Volunteer Service Program

Word from RHD Chief Executive Officer

At RHD, we’re committed to being people who really do our best to live on purpose! We’re passionate about serving the poor and the less privileged people living in rural and urban slum communities in Kenya. It is our strong belief that each and every person has been created by God with unique talents and abilities inside of us - just waiting to be unleashed. Here’s the thing: something pretty incredible happens when we get intentional about serving through volunteering. Through voluntary service, we can multiply our talents and abilities for even greater potential than we can even imagine. Making a difference in somebody’s life for eternity is our main obligation. So, are you ready to make a difference and jump in? We can’t wait to welcome you to our dynamic volunteer team! Adults, Teens, Groups (minimum 4 – volunteers): Corporate volunteer groups, mission teams, and even individual volunteers are highly welcomed.

We are one of the best organizations in Kenya that offer a valuable opportunity to its volunteers to experience first-hand cultural exchange with the local communities as well as other international volunteers. This is the best opportunity for volunteers to learn the local language, how to prepare local food, way of dressing, and meet new people. This will assist the volunteer to improve interpersonal skills and embrace other cultures. Therefore, we are looking for both local, and international volunteers and students to volunteer and help rural communities in Kenya through our initiatives.

Our operation is mostly in rural marginalized communities and peri-urban areas in the western part of Kenya. These communities are underdeveloped due to the high rate of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and disease burden. Due to these challenges faced by the local people, RHD adopted a community participatory approach in engaging the locals to participate and develop local programs to address the above challenges.

There is always Free Accommodation-Host Family: Volunteer(s) will be accommodated in home stays with local families with quality accommodation, who have been approved. It is exciting to stay with a host family, providing you with a unique opportunity to learn about the Kenyan way of life, meet local people, try local food, speak the local language and engage in local customs and traditions.

Living is comfortable even though some home stays in remote rural homes that have no electricity, running water, and western bathrooms. However, RHD will ensure that volunteers are only attached to rural homes with electricity, running water, good rooms for volunteer personal stay.

A volunteer will not share a bedroom with anyone except in cases where the volunteer has joined in as couple. Living rooms are usually shared. Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn how to prepare local meals, local languages and local culture hence also they will have an opportunity to show the host family their culture. The host family will assist in carrying out laundry services which will only be done once per week.

In case the volunteer wants to stay with a host family, he/she must agree to assist the host family – partially in purchasing meals/ food and other basic needs preferably per week/ month/ volunteer as part of volunteer contribution to the host family.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance so we can make arrangements for you. Volunteer can either choose to stay in a Hotel and personally pay for accommodation and food charges (best for group volunteers). In this, RHD will help the volunteers in getting local hotels with good security, hospitality and reasonable prices for any interested volunteer.

Over the weekend volunteers have time to visit local excellent tourism attractions such as lakes, game parks, museum, cultural sites, entertainment spots, mountains, beach or going for a safari in the country (e.g. Massai Mara National Park, Hells Gate, Amboseli National Park, Kit Mikai, Lake Naivasha, Serengeti National Park e.t.c,.) by the assistance of experienced field officer and a tour company which offers excellent and affordable tourism services and above all an experience of working with children from a less privileged community.

Our volunteer opportunities are open for interested volunteers all year round. Kindly contact the organization for reservation and adequate planning to ensure your stay is resourceful & enjoyable.

We’ve split the activities on offer into five (5) thematic areas:

Volunteers/group will be placed in one of RHD’s partner children’s homes caring for children aged between one and eighteen years. Some of your duties will likely reflect those of teaching volunteer, helping with classes at the children’s home. In addition, you will be expected to engage in a wide range of other activities, depending on the specific needs of your placement.

This will include plenty of practical work helping with the everyday running of the orphanage, such as cleaning, laundry, cooking and dishwashing; as well as helping with the development of the orphanage’s facilities (i.e. painting rooms, gardening).

Some of the most valuable work you will do is like spending time with the orphans: playing with them, helping with homework, and getting to know them. As a volunteer, you can help to provide more individual care and attention for each child. As well as spending time with the children on an informal basis, we encourage the team/group to organize games and evening activities.

Forming friendships and helping to foster a sense of family and community is hugely important – some of the children will have lacked these all their lives. However, this can be difficult if you are volunteering for weeks rather than months. Remember that you will be passing through these children’s lives and ensure you work with placement staff to be a positive presence. Look to longer-term volunteers for guidance.

If you have childcare experience or training, please share your experience with other volunteers and guide them in their work. Share your knowledge with placement staff as well – that way, your impact can live on even after you return home.

Orphanage placements are hard work, helping with chores and entertaining and caring for large groups of children – so plenty of enthusiasm and a lot of energy are a must!

Top tips;

Consider planning a project for your kids to do. For example, a previous volunteer group brought disposable cameras for all of the children and used their time in Kenya to help them create a photo collage of their lives. Think about the skills and experience you have to offer, and brainstorm about the kind of projects you could organize. You can always ask your trip adviser/RHD for help and advice.

Remember to make sure your project is feasible within the timescale of your program, and that you bring any special equipment or materials you will need.

Please note that teaching placements will not be available during school holidays in April, August and December.  As you can  take  some time  to settle in,  take on  board  the cultural differences and learn about teaching styles and the structure of classes, we recommend teaching placements of at least 4 weeks long for teaching groups. Shorter placements are possible but 4 weeks is the minimum to really start fulfilling your role as a teaching volunteer.

Teaching  volunteers/group  will  most  likely  be  placed  in  a  Kenyan  Primary  School  and Secondary School. Pupils/ students will normally be between the ages of six and fourteen in Primary school, and fourteen and nineteen, and the content of the syllabus will reflect this. RHD is also constructing a child friendly care/ school that will soon start welcoming volunteers.

Volunteer teachers can teach English, mathematics, science, geography, social sciences, history, physical education, art and music. Please note that Kenyan school holidays are in April, August and end of November – Dec. No school teaching will be available during this period. During this period volunteers will be placed in orphanage and youth programs.

After being introduced to your placement school and the staff, we recommend you spend the first few days observing in your class. This will allow you to gain a better understanding of the current class structure and teaching style. It will also give you a chance to get to know your pupils/students, helping you to identify those who might need more assistance or who are more advanced. You  will  then  have  opportunity to  work  with  the  teacher  on  planning age  and curriculum appropriate lesson plans that you can teach together.

You can make the most prominent and sustainable impact in the classroom by working alongside the teacher to create lessons which are engaging, interesting and fun. It will be up to you and them to decide how you will approach your classes. Expect a lack of structure and a very repetitive teaching style – come along with games, ideas and plans to teach the teacher, so that learning can be fun.

While there are major advantages to working alongside a local teacher, you may be called upon to take classes on your own or with other volunteers, so please be prepared to be flexible.

Activities will involve the following:

  • Teach community members   especially   youth   and   women   about   specific development skills.
  • Work with locals to preserve and document their traditions (Intercultural Exchange).
  • Help in renovating or constructing a new school, health or other building projects belonging to the community.
  • Support women groups.
  • Assist in educating community members to cultivate organic gardens and farms (Agri-business).
  • Help the local youth and women in soft skill trainings (business, micro-finance, and Agriculture).
  • Join local teams in providing public education about sustainable farming and environmental protection.
  • Strength local marketing strategies.
  • Assist with community clean-ups and advocacy program.
  • Environmental health and safety trainings.
  • Environmental policy advocacy and campaigns.
  • Invasive plant removal (water Hyacinth)
  • Plant trees, create nature trails among others

This program gives you the opportunity to use your vocational skills to change the lives of rural communities who otherwise don’t have access to sufficient healthcare services. There are medical placements for individual volunteers or groups available at local hospitals and community clinics and underserved rural and urban slums where RHD operates.The assigned duties vary according to the education, experience skills and qualifications of each volunteer. The volunteer will be free to help in the following areas;

  • Help in health camps/ outreach programs
  • Provide counseling to patients
  • Participate in public awareness campaigns
  • Assist healthcare workers in providing services in maternity care (that include weighing babies!), opportunistic infection (HIV and TB) management, immunization of children, measure blood pressure, temperature, height and weight, outpatient consultations and pharmacy tasks in local clinics.
  • Help local staff with non-medical tasks, such as archiving, filing, maintenance and welcoming patients.
  • Join healthcare workers on home visits, where you’ll get to learn more about the local community’s way of life.
  • Participate in  education  drives  on  a  range  of  subjects,  from  nutrition  to immunization.
  • Learn about healthcare services in Kenya.
  • Involve a   search/rescue   or   reassuring   those   who   have   undergone   a stressful/traumatic experience.

We encourage volunteer mission/ Team/group of between 10-15 or 15-30 or less than 10 but more than 5. In this way, we as a team can conduct a Community Healthcare Outreach activity for treating patients with wounds, jiggers (parasitic fleas that embed into the feet), and other non-communicable diseases, and awareness campaign offering help and advice on everything from family planning to nutrition.

Program Objectives

  • To improve healthcare services to the rural communities.
  • To offer health care education to the underprivileged communities.
  • To offer support to the understaffed rural healthcare centers.
  • To improve the health delivery services of the community healthcare providers
  • To offer volunteers an opportunity to discover practical and innovative healthcare practice and first aid application with little or no resources at the health care centers.
  • To create a link between the volunteer and the local rural communities for future health assistance
  • To promote cross cultural understanding

Who can be included in medical outreach volunteer mission- Kenya Trip?

The team should be composed of medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical and science students, pre-med students and other non-medical professionals.

Members of the medical teams and support staff are expected to provide modern treatment to thousands of needy children and adults on missions. Each volunteer is responsible to work as a team, in gathering all the equipment, machines, supplies, and medications necessary to make their mission a success.

How Medical Outreach Volunteers Mission trip can support the Program:

  • Donation of medicines and medical supplies
  • Provide high quality, compassionate medical care services to the poor by conducting a Medical Outreach camp
  • Help in construction of health related facilities
  • Assist/help improve health care services through technical capacity
  • Fund mobilization for health related projects in rural Kenya in collaboration with Resource Hub for Development (RHD)

We also encourage other non-medical volunteer mission trips to volunteer and support in school construction, orphanage trip, environmental activity, program advocacy, sports event.

(Safari/Tour after Volunteer Mission)

Three (3) Days Majesty Maasai Mara National Park after volunteering

Day One:
0800 hrs.   Depart from work or staying station for a journey along the edge of Rift Valley. Lunch in Narok or Kilgoris. Arrive in time for the early evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day Two:
Breakfast and depart for full-day game drive. Famous Massai Mara is renowned for its great herds of Plain games; Black manned Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Rhino and Buffaloes. It also has numerous elephants and virtually every type of wildlife to be found in Kenya.
All meals and overnight at campsite.

Day Three:
Pre-breakfast game drive, back to the camp for late breakfast. Leave Maasai Mara for lunch en route and arrive in Nairobi for a flight back home or to RHD-Kisumu.

Seven (7) Days Safari to Maasai Mara, Nakuru, Naivasha, and Amboseli National Park after volunteering

Day One:
0800 hrs. – Breakfast then leave place of work (attachment) for Massai Mara. Picnic lunch en-route and on arrival proceed to the camp. After a short rest proceed for a game drive in search of Zebra, Giraffe, and Black manned Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Rhino, Buffaloes and other plains game. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day Two:
Full day game drive with picnic lunch along the Mara River (depends with the month, the lucky ones can see the great migration).

Day Three:
Pre-breakfast game drive and return to the camp for late breakfast then depart to Lake Nakuru National Park. No game drives in Nakuru today.

Day Four:
After breakfast then morning game drive. Lunch in Lake Naivasha then proceed to Hells Gate National Park for Ridding and Hiking.

Day Five:
Breakfast then departs to Amboseli National Park. Arrive on time for lunch and afternoon game drive. If the weather permits, you can see the tallest mountain in Africa (Mt. Kilimanjaro).

Day Six:
Full day in Amboseli National Park with morning and Afternoon game drives.

Day Seven:
Breakfast and proceed to Nairobi for flight back home or to RHD-Kisumu Office.

Interested groups and individuals should Download the Volunteer form and send it back at volunteerwork@kenyandev.org

Bill of Rights for Volunteers/Interns

  1. The Right to be treated as a Co-Worker-  not just “free help;” not as a “prima donn”
  2. The Right to a Suitable Assignment- with consideration for personal preference, life experience, education, and employment backgroun
  3. The Right to know much about the organization as possible- its policies, people, and progra
  4. The Right to Training for the Job- thoughtfully planned and effectively pres
  5. The Right to Continuing Education on the Job-  as a follow-up  to  initial  training;  information  about new  developments; training for greater responsibility.
  6. The Right to Sound Guidance and Direction- by someone who is experienced, well-informed, patient, and thoughtful and who has time to invest in giving guidan
  7. The Right to a Place to Work– an orderly, designed environment, conducive to work, and worthy of the job to be
  8. The Right to Mobility and a Variety of Experiences- through advancement to assignment or more responsibility; through transfer from one activity to another; through special project assignments.
  9. The Right to be Heard- to have a part in planning; to feel free to make suggestions; to have respect shown for an honest opinion.
  10. The Right to Recognition- in the form of promotion and award (or some tangible evidence); through day-to-day expressions of appreciation; and by treatment as a bona fide co-worker.

About RHD

RESOURCE HUB FOR DEVELOPMENT (RHD) is a registered national, non-governmental, non-profit, non religious, non-political, humanitarian and development Organization.

Contact Us

Resource Hub for Development Makogilo road, off Kisumu Northern bypass Box 1425 – 40100 Kisumu, Kenya


Something pretty incredible happens when we get intentional about serving through volunteering. Through voluntary service, we can multiply our talents and abilities for even greater potential than we can even imagine.

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