Why Choose Us

Why pay to Volunteer/Intern

If you have never done volunteer/intern work abroad before, then paying to volunteer/intern might seem a strange concept to you. Why should someone charge you to work for free? This is a common question about volunteering.

Short term Volunteers (important)

Every year a large percentage of volunteers/interns in Africa are short term (less than 3 months) volunteers/interns. Short term volunteers/interns do not have the time necessary to help the community as an individual, not staying long enough to learn of the community’s problems, culture, and sometimes even language. The result is that short term volunteers/interns need to have guidance and leadership in order to best direct their energy. This guidance comes in the form of special organizations which host and support volunteers/interns from abroad.
PIVS Kenya Internship is such an organization it acts as a link between volunteers/interns and institution, communities/causes, providing the former with arranged food and board, emotional support, orientations, flight information, and sometimes entertainment, all the while providing the latter with able and willing bodies and brains. These organizations are funded by the fees they charge volunteers. Without this organization, volunteers/interns have to independently find projects, housing, and local transportation before even buying a plane ticket. This can and has been done by independent volunteers/interns, but is takes more time, energy and in some cases money than using a linking organization

We are committed to especially set-up and co-ordinate Work camps in various part of Kenya, especially marginalized areas, which plays a pivotal role in co-ordinating voluntary work, strengthening community sustainable initiatives by taking part as volunteers, promoting intercultural exchange.

Our participants have found us invaluable for several reasons:

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Most organizations have few financial resources, and are not in a position to cover the costs of hosting you. Costs such as meals, housing and transportation of volunteers can add up quickly. If projects had sufficient funds they could better spend this on employment for local workers, who speak the language and tend to stay for a longer period. So where does your money go? You mainly pay for the cost of your housing, food, administration and logistics expenses for the host organization PIVS Kenya Internship as well as your preparation, and support. It also goes toward activities and facilities which contribute to achieving the project goals.

Not to say that paying to volunteer is for everyone. There are still projects where it is very cheap or even free to volunteer. But you have to consider that you will probably not have the luxury of a full program with training, preparation and supervision. Also, in the case where you bring in a lot of expertise which the local organization lacks, you still require the same expenses to the community as unskilled volunteers.
Volunteering in Africa and volunteering at home are very different. The costs involved in volunteering in Africa can be quite high, but if you find the right project it will definitely be worth every cent and you will have a very rewarding experience, that you will remember the rest of your life.

Orientation is done at the office or hired hall. We use the first day to explain/familiarize the volunteer/students to their new surrounding, work, location of the program, expectation, where to do basic shopping, cultural orientation, do’s and don’ts and meeting other program participants. We assign you a host mentor to help you with navigating your new environment

The element of cultural exchange is one of the most essential parts of the program. In that perspective the different activities undertaken during the program should merely be viewed as the facilitator of the cultural exchange process and not as a goal for the program.

Work camp is based on the idea of voluntarism. Work camps are UNIQUE form of voluntary service – offering a positive and practical way of breaking down the barriers and fostering tolerance and understanding while assisting in the project.

Volunteer is charged a certain amount of money (participation fee) which will cover for his/her expense(s) for accommodation and food during the work camp.
However PIVS Kenya Internship minimizes the costs of the budget.