Construction and Designing Assistant

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High­lights

Experience Kenyan lifestyle and customs.
Build a classroom in your own way; show the people how classroom size affects the psychology for young minds!
Learn Swahili and tribal dialects at your own pace and explore your love for languages!
Make an impact that would change young African minds!
Visit the surrounding reserves in your free time and get a taste of the African adventures! Even a quick venture to the Maasai would help as it’s the famous wildebeest season!!
We want experienced pairs of hands in constructing a fresh classroom and adding style to enhance teaching quality. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

Looking forward to working with a school in a rural setting? Do you want to help a classroom and re-design the basics of education? Do you want to add some colors to the lives of these young ones? Join us.

Debrief –

An ideal project for short-term volunteers, visitors and even working nomads, no specific skills are required. In fact, we welcome new ideas for a merger between the old and the new ways.

Volunteers should bring their own gloves, flashlights, and light-weight scarf for dust protection, insect repellent, working boots and water bottle. Please also note, projects and volunteer roles will vary from school to school.

This project focuses primarily on the construction and renovation of academic structures such as lavatories, libraries, classrooms and a possible staff office. Volunteers also have the opportunity to meet chiefs and community elders, and learn about the various cultures of the different communities through drumming, music and dance. If you are somebody with a knack for outdoor engagements and a good level of fitness, this will be a perfect project for you. The Construction assistant project offers volunteers the special opportunity to work alongside local people. One might bring forth a merger of new ideas and help re-design the concept of blackboard teaching.

Background –

In African communities, the most common problem faced by learners and educators alike is the deficit of good classroom structures with proper learning equipment. Sometimes, even to this day, you might find students sitting under a tree or just in the raw dirt against a scorching sun which is really not conducive for proper learning session. Even though the covid19 pandemic has started to fade, its impact has dealt a huge blow to the economy of schools with most parents opting out of sending their wards to classes and thus halting educational balance for the children. Instead, some kids have been asked to get a job, although the shock is not theirs alone but the surrounding bystanders. All of this because of lack of proper guidance, funds, material acquisition to build a student-friendly classroom. More than that, even the toilets have come to spotlight in lieu of the safety measures not being provided. In some schools, both girls and boys share the same lavatory which poses a threat to their physical and psychological health. They get used to the idea that everyone uses the same room for a single purpose and live in denial, until it’s too late, that they could come in contact with contagious diseases.

Location –

Mombasa is a touristy coastal city of not just Kenya but also East Africa. It’s round-the-year hot and humid so expect to be surrounded by serene splash of waves on the beach and dusty roads. Overall, it is surrounded by forest reserves and hilly ranges which adds it to one of the most tourist-friendly attractions in the world. Kenyans are lovely, warm people with a heart for friendly exchanges and interactions with tourists.

Challenges faced:

  • Lack of resources to reach out and ask for construction aid.
  • Lack of knowledge of classroom ambience.
  • Lack of personnel to assist the teachers.
  • Absence of proper toilets and canteen materials.
  • Lack of proper construction engineers to help design a draft for the framework.

Requirements:

We are looking for volunteers to help us with construction and building assistance with newer ideas and basic labor. We are also open to new design blueprints, painting and interior décor initiatives. Visitors would also get a chance to experience local lunch sessions with laborers and hear the stories of contrasting lifestyles or even engage with them during weekends for any recreational activities.

**Please note, this project has an additional fee of 50-70 euros per person for construction and renovation materials that are used during the project. A breakdown of the materials would be given post application completion, depending on the duration and the availability of materials.

Typical day

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your accommodation by a local coordinator/staff member and allowed to relax and rest.

Following that, you will meet the admin and the organizational hierarchy who will explain the work and the ongoing projects to be done.

Weekdays - A typical volunteer day would be as follows:

Day 1

  • 8:30 AM: Volunteer leaves for the project destination. The volunteer joins with the local staff and will be oriented about the work to be done.
  • 12.00 PM – 2.00 PM: Lunch break. During this lunch break, you are welcome to eat out or eat at the accommodation.
  • 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM: volunteer makes a note of things to be done and decides what to buy and how to buy, unless the blueprint is not ready. Work at the project usually ends. The volunteer at this point is free to travel around and explore or do anything at his/her own choice.
  • 7.00 PM: Dinner in the volunteer house.

Day 2 onwards

Volunteers have their own choice to work at their own pace and flexibility but it is advised to work in early hours as the sun and humidity combines a massive scorcher past 10-11 am, after which locals would be more suited while outsiders might need a breather. The rest of the day goes on as usual.

Usual workdays: Monday to Friday.

Overtime adjustments: If the volunteer and the coordinator feel the need to be flexible with the time, given the length and the nature of the work, that can be arranged as well. The volunteer also needs to arrange simultaneously.

The best part about the project and the program is its time notwithstanding.

Free-time activities

During the weekend, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore the Mombasa locale, such as visiting the beach, planning a fun and entertainment program with the kids, visiting local homes, etc.

Also, they can tour in and around places like Malindi, Kilifi, Watamu and so on.

There’s no dearth of places of rich and cultural heritage and the famed African wildlife. One must not miss out on the chance of a local safari to Tsavo hills or Arabuko reserves.

NOTE – The program coordinator can arrange for sightseeing, only after proper intimation and discussion.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Riding

Require­ments

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 (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
• Diligent.
• Respectful.
• Healthy and fit to work for hours under the sun.
• Flexible.
• Self-motivated.
• Willing to learn and share.

Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by LA4CC

What's included:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (Breakfast and dinner).
  • Pre-departure navigational and visa assistance.
  • In-country program orientation
  • Airport pick-up (if needed).
  • Certificate of International Volunteering from the organisation (performance-based).

What's not included:
  1. Flight costs.
  2. Visa and insurance costs.
  3. Vaccination or PCR tests.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION -

We do understand that some volunteers may not be able to spend as much so it is better that they discuss with the management prior to arranging a stay. In the times of the pandemic, empathy is a route to better communication and compassion. Although the money is directly invested for the provisions of the volunteers and the children and the caregivers, what we need in exchange for a budget compromise is your love, energy and ideas that can suit our betterment. Surely, some sort of arrangement can be made.

Airport Pickup at Moi International Airport

In case the volunteer is scheduled for Nairobi, there might be additional charges for pickup assistance or a proper navigational guidance for the route to Mombasa.

However, in special cases, there would be a pick-up assistance.

We strongly advise volunteers to save time and money to book a direct or a 1-stop flight to Mombasa (IATA code – MBA) as the final destination and their place of volunteering is the same.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Mombasa International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation.


**We strongly advise visitors not to reserve night flights as transport for pick-up might not be available. Preferably between 2300 to 0400 hours any day (east African Time).**

Accommodation

Volunteers have the option to stay in the school, where you can expect to share a room with other volunteers. Usually, the school doesn’t have much facilities but can be arranged with a ground carpet/mattress.

The better and more suitable option is a nearby guesthouse where volunteers have their own apartment with most of the facilities including the Wi-Fi but be noted that the pricing would be separate for this and could be arranged after a prior discussion.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), which are served at the school. However, in case of lunch, it may be at one’s own expense or sometimes shared with the school staff. Not to worry, a proper local lunch usually costs no more than 1.5-2 euros.

Breakfast is served around 7-8 am and generally consists of chai (tea), toast, fruit and sometimes mandazi (African donuts). A typical lunch can include vegetables with rice, occasional meat and fruit and is served around 1-2 pm. Dinner is usually served around 7-8 pm and usually includes traditional food, such as ugali, chapati, mboga and irio, alongside meat and vegetables.

Tap water is usually not safe to drink in the project site due to its closeness to the Indian ocean, though bottled water is readily available. However, clean water is available at the accommodation. Volunteers typically drink around half a gallon, or two liters, per day, which adds up to cost around $5-10 per week although drinking water is available at the volunteer house.

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 Moi International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

No specific start date would be announced. However, with the new systems fast approaching, It would be useful for the volunteers to make the journey at the soonest and get the maximal experience.

The program orientation begins usually on the day of the volunteer’s arrival or the day after, given the randomly changing flight schedules in lieu of the recent covid19 situation.

  • After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Mombasa International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa.
  • Before you arrive, you will be given navigational guidance by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation. A pick-up is usually recommended but do note the pick-up fee is not included in the fee.
  • If you are traveling in Kenya prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Mombasa on the day before your program orientation or you can navigate by yourself to the destination. Please make sure to keep in touch with the program coordinator and you will be assisted and guided during the tenure of your tour and stay accordingly. After all, traveling is always smoother when it has a proper communication system.
  • Orientation is given by the admin or a staff member in the school.
  • Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Kenya – Introduction to Mombasa, Kenyan Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Kenya (in and around Mombasa) and Introduction to your project.

Once your orientation is complete, you will be guided to your work location and you can proceed with the relevant work. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$275
3 weeks
$380
4 weeks
$506
6 weeks (max. stay)
$759
Average fees
$132 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. LA4CC will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with LA4CC during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Construction and Designing Assistant

We want experienced pairs of hands in constructing a fresh classroom and adding style to enhance teaching quality.

$120/week

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