School Development Assistance

founded in 2003
Mafanikio Organization
Ask A Question
Coordinator | Diana
Coordinator | Diana
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.


Gain hands-on experience with teaching!
Teach eager students English, math, and other subjects!
Explore the local village with fellow volunteers!
Meet like-minded volunteers from all over the world!
Visit Hells Kitchen in Marafa, White Sandy Beaches in Watamu and taste local delicacies........go snorkeling at the Marine Park!! Lots of things to do during your free time.
Bridging the gap through experimental learning of local and international volunteers in rural Kenya. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Mafanikio School development programme is currently running in Miwani Primary School in Kilifi county respectively. The school has a total of 400+ pupils and the programme is aimed at developing the infrastructures in this school. Mafanikio supports the school through provision of text books, desks, stationary and mentorship of the students.

Miwani Primary School

Miwani School is located in Ganda village, Malindi constituency, Kilifi County. It is approximately 2 hours from the city of Mombasa. Malindi is on the north coast of Kenya, a tourist destination that boasts of white sands beaches, unique features and historical sites. Seedling is within the township of Malindi. 

Background information
Miwani has a population of 300+ who come from the surrounding villages. The school is in the heart of the community and enjoys a spacious field with 3 permanent classrooms, 4 makeshift classrooms, with six toilets. Currently, there are 9 teachers who teach grade 1-8 respectively. 
Due to increased numbers of students, the desks are no longer enough therefore, others are still sitting on the floor. It is a community school that is run by the help of another public school.

Project description
The volunteers shall live and work together with the local communities while promoting inter-cultural interaction and integration.  Some of the activities include:

  • Teaching Maths, English & Science
  • Sports activities
  • Community activities
  • Mentorship
Meals and Accommodation

The volunteers live in a volunteer house with shared bedrooms and shall prepare their meals which will be provided.  The house has an equipped kitchen, dining, spacious living room & a lounge. Some of the meals include;

  • Tea/coffee
  • Bread
  • Chapati
  • Beans stew
  • Beef stew
  • Chicken
  • Rice
  • Vegetables etc.

Typical day

  • 8.00 lessons begin
  • 9.30 break
  • 10.00 lessons continue
  • 12.30 lunch break
  • 1.30 lessons continue
  • 3.30 lessons end
  • 3.30 games/sports
In between there could be community activities/mentorship/construction

Free-time activities

There are various free time activities that ranges from hiking, mountain climbing to home visitings. This are mainly done in Makueni hills, Ngong Hills & Aberdare forest.

Home visiting - visiting households within the community is a way of social interaction and cultural integration. During orientations, they also get to visit the National Museum of Kenya. Once in a while concerts are organized in cities and volunteers get tickets to the concert, a fulfiling experience, it is.

Whilst at it, the volunteers get to do safari to Masai Mara, Tsavo National parks and other national parks of interests. They also get to do marine park visit at the south coast while engaging in a warm culture of the Wasini Island community. Swimming with the dolphins, eating the swahili coastal dishes & coffee is a magical experience.

Water Sports


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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
English, Maths & general subjects at Undergraduate, Graduate, High school leaver level
Required Documents
Letter of motivation, CV, recommendation from any institution, passport copy, travel insurance copy and
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good interpersonal skills
Excellent communication skills
Interactive skills
Team player
Results oriented
Initiative based
Open minded
Ability to work under minimum supervision

Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Mafanikio Organization

The fees cover:

  • Airport transfer to the project
  • Orientation 
  • Meals & Accommodation at the project (during the whole project duration)
  • Drinking water
  • Project materials contribution (from construction materials to learning materials, uniforms, foods)
  • Government clearance fee
  • Administration fee

Airport Pickup at Moi International Airport

Airport transfer is arranged and the volunteer is picked up by the driver


  • A room size to accommodate 3 persons,
  • Bathroom & Toilet
  • Beds with mattresses, bedding & mosquite nets
  • Wardrobes
  • Table & chair
  • Lighting
  • Sitting room with a TV set and a radio
  • Dinning area
  • Kitchen
  • Sufficient supply of water
  • Please note that due to Covid-19 the accommodation is at the volunteer house. The volunteer is guaranteed privacy. 

Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast includes tea/coffee, bread with butter & jam, assorted fruits

Lunch & Dinner comprise of locally available meals such as:

  • Rice,
  • Pasta
  • Beef stew
  • Vegetables
  • Chicken
  • Chapati
  • Beans stew
  • Mukimo
  • Chips/ potato wedges

Vegetarians are also taken care of and are encouraged to state their preferences in advance in order to organize.

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 Moi International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa. 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

The volunteers can join from January - December

  • January - March - Teaching
  • April - May Construction/community activities
  • June - August - Teaching & Mentorship
  • Sept - October - Teaching
  • November- December -  Teaching, Mentorship//Community development

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$88 /week

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

Why book with Volunteer World

Extra security layer by Volunteer World
Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process - including all necessary payments. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to our:
Quality Assurance
High ethical standards & transparent social impact
Flex Option
Change your reservation at no extra costs
Refund Guarantee
We refund your fees if Mafanikio Organization cancels your trip
Support & Mediation
We cover your back no matter what happens
Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Mafanikio Organization.

What are people saying about Volunteer World?

School Development Assistance

Bridging the gap through experimental learning of local and international volunteers in rural Kenya.


You might be also interested in

Conservation of Whale & Dolphin Populations Tenerife, Spain GVI
Contribute to critical whale & dolphin conservation initiatives in the beautiful subtropical island archipelago - Canary Islands.
Construction of Classroom at Eco Green School Malindi, Kenya Mafanikio Organization
Eco Green Primary School has opened its doors to students in the heart of a village where there are no primary schools in the vicinity.
Teaching in primary school Malindi, Kenya Mafanikio Organization
Teaching English, Maths, Environment, Music, Nutrition & Hygiene & Sports in Ganda village. The school could use extra help of teaching assistants.

Why am I seeing this?

You requested a page that doesn't exist on this site any more. This could be caused by a link you followed that was out of date, by a typing in the wrong address in the address bar, or simply because the post has been deleted.

Take Me Home