Local Social Work Assistant

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founded in 2001
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High­lights

Experience the life and the culture in a rural area in Kenya
Gain experience while staying with local host family in rural area
Gain valuable experience while volunteering with us.
Make memories by sharing your passion with us and making a difference.
Visit local areas in Ndura Museum, Saiwa Swamp Game Reserve,Lake Nakuru National Park and Masaai Mara.
This project is well suited to volunteers with a warm and caring nature, who love working with children and are passionate about supporting childhood development. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Childcare centers in Kenya are typically underfunded, and need volunteers to help provide better attention to children. Volunteers can lighten the load on local teachers and supervisors by assisting in all aspects of daily duties, helping to entertain and educate children between 2-6 years old.

Volunteer work is led by local staff and tasks vary depending on the specific placement, but generally involve providing personalized attention, mentoring, educational support, or playing games and assisting with daily operations, such as cooking and cleaning.

This program can help volunteers to gain experience, provide them with hands-on work, and ensures that they are supervised by a qualified professional.

The program is designed to encourage volunteers and the local staff to share experience and knowledge regarding the best practices and models needed to improve social work at various care facilities.

Other activities include play therapy and games, cleaning, reading stories, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, as well as assisting with feeding and daily chores.

As you will be volunteering alongside our local placement staff, you do not need to have previous childcare experience to participate on this project but high energy levels and a willingness to help out wherever your help is most needed is a must.

The daily tasks will vary during volunteers time in Kenya. Some days volunteers may be contact with children from abusive homes.


Typical day

First Day: On the first day of volunteering, volunteers will be escorted to their placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff they will be working with. A typical daily schedule would be as follows:

7.30AM Breakfast with host (childcare volunteers usually get up earlier to assist the children with bathing and having breakfast).

8.00AM Volunteers can expect to leave home and walk to their placement, where they join the placement staff. Volunteers will be given a duty roster and plan for their work. There is usually a tea break and a lunch break.

2.00PM - 5.00PM Work at the project usually ends. Volunteers are free from this point to go sightseeing or do some shopping.

6.30PM Dinner a volunteer accommodation

Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town and sightseeing in Kitale.Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield such as Mombasa or safaris. If volunteers wish to volunteer over the weekends they can join local teams and visit other orphanages (or other children helping organizations) to spend time simply playing with and entertaining the children.

Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

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)
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
Knowledge on child based programs
Good communication skill
Physical fitness
Sociable
Flexibility
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 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

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

If you are traveling in Kenya prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up at a prearranged location in Nairobi on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team in Nairobi and begins on the morning of your chosen start date. This covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program Kenya – Introduction to Kenya, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Accommodation

Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer house where they live with other volunteers​. In some locations, volunteers are accommodated at their placement or stay together in a volunteer house alongside a local family. There are separate rooms for male and female volunteers with shared common room and toilet facilities. Living is basic but the majority of volunteer houses have electricity, while only few have running water. Power cuts are common and most rural houses do not have running water during times of drought. Bedding (pillows and sheets) is provided, however it is recommended that volunteers bring their own towels and mosquito nets.

There is WiFi access available at local cafes and restaurants in a nearby village, which is a 15 to 20 minute walk from the volunteer accommodation. You can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone to keep connected.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfast generally consists of tea and coffee, and a hot breakfast. A typical lunch and dinner can include meat and vegetables with rice or noodles​.​ Volunteers that have special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance.
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 Mombasa Sunday the day before orientation.

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.

If you are traveling in Kenya prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Nairobi on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team in Mombasa. 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 - 18 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$580
7 weeks
$780
9 weeks
$980
11 weeks
$1,180
18 weeks (max. stay)
$2,080
Average fees
$130 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. 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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Local Social Work Assistant

This project is well suited to volunteers with a warm and caring nature, who love working with children and are passionate about supporting childhood development.

$130/week

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