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Although Kenya’s population is essentially rural, urban population is expanding rapidly. More than half the population lives in urban settlements where basic utilities such as clean water and sanitation are insufficient.

Kenya faces a number of challenges as a developing country. It has had remarkable success in promoting human development, but there is still a large unemployed youth population and high HIV/AIDS rates. Almost 60% of Kenya’s population is aged 15 to 35, with youth comprising 61% of the country’s unemployed.


Working alongside our local partner organization, Kwacha Afrika, volunteers improve capacity and assist in the delivery and expansion of local community programming. Youth are mobilized through skills development, HIV/AIDS awareness raising, livelihoods training and leadership training. Volunteers live with a host family located nearby YCI’s partner organization in the Mombasa area. These projects are a unique opportunity to acquire new skills and apply your existing experience to innovative youth and community development programming.

YCI offers Youth Ambassador, Youth Innovator, Global Professional and Youth Leadership Team opportunities in Kenya. Volunteers may be involved in a variety of project activities with a youth focus related to youth health, livelihoods and leadership.

As part of a team of volunteers in Kenya you could:

  • Coordinate and work alongside local youth in the delivery of workshops on a variety of topics, which could include HIV/AIDS, leadership and governance, vocational training and conflict resolution.
  • Use “edutainment,” which is a commonly used educational technique that combines music, dance, drama and storytelling in a variety of project activities.
  • Organize activities and programming ranging from arts and crafts, to sports programming for children and youth at local meeting places.
  • Help facilitate activities and events with local girls’ groups, women’s groups or youth forums. These could include support groups and mentoring programs.
  • Attend and participate in community outreach activities through local elementary and secondary schools as well as larger community events.
  • Organize activities around International Women’s Day or World AIDS Day.
For information on project dates, please refer to the Program Calendar.


HDI:   147/182
Population:   40.9 million
Life Expectancy:   53.6 years
Infant mortality:   64/1,000 births
Adult Literacy Rate:   73.6%
Youth Literacy Rate:   80%
HIV prevalence: (ages 15-49)   7.1%-8.3%
Population living below the national
poverty line