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Volunteering & Overland Tours Africa. Advice needed please!

Travel Forums Africa and The Middle East Volunteering & Overland Tours Africa. Advice needed please!

1. Posted by AthenaC (Budding Member, 3 posts) 7 Aug '12 14:56

Hi All,

I am hoping to travel to Africa at the beginning of September. I would like to do some volunteering in Kenya for approx 3-4 weeks. Ideally something with children/orphanages/HIV awareness. I have an Honours degree in Psychology & have worked within the field for over 4 years & would really like to use these skills where possible. I am looking for organisations that offer free or cheap (I don’t mind paying a bit for accommodation & food) volunteering opportunities. Are there any organisations that anyone would recommend? I don’t mind being in a rural area & staying in home-stays or volunteer dormitories. If possible, I would like to volunteer were there are some other volunteers, as I am a female travelling alone & would like the opportunity to meet other travellers.

After volunteering I hope to do an overland tour from Kenya to Johannesburg. I've had a look at some companies & these tours seem very expensive, especially when the 'local payment' is added on. Can anyone recommend any reasonably priced tours, which are still of good quality, fun & where I can meet plenty of people?

Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!

2. Posted by homestyz (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 31 Aug '12 17:54

Hi Athenac,

If you are looking for volunteering work i have the best place to volunteer in a childrens orphanage in Kenya it caters for HIV/AIDS children, teaching , and early childcare we are more than welcomed to have you with us ..the price is reasonable at $400 for a month for upkeep to cater for meals , laundry , internet access . You will also interact with our other volunteers since the accomadation is house shared ..looking forward to hearing from you

3. Posted by SarahCollins (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 3 Sep '12 03:12

Frontier offer several volunteering trips in Kenya and they are very good at putting you in touch with other volunteers that will be travelling at the same time as you so that you don't have to be on your own! I went with them myself this year and was able to meet people at the airport and then stayed with loads of other volunteers with similar interests! Have a look here - http://frontier.ac.uk/Destinations/Volunteer-Kenya.aspx