- Experience the joy of knowing someone else's life has been improved because YOU were there.
- Partner with others who understand that a better world begins with changing a single life.
- Your safety is always our priority, every volunteer location has been thoroughly vetted.
- Contribute in the most meaningful way possible by volunteering in one of our life-changing projects.
- One of the most affordable volunteer-abroad programs available worldwide.
Do you have an interest in education and want to share your skills and time with disadvantaged children in Kenya? Are you ready to travel to Africa to change lives of orphaned children? Kenya is a country known for its colorful traditions and exciting diverse wildlife. However, the country's vast population still struggles with poverty which greatly impacts the children. The children from poor families cannot afford to go to good schools, and they attend overcrowded public schools where the quality of English education is very poor. The schools also lack experienced teachers and sufficient educational resources which greatly hampers the children from achieving success in their later life.
When you join this program, you will primarily be responsible for teaching English to the students and providing support to the local teachers. You will also help improve the curriculum and teaching materials in the public schools. You can also help the students with other subjects like math, science or computer. You will also engage the children in extra-curricular activities that will contribute to their overall growth. Your hard work and dedication helping the impoverished children will change their lives as well as help the local community. The valuable English skills you will teach the children will provide them with a tool to compete in the job market and have successful careers in their future. You will also gain a memorable experience as you help the children pull themselves out of poverty and lead happy and productive lives.
Volunteers below the age of 18 years will need to submit parental consent or must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
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Teaching in Rural Kenya
Our month teaching in Agape Mitaboni Academy, an impoverished rural school about two hours from Nairobi, was challenging, fulfilling and rewarding. We arrived with a suitcase (and more) of teaching materials, curriculum aids, sports equipment, stickers, educational posters, packages of pencil crayons, and even additional textbooks which we purchased in Nairobi, all of which were desperately needed and greatly appreciated. The needs are great: the school has pit latrines, inadequate blackboards, rough walls and (mostly) nonexistent window panes, and it lacks running water or refrigeration. In spite of all of that, the staff seem to genuinely care about their students and their instruction, the one (overworked) older cook manages to create two meals a day for 150 people over a smoky woodfire, the Administration is welcoming, and we were soon given the opportunity to focus on the Standard (or Grade) Sevens and Eights (as well as cover various other classes as the needs arose). What was amazing was the genuinely caring spirit which we observed among staff, students and parents; we didn't even see any evidence of bullying in the schoolyard. And the kids LOVED the volleyball net and balls which we were able to bring, thanks to British Airways' generous baggage allowance.
On our weekends, we took advantage of much that Nairobi and outskirts had to offer: the Railway Museum, Karen Blixen's home (of "Out of Africa" fame), the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (where we adopted a baby elephant), the Giraffe Centre, the Bomas Centre, Kenya's National Museum, AND, of course, a four-day safari conducted by our new Kenyan friend Jackson: we revelled in exploring the National Park, Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Lake Naivasha, where we saw four of the Big Five animals, to a total of more than FORTY species of animals and birds, many of which surprisingly up close.