Medical & Healthcare Volunteer in Kenya
The Kenya medical program is designed for those who already have a medical background and those who are studying to work in the Healthcare sector, volunteers will be involved in helping out in a hospital in rural Kenya as well as medical clinics. This program is particularly rewarding as you will be helping local villagers get access to good healthcare, these people have not previously had easy access to much healthcare or medical assistance.
The health sector in Kenya is a big concern, as Kenya is a developing country where members of the communities, especially in rural and less developed areas, still lack access to good quality and affordable medical treatment. Even in some small communities, where government-owned hospitals exist, they are still often heavily understaffed and operating with limited equipment and often poor or lacking facilities. As a medical professional, this program will provide you with valuable work experience in a developing area while you assist in the local hospital.
The specific tasks and placements you will undertake depend on your level of experience, however, you will always be working alongside local doctors, nurses, and staff in either one of the district hospitals, or a smaller healthcare centre. Your assigned tasks during this program will depend both on your specialization and experience, as well as the local needs at the time.
Aims & Objectives
- Add to your practical work experience
- Exchange knowledge and practices with the local nurses and doctors
- Engage with the local community through service based interactions
During this program, you will work from Monday to Friday, with weekends as free time for you to relax or explore Kenya. During the week you will spend five hours per day at the hospital, with a lunch break in between. The particular work you are doing will depend entirely on your own experience and expertise.
A typical day could on the program could look like:
- Day starts with breakfast
- Morning spent working at a healthcare center/hospital
- Break for lunch time
- Afternoon spent working at a healthcare center/hospital
- Dinner time
- Evenings free to relax, socialise or explore.
It is a requirement that you have a medical background to participate. This can be having working experience as a doctor, nurse, etc. Nursing and medical students are also welcome to join.
Gatanga Village will be your new home and will give you the chance to see authentic rural Kenya. Close by is Thika, an industrial town where you will be able to find anything you need. Nairobi is not too far either, and you can head there during the weekend for nights out or sightseeing. Likewise, there are many natural areas in close proximity to Gatanga, a simple example are Fourteen Falls, a set of waterfalls that will leave you awestruck.
You will be accommodated in our centre. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Sometimes there are power and water cuts during the day, but do not panic. This is life in the village. This is a very simple local accommodation, but you will have all of the necessities while here. You will have meals provided and rooms cleaned on the weekends, but you will also be expected to clean up after yourself and play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. The location is very close to the Police station and a short walk to local market and shops.
- Standard Room
- All meals included
- Persons per room 2-4
- Wifi in public areas
- Hot Showers
Food served will mainly be Kenyan food, which consists of vegetables, potato, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapati”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.
3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
Thika town is located a thirty minute drive away from our center and is filled with supermarkets, shops, ATMs, local markets and good restaurants. There is local transport available such as bicycle and motorbike taxis, van taxis and buses. Vehicles come up to our project sites every hour and drop you off in Thika town. Moreover, the bus station in Thika is your launching spot into other parts of Kenya.
Please be advised that in the event of an excess number of participants, we may use other local accommodation in the area that meets a similar standard as described herein.
Trip Country Info
Language: English, Swahili
Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Time zone: UTC +3
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Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Minimum age 18|
|Medical Background or Studying in this sector|
|Criminal Background Check|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance