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Building and Renovation Assistance

You will be supporting with the building and renovation of new and existing school structures, to allow more children a free, engaging education.

Kenya is a country of real contrasts, with breathtaking scenery, incredible wildlife and a popular tourism industry on one hand, and extreme poverty on the other. We work in Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest town, where small-scale agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the backbone of the economy. For a project-focused experience, choose Kenya.

About the Program

Most of the schools we work with are not government run; they are educational projects which have been set up by well-meaning community figures who want to give children opportunity in life through the provision of an education. Our building programme focuses on developing the facilities at each school so that the children attending can enjoy a better education through improved learning environments.

Large investment is needed at the schools we work with in Kenya because many of the buildings are basic structures and can subside relatively quickly. They often have leaky roofs, missing windows and old paintwork. Prior to working with African Adventures, many classroom interiors were tired and did not have any learning materials on the walls. Although cosmetic changes may seem a minor thing, a more vibrant classroom can make for a much better learning environment to engage the children – volunteers can help to create this.

Many do not have desks, meaning that students sit on the floor; some students will have exercise books and pencils, others will not. In addition, only a few of the projects we work with have electricity and running water. Each classroom will have a blackboard, of varying quality, and sometimes there will be colourful displays on the walls. However, many of the classrooms are mud or iron-cast sheet structures which do not allow a lot of light in, meaning that students at the back of the class may struggle to see what the teacher is doing. You will be supporting with the improvement of classroom and school building facilities, to allow the children to learn in a better environment.

Your Role as a Volunteer

As a building volunteer, you will be placed at one of the 14 schools we support to carry out vital work and play a big part in helping us to deliver Our Goals throughout the year. The programme focuses on improving the standards of the school buildings and specifically focuses on new classrooms, kitchen facilities, IT suites and playgrounds. Once the new facilities are built, they need to be decorated so that they are ready for productive lessons for students and teachers alike.

You do not need any form of previous experience as all work is led by a local builder, who will deliver a short induction to explain how to carry out the work. Any specialist building work is reserved for those with qualifications, so do not worry about being out of your depth. 

You should be fit and healthy enough to carry out typical activities such as painting, cement-mixing, plastering and carrying moderately heavy items. If you are unsure about this, please contact your doctor.There is a severe lack of resources at the projects. 

There are a wide range of jobs that volunteers can help with including painting classroom walls, plastering, building toilet blocks and constructing perimeter fences. All work is led by local builders and volunteers simply support this where they can, so no qualifications or experience are necessary, although undoubtedly a help. 

Not only will you provide building support, you will have the time to interact with the children, talk to them and just do simple things like playing games. Interaction of this sort is more meaningful than many people would imagine, as a large number of the children in the area we work do not have the family structure and guidance that we, here in the UK, are accustomed to. 

Outside of your volunteer work, we give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Kenya, with a weekend adventure and a number of different cultural activities. This is a life-changing experience and we are sure that you will return from your trip a different person.

What to Expect

During your stay, you will soon become familiar with, and adjust to, the pace of life in Kenya. Everyday life is more relaxed here than the usual fast-paced lifestyle you may be used to in Western culture so be prepared for a few obstacles along the way with timings. The best advice we can give is to travel with an open mind and fully embrace the Kenyan culture. 

Although we work hard with our in-country team to ensure project work is set and runs as smoothly as possible for our volunteers, the relaxed approach can sometimes delay the process, so please try to have patience and understanding with what you will get to know as “Africa time”!

Swahili is Kenya’s first language, with English being the second. Most lessons will be taught in English (with the exception of lessons for younger children) and all of the teachers at the school will speak English, so you should not find language a problem. The students will want to practise their English speaking with you. Please do not underestimate the impact this can have on a person trying to learn a new language, as it can be more valuable than you think. The students will enjoy trying to teach you some Swahili too!

How will you benefit from your stay?

We are confident that you will:

  • Learn valuable skills which you can use in the future.
  • Gain experience that will benefit you and your career.
  • Return home a more globally aware citizen.
  • Help create lasting change in the Nakuru community.
  • Feel proud of the impact you have made whilst volunteering.
  • Go on an emotional journey that will make you appreciate what you have.
  • Build new relationships and make new friends, possibly lifelong ones.
  • Be inspired to continue helping to create change.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Typical day

You will wake up and meet for breakfast at around 7:30am and you will then be taken to your allocated project around 8:30am to start your day’s volunteering. Remember to take plenty of water with you as it will be very hot and humid. 

Depending on your allocated construction work, a typical morning session at your school project might include cementing bricks for a new classroom, painting existing classrooms, or screeding classroom walls and floors. There will be a friendly team of qualified builders to help you with these tasks. You might like to take some gloves and eyewear with you for protection.

At around 10:30am, you can stop for morning break with the children, when they take time to have a snack and play games. After 30 minutes, lessons will commence again and you can continue with your building work for another hour or so. 

Your Trip Host will then bring you a cooked meal at around 12:30pm, which will be well-deserved after your morning’s work. In the afternoon, you will continue with your building and renovation activities until the time the school closes at around 3pm and your trip hosts take you back to the volunteer accommodation for some downtime. 

During the afternoon, you may like to visit the craft market or make use of the swimming pool or gym. Dinner will be served around 7pm, after which you can either spend some time with fellow volunteers or just relax with a book and reflect on your day’s volunteering.

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date. Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A can-do attitude and a desire to make a difference are the most important qualities that volunteers need. We believe that every volunteer has something to offer on our trips, regardless of skills.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at African Adventures are happy to help you.

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Free-time activities

We will take you to see the beautiful sites of Nakuru, including the Rift Valley. We will also introduce you to the culture of the area as much as possible, with Ewe lessons and visits to cultural activities.

Outside of project hours, you can relax, get to know the other volunteers and African Adventures staff on your programme, and explore the local area. 

Kenya is a beautiful country with lots to see and do, and our friendly in-country team are on hand with the best recommendations! You will have the freedom to use the local transport (tuk-tuks and matatus) for the short journey to and from town. Just ask your Trip Host for the best way to go about doing this and they’ll be more than happy to help

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The trip cost covers most aspects required during the trip. This includes food, accommodation, all in-country travel, in-country guides, project work and volunteer travel insurance. 

The costs that are not included are visas, flights, medical expenses before you travel and spending money for the trip. There is an additional cost should you decide to go on an adventure weekend. See the website for more information.

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International

We provide all travel required from and to the airport whilst in Kenya and we also provide all the travel to and from the projects and the adventure weekend.

Accommodation

Volunteers stay at a local resort, which has facilities to be enjoyed during downtime. It is basic but comfortable and has the necessary western amenities.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day and will get to sample the local cuisine. All meals have a staple such as potato, pasta or ugali and there are lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Beef or chicken are often the meats of choice.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,285.00
3 weeks
$1,716.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$2,147.00
Average fees
$590.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nakuru/Kenya between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Adventures 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 African Adventures during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Kenya. Please check the visa regulations for Kenya.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Kenya and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Kenya.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Kenya.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Kenya while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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