For decades Kenya has attracted wildlife lovers, adventurous travelers and artists who love nature, as it is a country full of unique landscapes and a great cultural heritage. But also much of its population is in situations of poverty and economic hardship that does not allow their children to get a quality education.
This need has generated that many organizations and communities look for the tools and possible solutions to this problem and that facilitates the day to day to these people. Adventure Volunteer, is one of these associations, which supports vulnerable communities in Kenya, through the volunteer program reinforcement and school support for children and young people of limited resources.
For all these reasons, the program of volunteer reinforcement and school support, aims to improve the quality of life of people in situations of social disadvantage, serving mainly the most vulnerable children.
All this work would not be possible without the constant support of local staff and volunteers who accompany us each year in this work. This is a program that seeks to empower children and young people to develop all their skills and increase their knowledge.
WHAT WILL I DO AS A VOLUNTEER?
As a volunteer in Kenya, you should keep in mind that we do not have enough staff to cope with the demand for work that we currently have. We hope that our volunteers will bring new ideas and teaching methodologies that will motivate our children and young people to continue learning and build a better future for themselves.
We work in a space for our children and young people, aged between 3 and 8 years in the mornings, in the afternoons are children between 9 and 14 years. Volunteers interested in providing affective-sexual education collaborate with young children between the ages of 10 and 21. Classes are organized:
- English, Mathematics, Computer Science and Sports
- Art, dance and music activities
- Health and hygiene talks
- Cooking classes, Painting, Gardening
- Storytelling and theatre spaces
- Collaborate in the tasks of cleaning and maintenance of the center.
- Assist 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 is very important that every volunteer has a certain level of English to be able to communicate.
- You must be of legal age.
- We expect you to be creative, open-minded and adaptable.
- In addition to the desire to help, give your best to these children and young people.
- The clothing required during collaborative hours is: long pants (jeans or jeans), blouses or short-sleeved t-shirts. Shorts, strapless blouses and short dresses are not allowed. We must understand that we are in another country and customs are different from ours.
WHAT DAYS AND DATES CAN I VOLUNTEER?
- This project is open all year round.
- You can arrive any day of the week, we also recommend that you arrive on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as it facilitates the incorporation to the project.
TIMETABLE AND PICK-UP POINT
- You must arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (where you will be picked up by your assigned logistics coordinator).
- The schedule for airport pick-ups is from 8:00 to 21:00 (ask for additional costs in case of arrival at other times).
WHERE WILL I BE AND WHAT WILL MY SCHEDULE BE DURING VOLUNTEERING?
The Volunteer Reinforcement and School Support Program is located in Kahawa Sowetto, approximately 5 to 20 minutes walk from the host family. The specific address is: Kahawa west, Soweto slum in the Roysambu sub county of Nairobi.
A volunteer’s day starts at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 5:00 p.m. approximately. The schedule may also vary depending on the tasks to be performed by the volunteers.
ORGANIZATION OF A VOLUNTEER DAY:
- 7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast with local family
- 8:00 – 8:15 Road to the project
- 8:15 – 13:00 Collaboration in the project
- 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch with the local family
- 14:00 – 16:00 Collaboration with the project
- 16:00 – 19:00 Free time
- 19:00 Dinner with local family
HOW ARE THE LODGING AND MEALS?
Accommodation and meals for the volunteer are provided by the Kenyan host family. These allow the volunteers to get to know more directly the culture of the country and the people who live in these communities.
They are very poor places, the volunteer must know that there is nothing of comfort.
The selected houses have:
- 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 is usually served with tea or coffee and fruit, cassava, sweet potato, pancakes (crepe, pancake) or mandazi. In the meal rice with stew, spaghetti, ugali with cabbages or vegetables, githeri (combination of cornmeal and cooked beans) and Matoke (banana and chicken stew) dinner is similar to the main meal.
There may be temporary cuts in water and electricity supplies.
During your programme you will have a general coordinator, apart from project managers or centres. In the case of Kenya your coordinators will be Joshua and George.
Once you are part of the Adventure Volunteer team, they will induct you into the program and the work to be done.
The price of the volunteer education and school support programme in Kenya is divided into two parts. A deposit of 150€ must be paid to register for the programme. One (1) month before the beginning of your volunteering, the rest of the program must be paid.
Each additional week has a price of 180€. The prices of the volunteer program of teaching and school support are in euros, so the currency exchange will have real effect. You can consult the exchange rate for the period of your trip.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Welcome at the airport and transfer to the volunteer’s home
- Accommodation during your volunteering
- 3 meals a day during your volunteering period
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
- Orientation and induction to the program
- Certificate of hours done in your volunteering
- Accident insurance during your volunteering
- Civil liability for your activity
- Receipt from NGO about your program fee
- Guidance, advice and management in the choice of programme
- Volunteer T-Shirt
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Flight to the country
- Visa, if necessary
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Internal transportation or excursions
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Drinks, diets and special meals
- Trips inside or outside the country