Kenya Internship Program
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- Salary:Full Time Voluntary Internship
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Location – Nakuru, Kenya
Available Places – 4/5 per year
Program Type – Full Time Voluntary Internship
Program Length – 12 Months
Program Cost – None
• Intern as a Director in IHF Kenya Children’s Home in Nakuru, Kenya registered US 501(c) charitable organisation
• Experience living and working in a country made up of over 40 different ethnic tribes and with geographical and bio diversity unrivalled anywhere in the world
• Organise and manage teams of international volunteers located at the Kenya centre
• Be responsible for ensuring the delivery of IHF Kenya’s program and special projects
• Use your own education skills and experiences to design and oversea community-based programs which meet the needs of the children and the communities the home supports
• Be responsible for all aspects of local and international fundraising projects
• Help to educate and empower the children living at the home and advocate for them whenever necessary overseeing their educational, social and physical development
• Take responsibility for overseeing one of the 5 key areas of the Kenya project (agriculture & Sustainable development, education, health, finance, building & maintenance) and be trained on the others
• Work with and manage geographically disbursed teams across IHF’s centres helping IHF to deliver it global mission to educate the poorest and to provide an education on them to the world
• Developing In-depth knowledge and experience of the operations of an International NGO
• The opportunity to work across multiple job roles within the organisation including; PR & Marketing, Legal, Finance, Media, Social Work/Care, IT, Policy-Making, Research, Education and Training, program management
• Be actively involved in helping the organisation to develop and adapt its policy and procedures
• Opportunity to conduct field research into relevant fields in Agriculture, Engineering, Sociology, Social Care, Education, Cultural, Medical, or Poverty/Developmental Studies or other similar degree programs
• Obtain course credit for vocational, undergraduate or postgraduate degrees
The International Humanity Foundation has been operating in Kenya for over 20 years, working with disenfranchised, underrepresented and hidden communities. The centre is located in Kenya’s Rift Valley in an area known as the African Great Lakes region, when you are not working you are within 2 hours of
some of the most spectacular national parks, wildlife and adventure experiences you will find anywhere in Africa. Spend 4 days tracking animals across Masai Mara, camp alongside the lake next to hippos and flamingos or boil an egg in the hot springs of Lake Elmenteita, this internship offers you the chance of a lifetime whilst developing practical skills and hands on experience vital to anyone seeking a career in the development industry.
As well as currently hosting over 40 children, our home in Nakuru, Kenya acts as hub for our education, agricultural and famine relief programs as well as more general community development and empowerment work. Typically Interns at our Kenya centre are chosen based on their specific skills and educational background, they must also exhibit a high level of commitment to education as a portion of their time spent at the centre will be spent helping with our education programs. Patience and understanding is a must for applicants to this program. We are seeking Independent, self- motivated and goal orientated individuals who can organise and manage volunteer teams both locally and internationally.
This fulltime internship is designed to develop futures leaders and managers for International Development NGOs. Incoming interns will initially be expected to oversee the management of one at least one of IHF Kenya’s 5 core programs; agriculture, education, health, finance or site management. The Kenya team is made up of local staff who are responsible for the care of the children, local volunteers sourced from the community and local universities, and international volunteers who oversee the management and implementation of IHFs projects locally and nationally. Your team will be made up of a mixture of local and international volunteers, you will be responsible for ensuring the success of any project implemented within the core area you are placed in, examples of projects undertaken at the Kenya centre are sustainable farming, famine relief, community education, vaccination clinic and female empowerment workshops. This internship is structured to allow successful candidates to set personal goals, encouraging them to design and implement projects considered beneficial to the communities we serve. Project work can be bespoke and developed on arrival or constructed in advance as part of ongoing projects or studies. IHF provides guidance and support for all projects developed as part of its internships and will work with employers and educational institutions to help candidates to receive certification or course credit linked to this internship.
Interns are expected to meet the high standards set by IHFs executive team and help to ensure the delivery of our programs on the ground in Kenya, as well as those of the International NGO in the US and across all our others centres as well. During your time with IHF you will have the opportunity to work across many of the job roles and IHF task teams which are required for the successful operation of an international NGO. Your teams will be made up of volunteers working across IHFs centres around the world and will require you to set strategies and targets to meet the organisations requirements. You should be comfortable working independently and to deadlines, be confident and self-motivated, most importantly, you should be able to seek help and guidance when required.
• You will live onsite at IHFs Kenya centre
• You will have the opportunity to develop and implement projects related to IHF Kenya local mission within a team of local volunteers
• You will spend time educating and guiding the children living at the home
• Visit the tourist hubs of the Great Lakes, National Parks, Beaches, Mountains, Cities and Towns of Kenya. Meet the hidden tribes that maintain their traditional customs, cultures, and nomadic existence
• Manage task teams in areas such as PR & Marketing, Legal, Finance, Media, Social Work/Care, IT, Policy-Making, Research, Education and Training working with teams which are globally disbursed
• Learn about a new culture and potentially a new language
How the Internship is funded
As an International Intern IHF will fund the cost of your stay at our Kenya centre inclusive of all meals and accommodation. Interns are required to pay the cost of their travel to and from the centre and for any necessary visa and associated legal costs. IHF provides a small living stipend.
IHF will provide:
Assistance and advice in obtaining all necessary visas (acceptance onto the program is not a guarantee of a visa as these are granted at the discretion of the Government of the Republic of Kenya)
Advice and training prior to your arrival at our centre
Advice on flights and travel to Nakuru
Help and support in county, along with ideas and advice on things to do in and around Nakuru and Kenya
How to apply
IHF accepts Global Leadership Development Internship applicants on an ongoing basis, you can Apply here.
Details of all our volunteer programs can be found on our website.
For more details on our next intake date, to request a prospectus or for any other inquiries contact our Volunteer team here.