Teaching & Leisure Activities Assistant Nakuru

Help children from rural tribes and villages get access to education in Nakuru.

About us

International Humanity Foundation (IHF) is seeking forward-thinking, dynamic individuals of all ages and backgrounds to contribute to our international centers as part of our Voluntourist program. IHF runs children’s home in Nakuru, Kenya Kenya with approximately 50 children, as well as education centers in Bali, Jakarta, Banda Aceh and Medan, Indonesia.

Our foundation is run entirely by volunteers just like you, who have made commitments ranging from two weeks to multiple years. You will be supervised and guided by long-term volunteer co-Directors at your center, who will listen to your ideas and work with you on a daily basis.

You will leave IHF with new highly transferable skills, a better understanding of international NGOs, and an unforgettable experience that will last the rest of your life.

About the role

As a Voluntourist, you would gain hands-on experience with an international not-for- profit NGO at the ground level and contribute your time and talents to substantially helping provide better opportunities for young people.

You will complete four hours of at-center work a day. At our Nakuru Education center, we provide housing, care, and coverage of school fees to children from socioeconomically disadvantaged tribes from the region of East Central Pokot. You will assist with everything that comes with caring for our children, along with maintaining relationships with local staff and the local population.  In addition volunteers organize a variety of educationally and culturally enriching activities including but limited to topics such as: acting, sports, English, computer, and math. 

This is an ideal opportunity to gain first hand experience in international development, but still have time to explore a new place and culture.  In Kenya  our center offer unique insights into the diverse culture and heritage, the numerous ethnic tribes that exist, and the great sense of unity, peace, acceptance and closeness; all strong virtues of traditional African culture. You will have plenty of time to visit these incredible settings, but work must remain a priority. By both volunteering and sightseeing, you will have a unique experience, and hopefully you will leave our center with a better understanding of your surroundings and IHF as an organisation.


  • You must be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • We value volunteers who are creative and innovative, willing to take responsibility and easily adapt to new conditions and unexpected situations.
  • Minimum age 18 years old 

Each IHF center is a product of its environment and follows the cultural code and norms of its host country. So must our staff and interns. Our volunteers must have high inter-cultural sensitivity and be tolerant to different views and ways of life.

Cultural sensitivity toward Pokot 

In Kenya and every African country, EVERYTHING is about the tribe. Like pre-modern tribes throughout the world, planning for the future is difficult for the Pokot. Their survival depends upon being completely invested in the present and totally aware of food and enemies now, and thinking of the future distracts them from this. Thus, when dealing with them, you may feel that they do not care and become frustrated. 

The Pokot also have a very different sense of how possessions are to be treated. Their tools are made from strong wood and stone and used for all purposes. When the tools are no longer useful, the Pokot throw them away. They will treat modern gifts, which break and are destroyed easily in comparison, the same way as their tools. Similarly, the Pokot do not have a modern concept of garbage and will throw trash on the ground without a second thought. 

The most important things are to be aware of critical differences, to be patient and to understand that these are neither good nor bad, just different. Please inform yourself about the local culture and ask us in advance. Keep parts of their culture in mind, plan your visits and activities with the Pokot accordingly. Remember, it is your duty to accommodate their culture, not theirs to accommodate yours. And it is vital to also keep in mind that in Kenya and in Africa, EVERYTHING is about the tribe 

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Suitable for


Typical day

You will have 4 hours of local tasks daily.

For your local tasks be prepared to have them vary from  day to day.

On any given day in Nakuru, you will: 

  • Help prepare children for school, with homework, and other education related tasks

  • Organize projects and activities to enrich student's lives through art, geography, science, and anything in between!

  • Provide the co-Directors with needs-based assistance in the daily maintenance of the centers 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
English and Math at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Fluency in written and spoken English

Creativity, responsibility, adaptability when exposed to new conditions and unexpected situations.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at International Humanity Foundation (IHF) are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Nakuru is an amazingly beautiful place to visit. When you are not dedicated to center activities, and you want a weekend getaway, you can go to many beautiful places of natural wonder. Rhinos and buffalos can be seen at Nakuru lake. If you are a fan of the Lion King,
- Nakuru Lake where you can see rhinos and buffalos
- Naivasha Lake where you can do cycling trip in Hellsgate in the Lion King scenery
- Baringo and Bogoria Lakes- where you can see hippos and crocodiles and flamingos
- Menengai Crater from where you can see a wonderful view into the lake Nakuru and surrounding hills



What's included?
We provide basic accommodation and food at our centers, where you will live with your co-workers.

We will help you with your travel and visa planning. We will also try to comply with guidelines to secure any grant or scholarship funding available at your university.

Most importantly, we provide pre-trip support and on the ground training to all work-study volunteers. This creates invaluable support, structure, and educational opportunities to be capitalized upon by hard-working, dedicated work-study volunteers looking to further their reach in the field of international development.

IHF does provide airport pick-up to incoming volunteers. However, the volunteer must cover the cost of a Taxi round-trip from the center, to the airport, and then back again. Please inquire further about Airport pick-up and transportation after your application has been submitted.
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.

We have dormitory-style living quarters. There are shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities at our center, and there is a possibility that you will be sharing a room with other volunteers at the center.

Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Food is prepared at the center by local cooks, and all children, staff and volunteers eat the same meals. Meat is eaten rarely and most often used as a flavor instead of a dish, so most of the meals should be acceptable to vegetarians. If you have an allergy, please let us know in advance, so we can prepare appropriately.

Breakfast is often hot tea or and somtimes a piece of fruit. Lunch is either red beans and rice or a s stew of pohli, like large corn kernels, and beans. Dinner is ugali, a foodstuff like extra-thick mashed potatoes (it is actually made out of maize flour), which is eaten with cooked cabbage and kale. Be aware that the children eat with their hands, and
you may want to bring along your own bowl, spoon, cup and any other special foods you'd like to have. There are a number of affordable restaurants in Nakuru, and many volunteers regularly eat at them.

The local water is chemically treated and has a strange taste. We do not recommend volunteers drink it, so you may have to buy your own bottled water in town. Another option is to purchase water guard which you can put into the water to make it safe to drink (most volunteers and directors do this option). Our cooks boil the water they use and can cook your portion with bottled water if requested.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Nakuru/Kenya between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. International Humanity Foundation (IHF) 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 International Humanity Foundation (IHF) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) in Nairobi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya.
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