Refugee Education Support

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Coordinator | Nicole
Coordinator | Nicole
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Provide internally displaced refugee children with educational support and hope for a brighter future. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

  • Following the results of the 2007 election, riots ensued throughout many parts of Kenya forcing over 600,000 families to flee from their villages in fear of their lives. Once the violence ended, too afraid to return to their homes, hundreds of thousands of civilians sought refuge on barren land across the country, in tiny tents donated by the UN. These refugees are now referred to as Settled Internally Displaced People (SIDP).
    Over a decade on the tents have been replaced by more permanent structures and, whilst they are free to travel back to their homes or resettle elsewhere, the vast majority of IDPs have chosen to remain in the SIDP camps and villages due to the emotional stress suffered from their displacement.
    Volunteers on this program are desperately required to assist in the SIDP village school, providing invaluable education to the children growing up as refugees in their own country and a sense of hope and empowerment for the future.
    Join us on this valuable program and be an instrument of change in the lives of Kenyan children.

    Goals of this Project:
     

    • Empower the refugees of Kenya
    • Improve the prospects of children growing up in the camp through education.
    • Give a sense of hope and empowerment for a brighter future
    • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.
How you can help

  • This wonderful program works directly with refugee children in the SIDP village school. Volunteers assist the teachers in the classrooms and take their own classes in areas they are knowledgeable on or passionate about. Volunteers will gain an incredible insight into the lives of these amazing people and see first-hand how a long-term refugee establishment works.
    Many within the IDP community continue to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of their displacement. Consequently they find it incredibly difficult to leave the relative safety of the SIPD villages, despite being free to do so. Through working closely within the IDP community our local team have discovered that the first step on the road to empowerment is via psycho-logic support to build resilience and emotional stability within the adult IDP community. Work is underway to build and staff a counselling center to provide twice weekly counselling sessions to adults.
    Working alongside this initiative volunteer support is invaluable in providing hope through education for the young people growing up in SIDP villages in order that they can break the cycle and look to a brighter future, outside the camp. In addition to educational activities there are always maintenance tasks to be completed for those with an interest and ability in this area.

    Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and could expect to undertake the following tasks:
     

    • Teach children in the school
    • Take workshops on areas they are passionate about
    • Assist the teachers
    • Maintenance and repairs within the school

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the volunteer house

7:30am Walk or bus to your project site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

3:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

3:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

3:30pm Walk or bus back to the accommodation

Evenings Volunteers are free to explore the local area, check out the multitude of local restaurants, bars and cafes, or relax with the other volunteers.

Free-time activities

Situated on the Nairobi River, the city of Nairobi is not only the largest and fastest growing city in Kenya, but with a population of three million plus, it is also one of the largest in Africa. Nairobi is known as the ‘city in the sun’, but its more enthusiastic fans proudly call it the ‘green city in the sun’. Among the cities in Africa, Nairobi has carved a niche in terms of cultural diversity and heritage so even if you are on a short stay, there will be something for you to do here!

The Nairobi city centre is relatively small at just 1 kilometre square, making it easy to get around on foot. Be sure to visit the National museum which is right in the city, and get a glimpse of Kenya’s cultural and prehistoric wealth. While there, consider visiting the Snake Park, which is within the same grounds. For souvenirs, stop and shop at the City Market and the famous Maasai Markets.

The city is filled with many things to do during the day and the night. Visitors can have their pick from numerous safaris (wildlife, cultural, sport, adventure, scenic and specialist), ecotourism tours, restaurants, culture, shopping and entertainment. Volunteers can simply talk to the local project team about weekend Safaris and trips to Hells Gate (see ‘Additional Info’ section!).

Nairobi National Park, just outside Nairobi, is home to large herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Cheetah, Hippo, Rhino and even bird-life (over 400 species). Also in the park is the Nairobi Animal Shelter. Nairobi is a fantastic place to visit and an even better place to volunteer!

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for children through the power of education. This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of childhood development and education, though volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist in the classroom.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation (as specified above)
  • Food & Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Return airport transfer 
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV Registration Fee included
Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Upon arrival into Nairobi volunteers will be collected by a representative of the local project team and transported to the volunteer house accommodation where they will join a full orientation session where a representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience in Kenya. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya (CODE: NBO)

Accommodation

During the working week, volunteers on this project are billeted with one of our wonderful local host families, who are conveniently located just minutes from the SIPD Village site. In most cases volunteers have a private room, but during busy periods you many need to share with other volunteers. The families are experienced in hosting international volunteers and will take very good care of you.

Staying with a local Kenyan family is a great way to be truly immersed in the local culture. All families have been fully vetted by our local team and have plenty of experience in hosting international volunteers. Plus, transport to and from the project site is provided daily (included in program fee).

On the weekends, Volunteers on this program are accommodated within a large and spacious volunteer house, located in a safe and convenient suburb of Kikuyu within a short commute to all the main attractions of this fascinating city.  This is a 2 hour drive away from the SIPD village where you stay during the week. Volunteers are provided with a comfortable shared bedroom and shared bathroom, separated by gender, and thanks to the variety and popularity of this program location, they will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with other like-minded people from around the world. Wi-Fi is available onsite, though service may not be as reliable as most are accustomed to at home. As with most parts of Africa, laundry facilities are basic and most volunteers simply use the services of a local laundromat.

While the accommodation is basic, this is part of the challenge and experience of volunteering in a developing country. With a little patience, and a flexible attitude, you will quickly get used to your new surroundings. The volunteer house is well managed by the local team and there is an onsite ‘house mama’ to look after volunteers. A perfect home away from home and a wonderful base for your stay in Nairobi!

Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner) at the volunteer house during the working week and 3 meals are provided if you are at your accommodation during weekends. Lunch is not included during the working week but is often be taken at small cafes or restaurants where you can try cheap and tasty local food. You are also free to buy bread and other snacks. The meals provided are mostly vegetarian, local cuisine. Conveniently, there is also a fridge and basic cooking facilities if volunteers would occasionally like to prepare their own meals. Easy!

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

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

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)
$1,113
5 weeks
$1,240
6 weeks
$1,332
7 weeks
$1,458
8 weeks
$1,585
9 weeks
$1,711
10 weeks
$1,838
11 weeks
$1,941
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,033
Average fees
$224 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Refugee Education Support

Provide internally displaced refugee children with educational support and hope for a brighter future.

$224/week

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