Kindergarten Volunteer in Kenya
Get to know Kenya as the locals do by immersing yourself in this kindergarten teaching program. Help the local teachers in a rural school to plan activities and take care of the children aged 3-5.
Spend your days singing, drawing, teaching and creating fun and educational activities for the children, all with the guidance of the local teachers who you will be assisting. The main aim of your time on this project is to speak English with the children, as students in rural areas rarely get to interact with foreigners, and don’t get much practice speaking and playing in English.
By continuously practicing English at a young age, the children will have a better chance at achieving fluency, and therefore many more opportunities in life as they grow up. Activities with the children might be games, music, dancing, finger painting or just playing in English. This is a fun program and the objective is to learn English through fun and informal conversation and games.
The cultural experience is not just for the children though! You will learn more about the culture than any tour book will tell you. Your time will be spent in a rural village of Kenya where you will quickly be accustomed to the local cultures, language, and heritage of this fascinating part of the world. On the weekend you are free to explore Kenya’s many jewels, ranging from natural wonders through to safari parks and traditional African tribes.
You will be spending your days from Monday to Friday in the kindergarten, for four hours each day with a lunch break in between. You will have time each day before dinner to prepare next day’s activities and lessons. The weekend is for you to relax or explore!
A typical day on this program might look like:
- Breakfast time
- Morning time spent for 2 hours in the kindergarten, teaching playing & assisting.
- Afternoon time spent for 2 hours in the kindergarten, teaching playing & assisting.
- Time in the afternoon for preparing the following lesson
- Dinner time
- Free time in the evenings after dinner to relax
Feel free to bring along anything you think the children might like, or would help you in your lessons such as souvenirs or postcards from your home country, or other small bits and pieces. The children are all excited to meet people from different cultures and love to learn about other countries.
Gatanga Village will be your new home and will give you the chance to see authentic rural Kenya. Close by is Thika, an industrial town where you will be able to find anything you need. Nairobi is not too far either, and you can head there during the weekend for nights out or sightseeing. Likewise, there are many natural areas in close proximity to Gatanga, a simple example are Fourteen Falls, a set of waterfalls that will leave you awestruck.
You will be accommodated in our centre. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Sometimes there are power and water cuts during the day, but do not panic. This is life in the village. This is a very simple local accommodation, but you will have all of the necessities while here. You will have meals provided and rooms cleaned on the weekends, but you will also be expected to clean up after yourself and play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. The location is very close to the Police station and a short walk to local market and shops.
- Standard Room
- All meals included
- Persons per room 2-4
- Wifi in public areas
- Hot Showers
Food served will mainly be Kenyan food, which consists of vegetables, potato, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapati”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.
3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
Thika town is located a thirty minute drive away from our center and is filled with supermarkets, shops, ATMs, local markets and good restaurants. There is local transport available such as bicycle and motorbike taxis, van taxis and buses. Vehicles come up to our project sites every hour and drop you off in Thika town. Moreover, the bus station in Thika is your launching spot into other parts of Kenya.
Please be advised that in the event of an excess number of participants, we may use other local accommodation in the area that meets a similar standard as described herein.
Trip Country Info
Language: English, Swahili
Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Time zone: UTC +3
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Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Criminal Record Check|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance