Make Me Smile International

Make Me Smile Kenya

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  • Whom can i helpOur projects are located in Kenya in the region around Kisumu. We take care of children and youths from adverse conditions, orphans and half-orphans. Children are daily faced with the consequences of poverty, violence and exploitation. We try to improve people’s situation in the region sustainably to offer these children a more promising future.

    Volunteer with Children


    What are my tasksWe have a multitude of projects and there are different options for a meaningful participation. We will deploy you flexibly so you can discover in which task area you feel most comfortable. You can tell us the task areas you are most interested in and which areas you can’t imagine working in before your arrival. Accordingly, we will try to arrange your voluntary service individually.


    Safe Park (daily) and Children’s Clubs (weekly)
    – Fun and games
    – Listening to the children
    -Elucidation appropriate for children (HIV/AIDS, puberty, prevention, children’s rights, etc.) with the aid of instruction, theater- and art-projects
    -Providing assistance with homework
    -Soccer, netball, volleyball, rope skipping, playing tag, playing hide-and-seek, etc.

    Accompany our social workers
    – Visiting families, we take care of
    – Family intervention
    – Sex education and family planning

    Assistance in schools

    – Giving lessons in schools (all subjects and kinds of creativity are welcome)
    – Assisting in Lunch-Programs

    Building projects

    – Establishing the infrastructure for our projects
    – Renovating and rebuilding of family-housings
    – Building a Rescue Center for street children (start expected in January 2017)

    Life skills

    – Training life skills e.g. creating a kitchen garden
    – Producing energy-efficient cooking stoves etc.
    – Producing articles of daily use, works of art and jewellery / adult education for widowgroups and communities in need


    – Establishing sustainable, agricultural projects
    – Agricultural actions e.g. growing vegetables and fruit trees

    We are always open for new ideas! Do you have any special talents or great ideas for future projects? Tell us! Many projects we’ve realized came from volunteer’s ideas. Discover concrete projects on our Projectpage

    why volunteeringTake a look at our Volunteer-Blog. You will find volunteers reporting about their experiences and impressions.
    Visit Kenya not as a tourist, but as a part of the community. Our staff and friends will welcome you with open arms. Thus you will get to know the people and the culture best! The experienced encounters, especially the happiness and appreciation of the children, are an impressive experience, which will escort you for a long time. Find out what can be done even with little resources. Develop yourself as well! After an introduction phase you can take over more responsibility and lead projects independently. The wonderful Make Me Smile – team, which collaborates with the volunteers, takes every input seriously and is pleased about every assistance.


    Duration of stayWe have experienced that it takes some time until you feel arrived properly which doesn’t mean that a short voluntary service is useless. We offer voluntary services from 2 weeks to 6 months.

    safetyKenya is a relatively steady country that is frequently visited by European tourists. Our projects take place in safe areas. Furthermore, you will always be accompanied by a member of our team. We will also accompany you willingly, if you want to go on excursion. In case of an emergency you can call your contact person round-the-clock. Furthermore, our office / our accommodation is always guarded by day- and night-watchmen.

    health careThere are several private hospitals in Kisumu, which pursue high quality standards like western clinics.

    accommodationThe Make Me Smile – office consists of the working area, the kitchen, the bathroom and three bedrooms for our volunteers. Thus we are able to offer a well-priced accommodation to our volunteers and can include them in all activities while their voluntary service in Kenya. There is also a gatekeeper round-the-clock, who additionally ensures safety.

    ExcursionsWe will accompany you willingly, if you want to go on excursion. The prices have to be paid on location.


    language courses

    Do you want to brush up your English or learn Swahili? By using the contact form, you can tell us whether you want to take part in a language course or not. We will look for a teacher willingly.

    CostsThe voluntary service’s costs depend on the duration of stay and number of other volunteers living in the accommodation while your stay. Furthermore, the costs depend on your personal needs and will be calculated individually. You can fill in the contact form on the end of this page to send us a non-binding request. Since we are a non-profit NGO, we are not able to support our volunteers entirely in financial matters. But we have organized several things to offer the best possible and most convenient conditions to our volunteers.

    Checklist - Do i...⊗ At least 18 years’ old
    ⊗ Command of English
    ⊗ Having fun interacting with children
    ⊗ Not a necessity, but appreciated: special knowledge (pedagogy, social work, agriculture, engineering, etc.)
    ⊗ Vaccinations: Several vaccinations and a malaria prophylaxis are required. It’s best to inform yourself directly in an institute for tropical diseases (e.g. Institut für Reise und Tropenmedizin

    Are you motivated and interested in making a unique experience, assisting our team and shaking hands with many thankful people, in giving a smile and returning with an even bigger smile? Then apply now for your voluntary service in Kenya! We are looking forward to meeting you!

    Please fill in the contact form in English, so that our Kenyan team can meet you too!

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