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.
YOUR ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER
As a volunteer in the Volunteer Reinforcement and School Support programme in Kenya, you should bear in mind that we do not have enough staff to cope with the demand for work that we currently have. 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 collaborate in a school with 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.
- In order to participate in some of our volunteer programs, you must be of legal age. We hope you will be creative and open-minded. 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.
HOURS AND PLACE OF WORK
The Volunteer Reinforcement and School Support Program is located in Kahawa Sowetto, about a 5 to 10 minute walk from the host family. The specific address is: Kahawa west, Soweto slum in the Roysambu sub county of Nairobi.
In principle the project is open all year round and the minimum participation time is 2 weeks.
A volunteer’s day starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. approximately. Also the schedule can vary by 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
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Accommodation and meals are provided by the host family, where the volunteer is assigned upon arrival. 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 houses have electricity and water (only cold). There is also a laundry service.
They have a room (for two or three volunteers depending on the house), a bathroom and a living room.
The food is typical of the country. Breakfast is usually eaten:
- Tea or coffee
- Sweet potato
- Pancakes (crepe, pancake) or Mandazi
Food is usual:
- Rice with stew
- Ugali with cabbages or vegetables
- Githeri (combination of corn flour and cooked beans)
- Matoke (banana and chicken stew)
Dinner is similar to the main meal.
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