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Providing Teaching Assistance

Depending on your confidence and skillset, you can either assist teachers or take your own lessons. Either way, you will be making a real difference.

The provision of teaching for the children is at the heart of this role. You will work with teachers to deliver lessons, introduce new activities to the children and create a fun and engaging learning environment for the children. Activities include: assisting teachers with lessons; reading stories; preparing meals and playing games. The children’s enthusiasm when it comes to learning and taking part in sport makes this role so much fun.

Volunteering is the absolute focus of our trips. We work with privately set-up and run project schools which are in desperate need of support; volunteers travelling with us provide this. 

About the Program

You will have the opportunity to either assist teachers in taking lessons or deliver your own lessons for the children. The children are very eager to learn and relish the opportunity to experience different teaching methods and varying lessons. We provide you with guidance regarding the types of lessons you can plan, dependent on the project you will be visiting and the age of the children you will be teaching. It is a very different experience to attending or teaching at schools in the UK as there are very limited resources - some classes don't even have desks or chairs, which is something we are working hard to address. Not only will you provide teaching 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.

Your Role as a Volunteer

As a teaching assistant volunteer, you will work alongside teachers and other volunteers to help manage the demands of educating large classes of mixed students. The schools provide an education for children between the ages of 5-16, which is similar to British curricula of years gone by. Once you feel comfortable with your allocated class, it may be that you start helping with lesson delivery and then progress to delivering lessons yourself. To make your programme as productive as possible, we will provide you with vital pre-departure materials which include specific information about your project and the topics the children in your class will be studying, so that you’re ready and prepared when you arrive.

Teaching Styles

In Kenya, students learn by rote (rote learning is a memorisation technique based on repetition) and, therefore, do not always have underpinning knowledge. This means that lesson delivery is often less interactive than in the UK. Many teachers are only part-qualified or, in some cases, volunteers themselves. A syllabus is followed using a text book and lessons are delivered accordingly. There are allocated breaktimes, although there is a relaxed attitude towards these timings. Younger children will have more frequent breaks, whereas the older students will be expected to study for longer periods of time without a break. Students are set by ability, not age, meaning it is not uncommon to be in a class of five year-olds, for example, but have older children in the lesson.

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?

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”!

We believe in providing an experience which has clear two-way benefits. Not only will you be helping to create lasting change in this deprived area of Kenya, you will go on an amazing journey and learn a great deal in the process.

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 will then be taken to your allocated project at 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. 

A typical morning session at your school project will involve assisting in the classroom with English and Maths. This will involve you using books, writing out activities on the chalkboard and engaging students in interactive learning by asking them to join you at the front of class and address their peers. Learning English phrases and numbers through singing songs is often very popular. 

At around 10:30am, it is likely that classes will stop for morning break where there will be time for the children to have a snack and play games. This will be followed by another lesson up until around 12:30pm when lunchtime will commence. You will break for lunch and be served a delicious, hot meal that is brought to you by your trip hosts. Each program has a feeding programme attached to it, meaning that each student will receive a free lunch. Some programs also provide a mid-morning snack called uji (a thin porridge made from a combination of millet, corn, and sorghum flours). The children’s lunches usually consist of a Kenyan staple called ugali  served with a cabbage or bean stew. Often, this is the only food the children will receive all day.

After lunch, you may like to take your learning outside the classroom and get the children participating in a PE lesson. Activities may include bean bag racing, co-ordination exercises and counting games. These activities will depend on the resources available so we recommend bringing some sports equipment with you if you have specific sessions planned. 

Afternoon activities will finish at around 3pm, at which point you will be picked up and taken back to your accommodation to relax after a hard day’s work.

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). 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.

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.

You may have the chance to visit the market or use the swimming pool during the afternoon. Dinner will be served at your accommodation around 7pm, following which you can relax with a book, play some games or reflect on your day’s volunteering with other travellers. You may also like to practise your Swahili!

Safari/Zoo
Sports

Included Services

What's included?

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. 

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.

We do our best to cater for all dietary requirements so please let us know of anything we should advise our teams about. We recommend that you drink only bottled water for safety reasons. Water is not included within your trip fee and is something you will need to budget for. Water is inexpensive and readily available in all our host destinations.

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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2,147.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$2,147.00
Average fees
$537.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nakuru/Kenya between 4 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.

Get ready to volunteer in Kenya

Check out first

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?
Kivu Resort, Nakuru, Nakuru, Kenya

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