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Kenya HIV Programme

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Kenya HIV Programme

Visit this bewitching country and help to combat and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and working with the locals and those suffering with the disease.

Prices from $1,395

Kenya is a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Magnificent wildlife roams across vast Rift Valley plains, white sand beaches fringe the turquoise Indian Ocean and ancient tribal communities practise traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time. All these combine to provide a destination of unparalleled appeal and fascination.

Travel to this spectacular land and immerse yourself in a community and culture in which you will be made to feel incredibly welcome. The people are positively inspiring and the landscape, national parks, beaches and surrounding islands are stunningly beautiful.

 Once you’ve learnt to do things the Kenyan way you’ll never want to leave this unique travel destination.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Make a profound difference to those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years

FAST FACTS

Location Kenya, Nairobi
Activities Workshops and support groups
Working alongside sufferers, supporting families
Helping to run current programmes
Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Homestay


 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 2 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The problem of the AIDS epidemic in Africa is well documented, yet infection levels remain very high, as does the stigma surrounding the disease. There are 1.3 million Kenyans currently living with HIV/AIDS, representing one of the largest proportions of the population found in any African nation. Despite the fact that it has been over 25 years since AIDS was first classified, it still carries a strong social stigma in Kenyan society. As a result, the disease is still one which is shrouded in superstition and consequently those living with HIV/AIDS are exposed to extreme hostility and discrimination.

However, there is hope, as the number of new infections begins to fall - from its peak a decade ago, when there were 200,000 new infections per year, to 90,000, less than half that number. These encouraging figures are the result of the painstaking education work being undertaken and the instigation of programmes such as this, which have significantly raised awareness and removed stigma, as well as improving the lives of those already living with the disease.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

The work on the project benefits from a varied schedule covering several aspects of the HIV programme. Volunteers are essential to this programme and are encouraged to help in a whole variety of ways, getting involved in all aspects of the work that is taking place at the time of their placement. You will be working alongside those suffering from the disease, providing a support system that is a vital lifeline for those affected and their families. As well as this, you may help run support groups and workshops that are of utmost importance in the fight to stem the spread of AIDS through the country, providing an educational service that will help break the pattern of infection. Each and every aspect of the programme is relevant to the fight against this vastly destructive disease.

Volunteers may also get the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to HIV programmes by helping with awareness raising and extending the existing support programmes to reach a wider community. 

This project enables you to combine a visit to this most bewitching of African destinations with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the hardships and pressures faced by communities living with the threat of HIV/AIDS. This is a project for volunteers searching for a varied, challenging and intensely rewarding assignment.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from Nairobi airport by a friendly local staff member and transported to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Both your host and local coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, bustling community.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying with a friendly host in a homestay, which will allow you truly to experience Kenyan culture. We choose our hosts carefully to ensure that they are able to provide the support and security needed to make your stay comfortable – and fun! The homestay will usually have a bathroom, living room with TV and kitchen with a fridge and will be close to transport and local shops. You will be made to feel part of the family from the moment you arrive and you will soon find yourself immersed in home and community life.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will eat with your host and will be provided with two meals a day, enabling you to get a true feel for the Kenyan lifestyle and sample some authentic African home cooking. For lunch, volunteers usually eat out with colleagues or at the projects themselves, as they are away from the homestay.

Kenyan cuisine offers a variety of dishes based on meat and vegetable stews. Most dishes are served with either rice or ugali, the staple food for most of sub-Saharan Africa made from maize flour. You may also have the chance to sample such delicacies as "oysters Mombasa", fish or chicken in coconut, groundnut soup or beef and potato stew and for pudding, bananas cooked in banana leaves.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Nairobi is a large cosmopolitan city, pulsating with life and energy and full of districts to explore and activities to enjoy in your spare time. For a cultural night out try a visit to the Bomas for a thrilling and illuminating view of the traditions, music and history of Kenya. Nairobi is unique in offering wildlife virtually on your doorstep at the Nairobi National Park. You may also like to try some of the adventurous sports that are available in the local area, such as hang-gliding, mountain biking, horse riding and trekking. Visit shops and market stalls to buy beautifully made arts and crafts, such as hand-painted objects and tribal style jewellery.

COSTS

2 weeks $1,395

Extra week $545

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

2 weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas end equipment 
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

 


 

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Apt (NBO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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