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Kindergarten Volunteer Project in Kenya - Nairobi

Kindergarten Volunteer Project in Kenya - Nairobi

Apply now. The next available start date for this project is Aug 15, 2021

Excited to be a Kindergarten volunteer in Kenya? International Volunteer HQ’s Kindergarten project empowers volunteers to assist in early childhood centers, community centers and kindergartens. These centers can be overcrowded and underfunded so the extra help volunteers can give is highly valued. Volunteers gain experience teaching and caring for young children and support local staff so they are better able to focus on providing quality care and education.

Highlights:
  • Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Affordable fees from $280 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help provide care for children in busy and under-resourced kindergartens
  • Discover Kenya's incredible wildlife and stunning vistas
  • Experience life in Nairobi by staying with a local family
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Who is this program suited to?

Energetic volunteers who love children and can keep up with them in a lively atmosphere. A background in childcare is not required as you will be working alongside local staff.
Who is this program suited to?

Key information

Provide a safe space for children to learn
Based in preschools, daycares and kindergartens
Homestay accommodation
Volunteers aged 18+ and families
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day
Fully hosted experience from $280 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Take a weekend safari trip

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Kindergartens in Kenya can have classes of between 15 and 100 children at any one time and are often under-resourced with a genuine need for support. As a result, there is a high demand for energetic volunteers who enjoy children and can keep up with the fast-paced atmosphere at these placements.

As a Kindergarten volunteer in Kenya you can expect to help out with the day-to-day operations in a range of preschools, daycare centers and kindergartens. Each center caters to children of differing ages, however, you will typically work with children between 1 and 6 years old. The children love interacting with volunteers and will be sure to keep you on your feet. Volunteer duties can vary but often include:

  • Teaching basic English and maths
  • Assisting local teachers
  • Helping with the running of the center
  • Cooking and cleaning
  • Feeding and caring for babies and children
  • Assisting with farm work

Please note, this project is not available during the school holidays. If you apply for the Childcare project during this time, you will be switched to either the Special Needs Care or Women’s Education projects.

School Holidays 2021:

  • June 3rd - June 7th
  • July 17th - July 25th
  • August 26th - August 29th
  • October 2nd - October 10th
  • December 12th - January 2nd 2022
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

More than half of all children and teens do not meet minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Quality education provides an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment and is key to preventing poverty, securing long-term employment and improving quality of life.

Why do Kindergarten volunteering in Nairobi with IVHQ?

When you volunteer with children Kenya you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving access to early childhood education
  • Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining childcare experience
  • Immersing yourself in Kenya’s diverse culture

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
Volunteer Abroad in Kenya with IVHQ

Location

Nairobi is home to IVHQ’s Kenya program. The capital city of Kenya is a dynamic, diverse metropolis known for its natural beauty and wildlife safaris. Volunteer projects are set in and around Nairobi and the Kibera Slum which is home to hundreds of thousands of people living below the poverty line. Volunteers can help by providing support to local initiatives designed to improve their quality of life and access to basic essentials.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Nairobi the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation. If you are traveling in Kenya prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Nairobi the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team in Nairobi. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Kenya – an introduction to Kenya, Kenyan customs, language training details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once your orientation is complete, you will be transported to your homestay and introduced to your host family.

Volunteer schedule example

First day

You will be escorted to your placement by a member of your homestay family or another volunteer and introduced to the placement staff.

Weekdays

You may have a morning or afternoon shift, or both, and can expect to work a minimum of 3 hours, Monday through Friday. Work and hours at the placement are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at, but a typical volunteer day would be as follows:

7:30 AM Breakfast with the host family
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM Volunteers travel to their placements and meet with the placement staff. There is usually a morning tea break and lunch break.
2:00 - 5:00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to their homestays, go sightseeing or do some shopping.
7:00 - 8:00 PM Dinner with the host family

Weekends

During the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Nairobi, wider Kenya and Eastern Africa. Sunday is a religious day of rest. If you wish, you can accompany your host family to their local church, as a Kenyan church service is a unique and special experience for many volunteers.

In Nairobi you’ll have the opportunity to get up close to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants and giraffes, visit the Nairobi National Park, shop at the many markets and malls, learn about Kenya’s history at museums, or tour Nairobi city, the Kibera Slum, the Maasailands, or the Bomas cultural center.

Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield including to Mombasa, Uganda or Tanzania, or to embark on a safari.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers on most projects are accommodated in homestays with local families who have been​ ​approved by our local ​team in Kenya. Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom​ ​​with two to four other volunteers of the same gender.

Bedrooms have single or bunk beds and bedding is provided. Living is comfortable and most homestays have electricity,​ ​running water and western bathrooms. It is important to note that​ ​there are often power outages and water shortages​, and ​​volunteers need to be prepared to have the occasional bucket shower and periods of time without power.​ Some rural homestays​, ​​and all homestays in Maasai, do not have electricity or running water and in these locations you​ ​​can expect to find​ ​squat/pit toilets​ and bucket showers.

Our local team gives your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to​ ​stay with a host family, and you’ll have a​ ​unique opportunity to learn about the​ ​Kenyan way of life, meet local people, try local food, speak the local language and​ ​engage in local customs and traditions​.​​

For some projects and placements you will stay at volunteer house accommodation.

WiFi can be accessed from local cafes and restaurants within walking distance of most homestays in Nairobi. If you’re volunteering on the Teaching - Maasai project, WiFi can be difficult to access, so it’s recommended you purchase a local SIM card with data during your program orientation in Nairobi.

Meals

The wide range of Kenyan tribes, ethnicities and cultures are reflected in the diversity of the local cuisine. Volunteers are provided with three meals a day which are served at the accommodation and tend to be rich in carbohydrates.

Breakfast is served around 7am and generally consists of chai tea, toast, fruit and sometimes mandazi - African donuts. A typical lunch can include vegetables with rice, occasional meat and fruit and is served around 1pm. If you are not returning home from your placement for lunch, you will need to pack your own lunch in the morning. Dinner is usually served around 8pm and usually includes traditional food, such as ugali, a cornmeal porridge; mboga, a vegetable dish; irio, mashed potatoes with peas and corn; meat and vegetables.

Tap water is not safe to drink in Kenya, though bottled water is readily available. Volunteers typically drink around half a gallon, or two liters per day, which adds up to cost around US$10 a week.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please make a note on your application so arrangements can be made. However, it is important that volunteers should not expect to eat as they normally do at home.

Pricing

Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
1 week $280 Equivalent to $40/day
2 weeks $400 Equivalent to $29/day
3 weeks $520 Equivalent to $25/day
4 weeks $640 Equivalent to $23/day
5 weeks $760 Equivalent to $22/day
6 weeks $880 Equivalent to $21/day
8 weeks $1,120 Equivalent to $20/day
10 weeks $1,360 Equivalent to $20/day
12 weeks $1,600 Equivalent to $20/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteering

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of $299 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Kenya generally find US$50-100 per week to be sufficient for expenses.

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Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Safety and support with IVHQ

Protecting against COVID-19:

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Essential country information

Capital Nairobi
Population 52.57 million
Languages Swahili and English
Currency Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Time zone UTC+03:00

Weather and climate

Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country. As Nairobi is close to the equator the weather does not vary much. The summer months, from December to February are warm with temperatures ranging between 30°C and 14°C. June is usually the coldest month, with temperatures averaging between 13°C and 22°C.

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