You will be working with young and energetic children aged 3-6 at local kindergartens in and around the Gatanga area.
Classes can be pretty full, with an average of 30 children per classroom. Your help here is much appreciated by the local teachers and greatly valued.
You will work alongside and share ideas with local teachers, assisting them with the daily running of the class. You will also get the chance to lead your own groups and create fun activities such as drawing, colouring and games. This is your opportunity to get creative!
Your main aim is to help the children practice their English through the use of creative expression; stories, poems, songs and games.
Even though the English language is widely taught in Kenya, the children don’t often get the chance to practice it, especially in some of the rural areas. The ability to speak English can greatly improve the future prospects for many local children.
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):1
Aims & Objectives
- Teach & Improve the English of the local children
- Provide an extra pair of hands to local kindergarten staff
- Gain valuable teaching experience in rural Kenya
Monday to Friday
You will volunteer in the kindergarten between 4-5 hours each day with a break for lunch. Afternoons are spent preparing for the next day’s activities and lessons. A typical day would be:
- Breakfast at the accommodation
- Interact with children in creative learning activities, assisting local teaching staff
- Morning break at the project
- More teaching English and other activities
- Help kindergarten staff with serving lunch to the children
- Your own lunch at the accommodation
- Lesson preparations for the following day
- Free time
- Dinner at the accommodation
These are some of the things you might like to bring from home:
- Games, books, colouring pencils, etc
- Photos from your country, family and friends
- Small unique objects from your country of origin
Modest or smart clothing – It is required that your knees and shoulder be covered while volunteering at the kindergarten and also whilst interacting within the community. No sheer or see-through clothing, no low cut/ midriff revealing tops, no miniskirts or skimpy clothing is allowed, out of respect for the local culture.
Loose, long sleeved tops, long trousers or skirts are ideal.
Gatanga Village will be your new home and allows an incredible opportunity to experience an authentic, rural Kenya. Close by is the industrial town of Thika, where you will be able to find any supplies you need. Nairobi is just over an hour away by car so can easily be visited for weekend nights out and sightseeing. You can also explore many of the natural areas nearby Gatanga, for example, Fourteen Falls, a set of powerful waterfalls.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
Your accommodation will be at our volunteer house in Gatanga Village. All volunteers are asked to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, particularly water, paper and electricity. There are occasional power and water cuts during the day (this will just add to your experience of living like a local!). The accommodation is very simple but comfortable and with all of the necessities you will need while here.
You will have all meals provided and rooms cleaned on the weekends. You will be expected to clean up after yourself and play your role in keeping the accommodation neat and tidy. The volunteer house is not far from the local Police station and a short walk to markets and shops. Please be aware that smoking is not accepted in public areas or even within the sight of local children and officials. Please refrain from smoking in these public places. The local dress is quite conservative. Small shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless tops are not considered appropriate to wear in the village. Women in particular should cover shoulders and knees.
*Please be advised that in the event of an excess number of volunteers, we may use other accommodation houses in the area that will meet a similar standard to the main accommodation.
Available Room Types
|All meals included||Yes *|
|Free beverages||Yes **|
|Persons per room||2-4|
|Wifi in public areas||Yes|
|Laundry facilities||Yes ***|
* 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
** Drinking Water is provided
*** Limited – expect to hand wash or pay for launder services
Your daily meals will consist of mainly Kenyan cuisine, which will be of vegetables, potatoes, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapati”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.
Thika town is located a 30-minute drive away from the volunteer house and is packed with supermarkets, shops, ATMs, local markets and good restaurants. You have a choice of local transport available in Thika, such as bicycle and motorbike taxis, van taxis and buses. The local minibuses called “matatus” are very tightly packed but a great way to experience local culture. They can be found near the local market during the day and can drop you off in Thika town. The bus station in Thika is the base for many tour companies, departing on tours and day trips to various parts of Kenya.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On your first Monday in Gatanga, you will join our orientation day. This is an important day to help you become familiar with your surroundings, as well as learning about the local customs. Your program will continue like usual from Tuesday and throughout the rest of the week.
- Introduction meeting, General/ house rules, Setting Expectations, Advice on Health and Safety and handling of documents.
- Kenyan Do’s and Don’ts, Introduction to Kenyan culture & history and Swahili Language Lessons.
- You will be shown around the house, local area and where you can find nearby shops. This is where you can buy a local SIM card if required.
- Tour to a Coffee Factory
- Hike to a local Waterfall
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the project.
Sights & Surroundings
During your free time, there are many places to explore in the surrounding areas. For example, you can visit the Fourteen Falls in Thika, go trekking up to Mount Kenya (a stunning snow-capped peak), visit the gorgeous Mombasa beach or head out on a weekend of sightseeing in Nakuru or Nairobi and explore the national parks.