Volunteer In Kenya (Maasai)
The Maasai tribe still lives a nomadic existence in the remote region of Kenya, sharing their remote land with wild animals. They depend on their cattle for survival and don’t clear land for farming, hence living in harmony with their environment. Lately, the Maasai have suffered from hunger, disease and illiteracy. The rain, so vital for the grass to grow, has lately failed frequently. As a result, there isn’t much foliage for their cattle to feed. Dwindling cattle stock mean more difficult life of Maasai. They have realized that they need to adjust and adapt if they still want to keep their culture and lifestyle. Realizing this, they are now schools, clinics and community development projects in the Maasailand, all intended to help them survive.
Volunteers in the Maasailand are desperately needed. With help from volunteers, the on-going projects can accomplish much, be more focused and succeed in giving Maasai decent lives. So volunteer now and help the proud tribe of Maasai thrive. In return, you’ll experience wonderful Maasai hospitality and experience unique culture.
Maasailand, Kenya - Volunteer Programs
- World’s Most Affordable fees guaranteed, pay as low as USD$80 per week
- Program fees go directly to the projects and host families
- Save thousands of dollars while volunteering abroad
New Hope Volunteer programs begin each Monday of the month. If needed, we can arrange for your program to start at any day.
In recent years, volunteering has become more of a business than charity. Many organizations in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand run volunteering programs solely for profit. Please check Travellers Quest volunteer abroad in Kenya page for different organizations and their fees and you'll know for sure. But this is not the case with New Hope Volunteers. Our aim is to offer World’s Most Affordable volunteer program (without compromising the quality) so that all volunteers, irrespective of their income level, can volunteer to serve humanity and enrich their life. We hope to make the dreams of college students and budget travelers come true. In our program, except our registration fee of $269, which we need to advertise, cover office expense and pay salary, volunteers pay their money directly to the projects and host families (sometimes country coordinator will allocate this fee to project and host family, so if you have any question about allocation, please ask directly. This ensures that 100% of your money goes to the project.
In addition to our registration fee of $269, here you find the world’s most affordable weekly program fee, which includes room, food (3 times a day), project details and field support.
- Comprehensive travel insurance $3.49
- Airport receive and transfer fee: $75
- Please add $25 per week for internship
The fee includes:Orientation, Food and accommodations (3 meals a day), Placement visits and services, Project support costs or donation, Certificate of performance/appreciation, 24/7 emergency support
The weekly Fee Does Not Include:airfare, daily transportation, visa and visa extension fee, airport drop, airport taxes, any personal expenses on food and travel, mineral water and soft drinks, gifts to project staffs and host family, laundry, telephone, immunization, liability and insurance
Our volunteers will stay with host families that have been carefully chosen. But please bear in mind that amenities inside the hut in a Manyatta (village) will be very basic. The huts are constructed basically from locally available materials using indigenous technique. You’ll be served 3 meals a day by host family.
Breakfast at 8 am: consist of tea, cereal, toasts and fruits
Lunch from 12 to 1 pm: consist of sandwiches or rice with vegetable
Dinner around 7:30 pm: will consist of irio, mboga, chapatti and ugali.
Please remember that local Maasai people can’t afford these meals and they will be given extra cash to provide you with the food. Volunteers must purchase mineral water separately. Your country coordinator will also call you to inquire how your volunteer work has been progressing. You’ll also have access to country coordinator’s mobile phone number and call him if you have something important to discuss or inquire.
Major FAQ - Kenya (Maasai)
- Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Kenya-based volunteer programs?
- Visa Information
- Who manages the volunteer projects in Kenya?
- What are the daily schedules of the projects?
- Where are the projects located?
- What is the language spoken in Kenya?
- When are the Kenya-based projects available?
- How long can I volunteer in Kenya?
- Who will arrange my flight to Kenya?
- Which airport should I book my flight into?
- When should I arrive in Kenya?
- Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how do I know about the person?
- What should I do if my flight is delayed?
- How can I get to the hotel from the airport if I did not see New Hope Volunteer's local representative in the airport?
- What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
- If I want to arrive earlier than when the program begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
- When should I depart from Kenya?
- Which airport will I fly out of?
- Who will drop me off at the airport?
- Can I store my luggage if I arrive earlier than my program starts?
- Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
- Are singles rooms available?
- If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
- Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
- What are the bathroom facilities?
- What are the laundry arrangements?
- Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
- What are the local cuisines? Who manages food?
- Can you supply special diets?
- Is the running tap water safe for drink?
- Are there hot and cold water facilities available?
- Will bottled water be provided?
- How safe is Kenya?
- What are the principle health risks?
- What health precautions should I be aware of and tend to?
- Do I need health insurance?
- Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
- Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
- What are the sanitary conditions in Kenya?
- Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
- What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
- How much money should I bring with me?
- How do I contact my family once I arrive in Kenya?
- Are internet services easily available?
- How can my family members contact me?
- What is weather like in Kenya ?