Volunteering

As Development Pamoja our goal is to encourage and help disadvantaged rural communities to achieve self-sufficiency. As an organisation we feel very strongly that all forms of aid should be given in a responsible manner; we do not give free handouts as they can lead to a reliance on aid. It is very important to us that we help people to help themselves.

Long-term Specialist Volunteering
With our goals of self-sufficiency and community empowerment we feel that long-term volunteering is not usually beneficial for us; where possible we prefer to employ suitably-qualified local people. Therefore we accept long-term volunteers only as needed, and where the volunteer has special skills or knowledge relating to our work.

The following are some examples of areas of expertise which are currently of interest to us:

  • innovative farming methods
  • early childhood education
  • special education
  • physiotherapy, nursing, geriatric care, nutrition
  • community development
Short-term Volunteering Experience
We also offer a volunteering experience whereby people who are interested in learning more about what we do and the people we help may visit us to work for a period of up to 3 weeks.

Volunteer vacancies with Development Pamoja are limited; we are a small charity and have capacity for only two volunteers at a time. While our short-term volunteer experience offers the opportunity to see our work and meet the people we work with, it is nonetheless not a "tourist" experience and volunteers must be willing to get involved and work hard. All applicants must be in good health, be of a positive, open-minded and compassionate disposition, be good with children, not be scared of dirt, physical labour, illness or suffering.

Who may apply
Anyone who is aged 18 years or over and does not have a criminal conviction.
Working Day
Our projects are based in Mogotio, 43km from the town of Nakuru. This is where all volunteers stay (it is not possible to stay in Mogotio). Volunteers travel with Development Pamoja staff by public transport (Matatu - Nissan van) between Nakuru and Mogotio and as a pillion passenger on a motorcycle to and from the projects.

All volunteers (whether long or short term) are required to work 5-6 days per week (6:30am - 4.00pm, including transportation time of 1 hour each way). Typically 3 days are spent on the farm while the others are spent working with the community, office work, education, etc.
Donation Requirement
A minimum donation of €500 is required prior to arrival in Kenya (this figure is negotiable for successful long-term volunteering applicants). This money will go towards Development Pamoja's community development programmes in Kenya and will cover the volunteer's daily transportation costs.

All money raised using the name "Development Pamoja Ltd" must be donated directly to prior to travel; it may not under any circumstances be used to fund any personal volunteering expenses such as flights, vaccinations, accommodation, etc.
Accommodation
All volunteers stay at "Mary's Home Stay" in Nakuru - a 2-bedroom apartment where volunteers live with Mary Waruguru (one of our team members). The cost is about €15 per person per day and includes breakfast and evening meal. Facilities include:
  • Private room with double bed
  • Bed linen, mosquito net and towels provided
  • Hot showers
  • Secure premises (night security guard and electric fence)
  • Small fridge and hot plates for self- catering
  • Groceries available within a 5 minute walk
  • Nakuru town is a 30-minute walk or 5-minutes on public transport (matatu)
Other Costs
It is the volunteer's responsibility to organise and fund all travel costs which are incurred during their stay. As already mentioned, under no circumstances should monies which are raised through fundraising with the name "Development Pamoja Ltd" be used for personal expenses.

The following items are just some of the items which need to be organised and paid for:

  • International flights
  • Domestic transport to Nakuru
  • Vaccinations: we recommend that all volunteers are vaccinated according to the latest advice.
  • Insurance (medical, travel, etc)
  • Kenyan visa
On Arrival
Volunteers must make their own way from Nairobi airport to Nakuru (matatus run from Mololine station to Nakuru and take approximately 2.5 hrs) where they will be met by a Development Pamoja representative.
Required Documentation
  1. A medical certificate from your General Practitioner stating that
    • you are medically fit to serve as a volunteer in Kenya
    • you have been vaccinated against all tropical diseases and other health risks to which you may be exposed while a volunteer in Kenya
  2. A reference from your local Police Station confirming that you have no criminal convictions and are suitable to serve as a volunteer in Kenya.
  3. A current passport having an expiry date beyond six months from the final day of your visit (The Kenya Visa is obtained on arrival at Nairobi Airport).
  4. Travel Insurance
  5. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
Tourist Activities
The following tourist activities may be arranged locally.
  • Hikes from Nakuru include Lake Nakuru National Park, Menengai Crater, Hyrax Hill (Prehistoric Site) and Thompsons Falls.
  • Day trips by bus: Lake Bogoria, Kericho Tea fields, Hells Gate, Lake Baringo (Reptile park, boat ride, hippos, crocodiles)
  • Safari to Masai Mara (3/4/5 day)

While Development Pamoja staff will take all reasonable steps to secure your safety while working as a volunteer with the organisation you are ultimately responsible for your own health and safety during your visit to Kenya.

Application

Download an application form here: MS Word or PDF.

A volunteering experience with Development Pamoja is not easy but will prove, we believe, to be a worthwhile experience.