If you have been thinking about the state of the world lately and how you could help, you might be turning up dead ends in the seemingly endless cycle of negativity. It can be hard to know exactly how best to help, where to go, what to do, and even how deep you want to get involved. Depending what you hope to accomplish, what you want to experience yourself, and the level of dedication you can provide to volunteering, there are a number of ways you can go about devoting your time to helping others. Read ahead for potentially one of the biggest volunteering opportunities you could take on – helping out at an orphanage in Kenya.
So when you first decide that you want to volunteer overseas somewhere, whether it’s working with elephants at sanctuaries in Asia or working with children in poor African villages in the many capacities you can, the most important thing you can do is do your research. Knowing as much as you can about the various organisations that provide these opportunities as well as specifically what opportunities are out there will help you make the best choice for your skills, interests, and financial background (to help you pick the length of service and ability to get to and from the site) etc.
The next step is to make contact with the organisation of your choice. Some organisations focus on orphanages in city centres, working with children to help develop education, proper nutrition and general health and well being. Other orphanages focus on helping children out in villages, so it depends on the organisation you choose. Additionally many organisations will help provide a great balance between working in service to the children and orphanage combined with great cultural activities for you to get a feel for the country and its people.
When you have made contact and are ready to head off you will want to take a few precautions to ensure your health and safety. Vaccinations are the number one thing you should organise for all potential diseases you could contract, from typhoid, Hep A-C and tetanus to name a few. Also invest in decent anti-malarial tablets particularly if you will be out in the villages and countryside to keep healthy and malaria free.
In all make sure to do your research and see which orphanage organisation is the best for you. There are literally dozens or even more all with their unique programs and offerings, so no two are the same. Most of all, have fun and enjoy this life changing and life growing experience. You really won’t regret it.