Local Teacher Assistant

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You'll be teaching a mixed curriculum to Kenyan children aged 6-14. You'll get to shadow a local teacher before leading your own lessons and games. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
Teaching volunteers will most likely be placed in a Kenyan primary school. Pupils will normally be between the ages of six and fourteen, and the content of the syllabus will reflect this.

After being introduced to your placement school and the staff, we recommend you spend the first few days observing in your class. This will allow you to gain a better understanding of the current class structure and teaching style. It will also give you a chance to get to know your pupils, helping you to identify those who might need more assistance or who are more advanced. You will then have opportunity to work with the teacher on planning age and curriculum appropriate lesson plans that you can teach together.

After being introduced to your placement school and the staff, we recommend you spend the first few days observing in your class. This will allow you to gain a better understanding of the current class structure and teaching style. It will also give you a chance to get to know your pupils, helping you to identify those who might need more assistance or who are more advanced. You will then have opportunity to work with the teacher on planning age and curriculum appropriate lesson plans that you can teach together.

While there are major advantages to working alongside a local teacher, you may be called upon to take classes on your own or with other volunteers, so please be prepared to be flexible.

You may be asked to teach lessons in English, Maths, Science, Religion and Social Studies. You won't be teaching the Kiswahili classes, obviously, but learning a few phrases can go a long way towards earning your students' respect!

You may also be able to make a real difference by pitching in with other work projects around the school, such as cleaning, construction and decoration, so don't be afraid to chip in.

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, with school starting at around 9am. Mornings are usually devoted to traditional school subjects, usually broken into classes of one hour each. At around 12pm you’ll get a break for lunch, which you can take with other volunteers and local staff. In the afternoons you’ll be taking additional classes but there is often time for games and sports 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! 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!

You can make the most prominent and sustainable impact in the classroom by working alongside the teacher to create lessons which are engaging, interesting and fun. It will be up to you and them to decide how you will approach your classes. Expect a lack of structure and a very repetitive teaching style – come along with games, ideas and plans to teach the teacher, so that learning can be fun.

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.

Swimming
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports

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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
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. For a full spend breakdown, please speak to your trip adviser.

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

You will be met by a uniformed member of Agape staff and driven to our volunteer house to settle in. We will provide you with emergency contact details and an explanation of the visa/arrival process.

Accommodation

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 Guest Family 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.
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

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.

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,149
11 weeks
$ 1,891
20 weeks
$ 2,730
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,053
Average fees
$ 194 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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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  Africa Eastern Africa Kenya  Nairobi, 212 Kikuyu Road

Local Teacher Assistant

You'll be teaching a mixed curriculum to Kenyan children aged 6-14. You'll get to shadow a local teacher before leading your own lessons and games.

$194/week

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