Live and volunteer in Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city. Mombasa is a major tourism spot rich in culture with some of the best beaches in the world.
Mombasa is a place steeped in history where life has continued unhurried and unchanged for more than 900 years. Mombasa is a lively port city, an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. The true heart of the city is the exotic old town made up of narrow winding streets, open markets, and Arab architecture.
Volunteer Programs in Mombasa
Location of Mombasa
Mombasa is located on the Eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean. Mombasa is about 300 miles from Nairobi. The best option for reaching Mombasa is to fly directly into Mombasa’s Moi International Airport (bypassing Nairobi’s airport altogether). However, if you book a flight to arrive in Nairobi, our local Coordinator will meet you there and accompany you to Mombasa.
Getting Around Mombasa
In Mombasa, most volunteers are able to walk from their host family to their volunteer job. In fact at our community school teaching placement, volunteers stay with a host family on the grounds of the school. Otherwise, you will use public transportation for commuting to your volunteer job and for weekend travel. The public transport options include “matatus” (shared minibus taxis), buses, and regular taxis.
Climate in Mombasa
The climate in Mombasa is hot and humid! The average high is 86 F and average low is 74 F. The rainiest months are April and May; otherwise the area gets moderate rainfall.
Free Time in Mombasa
Mombasa has some of the best beaches in the world. A favorite activity of locals and foreigners alike is to spend a weekend day at one of the beautiful, pristine beaches.
The city of Mombasa itself is a fascinating place to walk. You can walk and explore Arab and Portuguese forts, the famous “Old Town” of Mombasa, and the ruins of Swahili outposts.
On weekends you can take a safari at Tsavo National Park or at the famous monkey sanctuary down the coast from Mombasa. Also consider a 3-4 day trip to Tanzania.