Primary School Teaching

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 Education classes.

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).

Suitable for


Typical day

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:

  • 7:30 AM - Breakfast with the host family.
  • 8:00 AM - Volunteer leaves home and is dropped/walks to the placement.
  • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM - Volunteer joins with the local staff and is given a duty roster and a plan for your work. There is usually a morning tea break and lunch break. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that the volunteer is working at.
  • 5:00 PM - Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to go sight- seeing or to do some shopping. Usually there will be a guide to take you around. You may also want to spend time with the kids up to around 6:00 PM.
  • 8:30 PM - Dinner with the host family.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Math, English, Geography, Chemistry at College/high school level
Required Documents
CV and passport photos
Other Skills
Technical skills, or any related skills
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Kenya? Volunteer World directly connects you with 254 Organization

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Free-time activities

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.

Water Sports


What's included?
The Fees Cover:
Accommodation with a host family
Airport pick-up
Project placement
Orientation on arrival
24/7 support from 254 Org. staff
254 Org. Promise Fund donation
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.
Airport Pickup

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.

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

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.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kitui/Kenya between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 254 Organization will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 254 Organization during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Kenya

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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.
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?

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.
What can you do in leisure-time in Kenya while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Packing List
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Kenya upfront.
Ruiru bypass, 80100 Nairobi, Mombasa, Kitui, Kenya