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Share a former YAV's experience in Kenya

Watch this four-minute video to learn firsthand about Shelvis Smith-Mather's remarkable year of service.

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Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA)

Program Description

For years, the Presbyterian Church in East Africa has been a leader within the wider Christian community in evangelism and outreach as well as addressing social issues. Kenya Young Adult Volunteers serve in churches and ecumenical ministries approved by the PCEA, one of the fastest growing denominations in the world. Volunteers will have the opportunity to develop their faith while serving a church known for its spiritual discipline, lay involvement, social ministry and phenomenal growth. Participants will take an active part in the life of the local church and live in communities that are culturally, socially, economically and theologically diverse.

Placement Opportunities

Volunteers may serve in the following types of ministries in urban or rural areas:

  • Training children, young adults and the unemployed.
  • PCEA congregational outreach ministries to marginalized groups.
  • Assisting women’s projects.
  • Participating in health awareness activities.
  • Working with ecumenical organizations such as Church World Service, All Africa Council of Churches and others.
  • Working as a communications representative for organizations by writing articles, designing Web sites and creating reports for U.S. partners.
  • Living and working at a halfway house for women helping them find work outside the sex trade.


Volunteers may stay in either a family’s home, in an apartment or dorm.

Community Life

Volunteers will have access to a site coordinator and a spiritual mentor from the local community to learn from, with and about Christians in Kenya. There will be opportunities to learn a traditional language and travel to various parts of East Africa for mission work/study and group retreats.


Age: 21 to 30
Education: College Degree or equivalent
Other: personal and professional flexibility

Site Coordinator

The Rev. Phyllis Byrd-Ochilo

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