The tasks and responsibilities of you as a volunteer will vary on a daily basis, but the main focus lies on our Menstruation Cup Project which is a device that changes women's lives every single day. It is estimated that school girls loose 20% of their education due to their period in the developing countries. Tampons and pads are too expensive to these women. In Kenya alone, every year about 300 million working days are lost due to women staying at home during their menses. We want to change this, Period!
We realize that the menstrual cup is an unknown device to many of you so we urge you to please read about these Miracle cups here; https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/becagrimm/x-reasons-you-should-switch-to-menstrual-cups-your-en98?client=safari
We focus on presenting the menstrual cup at girls’ schools in the local communities which also involves health education. We have expert trainers that teaches girls and women groups about how the female reproductive system works, what it means to be a virgin, how STIs (sexual transmitted infection) are transmitted, and of course how to properly use, store, sterilize a menstrual cup.
Our other projects include assisting at one of the local orphanages with everyday tasks, and designing lessons about general health as well as environmental issues for the children at a local secondary school. We also collaborate with other organizations, such as one that works towards preventing parasitic infestation in children’s feet and hands, where we help them treat the infected areas and teach the locals about how to best prevent further outbreaks while giving the children new shoes.
The Project’s Mission
An important part of the volunteers work is to be active on social media to raise awareness about our projects, coming up with new projects and attempting to raise funds for the different projects. We are looking for pro-active and dynamic volunteers with an urge to help change the world one step at the time.
Our local partner
Womens outreach program in Diani beach is a non-profit organization which was set up to create awareness about womens right and inpower them in their everyday life. Volker, a Swede who has been living in Kenya for 25 years will be your supervisor. He has been workning with projects to save the environment since 2005.
You will be picked up at the airport in Mombasa and driven to Diani (35km South of Mbsa) Once here you will be given a briefing about the following days work-schedule, things to do during your spare time, places to visit and other useful advises that will be valuable for you during your stay. Many hours will be spent on the sea tracking Dolphins and Turtles, for that reason we will first start to teach you snorkeling.
Accommodation and Food
You will be living with other volunteers from all over the world on our beach property, girls and boys have separate bedrooms. Our cook, Osman is excellent and will prepare your breakfast, lunch and dinner which are included, Monday to Saturday. Among Osman’s specialties are delicious traditional Swahili dishes and fresh seafood, directly from the sea, he will be delighted to teach you some of his specialties’. Osman is also able to prepare specific food on your request, be it gluten free, vegetarian dishes etc. On Sundays you can visit one of the many Café’s, restaurants or beach bars, all within 5-15 minute walking distance. You and the other volunteers are most welcome to hang out around our swimming pool area and a popular activity is Sunday barbecue pool party!
Every Sunday is your day-off. Diani offers a huge variety of fun activities such as kite surfing, sky diving, kayaking, Jet ski, micro light flying, deep-sea fishing, golf and of course our famous beach bars, 40 Thieves and Bidi Badu. East Africa’s biggest Elephant sanctuary (+250 Elephants!) is only 30 minutes away as well as Shimba Hills National Park, the only place where you can still see the magnificent Sable antelope, not to mention Giraffes, Zebras, Buffalos and a variety of other animals.
Visit a Maasai village where you will get to experience the daily life of the village.
Go on safari to Shimba Hills. The National Park is close to Diani Beach, nature is very different from the other parks. Shimba Hills is the only national park in Kenya where you can find the beautiful sable antelope. The park is beautiful with woods and beautiful views.
Go to Wasini Island and Kisite Marine National Park. This marine park is the second most famous marine park in the world after the Australian Marine Park, and offers one of Kenya's best diving opportunities. If you do not dive, you're welcome to snorkel or just enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery as you sail with the typical boats called dhows.
Go on a full day excursion and visit the world famous Colobus monkeys. - Colobus Trust is a conservation organization that aims to promote the conservation and protection of the rare monkeys.
We offer a stunning ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro, for those who want to experience an unforgettable adventure. Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain that majestically rises straight up from the savannah in Tanzania
Kenyans are often described as”the most friendly and helpful people in the world” and everyone will greet you with a friendly “Jambo” although everyone speaks fluent English (and at least 2 other languages) Protected by a fringing coral reef (the fourth largest in the world) facing the Indian Ocean, Kenya’s marine biodiversity is truly astounding with some marine species only found here. Kenya is also considered to be the number one country in Africa for Safaris, its game parks and wildlife conservancies the best on the planet.
Being located directly on the equator, Kenya has a tropical climate with 300 days of sunshine. Throughout the year the temperature in Diani varies between 26-37C, the warmer period being between October till April, while the rain season is between May and June.
Your flight ticket is not included in the tour price and you will need to book through a travel agency of your choice. Your final destination is Mombasa, Kenya. You will need to arrive on Monday, the same day that your project date starts. Your departure will need to be booked from Mombasa following the number of weeks you decide to stay at the project on a Saturday or Sunday.
You need a visa to enter Kenya which can be applied for at www.ecitizen.go.ke, (can take up to 7 days) cost is 50U$ and is valid for 3 month. Note: Your passport must be valid for 6 month.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Be sure to get vaccinated before you go to this project. Check with your vaccination center what you need for traveling to Kenya. We recommend that you have adequate protection including against Hepatitis A and B, cholera (with new distribution) , polio and even malaria. Please make sure that you are careful which malaria medication you are on keeping in mind that you spend a lot of your time in the sun. Please also note that Kenya is a yellow fever vaccination zone.