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Volunteering in Kenya: Teaching
Volunteering in Kenya: Teaching
Quality education for both boys and girls is crucial in reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. Schools in Kenya are currently struggling with overcrowded classes and a lack of skilled teachers.


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  1. 1. Volunteering in Kenya: TeachingVolunteering in Kenya: TeachingQuality education for both boys and girls is crucial in reducing poverty and promotinggender equality. Schools in Kenya are currently struggling with overcrowded classes anda lack of skilled teachers.As a volunteer you will help to empower girls and boys by giving them the skills theyneed to overcome poverty and to make their voice heard. We have opportunities forvolunteers to assist with teaching at preschool, primary, and secondary levels. Theremay also be opportunities to teach at the IDP camps.At primary and secondary levels, volunteer teachers can teach core subjects, such asEnglish, mathematics, science, social sciences, and can initiate extra-curricularactivities.Volunteer preschool teachers will teach basic English skills and carry out basicchildcare duties.This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. A teachingqualification is not required (except for secondary teaching) but volunteers need to beconfident in the above subjects and preferably have or be studying towards a universitydegree.Quality education for both boys and girls is crucial in reducing poverty and promotinggender equality. Schools in Kenya are currently struggling with overcrowded classes anda lack of skilled teachers. As a volunteer you will help to empower girls and boys bygiving them the skills they need to overcome poverty and to make their voice heard. Wehave opportunities for volunteers to assist with teaching at preschool, primary, andsecondary levels. At primary and secondary levels, volunteer teachers can teach coresubjects, such as English, mathematics, science, social sciences, and can initiate extra-curricular activities. Volunteer preschool teachers will teach basic English skills and
  2. 2. carry out basic childcare duties. This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. A teaching qualification is not required (except for secondary teaching)but volunteers need to be confident in the above subjects and preferably have or bestudying towards a university degree.It is the goal of Kenyan children to get an education so they have the skills to overcomepoverty and advance towards a future where their voice is heard. The Kenyan educationsystem aims to achieve the goal of quality education for all. Since the late 1980s theeducation system has been modeled on what is called 8.4.4. This means 8 years ofprimary school, 4 years of high school and 4 years of university/higher education. Thissystem is designed to give students recognized levels of education. It has helped to reducedrop out rates and has given those who will not attend university/higher education alegitimate qualification: the Kenya Certification of Primary Education and the KenyaCertificate of Secondary Education.Following a promise made in 1963 the Kenyan government made primary education freein government schools in 2003. Since then enrolment rates have skyrocketed and schoolshave been left unable to cope. Overcrowding is rampant and there are not enoughtrained teachers to fulfill all the positions needed. As a result, children are not gettingthe required attention and grades are slipping. Consequently government schools havecapped their enrolment; this has lead to the rise of community run schools (sometimesreferred to as harambee schools) where teachers do not need to be qualified or skilled.Today community schools account for about 75% of primary schools in Kenya.Strategies to achieve basic, quality education for all in Kenya are not succeeding. It isestimated that only 24 percent of Kenya’s children advance to secondary school. Whileonly about 2% attend university and other higher education institutions.The Kenyan education system is plagued by a shortage of skilled teachers providingquality education. Volunteers have an opportunity to help change this by giving theirknowledge and skills to classroom teaching and sharing skills with local staff.Volunteers in the teaching program are placed in community run schools and children’scentres and have the opportunity to teach preschool, primary and secondary level
  3. 3. students. For preschool level, volunteers can teach basic reading, words and counting,as well as colours and shapes. Other work with preschool involves childcare duties likechanging baby diapers, putting children down for naptime, and feeding duties.Volunteers teaching at primary and secondary levels will be teaching core subjects, suchas English, mathematics, science and social studies. Volunteers may find pressure toprimarily teach English as this is seen by many as the key to success in futureemployment in Kenya’s booming tourism industry. Note, only qualified teachers are ableto teach at secondary level.Another important role you have as a volunteer is to add to your placement. The budgetsof many schools mean there is only enough to provide the basic necessities. Weencourage you as a volunteer to bring that little “extra”. Ideas don’t need to be big orcost any money. Often the most popular ideas for volunteers and amongst the childrenare arts ‘n’ craft activities, sports games, and dance and music lessons. Don’t forget toconsult the supervisor at your project before introducing any new ideas. Please note,supplies/resources for any kind of activity you may want to take part in will not besupplied by the school or centre.A general note: some schools will be very established in their work and have organizedroutines and set ways of doing things. Other schools will not. Regardless of theindividual situation of each school they will require your help. It is important to join theschool with an open mind and be there to help in the way it is needed.Volunteering Projects in KenyaYou can become involved in helping to develop communities in Kenya. With such avariety of projects this program has something to suit everyone.You have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of under-privileged childrenand adults by providing education and counseling in schools and orphanages, HIVeducation, and medical care.Whilst sharing your knowledge and compassion with the local people, you will have achance to make a personal contribution and connection to the people of Kenya.The ProjectsVolunteers will be placed in program locations in the suburbs surrounding Nairobi,including Kiambiu slum in Buru buru phase one, Kibera SlumNote: The type of work volunteers will perform is subject to the needs of the particularproject they are placed at and their own experience and skills.Volunteer work expectation
  4. 4. Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of 4 to 6 hours a day, 5 days a week fromMonday to Saturday. Sundays are days off. Volunteers are able to work beyond thisminimum commitment.It is vital that you are flexible and willing to adapt to situations as they arise. You cannotpredict what each day may bring. We also ask that you are prepared to follow any rulesset by us or our partners to ensure continuity of the program. New initiatives you maywish to set up at your project should be discussed with Lecden-Kenya and your projectdirector supervisor before implementation to ensure that what you set up is appropriatefor the project.AccommodationVolunteers in the Teaching, Medical/Health and HIV/AIDS program will beaccommodated in a homestay situation. While volunteers in the Children’s program maybe accommodated in either a homestay, volunteer dormitory, or at the Children’s Homethey are working in.Accommodation at homestays is with everyday members of the community who haveinvited international volunteers into their homes. Each host situation is different in termsof the number and make-up of people living in the house, their personal circumstances,style of accommodation, and their expectation of you as a guest in their home.Volunteer dormitory accommodation is where volunteers live together in a house locatednear their placement and are cared for by househelp.Accommodation at a Children’s Home is located onsite and provides the volunteer withseparate sleeping quarters from the children. Volunteers are cared for by the Home’sstaff.Accommodation providers have been selected to ensure volunteer well-being andcomfort, to maintain safety and security, and to give an insight into Kenyan life. Take theopportunity to get to know those at your accommodation. You have a unique opportunityto learn a different way of living and culture. Make the most of it!What you can expectVolunteers can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers. Bedding, suchas sheets, blankets, pillows, is provided however volunteers will need to supply their ownmosquito nets. Mosquito nets cost less than US$10 and can be purchased in Nairobi onday two of Orientation.Living is basic, but comfortable. In urban areas accommodation is modern relative torural areas. Houses will generally have electricity, running water, hot water and flushingtoilets. Internet, telephone, ATMs, supermarkets, and restaurants are an easy travel
  5. 5. distance from accommodation. Public transport is readily accessible and just a shortwalk from most urban accommodation sites.In contrast, rural accommodation may not have electricity or running water. Common toall houses are bucket baths, squat toilets and boiled hot water. Internet, bank or ATMs,supermarkets, and restaurants are located in the nearest town which will require publictransport to get to. Public transport is available but will normally require volunteers towalk a distance to get to.Both urban and rural accommodation will not have telephones. For this reason it isrecommended volunteers buy a local mobile phone to keep in contact with family andfriends at home, other volunteers and program staff. Volunteers will have an opportunityto buy a mobile phone on day two of Orientation and the cost is upwards of US$30.Remember to keep an eye on international calling charges.MealsVolunteers will be served two meals per day: breakfast and dinner. While meals willdiffer from accommodation to accommodation, volunteers can expect the style of foodserved to be in keeping with the traditional Kenyan diet. An example of the types of mealsserved:Breakfast: bread with jam, fruit, and chai tea.Dinner: a typical dinner includes three dishes of the following: beans, rice, potatoes,meat, spinach, cabbage, mixed vegetables, or chapatti.Please note that snack food is not provided as part of the meals supplied at youraccommodation.As you can see the Kenyan diet is made up of mostly carbohydrate dishes and meatserved at most one to two times a week. For most, this will be a new way of eating andyou may like to consider supplementing your diet with vitamins and perhaps purchasingfood from a local market or supermarket. If your diet differs from the foods listed above,let your accommodation provider know so not to cause any confusion about your eatinghabits.WaterAs it is not advisable to drink tap water we recommend that you purchase bottled water.This is widely available in Kenya and you can expect to pay about US$10 per week. Thiswould provide you with 2 liters of water per day. Be sure to check that the seals are notbroken.Boiled water is another good option for safe drinking water. The Center for DiseaseControl and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/contentWaterTreatment.aspx)
  6. 6. recommends boiling water as the best method for making water safe to drink. Boilingwater as recommended will kill bacterial, parasitic, and viral causes of diarrhea.Directions for boiling water: boil water vigorously for 1 minute and allow it to cool toroom temperature (do not add ice).Where to buy? What you can buy?Kenya has a large number of outlets where food is sold, ranging from small outdoormarkets to large supermarkets, and roadside eateries to world famous restaurants.Prices vary greatly. You can expect to pay what you would in your own country whenbuying food from a supermarket or eating at a restaurant, while small markets androadside eateries offer a much cheaper price option.TransportYour transport from your arrival location to the volunteer accommodation, and duringOrientation is covered by the program fee. Once Orientation is complete volunteers aretransferred to their program locations. Volunteers, in most cases, will be accommodateda reasonable walking distance from their project location and will be able to walk towork each day. For those who are accommodated outside of a reasonable walkingdistance and when public transport is available, money for transport will be provided.Note: any transport money provided in this instance is at the discretion of Lecden-Kenya.Transport on departure from the program is not covered by the program fee. Volunteerswill need to organise and pay for their own transport when leaving the program.Getting around KenyaKenya has about 250 airports and airstrips (of vastly varying quality) and plenty ofairlines connecting Nairobi with Mombasa, Kisumu, Nanyuki, Malindi, Lamu and thenational parks/reserves of Amboseli, Masai Mara and Samburu. Flying around Kenyaand its neighboring countries is a relatively safe way to cover a lot of ground.Traveling by train between Nairobi and Mombasa is also a popular form of transport.Kenya has a good network of regular buses, matatus (usually minibuses), shared-taxisand private taxis which will get you where you need to go; from home to the closest townor the neighboring country. To reduce any safety risks, only travel with recommendedbus companies and taxi drivers and never travel by matatu at night. Cycling is best donein rural areas due to the chaotic traffic on the main roads, but the distances betweentowns and the poor condition of roads needs to be kept in mind.Communication
  7. 7. Keeping in touch by post, telephone and email is generally easy, but sometimes notreliable.TelephoneKenya‘s telephone system is improving but the network is limited to main towns and oftenbreaks down in times of heavy usage or bad weather conditions.Volunteer accommodations do not have telephones, but phone booths are usually locatedin the cities. Most Kenyans however, rely on mobile phones to keep in contact with theoutside world. For this reason we recommend volunteers buy a local mobile phone tokeep in contact with family and friends at home, other volunteers and program staff.(Volunteers will have an opportunity to buy a mobile phone on day two of Orientationand cost upwards of US$30. Remember to keep an eye on international calling charges.)Internet ServicesIT has picked up rapidly in Kenya. Internet cafes are available in the main towns andyou can expect to pay around US$1 for an hour of internet use. The internet is slow but itis a much cheaper option for keeping in touch with family and friends at home thantelephone.PostThere are several post offices in Kenya scattered around the country. The post, onaverage, takes a few days to Europe and around ten days to North America, Australiaand New Zealand; times from these places to Kenya are slightly longer. It is a good ideato keep copies of letters or photo disks just incase they get lost in the post and werecommend not sending valuables just in case they go missing also.ElectricityElectricity runs in cities and towns but not in extremely rural areas. Power cuts dooccur, so a power surge protector for sensitive equipment and a torch and or head lampare good ideas. Kenya’s electrical system is characterized by 240 volts AC, 50Hz with arectangular blade 3 pin plug (http://kropla.com/!g.htm).Free TimeVolunteers are free to do as they please during down time. For most, free time will be onweekends, public holidays and after volunteer duties are done for the day.You can use free time to prepare for any future work or activities you may wish to plan.Some volunteers choose to help in other programs when they have free time. You maylike to meet up with other volunteers during your free time to swap ideas or simply spendtime with them. You may also like to visit local sights of interest.
  8. 8. If you are considering traveling around Kenya and neighboring countries we recommendyou take the necessary safety precautions and the advice of our partner organisation andtrusted locals. If you would like to discover Kenya by joining a safari you may like toconsult our partner who can put you in touch with providers of safari packages atcompetitive rates. Organizing a safari can be done while in Kenya.Number of VolunteersThe Kenya program usually has between 30 and 80 volunteers per month, but thenumber of volunteers varies depending on the season. Generally you are placed with oneto three other volunteers at your project.To apply for this program, click hereVolunteer abroad, volunteer in Kenya volunteer opportunities volunteer Africa, kenyavolunteering programs, gap year kenya voluntary workLecden-Kenya Eco-Volunteers is a leading kenya volunteer abroad organizationdealing in international volunteer abroad placements in Kenya. We offer a variety ofkenya volunteering programs which include: Community development and health,Teaching, Summercamp Volunteering in kenya, Gap year kenya voluntary work,Environmental sustainability & rehabilitation programs, Eco-tours & Safaris aroundKenya, Adventure and Sports, Orphanages and Children homes programs, specialneed schools.We provide comprehensive fun-filled, thrilling & remorselessly uniqueexperiences to volunteers & travelers through the ability to synergize volunteering with
  9. 9. adventure which provides a platform for you to mix volunteering with a bit fun like,game-drives, safaris, camping etc You name it and we make your excursionmemorable and wow don’t forget about the clash-tourism program; where we link solo& group volunteers/ travelers with others from different nationalities…. We also boastof having experienced Program Directors thus giving us an extra-edge in the industry.Our Volunteer Program is an immersion program customized for individual travelers,students, professionals, families, groups, or anyone with the desire to serve in localcommunities in Kenya. The timetable you travel, your village destination, and theprojects you may be involved with are all aimed to improve volunteer skills andinterests, cultural and social interactions as a global village and the community’sneeds.The program is collaboration between The Mara Link and local community-basedorganizations in under-privileged local communities. We are committed to meeting theneeds of our partner communities, and to placing volunteers in programs that providesafe, interesting and fun experiences and internships.Please join us in our Charity Work, Volunteer vacations, the ultimate Ethical WildLife Safaris, medical elective placements, corporate company breaks, Outreachmission trips, Volunteer africa, volunteer nairobi kenya, volunteer in an orphanage,volunteer teaching kenya , volunteer teaching africa, volunteeer HIV/AIDS awarenessprojects in Kenya, volunteer in old age Homes, volunteer, volunteer abroad, volunteeroverseas, volunteer placement, medical internships, veterinary internship africa,kenya, medical internship, dental internship, internship in kenya, internship in AfricaEducational Student &school trips. Together we can make a difference to Orphansand other vulnerable Children/widows/ women/People livessee our chip in widget, http://lecdenkenya.chipin.com/lecden-kenya-a-non-profit-for-the-less-fortunate-kidsRegardsSteveinfo@lecdenkenya.comhttp://www.lecdenkenya.com