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You will be in the heart of the Maasai Mara and enjoying all that goes along with the life there as you assist in a local school that is short on resources, but long on desire to develop and thrive.
Teachers here are putting all of their energy into educating students that have been historically underserved. Typically young Maasai males are tending to herds for their families and young Maasai females are being prepared to be wives and mothers. The emphasis on education has been slowly increasing, but the associated costs for school fees, uniforms and supplies make it difficult to send all the children in the family to school.
The objective of partnering with this school is to fill in some of the gaps that exist and to create a bridge to the possibilities that exist outside the Mara. Most of these students have never been to the capital city of Nairobi that is just 6 hours away and their interaction with visitors from other places is usually limited to passing waves from tourists in vehicles on their way to the National Park.
You can expect to help all around the campus, from the classroom to the dining hall, to the garden or to the make-shift play area. What you bring in terms of community engagement will excite these students and what you will gain will be a deeper understanding and appreciation for others having an experience very different from yours at home.
There is also the added bonus of being so close to the Maasai Mara National Park that you can go there on the weekend and have a chance to catch a glimpse of the Big 5 (Elephants, Leopards. Lions, Buffalo, and Rhinos). Depending on the time of year, you might even get a chance to see the Migration of the Wildebeest as they cross the Mara river back and forth between Kenya and Tanzania. You will of course have to arrange these types of tours on your own, as they are not included in our program, but it is very easy to do, considering your close proximity.
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):2
Aims & Objectives
- Improve the village children’s educational prospects and widen their cultural interactions
- Gain invaluable and practical experience in teaching
- Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand
- Learn more about the Maasai Mara region and the Culture
Monday to Friday
Your day will likely be 4-6 hours of assisting at the school and the exact tasks will depend on the need at the moment. When teaching you will be responsible for daily lesson planning and being prepared for class each day. You will be staying on or near the school grounds in a very basic, no frills-accommodation. There is no flush toilet and you will need to be conscientious about conserving water. You will have very simple homestyle dishes that are typical of this region and there will be limited opportunities to go to the bigger town which is more than an hour away.
• Please be advised that this is an extremely remote location and there are very minimal amenities available once you arrive. You may want to bring anything you might need with you to the program and plan to have an open heart and mind to fully enjoy this truly amazing experience.
There are no further requirements for this program.
- Modest clothing (covering the knees and shoulders) is required while on school grounds and throughout the Maasai community.
- Ball, jump ropes, frisbees, etc.
- You are more than welcome to bring teaching materials/resources for your class such as:
- Interesting board games
- Musical instruments
- Cultural items of interest
- And anything else you think will help!
Located in Narok County, the Maasai Mara is one of the gems of the southwestern region of Kenya. Named for the ancestral people of the region whose villages can still be found throughout this vast area, this National Reserve borders on Tanzania and is home to a multitude of amazing animals including the Big 5 (Buffalo, Elephants, Leopards, Lions, and Rhinos), but you should also expect to see Wildebeest, Hippos, Cheetahs, Crocodiles, and Zebras throughout this park as well.
The Mara’s well-preserved wilderness landscape is full of the acacia trees and tall savannah grasses where the wildlife inhabitants are able to blend into the background when necessary for survival. But when it is cooler in the morning and evenings they come out to roam, bathe, or search for food and that is when you just might catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures in action.
Many people flock to this region at different times of the year just to witness the great migration where more than a million of the Wildebeest make their way across the river to Tanzania and then back to the Mara months later, dodging crocodiles, lions and others who lie in wait for the opportunity to make them their prey. It is the circle of life and the nature of the wild that intrigues people from all over the world to come and witness this marvel and enjoy this riveting and magnificent sight.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
The accommodation will be on the school grounds or in a nearby homestay. The lodging will be very simple with few amenities, toilet and bathing area will be away from the sleeping quarters, but efforts will be made to help you adjust to a simpler way of being during your stay. Resources are limited and power outages and shortages in the water supply can occur. We ask that you do your part to conserve water and energy, but to also help to keep the room and other common spaces tidy. We also request that you are mindful of the close proximity to school-aged children and refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol or using profanity as school staff is held in high regard in this community. There will be no WIFI onsite, but you are encouraged to get a local SIM card on arrival so that you will be able to access the internet and stay in contact whenever possible.
Available Room Types
All meals included
Persons per room
Wifi in public areas
* 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
** Free drinking water provided
*** Expect to wash your clothes by hand
Food will be simple homestyle meals prepared by locals, which are typical to the region, based on whatever fruits and vegetables are in season at the time. You can expect lots of rice and ugali with small portions of vegetables, occasionally meat and/or chapati will be provided as well. While we do our best to accommodate our participants, if you are a picky eater, have dietary restrictions, or if you think that you will not be satisfied with the local dishes provided you might want to consider supplementing our menu with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking.
Due to the remote location, there are no places to shop or banks/ATM’s to withdraw money within walking distance of the program or the accommodation. All of those things will need to be done in Narok (more than an hour away) which is the nearest large town with a variety of shops, supermarkets, banks, and a mall.
Mandatory Orientation Day
At this location there is no mandatory orientation day offered.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
Maasai Mara is a must visit for anyone in the region. It has many tours for game drives and overnight stays nearby. You will need to book these on your own, but that will be fairly easy and cost effective considering the close proximity to this National Reserve.
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and it is about 3-4 hours away by local transport. There you will find everything that you would expect from a metropolitan city, including fine dining, high-end shops, and nightclubs. There are also attractions such as Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Center, the Elephant Sanctuary and Bomas of Kenya.
Narok is the largest town nearby the program location and here you will find a variety of shops, restaurants, clinics, pharmacies, banks/ATM’s and supermarkets.