Help Women through Micro-Finance Education

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gegründet 2010
Kingsley
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High­lights

You will have opportunity to experience the true African way of life, which will expand your perspective of the world, and memories that you'll never forget during your weekend excursions & safaris
The programs are many and suitable for volunteers from the age of 14 years and above, High School & University Students, Professionals, Couples & Families with their children, and Adults of 50+ years
After the completion of your online/ Onsite volunteer offer, UCESCO will write you a good and official recommendation letter and Certificate of appreciation/Recognition for your time and service to us
Our project site is truly an exciting place to be, a place where you can really make a difference. UCESCO - Kenya has a 100% safety record & we try to maintain it as Kenyans are friendly by nature.
Orientation of activities is done every Monday to understand all other programs we have in case you are flexible & interested to help other programs/activities. Opportunity to rotate to other program
We wouldn’t be able to do what we do best without the generosity of volunteers.We would be honored to have your support in helping our women with micro-finance education. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 14+
Alleinreisend
Pärchen
Familien
Gruppen
50+
Rollstuhlfahrer
Loans are rarely given to the poorer people in the community we are serving, as they have no collateral meaning that they struggle to find ways to escape the poverty trap. Micro-finance is a proven way of not creating millionaires, but increasing the standard of living for those who need the most help

Most of the women we are serving, do not even own bank accounts as when all the family expenses have been met, albeit with difficulty, there is nothing left to save. Banks, Microfinance Institutions even informal Shylocks need one to present a healthy financial history in form of bank statements, a document which over 90% of the group members lack. This unfortunate factor is contributing to the depths of poverty among the women in the communities we are serving and they need help to come out.

Tagesablauf

1. Volunteer task 

Bring your Business ideas, accounting or economics skills and contribute towards sustainable economic development by providing local individuals, groups and communities we are serving with the proper skills training and micro-loans to grow their businesses, create new jobs and help break the cycle of poverty and hunger

You will also help beneficiaries to create small business ideas, basic bookkeeping skills and conduct weekly workshops on topics related to micro-credit, computer literacy and vocation skills training, business plans, proposal writing, assisting the program directors, visiting the beneficiaries of the loans and interviewing communities that are part of the project. Depending on local needs, volunteers may also become involved in providing business consultations and training on opening savings accounts, running small businesses, evaluating loan applications, performing risk analyses, monitoring projects and overseeing repayment

2.  Your induction and orientation

On your first day, you will receive a comprehensive induction to your new town. A staff member will take you on a tour of the surrounding area, and point out places that might be useful to you. You will also be taken to buy a local sim card or exchange money if you need to. We value innovative ideas to make us serve others better hence we always encourage our volunteers to have creative ideas for serving the community better apart from assigning you our usual operations. 

Orientation of activities is done every Monday to understand all other programs we have in case you are flexible and interested to help other programs/activities. When you rotate to other programs you get more exposure and be more impactful to many needy beneficiaries.  For example, you have applied in this women Empowerment program, you can at the same time, help in teaching your language if you are good in life skills you can share with our high school students, if you are good in sports you can teach some sports you know, if you are good in mathematics you can teach at our school, if you have the medical background you can volunteers some of your free time from our school at our clinics or at our beauty school. I recommend volunteers who are flexible to help in other areas if the program you have applied to is not that busy during your time in Kenya. Africa will be more fun and enjoyable and you can learn more than you expected. We also as an Organization  plan for any Safari that is meaningful and pocket friendly as we want the tours to be friendly as well as touch the life of a needed person, that's why we opt for tour companies that we have a contract with so they subsidize the cost

3. Daily program/ Timetable 

Volunteer work is during the morning hours every day, and in the afternoon, we have free activities such as sports, Kenya traditional dance classes, traditional cooking classes, and sports for those volunteers interested to learn, however, it's an optional offer depending on the number of volunteers interested to learn But mostly volunteers finish their volunteer work at 3:30 pm and go home direct to rest and prepare for the following days' activities. Weekends are made for exploring our country and Safaris ( Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for any safari outside Nairobi City like Masai Mara, Samburu, they need at least 2 nights and 3 days to have enough experience). Safaris within Nairobi city or nearby can be explored for one day or two ( Saturday and Sunday). The organization is aware and more than happy to give you enough time to explore Kenya too because you are here to help at the same time make sure you experience Africa's lifestyle and culture. We will always give you time for that. 

A typical days schedule will look like this with or without minor adjustments;

  • 8:30 am - We serve a delicious and healthy breakfast 
  • 9:00 am - 13:30 pm - Volunteer work as described above. 
  • 14:00pm to 18:00pm - Free time activities mentioned above (Optional)
  • 3:30 pm -  Break and prepare back home to rest
  • 8:00 pm - Dinner is served

4. Climate and Weather 

  • Like much of the rest of the world, Kenya's weather can vary widely. However, some obvious climatic patterns can tell you what to expect. There are two rainy seasons in Nairobi. The major rainy season generally falls between mid-march and the end of May. The minor rainy season generally falls between the beginning of November and the end of December. During these periods, you will see a fair amount of rain, especially in the evening and during the night.

  • It is safest to plan for the hot sun as well as pouring rain, whatever the month, a raincoat is necessary, as is sun cream. Remember that the sun is stronger on the equator

Freizeitaktivitäten

Official languages are Swahili and English

  • Common swahili words
  • Hello: jambo/ hujambo/ ​salama.
  • How are you?: habari gani.
  • Fine (response): nzuri.
  • Goodbye: kwa heri/ kwa herini (more than one peson)
  • See you later: tutaonana.
  • Nice to meet you: nafurahi kukuona.
  • Goodnight: lala salama.

Wildlife

Kenya has a considerable land area devoted to wildlife habitats, including the Masai Mara, where blue wildebeest and other bovids participate in large-scale annual migration.

More than one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras participate in the migration across the Mara River.

The “Big five” game animals of Africa, that is the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephants, can be found in Kenya and in the Masai Mara and Samburu in particular.

A significant population of other wild animals, reptiles, and birds can be found in the national parks and game reserves in the country. The annual animal migration occurs between June and September, with millions of animals taking part, attracting valuable foreign tourism.

Two million wildebeests migrate a distance of 2,900 kilometers (1,802 mi) from the Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya, in a constant clockwise fashion, searching for food and water supplies. This Serengeti Migration of the wildebeest is listed among the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

Things to note throughout your stay in Kenya.

Nice places to visit in Kenya

  1. Samburu
  2. Fourteen falls
  3. Maasai village
  4. Kibera and Mathare slum
  5. Nairobi national museum and snake park
  6. Nairobi national park
  7. David sheldrick wildlife
  8. Bomas of kenya / Karen Blixen
  9. Kazuri beads factory and Giraffe centre
  10. Mt kenya
  11. Kiambethu tea farm in Limuru
  12. Tsavo national park
  13. Elephant hill hiking
  14. Amboseli national park
  15. Coffee farm tour
  16. Nairobi safari walk
  17. Maasai mara park
  18. Zip lining at Kereita

Klettern
Konzerte/
Musik
Wandern
Museum/
Oper
Reiten
Safari/
Zoo
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sport
Schwimmen
Wassersport
Yoga/
Meditation

Voraus­setzungen

Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du mindestens 14 Jahre alt sein.
Sprachkenntnisse
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Grundkenntnisse)
Benötigte Unterlagen
Passport and any form of identification
Staatszugehörigkeit
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
• a social mindset
• a good work ethic
• the ability to work as part of a team
• great communication skills
• adaptability to different types of tasks
• problem-solving ability
• initiative
• enthusiasm
• resilience
• a non-judgmental approach and respect for diversity
• great cultural awareness
• a professional attitude to work
• strong regard for health and safety
• eagerness to travel
• dedication
Arbeitszeiten
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag

Leist­ungen

Dienstleistungen von UCESCO Africa

In Summary, the fee includes:

  • Accommodation 
  • Airport Pick up/Transfer
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Breakfast and Dinner

Not included in the fee:

  • Drop off (we can organize for you with an extra $ 20 from your accommodation to the Airport) 
  • Laundry
  •  Local SIM card you need to purchase
  • Tour / Safaris
  •  Volunteer T-shirt
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

Abholung vom Flughafen Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

UCESCO-Kenya a staff member will be there to welcome you when you arrive at Nairobi Airport (NBO). From the airport, you will travel in our private car to your host family. Depending on traffic, this will be a 15 mins drive

Unterkunft
  • All volunteer houses have running water. Volunteers should not drink tap water – instead, drink only bottled water
  • UCESCO- Kenya arranges accommodation for volunteers in a volunteer house or in homestays. Both our homestays and volunteer house are executive, spacious, beautiful, Well finished apartment that is fully furnished with en-suite room features and en-suite bathroom. It's a place you can call home away from home. your stay is guaranteed to be comfortable, and memorable and a comeback is certain. The unit has a furnished living room fitted with armchairs, a flat-screen TV, Free Wifi, and a fully equipped kitchen in case you want to cook your own fast food apart from what we provide. Parking facilities are available and the premises are guarded by security personnel 24/7. 
  • Both Homestays and volunteers houses are located at lower Kabete road and Westlands, Nairobi, in a serene environment with friendly people, proximity to major Shopping Malls such as Westgate Mall, Sarit Centre Mall, Springs Valley Mall, Ibis Hotel, KFC, GYM, Pizza Inn, Coffe cafes, Supermarkets, and Educational Centers such as the University of Nairobi and Kenya School of Government. Just a short drive from Westlands and is a great choice for volunteers to rest after hard work in the slums. They are also in a Great location…convenient for public transport to the city and many bars and restaurants nearby. 
  • Housekeeping and laundry are offered weekly. 
  • Homestay volunteers can accommodate up to 3 volunteers same time, You will be living in a host family house and become a member of that family, which gives you the opportunity to learn their culture, learn a new language, and virtually do everything with them.
Doppelzimmer Einzelzimmer Bungalow Camping Schlafsaal Gastfamilie Gasthaus Hotel Jugendherberge
Verpflegung
  • Cuisine

    Kenyans generally have three meals in a day—breakfast (kiamsha kinywa), lunch (chakula cha mchana), and supper (chakula cha jioni or simply chajio). In between, they have the 10 o'clock tea (chai ya saa nne) and 4 p.m. tea (chai ya saa kumi).

    Breakfast is usually tea or porridge with bread, chapati, mahamri, boiled sweet potatoes, or yams.

     Githeri is a common lunchtime dish in many households, while Ugali with vegetables, sour milk (mursik), meat, fish, or any other stew is generally eaten by much of the population for lunch or supper.

    Regional variations and dishes also exist.

    In western Kenya, among the Luo fish is a common dish; among the Kalenjin, who dominate much of the Rift Valley Region, mursik—sour milk—is a common drink.

    In cities such as Nairobi, there are fast-food restaurants, including Steers, KFC, and Subway. There are also many fish-and-chips shops.

    Cheese is becoming more popular in Kenya, with consumption increasing particularly among the middle class


  • We provide 2 meals per day because most of the lunchtime will always find you on the project site. You only need to buy some snacks or affordable food near your project site. Sometimes like in school you can share with the students but might not be good for your stomach because mostly we use Githeri ( Cooked Maize corn and beans together) which I guess might be difficult for your stomach to digest if you are not used to it. If you have any special dietary requirements e.g vegetarian or vegan, please let us know so we can make arrangements for you. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but, as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible so you can adapt easily.
Internetzugriff
Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Flugtickets
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Kenia zu finden.
Reiseversicherung
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Kenia bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Impfungen
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Kenia antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Kenia überprüfen.

Termine & Preise

KEINE KREDITKARTENGEBÜHREN

Informationen zur Anreise

1. Preparing for the arrival 

  • Volunteering in Kenya through our organization will be an exhilarating, horizon-widening time. You will find new friends and take on new challenges, experiencing a different way of life while you do so. To make the most of this opportunity, it is a good idea to make sure that you are prepared as possible, both physically and mentally. 

2. VISAS Requirement for your volunteer

  • One of the perks of volunteering with us is the visa guidance we give you. We have a dedicated visa team that has up-to-date information on Visa requirements. You can get in touch with us if you have any visa queries, big or small, and we will take you through the process. Once you apply, you'll also get a link, which includes all the necessary visa information.

3. When we need volunteers

  • Throughout the year.

  •  The exception is a teaching program that is available from January to May, and from July to November each year.

4. Communication 

Immediately you arrive, it is reassuring to know you’ll be able to contact home and keep in touch with staff and volunteers during your stay. Here are some tips on communicating in Kenya

  • Mobile phone- It is a good idea to have a mobile phone with you while you volunteer. They allow you to reassure your family and friends to know that you will be contactable. A local SIM card will usually offer much cheaper local and international rates than your SIM from home. You can buy a local SIM from many shops in Nairobi, and the Kenyan team or another volunteer can tell you where to go. Safaricom is the largest network provider in Kenya. You can buy or rent a handset after you arrive, or alternatively bring one with you. Some smartphones (including iPhones) will not accept SIMs from other companies, so please check before you travel. 

  • Internet - The cheapest way to stay in touch with friends and family is via the internet, email, social networks, and telecom services like Skype. Many volunteers also choose to write a travel blog, and volunteers who fundraise may have promised an email diary for their sponsors. There are two ways to access the internet in Nairobi: on the internet, Wifi in homestays, and cafes, or using a modem stick plugged into your laptop. 

  • Local means of Transport -Matatus are the most common form of public transport in Kenya. After you have been in Kenya for a couple of days and you are starting to feel more confident, you’ll find you want to explore the local area or get to the supermarket or an ATM. You may also need to take public transport to reach your placement project. If this is the case, one of the Kenyan team will accompany you for your first couple of days, until you are happy making the trip without them. Matatus are the most common form, a cross between a minibus and a taxi. They are often “pimped out” with neon lights, TV screens, and speakers, and they are a cheap and entertaining way to travel. Be aware that due to the cramped conditions, there is always a risk of pickpocketing. Avoid taking valuables or large sums of cash on a matatu. For longer journeys, we recommend organizing travel with the Kenyan team, who can arrange for you to be driven to your destination by one personal car/Van

  • Kindly Note that Commuting to the project site is on a personal account for all volunteers above 18yrs and our local staff from the volunteer house/Homestay by a public transport system which is very easily affordable and uber can also be cost-shared when traveling with more than 3 volunteers, apart from Minors of below 18 yrs who must be accompanied by one of our staff in charge at UCESCO or other adult volunteers staying together.  

5. Clothes 

There are a couple of things to bear in mind when packing clothes for Kenya. The first is the weather - it can vary quite a lot, so it is best to plan for hot sun and pouring rain. You will need to dress to protect yourself from the sun, but also be prepared for rain. Here is a suggestion of what to bring;

  • T-shirts 

  • Shorts 

  • Lightweight trousers and tops

  • Jumper and Jeans for the evenings 

  • Plenty of underwear 

  • Hait for sun

  • Sports clothing 

  • Trainers or boots 

  • Sandals 

  • Day shoes 

6. Packing

Below are some suggestions about what to pack. Everything on these lists is essential or useful 

  • Passport 

  • Yellow Fever vaccination certificate 

  • A sleeping bag and a Mosquito net are important to have, especially when we will be traveling to rural villages or our monthly team-building camping. You can come with it or get it at our local markets. 

  • Travel pillow 

  • Towels 

  • Toiletries and sanitary products. Consider bringing dry shampoo and wet wipes, and hand sanitizer

  • Anti-malaria tablets- We insist; that volunteers purchase a full course of anti-malarial tablets before departure. Malarone is popular due to minimal side effects, Doxycycline, proguanil, and mefloquine are also alternatives. 

Verfügbarkeit
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
Dauer
1 - 28 Wochen

Programmgebühren

Kosten: Preise in USD
1 Woche (Mindestaufenthalt)
$300
2 Wochen
$478
3 Wochen
$711
4 Wochen
$944
8 Wochen
$1.876
16 Wochen
$3.739
28 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
$7.350
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$281 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. UCESCO Africa wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
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Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit UCESCO Africa während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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Help Women through Micro-Finance Education

We wouldn’t be able to do what we do best without the generosity of volunteers.We would be honored to have your support in helping our women with micro-finance education.

$281/week

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