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SOL-Kenya Volunteer Programme:

SOL-Kenya runs all its activities through involvement of both local and international volunteers. The program duration and work schedules depend with the interests of every volunteer. We accept both short and long term volunteers and there are no specific skills or training requirements…… Just that big heart to be part of the positive change in a community!!! Our program aims at helping the communities as well as giving an opportunity to the volunteer meet his/her goals and objectives by providing a favorable environment to the volunteers. The volunteers are given an opportunity to be as innovative as they can to positively influence the lives of the communities; this is done by exposing them to different needs within the communities around us.

SOL-KENYA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Sol-Kenya runs all its activities through the involvement of both local and international volunteers. The program duration and work schedules depend with the interests of every volunteer. Our program aims at helping the communities as well as giving an opportunity to the volunteer meet his/her goals and objectives by providing a favorable environment to the volunteers. The volunteers are given an opportunity to be as innovative as they can and to positively influence the lives of the communities they serve, this is done by exposing them to different needs within the communities around us.

Sol-Kenya volunteers help in the following programs:

  1. Education: They work as teachers or counselors to students in both primary and secondary level. They also serve as instructors in a vocational centre for boys and girls.
  2. Health: Work in community dispensaries and provide medical help to members of the community, the volunteers also provide community health education to community groups and schools by moving round in the community and by visiting homes. This gives one an opportunity to truly visit and learn of the rural Kenyan lifestyles. During the home visit a volunteer is accompanied by staff who helps in providing health education, basic health assistance, and psychosocial support to the families visited.
  3. Food and Nutrition Support Program: Together with our staff home visits are done to households that need nutritional support and food is provided, sometimes they work closely with the families in establishing kitchen gardens, poultry, rabbit keeping projects and other agricultural activities that boost the food productivity of the community.
  4. HIV&AIDS program: Sol-Kenya serves various families that are either infected or affected with HIV&AIDS, weekly meetings for the support groups of people living with HIV&AIDS are held on various locations and this becomes an opportunity for the volunteers to meet and share with the people living with HIV&AIDS. During the meetings psychosocial therapy is provided to the people living with HIV&AIDS.
  5. Rural Community Development: The volunteers work in community women, youth or men groups that take care of environment, are involved in micro saving programs, work in water projects and have some community agri-business activities.
  6. Administration & Management: Some volunteers work in helping Sol-Kenya develop strong administrative structures by working closely with the organization in building the organization’s capacity. This is done by training the staff on management, fundraising, networking with individuals &organizations, bookkeeping, accounting, programming and organizing events.

Sol-Kenya Responsibilities to the Volunteers:

  1. Daily contact with Volunteers during their stay in our communities
  2. Available 24 hours a day for any issues
  3. Arrange work program for volunteers
  4. Arrange accommodations and meals for volunteers
  5. Pickup volunteers at the airport (if need be)
  6. Provide volunteers with one-day community and organizational orientation

  7. Volunteers Pays For:

    1. Meals, accommodation and local transport. (Where a host family decides to give free accommodation the amount goes towards supporting a child of the choice of the volunteer within the program).
    2. The volunteers pay by themselves the following; Sightseeing i.e. Transport and entry fees to game parks and other site that a volunteer may wish to visit while in Kenya, International Airfare, Visa Fee, Insurance, Vaccinations & Medical Bills, Internet Access (for those who are working outside the office), Phone calls, Meals outside Host Family or outside the parish and transport back to airport.
    3. Meals & Accommodation: Sol-Kenya places the volunteers either with host families who provide all the needed facilities or within our operation sites which are Catholic mission stations which provide adequate security and any other facilities required. The organization has got 5 community sites which can accommodate up to 30 volunteers at ago. Meals are provided within the sites.