School Development Assistance

founded in 2003
Mafanikio Organization
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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 200+ pupils and the programme is aimed at developing the infrastructures in this school. Mafanikio supports the school through provision of text books, desks, school feeding programme 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 200+ who come from the surrounding villages. The school is in the heart of the community and enjoys a spacious field with 4 classrooms out of which two are makeshift. The school has no toilet facility and has no water supply.  The children are forced to relieve themselves in the bushes and others share a very small makeshift toilet with the teachers.  
Due to increased numbers of students, the desks are no longer enough therefore, others are still sitting on the floor. It has 8 teachers who are very dedicated. 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
  • construction work
  • Mentorship
Meals and Accommodation

The volunteers live with the host family where a private room is given and share meals and other facilities with the family. Drinking water is in plenty. There is running water and electricity. Some of the meals include:

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

Typical day

  • 7.30 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
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 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Mafanikio Organization

The fees cover:

  • Airport transfer to the hotel
  • 2 days stay (during orientation period in the city - meals are also covered)
  • Orientation (indicative tour & history of the country and practical areas of interest)
  • Transport to & from the project
  • Meals & Accomodation 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 Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Our representative picks the volunteers at the airport with a placard bearing the logo and the name of the volunteer.


  • 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
  • Store room
  • Cleaning area
  • 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, drinking water & assorted fruits & fruit juice

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 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

The volunteers can join from January - November

  • January - March - Teaching
  • April - Mentorship
  • May - July - Teaching
  • August - Mentorship & Community activities/construction
  • Sept - October - Teaching
  • November - Mentorship/Construction/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.

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