Volunteer in Kenya
Would you like to join us and help the children and staff at Saidia Children’s Home in Gilgil Kenya?
We run two annual trips per year where we introduce our home to interested people from around the world and give them an experience of a lifetime.
These trips normally happen in April and early December and generally last about eight days and the staff and children love welcoming new visitors.
About our trips
Come to Kenya and meet all our friends in Gilgil on one of our 10-day volunteer trips which run in December and April.
We organise everything from hotels, food, transport and tips. What you need to bring is an open heart and a sense of adventure.
These trips are kept as affordable as possible. Many people come once and then end up coming year after year.
Land in Nairobi and make your way to your hotel where you will settle for the night.
Take a look at a typical stay with Saidia below:
Arrive late in Nairobi and stay at a hotel
Visit sites in Nairobi before heading off for the three hour drive to Gilgil (coffee on route) – settle into the ho
Introduction to the home and the children. Help with craft projects, sponsor letters, sports, tending the babies, cooking, or washing
Visit to the local farmer’s market, fruit salad and cooking making with the children on return
Visit to the shamba (our little farm) to pick and harvest vegetables, visit to the Bondeni preschool, women’s workshop and local library
Early morning safari at a local reserve to see giraffes, wildebeest, buffalo, flamingos, zebra and occasionally lions. Followed by shopping and preparation for a picnic on Saturday plus any special projects for the graduate lunch
Take all the children on a picnic either to Lake Naivasha or Nakuru
Chicken and chips lunch to meet the graduates at a local hotel. Party at the home afterwards
Final day at Saidia. Finish projects and say our sad goodbyes. Leave for Nairobi
Prices & info
We arrange these trips on a volunteer basis but hope that if you do visit and enjoy it that you consider becoming a regular donor. What we ask from you is that you come with an open heart, are emotionally healthy, and can clamber in and out of vehicles.
We can cope with eating differences as the hotel we stay at serves food buffet style. We do have safeguarding policies in place, and you would be expected to sign an agreement and act on our guidelines.
The costs of these trips including hotel, food, driver, and tips are usually about £120 or $150 per day (not including airfare).
We can also arrange longer-term volunteer opportunities or family trips where you can visit the home on your way elsewhere.