Cultural Immersion Assistant

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founded in 2001
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Coordinator | Beverley
Coordinator | Beverley
This provides a place for cross-cultural collaboration between volunteers and the local community to work together to raise the overall standard of living This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The Cultural Immersion program allows volunteers to experience the life and culture of a Maasai  tribal community in Kenya, while improving the standard of living and well-being of the people.

The Masaai community is known as the earliest inhabitants of Kenya. As a volunteer, you’ll stay with a local family, quickly becoming part of the community. You’ll develop a shared understanding as you learn from them and work with them to support the long term goals of the local Masaai community  In Kenya. It’s a transformative experience to volunteers, that provides a unique insight into a way of life that locals normally only have access to.

This project provides a place for cross-cultural collaboration between international volunteers and the local community to work together to raise the overall standard of living within the village. As a volunteer, this means you could find yourself developing community or putting the focus on increasing access to education by teaching English or promoting lifelong learning opportunities; or taking part in childcare activities.

The rural environment and nature of this project means that schedules and work can vary greatly, so it’s important to come with an open mind and a willingness to help where it’s most needed. The pace of life is slower and the standard of living is very basic, with outdoor showers, squat toilets, and woodfire oven.

The project is well suited to the volunteers who are willing to support and know more about the Kenya indigenous community. If you are someone who is interested in anthropological studies or want to learn more about the tribal cultural practices, traditions, language and their way of living then this project is a wonderful opportunity for you.

Please note this placement is located in rural areas, so volunteers can expect the village to be very remote and have extremely basic facilities.​ The majority of the villagers ​also ​do not speak English so volunteers need to be creative in finding ways to overcome any language barriers.​

You don’t need any qualifications or experience to join this cultural immersion project

Volunteers will follow a set timetable of tasks. 

We will also organise a number of social and cultural events so you can make the most of your time abroad. 


Typical day

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical volunteer day is as follows:

6.00 to 7.30 AM​ Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.

7.45 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.

12.00 PM Lunch

3.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.

6.45 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.

Please be aware there is a curfew at 8.00 pm every night for all volunteers. This curfew is in place to ensure the safety of our volunteers. Volunteers who wish to go out past 8.00 pm must discuss this with the local staff and arrange alternative accommodation for that night.

Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Nairobi, wider Kenya and Eastern Africa. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield (i.e. Mombasa, Uganda or Tanzania), or to embark on a safari. Sunday is a religious day of rest. If you wish, you can accompany your host family to their local church, as a Kenyan church service is a unique and special experience for many volunteers.
Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Yoga/
Meditation

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) or Swahili (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at University or College level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Hard working
Physical Fitness
Flexible
Good Communicator
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Musha Care Foundation

Program FeeWhat it covers

  •  24/7 in-country support
  •  Airport pick-up
  •  Program orientation
  •  Volunteer placement
  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals
  • Local Travel

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Nairobi on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. 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. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.


Accommodation

Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom​ ​​with two to four other volunteers, comprised of single beds and bunk beds with​ ​bedding provided. Living is comfortable and most home-stays have electricity,​ ​running water and western bathrooms. ​I​t is important to note that​ ​there are often power outages and water shortages​, and ​​volunteers need to be prepared to have the occasional bucket shower or​​ ​some time without power.​ Some rural home-stays​, ​​and all home-stays in Maasai, do not have electricity or running water​. In these locations you​ ​​can expect to find​ ​squat/long-drop toilets​.​

Our local team give your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to​ ​stay with a host family, providing you with a​ ​unique opportunity to learn about the​ ​Kenyan way of life, meet local people, try local food, speak the local language and​ ​engage in local customs and traditions​.​​

WiFi can be accessed from local cafes and restaurants within walking distance of most homestays in Nairobi. If you’re a volunteering on the Teaching - Maasai project, WiFi can be difficult to access in Maasailand, so we recommend purchasing a local SIM card with data during your program orientation in Nairobi.

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Volunteers in Kenya are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), which is served at the homestays. Breakfast generally consists of chai (tea), toast, fruit and sometimes mandazzi (deep fried dough). A typical lunch can include vegetables with rice, occasional meat and fruit. Dinner usually includes traditional food, such as ugali, chapatti, mboga and irio, alongside meat and vegetables. Bottled water is readily available in Kenya and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.
Internet Access
Good 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.
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

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Nairobi on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. 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. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team in Nairobi. 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 Kenya, Kenyan Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Kenya, Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once your orientation is complete, you will be transported to your homestay and introduced to your host family.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 572
5 weeks
$ 772
6 weeks
$ 972
7 weeks
$ 1,072
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,572
Average fees
$ 137 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Musha Care Foundation 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 Musha Care Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Cultural Immersion Assistant

This provides a place for cross-cultural collaboration between volunteers and the local community to work together to raise the overall standard of living

$137/week

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