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Language Teaching Assistance

Mombasa, Kenya show on map

Help several schools in the area by teaching different languages such as English, German, French or Italian as well as supporting the local staff with their other tasks.

The program

This essential program aims to help vulnerable children and adults and improve their futures. In Mombasa, volunteers can choose to work in either regular primary or high schools, a special needs residential school or a language school for adults. Schools are greatly under resourced so this volunteer support makes a huge difference to students. The Special Needs School Love Volunteers works with is extremely large with over 480 residential students, and they greatly need help to teach and care for these vulnerable children. Some of the children are severely disabled and without this school, would be at risk in the community. The school would love to have volunteers with experience in speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work, audiology or any other specialist area, however would love any volunteers who are compassionate and willing to spend time with the children. At the language school volunteers will be involved in planning and running lessons in either English, German, French and Italian, aiming to develop second languages in young adults to open up opportunities for employment abroad. At Diani Beach volunteers will work in the severely under resourced local schools, working with children who live in high levels of poverty.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide essential teaching to under-resourced schools in Mombasa and Diani Beach
  • Provide an educational foundation for vulnerable children and adults to build on and break the poverty cycle and improve their future prospects
  • Provide essential support to special needs children
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.
How you can help

Volunteers on this wonderful and varied teaching program will play an important role in the lives of the participating children and adults. In the primary schools, volunteers will make a huge difference by running lessons for students in their field of expertise, assist teachers with lessons or marking, and make a true impact on individual students by working one on one with students struggling in reading and maths. They will also help by planning and running fun activities such as sports days and teaching vocational skills. Volunteers in the special needs school will help in any capacity they can, from working in their field of expertise, to helping teach and care for the children. The schools works with children with varying disabilities from intellectual disabilities to vision and hearing impairments to cerebral palsy, autism and microcephaly. In Diani Beach, the schools are often in the poorest areas and are extremely underfunded and under resourced. Some do not have enough teachers for the number of classes they have. Volunteers can run lessons and activities, play with the younger children, assist with marking work, run teacher training sessions and help with cooking and cleaning. Most schools also have construction work that needs to be done as well.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways at the various schools on this program and can anticipate;

  • Teaching children in a variety of subjects
  • Playing sports and other games and interacting with the children
  • Working with students on projects and activities
  • Working one on one with children on core subjects
  • Teaching adults language classes for those on the language program

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the volunteer house

7:30am Walk or bus to your project site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

3:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

3:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

3:30pm Walk or bus back to the accommodation

Evenings Volunteers are free to explore the local area, check out the multitude of local restaurants, bars and cafes, or relax with the other volunteers

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

With some of the best beaches in the world, Mombasa is Kenya’s main tourist destination. It is located on the Eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean. There is a tropical climate all year and the city is filled with many things to do during the day and at night.

Inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2011, Fort Jesus is one of the oldest European buildings on the eastern coast of Africa. The ultimate in indestructible fortresses, it stands 15 meters (50ft) high on the seaward side, where it overlooks the entrance to the Old Harbor, and its stone walls are up to 2.5 meters (8ft) thick.

The Old Town, located around Fort Jesus is a great place to visit. This historic district has mostly been converted into souvenir shops and restaurants. A maze of alleys, many too narrow to allow motor traffic, the Old Town sprawls out either side of the Ndia Kuu Road. A nice place to explore on a Sunday when much of the city is closed down. Mombasa is a truly epic place to visit and be a volunteer!

Diani Beach is a fantastic long white beach with loads of water sports and primates to see. A night at ‘40 Thieves’ beach bar is a great place to hang out for a few tuskers (beers). From Mombasa you can catch the ferry from Mombasa town center across to Diani and then Matatu to the beach -  approx. 1 hour travel time.

Swimming
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Program 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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School, University level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact and Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Whist not mandatory, completing a TEFL course prior to joining this project would prove to be highly beneficial. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Breakfast & dinner provided (+ Lunch on weekends)
  • Return airport transfer
  • registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Moi International Airport

Upon arrival into Mombasa volunteers will be collected by a representative of the local project team and transported to the volunteer house accommodation where they will join a full orientation session where a representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience in Kenya. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Moi International Airport, Mombasa, Kenya (CODE: MBA)

Accommodation

Volunteers on this program are accommodated within a large and spacious volunteer house, located in a safe and convenient suburb of Mombasa within a short commute to all the main attractions of this fascinating city. Volunteers are provided with a comfortable shared bedroom and shared bathroom, separated by gender, and thanks to the variety and popularity of this program location, they will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with other like-minded people from around the world. Linen and mosquito nets are provided. Wifi is available onsite, though service may not be as reliable as most are accustomed to at home. There are no hot showers, these are not common in Mombasa due to the climate.  As with most parts of Africa, laundry facilities are basic and most volunteers simply use the services of a local laundromat.

While the accommodation is basic, this is part of the challenge and experience of volunteering in a developing country. With a little patience, and a flexible attitude, you will quickly get used to your new surroundings. The volunteer house is well managed by the local team and there is an onsite ‘house mama’ to look after volunteers. A perfect home away from home and a wonderful base for your stay in Kenya!

There is a variety of public transport available in Mombasa, Bus (Matatu), Tuk Tuk and Motorcycle.  It is not recommended to take motorcycles on highway routes or long distances.

For those who prefer, in some cases we can arrange accommodation with a host family who are experienced in hosting international volunteers. The host family accommodations will involve shared bedrooms and bathrooms. Please keep in mind that in some of the more rural areas bathrooms will consist of squat toilets and bucket showers. Although most families have running water, hot water is still uncommon among local families in Kenya.

Dorm Room Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are provided 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner) at the volunteer house during the working week and 3 meals are provided if you are at your accommodation during weekends. Lunch is not included during the working week but is often be taken at small cafes or restaurants where you can try cheap and tasty local food. You are also free to buy bread and other snacks. The meals provided are mostly vegetarian, local cuisine. Conveniently, there is also a fridge and basic cooking facilities if volunteers would occasionally like to prepare their own meals. Easy!
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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$848.00
5 weeks
$958.00
6 weeks
$1,028.00
7 weeks
$1,088.00
8 weeks
$1,208.00
9 weeks
$1,258.00
10 weeks
$1,318.00
11 weeks
$1,368.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,428.00
Average fees
$166.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mombasa/Kenya between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Kenya.
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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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