Work with Illiterate Pastoralist Community

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founded in 2015
Lchokuti Foundation
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Coordinator | Wilfred
Coordinator | Wilfred
Teach those who never got the chance to attend school, i.e. morans, elders, women, bush children, in areas of health, life skills, numeracy, language, literacy... This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
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This programme educates the community, more precisely those who never got the chance to attend school, be it adults like morans, elders, women, or children. Many children are denied the opportunity to go to school, they are sent to the bush to graze the family’s lifestock instead. Some even are awaiting FGM and early child marriage as young as 8 years (possibly even booked as newborns by old men). We see these practices as harmful depriving the child from free choice of how to spend his/her life and personal creative development.

As these population groups don’t have much exposure and generally express a very narrow-minded way of thinking including conflict resolution, we have decided to provide them with some informal education and general life advice. This gives the exposure, shifts their views, and might even provide them with a way to escape their current lives (if wanted).

Classes take place in small groups, and include topics of health, general life skills, literacy, language, numeracy, different cultures.

As part of this programme we also aim to put up a kind of a social hall and organize cultural and other entertainment events, plus sporting competitions where you as the volunteer can also get involved in apart from teaching.

The locals seem to be rather interested in this programme, however our funds are currently a major obstacle from reaching where we want to go. In more distant future we also aim to set up a rescue centre for girls abandoned by their families after escaping FGM or marriage. If you have any spare cent, please assist us in our efforts, you will be very much thanked for, every little helps (optional).

We also very much appreciate book and children’s clothes donations (optional). If many books are brought maybe we can even establish a small library.

Typical day

Typically volunteers get up at around 7am, take breakfast and walk the project site.
When you reach at the project site you start teaching a small group of traditional locals, this can warriors, women or elders. You can decide which group to teach. The general guideline of areas taught include reading, writing, simple calculations, health issues. As this is informal education you can be very creative and have a lot of freedom how you want to conduct lessons. You can even just engage in discussions, telling them about your life and country, or giving them any advice which may help them in their own lives in one way or another.
There are two of these sessions each day. The rest of the day you can either organize sporting competitions, matches for warriors, entertainment events, e.g. cultural presentations, music and whatever comes to your mind. Alternatively you can attend the women's beadwork sessions, or come help out at our other project site i.e. a local primary school (see other programme).
Lunch will be served at roughly 1pm, dinner at around 8pm.
In the evenings/ late afternoon walks to spot wildlife or just to enjoy hiking in the rocky environment can be organized, before dinner is taken to round up the day.
On weekends volunteers are free to engage in free choice activities, including visits to nearby villages or a close game reserve (8km) free of charge.
Wherever you are, be it at work, on the way there, in town or at the accommodation site, you will be surrounded by locals in traditional attire, manyattas etc. (see pictures).
Trips further afield to a volcano crater (2h away), famous Samburu Game Park (2h away) or even Lake Turkana can be organized.

Free-time activities

- walk/hike around the beautiful versatile rocky environment, with good chances to spot wildlife like monkeys, antelopes or even elephants
- attend traditional weddings where morans dance (see picture)
- taste milk, open-fire roasted goat meat
- be surrounded by warriors/ elders, women, bush-grazing children in their respective traditional attires including beadwork
- be surrounded by traditional houses i.e. manyattas everywhere
- experience a busy market day in town or at famous "Merille lifestock market" which attracts traders from far away.
- visit a very close (8km) Game Reserve to see many elephants etc FREE of charge (only transport)
- walk to nearby villages
- walk to the "fora" (places in the bush where local pastoralists stay while grazing animals)



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)
Education Requirements
any at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
desire to make a difference and help a disadvantaged community
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Lchokuti Foundation

Fees include accommodation and 3 meals a day, plus a very small donation to the project.


You can choose between volunteer house (as on picture) or homestay. Toilet and bathroom are on the compound.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, and are comprised of a mixture of local and international dishes. If you have special wishes or requirement regarding food, just let us know.

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 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

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 10 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 days (min. stay)
$ 50
2 weeks
$ 206
3 weeks
$ 305
4 weeks
$ 404
5 weeks
$ 504
6 weeks
$ 603
10 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,000
Average fees
$ 108 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Lchokuti Foundation 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 Lchokuti Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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