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Kenya childcare in Nairobi

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Kenya childcare in Nairobi

Make a positive contribution to the lives of those not as privileged as you. Use your skills and enthusiasm to see these children smile as you help create a brighter future.

Prices from US$1,045

Kenya is a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Magnificent wildlife roams across vast Rift Valley plains, white sand beaches fringe the turquoise Indian Ocean and ancient tribal communities practise traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time. All these combine to provide a destination of unparalleled appeal and fascination.

Travel to this spectacular land and immerse yourself in a community and culture in which you will be made to feel incredibly welcome. The people are positively inspiring and the landscape, national parks, beaches and surrounding islands are stunningly beautiful.

 Once you’ve learnt to do things the Kenyan way you’ll never want to leave this unique travel destination.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Bring fun and affection to children
  • Earn your TEFL certificate for free!
  • Enjoy a challenging & varied work schedule

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years

FAST FACTS

Location Kenya, Nairobi
Activities Teach English and other subjects
Care for children
  Feeding and food preparation
  Extracurricular activities
  Creating lesson plans
  Arts & crafts, sports and reading
  Cleaning and washing
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 2 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

 

 

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

In Kenya the  is a variety of institutions, including children’s homes, care centres and rehabilitation centres. These organisations care for children who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused and have no other place to go. Having lived tragic lives without love and affection the main thing most of these children need is some care and attention.

Many  children’s centres open their doors to other impoverished children during the daytime by providing feeding programmes or a community school in order to benefit both the children living there and the wider community. There are also a number of government primary schools close to the orphanage where children are able to get an education.

The Kenyan education system works on simple standard levels, each of which corresponds to one year of school and has its own standard text books for each subject. This makes it straightforward for you to pick up on the syllabus where they left off, understand what students are working towards and come up with creative and exciting ways to help them understand the topics. Primary school is open to all in Kenya and continues until the age of 14/15 years, when students lucky enough to attain good grades may be able to secure sponsorship or scholarships to continue their education to high school and beyond. The hard work you put in during your project could really make a difference to the future of these determined and enthusiastic children.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will agree your detailed project schedule with the project coordinator on arrival. You could be spending a few weeks each at the school and the centre, splitting your days between the two projects or mixing it up day by day. However your work programme pans out you will find it tiring and challenging but deeply fulfilling.

You will help in the day-to-day care of the orphans and running of the children's centre, helping with feeding and food preparation, play time, arranging extra curricular activities, sports, arts and crafts, entertainments and generally bringing fun and affection to the lives of these vulnerable and deprived kids. You may also be asked to help teach a variety of essential subjects such as basic maths, English, reading, and indeed anything else in which you have experience.

Volunteers will work with young children and babies who either have no family or are from very deprived backgrounds. Some of the children are suffering from HIV or AIDS and have been abandoned or are too sick to go to school, whilst others may have been subject to abuse. Most of the children are in need of love and affection and you will be utterly astounded to see how much your care and attention can change their lives.

You will also have a full teaching schedule enabling you to engage fully with your pupils, using your creativity and initiative to deliver a stimulating teaching programme.

You will benefit in terms of your personal and professional experience and will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Working either with a local teacher or independently, you could be directly involved with marking pupils' work, preparing homework and assembling innovative and effective lesson plans.

There are a range of extracurricular activities for you to contribute to, depending on your personal skills and interests, whether it is running a sports team, planning a school play, organising a choir or conducting one to one tuition for children who are struggling. Just use your initiative and get the kids involved! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these underprivileged children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from Nairobi airport by a friendly local staff member and transported to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Both your host and local coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, bustling community.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying with a friendly host in a homestay, which will allow you truly to experience Kenyan culture. We choose our hosts carefully to ensure that they are able to provide the support and security needed to make your stay comfortable – and fun! The homestay will usually have a bathroom, living room with TV andkitchen with a fridge and will be close to transport and local shops. You will be made to feel part of the family from the moment you arrive and you will soon find yourself immersed in home and community life.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will eat with your host and will be provided with two meals a day, enabling you to get a true feel for the Kenyan lifestyle and sample some authentic African home cooking. For lunch, volunteers usually eat out with colleagues or at the projects themselves, as they are away from the homestay.

Kenyan cuisine offers a variety of dishes based on meat and vegetable stews. Most dishes are served with either rice or ugali, the staple food for most of sub-Saharan Africa made from maize flour. You may also have the chance to sample such delicacies as "oysters Mombasa", fish or chicken in coconut, groundnut soup or beef and potato stew and for pudding, bananas cooked in banana leaves.
 

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

The kids loved to play and just to have someone there to show them some love and affection  | 13 Aug 2018
For anyone who loves working with kids this is the project for you! It was great to be able to wo...

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The children loved the attention  | 25 Jul 2018
The orphanage was amazing; you can interact with the children so much better when they are s...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Nairobi is often named as 'East Africa's hub of fun' and the town itself is packed with things to do in your spare time. For a cultural night out a visit to the Bomas of Kenya is a thrilling and illuminating way to discover more about the traditions, music and history of Kenya. You may also like to try some of the adventurous sports that are available in the area, such as hang-gliding, mountain biking, horse riding and trekking. Visit shops and market stalls to buy beautifully made arts and crafts, such as handmade artefacts, carvings, or fabulous Maasai tribal style jewellery. On your weekends you may wish to head off out of town up into the Rift Valley, where you can take in the incredible landscapes around Naivasha and other Rift Valley lakes or do some game drives or a short safari to one of the incomparable game reserves that are easily accessible.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,045

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Apt (NBO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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