All our programs in Kenya include free weekend sightseeing. You can also join us in the other subsequent four to five (4-5) days sight seeing which include the safari.
In Kenya, where over 43% of the population lives in poverty, health include high maternal and child mortality and a high burden of infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria is a big challenge. In this context, staesa works in close partnership with public and private hospitals in both rural and urbans areas in Kenya.
The hospitals and clinics in these communities in Kenya are in need of volunteers and interns to assist in healthcare delivery. Medical students, doctors and volunteers will have the opportunity to work with a medical officer in charge in both rural and urban communities. This is a very interesting and life changing experience. Be a hero, get out of the box and make a difference in the lives of the people in Kenya. The program is really full of busy activities.
Volunteers are placed with host families to enable them immerse themselves into the culture of the people of Kenya. In the ruler placement there is no running water sometimes (you use water in the bucket to bath), and to drink, volunteers are given clean drinking water in a water bottle. The toilet is more African like but very clean, You might go without electricity sometimes. In the case of no electricity, volunteers are provided with chargeable lights. Placement in the city is far different.
Nothing stopping you this time to join us in Kenya to touch lives. Together with the most senior medical officer in charge, the volunteers greatly make an impact in the lives of the patients. The program also include Cancer awareness and HIV/AIDS program to help and eradicate ignorance, stigma and discrimination surrounding both pandemics, making the work of health professionals easier.
If you are in a medical school and you need this program for your academic credit, we will like you to apply for our internship program. Please read more on our internship program. Volunteers will be schedule for all the departments in the hospitals. Project location very safe, community very welcoming, staffs at the hospital are very lovely and kind to work with.
Other Information and locations!
As a volunteer we are happy you share in our vision and ready to join us and work full time with us in Kenya. You have really chosen the right place to go in Africa and the right program to work and touch lives The communities are really amazing and smart. There is really great need at the hospitals. With STAESA you are rest assured of meeting your expectation and making a great difference in the lives of the children.
The locations of our programs are well picked where you will be placed and work directly with patients. The program provides an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the amazing culture of Kenya and have tangible experience of working directly with the Patients and the staff of the hospitals. We've got everything well prepared for you. Your safety and security are out top priorities!
Nairobi - Near Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras and lions. a jumping-off point for safari trips elsewhere in Kenya
Mombasa - (White and Blue city) Near the ocean and other interesting places.
Working hours and reponsibilities!
Generally volunteers work from 08:00.-12:00 a.m. and 13:00-16:00 p.m. However, your exact working hours are adjusted according to the activities at your work place. You´re permitted to take a day off once in a while. Week-ends are free time for all our volunteers. The Hospitals are open during the weekends also. you can choose to go and help if you want.
Your schedules in the hospitals include the following below and many more that will be discussed with you upon arrival.
1 Working side by side with the medical officer in charge in the treatment of patients, helping in the laboratory, pharmacy, and breast feeding awareness. More details of your placement will be emailed to you as soon as we get your application form. Project location very safe, the staffs in the hospital are very kind and lovely, the community very welcoming. There are lot of benefits awaits you for joining us.
Other activities you can join during your free time include: Construction of classrooms block, construction of toilet, construction library and renovation work on the existing classrooms block (fixing windows, fixing doors, floor concreting, painting, art works, electrical works and plumbing works)Helping in the kitchen to prepare breakfast and lunch, helping in the school farm, HIV/AIDS club program, Environmental club and fund raising activities( for school feeding activities, free school uniform and free school books)
Other Information and locations!
Program date. All year round.
Placement duration. 2wks to 1y max.
Requirements. No requirements.
Working hours. Mon-Fri. 8am-4pm.
Kilimanjaro International Airport and Julius Nyerere International Airport.
Host family, Independent and Accommodation on site. Located very close to the projects with facilities such as water, light, ventilation, bed, toilet, bathroom and kitchen.
HOW TO GET TO WORK
By public transport it cost less. than one dollar ( return)
Self laundry by hands.
Yes! Three meals per day. and Lunch mostly at work.
Yes! Visa is required.
COST OF VISA
Call the embassy for current cost of visa.
TYPE OF VISA
Tourist visa (Multiple visa).
Local sim card is provided.
Internet modem provided and return after the program.
Yellow Fever (Compulsory) Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria are not necessary though. We recommend that you contact a travel clinic near you at least 3 months before traveling.
Safety in Kenya
No worries!! Kenya in our opinion is safe. Our program locations in Kenya are well picked to make sure our volunteers are safe from the first day of your arrival till your last day when you get into your flight back home. We are 24/7 with you. You are really in a good hands and you are perfectly safe to travel alone or in a group with us. As in anyplace, petty crime such as pick pockets could be a problem for you if you do not remain aware of your surroundings.
Take note of unwanted attention that you will receive as a single young, white female or male traveler. A lot of this attention will be preferential, with people being extra kind or extra helpful. But you will also receive countless marriage proposals daily. Never be rude and just accept it as the playful offer that it is intended to be. If you are not married, you can avoid a lot of this by telling unwanted suitors about your " husband" and the "three children" you have with him.
Working hours and reponsibilities!
Kenya is full of welcoming and friendly locals, so it's best to return the favour hence we will help you to brush up on Kenya culture and traditions before you go. Not only will you show respect to the locals, but you'll get a much more authentic insight into the culture of this wonderful country. Greeting one person and ignoring the rest is considered impolite. In some more isolated tribes, greeting an older person is often followed by a bow; however, most volunteers that head to these tribes are well filled in first on local customs. There is real poverty in Kenya and you will soon realize that you are far richer and more fortunate than most local people you meet. You will probably attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars, but try and take the time to meet ordinary people going about their day to day business too. The experience will be worth it. Don't be afraid to step out of your house, just take some precautions.
Weather in Kenya
The climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid, while the northwestern highlands are cool and temperate. There are two rainy seasons; the short rains are generally from October to December, while the long rains last from March to June. The central plateau tends to be dry and arid throughout the year
When to go to onto the program
You can join us anytime in the year! Anytime in the month! Anytime in the week
Kind of clothes you should pack for your trip to Kenya
Jeans and Trousers: blue jeans, cotton trousers, khaki trousers, Light Shirts and Blouses: T-Shirts, short sleeve shirts and long sleeved shirts to protect you from insects and even sunburn. Shorts also for your free days. Socks and underwear: Once again it is best that they are made from natural fabrics since again it is the heat and this way you have less of a chance for heat rash. Shoes: Good leather shoes, sandals, and a lightweight pair of Hiking boots if you will doing some hiking.
Kind of luggage you should take
It all begins with the right suitcases or suitcase. It also depends where you coming from. If you are coming from North America you get to bring 2 suitcases and 50 pounds each, from Europe it is almost half that. It means one has to be practical and take in mind what your plans are once you arrive in Africa, where you will be going and what you will be doing while here.
Keep all essentials like the pill, malaria pills, essential medicine, debit and credit cards, camera and your toothbrush in your hand luggage. Also put one set of clothing if the unthinkable happens that your luggage is temporarily lost. Money Belt: One that will allow you to carry your passport also. Do not wear your money on the outside of your clothing.