How The Project Works
With a variety of placements on offer and no specific experience required, volunteers of all ages, from a range of backgrounds and possessing different skills are all encouraged to take part in this friendly project.
Volunteers usually work five days a week during school hours at a school in need or community project and will have the choice to help out during the weekend, undertake some sightseeing, or simply relax and enjoy local life. If you wish, your time can be split between working on different projects. Your local coordinator is always available to help you make the most of your time. If you change your mind about anything whilst your there, for example, changing projects, accommodation, dates or anything else, this can easily be accommodated.
Depending on your selection of placement and accommodation, you may walk or take a 10 minute local bus (KBS) to work, or if you select a more remote location, you may have to travel a little further. However, this can be discussed and we will ensure that you do not spend all day travelling back and forth!
One of the new projects volunteers are involved with, which is a registered UK charity, requires all participating volunteers to show a full and recent CRB so if you have one, do take it with you should you decide to volunteer there after arrival!
In Swimming Pool Umoja 1 Moi Drive Rd, located in Nairobi-Kenya, approximately 3 Km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) most volunteers pick taxi in when they arrive.
Accommodation with your friendly volunteer coordinator and is family or with family friends. Friends and travel buddies are placed together. This is an ideal option for those preferring a cultural experience.
An airport pick-up and transfer service is available from Nairobi and is arranged for you in advance. Pay on arrival approximately £50 – £60 for taxi to guesthouse in Nairobi for overnight stay (recommended), morning taxi to bus station and bus to KCSD Center.
Flights, visas, meals, insurance, return airport transfer, local transport around Kenya, volunteer permit (obtained on arrival in KCSD approx. $200)
The school term dates in Kenya are as follows: 1st term: 1st week of January – last week of March 1st Term: 2nd Term commenced 1st week of May – end of 4th week of August usually students are on school holidays during the following dates: The 3rd Term commence in the 1st week of September and 1st week of December. Volunteers can still participate during the school holidays as there is plenty of volunteering work, which can be done in the community, at the University and at youth centers.
Teaching In Kenya, teachers are in short supply yet the children are eager and waiting to learn. With students ranging in age from 3+ you may find that they are more passive and ‘easier’ to teach in comparison with children in your home country.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to teach their own classes in a wide range of subjects, in most instances following the local curriculum and using the textbooks provided by the school. However, due to a lack of resources in some areas, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own teaching materials and come up with some creative lesson ideas. Bring storybooks, activity/workbooks rather than the revision type books. These can be the kind of books children can actually work in, with pro-active content.
You can either photocopy material to hand out or copy out activities on the blackboard which the children can then copy. You could also introduce spelling competitions, quizzes on the books already read, or word and number games. Any extra resources that you can bring such as some cheap calculators, children’s scissors. However, essentials such as pens and pencils, A4 paper and glue can be bought cheaply from a local bookshops.
GRANT WRITER / FUNDRAISER
Looking for a grant writer who wants to give back to the community and assist a local charity organization to secure funding for vocational training safety/sustainability/and active learning grants.
PROVIDING SPACE FOR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Beyond academic content, there is an increasing recognition that students need a broader set of social and emotional skills to succeed in life, like metacognition, critical thinking, persistence, and self-regulation. But because teachers today have to spend so much time on content delivery, assessment, and classroom management, there isn’t much time to coach and guide students to build these critical skills. Technology can help to address this in two ways. First, technology platforms themselves can encourage these skills–for example, a student might receive motivational messages while working through a difficult set of math word problems, encouraging persistence even as the student is struggling. Second, technology can free up teacher time previously spent on administrative tasks, enabling teachers to spend more time working with students to build these crucial skills.
Tutor & Mentor: KCSD
Provide mentorship and tutoring support to teenage girls and women at the Swimming pool Umoja 1 after school program on Tuesdays & Thursdays during the academic year. Volunteers act as positive role models and tutors for the youth. Psychosocial help
The psychosocial portion of our program is infused within every other program aspect offered by KCSD, as it is an essential component throughout. These vulnerable youth have suffered much in their young lives: to give them love, and a sense of hope amidst incredibly challenging circumstances is vital to their development. Crisis intervention and emotional support is a constant need, especially in a life with the many unexpected obstacles a young child growing up in Africa will experience. There is so much in the lives of these kids that is transitory, vulnerable, and never guaranteed; to give them a sense of love and sustaining hope throughout this instability and the unknown is huge.
The school children are mentored and supported by the young peer educators at KCSD… their ‘brothers and sisters’, who understand their struggles and fears, and can show them promise for a different future; they also have a supportive staff at the organization, including trained Kenyan social workers.
The program mentors homeless youth and adults through local games, which ultimately build confidence and create a positive structure. We use soccer to teach a curriculum of life and employability skills, to help our participants to do better in school, to live healthier and for our adults to find and maintain employment. Playing soccer helped child maintain a sense of normalcy when her/his life is in chaotic, and the support of the community created a “safety net” for their family