Soweto Youth Initiative

You will have an opportunity to experience the true African way of life, have memories that you will never forget when having your weekend excursions and safaris.

Programs are many and suitable for volunteers from the age of 14yrs and above, high school and university students, professionals, couples', families with their children and adults of 50+years.

We will write you a good and official recommendation letter or a certificate of appreciation/recognition for your time and service to us.

Orientation of activities is done to understand all the programs we have in case you're flexible.

Our programs and activities encourage cultural interchange and community development.

On the first day, you will receive a comprehensive induction to your new town. A staff member will take you on a tour of the surrounding area (slum) and point out places that might be useful to you. You will also be taken to buy a local sim card or exchange currency if you need to. Highly supportive and collaborative team will be here to support you. You will not work alone. There will be an induction session to familiarize you with the project. No need to worry. It is also important to note that this is a social project and we ask volunteers to make a small contribution of $12 per day of stay to finance the organization and cater for meals. The sustainability of this project solely relies on donations.


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Volunteering in Kenya with SYI is one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Not only have I gained so much experience, I've also made tons of new friends and found a new family. People from the organization, my host, other volunteers, and most importantly - the kids in the slum - they're all such wonderful and lovely human beings. I wish I could've stayed longer than just 3 weeks.
Thank you very much for everything, Soweto ❤️

3 months ago

joshua replied

Thank you so much Cynthia for the contribution you made to this project, you have touched so many lives.
We were so much Happy to have you and the memories we shared together will never be forgotten.
We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
It's our hope that you'll come back someday, welcome back.

Much love!



Nuestra experiencia en Soweto ha sido increíble, nos hemos sentido acogidos en todo momento y acabas sintiéndote en casa! Es increíble el trabajo que realizan y lo satisfactorio que es sentir que estas aportando algo en el proyecto.

4 months ago

joshua replied

Thank you Maria and Alejandro for the time you spent with us at Soweto Youth Initiative. I wholeheartedly recommend them for any future volunteering activities and programs. They are responsible, dedicated hardworking, focused, open and ready to learn.

Best regards,




Melhor experiência internacional que já tive, sem dúvidas.

Organização faz um trabalho incrível e de forma muito séria, sempre dando liberdade para os voluntários darem o que tem de melhor a oferecer.

O trabalho por lá é feito por gente comprometida e que recebe todo mundo com muito carinho e cuidado.

Me senti amparado em todos os momentos e totalmente conectado às pessoas de Soweto.

Países da África sofrem com má reputação na mídia e na internet, mas estando no Quênia me senti seguro e sempre muito bem tratado por todas as pessoas.

Recomendo de olhos fechados a todos.

5 months ago

joshua replied

Thank you Pedro for the time you spent with us ,from all of us at SYI, we wish you all the best in your future travels and endeavors.

Much love,




Ha sido una experiencia muy bonita, a pesar de la cantidad enorme de niños, hay organización y siempre había algo que hacer.
Recomiendo vivir día a día en el slum, estuve en casa de Conie, donde fue más personal la experiencia, y se aprende mucho más de la maravillosa cultura keniana.
Con Joshua y todo el equipo también genial, hacen una labor increíble.

A experience everyone should have.
My experience was simply amazing. I have
instantly like home away from home.
Everyone at Soweto has always been kind.
friendly and willing to help.
I have had a wonderful experience!

10 months ago

joshua replied

Gracias, Tamara
We wish you all the best to your future travels.
You are amazing.
Much love!



Cuando llegué a Soweto aún no sabía muy bien que entorno iba a encontrarme; la vida aquí,dentro del slum,es muy diferente a mi día a día en España. Pero he de decir que no me costó mucho adaptarme ,todo el mundo me lo puso muy fácil, además tuve la suerte de coincidir con dos voluntarios españoles. He podido vivir con una familia su día a día,cocinar comida típica y ser una más.
Detrás de este gran proyecto hay gente maravillosa y muy unida que velan los unos por los otros para ayudar a la comunidad. Son una gran familia. Creo 100% en la labor que realizan.

about 2 years ago

joshua replied

Miriam is a highly dedicated, hardworking, focused open and ready to learn. Her performance on the duties allocated in the project was outstanding.
She is highly reliable and a good team player, based on my experience with her, I wholeheartedly recommend her for any future volunteering opportunities.
She is fun and loves kids a lot.
Welcome back Miriam!

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