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A volunteer vacation is a rewarding way to make a difference in disadvantaged communities while at the same time having fun. Please join us in our Charity Work, Volunteer vacations, the ultimate ...

A volunteer vacation is a rewarding way to make a difference in disadvantaged communities while at the same time having fun. Please join us in our Charity Work, Volunteer vacations, the ultimate Ethical Wild Life Safaris, medical elective placements, corporate company breaks, Outreach mission trips, Educational Student &school trips. Together we can make a difference to Orphans and other vulnerable Children/widows/ women/People lives see our chip in widget, http://lecdenkenya.chipin.com/lecden-kenya-a-non-profit-for-the-less-fortunate-kids Regards Steve info@lecdenkenya.com http://www.lecdenkenya.com

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    • http://www.lecdenkenya.comVolunteering Projects in KenyaYou can become involved in helping to develop communities in Kenya. With such avariety of projects this program has something to suit everyone.You have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of under-privilegedchildren and adults by providing education and counseling in schools and orphanages,HIV education, and medical care. Whilst sharing your knowledge and compassionwith the local people, you will have a chance to make a personal contribution andconnection to the people of Kenya.The ProjectsVolunteers will be placed in program locations in the suburbs surrounding Nairobi,including Kiambiu slum in Buru buru phase one, Kibera SlumVolunteering in Kenya:Medical/HealthMalaria, typhoid, pneumonia, andtetanus are treatable diseases, yetmany still die in Kenya as aresult of not receiving propermedical care. Government-runhospitals and medical clinics areill-equipped to handle the volumeof people in need of care.As a medically qualifiedvolunteer you can help bysharing your medical skills and
    • working alongside local staff to provide those in need with basic medical care.Volunteers have the opportunity to work in the areas of general medical practice,maternal health, minor surgery, and laboratory work. This role is suitable for self-directed, caring people who are medically qualified.Malaria, typhoid, pneumonia, and tetanus are treatable diseases, yet many still die inKenya as a result of not receiving proper medical care. Government-run hospitals andmedical clinics are ill-equipped to handle the volume of people in need of care. As amedically qualified volunteer you can help by sharing your medical skills and workingalongside local staff to provide those in need with basic Vocational trainings forolder orphans.medical care. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in the areas of general medicalpractice, maternal health, minor surgery, and laboratory work. This role is suitable forself-directed, caring people who are medically qualified.Medical/Health ProgramVolunteers will work with local staff toassist with the daily duties. This couldinvolve patient consultations, recordingpatient history, diagnosing medicalconditions, prescribing medication,applying dressings, minor surgeries, andcounseling patients. Volunteers have theopportunity to work in the areas of generalmedical practice, maternal health, minorsurgery and laboratory work.All foreign medical staff who wish to work in Kenya must be registered with theMinistry of Health. Following this, all medical volunteers are required to supply acopy of their qualification certificate and their curriculum vitae (resume) forsubmission to the MoH. This should be received before you arrive.Although the type of work volunteers will perform is subject to the needs of theparticular hospital, volunteers can expect to be working with limited medicalresources and technology. Because of this volunteers will need to rely on being self-directed and use initiative.Note: the type of work volunteers will perform is subject to the needs of the particularproject they are placed at and their own experience and skills.Volunteer work expectationVolunteers are expected to work a minimum of 4 to 6 hours a day, 5 days a week fromMonday to Saturday. Sundays are days off. Volunteers are able to work beyond thisminimum commitment.
    • It is vital that you are flexible and willing to adapt to situations as they arise. Youcannot predict what each day may bring. We also ask that you are prepared to followany rules set by us or our partners to ensure continuity of the program. New initiativesyou may wish to set up at your project should be discussed with lecden-Kenya andyour project director supervisor before implementation to ensure that what you set upis appropriate for the project.AccommodationVolunteers in the Teaching, Medical/Health and HIV/AIDS program will beaccommodated in a homestay situation. While volunteers in the Childrens programmay be accommodated in either a homestay, volunteer dormitory, or at the ChildrensHome they are working in.Accommodation at homestays is with everyday members of the community who haveinvited international volunteers into their homes. Each host situation is different interms of the number and make-up of people living in the house, their personalcircumstances, style of accommodation, and their expectation of you as a guest in theirhome.Volunteer dormitory accommodation is where volunteers live together in a houselocated near their placement and are cared for by househelp.Accommodation at a Childrens Home is located onsite and provides the volunteerwith separate sleeping quarters from the children. Volunteers are cared for by theHomes staff.Accommodation providers have been selected to ensure volunteer well-being andcomfort, to maintain safety and security, and to give an insight into Kenyan life. Takethe opportunity to get to know those at your accommodation. You have a uniqueopportunity to learn a different way of living and culture. Make the most of it!What you can expectVolunteers can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers. Bedding,such as sheets, blankets, pillows, is provided however volunteers will need to supplytheir own mosquito nets. Mosquito nets cost less than US$10 and can be purchased inNairobi on day two of Orientation.Living is basic, but comfortable. In urban areas accommodation is modern relative torural areas. Houses will generally have electricity, running water, hot water andflushing toilets. Internet, telephone, ATMs, supermarkets, and restaurants are an easytravel distance from accommodation. Public transport is readily accessible and just ashort walk from most urban accommodation sites.In contrast, rural accommodation may not have electricity or running water. Commonto all houses are bucket baths, squat toilets and boiled hot water. Internet, bank orATMs, supermarkets, and restaurants are located in the nearest town which will
    • require public transport to get to. Public transport is available but will normallyrequire volunteers to walk a distance to get to.Both urban and rural accommodation will not have telephones. For this reason it isrecommended volunteers buy a local mobile phone to keep in contact with family andfriends at home, other volunteers and program staff. Volunteers will have anopportunity to buy a mobile phone on day two of Orientation and the cost is upwardsof US$30. Remember to keep an eye on international calling charges.MealsVolunteers will be served two meals per day: breakfast and dinner. While meals willdiffer from accommodation to accommodation, volunteers can expect the style of foodserved to be in keeping with the traditional Kenyan diet. An example of the types ofmeals served:Breakfast: bread with jam, fruit, and chai tea.Dinner: a typical dinner includes three dishes of the following: beans, rice, potatoes,meat, spinach, cabbage, mixed vegetables, or chapatti.Please note that snack food is not provided as part of the meals supplied at youraccommodation.As you can see the Kenyan diet is made up of mostly carbohydrate dishes and meatserved at most one to two times a week. For most, this will be a new way of eating andyou may like to consider supplementing your diet with vitamins and perhapspurchasing food from a local market or supermarket. If your diet differs from thefoods listed above, let your accommodation provider know so not to cause anyconfusion about your eating habits.WaterAs it is not advisable to drink tap water we recommend that you purchase bottledwater. This is widely available in Kenya and you can expect to pay about US$10 perweek. This would provide you with 2 liters of water per day. Be sure to check that theseals are not broken.Boiled water is another good option for safe drinking water. The Center for DiseaseControl and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/contentWaterTreatment.aspx)recommends boiling water as the best method for making water safe to drink. Boilingwater as recommended will kill bacterial, parasitic, and viral causes of diarrhea.Directions for boiling water: boil water vigorously for 1 minute and allow it to cool toroom temperature (do not add ice).Where to buy? What you can buy?Kenya has a large number of outlets where food is sold, ranging from small outdoormarkets to large supermarkets, and roadside eateries to world famous restaurants.Prices vary greatly. You can expect to pay what you would in your own country whenbuying food from a supermarket or eating at a restaurant, while small markets androadside eateries offer a much cheaper price option.
    • TransportYour transport from your arrival location to the volunteer accommodation, and duringOrientation is covered by the program fee. Once Orientation is complete volunteersare transferred to their program locations. Volunteers, in most cases, will beaccommodated a reasonable walking distance from their project location and will beable to walk to work each day. For those who are accommodated outside of areasonable walking distance and when public transport is available, money fortransport will be provided. Note: any transport money provided in this instance is atthe discretion of lecden-Kenya.Transport on departure from the program is not covered by the program fee.Volunteers will need to organise and pay for their own transport when leaving theprogram.Getting around KenyaKenya has about 250 airports and airstrips (of vastly varying quality) and plenty ofairlines connecting Nairobi with Mombasa, Kisumu, Nanyuki, Malindi, Lamu and thenational parks/reserves of Amboseli, Masai Mara and Samburu. Flying around Kenyaand its neighboring countries is a relatively safe way to cover a lot of ground.Traveling by train between Nairobi and Mombasa is also a popular form oftransport.Kenya has a good network of regular buses, matatus (usually minibuses), shared-taxisand private taxis which will get you where you need to go; from home to the closesttown or the neighboring country. To reduce any safety risks, only travel withrecommended bus companies and taxi drivers and never travel by matatu at night.Cycling is best done in rural areas due to the chaotic traffic on the main roads, but thedistances between towns and the poor condition of roads needs to be kept in mind.CommunicationKeeping in touch by post, telephone and email is generally easy, but sometimes notreliable.TelephoneKenyas telephone system is improving but the network is limited to main towns andoften breaks down in times of heavy usage or bad weather conditions.Volunteer accommodations do not have telephones, but phone booths are usuallylocated in the cities. Most Kenyans however, rely on mobile phones to keep in contactwith the outside world. For this reason we recommend volunteers buy a local mobilephone to keep in contact with family and friends at home, other volunteers andprogram staff. (Volunteers will have an opportunity to buy a mobile phone on day twoof Orientation and cost upwards of US$30. Remember to keep an eye on internationalcalling charges.)
    • Internet ServicesIT has picked up rapidly in Kenya. Internet cafes are available in the main towns andyou can expect to pay around US$1 for an hour of internet use. The internet is slowbut it is a much cheaper option for keeping in touch with family and friends at homethan telephone.PostThere are several post offices in Kenya scattered around the country. The post, onaverage, takes a few days to Europe and around ten days to North America, Australiaand New Zealand; times from these places to Kenya are slightly longer. It is a goodidea to keep copies of letters or photo disks just incase they get lost in the post and werecommend not sending valuables just in case they go missing also.ElectricityElectricity runs in cities and towns but not in extremely rural areas. Power cuts dooccur, so a power surge protector for sensitive equipment and a torch and or headlamp are good ideas. Kenyas electrical system is characterized by 240 volts AC, 50Hzwith a rectangular blade 3 pin plug (http://kropla.com/!g.htm).Free TimeVolunteers are free to do as they please during down time. For most, free time will beon weekends, public holidays and after volunteer duties are done for the day.You can use free time to prepare for any future work or activities you may wish toplan. Some volunteers choose to help in other programs when they have free time.You may like to meet up with other volunteers during your free time to swap ideas orsimply spend time with them. You may also like to visit local sights of interest.If you are considering traveling aroundKenya and neighboring countries werecommend you take the necessary safetyprecautions and the advice of our partnerorganisation and trusted locals. If youwould like to discover Kenya by joining asafari you may like to consult our partnerwho can put you in touch with providers ofsafari packages at competitive rates.Organizing a safari can be done while inKenya.Number of VolunteersThe Kenya program usually has between 30 and 80 volunteers per month, but thenumber of volunteers varies depending on the season. Generally you are placed withone to three other volunteers at your project.
    • Volunteering in Kenya: TeachingQuality education for both boys and girls is crucial in reducing poverty and promotinggender equality. Schools in Kenya are currently struggling with overcrowded classesand a lack of skilled teachers.As a volunteer you will help to empower girls and boys by giving them the skills theyneed to overcome poverty and to make their voice heard. We have opportunities forvolunteers to assist with teaching at preschool, primary, and secondary levels. Theremay also be opportunities to teach at the IDP camps.At primary and secondary levels, volunteer teachers can teach core subjects, such asEnglish, mathematics, science, social sciences, and can initiate extra-curricularactivities.Volunteer preschool teachers will teach basic English skills and carry out basicchildcare duties.This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. A teachingqualification is not required (except for secondary teaching) but volunteers need to beconfident in the above subjects and preferably have or be studying towards auniversity degree.Quality education for both boys and girls is crucial in reducing poverty and promotinggender equality. Schools in Kenya are currently struggling with overcrowded classesand a lack of skilled teachers. As a volunteer you will help to empower girls and boysby giving them the skills they need to overcome poverty and to make their voiceheard. We have opportunities for volunteers to assist with teaching at preschool,primary, and secondary levels. At primary and secondary levels, volunteer teacherscan teach core subjects, such as English, mathematics, science, social sciences, andcan initiate extra-curricular activities. Volunteer preschool teachers will teach basicEnglish skills and carry out basic childcare duties.This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. A teachingqualification is not required (except for secondary teaching) but volunteers need to beconfident in the above subjects and preferably have or be studying towards auniversity degree.It is the goal of Kenyan children to get an education so they have the skills toovercome poverty and advance towards a future where their voice is heard. TheKenyan education system aims to achieve the goal of quality education for all. Sincethe late 1980s the education system has been modeled on what is called 8.4.4. Thismeans 8 years of primary school, 4 years of high school and 4 years ofuniversity/higher education.This system is designed to give students recognized levels of education. It has helpedto reduce drop out rates and has given those who will not attend university/higher
    • education a legitimate qualification: the Kenya Certification of Primary Education andthe Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.Following a promise made in 1963 the Kenyan government made primary educationfree in government schools in 2003. Since then enrolment rates have skyrocketed andschools have been left unable to cope. Overcrowding is rampant and there are notenough trained teachers to fulfill all the positions needed. As a result, children are notgetting the required attention and grades are slipping. Consequently governmentschools have capped their enrolment; this has lead to the rise of community runschools (sometimes referred to as harambee schools) where teachers do not need to bequalified or skilled. Today community schools account for about 75% of primaryschools in Kenya.Strategies to achieve basic, quality education for all in Kenya are not succeeding. It isestimated that only 24 percent of Kenyas children advance to secondary school. Whileonly about 2% attend university and other higher education institutions.The Kenyan education system is plagued by a shortage of skilled teachers providingquality education. Volunteers have an opportunity to help change this by giving theirknowledge and skills to classroom teaching and sharing skills with local staff.Volunteers in the teaching program are placed in community run schools andchildrens centres and have the opportunity to teach preschool, primary and secondarylevel students. For preschool level, volunteers can teach basic reading, words andcounting, as well as colours and shapes. Other work with preschool involves childcareduties like changing baby diapers, putting children down for naptime, and feedingduties.Volunteers teaching at primary and secondary levels will be teaching core subjects,such as English, mathematics, science and social studies. Volunteers may findpressure to primarily teach English as this is seen by many as the key to success infuture employment in Kenyas booming tourism industry. Note, only qualifiedteachers are able to teach at secondary level.Another important role you have as a volunteer is to add to your placement. Thebudgets of many schools mean there is only enough to provide the basic necessities.We encourage you as a volunteer to bring that little "extra". Ideas dont need to be bigor cost any money. Often the most popular ideas for volunteers and amongst thechildren are arts n craft activities, sports games, and dance and music lessons. Dontforget to consult the supervisor at your project before introducing any new ideas.Please note, supplies/resources for any kind of activity you may want to take part inwill not be supplied by the school or centre.A general note: some schools will be very established in their work and haveorganized routines and set ways of doing things. Other schools will not. Regardless ofthe individual situation of each school they will require your help. It is important tojoin the school with an open mind and be there to help in the way it is needed.
    • Note: The type of work volunteers will perform is subject to the needs of theparticular project they are placed at and their own experience and skills.Apply for this programVolunteering in Kenya: HIV/AIDSKenya has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS epidemic with approximately 1.25 millionadults and over 100,000 children infected. The aim of the HIV/AIDS program is todecrease the spread of HIV through raising awareness and education, increasingaccess to homecare, and providing emotional support to those affected by HIV/AIDSwithin the community.Volunteers have the opportunity to work in a community HIV/AIDS organization toassist with homecare visits to HIV positive people, and educate and counselcommunity and school groups and individuals.This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. Medical trainingis not necessary for all aspects of the program, but a background in HIV/AIDS andbasic health care is required.Kenya has been hit hard by theHIV/AIDS epidemic with approximately1.25 million adults and over 100,000children infected. The aim of theHIV/AIDS program is to decrease thespread of HIV through raising awarenessand education, increasing access tohomecare, and providing emotionalsupport to those affected by HIV/AIDSwithin the community. Volunteers havethe opportunity to work in a community HIV/AIDS organization to assist withhomecare visits to HIV positive people, and educate and counsel community andschool groups and individuals. This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. Medical training is not necessary for all aspects of the program, but abackground in HIV/AIDS and basic health care is required.Prevention efforts are essential to curb the increase of HIV/AIDS. Education isconsidered to be one of the best methods to reducing the rate of AIDS spreading. Oneof the most popular educational methods is known as the "ABC" approach. Its mainmessage is: (A) Abstain from all sex. (B) Be Faithful to one or less partners. (C)Condomise. Use a condom if you have sex.However, in many countries in Africa including Kenya, sex isnt discussed openly andis often regarded as a taboo subject, making it difficult to raise awareness of HIV andAIDS. Religion is often at the centre of the communities and may be a factor as to
    • how sex education (including methods of contraception) is taught in the community.Many people have little or no access to magazines, leaflets, the Internet or familyplanning clinics, meaning the general populations knowledge of HIV/AIDS willconsist of what their family may or may not have said and hearsay from their friends.Furthermore, local witchcraft has sometimes started myths about HIV and AIDS, itsspread and cure. For example, there is a belief in some areas that if a HIV positiveman has sex with a virgin then he will be rid of the disease. Volunteers shouldsensitively address these beliefs without an air of superiority or self-righteousness,even if the ideas talked of seem impossible or incomprehensible.The aim of the HIV/AIDS program is to decrease the spread of HIV through raisingawareness and education, increasing access to homecare and providing emotionalsupport to those affected by HIV/AIDS within the community. Volunteers have theopportunity to work in a community HIV/AIDS organization to assist with homecarevisits to HIV positive people, education and counseling. Homecare visits givevolunteers the opportunity to get out amongst HIV positive members of thecommunity and give attention and care. You can help by providing encouragementand emotional support; massage therapy to help bedridden patients with their seizedup joints; help with bathing and changing clothes; basic help with cooking, feedingand cleaning; and basic medical attention.Education and counseling is crucial to preventing the spread of HIV. With educationand counseling, people are empowered to make decisions which will prevent thespread of HIV and an understanding will be created to lessen the stigma of the disease.Volunteers have an opportunity to be involved with education and counselingcommunity and school groups, and individuals.Apply for this program
    • Volunteering in Kenya: ChildrenYou have the opportunity to help children in need. Children who have lost theirparents to HIV/AIDS, children who have been abused by their parents and childrenwhose parents are not able to provide for them. These kids need love, attention, lifeskills, and education so they can have successful futures free from poverty and filledwith the same opportunities as others.As a volunteer you will be a mentor by becoming a big brother or sister to kids in achildrens home. You will work alongside local staff to help with classroom teachingand homework help, childcare, and the daily operational running of the home.Volunteers are also encouraged to initiate their own work by organizing arts andcrafts, music, dance, games, sports activities, and day trips for the children.This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person who has a lovefor children and has childcare experience.You have the opportunity to help childrenin need. Children who have lost theirparents to HIV/AIDS, children who havebeen abused by their parents and childrenwhose parents are not able to provide forthem. These kids need love, attention, lifeskills, and education so they can havesuccessful futures free from poverty andfilled with the same opportunities as others.As a volunteer you will be a mentor bybecoming a big brother or sister to kids in achildrens home. You will work alongside local staff to help with classroom teachingand homework help, childcare, and the daily operational running of the home.Volunteers are also encouraged to initiate their own work by organizing arts andcrafts, music, dance, games, sports activities, and day trips for the children. This roleis suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person who has a love for childrenand has childcare experience.Most children find shelter in Childrens Homes which are purpose built to provide ahome and education to kids in need. The Homes which the program works with arerun by both community groups and the Kenyan Government. Community run Homesare usually started by private members in the community who are motivated to dosomething about homeless or abused children in their area.Each Home will vary in terms of number of children, cleanliness, facilities provided,food and number of meals given per day, management capability, funding assistance,health issues, education provision, etc. However, you can expect school aged childrento attend school during the day so there will only be non school aged and sick childrenat the Home during school hours. Some Homes will run their own school which
    • resident children and neighborhood children attend.The Manager and local staff at some Childrens Homes will provide volunteers withsupport; giving volunteers daily duties and ideas for activities. Some Homes will alsobe very established in their work and have organized routines and set ways of doingthings. Other Homes will not provide support and will have flexible ways. Regardlessof the individual situation of each Childrens Home they will require your help. It isimportant to join the Home with an open mind and be there to help in the way theyneed it. This could mean you will be helping with mentoring and playing with thekids; teaching in a classroom or helping with homework, working in the laundry,mending clothing, cooking meals, or childcare duties, such as feeding and bathing.Note: English skills amongst the children will vary due to age and the quality ofeducation they have received. For instance, younger children will have very limitedEnglish language skills.Another important role you have as a volunteer is to add to your placement. Thebudgets of many Childrens Homes mean there is only enough to provide the basicnecessities. We encourage you as a volunteer to bring that little "extra". Ideas dontneed to be big or cost any money. Often the most popular ideas for volunteers andamongst the children are arts n craft activities, sports games, and dance, singing andmusic. Additionally, you may have a special skill or talent you can offer. One of ourpast volunteers knew how to sew and started vocational classes at her Home to teachteenage girls and boys skills they could use to get a job. The vocational classes are stillgoing on today as the volunteer passed these skills onto local staff at the Home. Dontforget to consult your supervisor at your placement before introducing any new ideas.Please note, supplies/resources for any kind of activity you may want to take part inwill not be supplied by the Childrens Home.Note: the type of work volunteers will perform is subject to the needs of the particularproject they are placed at and their own experience and skills.Apply for this program