Networks for Voluntary Services (N.V.S Kenya) is a registered society in the Republic of Kenya (Registration 35694) located in Nairobi, Kenya. Our organization is the preferred volunteer organization in the region because we offer the best volunteering opportunities. We believe in empowering the communities where we operate!
We have hosted close to 5,000 volunteers/students/service workers from around the world who are involved in education (teaching sports, music, and various subjects), special needs (education outreach, classroom and occupational therapy services), and various women’s education and empowerment projects (to include HIV/AIDS and economic empowerment). In addition to volunteer placements, volunteers have the opportunity to engage in additional projects that involve awareness and outreach that are available in free time and endorsed by our office.
Each of our volunteer/student locations, guest housing or home stays are carefully selected by our Board of Directors within various communities throughout the country of Kenya. We have placements within the Nairobi area (Nairobi, Kibera, Ngong, and Maasailand with the Maasai tribe), in the mid-western region of Kenya (Nakuru area) and at the coastal region (Mombassa). Please note the accommodations are shared spaces (often bunk -style).
Anyone can come volunteer with us! We have enjoyed hosting all ages and interests over the years! We accept individuals or pairs/groups of friends, church groups and missions, and students who are wanting to earn academic credit for a work based learning class, internship or a class experience trip. While we are not able to issue academic credit ourselves as we are not an academic institution, we are happy to sign institutional documents that verify the placement and volunteer/work hours, as well as offer the student a certificate of volunteering. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to return institution documents back to their supervising Professor for their class credit or internship and gain the institutions approval for the experience credit. If the institution needs additional information about the students work or our organization, we are happy to help, just contact us! (We do not provide classroom space for classes to meet but can help you locate options if you need some)
The typical volunteer work day begins after breakfast and ends in the mid to late afternoons Monday through Friday. Volunteers often use their afternoons, evenings, and weekends to further explore all our country has to offer. Some volunteers find themselves out on a safari in the Maasai Mara with one of our partners, or enjoying a city tour where volunteers get close and personal with the Giraffes at the Giraffe center, elephants at the David Sheldrick Elephant sanctuary, and the wild monkeys at the City Park in Nairobi (they will sit on your shoulders and eat a snack with you, but at your own risk!). On the weekends, many of our volunteers end up in the markets doing some shopping for various items, handmade here in Kenya. Excursions are not included in the program fee and are at your own cost. (Note: We are not a vacation tour operator, but an organization that serves the community and facilitates service work opportunities for individuals, students, church groups, or corporate groups. Our focus is empowering our communities! While one is here volunteering, we do partner with excursion companies to offer options for those serving through our organization at your own cost)
As a volunteer, you have the chance to make a sustainable impact in our communities and make new friends from around the world who are here doing the same thing you are! Still not sure? Visit us on Facebook where you can check out the photos and fun or send us a message! We look forward to connecting with you and answering any questions you may have! Karibu (welcome to) Kenya!