In response to environmental issues, participants will have the opportunity to work with grassroots environmental organizations working to conserve the environment.
We work with community-based organizations in Kenya, that help the youth achieve their goals and mobilize communities to utilize local resources for their advancement.
Volunteers will get to work at special-needs institutions for the mentally and physically challenged including assisting the staff and organizing activities for children in these institutions.
Volunteers help to teach some subjects in kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, and special units for physically and mentally challenged children in resource-poor environments.
Volunteers will work in hospitals & health centers assisting the staff in various roles and participating in the efforts to manage common public health challenges in those facilities.
Volunteers will offer guidance, counselling, and teaching support, to orphans and vulnerable children coming from traumatized backgrounds living in orphanages.
ICYE was founded in 1949 when 50 German teenagers undertook to cross the Atlantic into the USA. Following this, a reciprocal programme was established with youths from the USA being invited to spend a year with European families. Over time more countries have continued to join the programme. Today, the ICYE Federation is an international, independent, non-profit organization with a significant presence in all continents. ICYE Kenya is a member of the ICYE Federation and was established in 1994. It is registered as an association with a national office in Nairobi. It has a board of seven members and three members of staff who run the programme.
As a National Committee, ICYE Kenya runs several programs such as:
- ICYE exchange programmes ( long term 6-12 months)
- Short Term (STePs) 4-16 weeks
- European Voluntary Service (EVS)
- Welwarts Programme
- Internationaler Jugendfreiwilligendienst – IJFD
Why Volunteer With ICYE Kenya
What distinguishes us from other programme providers?
ICYE works differently from many Gap Year organizations and some of these reasons are listed below.
We offer Reciprocal Exchanges:
There are many international volunteering organizations that send volunteers worldwide but very few that also host volunteers in community projects in the sending countries. ICYE Kenya strongly believes in the importance of reciprocal exchanges and intercultural learning. The ICYE Federation enables volunteers from developing countries to experience living in another culture as well as facilitating placements for volunteers from other countries abroad.
ICYE Kenya is a federation member of ICYE Organisations:
Volunteers are exchanged only between countries where there is an existing ICYE member or other partner organization. In order to be a member of the Federation, partners have to be a registered charity in their country or a not-for-profit
All ICYE members and partners are registered NGOs that are run by volunteers – for volunteers.
The ICYE Federation was founded in 1949 and has been helping volunteers around
Statement of Quality Assessment and Assurance
In order to safeguard and guarantee the quality of its
Feedback on the quality and significance of the
A High Degree of Satisfaction from ICYE Participants
We have received hundreds of volunteers who have expressed their satisfaction with ICYE Kenya and how we run our programs.
ICYE international volunteers can also fill the Evaluation Forms Online – after the on-arrival orientation,
This enables ICYE to gauge themselves and work towards providing a quality and wholesome experience for the volunteers.