Volunteer Nursing Projects in Kenya
Volunteering abroad on a Nursing placement in Kenya is an excellent way to gain work experience combined with the chance to help people in medical institutions which are under resourced in the developing world.
Projects Abroad works with both small health clinics and government hospitals in Kenya, allowing volunteers the opportunity to work in a variety of different departments and to work closely alongside local medical staff. Nursing volunteers can also choose a more care based setting to work with children with learning disabilities.
- Placement location: Nanyuki
- Role: To gain valuable nursing experience working alongside skilled local staff in a variety of hospital departments
- Type of placements: Hospitals, health clinics, homes for the elderly and some medical outreach work
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Nursing Placement in Kenya
Nursing volunteers in Kenya work in and around the town of Nanyuki, 200km north east of Nairobi. In both the smaller health clinics and the larger hospitals volunteers find themselves working with patients who have a wide range of illnesses. There are many different departments in most of the hospitals we work with including maternity, general medicine, surgery, paediatrics and in the laboratory.
Volunteers can choose whether they want to work in a variety of departments or whether they want to focus on one in particular. Nursing volunteers can also indicate if they would prefer working with adults, children and/or mental health patients.
The hospitals and clinics we work with in Nanyuki are varied and offer their patients a variety of treatments and specialised departments even though they have limited resources. Treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in the West. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients. Your working hours will be discussed with your supervisor, but you will normally be expected to work at least 5 hours a day from Monday to Friday.
Your role on a Nursing Project in Kenya
Your exact role within the hospital, care centre or clinic will be determined by your level of experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university volunteers usually start by observing the nurses, however you may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions.
The role of volunteers who already have some nursing experience also varies, and it is important to build up trust and a good relationship with the local medical staff. The kinds of tasks you may help with include dressing wounds, monitoring a pulse, and checking blood pressure and temperature.
We hold regular workshops for all our medical & healthcare volunteers; these are usually run by our qualified medical coordinator in Nanyuki. These workshops allow you not only the opportunity to ask about specific things you have seen during your placement but also to learn different techniques and skills which you can then put into practise when you go to work at your placement.
Volunteers may have the opportunity to take part in medical outreach work which often involves travelling to local villages, rural areas or care centres to carry out basic medical checks on the local community.
While volunteering on your Nursing project, you will live with a host family in or near Nanyuki. This allows you to experience the real day-to-day life in Kenya. You have the opportunity to spend your free time with the Projects Abroad volunteer community exploring Nanyuki and the surrounding areas.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Kenya Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.