THE VOLUNTEER PROJECT IN AFRICA - KENYA

The aim of the volunteer project in Africa – Kenya, in Rombo, is to ensure a better school education for the children of the Maasai community, a daily meal and access to clean water.

Volunteers in this project will be active at the Esukuta School, helping to expand the educational offerings, which are lacking due to a lack of teachers and financial resources. By participating in this volunteer project in Africa – Kenya you will be able to take part in programmes in the following areas:

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Teaching

The school where you are going to work offers education to children from poor rural communities, and more and more Maasai families are accepting their children to attend classes, ensuring that they can stay in their local area with a greater awareness of their cultural roots. In this context, the role of volunteers is fundamental to offer new stimuli and support to a team of teachers that is often insufficient compared to the number of pupils. In particular, you will have the opportunity to organise and moderate: history, English and geography lessons, art and creativity workshops, theatre workshops, HIV awareness projects, lifeskills lessons, visits to Maasai families alongside local staff.
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Construction and Maintenance

School facilities are often not in good condition, so as needed you can upgrade classrooms to make them more welcoming and suitable for children by painting and renovating classrooms.
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Sport

Activities include group games, physical education classes, athletics competitions, volleyball and football matches… Maasai children love to play and learn new sports.

LOCATION

The volunteer project in Africa – Kenya, in Rombo, takes place near the border with Tanzania and at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, where volunteers stay and carry out activities. The village is mainly populated by the Maasai community. The local market takes place on Mondays and Fridays, where residents sell goats, sheep, and cows, as well as fruits, vegetables, and clothes. Kenya is a country in East Africa, belonging to the Horn of Africa, and has around forty different cultures, languages, and dialects. Traveling in Kenya means experiencing this unique cultural mosaic. Endless spaces of savannah where the red tone of the earth contrasts with the intense blue of the sky.

ARRIVAL AND TRAINING

You will arrive at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. It is necessary to book a flight that lands in the morning, by 2 PM. Then you will meet a driver appointed by the association at the airport who will accompany you to Rombo. Once in the village of Rombo, Elaine, the volunteer coordinator, will provide you with initial information about life in Kenya, the culture, and volunteer projects, infecting you with her enthusiasm and good humor.

BOARD AND LODGING

You will stay in the guesthouse of Elaine, volunteer coordinator and project manager. Here you will find everything you need to spend your volunteering period: in the guesthouse there are 8 bedrooms, a common area, 2 bathrooms with shower, and a beautiful view of Mount Kilimangiaro.

A TYPICAL DAY

Below is an overview of a typical day as a volunteer.

7:30 – 8:30 | Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 | Departure with the driver towards Esukuta school

9:00 – 12:30 | Teaching science, Engish, mathematics at school

13:30 – 16:30 | Sport activities, painting, maintenance

REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE

Be at least 21 years old and have a good knowledge of English.

MINIMUM LENGTH OF STAY

The minimum stay is 2 weeks. Volunteers can leave throughout the year and freely decide whether to stay  on the project for a longer period. The advice of the YearOut staff is to stay on the project for a period of 4 weeks to make the volunteers’ intervention  useful both for the community and for themselves.

DONATION

The donation varies based on the number of weeks of stay and the project chosen.

your donation includes: room and board, daily transport from home to school and vice versa, financing of the materials necessary for the activities, 24-hour assistance, boiled and therefore drinkable water every day.

for more details regarding the donation, see page DONATION

FREE TIME

Kenya is an ancient land where the first signs of human species have been found. Traveling to Kenya means experiencing this unique cultural and ancient mosaic. Rombo (Loitokitok) is located in the southern part of Kenya’s Rift Valley, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, which borders Tanzania, and in its vicinity are some of the most beautiful national parks. It will not be difficult to encounter the typical “inhabitants” of the area, such as zebras, gazelles, elephants, and baboons. During the weekend, volunteers can organize wonderful safaris in Kenya’s most important parks.

VOLUNTEER QUOTES

“As I begin the tradition of the tea break with the teachers I see the little ones lined up for lunch: Dozens of children lined up in a double row with the plate in one hand and the pencil in the other. Yes, the pencils I gave them a few hours ago.They hold them tight like you hold onto your favorite stuffed animal. I hold back the emotion, it won’t be the last time”.

Fabrizio

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