Read some of the most frequently asked questions regarding volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Kenya.
How does the local volunteer engagement program work?
The Local Volunteer Engagement Program seeks to develop a broad array of opportunities for creative and innovative engagement with partners as well as ensure sustainable and diverse funding and resource streams for housing solutions. The main idea is to develop a vibrant initiative to make it more active for sourcing volunteers and funding for the HFH Kenya community support and development program by bringing the stories and experience to the attention and enrich decision making and global partnership. HFH Kenya will create contact with all stakeholders to ensure they are up to date with our strategic direction and re-establish commitment of donors to HFH Kenya. By prior planning which includes identifying our target communities, understanding existing grassroots initiatives, assessing the needs, and communicating to our partners in time, HFH Kenya will create build opportunities as there is a lot of demand and interest for the Kenya Vulnerable Group Program.
What kind of construction work would I do?
Construction work varies depending on the trip location, the local construction techniques and the stage the building program has reached at the time of your trip. You could be, for example, digging foundations, mixing concrete or mortar, laying blocks, moving bricks/blocks, construction of roofing trusses, construction of reinforcement bars, plastering and painting.
What determines the cost of participating in a build event
Your volunteering partipacition cost covers the majority of the expenses that you will incur specific to the engagement project and the trip logistics costs. This includes; a donation to the HFHK building program, meals, accommodation and transport. However, each volunteer must be insured to be able to work in a given site or volunteer activity. Accommodation only applies for a team choosing stay at the location for more than 1 day but also varies depending on the location. Team members often stay in hostels or village community centers. Local transport is by private bus or van, which is arranged in advance by the host coordinator. Meals are provided by catering service providers or community groups, eaten in restaurants or prepared in-house by the team. The costs of accommodations, local transportation, interpreters, meals and cultural activities usually are included in the trip cost. Your team leader will provide details about exactly what this cost covers
What is the minimum and maximum team sizes for a build event team?
The minimum size varies on type of the project and the number homes to be built. For a single family home, team size ranges from 10 to 15 members. The maximum size of a team in an event is 30 participants.
What are the requirements for minors to participate on a build event?
The minimum age for minors is 16 years old (15 years in certain cases). School teams must have a chaperone-to-pupil ratio of 1 to 5, and each chaperone must be older than 24 years old. Open teams with children on board should have their parents or parental consent with delegated guardian to accompany the children. The delegated guardian should be above 24 years old.
I have special dietary requirements; can I participate?
Yes. Prior to the build, each volunteer will fill out a detailed questionnaire on their dietary requirements, and all meals will be adjusted accordingly.
Can I join the trip in any health condition?
Volunteer trips can be physically demanding. A physical disability or a medical condition, however, should not prevent you from taking part. HFH Kenya will ensure a participatory planning where issues specific to every team are identified, discussed and agreed upon. If there is likely to be a problem, we recommend prior consultations and approval by a certified medical consultant.
What about safety on the build site?
Your safety is of paramount importance for us, and we always try to minimize risk. In case of an accident, there will be access to qualified medical consultation and services regardless of your team’s location. All projects have first aid trained staff available. In addition, a thorough health and safety orientation is conducted before every build activity.