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Kenya Hospital & Beaches

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Kenya Hospital & Beaches

Further your medical experience by working alongside doctors, nurses, and lab staff as they provide 24-hour care to the Kenyan community in this beautiful region of Africa.

Prices from $1,045

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.

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  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Work in a vibrant local hospital


  • Minimum age of 17 years
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Up to date CV


Location Kenya, Malindi
Activities Activities depend on experience & specialisation
Outreach work
  Routine hospital duties
  Basic medical procedures

HIV Programme

Shadowing doctors

Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Homestay


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
Airport pick-up 
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


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.


You will be working in a vibrant and exciting local clinic with friendly doctors, nurses and laboratory and other staff. Your exact duties will depend on your previous experience, qualifications and medical background and also on whether you express any specific interest in being involved in any particular aspects of the work. It is important to remain open-minded and flexible, and also willing to be proactive in the search for work duties. With the right attitude and approach to the project, you are sure to enjoy a fantastic experience and take away unique memories.

The centre is well equipped with a number of departments, such as paediatrics, maternity, HIV and AIDS and a Comprehensive Care Centre. It deals with many types of medical procedures and conditions, both routine and emergency, so that for those of you with more experience, you could find yourself helping with circumcisions, caesareans, biopsies or vasectomies. Alternatively, you could be helping out-patients, assisting in the delivery of a baby or working in pharmacy or lab. So you should be comfortable with the sight of blood and be prepared to deal calmly with distressing situations.

The placement will enable you to observe in detail medical practices and give you the opportunity to take part in the day-to-day running of a Kenyan clinic. Those with determination, enthusiasm and aptitude may be able to assist the doctors, nurses and lab staff in their duties and gain hands on experience of administering care to the Kenyan people.

Depending on your interests and experience, you could get involved with many different aspects of medicine,such as urology, obstetrics and gynaecology, gastrology, paediatrics, eye testing, anti-natal clinics and pharmacy. You may also be able to help implement national health screening/immunisation programmes, support family planning objectives and provide health education to the local community by taking part in the monthly medical camp or medical outreach work in the community itself. You could be dealing with anything from common complaints like headaches and toothache to more serious ailments, such as malaria and typhoid. You may have the opportunity to assist the doctors in taking vital measurements, such as blood pressure and temperature, as well as helping to dispense medication and assisting with nursing duties.

The most common complaints are tropical diseases, although many patients have the secondary complication of HIV/AIDS, which has a prevalence rate of up to 20% within the area. It is important that volunteers on this programme are caring and very flexible, as the hospital needs are variable. However, those who are prepared to embrace this challenge will learn a great deal about the delivery of medical services to the local communities in Mombasa whilst also enjoying a rewarding and enriching experience.


You will be picked up from Nairobi airport by a friendly local staff member. You will usually spend a night in the Kenyan capital to recover from your international flight before taking the comfortable coach ride to the coast and Mombasa.  If you prefer you can fly directly to Mombasa and we will arrange airport pick up for you accordingly.

In Mombasa the local staff will meet you and introduce you to your host 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 and laid back community.


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 will soon find yourself immersed in home and community life.


You will eat with your host and 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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It is often said that a visit to Kenya without a stop at Mombasa is no visit to Kenya. The city is awash with activities ranging from swimming and snorkelling to basking on the brilliant white beaches. Mombasa is surrounded by a number of wildlife parks, including Tsavo National Park just three hours away and the Shimba hills game reserve, where just a couple of kilometres away some of the biggest elephants in the world can be found. Mombasa has a good selection of bars, cafés and clubs for you to enjoy on your free evenings.

There is a diverse and beautiful array of wildlife and breathtaking scenery to marvel at. The lagoons of the southern coast provide an ideal location for snorkelling or you can try bird watching or, for the seriously adventurous, crocodile spotting whilst canoeing in the mangrove swamps.


2 weeks $1,045

Extra week $345


Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.


From 2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

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


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


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


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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


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