WHY we need you in Kenya
HOW can you help?
WHAT you can do?
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: ENGLISH TEACHING
LOCATION: NAKURU, KENYA
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS)
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
It’s uncommon for local children in Kenya, particularly those living in rural areas, to have the opportunity to meet and interact with foreigners. They seldom have a chance to use English outside of school, despite it being one of Kenya’s official languages. By engaging with them and speaking English correctly, you can assist in their learning and improve their language confidence.
You’ll be assigned to a local school in the community based on community needs, availability, and your preferences, if possible. You may be responsible for parts of the lesson planning for the class you’re assisting the teacher with, and you may be able to be creative in an informal way. Sports, games, gardening, and singing are the most popular activities for younger students.
The goal is to assist local students and staff with English and other subjects through exercises that foster creativity and practice. You’re encouraged to suggest new ideas that promote cultural exchange and conversation among you, other participants, staff, and students. If you have items or photos from home that can help you share unique facts or traditions, the children will love this! It also gets them exposed to other cultures, creating a greater understanding of the world.
Please note that during long holiday periods when schools are on break, a “day-camp” style English and Sports program may be put in place for local children and it will be run by participants with the help of our coordinators.
Nakuru is a city in Kenya that is located in the Great Rift Valley region. It is the fourth-largest urban area in Kenya, with a population of over 500,000 people. The city is known for its beautiful natural scenery, including Lake Nakuru National Park, which is home to a wide variety of wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, and rhinos. Nakuru is also a hub for agriculture and is one of the largest producers of pyrethrum, a natural insecticide, in the world. Additionally, the city has a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous festivals and events throughout the year, including the Nakuru Agricultural Show and the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival.
- Improve the village children’s English and widen their cultural interactions
- Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand
- Gain invaluable, practical experience in teaching
Food & Accommodation
You will be accommodated in our volunteer house, with 2-4 sharing a room. Hot showers, Wi-Fi, safety boxes and bed linin are provided. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially electricity. Sometimes there are power cuts during the day, which is part of village life. There is an available water supply. 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 organised. The location is very close to the green steds international school and is a few minutes walk to the Lake Nakuru National park Southern gate. It is around 15KM from Nakuru town.
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.
You will be provided 3 meals per day on the weekdays, and 2 meals per day on weekends.
- English Teaching - Nakuru
- Childcare Support - Nakuru
- Women's Empowerment - Nakuru
1 Week - $395
2 Weeks - $445
3 Weeks - $665
1 Month - $825
2 Months - $1055
3 Months - $2700
1 Day Orientation
24/7 In-Country Support
Project Materials & Equipment
Pre-departure Expert Advice
Preperation Tools & Checklists
Certificate of Completion
If you have bundles of enthusiasm, energy and love working with young children, then this is definitely the right project for you. You don’t need prior experience to work on this project but anyone who has previously worked with children would be a great advantage.
For anyone interested in fulfilling a career in this field, this would be an excellent project to gain some first hand experience. Teaching in Kenya requires patience, learning to adjust to the local way of teaching and a commitment to the project and of the best interests of the children.
- 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarise you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
● Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and
handling of documents.
● Kenyan Do’s and Don’ts, Culture introduction and country history and Swahili Language
● Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card
● Trip to Nakuru town where you can buy essentials if required
Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.
A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). You must arrive at the meeting point by 13.00 on Saturday or Sunday. If arriving during the pickup times on the Saturday, we charge US$50 for the extra night’s accommodation.
If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.
If arriving during the week, or on Saturday outside of pickup times, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.
Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).
From the airport to the accommodation, it takes 3.5 hours by car.
Monday to Friday
You will spend 4-6 hours assisting school staff with lessons and activities. Once back at the accommodation, you will have time to prepare your lessons for the next day. The day could look like:
- Assist at local school
- Assist at local school
- Preparing lesson plan
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
There are several things to do near Nakuru, Kenya. Here are some options:
Visit Lake Nakuru National Park: This park is home to a large population of flamingos and other bird species. It’s also a great place to see lions, leopards, and rhinos.
Take a hot air balloon ride: Get a bird’s-eye view of the stunning scenery around Nakuru with a hot air balloon ride. This is a popular activity that offers amazing views of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru.
Hike Menengai Crater: This dormant volcano is a popular hiking destination. The views from the top are breathtaking, and the hike itself is challenging but doable for most people.
Visit Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site: This museum and archaeological site offers a glimpse into the prehistoric history of the area. You can see ancient tools and artifacts, and learn about the early human settlements in the region.
Explore Hell’s Gate National Park: This park is named for its geothermal activity and is a great place to see natural hot springs and geysers. You can also hike through the park’s stunning scenery and see wildlife like baboons, zebras, and giraffes.
Go on a safari: There are several safari options near Nakuru, including drives through Lake Nakuru National Park and private conservancies that offer a more intimate wildlife viewing experience.
Additional Equipment (if desired)
- Teaching materials such as:
- Games, books, colouring pencils, chalk, rulers, etc
- Pictures from your country, family and friends
- Other small cultural objects from your country of origin
Modest or business casual attire is required while on the school grounds and when interacting in the village. It must be totally covering the knees and shoulders, (nothing revealing, tight fitting, sheer, low cut, or with any offensive/inappropriate displayed on it).
Kenya is a stunning country, featuring almost every terrain and climate from desert, beach, cities and forests.
There is something for every traveler here, particularly for wildlife lovers. It has over 40 National parks throughout the country and holds the some of the world’s most loved and endangered animals. Here you will find lions, leopards, elephants, hippos and so much more! Kenya is famous for its incredible safaris, which are the countries main source of tourism.
Also well known is the semi nomadic Maasai tribe- a hugely symbolic tribe known for its colourful adornments and traditional clothing. Kenya is a nature lovers paradise, with a visit to the Great Rift Valley being a must. For those who enjoy a gentler pace then Kenya also offers some beautiful beaches, its coast stretching almost 80,000 kilometres.
The beach is also sunny for most of the year! The capital, Nairobi is the fifth largest city in Africa, with unique vibes and a vibrant nightlife. This bustling and cosmopolitan city will throw you into Kenyan way of life and be an interesting eye opener.
Kenya is a huge country with its climate changing from tropical along the coast, to arid in the northern regions and then mild inland temperatures.
Kenya receives a large amount of sunshine year-round but generally, the hottest months are between February and March while the coldest months are July to mid-August. The “long rains” start from March to June, while the “short rains” are between October and December.
Due to Kenya being a major hub for migration over the years, it has now become one of the most culturally diverse countries with many different languages spoken.
There are over 40 different ethnic groups in Kenya, including Luo, Kamba, Maasai and more. Each have their own of mother tongue, although Swahili remains the most widely spoken language. You will also find ethnic groups from European, Arab, Indian and Pakistani, who migrated to the country in the 19th century.
Religions such as Christianity and Islam are widely spread, however many local people still believe in the ancestral world, where the dead have a bearing on the living. Today, the majority of Kenya’s culture, dress, music and food has taken strong influence from other parts of Africa, India, Europe and the United States.
In certain parts of the country however, many local communities hold onto their traditional lifestyle and customs. They still wear the clothes, animal skins and jewellery as they did centuries before. Many remote tribes remain completely isolated and indigenous.
33 Years Non Profit Experience
IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.
Affordable Volunteer Travel
Safe & Responsible Projects
Work Experience & University Credits