Maasai Mara Woman's Empowerment

Help local Maasai women in Kenya, with voluntary work Kenya. Utilise the woman's skills in beadwork, to create accessories they can sell. This helps them earn an extra income and provides quality meals and schooling for their children. Help and inspire the next generation of girls who want to have opportunities, other than marriage and motherhood from a young age. Assist in reducing poverty to encourage and support these women into earning a living for themselves.

we need you in Kenya

  • Approx one-third of Kenya's population lives on less than US$1.90 p/day. Your volunteer fees are directly benefiting the local people of this region.
  • At least 10 million people in Kenya (approx 1/3 the population are in need of food aid due to frequent severe drought and economic hardship.
  • Approx 42% of Kenya's population are below the poverty line, especially in the rural areas where this project is located.
  • Volunteering in this region creates employment opportunities for the local coordinators & supplements the farmers enabling competitive opportunities for the farms involved.

can you help?

  • You can help in this shared effort to support local Maasai village mothers and grandmothers, who are using their intricate bead working skills to create unique jewellery, in which they can then sell.
  • From the sale of these handmade accessories, they can earn enough money to cover their children’s school fees and help add an extra income to their household, meaning they can provide their family with quality meals.​
  • You will work alongside the Maasai women and teach them on how to use thier skills, save thier money and increase thier income.
  • Get involved in this project to support and inspire the local women into a sustainable future for thier families.

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you can do?

  • Help educate Maasai village women and girls on how to become self-proficient
  • Teach basic English and maths to further thier skills 
  • Help set up a roadside stall so the women can sell their handmade goods
  • Contribute to the local community’s development efforts
  • Learn and immerse yourself in the Maasai Mara Culture

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Organisation & Charity
  • Over 30 Years Expertise Globally
  • Low Program Fees - From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee - Multiple Countries
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  PROJECT NAME: MAASAI MARA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT 

LOCATION: REMOTE LOCATION CLOSE TO NAROK

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: SCHOOL GROUNDS OR HOMESTAY

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A

  PROJECT COSTS: From US$325 P/WEEK + APPLICATION FEE

Overview

You will be helping to create a database, to build a roadside stall so the women can sell their items and teaching them basic English or math skills, to further increase their likelihood of success. You can also get involved in numerous other activities such as helping to finish the concrete floor at the local church and building a proper stand to access the church water tank. Part of your program fee goes directly into buying supplies for the women such as beads for their beadwork, and other resources to make this project sustainable and successful. You can be sure the women will greet you with big smiles and thoroughly welcome you into their community.

This project is also situated very close to the Maasai Mara National Park, meaning you don’t have far to go, to catch a glimpse of the Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, and Rhino) on your days off! Depending on the season you’re visiting, you might get the chance to see the great wildebeest migration, and incredible sight, as the animals cross the river between Kenya and Tanzania. The tours you will have to arrange on your own but are very easily done once arrived.

Location 

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.

Project Tasks

  • Help educate Maasai village women and girls on how to become self-proficient
  • Contribute to the local community’s development efforts
  • Learn and immerse yourself in the Maasai Mara Culture

Food & 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.

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.

Testimonials...

FAQ...

This would be for great for those ready to integrate into the local community and to have the dedication to work alongside these local women. As this project is situated in a remote location, you will have to be able to adjust to a much simpler way of life with basic facilities. This project is great for people wanting to immerse themselves into the local culture and who come with an open mind. 

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

At this location there is no mandatory orientation day offered.

Complimentary Arrival Transfer

An arrival airport transfer is included in the cost of your program fee for arrivals on Saturday or Sunday.   

For Saturday arrivals, a transfer is included free of charge, but you will have to pay for an additional nights accommodation at US$50 p/night including meals.   For transfers outside of standard times, a transfer can be arranged for approx US$40.

Arriving by Plane    

There are four meeting times as follows:
Option A – Saturday 10:00am
Option B – Saturday 2:00pm
Option C – Sunday 10:00am
Option D – Sunday 2:00pm

Kenya Airways fly daily between Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Kisumu and Nairobi. Another popular airline is Air Kenya, which flies regularly between Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Meru, Nanyuki and Samburu.

Bus

Kenya has a large bus network between many of the country’s popular destinations but be advised that roads will be bumpy. For safety reasons, we highly advise to use the long-distance buses during daytime only, as crime increases after dark.

Minivan

Minivans, locally known as “matatus” are another way to get around for short and medium distance journeys. Taking a matatu is a fantastic way to experience the real Kenya and you will often find them decorated in bright and fascinating colours. You can flag down a matatu from the side of the road and nowadays routes and schedules are provided on Google Maps, making it much easier to get around.

Train

The train in Kenya is often named the “Lunatic Express”. It travels between Nairobi and Mombasa three times a week. It is without a doubt a unique experience to travel by train and see the local Kenyan way of life as you pass by. Do be aware that trains have a bad reputation for being extremely slow, often with delays. If you have time on your hands though, this can be a great way to experience the country.

Monday to Friday

You will be volunteering at the project for around 4-6 hours each day, assisting at the Maasai Women’s Collective. You’ll be helping to achieve various goals including basic English conversational skills with tourist customers, basic accounting, constructing a roadside stand to sell goods, renovating the concrete floor at the local church meeting point, collecting materials and supplies, etc. Some days will be busier than others but there will always be something to get involved in, as well as the knowledge you will acquire throughout the project.

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.

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.

Modest clothing – covering the knees and shoulders is required throughout the Maasai community.

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.

30 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

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

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All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.
 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

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