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Kenya Local Health Clinics

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Kenya Local Health Clinics

Work in a busy health clinic alongside local staff to provide health care to surrounding communities. This is a great opportunity to gain hands on experience in this fascinating country.

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.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Work in a busy local health centre

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

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

FAST FACTS

Location Kenya, Mombasa
Activities Routine and emergency procedures
Activities depend on experience and & specialisation
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 WILL I BE DOING?

This is a fantastic small rural hospital about 1.5 hours from Mombasa.The surroundings are beautiful and the local people exceptionally friendly. Volunteers' activities will depend on their qualifications and experience, but there is something for all healthcare devotees on this hands-on medical project.

You may find yourself working in one of a number of departments within the hospital. These include the HIV clinic, which involves both in hospital work and running outreach clinics  in the local communities, support groups, paediatrics, inpatients, outpatients' clinic, laboratory, pharmacy and theatre. More experienced medical practitioners and students will be able to help with blood tests, malaria tests, vaccines and other activities and there is certainly a lot of scope for learning. Even pre-med volunteers can gain fantastic experience looking after patients, helping in the pharmacy and lab and observing various procedures. All volunteers can also take part in the inspiring community outreach programme and support groups.

Volunteers taking part on this project are able to make a huge difference to the morale of both staff working in this rural community and patients. By bringing their enthusiasm and energy, volunteers are able to motivate those around them while learning an incredible amount. One surgeon said "Volunteers are a blessing and it lifts our spirits and enthusiasm to have them here working with us".

Volunteers are asked to remain flexible and use their initiative in order to get the most out of this placement. You may be dealing with anything from common complaints like headaches and toothache to more serious ailments, such as malaria and typhoid. You may be assisting the doctors in taking vital measurements such as blood pressure and temperature as well as dispensing medication and assisting with nursing duties. The most common complaints are tropical diseases, but many patients also have the secondary complication of HIV/AIDS, which has a prevalence rate of up to 40% within the area. Part of your work will be to educate the local community, reduce the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and provide support to those afflicted. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from Nairobi airport by a friendly local staff member and transported to your accommodation for your orientation period. Once you have had time to rest, the local staff will introduce you to your project. 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. 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 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.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

THE PROJECT HAS HELPED ME DECIDE WHAT I WANT TO DO  | 13 Aug 2018
I spent most of my time in the Maternity ward of St. Luke's Missionary Hospital and undertook...

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My experience was amazing and I cannot wait to return to Kenya!  | 25 Jul 2018
I was lucky enough to be placed on the 'Kenyan Local Health Clinics' medical placement pr...

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An unforgettable experience!  | 11 Jul 2018
I spent 2 weeks volunteering on the Kenya Local Health Clinics project. I worked in the ante nata...

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The Kenya memories will stay with me forever  | 4 Jul 2018
The three weeks I spent volunteering in Kenya will stay with me forever. When I arrived in Kenya ...

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IT HAS OPENED MY EYES  | 17 Jun 2018
I chose this project because I want to go into a medical profession so this was great experience ...

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I learnt a lot and really felt like I was helping the local people  | 3 Jun 2018
I was going to study to be a nurse so I thought this would be a great project to do and I did not...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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.

COSTS

2 weeks $1,045

Extra week $345

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
  • Advise 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.

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