ICYE Kenya is a registered NGO established in 1989. It is composed of returnees, volunteers and a two-staff team working at the national office, located in Nairobi.
The volunteers live with host families or there are live-in situations in work placements in Nairobi and other parts of Kenya.
Voluntary service projects include assisting teachers in schools, working with disabled people, with street children, in the health service, on farms and on orphanages and on tree nurseries. Participants with professional skills like psychology, carpentry, typing, nursing, agriculture or languages, legal background and any other, might have access to other types of work placements.
Kenya is a melting pot of cultures, landscapes and wildlife and has been described as “the cradle of humanity” – in the Great Rift Valley palaeontologists have discovered some of the earliest evidence of man’s ancestors. It borders Ethiopia (north), Somalia (northeast), Tanzania (south), Uganda plus Lake Victoria (west), and Sudan (northwest).
The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and the second among the highest mountain peaks of Africa. Kenya’s population of nearly 38 million is diverse and includes over 40 different ethnic groups, with small pockets of European and Asian minorities. Kenya’s ethnic diversity has produced a vibrant culture but is also a source of conflict.
Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo Kenyatta led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978. Kenya’s services sector, which contributes about 63 percent of GDP, is dominated by tourism, which is now Kenya’s largest foreign exchange earning sector, followed by flowers, tea, and coffee. HIV/AIDS continues to pose a long term risk to the economy, and corruption and wealth distribution remain the biggest challenges.
Since independence, Kenya has maintained remarkable stability despite changes in its political system and crises in neighbouring countries. Due to this, the country has recently had a great influx of refugees from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Rwanda. Particularly since the re-emergence of multiparty democracy, Kenyans have enjoyed an increased degree of freedom.
In Kenya you can volunteer in the areas of Education, Youth Work, Community Development, Health Care & HIV/AIDS awareness , Women’s Empowerment.
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