Volunteer Programs

Volunteer Program Overview

1) Volunteer as an HIV/AIDs Medic

Help an over-stretched HIV clinic in Kenya

HIV affects a high number of Kenyans, and recent breakthroughs in medicine and support often don’t reach those in the most need.  CPA works with a number of local projects helping to tackle this issue, but they often rely on external help to ensure that their efforts are as wide-reaching as possible.

This is where you come in!

What will I be doing?

As an HIV volunteer in Kenya, you will be working in local clinics and community outreach programs, carrying out tests, counselling sufferers on home visits, and engaging in community education projects. You will spend time in a local clinic administering tests and helping to analyse results. You will also engage in counselling as we provide people with their results – this work can be challenging but is vital to the long-term eradication of HIV. We also conduct home visits for sufferers, administering much-needed medication and pastoral care, and you may be asked to assist with this.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering on our HIV programme in Kenya,apply now to hear from our specialist trip adviser.

2) Volunteer as a Sports Coach in Kenya

Sports form an integral part of local communities and teams often foster a sense of family and identity. Kenyans are sports mad, particularly for football (soccer), and many dream of becoming the next star. Unfortunately, proper coaching is often lacking, but with a little support, young people can not only develop their talents, but they can also gain a heightened sense of community.
This is where you come in!

What will I be doing?

As a volunteer on our Kenya sports programme, you will engage in two primary activities: helping with sports education in a local school, and assisting a community team with training and coaching. Your role in the school will often concentrate on assisting a local teacher with sports and PE lessons, helping to engage the next generation in sport.

Your second role as a volunteer sports coach in Kenya will revolve around helping out a more experienced sports team. Many local football teams meet up for afternoon or evening sessions and are often desperate for a little coaching or help. Even if you are not a professional coach your willingness to get stuck in will be of great benefit, and training sessions are always great fun! Our work with these teams also has a more serious side. Many are composed of young men, often without jobs or the prospect of getting one. Working with these vulnerable groups is vital for keeping them motivated, and sport offers a fantastic structured environment, often creating a valuable sense of community identity.

3) Volunteer as a Teacher in Kenya

Bring your knowledge and skills to eager kids

If you want to volunteer by teaching English abroad, then teaching in Kenya gives you a great chance to go and help to provide lessons to children in one of our local partner schools. These schools are often underfunded and consequently under-staffed.

This is where you come in!

What will I be doing?

Kenyan schools are very vibrant places with most pupils extremely willing to learn. You may be asked to take lessons in English, maths or science, but don’t worry if you feel your strengths lie outside these areas – the children you teach will benefit from your enthusiasm and your ability to construct sentences in English. Games and sports are another important part of school life, so please be prepared to get involved with these as well.

Our experienced team will be given guidance on the curriculum, and if you like you can spend the first few days working alongside a local teacher or established volunteer. However, we also encourage our volunteers to bring their own ideas and to get stuck in! You can make the classroom your own with your own rules and decoration. This will help to develop your skills as a teacher whilst providing help to those most in need.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at a school in Kenya, apply now to hear from our specialist trip adviser.

4) Volunteer With Children in Kenya

Make a BIG difference to the lives of dozens of vulnerable children

CPA supports a number of orphanages in Kenya, providing assistance to overworked local staff and helping to give children and babies a brighter future. Although local staff are extremely committed, they often rely on charities to supplement their stretched resourced.

This is where you come in!

Our placements are properly referred to as care homes or children’s homes. They exist to provide support and care for vulnerable and at-risk children. These kids may have living parents or a family who are not currently able to care for them. They provide care when a child’s family cannot, and aim to return the children to a stable family environment once the vulnerable period has passed. We place volunteers at a number of care homes and initiatives supporting children from the ages of 1 up to 16 and beyond.

What will I be doing?

As an orphanage volunteer in Kenya some of your duties will involve teaching small classes, as many children’s homes have schools attached. You will also help with running structured games and activities. Helping to foster a sense of family and community at the home is hugely important – some of the children will have lacked this all their lives. In addition, you will be expected to engage in a wide range of other activities, depending on the specific needs of your placement. This will include plenty of practical work such as cleaning, laundry, cooking and the dishes, as well as painting classrooms and gardening.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at a children’s home in Kenya, apply now to hear from our specialist trip adviser.

5) Volunteer on a Medical Elective in Kenya

Put your medical skills to the test supporting healthcare teams in Kenya

If you are looking for an international medical elective that has a hands-on impact, look no further. As a medical volunteer in Kenya you will be working in a local clinic or hospital supported by CPA, helping to support the stretched healthcare teams on the ground. Working with limited resources and a huge demand for services, these brilliant medical teams have a great deal of expertise and knowledge, but they need extra pairs of hands.

This is where you come in!
Exchange your vital medical work as a doctor or student for an enhanced understanding of what it is like to work in a demanding healthcare environment on our Kenya medicine electives. The local medical professionals here in Kenya have a wealth of experience and insight to learn from, which you can put to use later in your medical career.

What will I do?

Your work will depend on your experience level. In order to do medical work abroad with CPA you must have some medical experience. In general you must have completed at least one year of a university- level medical programme, such as medicine or nursing. We very much welcome medical and nursing students, especially as part of elective programmes, as you will have the opportunity to put into practice the skills you’ve learnt whilst helping those in real need.

You will spend your first few days as a medical volunteer abroad shadowing a local doctor and learning about local techniques and common diseases. Once you feel comfortable you will have the opportunity to begin performing some basic procedures under supervision. General responsibilities for healthcare volunteers in Kenya include taking rounds, prescribing and distributing medicines, dressing wounds, and assisting with births.

Our medical volunteers in Kenya will often also help out with medical outreach projects we undertake in the local community and beyond. This community medicine is often the highlight of a medical programme, and gives volunteers a sense of the wider impact of the programme, as well as giving both students and professionals alike experience of community medicine services such as patient liaison and healthcare education.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering in a clinic or hospital in Kenya, apply now to hear from our specialist trip adviser and begin planning your medical elective in Africa.

Got a Few Questions?

We know that traveling abroad to volunteer is a big, scary step for anyone. But your work is incredibly valuable and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible – with us, with the projects, with your adventures and the whole process. Enquire from us for more information.