Projects Abroad | Healthcare

Kenya: Community Health Professional Placement

Migori, Kenya

Description

Location: Migori, Kenya

Duration: Minimum 1 week, maximum 6 months commitment

Cost: from $530 USD for the first week, prices staggered for longer stays. Check Costs tab for further details.

Start Dates: this project is ongoing and you can join at any time.

Benefits:

  • Gain hands-on experience in a rural healthcare environment, working to improve local communities
  • Ideal opportunity to get to know Kenyan culture and customs, and play a part in long-term development goals
  • Keywords: public healthcare, community development,  volunteer abroad
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Introduction

For many, Kenya represents the ultimate African destination. A microcosm of this giant continent, Kenya contains both soaring mountains, grand savannahs, lush forests, deserts and rich corals beneath the surface of its coast. Despite the unparalleled natural riches that lure thousands of visitors each year, Kenya remains a country with deep economical and societal divides, lacking in many aspects of infrastructure, healthcare and school systems. Situated on the border of Tanzania, in between the Masai Mara and Lake Victoria, the Migori region is home to approximately 1 million people. Of these it is estimated about 43% live below the poverty line and the county is believed to have the highest ratio of un-educated adults in the whole of Kenya, with a mere 21% of residents being educated to secondary or above levels.

The NGO behind this project was first set up as a community organisation in 2007 and changed into an NGO in 2010, with the aim to provide impoverished local communities in the Migori region with support for sustainable development, empowering them to become self-reliant. Their main areas of focus are education, healthcare and environmental projects.

Healthcare in Migori county is severely lacking, exacerbated by the lack of proper healthcare education. Many small communities are rooted in and still believe in witchcraft as the only possible healing power, while others maintain only an injection of some sort can cure any affliction. The overall and long-term aim of the NGO’s healthcare programs is to change this by offering access to quality healthcare and healthcare education.

Daily Life

This placement welcomes volunteers from all walks of life. It is not necessary to have a medical background, however you should display a passion, keen interest in and/or previous experience in public or community health care.

The community health care program offers placements within a variety of projects, you can choose from water and sanitation projects, immunisation programs, health awareness education, HiV prevention & education programs, pit latrine building projects, family planning and many more.

Whatever you choose to do with your placement, you will have a fantastic opportunity to really get immersed in a local Kenyan community and work to make a real difference in the lives of local people. Most of the projects tend to be placed within very rural communities, giving you the chance to get to know a different side of Kenya, be it villages on the side of Lake Victoria or rural highland villages.

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Travel & Accommodation

You will be met at Kisumu International Airport upon arrival, and transferred directly to the project.

Accommodation during your placement is available in either local homestays, in a shared volunteer house or local hotels, depending on your preferences. For an authentic Kenyan experience, we recommend homestays or shared volunteer house, however if you are interested in placements within larger health care facilities in bigger towns, hotels or B&B are a good option.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Minimum 1 week commitment.
  • Basic English language skills.
  • Strong enthusiasm for the project
  • Necessary vaccinations.
  • Necessary flight & visas.
  • Full travel & medical insurance.
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Costs

Host Family Volunteer House Hotel
1 week $530 $540 $702
2 weeks $875  $975  $1,140
3 weeks $1,171 $1,199 $1,661
4 weeks $1,434 $1,469 $2,052
5 weeks $1,746 $1,790 $2,519
6 weeks $1,859 $1,907 $2,684
7 weeks $2,138 $2,194 $3,100
8 weeks $2,027 $2,208 $3,114
9 weeks $2,273 $2,460 $3,480
10 weeks $2,353 $2,542 $3,595
11 weeks $2,400 $2,591 $3,659
12 weeks $2,613 $2,809 $3,975

* All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee

** 2 week deposit required to confirm place.

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, local transfers, 24-hour in-country support, orientation and integration into the project.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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