'Harambee’ is a Swahili word meaning working together – volunteering overseas with Brighter Communities Worldwide is about working together with local communities and it is an experience of a lifetime.

Volunteering overseas

Volunteering overseas

  • Do you love a challenge?
  • Do you care about people?
  • Do you like to step outside of your comfort zone and experience something new?
  • Do you like to travel?
  • Do you care about global development and wonder why in some parts of the world people have to struggle hard just to survive?
  • Have you always wanted to do something about it?

If your answer is yes then come to Kenya and take part in a Harambee volunteer project.  Harambee is a swahili word which means ‘working together’ and this is what Brighter Communities Worldwide volunteering projects are all about. These projects happen twice a year during June/July and during October/November.  

Harambee provides a short-term volunteer placement for 2 or 3 weeks in Kenya along with a 4 day training programme to prepare you for the experience. Not enough time to change the world but enough time to change your way of looking at it.

This is a opportunity for you to share your skills and experience in a way that will help bring postive change to peoples lives.  It’s your chance to explore community development in the context of rural Kenya and to deepen your understanding of global development issues.

Go with an open mind, a flexible nature and a willingness to help. Share the experience with team mates who start out as strangers and become close friends and local people who will amaze you with their positive attitude, perseverance and ingenuity. Come home with a wealth of memories, a personally enriching experience and a whole new perspective on life.

Click here for information on our current Harambee projects including dates, costs, fundraising, selection process and the volunteer role.

Comhlamh Volunteer Charter

Brighter Communities Worldwide are signatories to the Comhlamh Volunteer Charter which is a guide for people who are going to volunteer overseas in developing countries. It sets out seven principles that aim to encourage responsible, responsive international volunteering. Each of these principles contains a list of questions to help you make sure that you have thought about the issues raised, and to ensure that you know why they are important.

The Comhlamh Code of Good Practice (CoGP) for Volunteer Sending Agencies

Brighter Communities Worldwide is a signatory of the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice (CoGP) for Volunteer Sending Agencies

The Code is a set of standards for organisations involved in facilitating international volunteer placements in the global south.

The focus of the Code is to ensure overseas volunteering has a positive impact for the three main stakeholders: the volunteer, the sending agency and the local project and community.

The Code has been developed in close consultation with Irish volunteer sending agencies, returned volunteers and with a range of partners that host international volunteers. It is based on the values of sustainable development, solidarity and partnership.

As signatories to the Code, Brighter Communities Worldwide conducts an annual self-audit of our compliance and every 3 years we undertake a desk-based review.  Following our 2017 desk-based review, we were referred to the Comhlamh Recognition Panel who is tasked with the responsibility of conferring the Core Indicators and Comprehensive Compliance awards and we were awarded Comprehensive Compliance standard for the second time.  This means that we have all core indicators and at least 85% of all indicators in place for our international volunteer programmes. Comprehensive Compliance status is the highest award for quality responsible volunteering programmes available to Irish international volunteer sending agencies.

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If you feel we are not adhering to the Code please contact us admin@brightercommunities.org or info@comhlamh.org.

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…and find out what other volunteers think

Check out what volunteers have said on our YouTube channel – link to you tube volunteer testimonials. Read the fascinating accounts on the blog from volunteers on the ground in Kenya during the July and November Harambee months.

And if, after all that, you’re still interested in working with us, then we’re very interested in working with you.