Teaching Assistant at a Primary School

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High­lights

Experience Kenyan lifestyle and customs.
Help local teachers learn the advancements in education from other countries!
Learn Swahili and tribal dialects at your own pace and explore your love for languages!
Make an impact that would change young African minds!
Visit the beautiful locale of Mombasa and Masai Mara to get a taste of the famed African wildlife!
The main aim of this project is to work with local teachers and improve their educational style within the indigenous curriculum.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

 Looking forward to working with a school in a rural setting? Do you wanna experience the challenges of African curriculum? Are you good with kids? If yes is your answer, then don’t hold back.

Timbwani Baptist Primary School is a primary level institution located in the Likoni county of Mombasa, Kenya. It is easy to reach from Ukunda via shuttle or from Mombasa via shuttle and Likoni ferry.

Vision Academy was started under a cashew tree at a village township called Bamburi in Majenge Kanamai Location, approximately 2-3 hours from the airport. It was established in the May of 2006 with the sole purpose of educating the poor and the needy rural kids and also establishing a holistic form of education.

Volunteers would work with either of these two schools based on the coordinator’s discretion.         

Challenges faced:

  1. Lack of resources to reach out and advance the power of education.
  2. Include systematic digitization.
  3. Lack of personnel to assist the teachers.
  4. Absence of neo-noir teaching styles involving body language pedagogy and blackboard.

We are looking for volunteers to help us with: 

  • Improving teaching styles.
  • Mixing of indigenous curriculum in sync with the modern ways of digital education.
  • Providing extra resources for teaching.
  • Mentorship for the primary (grades 3-5).

Typical day

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your accommodation by a local coordinator/staff member and allowed to relax and rest.

Following that, you will meet the admin and the organizational hierarchy 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, as and when required, prior to the journey. This would avoid any unnecessary loss of time by waiting at the airport. 

A typical volunteer day would be as follows:

  • 8:30 AM: Volunteer leaves for the project destination. The volunteer joins with the local staff and will be oriented about the work to be done.
  • 12.00 PM – 2.00 PM: Lunch break. During this lunch break, you are welcome to eat out or eat at the accommodation.
  • 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM: Work at the project usually ends. The volunteer at this point is free to travel around and explore or do anything at his/her own choice.
  • 7.00 PM: Dinner in the accommodations.

Usual work days are Monday to Friday. And Saturdays and Sundays are off-work days.

The best part about the project and the program is its time notwithstanding.

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 Kilifi, Diani and so on.

Being famous for the wildlife and the food, one can simply relax at the nearby Shelly Beach or have a light bite at Talentos (a beachside restaurant) which is where most of the fun activities are held.

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

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Safari/
Zoo
Sports
Riding

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) or Afrikaans (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Science, Math, English at Grad School level
Required Documents
CV, Vaccination Certificates (if any) and Experience certificates (for professional educators)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
• Diligent.
• Respectful.
• Good communication skills.
• Flexible.
• Self-motivated.
• Willing to learn and share.
**Ability to manage oneself after orientation would be a bonus.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by LA4CC
What’s included:
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (usually Half-board but sometimes, lunch can also be provided).
  • Pre-departure navigational and visa assistance.
  • In-country program orientation.
  • Certificate of International Volunteering from the organization.
  • A possible chance to work in Kenya as well (although that is not a guarantee).

What’s not included:

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.

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 Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day (breakfast and dinner), which are served at the accommodation. However, in case of lunch, it may be at one’s own expense or sometimes shared with the school staff. Not to worry, a proper local lunch usually costs no more than 1.5-2 euros.

Breakfast is served around 7 am and generally consists of chai (tea), toast, fruit and sometimes mandazi (African donuts). A typical lunch can include vegetables with rice, occasional meat and fruit and is best taken 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.

Tap water is not safe to drink in Kenya, though bottled water is readily available. 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 do 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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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

No specific start date would be announced. 

However, with the new systems fast approaching, it would be wise for the volunteers to make the journey at the soonest and get the maximal experience.

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

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.

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.
  • 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.


**We strongly advise visitors not to reserve night flights as transport for pick-up might not be available. Preferably between 2300 to 0400 hours any day (east African Time).**

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)
$416
8 weeks
$832
10 weeks
$988
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,144
Average fees
$100 /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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Teaching Assistant at a Primary School

The main aim of this project is to work with local teachers and improve their educational style within the indigenous curriculum.

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