Volunteer Teaching in Kenya
The Volunteer Teaching project imagines a world where every child achieves their greatest potential – and seeks to make this a reality in practical ways. We believe exposing children and teachers to the outside world and training them on key skills has immeasurable benefits to all children within the education system in the long run.
Are you a school teacher (Year 7 and above)? Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in Kenya? And do you want to help improve the teaching experience for Kenyan teachers? If so, we have opportunities for 10 volunteer teachers in our project in Kirinyaga, close to the picturesque Mt. Kenya.
What we Offer
We offer you an opportunity to interact with teachers and students from Mwea in Kirinyaga where young girls and boys are struggling to access the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in future. We want you particularly to help build the confidence of the children in our programmes through various activities, including sports.
You will teach students basic digital literacy skills, a rare component in Kenya’s education curriculum, as well as equip them with lifeskills, thereby preparing them for the world of work and further education.
You will also interact with teachers and impart your digital skills for learning, while sharing your experience of nurturing children to become the best versions of themselves – thus supporting teachers to become better at engaging and supporting students. You will interact with our volunteers and local communities and learn a lot about the local culture and also share some of your own culture with them.
Your whole trip will be full of new, inspiring experiences and enriching learning opportunities, working with young volunteers committed to the education of children from vulnerable backgrounds, in the Global South.
We know it is an experience you will always remember because it will offer you an opportunity to immerse yourself into the local culture, learn to cook a variety of Kenyan famous delicacies, enjoy great music, join the local community’s hard working mothers as they till land and harvest crops, make lasting new connections, and for exactly 2 weeks; get involved in some real transformative education work we are doing for children in Kenya.
During your time in Kirinyaga, you will be staying in the picturesque and rural village of Kagio, on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. With Mt. Kenya towering high right ahead of this agriculturally productive region, it will be difficult to ignore the beautiful sights while getting on with the task of understanding the local culture, learning a bit of Kiswahili and the local language, learning to cook (and enjoy) the local delicacies, while not forgetting the task of equipping the children with skills they need to navigate the world of education and personal development now and in future.
Oh, do you like some super-thrilling adventure? Kagio is just 10 minutes away to your Bungee Jumping and Water rafting lifetime experience on Sagana River.
You will be sharing the large homes of one of the volunteer families who has been vetted carefully by the team.
Who needs Wi-Fi in such a beautiful setting where kind and warm people keep you entertained all day long? You should, however, come with an unlocked phone so you can get a local sim card at the airport that can allow you to be contactable via phone/whatsapp all the time.
Each participant is expected to book their own flights to and from Nairobi, and to arrange for appropriate health/travel insurance and immunizations.
We take child protection seriously, so all our participants will need to provide evidence of having undergone a DBS check or equivalent. All participants will need to read and sign up to our child safeguarding policy.
What to bring along
Each volunteer is requested to bring the following items to be donated to the project:
- 1 or more new or used laptops
- 1 or more new used tablets
- Any sports equipment: volleyball, football, netball etc
- Board games
The big project – The Lluna Academy for Girls
You will be part of transformative change in Kenya. Up to 50% of the costs paid by volunteers go towards the construction of the Lluna Academy for Girls, a model-school that is aimed at providing quality education to vulnerable girls for many years to come. This offers anyone volunteering with us the opportunity to be part of something big.
This project in the UK is run jointly by Stride, a Scottish registered charity and The Shima Leadership Academies, a charity based in London. The project is implemented in Kenya by TAP Africa and The Shima Leadership Academies Foundation, both registered charities.