For decades Kenya has attracted wildlife lovers, adventurous travelers and artists who love nature, as it’s a country full of unique landscapes and a great cultural heritage. However, much of its population encounter themselves in situations of poverty and economic hardship that don’t allow their children to get a quality education. This has been the impulse for many organizations and communities to look for possible solutions to this problem and facilitate the daily life of these people. Adventure Volunteer is one of these associations that supports vulnerable communities in Kenya through volunteer programs of School reinforcement and support for children and young people of limited resources.
The School reinforcement and support volunteer program aims to improve the quality of life of people in situations of social disadvantage, most importantly in the case of vulnerable children. All this work would not be possible without the constant support of local staff and volunteers who accompany us each year. This is a program that seeks to empower children and young people in order to develop their skills and knowledge.
YOUR ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER
As a volunteer in the School reinforcement and support volunteer program in Kenya, you should bear in mind that there isn’t enough staff to cope with the current demand of the schools. We therefore hope that our volunteers will bring new ideas and teaching methodologies and that these will motivate our children and young people to continue learning and build a better future for themselves.
We work at the school with children and young people between the ages of 3 and 8 in the mornings ands between the ages of 9 and 14 in the afternoons. Volunteers interested in providing affective sex education work with young children between the ages of 10 and 21. The volunteer’s tasks at the school include:
- English, Mathematics, Computer Science and Sports
- Art, dance and music
- Health and hygiene talks
- Cooking, painting and gardening classes
- Storytelling and theatre activities
- Cleaning and maintenance of the center
- Assisting the staff of the centres
All of the above is complemented by leisure and free time activities that seek to promote socio-educational integration, tolerance and solidarity in the children who live in these communities.
KEEP IN MIND
- It’s very important that every volunteer has a certain level of English to be able to communicate.
- In order to participate in some of our volunteer programs, you must be of legal age. We hope that you will be creative and open-minded, as well as willing to help and give your best to these children and young people.
The clothing required during working hours is: long pants (jeans), blouses or short-sleeved t-shirts. Shorts, strapless blouses and short dresses are not allowed. The volunteer must understand that they are in another country and the local customs are different from theirs.
SCHEDULE AND PLACE OF WORK
The School reinforcement support volunteer program is located in Kahawa Sowetto, about 5 to 10 minute walk from the host family, the address is: Kahawa west, Soweto slum in the Roysambu sub county of Nairobi.
The project is open all year round and the minimum participation time is 2 weeks.
A volunteer’s day starts at 7:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm, approximately. The schedule may vary depending on the activity that the volunteer is currently taking part in.
Organization of a volunteer day:
- 7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast with the host family
- 8:00 – 8:15 Walk to the project
- 8:15 – 13:00 Work in the project
- 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch with the host family
- 14:00 – 16:00 Work in the project
- 16:00 – 19:00 Free time
- 19:00 Dinner with the host family
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Accommodation and meals are provided by a Kenyan host family. This allows the volunteers to immerse themselves in the culture of the country and get to know how Kenyan people live.
The conditions of the rooms are basic but clean and tidy. The family houses provide:
- Bedrooms (for two or three volunteers depending on the house)
- A common bathroom in an outdoor area for all the inhabitants of the house
- Living room
The food is typical of the country. Breakfast usually consists of tea or coffee and fruit, cassava, sweet potato, pancakes or mandazi. Lunch and dinner include rice with stew, spaghetti, ugali with cabbage or vegetables, githeri (combination of cornmeal and cooked beans) and matoke (banana and chicken stew).
There may be temporary cuts in water and electricity supplies.
It is very important to note that being part of a volunteer program is an activity for which you do not have to pay. No organization (NGO) charges for volunteering, what it charges is in exchange for accommodation and food.
The total cost of the volunteer reinforcement and school support programmes in Kenya is from 585€ for two weeks. Each additional week costs 180€. (The price in dollars is approximate).
The prices of the volunteer programmes in care centres in Nepal are in euros, so the currency exchange will have a real effect. You can check the exchange rate for the period of your trip.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Welcome at the airport
- Accommodation with the host family
- Meals during the implementation of your volunteer program
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
- Orientation and induction to the program
- Certificate of Volunteerism