The Huruma Children's Home invites the involvement from anyone wanting to share their time or expertise with these children. We appreciate the help regardless of the duration of your stay. No prior experience from similar work is required, but it is of course an advantage if you have worked with children, worked or lived in Kenya/Africa or possess any particular skills that may be of need here.
Areas to consider giving your time include:
and many more.
Arrangements can be made to suit your availability. Normally we provide food and a simple accommodation in or near the home for a small fee. Please contact us and let us know that you are interested in coming to work with us and we will get back to you with more information.
We can also provide some e-mail addresses to former/current volunteers in the home so that you can learn about their experiences in the home.
A Typical Day
Your can view our typical day schedule from here...
The volunteers reside in a guesthouse around 50 meters away from the dormitories. There are 4 bedrooms which can sleep 4 people per bedroom, a furnished living room, a kitchen with a refridgerator, microwave, and gas cooker, and a bathroom with a western toilet and a hot water shower. Laundry is hand washed or by use of a washing machine and a clothes drier.
$25 US a day covers staying at the guesthouse, tea, lunch (almost always rice or ugali, beans, and cabbage - ocassionally chapati or fruit), and dinner (same as lunch). Most volunteers spend around $15 US or more per week buying other food and snacks at the nearest town (a bus ride away) to help vary the food eaten.
The water is safe to drink; the volunteers who have drank the water have never been sick; but we always advice them to buy bottled water for their consumption. Sheets and blankets are provided, but it would be wise to bring your own pillow and a sleeping bag (especially if going on safari).
Broadband access is available throughout (24/7) to enable you connect to the internet to check email. If not at the home the charges in cyber cafes is about Ksh. 1 (kenyan shilling) per minute (1US$ = Ksh.85).
If you plan on being in a classroom, volunteers should wear decently:
Female volunteer: skirts not going above the knees; long skirts,
Male volunteer: trousers are preferred
During June, July, and August you should bring a couple sweatshirts and warmer pants because it is colder.
Female volunteers should not wear shorts above their knees. You should bring flip-flops and sports footwear.
Kenya being in a Tropical climate, it is advisable to take and/or come with Malaria medication, also, malaria drugs are locally available at the pharmacist (chemist) counter at about US$ 4. Most doctors recommend having shots for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hep A, Hep B, Meningitis, and Tetanus.
- Going on a Safari to see wildlife to game parks like Maasai Mara for 2 – 3 days which costs around US$400.
- A 1-day wildlife seeing adventure in Nairobi National Park which you pay fee at the entrance of the park. (around US$ 100)
- Coastal adventures on the beach of Mombasa
- Stay at the home and play with the children.
Typical Volunteer Period
The average time spent at Huruma by a volunteer is about 2 months; however, many people stay as short as 2 weeks or as long as a year.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer download the Volunteer form here...
What other things Kenya has to offer
When working as a volunteer, sometimes you may want to leave the home and see some other parts of Nairobi or Kenya. Maybe you receive visitors, or maybe you just want to go on your own or with some friends.
Here are some of the things that you should consider:
- Nairobi National Park: a nice park where you can see most of the wildlife (no elephants though) and a very good place to see rhinos. The park is close to the city centre and not far from Huruma, so you can go for a day-trip. Also recommended is the animal orphanage just at the entrance to the park.
- Karen Blixen Museum: the old colonial house where the Danish writer lived in the beginning of last century. She wrote the book "Out of Africa". This is also the location where the film of that book was shot.
- Cinema: The Junction Mall has good cinemas with relatively new movies and also it is closest to Huruma, and can be reached by bus in about 30 - 45 minutes.
- Restaurants: There are numerous great restaurants in Nairobi. Try the Carnivore once.
- Golf: There are several golf-courses in Nairobi.
- Diving: if you are into diving, visit the Nairobi Sailing and Sub-Aqua Club (near Nairobi dam). You can also take BSAC diving courses there and/or join them for one of their diving-trips to the coast.
- Shopping: Junction Mall, Nakumatt Karen, Galleria, Sarit Centre, Village Market, Yaya Centre and ABC-Place are recommended places.
- You can of course also visit other orphanages, churches, museums and parks. Also, try to see some of the slums.
- National parks: Maasai Mara, Tsavo, Amboseli, Aberdares, Nakuru, Samburu, Meru etc. They are all nice.
- Mount Kenya: You can climb Mt. Kenya (Pt. Lenana) in 4-6 days. The climb is best in the dry seasons.
- The Coast: Swimming, diving, relaxing and eating. Lamu is recommended for its charm, beauty and originality. Rafting on Tana River.
Please note that Huruma Trust Fund reserves the right to determine the suitability of volunteers.