Musha Care Foundation

Orphanage Care Assistant

Nairobi, Kenya show on map
Non-profit
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founded in 2001
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Coordinator | Andrew
Coordinator | Andrew
You can volunteer on a care placement as part of a gap year, a summer vacation, a career break, as part of an extended vacation, or during your retirement. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The aim of the Childcare project in Kenya is to provide much-needed assistance in orphanage and childcare centers in Kenya which can host between 15 and 100 children at any one time. The centers are always busy and there is a high demand for volunteer assistance.

This project is well suited to volunteers who love children and have high energy levels to keep up with the number of children in these centers. The children love interacting with volunteers and will be sure to keep you on your feet!

Childcare volunteers can expect to help out with the day-to-day operations of a range of pre-schools, baby daycare centers and kindergartens. Each center caters to children of differing ages, however, you will typically work with children between the ages of 1 and 16 years old. You are often required to teach the children basic English and Math, and you can expect to assist with the general running of the center and daily chores, such as cooking, cleaning, helping with farm work, caring for children and babies, and assisting with feeding programs.

This project is open to all volunteers and a background in childcare is not required as you will be working alongside local placement staff.


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 would be as follows:

7.30 AM Breakfast with the host family.

8.30 AM - 2.00 PM Volunteers travel to their placements and meet with the placement staff. Work and hours at the placement are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at. There is usually a morning tea break and lunch break.

2.00 PM - 5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to their homestays, go sight seeing, or do some shopping.

7.00 PM - 8.00 PM Dinner with the host family.

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.

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


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, 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.

Concert/
Music
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Program 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
Counselling and Social Work at University or High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in childcare
Hardworking
Sociable
Good communication
Self Motivated
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:00 - 18:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Musha Care Foundation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Musha Care Foundation
  • Induction and Orientation
  • Accommodation 
  • Airport pickup
  • Internet
  • 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 Mombasa on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Mombasa International Airport 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. 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.

Accommodation

Volunteers are accommodated in homestays with local families, who have been​ ​approved by our local ​team in Kenya. Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom​ ​​with two to four other volunteers, comprised of single beds and bunk beds with​ ​bedding provided. 

​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​, ​ 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​.​​

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double)
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
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 590
5 weeks
$ 690
6 weeks
$ 790
7 weeks
$ 970
8 weeks
$ 1,070
9 weeks
$ 1,190
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,390
Average fees
$ 132 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nairobi/Kenya between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Kenya.
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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