CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya


Table of Content

  1. Do I need a visa to enter Kenya?   
  2. Do I need vaccinations?   
  3. Do I need special skills to volunteer?   
  4. Can I come together with a friend?   
  5. How long can I participate in one of the CIVS projects?   
  6. What do I have to bring with me?   
  7. Will CIVS pick me up from the airport?   
  8. Where will I stay?   
  9. What shall I do with all my important documents?   
  10. How can I get money in Kenya?   
  11. Is Kenya safe for me?

1.   Do I need a visa to enter Kenya?

Yes, you need a visa to enter Kenya. Please  apply for a tourist visa in a Kenyan embassy. You can also obtain a visa at Jommo Kenyatta   International Airport  on your arrival. The VISA cost for a three-month tourist visa is 40 Euros or 50  USD. Your visa can be extended once at the Immigration Office in Nairobi after 3 months.  You may use the address of CIVS Office when filling in your visa application.

2.   Do I need vaccinations?

Yes, most likely you need vaccinations. Depending  on your country of residence, you are required to take some vaccinations before  you can enter Kenyan. You should contact your preferred medical practice to be  consulted on all medical issues. Please prepare on time, as some vaccinations  need several injections.

3.   Do I need special skills to volunteer?

No, you don’t need special skills to volunteer. However,  CIVS has some requirements to be fulfilled by its volunteers: 

  • Age: above 18 years from (If you are below 18  years you need a written consent from a guardian) 
  • A positive attitude towards independent progress  of others 
  • A willingness to adapt to local conditions 
  • A desire to interact and understand other  people’s culture and philosophy of life 
  • Be open-minded and willing to freely exchange  ideas, information and experiences without imposing your own values on others

These simple ideas will make your time in Kenya a great  success for you, your project and the community.

4.   Can I come together with a friend?

Yes, you can come with your friends. Usually we  try not to place too many people from the same country in one project. If you  want to be placed together with a friend, please indicate it clearly be in the  applications for the both of you.

5.   How long can I participate in one of the CIVS projects?

CIVS offers projects of different durations. Our monthly  Workcamps last for 3 weeks. Medium and Long Term projects last from two months  up to one year. Many volunteers also choose to participate in a Workcamp first,  before starting a Medium or Long Term Placement.

6.   What do I have to bring with me? 

Necessary goods       

  • Mosquito net     
  • Mosquito repellant     
  • Torch/flashlight/headlight     
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)     
  • First-aid kits     
  • Sleeping bag  

Better to have   

  • Sandals     
  • Hat     
  • Camera     
  • Sun cream  

For interaction with people        

  • Pictures of your country     
  • Food from your country     
  • Cultural materials (e.g. flag)     
  • Toys for kids     
  • Any other items you may deem necessary

All things can be purchased before your departure in Nairobi. Don’t worry yourself and bring huge  bags! Light travel is always the best way to travel.

7.   Will CIVS pick me up from the airport?

Yes, CIVS will pick you up from the airport.  Before you start your journey to Kenya, please confirm with us, that  we have received your correct flight details. The costs for two airport  transports (1x Pick up after arrival & 1x Drop off before departure) are  included in the fees.
  Any additional airport transport costs need to be refunded to CIVS.


8.   Where will I stay?

CIVS will arrange an  accommodation for your volunteer duration with us. There are the following  possibilities:
    During  the orientation 

  • Buruburu, Nairobi  – either in a host family or in the CIVS Hostel.

While  volunteering in your project 

  • Directly in the project 
  • Host family 
  • CIVS Hostel

(Depending on the place and type of  your project)
    The  last day (evaluation day) 

  • Buruburu, Nairobi  – either in a host family or in the CIVS Hostel.

CIVS will inform you about the  exact accommodation during your orientation.
  Any accommodation costs before or  after your project term will be met by yourself.


9.   What shall I do with all my important documents?

Make copies! Important documents (passport, data  page and visa documents, credit cards, travel insurance policy, air/bus/train  tickets, driving license etc.) should be photocopied before you leave home.  Leave one copy with someone at home and keep another with you, separate from  the originals. We strongly advise you to leave a copy of your passport and your  visa at the CIVS office.

10.   How can I get money in Kenya?

There are ATM’s in every big town in Kenya. You do  not need to carry traveller cheques or lots of cash. You should acquire in  advance from your bank about the conditions and possibilities of withdrawing  money with your bank card.  Having a  master/visa card is in every case advisable.

11.   Is Kenya safe for me?

Yes, Kenya is a very secure country.  CIVS will provide you with the Do’s and Don’ts during your orientation. If you  use some common sense, you are OK in Nairobi  and anywhere else in the country. CIVS works closely with government  departments and different embassies. Our past volunteers can bear witness with  us: You will feel as safe and at home.

If you have any further question, please contact  us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..