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Is Kenya safe to volunteer?

As Kenyans are voting to elect their president today, you might wonder if Kenya is a safe developing country to travel to given the 2007 election violent incidents. It can seem very controversial as you may come across different reports. However, we’d like to use today’s blog to highlight that Kenya remains one of the most stable countries in Africa.

The United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all non-essential travels in certain areas of Kenya. But note that the travel warning does not include Kenya’s safari destinations in the national parks, reserves and wildlife conservancies where we have our projects like Masai Mara.

Kenya has a lot to offer. It is known to have one of the “greatest wildlife show on earth” where you will be able to spot the big 5 as it is the host of more than 45 national parks. Kenya’s weather is ideal for volunteers as it consists of a wonderful tropical clime, generally warm all year round, with plenty of sunshine during the day, and cooler nights and mornings. It is also very culturally diverse and rich in heritage with over 42 cultures blending in 1 nation.

Now that we’ve told you more about Kenya if you ask us: “is Kenya a safe place to volunteer?”, you might guess that our answer will be “yes!”. We have two great placements in Kenya that volunteers can enjoy: one in the conservation arena and one in the medical field.

Our projects have been assessed with risk assessments, and our local team will ensure your safety as long as you follow their advice and instructions.

So we highly recommend you put Kenya on your list as the other 1.5 million tourists visiting Kenya each year. Most if not all visits are trouble free. In general, for any of our destinations, we advise that you avoid protests, rallies and demonstrations as they are more likely to have a violent turn. A few precautions should be taken including leaving the area quickly if you find yourself in a place where disturbances occur. We don’t recommend you stay to watch it or videotape it. We recommend you leave the area and return to your accommodation where you will be safe and taken in charge by our local team.

If you want to want to learn more about Kenya and the projects we have available in-country, please feel free to contact one of our placement advisors who will be able to provide you with the answers you have.