Inspire The Next Generation
by teaching in Kenya
Help underprivileged children in the suburbs of Nairobi
1st & 3rd Saturday
1st & 3rd Saturday
Kenya Teaching Volunteers
This is your chance to inspire the next generation and offer them the support they need as you teach underprivileged children living in the suburbs of Nairobi.
You will have the opportunity to share your enthusiasm and skills, whether you have a passion for sports, art, singing or dancing, you will get the chance to create fun and engaging lessons and share your passions with the children.
You will gain an understanding of what life is like living in poverty and be able to offer educational and emotional support to children who are wishing to better their lives through education.
Teaching in Kenya
We had a really good experience volunteering in Kenya, they have a good team and you will have a lot of fun with them. They welcomed us very well since our first step in Kenya until the last. They send you message to know if everything is going well in your project and they take care of you all t... Read More
Teaching in Kenya
We had a really good experience volunteering in Kenya, they have a good team and you will have a lot of fun with them. They welcomed us very well since our first step in Kenya until the last. They send you message to know if everything is going well in your project and they take care of you all the time. It was just an incredible experience in the primary school in the Kenya. Thank you CIVS for your work, you do a lot of amazing things in your beautiful country!
Background to the teaching programme
The community in Eastlands Nairobi has faced many challenges in the past. Political violence, a lack of funding, illness, crime and drug use means that many children are at risk of neglect and poverty. For many vulnerable children, school is often seen as a safe haven and somewhere they can get support, a meal and safety which can’t always be guaranteed at home.
Many children drop out of school to provide financially for their families, meaning they do not receive a full education. Often these children will fall into juvenile delinquency or get involved with crime on the streets. Gaining an education is a way of preventing this, providing an alternative start to their life.
By assisting in their education you will help these children and teenagers realise their potential, encouraging them to learn, grow and build a better life for themselves.
Where will I be volunteering?
Safisha Africa School - Located in the poor suburb of Mowlem, Safisha Africa school is a Junior school that was set up in 2010 by a Kenyan teacher in response to the post election violence in 2007 which left many children without homes. The school is dedicated to providing free education and lunch to the children from the local area who come from poorer families. The school now helps a total of 250 students ranging from age 3 -16 years with an average class size of 40 children.
Brown Hill Secondary school - Founded in 2013, this secondary school teaches over 300 children aged between 14 and 17 years. The students often arrive early and leave later and are extremely passionate about learning and gaining an education. The school has also set up a volleyball and football team to encourage children off the streets.
Fortune Learners Centre - After his own experience as an orphan, the headmaster of this school decided to set up Fortune Learners Centre in 2013. His aim was to provide the same care he was given by offering free childcare and education to children who are living in poverty - offering them an alternative way of life and a way out of poverty. The age of the children ranges from as young as 2 so you will be helping with basic care as well as playing games and helping the children learn. The school encourages a lot of sports and even has their own football team which you are welcome to get involved with!
Adkins preparatory and Kindergarten - After setting up a children’s home in the community, the headmaster recognised the need for affordable education for the many children in the township. In 2015 they opened Adkins preparatory to provide care and education to children and give them a chance at a better life. The school now holds 183 children from 3 -13 years old.
What is my role?
Your role within the school will be to work alongside the teachers to inspire and educate students through engaging lessons and activities, whilst also providing general support. You will help teach subjects such as English, Mathematics, Creative Arts, Science and Social Studies, with the opportunity to help teach other subjects if you would like. You will be encouraged to tell stories about the country you are from to motivate and teach the children and can help organise extra curricular activities and games to aid their development. You may also get involved with providing career advice and talks to older students.
As a volunteer you will become a friend to these children, at times you may be required to provide general counseling and support to older students as well as teaching young teenage girls about personal sanitation and health. Class sizes may vary with a maximum size of around 40 students.
What will a typical day look like?
You will be volunteering from Monday to Friday from 8am - 4pm, with the opportunity to stay later if you would like to on certain days.
Although each day will be different, you will spend your time assisting the teachers on a mixture of subjects and activities. You will receive lunch at your programme around midday. During the afternoons, we recommend that volunteers come together to plan some lessons and activities for the following day.
After volunteering, you will still have plenty of time to relax at the volunteer house or explore Nairobi.
Where will I be staying?
During your time in Nairobi you will have an authentic Kenyan experience whilst staying within one of two of our volunteer houses in the suburb of Buru Buru. Learn more about the culture and lifestyle in Nairobi, whilst living within a safe, gated community with the local team.
Both of our volunteer houses are located within walking distance of each other, along with the main office, bus routes, shops and ATMs all being close by. You can spend your evenings exploring the vast and diverse capital, with the main city centre just a 25 minute ride away.
Other things to consider
Helping on multiple projects - Whilst in Kenya, you will have the opportunity to assist with all children, teaching and medical programmes as they are based within the same location.
Weekends and free time - You will have every weekend off from volunteering and this is the perfect time to explore everything this beautiful country has to offer. You are more than welcome to simply relax around the accommodation and enjoy the bustling city but most volunteers will use this time to travel and see the country. Under the Kenya page on our website, you will come across many suggestions and ideas on where you could go. Alternatively, if you are looking to see as much of the country as possible during this time, travel with other volunteers and be accompanied by a dedicated tour guide, then you may be interested in one or more of the organised weekend trips we run.
Resources and donations - Resources can be very limited on our programmes in Kenya and we would really appreciate any additional support that can be provided. It would be amazing if you could bring any materials associated with your project, including pens, paper, colouring books and anything else you think will aid your time on the programme.