Kenya Skills Based Medical Project

Big Beyond Kenya seeks to utilise the skills of qualified or studying health professionals to match them with the needs of the health centres in Kenya. Many health centres in Kenya are  understaffed, lacking in resources and welcome assistance from studying or qualified health care volunteers. As a volunteer you will help to support under-resourced public health clinics and also carry out cross-learning workshops with  staff in the clinics. Big beyond medical volunteers will also have the opportunity help our staff in providing social care to an elderly home near Limuru or after-school programmes with nearby schools.

Through working both in the health centres and on our other project areas Big Beyond volunteers will get a broad experience of life in Kenya and help us make a sustainable difference.

Highlights

  • Supporting Kenyan medical professional at clinics/hospitals
  • Cross learning workshops to share knowledge and experience
  • Health education and health promotion in after-school clubs
  • Social interaction and activities with the our elderly home programme
  • Community outreach , for example group activities at schools, orphanages and the school for children with disabilities.

Quick Facts

  • Where Limuru, Kenya
  • When All year
  • Price $1,459
  • Who Qualified and studying medical professionals

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LOCATION

Kenya is a diverse country with many different scenic landscapes and lots of tribes with individual language and culture. Our community are very welcoming to volunteers and there’s an incredible to experience and discover. It’s home to world-class national reserves for safaris offers an abundance of opportunities for viewing the big 5 safari animals.

CLIMATE

You’ll be based in the Limuru in central Kenya just 30 miles from Nairobi. Limuru is a a high altitude destination at about 2300m / 7500 feet above sea level and the environment is warm with rainfall all year round. If you are coming in the months of June, July and August we generally recommend that you bring warm clothes for the early morning and evening times.

ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation is based in a lovely, green, secure and scenic compound in Limuru. You will be living in a basic (but comfortable!) cottage near the Brackenhurst conference centre – an area with breathtaking surroundings and green tea fields. The compound has security at the gate, running water, hot showers and flushing toilets.

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As a studying or qualified medical professional your involvement on project will depend on your area of skills. Please contact us for more information on where you will be volunteering and what you will be doing.

Generally our volunteers will be involved in:

  • Supporting Kenyan medical professional at clinics/hospitals
  • Cross learning workshops to share knowledge and experience
  • Health education and health promotion in after-school clubs
  • Social interaction and activities with the our elderly home programme
  • Community outreach , for example group activities at schools, orphanages and the school for children with disabilities.
  • Home based care for the elderly ( Nutrition advice, basic exercises, blood pressure measuring, walking support, feeding and helping them take their medication.

 

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Dates:
January 2nd, 16th & 30th | February 13th & 27th | March 3rd & 27th | April 10th & 24th | May 8th & 22nd | June 5th & 19th | July 3rd, 17th & 31st | August 14th & 28th | September 11th & 25th | October 9th & 23rd | November 6th & 23rd | December 4th

Project participation fees

2 WEEKS USD 1459 GBP 874 EUR 1134 AUD 1709
3 WEEKS USD 1852 GBP 1110 EUR 1440 AUD 2169
4 WEEKS USD 2245 GBP 1345 EUR 1745 AUD 2629
5 WEEKS USD 2840 GBP 1701 EUR 2207 AUD 3326
6 WEEKS USD 3210 GBP 1923 EUR 2495 AUD 3759
7 WEEKS USD 3581 GBP 2145 EUR 2783 AUD 4193
8 WEEKS USD 3951 GBP 2367 EUR 3071 AUD 4627

OUR PRICES INCLUDE:

  • All airport collection and returns with a Big Beyond representative
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day (weekends included)
  • 24 hour support with a Big Beyond staff member living on-site at the volunteer accommodation
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

HOW YOUR PROJECT FEE IS USED:

Big Beyond projects make long-term sustainable impacts within the communities they work. You’re project fee goes towards your direct expenses on project, supporting our longterm staff who ensure our projects are sustainable and towards the running of Big Beyond to ensure the organisation itself is sustainable. By volunteering with Big Beyond you not only make an impact during your time but help us ensure that everything we do make a sustainable and lasting change.

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ON YOUR DOORSTEP

Volunteering in Big Beyond’s Medical project will see you based out of Limuru. This is a great base if you want to take daytrips into Nairobi to do some shopping, eat at one of Nairobi’s numerous restaurants or visit the elephant orphanage or giraffe sanctuary. There’s so much to see and do in Nairobi and our team are happy to give you advice on what to see while you’re here. The Great Rift Valley passes very close to Limuru also and day trips to see it are also a highlight. It’s a volcanic valley stretching down through East Africa and it has an array of hikes and day trips on dormant volcanoes and walks within the valley.

FURTHER AFIELD

Kenya is one of the top safari destinations in the world with many natural reserves for you to visit. It’s also home to the great migration of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle migrate from the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya every year during July to October. All members of the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) are found in the Masai Mara Reserve and make for an unforgettable African safari experience. If you’d like advice on arranging a safari during your volunteer stay with us please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Kenya also has an incredible amount of activities to do on the coast near Mombasa. A short plane journey from Nairobi airport the Kenyan coast offers incredible snorkelling, diving, surfing and other water sports. We generally recommend to arrange this trip at the end of your trip to give yourself time to acclimatise to the weather in Kenya.

 

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Whether you are a qualified medical professional or actively engaged in your studies, Big Beyond has a host of opportunities for you to gain experience and share knowledge with local qualified health professionals. This is a great opportunity to learn about providing care with limited resources during your time at the public health centres. Big Beyond is delighted to help you use your skills at your placement in the health centres but most importantly we want to facilitate cross-learning between you and the staff at the centres. We currently have placements available in various departments including the laboratory, maternity, paediatric and child-care units, comprehensive care clinic (HIV & TB patients), counselling, orthopaedics, administration, outpatient care and the pharmacy. Please contact us to discuss what is possible as placements in specific departments can depend on availability.

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