VetAid has been working for over 30 years to support livestock farmers in Kenya by improving animal health and production.
Two thirds of the land in Kenya is arid or semi-arid and droughts are increasing in frequency and severity, putting millions at risk. Areas of the country have also been affected by serious floods and livestock disease outbreaks in recent years. As the vast majority of the population earn their living from agriculture, these pressures are threatening already fragile livelihoods and most Kenyans live below the poverty level.
VetAid Kenya is able to arrange volunteer placements for veterinary students as part of their Extra Mural Studies.
This unique experience will give you:
We can also arrange for you to spend some time working in some of the challenging townships around Nairobi to provide an experience of another side of veterinary work in Kenya.
We try to organise group visits of 5 to 7 students as a time to keep costs at a reasonable level. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to find out more.
The video below, created by volunteers from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016, gives a good insight into what you can expect.
Chasing around after unruly sheep and goats in the baking hot Kenyan sun, whilst struggling to communicate was a world apart from my previous farming experience in the UK. There were no crushes or races to help constrain the animals and so we were entirely dependent on the numerous Maasai men and children with their fantastic (if sometimes unconventional) animal handling skills.
This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me – to learn so much about the East African vets, farmers and communities, and the challenges that they face whilst meeting so many incredible people along the way.
I met some truly inspirational people during my trip – from the Maasai womens’ groups, and community animal health workers, who provide advice and treatment to animals in rural areas, to students who literally study 20 hours a day, to get through their degrees – and we think we work hard!
Past volunteers have provided these testimonials:
Students are responsible for checking with their university that a VetAid placement will qualify as EMS in the year they wish to volunteer but, in the past, the programme has had students from Edinburgh, RVC, Nottingham, Cambridge, Liverpool, Dublin, Glasgow and Melbourne.Back to Index
See our typical Programme of Activities.
Wildlife you can expect to see include:
2 weeks: £2,000
3 weeks: £2,500
4 weeks: £3,000Back to Index
All accommodation, transport and meals.
Accommodation is in a comfortable and safe shared tent with hot water and toilets in a Maasai camp.
Transport will be in a 4 wheel-drive vehicle and volunteers will be transported together as a group.
The programme provides cereal for breakfast in the morning and supper in the evening. A packed lunch and water will be provided during the day. The food is simple but delicious camp food and it’s possible to try some Masai dishes if you would like to.Back to Index
Flights to Nairobi, medical insurance, luxury items (snacks, chocolate, cigarettes, alcohol etc), trips on days off or after the volunteer placement is finished.Back to Index
Any profits will be used to improve the welfare of the Maasai people and their livestock.Back to Index
Some students in 2016 successfully applied for grants to help with their volunteer contribution. See Jessica Hugh’s 2016 testimonial.
Group discounts can be made available to parties of six people or more who book together to come at the same time.Back to Index
There are usually about 6 UK volunteers at any one time. Some Kenyan students may also be volunteering at the same time.Back to Index
Volunteers are welcome for up to 4 weeks. Some of this time may be spent at a project in Nairobi if desired.Back to Index
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In the Maasai Mara Reserve in Narok County and at Kimana in Kajaido County. Narok is a 3 hour drive from Nairobi.
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Current advice on on immunisation, malaria prevention and other health advice can be viewed on the NHS’s Fit For Travel site.
You will need to visit your GP at least 6-8 weeks before travelling.
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You will need a visa to enter Kenya and it’s best to get it before you travel so you don’t have to queue at the airport.
You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. For other types of visa, apply at the nearest Kenyan High Commission or Embassy. For more information on different types of visas see the website of the Kenya High Commission.Back to Index
The British Government’s advice for travellers to Kenya can be viewed here:
The area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel has not included the Maasai Mara or any other of Kenya’s national parks in the past. VetAid’s area of operation is nowhere near the sites of past terror attacks.Back to Index