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Working in orphanages
Teaching English in Kenya
Working at local hospitals or clinics
HIV or AIDS program



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Working at local hospitals or clinics
 

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Project Overview

Volunteering in our health program will give you the opportunity to work at local clinics/hospitals in order to provide help and support to much needed people. In Kenya, almost all local hospitals need volunteers to support its work. We work in partnerships with local clinics/hospitals so that our volunteer doctors and medical students can work at this project. GVS goal is to enhance your medical knowledge, clinical skills and relations with patients by providing care in Nairobi, Mombasa and various other rural areas of Kenya where resources are limited and challenges are plentiful. Doctor-patient ratio is extremely low in Kenya i.e. 14 doctors per 100,000 patients. Poverty creates a larger barrier to the acquisition of healthcare especially in rural areas. As most of the good clinics and hospitals are located in the larger towns and cities so most of rural people fall prey to death even before reaching the clinic. The most familiar diseases in Kenya include hepatitis, malaria, typhoid fever and HIV/AIDS. Poor healthcare is not only limited to rural areas but the whole Kenya suffering from same problem. There is no welfare system in Kenya. People need to pay for medical from their pocket. Thus poor people who are unemployed or have low income cannot afford modern/expensive medicine provided by private hospitals. These poor people thus depend on small clinics/hospitals running by government that are suffering from lack of equipment, inadequate funds, understaffing and other essential facilities. Therefore they always look for even a little support from you.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

As a volunteer you may work in all departments (depending on which hospital you are placed) such as surgery, burns unit, ICU, physiotherapy, X-ray etc. However if you are not a qualified doctor then you are not allowed to perform major identification or surgery works. Your responsibilities as a medical volunteers vary with education, skills, experience and qualifications. You need to help doctors or nurses with health center tasks. Some of your major responsibilities involved measuring BP, temperature, height, weight, checking pulse, distributing medication, cleaning wounds or bandaging etc. You also need to keep record of treated patients. You can also provide tips to local people and patients on health, nutrition and sanitation. You are also welcome to create awareness in local community by conducting informational sessions on prevention for different diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis. Besides this, you can also support the local project by bringing some light medical stuff like thermometer, bandages, disposable gloves, syringes or torch etc. Thus your little effort is of great value and is even more than a financial aid.

PLEASE NOTE: The nature of work schedule is very flexible. You are required to work for only 3 to 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. You can get the work schedule from doctors, nurses or medical staff. You are allowed to explore the beautiful country when you are free from your work schedule. Besides this, you are also expected to make little interruption in the work schedule due to traditional, cultural festivals, your exams and other similar situations. During these times you can go home for short holidays.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

Doctors, nurses or medical students are needed for health care project. The healthcare program is not open to undergraduate and pre-medical students. Interested volunteers need to be 18 years of age and should understand & speak medium level of English. Volunteers must have an open mind, flexible attitude, patience, and keen interest in working with patients. Interested volunteers have to submit a proof of certification of medical student, nurse, doctor, or other medical-related experience. Due to health risk, volunteers without any medical experience are not allowed to work in this project. However students having interest in healthcare can participate in our HIV/AIDS, Nutritional Training Program or the Women's Reproductive Heath Training Program.

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Ghana
Project Type: Teaching in Primary and Secondary School
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Thailand). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.
Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates
Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Language and cultural orientation program Fee: US $ 250

Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost
2 weeks volunteering     US$ 220 2 weeks Internship       US$ 255
3 weeks volunteering     US$ 295 3 weeks Internship       US$ 330
4 weeks volunteering     US$ 370 4 weeks Internship       US$ 405
5 weeks volunteering     US$ 445 5 weeks Internship       US$ 480
6 weeks volunteering     US$ 520 6 weeks Internship       US$ 555
7 weeks volunteering     US$ 595 7 weeks Internship       US$ 630
8 weeks volunteering     US$ 670 8 weeks Internship       US$ 705
9 weeks volunteering     US$ 745 9 weeks Internship       US$ 780
10 weeks volunteering     US$ 820 10 weeks Internship       US$ 855
11 weeks volunteering     US$ 895 11 weeks Internship       US$ 930
12 weeks volunteering     US$ 970 12 weeks Internship       US$ 1005
Cost of airport receive, transfer to host family/ hostel: US$ 95

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) FOR KENYA
 
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL GENERAL QUESTIONS
General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Kenya volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Kenya program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Kenya?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Kenya?
03. Where is the Kenya programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Kenya?
05. How long does the Kenya volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Kenya?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Kenya?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Kenya is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Kenya?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Kenya?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Kenya?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Kenya?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Kenya?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Kenya?
02. What should I know about Kenya's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Kenya's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Kenya

 

GLOBAL VOLUNTEER SOLUTIONS (GVS) FAQ FOR KENYA Weekly

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.