Assistance at a Day Care Center

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Coordinator | Guillaume
Coordinator | Guillaume
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You will be assisting in the day to day running of a local orphanage. You'll be helping with chores and leading games with the children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Orphanage volunteers will be placed in one of Agape’s partner children’s homes caring for children aged between one and fourteen years. 

Some of your duties will likely reflect those of teaching volunteers, helping with classes at the children’s home or the local school. In addition, you will be expected to engage in a wide range of other activities, depending on the specific needs of your placement. This will include plenty of practical work helping with the everyday running of the orphanage, such as cleaning, laundry, cooking and dishwashing; as well as helping with development of the orphanage’s facilities (i.e. painting classrooms, gardening). 

Some of the most valuable work you’ll do, of course, will be spending time with the orphans: playing with them, helping with homework and getting to know them. As a volunteer you can help to provide more individual care and attention for each child. As well spending time with the children on an informal basis, we encourage you to organise games and evening activities. 

Forming friendships and helping to foster a sense of family and community is hugely important – some of the children will have lacked these all their lives. However, this can be difficult if you are volunteering for weeks rather than months. Remember that you will be passing through these children’s lives and ensure you work with placement staff to be a positive presence. Look to longer term volunteers for guidance. 

If you have childcare experience or training, please share your experience with other volunteers and guide them in their work. Share your knowledge with placement staff as well – that way, your impact can live on even after you return home.

Orphanage placements are hard work, what with chores and entertaining and caring for large groups of children – so plenty of enthusiasm and a lot of energy are a must!

Typical day

Volunteers are generally expected to work at their placement five days a week. Weekday mornings will start with breakfast with other volunteers at our volunteer house, before you head to the orphanage for around 9am. Children tend to learn best during the mornings, so your initial duties may well involve teaching a small class of children. At around 12pm you’ll get a break for lunch, which you can take with other volunteers and local staff. Afternoons are often devoted to games and activities and it will be your job to help run these. 

You will generally finish your placement at around 5pm, though you’ll find that the children will often want you stay around to play more! After your placement you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers and local team members over dinner, and we often organise games and activities of our own in the evenings. Weekends are also your own but there are always plenty of extra Adventures to do in Kenya!

Free-time activities

All of Agape's volunteers in Kenya also get the opportunity to take part in at least two extra trips free during their stay in Kenya.

The first of these is to the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps an hours drive from the volunteer house. These camps were set up during the election violence in 2007 to house those who lost their home during the troubles. Thankfully the situation is much more peaceful now, but sadly many residents have not moved since, and Agape is committed to continuing to offer as much support as possible to some of the must vulnerable people in Kenya. We help to run a school there, and are also engaged in various other infrastructure projects to help the local community. During your day there you will help out with whatever projects we have ongoing at the time. This may include medical outreach work, distributing supplies, or helping with the building and maintenance of ongoing construction projects.

The other trip Agape offers free in Kenya is our Nairobi City Tour. This is your chance to relax after the stresses of your placement or work in IDP, and provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with giraffes and elephants at the animal orphenage. It will also help to orientate you in Kenya's capital city - a vibrant and exciting place, with plenty to explore!

As optional extras in Kenya, you can choose from the following: Three Day Maasai Mara Safari, Four Day Safari, Maasai Cultural Excursion, Diani Beach Getaway, Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Mount Kenya Climb, Hell’s Gate Biking and Hiking Day Trip, Mt. Logonot Day Hike, Kibera Outreach Day Uganda Adventure Holiday Break and Uganda Gorilla Trekking. Our most popular trips are the Safari, and the Hell's Gate Biking and Hiking, along with climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for those on longer trips. Please ask for further information about any of these, and for a full list of prices.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
experience in childcare
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Agape Volunteers

The programme fee includes your accommodation, two meals a day, transfers to and from the airport, all Agape registrations, orientation, a dedicated trip adviser to guide you through your booking, a donation to your placement, a guided tour of Nairobi and a trip to the IDP camp where we do a lot of our work.

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

You will be met by a uniformed member of staff and driven to the volunteer house to settle in. You will be provided with a list of emergency contacts and a description of the visa/arrivals process.


Most of our volunteers in Kenya live in our purpose-built volunteer house, supervised and run by our local team. Living in our volunteer house is great fun, and provides the perfect balance between getting involved in a big Kenyan family and having the opportunity to relax with other like-minded volunteers.
Our volunteer house  has hostel-style dorm. In peak seasons, you may be housed with one of our host families in Nairobi. You can also request a private double room if you volunteer in a couple. Other facilities at the volunteer house include a roof terrace with barbecue, games room, and plenty of communal space for games and activities.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast will be bread, butter, jam, eggs and chai, a type of African tea. Kenyan food often has an Indian influence, and dinner consists of rice, beans, mixed vegetables, chapatis, ugali and stewed meat. You are encouraged to try out the local vendors and stalls near your placement for lunch. Your host mum can provide you with a packed lunch if you prefer. It is recommended that you drink only bottled water. If you have any special dietary requirements, do let us know.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Kenya provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Your trip adviser will take you through the arrival procedure. They will also provide a checklist covering all the necessary preparation for your trip (vaccinations, visa, etc.), as well as a list of contact numbers to take with you in case of difficulties.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
11 weeks
20 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$209 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Agape Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Agape Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Assistance at a Day Care Center

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