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Learning Lions

IT & Media Skills Mentor

Help to fight unemployment in rural areas of Kenya by teaching and mentoring highly motivated students in programming, webdesign, graphic design, animation, music or film

The Volunteer Program

Spend between one and three months in one of the most remote areas of East-Africa mentoring a team of young adults (aged 18-25) on their way to become entrepreneurs on the global digital market. Built up a relationship to bright African minds, and enable them to have a successful career, without having to leave their home region. It will be a live changing experience and you will receive free full board and lodging, so you have nothing to lose. Additionally, you can expect to work with a small, young, motivated and dynamic team with barely any hierarchies. 

If you...

  • Have skills in webdevelopment, programming, graphic design, animation, film or music
  • Want to use your skills to help others
  • Can commit to at least one month (ideally three or more)
  • Are able to mentor a small team of bright young minds
  • Think positively and like to work in team
  • Are ready to live in simple living conditions
  • Are willing to experience a completely different culture on the other side of the world 

then this could be the ideal volunteer program for you!

Different Fields of Teaching

  • Web Development, Software Development,  Mobile Application Development
  • Graphic Design (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Database management (e.g SQL)
  • Animation (2D/3D)
  • Digital Video and Film Production (Premiere, After Effects)
  • Digital Sound and Music Production (Cubase, Audition)

Your Mission

As part of the non-profit program Learning Lions you would dedicate your time to lead and support a small groups of 3 – 10 young adults in your specific area of expertise. We propose an instructor led “learning by doing” format but are eager to discuss the most effective way with you. Your ultimate goal will be to reduce the high unemployment rate in impoverished rural areas of Eastern Africa by teaching the selected “Lions” applicable ICT & media skills. Thanks to your dedication you will enable talented and motivated young adults to work and live a better life full of perspective in their region of origin. 

You will be working with bright young minds coming from villages of the Turkana region (the poorest region in Kenya) aged between 18 and 25 years old. We select the students not based on their school grades, but using a two hour IQ test. Of 1000 participants we choose only the best 50 to become part of the program. Our only criteria is a good command of the English language and a high score in the IQ test. Many of them never had access to a computer before.

Location and Setup

We are starting to build an ICT-Center in Loropio (Kalimapus area) at the shores of Lake Turkana (Kenya) between Kalokol and Kataboi. At this center our “Lions” can live, learn, train and eventually become entrepreneurs in a campus-like environment that provides them with the best preconditions to make a successful career.  We estimate completion in 2018. Until then we are successfully operating from our campus in Lodwar (Turkana County, Kenya). This means that until final completion of the ICT center you would be teaching and living (together with all the team) in Lodwar. You, as a teaching volunteer, would receive full board and lodging. You live and work within our center in Lodwar, you will have your own bedroom and the house offers basic sanitary facilities as well as a kitchen and a chill-out lounge. The Learning Lions program offers you the opportunity to live in one of the most remote regions in the world. The social environment and setting of our project is very young & friendly but it goes without saying that you will not live in luxurious conditions. We reassure you that it will be a life enriching experience for you from a professional and a personal point of view.

City Life and Travel Opportunities

Lodwar is a small city (~50 000 inahbitants)  located in the northwest of Kenya and west of Lake Turkana. Most of its population is still following traditional living habits in relatively poor conditions. At the same time, the city is the bustling center of the region with two nightclubs, many bars and restaurants. It is approximately 2 hours away from the future ICT center. 

As a volunteer, you might want to travel and do some sightseeing on the weekends. Lake Turkana, the world’s largest permanent alkaline desert lake located, is probably a must see. The lake is also called the Jade Sea because of its azure-green color. The key attraction is “Central Island” with its three crater lakes – Crocodile Lake, Flamingo Lake and Tilapia Lake and an active volcano. You might even be able to spot some wild animals such as elephants, lions, giraffes or antilopes at the South Turkana National Reserve.

What to Bring

Apart from your laptop, some light clothing (remember, it's hot up here) and good portion of motivation and curiosity, you should not need anything else. Of course, we are able to assist with any organizational matters in case of questions and will be in close contact once you have decided to join us.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Typical day

A Typical Day

7:30 - Step out of the shower and look at your cloth. You will smile about the amout of cloth you brought you will never need. Due to the warm weather, you will wear shorts, t-shirts and sandals all the time. 

8:30 - You would start your day with our daily morning meetings in which one of the Lions gives an inspiring speech or holds an informative presentation about his or her current work, political issues or any other relevant topic.

9:00 - 9:30 - You have the privelege to eat the delicious mandasi (local fried dough) together with some tea or coffee as a morning snack

9:30 - 12:30 - You will check how you Lions are delivering against there list of tasks and time commitments. You will give feedback on the quality of their work and project management ability. 

12:30 - 13:00 - You can enjoy our freshly cooked local food (vegan friendly) in the shadow of the tree in our yard together with the team.

13:00 - 15:00 - You will help the lions to build up a portfolio of references showcasing their quality. This will set the foundation for their path to entrepreneurship and will help them to set up their own little business in a subsequent step. 

15:00 - 17:30 - You will scan the international market for IT services and help to design our education program in a way that the preparation of Lions for these markets becomes ideal. You will create specific assignments for the Lions which help them improve their skills in the necessary domains.

18.30 - 19:30 - Dinner with the team, again outside. Accompanied by the amazing setting of the African sun, and later by candle light.

There is many possibilities for you evening planning. See --> Free Time Activity

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 25 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
IT / Media at Either University level or self-taught level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Minimum: thorough knowledge and skills in of the following IT domains: programming, webdevelopment, graphic design, animation, film or music.
Ideally: 5 or more years of work experience in one of the respective areas
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 17:30

Any questions? Just ask. We at Learning Lions are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

In such an exiting environment, you have many options to spend your free time during the week:
  • spend the night with the team, either in our chillout area or in one of the bars or clubs in town
  • take part in one of the many anmazing masses of the curches around. Experience a virbrant atmosphere of singing, dancing and a strong belief.
  • go for a walk along the Turkwel river, maybe accompanied by one of our office dogs,
  • climb up one of the hills around the city,
  • join the sports courses offered by one of our Lions to stay fit.

Additionally, you might want to travel and do some sightseeing on the weekends:

  • Lake Turkana, the world’s largest permanent alkaline desert lake located, is probably a must see. The lake is also called the Jade Sea because of its azure-green color. The key attraction is “Central Island” with its three crater lakes – Crocodile Lake, Flamingo Lake and Tilapia Lake and an active volcano.
  • Not far from the lake, at South Turkana National Reserve, you might be able to spot some wild animals such as elephants, lions, giraffes or antilopes.
  • If you really want to make sure you don't leave Africa without having been on a proper safari, you should head south to the world-famous Masai Mara or Lake Naivasha.
  • If Lake Turkana wasn't enough for you, you may visit Lake Victoria and some of its beautiful small islands.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

Included Services

Airport Pickup at Lodwar

There are several flights per day available from Nairobi to Lodwar with following companies: Fly 540, Safarilink and Skyward Express. You might also grab a bus, even though this could take a whole day of travel. Of course we are able to assist with any transportation or organizational matters in case of questions and will be in close contact once you have decided to join us.

Unfortunately Learning Lions will not be able to cover the travel costs for volunteers up to Lodwar as our policy strictly follows the approach to invest every $ only in the direct education of our Lions. Other volunteers managed to get funding through scholarships or donations for their travel expenses.

Once you arrive in Lodwar, we are happy to pick you up from the airport and get you started in our project.

Accommodation
As a teaching volunteer, you will receive full board and lodging. You live and work within our center in Lodwar, you will have your own bedroom and the house offers basic sanitary facilities as well as a kitchen and a chill-out lounge.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

We have our own kitchen staff cooking for us every day. On the weekends, we occasionally cook something together. Here, we might ask you to contribute some small amount of money (maybe 2$ per meal) to allow us to cook something more special than usual.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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