I have a special place in my heart for volunteer tourism in Kenya, as I’ve traveled there twice to do work at a school and home in Nairobi called Cheryl’s Children’s Home. The school is located about 2 kilometers from a section of Nairobi called Kibera. Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi and is the largest urban slum in all of Africa. Estimates of the population vary widely, but most experts place the population at or slightly above 1,000,000 residents. Most of these residents live on less than $1 US (100 Ksh) per day. Unemployment rates are in the high double digits, and many residents suffer from – or have fallen victim to – the HIV/AIDS crisis sweeping parts of Africa.
I hope this overview of voluntourism in general, and volunteer tourism in Kenya in particular, has provided you with some food for thought. Whether you travel to Kenya or not, you should definitely consider a voluntourism experience for your next trip!
Volunteering is definitely a great way to help the global community as well as to learn more about the plights of others to inculcate values such as empathy and helpfulness in one’s children. Love seeing how these opportunities have been set up in developing countries, even though much has been said about some fake charities emerging to prey on volunteers’ kindness.
I was definitely a voluntourist in Nepal, which was a bit annoying and made me think a lot about colonialism. I did a project in Tanzania though, which was a collective project with young people from the cities of TZ. That way it felt less invasive and we were helping entrepreneurs in a rural village
Yeah, Amber – I agree that it has to be done in the right way, or it’s counterproductive. Thanks for sharing your story!
I would love to do voluntaring in different countries I even thought about considering it but I had no guidance on how to apply for it. I am so proud of you. Loved watching you spreading smiles globally 🙂
Wow, thank you for the kind words!
I really liked your post. This is so much kind gestures that truly world needs now. Spreading happiness on someone’s face is such a God thing. Good work. Keep doing great things. Yes, you truly said that if we want to have real experience of different culture then we need to sacrifice our luxuries first. Well done.
Anyone interested to contacts us so that we can actualize his or her dream to make this world a better place. Kenwild is ready to walk with you in this path.
Thanks so much for sharing this! As someone who helps promote voluntourism and conservation travel, this really spoke to me! I had never heard of Kenwild, and will 100% look more into them! #weekendwanderlust
Wonderful! I’ve wanted to do volunteerism but just haven’t looked into it. Helpful info
Giving while traveling is an amazing experience. As you mentioned it makes for an authentic experience. Thanks for sharing this!