VOLUNTEER IN AFRICA WITH HOME IN HOME
By volunteering in Africa, you will be contributing to established projects based in Africa, requiring genuine help and assistance. Volunteering in Africa is one of the most rewarding ways of making a difference in the world around you. You will be living and working alongside local people, experiencing a new culture whilst helping less fortunate children build a better future. If there are two project areas you are interested in, you can even combine two placements to create your own unique experience. The greatest things you can contribute to the Africans are your personal understanding, empathy and language skills. These important aspects are sincerely appreciated during the course of your volunteer work in Africa.
You will be assigned your own personal trip adviser who will guide you through the booking process and answer any questions you might have. They will be available to support you from the start of your application process until the end of your placement. They will send you a copy of the information booklet relating to your placement to ensure that you are well-prepared for your volunteer work in Africa. We want you to be completely happy with your booking, so your program fees are fully refundable up to 30 days before you travel. You are more than welcome to volunteer with friends or as part of a school project.
If you feel unable to volunteer or wish to make a difference without giving up extended periods of time, you are invited to donate to one of our projects instead. 80p in every £1 donated goes directly to fund our projects in the places where it is needed most.
- Most affordable fees.
- Responsible Projects with positive social impact.
- Traditional African food and culture.
- Some of the friendliest people in the world.
- One of the best safari locations in the world.
- New friendships forged with other volunteers.
- A City Tour and a trip to the IDP Camp (included in the Program Fee)
- Support from Home In Home Team and Alumni
Butter, jam, eggs and chai, a type of African tea, although this varies day by day. Kenyan food often has an Indian influence, and dinner consists of rice, beans, mixed vegetables, chapatis, ugali and stewed meat. You are encouraged to try out the local vendors and stalls near your placement for lunch; they provide food very cheaply and you will be promoting Home In Homes support for the community, as well as having the opportunity to sample local cooking. However, your host mum will provide you with a packed lunch if you prefer, just ask on the day. It is recommended that you drink only bottled water during your stay, which is available in most shops- it's cheaper if you buy in bulk. If you have any special dietary requirements, do let us know and your host family will be informed.
Accommodation or in a 'volunteer-house.' Both will provide beds, a mattress, and pillows and sometimes a mosquito net, but you should bring your own sleeping bag. In line with the Christian values in most Africa households, your host family may expect you to sleep in single sex rooms. Volunteer houses vary, but you can make a request for a single-sex room. All of our home-stays in Africa have electricity but very few have running water, instead using drainage pipes and water tanks stored inside the house. All our host families are exactly that; families, so there may be some house rules that you will be given when you arrive. Within a day of arriving in your home-stay you will receive the Home In Home Volunteers orientation. This is explained in much more detail in the information pack, but the general idea of this is to make sure that you are as prepared as is possible for your stay in Africa. It explains things like culture, customs, language and how to stay safe on a day to day basis. This also gives you a chance to meet other volunteers who you might not be staying with.
The first of these is the IDP outreach trip. IDP stands for "internally displaced person" and these camps are a hangover from the 2007 election violence where thousands of people were made homeless. Unfortunately, since then for whatever reason these people have not been able to return to their communities and still live in tented camps spread out across the central African Rift Valley. The conditions in these camps are not good and unfortunately since the UN withdrew in 2009, Home In Home Volunteers are one of the only full time aid organization operating in these areas. We run a food outreach trip every two weeks where we travel to the camp to distribute food and general supplies and a medical trip around every month, where medical supplies are distributed with the help of local doctors. As part of your volunteering fees you will take part in one of these trips if you want to that is. Most volunteers describe it as their most striking memory from their stay in Africa but also as the point at which they felt most useful. Home In Home Volunteers is committed to continuing these outreach trips but is also investing in longer term solutions to the problem, which include the building of a school and a medical clinic, due for completion this year. The second trip is the city tour. On one of your free weekend days in Africa you are entitled to a free tour around the city of Nairobi with other volunteers. As part of this trip you will visit the monkey park, animal orphanage, Crocodile Park, elephant sanctuary and some beautiful city parks. There is a nice lunch provided by your host family, but as this is taken in the monkey park, you will have to guard it with your life! You don't need to worry about organizing either of these trips as one of members of staff will be in contact about them once you have settled in.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided for you with your host family. Breakfast will probably be Bread, butter, and jam, eggs and chai, a type of African tea, although this varies day by day. African Food often has an Indian influence, and dinner consists of rice, beans, mixed vegetables, Chapatis, ugali and stewed meat. You are encouraged to try out the local vendors and stalls near
Your placement for lunch; they provide food very cheaply and you will be promoting Home in Home Support for the community, as well as having the opportunity to sample local cooking. However, Your host mum will provide you with a packed lunch if you prefer, just ask on the day. It is Recommended that you drink only bottled water during your stay, which is available in most Shops- it's cheaper if you buy in bulk. If you have any special dietary requirements, do let us Know and your host family will be informed.
After you have submitted your application you will be assigned your own personal trip advisor.
First you need to choose a country that you want to volunteer in. At the moment we offer
Placements in Kenya, Maasai-land and Tanzania but we have plans to expand
Into other destinations such as India in the next six to nine months.
Once you have chosen where you would like to go, you need to decide on what project you would
like to volunteer. We have a choice of seven different programs that include; teaching, orphanage
work, medical, farm care and animal care, sports coaching, music teaching and wildlife conservation.
After you choose one of these you will be taken to a page where you can view all the information to
do with that program. This includes things like; food, accommodation, day to day life and other trips
that you can take.
After this you can follow the link to the costs rundown section. Here you can view how much your
program will cost as well as everything that is included in your package and everything that you
will need to get on top of this.
You are now ready to submit your application! There are links all over the site for you to do this and
they all go to the same form. You will need to fill in some basic details about yourself as well about
the program you wish to participate in, so that we can get back to you with the relevant
After you have submitted your application you will be assigned your own personal trip advisor. Your
trip adviser should contact you within 48 hours after submitting you application. Your trip adviser will
be responsible for your entire booking, including: answering any questions you have, helping you to
source flights and giving you important safety information.
After deciding your program choice your trip adviser will also send you one of our ‘Home In Home
Adventures’ guides for the country you will be volunteering in. This includes some extra trips you can
take on top of your volunteering; these vary from safaris, weekends at beach resorts to a hike up
Kilimanjaro! If you decide to book one of these trips your trip adviser will add the cost to your
After you are completely happy with everything, your trip advisor will talk you through how to pay
your program fees, and any extra trips. We use Visa to secure all our payments so
you don't need to worry about security.
Shortly before your departure we will be in contact to give you some information about airport pick
ups and safety procedures, from there you are all set for your African adventure!