Volunteer Kenya

Do you want to make a difference?

Students and staff from all of The Cornwall College Group’s campuses join our volunteer programme every year with the opportunity to go to Kenya.

To apply now, just click here.

More about the programme:

The Cornwall College Group volunteer programme was established in 2009 by Lauren and Ross Sundercombe to help provide better education facilities and resources to some of Kenya’s most disadvantaged children and deprived communities. With the help of individuals and businesses, hard work and dedicated support, we aim to develop the relationship between the College here in Cornwall and the town of Rongai, Kenya.

Every year students and staff visit Rongai in Kenya to undertake volunteer work which helps the Rongai community in enterprise, education, childcare, health and sporting activities.

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for enthusiastic people who want a new challenge and love getting involved. Being creative, innovative and hands on would be beneficial because some of the tasks that may seem simple in Cornwall can be very different in Kenya. It may be that when you return home from a day’s work you will have no electricity. You may end up working with a group of workers who speak little English or it may be that you have to share a room with five people you have never met before. However after two weeks in Kenya, those five people may end up being your close friends.

Whilst in Kenya volunteers will be asked to focus on specific areas, these are:
• Further development of the nursery; working with nursery children and staff
• Working with schools on health, sport , enterprise and teacher training
• New opportunities will arise in land-based agriculture, horticulture and construction

What volunteers will get out of it:

This fantastic opportunity offers individuals more than just a volunteer experience. Volunteers will not only get to work in one of Africa’s most beautiful countries, they will also get the chance to go and sightsee and explore some of Kenya’s colourful culture, wildlife and also have a taste of the tribal history. Alongside this, the programme
will help volunteers develop new or enhance existing skills to further their career development. The volunteer programme includes:
• Three day trip to Lake Baringo including a boat excursion where you will observe hippos, crocodiles, fish eagles and many other types of wildlife
• Three day trip to Masai Mara safari where you will explore a variety of landscapes and witness a variety of wildlife in their natural habitats
• Personal and professional growth
• Skills gained during volunteering will be recognised through an award
• Gain a rich understanding and awareness of culture and diversity
• An opportunity to take a gap year and use the safe volunteer block facilities

What will it cost?
The cost of the trip will be approximately £2,000. This includes:
• Return flight to Nairobi (Kenya’s capital city)
• Transfers to and from the UK airport
• Transfers to and from the Nairobi airport
• Food and accommodation for two weeks
• Trip to Lake Baringo – 2 nights and 3 days, full board accommodation (including boat trip)
• Trip to Masai Mara safari – 2 nights and 3 days, full board accommodation (including safari)
• Meal in Nairobi on the last evening (Flight time permitting)

The total amount can be paid in instalments. Once your place is confirmed it is required you pay a £400 deposit and you can choose to pay in instalments.

There are also further compulsory costs, which you will need to organise and pay for:
• Yellow fever injection approximately £60
• Visa – £30
• Malaria tablets – range between £15 to £75, depending on what your travel nurse
suggests or what you decide.
• Insurance – cost will depend on individual insurance companies

More information on these extras will be provided on the introductory night (date to be confirmed).

There will also be an opportunity to purchase Kenya volunteer hoodies and t-shirts. Personal spending money will be at your discretion, but we would suggest around £100 to £200 maximum.