School Development Support

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High­lights

Design and help newer models for a rural school.
Flashback to the old-school method of blackboard teaching.
Help the teachers get equipped and acquainted with the modern digitized methods.
Explore the local village/county with like-minded volunteers!
Give the people a memory and make your own!
The main aim of this project is to work with local staff and help them rebuild a community school. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Karibu (Welcome)!!

INTRODUCTION:

Timbwani Baptist Primary School is a primary level institution located in the Likoni county of Mombasa, Kenya. Named in the honor of the local church, it was opened in 1992 By a pastor with a full-fledged community support with the sole purpose of serving the poor and the needy kids from the surroundings. It is easy to reach from Ukunda via shuttle or from Mombasa via shuttle and Likoni ferry.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The school had been undertaking a voluntary tutelage and educational assistance program for the young kids since 1995-2001 from volunteers all across the world. The participants range from novel entrepreneurs to fresh-out graduates to experienced corporates and simultaneously, many firms and foundations have come together to sponsor the essential needs of the children and the staff members. Since the commencement of such a program, the school has started developing in other community welfare areas such as vocational and technical training, women’s empowerment, cultural exchange and seaside tourism to boost the revenue. The motto of such a brilliant and brave proposition was, and still remains, to help develop self-sustainability projects for the children, their families and the women of the society. In doing so, it is imparting an irreplaceable outlook to the very image of the school and inspiring other surrounding institutions to follow suit. The school, through this program, has additionally helped two orphanage centres in Likoni and a neighborhood school with utilities and stationery items in the past and is continuing to do so even now.

Currently, we are offering them elementary and primary education to the same from the local community and the institution has 9 teachers tending to over 287 children. Unfortunately, the school doesn’t have enough space due to the surrounding buildings and can barely manage to sustain less than 100-150 students at a time.

POST-PANDEMIC ERA:

During the start of the covid19, the school had to be closed down like the rest of the world, thus halting education, lifestyle and sustenance. It was a huge blow not just to the grownups but also to the little faces whose smiles vanished without any activity, friends to play with or homely solitude. However, with the world slowly and steadily opening up, the program is once again up and running for the past 2 months.

Unfortunately, due to lack of funds and communal insecurity, much of the school is in a dilapidated and declining state. Hence, the call for help is to provide a silver lining for the much-awaited re-construction and renovation.

OUR MISSION:

  • To transform the society through a holistic and experimental form of education and help it upgrade to a better lifestyle in the modern-day digital world.
  • To fund the school and help with ground-up work in construction, architecture and necessary renovation.
  • To teach the community about joint welfare and unity in eco-conservation for a better tomorrow.
  • To promote and realize the values of cross-cultural exchange amongst the locals, to inspire respect, accord and help foreigners learn the vibrancy of Kenyan culture.
  • To redesign the art of teaching and instilling discipline and flexibility through the real-life representations of the child’s lesson plans.

Ashanti (Thank you)!!

We hope to see you soon and work with us together for a brighter future.

Typical day

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your accommodation by a local coordinator/staff member so you can relax and rest. Following that, you will meet the admin and the staff members who will explain the work and the ongoing projects to be done. Please ensure to inform the admin/contact person about the flight ETA and other details, if required, prior to the journey. This would avoid any unnecessary loss of time by waiting at the airport.

Of course, when it comes to lending any sort of aid, there is no barrier or limit.

Good Samaritans come in different avatars.

Typical working days (Monday-Thursday) for the volunteers:

1.     09:00 – 11:00 hours: Assisting with general tasks such as teaching at the school (subject chosen as per volunteer’s choice) and playing educational games. Learn the current methods and induce newer methods with more audio-visual presence of the lessons. Additionally, help with buying stationery items, if there is a need for that. (As mentioned before, most students can barely afford a pair of shoes, let alone the whole curriculum).

2.     11:30 – 13:30 hours: Relaxation time at the orphanage and enjoy lunch.

3.     13:30 – 16:00 hours: Back to classes and help the faculty with lessons and homework for the day.

4.     16:00 – 17:30 hours: Time for evening siesta or fun games; cultural exchange with the children of any kind.

5.     18:00 – rest of the night: Personal time for the volunteer.

Friday and Saturday are work-as-per-your-time days for the volunteers. They can choose to explore the city around or do as they wish. Also, the weekend is the best day where the school can be notified of any renovation work and can be requested to put off the classroom sessions for the volunteers to continue with their work. Please note that volunteers must plan and request in advance to the management for such a decision to avoid any undue delay or confusion.

Sunday is a complete off-day.

Free-time activities

  • During the weekend, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore the Mombasa locale, such as visiting the beach, planning a fun and entertainment program with the kids, etc.
  • Also, they can tour in and around places like Malindi, Kilifi, Mtwapa and so on.
  • Visit historic places and learn about Kenyan history.
  • Take a leisure walk by the beach or a dip in the warm waters of Indian ocean.
  • Do a safari and marvel at the beauty of Tsavo East National park or visit the famed Maasai Mara.
  • Visit local homes and learn about their cultures & lifestyles.

The list goes on and on….

NOTE- The program coordinator/director can arrange for sightseeing, only after proper intimation and discussion.

OUR TEAM:

  • Reverend Ernest Ombeva – Founder of the school, otherwise a former church pastor by profession but dedicated more than half his life to community welfare.
  • Mr. Rus – International coordinator & a freelance expat. Also, an avid solo traveler.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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
Psychology, Pedagogy, Architecture, English, Science. at College, University level
Required Documents
CV, Vaccination Certificates and Previous experience in Construction or Architecture (preferable)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
• Good communication skills.
• Proper sense of pre-planning.
• Ability to deal in complex budget calculations.
• Respectful.
• Passionate about the work.
• Ability to work under minimum supervision.
• Team player.
• Flexibility & punctuality.

** most importantly, present graduates/undergrads in the field of teaching and architecture or interior design would be much welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by LA4CC
What's included:
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
  • Pre-departure navigational and visa assistance.
  • In-country program orientation.
  • Airport pick-up
  • Certificate of International Volunteering from the organisation (performance-based).

**The visa arrangements, pre-departure PCR tests, vaccination costs (if the traveler is unvaccinated or partially vaccinated) and the flights have to be done on the applicant’s part. The program supervisors will try their utmost best to make the volunteer’s journey and stay hassle-free.

According to current rules, if the visitor is unvaccinated, don’t get scared. We got you covered. You can come to Kenya and get it for free! Sounds good, right?


SPECIAL CONSIDERATION -

We do understand that some volunteers may not be able to spend as much so it is better that they discuss with the management prior to arranging a stay. In the times of the pandemic, empathy is a route to better communication and compassion. Although the money is directly invested for the provisions of the volunteers and the children and the caregivers, what we need in exchange for a budget compromise is your love, energy and ideas that can suit our betterment.

Airport Pickup at Moi International Airport

In case the volunteer is scheduled for Nairobi, there might be additional charges for pickup assistance or a proper navigational guidance for the route to Mombasa.

However, in special cases, there would be a pick-up assistance.

We strongly advise volunteers to save time and money to book a direct or a 1-stop flight to Mombasa (IATA code – MBA) as the final destination and their place of volunteering is the same.

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

Accommodation

Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer house, where you can expect to share a room with three to seven other volunteers. Bedrooms are comprised of bunk beds with bedding provided, which includes a bedding, blanket and pillow.

The volunteer house is located in Mombasa, 10 minutes from the project site. The volunteer house has electricity and running water.

There is an additional lobby for meals and meetings.

One can always stay at the school for any purpose until sunset (except for Sundays) on condition that the school’s decorum be maintained.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), which are served at the accommodation or the project site.

Breakfast is served from 7 am and generally consists of chai (tea) or coffee, toast, margarine/jam, fruits and sometimes mandazi (African donuts). A typical lunch can include vegetables with rice, occasional meat and fruits and is served around 1-2 pm. Dinner is usually served around 7-8 pm and usually includes traditional food, such as ugali, chapati, mbuga and irio, alongside meat and vegetables. Volunteers are also free to cook any meal by themselves, with prior notice.

Tap water is usually not safe to drink in the project site due to its closeness to the Indian ocean, though bottled water is readily available. However, clean water is available at the accommodation. Volunteers typically drink around half a gallon, or two liters, per day, which adds up to cost around $5-10 per week although drinking water is available at the volunteer house.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please make a note on your application so arrangements can be made. However, it is important that volunteers should not expect to eat as you normally do at home.

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.
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

The program begins early next month. Volunteers can apply at the soonest as this is a time-based project.

The program orientation begins usually on the day of the volunteer’s arrival or a day after, given the randomly changing flight schedules in lieu of the recent covid19 situation.

  • After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Mombasa International Airport (MBA) 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. 
  • If you are traveling in Kenya prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Mombasa on the day before your program orientation or you can navigate by yourself to the destination. Please make sure to keep in touch with the program coordinator and you will be assisted and guided during the tenure of your tour and stay accordingly. After all, traveling is always smoother when it has a proper communication system.
  • Orientation is given by the admin or a staff member in the orphanage campus.
  • 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 Mombasa, Kenyan Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Kenya (in and around Mombasa) and Introduction to your project.
Once your orientation is complete, you will be guided to your work location and you can proceed with the relevant work.

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens June 2022. Apply Now!

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)
$722
6 weeks
$1,082
7 weeks
$1,259
8 weeks
$1,439
10 weeks
$1,798
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,054
Average fees
$176 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. LA4CC 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 LA4CC during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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School Development Support

The main aim of this project is to work with local staff and help them rebuild a community school.

$158/week

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