Kindergarten Teaching

Share basic concepts at a kindergarten in rural Kenya! Help out the local teachers by taking care of the kids, arranging activities and more! In this program, you will be assisting teachers at a rural school in Kenya to children aged 3-6. Besides sharing your knowledge of basic English, numbers, colors, etc., you will also help out with caretaking in the classroom and creating educational activities for the children such as drawing, singing, and more.

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Program Description

During your time at this program, you will be working with small children (ages around 3 to 6 years old) at local kindergartens spread around the Gatanga area.

Each class at the kindergarten is quite packed, with an average of 30 children per classroom! So the extra hands are certainly appreciated by the local staff.

You will collaborate with local teachers and assist them while they manage their class. But you will also have the opportunity to lead groups and create your own activities such as drawing, coloring, games, etc. So get creative!

Your main aim should be to practice English with the children through the use of creative expression; stories, poems, songs and games.

Even though the English language is widely taught in Kenya, the chance to practice it may not happen often enough in some of the rural areas. The ability to master English can greatly improve the life prospects for many local children.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

  • Improve the English skills of the local children
  • Provide extra hands to assist the kindergarten’s staff
  • Give you an invaluable experience in a rural Kenyan kindergarten

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You will be assisting in the kindergarten 4-5 hours each day with a break in between. In the afternoon, you will have time to prepare for the next day’s activities and lessons before dinner time. The day could look like:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation
  • Engage children in creative learning activities and assist local teaching staff
  • Morning break at the program
  • Engage children in creative learning activities and assist local teaching staff
  • Help local staff with serving lunch to the children
  • Lunch at the accommodation
  • Prepare lesson plan for the next day
  • Free time
  • Dinner at the accommodation

Additional Equipment

  • Teaching materials such as:
  • Games, books, colored pencils, etc
  • Pictures from your country, family and friends
  • Small cultural objects from your country of origin
  • Modest or business casual attire – fully covering the knees and shoulders is required while on the Kindergarten site and while interacting within the community. No sheer (see-through), low cut or midriff revealing tops, mini skirts or offensive/questionable writing on garments are allowed.

Location

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.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation

You will be accommodated in our center. 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 not far from  the Police station and a short walk to local market and shops. When interacting with the local community it is important to note that smoking is not accepted in public areas or even within the sight line of children or local officials. Style of dress in the community is fairly conservative. Short shorts, mini skirts and sleeveless tops are not considered appropriate for the culture of the village.

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.

Available Room Types

Standard Room

All meals included

Yes *

Free beverages

Yes **

Persons per room

2-4

Wifi in public areas

Yes

Laundry facilities

Yes ***

Safety box

No

Lockable rooms

Yes

Hot shower

Yes

Private bathroom

No

Bed linen

Yes

Towels

No

*   3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
**  Drinking Water is provided
*** Limited – expect to hand wash or pay for launder services

Food Arrangements

Food served will mainly be Kenyan food, which consists of vegetables, potatoes, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapati”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.

Facilities

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 in Thika such as bicycle and motorbike taxis, van taxis and buses. Vehicles called “matatus” very tightly packed minivans can be found near the local market throughout the day which can drop you off in Thika town. Moreover, the bus “station” (central location for minivans and buses) in Thika is your launching spot for trips  into other parts of Kenya.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule

  • 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 Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Tour to Coffee Factory
  • Hike to local Waterfall

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

There are many places for you to visit during your free time. For example, you can visit the Fourteen Falls in Thika, go hiking in Kenya Mountain, visit Mombasa and enjoy the beach or head for a weekend of sightseeing in Nakuru or Nairobi, which are filled with national parks. Nairobi is also the nightlife hub of Kenya.

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