Volunteer Information

We value our volunteers and appreciate the contribution they make. Without them we would be unable to achieve much of what we do.
Our volunteers come to us from many different backgrounds, young and older, skilled and non-skilled, male and female, everyone has had something unique to offer.

So if you have a passion for children, and a sense of adventure, please don’t hesitate to email me for more information on volunteering with us.

Perhaps you would just like to come for a day visit?

We often have people request to visit. We welcome visitors, as we have seen on so many occasions, people’s hearts open as they meet our children and see how much our supporters have helped our community in Kenya. Please give us as much notice as possible before you schedule a visit so we can set aside time to show you around.

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If you are interested in volunteering please read all of the following information carefully. It should answer most of your questions. Should you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at Mission in Action

Please note that your dates will only be confirmed AFTER you have read and agreed to our terms and conditions, filled in the application form and filed all necessary documents and paid deposit.

You must be 18 years old to volunteer with us unless accompanied by a guardian.

We have a max stay of 2 months for all volunteers (unless stated otherwise)

Travel Agent:

Ruth Mintern from Macedon Ranges Travel Service is a recent volunteer to MIA and a current sponsor. She is very familiar with our project and can help you organise the best and cheapest flights, stop over accommodation, and advise on weather in Kenya etc.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Ruth as she will be more than happy to assist with planning your experience. And the fact she has been here, she will be able to give you a great idea of what to expect and the best way to prepare.

Ruth’s details are:.

MACEDON RANGE TRAVEL SERVICE

Shop 13/130 High Street,
Woodend. VIC. 3442
PH: + 61 3 5427 4777

Email: ruth@mrts.com.au

WEBSITE

Visa

You will need a Kenyan visitors visa before you arrive in Kenya.
You have 2 options on how you can get this visa.
1. You can buy this at the airport when you arrive in Nairobi (this is the airport you would need to fly into) for $50 American Dollars.
2. Or you can organise the visa before you leave by contacting the Kenyan Embassy. You can also have your travel agent arrange this for you at a fee.

The benefit of having your visa before you arrive is no waiting in line to get one which can sometimes take up to 1 hour!
Once you arrive in Kenya you will need to advise what the reason is for your visit. DO NOT make note that you are working but just advise that you are on holiday ‘visiting’ as you require a work visa if you are working…
The address of our home for you to note down when you are applying for the visa is: Mission in Action, Kokoto Njoro, Nakuru.

Flight

The airport you need to fly into is ‘JOMO Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi’ – NBO

We can suggest the below travel agent to help you with flights if you are in Australia.

Ruth Mintern from MACEDON RANGE TRAVEL SERVICE
Shop 13/130 High Street,
Woodend. VIC. 3442

PH: + 61 3 5427 4777
Email: ruth@mrts.com.au

Please avoid arriving into Nairobi on a Friday or Saturday as it is absolute CHAOS on those days and arranging a pick up will be close to impossible..

Extra Baggage

Sometimes volunteers can get permission to take extra luggage by contacting the airline that you have booked with. All you have to do is phone the airline and say that you are going to the Orphanage to do volunteer work and that you need extra luggage to donate children’s clothing, etc and then get written permission from them. (not all airlines co-operate)
Make sure you keep it with your passport and airline ticket so you have proof of permission.
Please check out the wish list to see what we are most in need of at the moment

Immunizations

immunization is entirely up to the individual, if they prefer to have them then that is fine. Most doctors will recommend Malaria, Yellow Fever and a few other things but you would be best to contact your GP or Travel Agent regarding this.

Vaccinations:
Hepatitis A – Recommended for all travelers
Typhoid – Recommended for all travelers
Yellow fever – Recommended for all travelers greater than nine months of age
Polio – One-time booster recommended for any adult traveler who completed the childhood series but never had polio vaccine as an adult
Hepatitis B – For travelers who may have intimate contact with local residents, especially if visiting for more than 6 months
Rabies – For travelers who may have direct contact with animals and may not have access to medical care
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) – Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheria – Revaccination recommended every 10 years

WE HERE AT MISSION IN ACTION AIM TO OFFER YOU A FRIENDLY FAMILY ENVIRONMENT, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD’S LIFE. WE ARE A CHRISTIAN FAMILY DEDICATED TO THIS MINISTRY OF SERVICE TO THOSE LESS FORTUNATE AROUND US.

RULES AND GUIDELINES : NO- SMOKING , ALCOHOL , DRUGS AND NO ABUSIVE LANGUAGE WILL BE ALLOWED WHILE IN THE PRESENCE
OF CHILDREN OR STAFF ON OR OFF THE PREMISES.
NO- FORM OF ABUSE WILL BE TOLERATED. PLEASE NOTE – MANAGEMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO ASK ANY
VOLUNTEER TO LEAVE IF THE RULES ARE NOT ABIDED BY.

Fees

$250 Australian Dollars Per Week

Our mudhuts/accommodations are very comfortable with electricity and running water.
You also have cooking facilities, shower and flush toilet.
The fees you pay are to cover our costs and also for the electricity used.

Your fee includes accommodation only. (volunteers are able to do their own laundry using our washing machine)
Cooking facilities are provided in the huts/accommodation for you to prepare your own meals.
There are super markets in town with all the food you may need to purchase and bring back to your accommodations.

Eating out is at an extra cost to you.

Upon your dates being approved a $250 AUD non refundable deposit for 1 weeks board is due and payable via credit card or direct deposit.
Your balance is due 2 weeks before you are due in Kenya.
Please note that we are unable to write tax receipts for volunteer deposits.Should you be coming in from South Africa or a country where you have difficulties paying fees online due to tax reasons please let us know and we can make arrangements for you to pay on arrival.

If you decide to leave early once you are here unfortunately you will not be refunded for your fees. We have a limited number of spaces available for volunteers so all dates arranged and approved with MIA Australian office must be paid for.

Airport pick up fee is extra and must be arranged prior to arrival with the Australian office.
Please note that we recommend that if possible you fly into Nairobi in DAYLIGHT or you will need to stay overnight in Nairobi and pay for accommodation as it is not safe to travel at night.
Click here to see more details on pick up and over night stays in Nairobi.
We can arrange for you to go to other areas of Nakuru that may be of interest for you.

These include:
Nakuru Local Hospital, Play Kenya, Nakuru Hospice, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru Game Park, Nakuru Crater, Masai Mara, Kenana Knitters

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Duties

People are always writing to me asking what you can expect a day to be like and it is hard to say as it always varies so much. It will depend on what projects we have going on at the time you are here. We just ask that you fit into the daily routine and make yourself available to help put in the different departments of MIA and in the community.

You may be rostered in the laundry or the kitchen for the day. Whenever possible we will ask you to accompany us out into the community to deliver items or check up on people.  You are also welcome to help out in the school.

You can read one of our favourite volunteer’s online journal here if you would like to see what it is like.

Whether in the kitchen helping with lunch or helping with the kids… it just really depends on what is going on.
We are more than happy to arrange for you to go and spend some time at other places also if you wish.

What should I bring?

We recommend you bring your ‘debit card’ with you as you will be able to withdraw money from ATM’s in the area. Do not bring travelers cheque’s as you will not be able to cash them. The only money you can convert easily is US dollars so don’t bring any other money hoping the banks will convert as they may but they will probably say no.
We suggest you bring just a small amount of US dollars for when you first arrive (perhaps $60 in $20 notes and the $50USD for the visa at the airport) just in case you get in a situation and the ATM’s are not working.
Personal toiletries. You can buy items here but not all the brands.
We suggest you bring a pair of runners incase you like walking, running or aerobics. Flip Flops/Crocs, you will spend most of your time in them. Maybe a pair of sandals/comfy shoes for town etc.
No need to pack too much clothes as you end up wearing the same thing most of the time anyway!
Jeans/Cargo pants, 3 quarter pants… that kind of stuff.
Long shorts are ok, short shorts are not advisable.
Tank tops are fine as long as they are not low cut/revealing (mostly to be worn at home, avoid wearing into town)
Short tops that expose your midriff are not advisable. Please keep in mind that we have Kenyan male staff that work on the premise. Warm jumper for mornings and evenings.
We also recommend you to bring 2 casual/dressy outfits. i.e. skirt (knee high length is ok) and top, or dress incase you wish to come to church or some other function.
Flashlight You do NOT need to bring mosquito nets, towels or bedding. All will be supplied. Check out our current wish list

How can I be contacted?

Once in Kenya, do not worry… you can be contacted!
You can bring your laptop as we have internet at MIA.  We charge a fee of 1000KSH per week to help cover the cost of internet.

If you don’t wish to bring your laptop, we have a computer at the orphanage building but we prefer this to only be used in an emergency.
Otherwise there are cyber cafes in Nakuru town that is VERY cheap.
If you have a tri band phone that will work in Europe/UK then it will work here in Kenya (as long as it is not locked to a provider) you can bring your phone and but an African sim card once here. These are approx $2 to purchase. You can text and receive texts very cheaply and i find this is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. They can call you and you can call them but this is usually very expensive.
If you have 3G on your phone you will be able to connect to internet if you get a safari com SIM card. Please see info below from Safari com:
We currently have 3G within Nakuru town and are expanding to other major towns within the country. If you have a 3G modem (2100MHz band) you will be able to connect using Safari com 3G network with a Safari com SIM.
After you have read and agree with all of our terms and conditions, please fill in out volunteer application form. Your application will be reviewed by our Mission in Action volunteer coordinator who will also be getting back to you ask soon as we have checked with Mission in Action if timing, number of people etc. suits

Thank you for your support.

Sandra McLeod
Volunteer Co Ordinator