in Nairobi and hire a taxi for a drive-through the game reserve which fringes the city. It is the only city in the world where you can get wild giraffes and skyscrapers in the same photo. Book in advance if possible and arrive at the park early to beat the crowds.

Most Mombasa volunteers find the coastal beaches the main attraction (Diani, Tiwi and swimming and kayaking on Funzi Keys island) and relaxing at beachside getaways up and down the coast.

What do I need to take?
Paper, pens, pencils, general school equipment (rulers, geometry sets, calculators) , maths activity work sheets, graph paper etc and sport equipment are always in need for the children. In addition after living in the streets for a long time, some of the boys arrive with only one set of clothes, often ripped, so any clothes will be welcomed if your family has any to give away. Don't forget Mombasa has some of Africa's best beaches so - for yourself bring at least a couple of sets of beach wear as they will get a lot of use. Although most volunteers are in Mombasa between June and September, which is the Kenyan winter, temperatures can get as high as 28 Degrees Celcius, with 30 – 33 Celcius between November and March. As the beach is a popular excursion for the children, you may also like to buy extra beach equipment, goggles, beach bags and beach towels for the boys.

Where will I be staying?
Volunteers all stay in the same volunteer house in Mombasa, about 20 min from the city centre. Your coordinator stays with you so you could not be better looked after and volunteers travel together each day to the project.
See accommodation tab above for more.

Is Kenya safe?
As with any city suffering from high levels of poverty and unemployment, there are some areas you are not recommended to visit and late nights out are discouraged. But as long as you follow the local advice given to you and take sensible precautions you should encounter no problems. Few volunteers travel on their own, taking the weekend breaks together as a group. There is also a curfew at the volunteer house for everyone's safety. And because everyone lives together with their coordinator (female) you can be reassured that you are in the best possible place to be for face to face support and advice whenever you need it.

What should I wear?
You will be working with boys between 7 and 18 so female volunteers should dress modestly when volunteering. Loose trousers, knee length shorts or long skirts are best together with a normal T-shirt rather than a strappy vest.

Do I need a visa for Kenya?
Visas are obtained on arrival for UK/European passport holders. You will need 6 months left on your passport and a clean $50 US Dollar note (approx. £30). Take an extra $50 Dollar note in case it goes up when you arrive.

Are there fixed arrival dates?
The volunteer coordinator would like every volunteer to arrive between Monday and Wednesday before 4pm to settle in before the weekend. More than half of all flights to Mombasa arrive between 10am and 3pm.

Will I be placed with friends?
There is only one volunteer house – everybody is placed together.

How do I organise meals?
Some meals are provided for volunteers, local budgets providing, when not available volunteers can shop and cook at the house together or eat in local eateries.

Will I need jabs for Kenya?
Please consult your doctor or travel health nurse before travel. The NHS website fitfortravel provides useful advice which many practitioners in the UK refer to. Do remember malaria tablets must be started before travel.

Is there mobile/ internet access?
Buy a cheap unlocked mobile phone for your trip and buy a Kenya Sim card on arrival.

Should I take cash or cards?
We recommend taking two cards if possible and cash. ATMs and banks can be found easily in Mombasa. Western Union is a good way for family to send money out if you overspend and there are many agents in Mombasa where you can collect the transfer.

How will I get back to the airport?
Your coordinator will help organise your journey back to the airport, simply ask a few days before your flight to confirm what time you need the driver.

Contact us for specific questions

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. We pride ourselves in the vast knowledge of our projects and are always willing to share. Give us a call for a quick chat on 01603 280702 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get the answers you need!

Reviews

Country: Kenya Mombasa

Book your placement with £125. Then pay £125 per week (weeks 1 and 2) and only £85 per week onwards to volunteer with streets kids in Mombasa.

 

Skills and Experience, specific skills and experience are not needed. This project is very flexible, so any skills you have will be much appreciated and come in useful. If you are creative, coming up with new ideas and organising activities will be great. If you are sports minded you can set up different sports activities and games.

 

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Country: Kenya Mombasa

Book your placement with £125. Then pay £125 per week (weeks 1 and 2) and only £85 per week onwards to volunteer with streets kids in Mombasa.

 

Booking your Place

There are two ways of booking your place at our project in Kenya Mombasa:

Phone - Call us on 01603 280702 to reserve your place on the project.

Online - Apply online with a Debit or Credit Card using PayPal following the instructions below.

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For more information on booking a place, read our guide to how Original Volunteers' applications work.

If you'd like to know a bit more about Original Volunteers before you book, you can read about us and learn more on our FAQ page.

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Other Volunteer Options

Interested in Africa, but not sure about Kenya Mombasa Why not check out another volunteer placement in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya Masai, Malawi, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda?

Planning Your Trip

Once you've booked your volunteering experience in Kenya Mombasa you'll want plan the trip, and Original Volunteers has lots of helpful advice for first-time travellers.

To find someone to travel with on your trip, browse through our Travel Buddy List.

To learn more about raising money for your travels, check out our Fundraising advice.

To discover the the qualifications you could gain from your volunteering experience, visit our Training and Certificates page.

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