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You will be volunteering in the heart of the Maasai Mara, being immersed in local way of life as you assist at a local school with very limited resources. The schools aim is to develop local children’s education in order to better their future life prospects.
Traditionally the young Maasai males are taught to tend to the livestock and to support their families, whilst the young Maasai females would be shown how to be good wives and mothers. Slowly attitudes are changing and the emphasis on education has been gradually increasing. Unfortunately, the costs for school fees, uniforms and supplies make it hard to send all the children in the family to school.
This project partners with a local school and is helping to fill in some of the gaps that are present and to teach knowledge of the possibilities that exist outside the Mara. Most of these students have never been to the capital city of Nairobi (which is just 6 hours away) and they have had very little interaction with visitors (it’s usually limited to passing tourists on their way to the National Park).
Your duties will include helping around the school, from the classroom to the dining hall, to the garden and make-shift playground area. The students will be thrilled to meet with you and to experience that engagement with a Westerner. In return you will gain an appreciation of how these people live and take away with you a deeper understanding and cultural awareness.
As a bonus, the Maasai Mara National Park is very close by. You can go there on your weekends off, catching a glimpse of the Big 5 (Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, & Rhino). Depending on the season, you might even get a chance to see the Migration of the Wildebeest as they cross the Mara river between Kenya and Tanzania. Safari tours like this are not included in the project but are very easy to arrange once here.
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):2
Aims & Objectives
- Improve children’s English and widen their cultural interactions/awareness
- Gain invaluable and practical teaching experience to take back home
- Assist the local teachers by providing an extra pair of hands
- Learn about the Maasai Mara culture and live like a local
Monday to Friday
You will volunteer for around 4-6 hours a day, assisting the staff at the school. Your daily tasks will depend on the needs at the time of volunteering. You will plan and prepare fun and engaging lessons each day and help the children with their English speaking and other subjects.
- Modest clothing – covering the knees and shoulders is required while on school grounds and throughout the Maasai community.
- Please be advised that this is an extremely remote location and there are very minimal amenities available once you arrive. Be sure to bring any supplies/ food you think you might need whilst here and come with an open mind. This is necessary to fully appreciate this truly amazing experience.
There are no further requirements for this program.
Here are some things you might like to bring along with you:
- Ball, skipping ropes, frisbees, etc.
- Interesting board games
- Musical instruments
- Cultural items of interest from your home country
- Photos from home/family/friends (the kids will love these)
Situated in Narok County, the Maasai Mara is a popular safari region in the south-western area of Kenya. The Maasai Mara National Park borders with Tanzania and is home to an abundance of amazing wildlife including the Big 5 (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion, & Rhino). You can also spot Wildebeest, Hippos, Cheetahs, Crocodiles, and Zebras throughout the park.
The local landscape is full of acacia trees and tall savannah grass, where the animals hide from predators. During the early mornings and at night, the wildlife come out to roam, bathe, or search for food and this is a great time to spot many animals in one place.
The great migration is when more than a million Wildebeest migrate their way across the river to Tanzania and then back to the Mara months later. This is a magnificent sight and tourists flock here each season to catch a glimpse of this incredible activity.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
The volunteer accommodation will be on the school grounds or in a nearby homestay. It will be very simple with few amenities and the toilet and shower area will be away from the sleeping quarters. We try and make at as comfortable as possible for you during your stay. As resources are limited and with occasional power and water cuts, we ask that you conserve water and energy as much as you can. You are also expected to help to keep the room and other common spaces tidy.
We request that you are mindful of your accommodation being in close proximity to the school children and refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol or using profanity, as school staff are held in high regard in the local community. There will be no WIFI at the accommodation, but you can buy a local SIM card on arrival to get access to the internet.
Available Room Types
|All meals included||Yes *|
|Free beverages||Yes **|
|Persons per room||2- 10|
|Wifi in public areas||No|
|Laundry facilities||No ***|
* 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
** Free drinking water provided
*** Expect to wash your clothes by hand
Your meals will be simple homestyle meals prepared by locals, which are typical Kenyan cuisine, and based on which fruits and vegetables are in season at the time. Expect lots of rice and ugali with small portions of vegetables, occasionally meat and/or chapati will be provided.
While we do our best to accommodate our volunteers, if you are a picky eater, have certain dietary requirements, you might want to consider supplementing some meals with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking. These need to be picked up in the main town before arrival.
Due to the remote location, there are no shops, banks or ATM’s within walking distance of the project or your accommodation. These things can be done in Narok (more than an hour away) which is the closest large town, hosting a variety of amenities, supermarkets, banks, and a shopping centre.
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 bucket list destination for many people. There are numerous choices for safari tours, game drives and overnight stays nearby. You will need to book these independently, but this is very easily done and can be quite cost effective, considering the close proximity to the National Park.
Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya and it is about 6 hours driving away or around an hour by plane. You will find everything that you would expect from a cosmopolitan city, including nice restaurants, high-end shops, and nightclubs. There are also wildlife attractions such as the Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Centre, Elephant Sanctuary and Bomas of Kenya.
The closest and largest town to your project is Narok and here you will find a variety of shops, restaurants, clinics, pharmacies, banks/ATM’s and supermarkets.