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Universal Volunteer Initiative
  • Voi, Kenya
Organization Description
Universal Volunteer Initiative (UVI) is a Community Based Organization founded and registered on the 17th of September 2015 with registration number VOI/CD/2/2010. It is registered with the Kenyan Government under the Ministry of Labour, Social Security & Services with Certificate number 33867.
The main Home Office of UVI, is located in Taita Taveta County, Voi Sub-County in Tausa Division, and Surrounded by the world famous Tsavo National Parks.

To encourage a culturally connected world through quality volunteer work.

To connect with Volunteers across the globe to build a better living Society.

Volunteer Programs

All our programs are geared towards supporting the needs in the community. We are a centre point in consolidating the various requests from our partner institutions.

The programme coordinator uses his knowledge of the region and needs to quickly connect issues affecting the community and the applicants for voluntary activities. UVI harnesses its broad knowledge, local expertise, and wide relationships to try at its best connect Volunteers and the needs facing the region.

Through ongoing projects, and partnerships and special arising projects, we collaborate with other community-based organizations and the government to create new approaches to meeting the ever increasing need for volunteering.

Core Program Areas

The key Mission of the Universal Volunteer Initiative is reflected in the deep of engagement in and degree of integration across our core programs. In all four (4) issue areas we commit our resources, the expertise of our program staff, and our relationships throughout the County we serve to making a difference in the Society, and sustaining that impact for the future.

Community Development
Community Health
African Culture and Heritage
These are programs providing safety, job training, and neighborhood preservation which arise as a direct response to the existing situation and its collateral effects.

Disaster Preparedness

Multi-Community Projects and Collaborative

We take a forward-looking approach to collaborate initiatives that address specific problems, and coordinating the most coherent multi-agency response to the pressing needs of other communities in which our partners operate from.

ComTouch Ocean Conservation Initiative

Our Volunteer Programmes

The Applicant must:

Be aged 18years or over
Be available for an overseas trip for the entire proposed stay
Be in the opinion of the Universal Volunteer Initiative Team, likely to benefit from and contribute to the good course of Universal Volunteer Initiative;
Be able to pass the necessary medical and police check requirements;
Be able to secure the necessary Insurance cover requirements;
Be able to raise the necessary funding required;
Be able to communicate effectively in English or such language Universal Volunteer Initiative may find acceptable.
Be able to live with the host family in their day to day living styles, standards and conditions.
What you get for this:

Before leaving home you will be provided with comprehensive pre-departure support from our Volunteer Coordinator and through our extensive interior Travel Manuals.

Once in Kenya you will be provided with a two day course introducing you to the language and culture of the country, host community and family. At the end of the course you will travel with the coordinator to the project site. Normally, this will not be very far.

You will be expected to prepare your own meals, using food purchased on a weekly basis at the market in town. In addition to working on the projects you will have plenty of time to get involved in Kenyan life and culture. Particularly you will be involved in Taita culture.

You will live in a lone single room with the host family unless you prefer to share with other host family members.

You will need to budget for some spending money (for personal items, treasures, etc.) and the cost of travelling in Kenya after you have finished in the project site.

Kenya has several world class safari parks, beaches and scenic beauties worth allowing some extra time at the end. You also will be expected to provide your own personal kit: Tooth Brush and paste, bathing and washing soaps, boots, backpack, Towel, sleeping bed sheets necessary vaccinations, mosquito nets and anti-malarial tablets (recommendations will be provided once confirmation is done). Some of these items can be purchased in the local market cheaply.

Finer details will be provided on a case to case basis once the volunteer has been accepted in the programme and is preparing to travel for the project.
Education, Health / Medical, Building / Construction
Skills Needed
Teachers, Construction artisans, Medical students/interns/Doctors, Environmental conservationists, African Culture and Heritage students and Teachers
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$189 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Homestay
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Local-Transport, Internet
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