SIYM International

Volunteer Placement in Africa - we aim to spread love and compassion worldwide while improving the lives of destitute children and less-fortunate communities.

We at SI also seek sustainable solutions in the fields of education, healthcare, conservation efforts and development issues through international volunteering.

Intern in Kenya - one of the most stunning countries in Africa filled with natural and cultural wonders. From tropical beaches to spectacular scenery, from rich cultures to unparalleled wildlife - Kenya has everything in abundance. In this beautiful country, you can meet the traditional Maasai on their ancestral lands, spot the incredible wildlife, admire the stunning valley, and explore a beautiful villages and culture. SIYM International internship program in Kenya is located in Mombasa and Nairobi, two vibrant cities of Kenya. In the SI internship program, interns serve the local communities - sharing their experience and compassion with orphan children and local youths while exploring a great African country while participating in an enriching intern abroad experience.

Kenya’s internship programs are highly organized and respected, offering benefits beyond just professional development. An internship in Kenya presents a wonderful opportunity to be immerged within an amazing culture while simultaneously working in your area of interest. The internship experience in Kenya supplies a number of hands-on experiences while also offering glimpses into the issues affecting developing countries. This international internship is a unique opportunity to truly witness a country's culture, natural beauty and people - all which cannot often be experienced through simple travel.

In Kenya , SI offers one week of language and cultural orientation in Nairobi . However, you can choose to take the orientation or go directly into an internship project. If you decide to participate in one week of language and cultural immersion, your program begins with one-week of language classes, cultural immersion, and travel experiences in Nairobi . Hot and humid, Nairobi is the modern capital city of Kenya , a.k.a. the " Green City in the Sun."

This is the heart of your internship in Kenya . Presently, SI collaborates with various esteemed organizations working in the areas of education, medical/healthcare, women's issues and rural development - to offer meaningful internships for eager, industrious individuals. All internship projects and associated organizations are well-established, reputed and have a successful history of hosting a number of international interns.

Interns have free time during the evening and weekends. While SI does not cover any activities outside of those involved with the service projects, there are still a number of interesting sites to discover throughout Kenya. Free time is an opportunity for self-discovery and learning. However, SI local coordinators can provide useful assistance and information regarding booking various travel arrangements within this wonderfully enigmatic country. Please make sure to let your program director/supervisor know about your travel plans to ensure your own safety and thorough enjoyment.

Food: SI Volunteers offers 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). We offer locally available, fresh and nutritious food from start to end day of the project.
Accommodation: Depending upon the volunteers' particular country, location, time of year and situation, volunteers will either stay with a host family, within a hostel or within a home base. We offer simple but clean, comfortable living spaces. Volunteers will stay either in a single or shared room depending on the host situation and peak versus off-peak seasons. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags and other accessories.

In-country transportation: SI Volunteers manages one-way transportation to project. Volunteers will be responsible for their own personal and return travel. We do not cover daily transportation from host family/hotel to the project. Volunteers will be responsible for their personal and return travel. Our program is designed to save you the volunteer as much as possible.

Support from the in-country coordinator: From the very beginning to the end of the project, SI Volunteer's in-country coordinator will help volunteers by supporting them with regular personal visits, telephone or e-mail.

Thoroughly researched and personalized projects: SI Volunteers offers the best projects that focus on matching the interests, skills and experiences of volunteers with their volunteer humanitarian work. Our caring, experienced, local in-country coordinator networks on your behalf and explores the best local organizations and handpicks the perfect program for each volunteer. Volunteers will receive before departure detailed information of their project including your volunteer work program, living arrangements and food.

SAFE Volunteer Placement. We will strive to place you in a safe humanitarian volunteer work placement. You will be able to do good works for those most in need; thus, you will make this world a better place.

Certificate of Appreciation/Completion: once you complete you volunteer project, we will give you a certification of appreciation, an accomplished and important addition for your professional resume.

One of the most distinguished features of SI internships in Kenya is the guidance of supervisors. Whichever projects you choose, SI will assign a qualified supervisor to provide assistance for all interns throughout the duration of their chosen internship. Individuals filling the role of supervisor are usually either the director or chosen staff member of the project which interns choose. During your time as an international intern, you will be assigned a number of duties which also perform (in this sense, there are very few differences between SI and interns). Wherein exists the differences between interning and volunteering is that the internship allows individuals to become more deeply involved in their chosen project (i.e. individuals interning in the women's issues projects can further explore issues such as the trafficking of women, domestic violence, skills-development, human rights, etc.).

In the internship, you will select a particular area of your interest related to medical/healthcare issues and explore the issue further with the help of your assigned supervisor. Please note: the project supervisor DOES NOT develop internships as this is up to the intern to get as much or as little out of their projects. ALL participants should be proactive to ensure the ultimate success of their internships. Supervisors will provide at least five (5) hours each week to make certain that interns are adequately guided.

Please note: the project supervisor DOES NOT develop internships as this is up to the intern to get as much or as little out of their projects. ALL participants should be proactive to ensure the ultimate success of their internships. Supervisors will provide at least five (5) hours each week to make certain that interns are adequately guided.

Kenya Language Program Fee: US$ 250 for one week

Language fee covers language and cultural training, food and accommodations for 7 days, training materials (books, learning materials), cost of local sightseeing/tourist sites, cost of recreational activities, and insurance.

HIV/AIDS Internships
This is an excellent opportunity for interns interested in fostering awareness of the disease and studying ways to change attitudes and behavior towards those unfortunate enough to be infected. Interns are mainly involved in counseling and education. This project is open to any interns who are willing to share their love, time and compassion with the HIV patients. There are no specific qualifications required to intern in this project. However, interns must possess love and willingness to share time and compassion with the people with great patience and high flexibility.

Teaching Internships
If you enjoy teaching and work great with children, this is the perfect internship for you. This is a very good opportunity for interns with an educational background to learn the basic fundamentals of teaching a class and gain some experience in their desired profession. Though no teaching experience or skill is needed, interns joining the teaching program should have good English, both written and verbal. Interns are expected to be flexible and patient. You should have passion and love for teaching, English and conversation.

Medical/Healthcare Project
If you are looking for valuable hands-on medical experience, this internship is a great opportunity. There are many health issues to be explored and there is an obvious lack of manpower and resources in the local hospitals located in the outer city. As a medical intern, you will study these rural health posts and community clinics. Participants spend the majority of their internship learning as an assistant to an already-existing doctor/healthcare professional. Work responsibilities vary with your education, skills and previous experience.

Interns interested in joining the internship healthcare/medical program must possess health care certification, such as an ID as a medical student, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. Medical interns without credentials are not allowed to work in this program because of the potential liability risk. The hospitals require a copy of your resume, clearly stating credentials and education, before your arrival to the project.

Intern's responsibilities
Job responsibilities of interns joining a medical internship in Kenya vary with education, skills, experience, and qualifications. Interns are not allowed to perform diagnoses or surgical operations. Most of the time, interns help doctor or work as an assistant to doctors. Interns measure blood pressure (BP), temperature, height, weight, as well as assist doctors and the medical staffs in the health centers. Interns may also help in health camps (if any), distribute medication, provide tips to patients pertaining to health, nutrition and sanitation as well as council patients, and possibly participate in the treatment for minor injuries/wounds and/or maintain records of treated.

NGO Internships
This internship is a great opportunity for anyone pursuing an environmental career to learn more about their field. All of the offices can use support for all of the local conservation efforts, so assisting would be a great way to learn and an excellent way to gain experience. Internship tasks include, maintaining trails in the municipal forest, promoting new projects, or assisting in the office. A conservation or environmental focus is the key to being successful in this project. Interns are expected to be reliable, flexible, and patient. However, interns interested in joining the conservation project should be ready for physically demanding work .

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