orphanage assistant

founded in 1991
Africa Children Education Fund
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Coordinator | Daisy
Coordinator | Daisy
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experience the kenyan way of life in the low income, semi-arid areas of Mbeere, Embu Kenya
learn about what differences the orphans face between being at their guardians homes and at the orphanages
Get a chance to share time with the children, playing games like swimming in the river and playing soccer, sharing meals, etc
Build a child's future by teaching them some simple skills like art, sports, dress making, foreign language
visit the nearby tourism sites such as the seven folks dams, Mwea National Reserve, mt. Kenya among others
we need volunteers who can mentor the orphans at jump and smile orphanage and also to teach them simple skills like language, arts, dress making, sports e.t.c This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+

The importance of this program is to help improve the current and future status of the children at the jump and smile children orphanage. the children herein were orphaned at tender ages and the only home they know is the orphanage. Therefore, our aim is to avail any necessary and available opportunity so that they can have a normal life like other children that live with their parents. The opportunities are made possible by volunteers and donors who share their skills, time and materials with the children. Teaching skills to the children will help them in future life as they can use it to build their economic life. such skills may include various arts, sports, knitting and dress making, Language, agricultural activities among others. Spending time with them makes them feel loved and helps them forget the loneliness of not being with their parents. Mentoring the children also gives them hope, especially those living with HIV/AIDs

Basically, it's about building the future of the children and giving them hope.
The first batch or orphans was enrolled in 2012. It's main aim is to provide shelter, food, clothing education, medical attention and and other life support necessities for the children. The objective was to strive to break the cycle of poverty , abuse and ignorance and help the orphaned children become positive and self-fulfilled members of the society with opportunity and hope for future.
The children's education needs are addressed through school attendance. ACEF hopes to support them through the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. In this case, a volunteer can play role by assisting the children with their assignments in the evening and during holidays. He/she can also help build their academic performance by further teaching them english language which is the main language used in the curriculum. 
Regular counselling sessions are also done to the children to develop them emotionally and psychologically. 
Another project is also being established by ACEF next to the center and involves an animal orphanage. the animal orphanage is aimed at generating future income to help sustain the children's needs. It will involve introducing attractive features like wild animals and birds, children play stations and a conference hall. 
Therefore, Some of the volunteer activities include:
  • Offering guidance and counselling to the children
  • teaching English and/or Mathematics to the children
  • Teaching simple skills and techniques to children for future sustainability
  • spending time and sharing love with the children
  • Participating in other activities at the center such as farming, washing and cleaning
  • Taking part in the ongoing preparation of the animal orphanage site

Typical day

Daily activities may differ slightly between days when the children are on holidays and when they are in school.

During school days, the following daily activities take place
6.00-6.30 AM: Breakfast at the volunteers house
6.30-7.00 AM: Seeing the young children off to school
8.00-12.20 PM: Taking part in other ACEF's activities like the animal orphanage project, the farm, the kitchen, etc.
12.30-2.00 PM: lunch break
2.00-4.00 PM: volunteers personal activities
4.00-4.30 PM: Guiding the young children back after school
After school activities:
  • playing games, 
  • Assisting the children in washing and cleaning duties
  • Interacting with children and teaching them new skills
  • Assisting the children with school assignments and offering them extra english and maths lessons
  • Taking evening meals with the children, among others.
This activities are subject to change based on one's preferences. Most of the interactions take place during holidays and weekends when the children are not in school. therefore the volunteer can maximumly engage the children in activities. During the holidays also, most of the children visit their relatives and come back when the school opens. The ones left mainly  are those in the final years in primary or secondary schools because they need extra time to prepare for their final exams.
During the Holidays also, volunteers may spend the time to tour different parts of the country and view various sites such as the Kentan Cost, Mount Kenya, various animal orphanages, homestays among other activities 

Free-time activities

During their free time, volunteer can go for optional activities within or outside the organization. some facilities available within the organization include sports, mainly soccer, basketball and baseball and swimming. Shopping is also possible either at the nearby shopping malls or at the larger shopping centres at the capital city, Nairobi.

Other leisure time activities include;
  •  Mount Kenya tour where volunteers enjoy Hiking, mountain climbing and sport fishing 
  • Maasai mara tour where they enjoy maasai tours and experience the life at Maasai village with very unique cultures
  • Trip at the Kenyan coast to enjoy the ocean view, deep sea diving, dolphin watching, mamba village and the swahili dishes
  • Naivasha tour to enjoy the walking island, hippopotamus orphanage and hells gate 
  • Nairobi tour including the carnivore restaurant, museum, elephant orphanage, giraffe orphanage, and the very large Kibera slum.
  • Nyahururu to view the thomson falls, hippopotamus and the elephants
Also, ACEF organizes homestays for volunteers whereby they get a chance to live with a Kenyan host family for a few days to learn their day to day activities and routine and compare the same with families in their own countries. They get a chance to enjoy kenyan meals, learn kenyan traditions and also the fireworks. 



In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 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
Education Requirements
It's not specific but preferably environment, social work, sports, music and arts, plus any other related field that is favourable for the benefit of the children at at high school and/or university level level
Required Documents
Resume, Emergency contact and passport photo
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No specific skill required. The Volunteers are mainly needed to share love with the children and to impart any positive, life sustaining skills to the children, to help brighten their future life.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by Africa Children Education Fund
The fees outlined caters for the following needs of the volunteers:
  • Transport from and to the airport
  • accommodation
  • meals(breakfast, lunch and supper)
  • Travels within the county
  • Internet
  • Program orientation
Individual volunteers will be required for other extra costs like tours, extra beverages and alcoholic drinks, Travels beyond the county souvenir charges among others as this is not included in the volunteer fees 

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Our drivers are always available and always pick-up our volunteers at the airport. We only recommend the arrival time to be during the day to avoid inconveniences and extra hotel charges in Nairobi for our volunteers.

We offer accommodation within our institution and it entails the bedroom with two single beds, a toilet and the bathroom. In case if extra volunteers for the different programs, we have some of them booked in the nearby hotels where they are dropped and picked up using the organization's vehicles. The cost of stay is still catered for from the fee.
Food & Beverages
Within our facility there is a well equipped kitchen and a dining place where all volunteers converge for meals. Three meals are offered, breakfast, lunch and supper and includes a well balanced diet and drinks. If in need of an extra meal like snacks and alcohol, one can always buy from the nearby shopping center.
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.
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

Our program runs throughout the year with some slight change during the holidays when we only have children in the final year of primary and secondary schools. During the holiday time however, if there are volunteers, the children may be requested to stay at the orphanage and interact, learn and have time with the volunteers, with different schedule from what they do during the school days.

In addition, there are no specific arrival days for volunteers as our drivers and some staff are always available for pick up. However, we highly recommend the arrival time to be during the day and early in the evening to avoid inconveniences at night because our institution is about 70 kilometers from the airport. 

This program is paused due to COVID-19

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)
5 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$288 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Africa Children Education Fund 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 Africa Children Education Fund during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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