Volunteers in Kenya work in a few different types of orphanages, some of which house and foster abandoned and orphaned children,
Teaching volunteers can work in both rural and urban areas of Kenya in
community, government and orphanage schools.
The presence of volunteers in these schools is beneficial in broadening
the minds and horizons of the children and exposing them to native or
fluent English speakers.
Volunteers assist local teachers with daily classes in Math, English,
Science, Social Studies (Geography and History), Art and Physical
Volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate on the Teaching project. In Kenya, there are three terms per school year with breaks between these terms for the whole months of April, August and December. During these breaks, volunteers can assist with holiday programs, participate on other projects, take a break, travel or engage in tourist activities, such as safari.
For those interested in Health and Hygiene Education, there are some schools which offer after-school classes for the older children. These classes were initiated by 254 Organization volunteers and rely on on-going volunteer support to continue. The classes focus on health and hygiene and can also cover reproductive education and awareness of puberty and hormone growth for teenage girls and boys (aged 11 to 16 years old).
First Day: On the first day of the volunteering
placement, volunteers are escorted to their placement and are introduced
to the staff they will be working with.
Weekdays: While our programs are flexible and can be fitted to your requirements, an example of a typical day is as follows:
Weekends: During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Kenya (Eastern/central/coast). Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield (i.e. Mombasa, Uganda or Tanzania) or to embark on a safari. If volunteers wish to volunteer over the weekends, they can join local teams and visit orphanages (or other children helping organizations) to spend time simply playing with and entertaining the children.
Pick up point is at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Then the driver takes you to your host home for freshening up and later to the project site for orientation
Accommodation for volunteers in Kenya is in home-stay with local families or in a volunteer house, depending on the location of the program. We will give you all the specific details of where you will work and live when you apply to volunteer.
Regardless of the tribe or culture of your host family, you will have the opportunity to sample some authentic Kenyan cuisine. Kenyans eat three meals in a day and breakfast generally consists of Chai (tea), toast, cereal, fruit and mandazzi (deep fried dough).
A typical lunch can include meat and vegetables with rice, sandwiches and fruit, while dinner usually sees traditional food such as ugali, chapatti, Greens and irio accompany the meat and vegetables.