Volunteers (teacher's assistant & fundraising manager) + (construction engineer) in a school for refugee children in Kenya



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    Our school is a nursery and primary school located in the Githurai area of Nairobi.

    The school opened in January 2010 with 45 students, all refugees. We now have around 200 children, a mix of refugees (mostly Congolese and Sudanese) and Kenyans.

    Refugee children face particular challenges as they may have missed out on school, been educated under a different system in their home country, be unable to speak English, be recovering from trauma, face discrimination at other local schools due to attitudes and lack of understanding of the needs of refugees, and come from families with little or no source of income.

    The poverty level in Githurai is high, so many local families also struggle to send their children to school. Because of this, members of the local community approached us and asked if their children could also attend the school and it was agreed that they could.

    Our school operates in a rented building. We run the full range of nursery and primary classes from Baby Class up to Class 8, and follow the standard Kenyan curriculum. Every November our Class 8 students take the national primary school exams (KCPE) which enable them to go on to secondary school, which many of them do.

    Although founded on Christian principles, we accept children whatever their religious beliefs. The ages of the students range from 3-20 years as we take children who missed out on education and need to catch up. We also provide additional support to older children who join the school speaking little or no English.

    When we have sufficient funds we provide the children with lunch, and occasionally breakfast as well. This is important as some children do not get enough to eat at home, and it is not easy for them to concentrate when they are hungry.

    Outside of school, our children take part in local sports events and other community activities.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn from a diverse student population including Congolese, Sudanese, Burundians, and Kenyans. They can learn more about and experience a range of cultures and languages.

  • Help


    We are looking for volunteers to work with the children at the school. Duties will include:
    ◾Teaching kindergarten and primary school children
    ◾Advising teachers on improving their teaching methods
    ◾Cooking and serving food
    ◾Maintenance of the building

    We are also seeking assistance with
    ◾Fundraising, both local and international
    ◾Identifying potential donor organisations
    ◾Proposal writing
    ◾School and organisation management
    ◾Small business skills

    ++ URGENT, we are looking ASAP for a CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER to help to build the new school (prefabricated building)

    Teachers will be class for six hours a day, with a break at lunch time. They will be teaching mathematics, English, science, sports, Social studies, French and some other subjects and must have previous teaching experience. For other volunteers working hours will be more flexible.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Kishwahili etc..

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will live with the school director, a host family from the community, or in a hotel near the school.

    Volunteers living with the director or a host family will pay $6 USD a day, which will include breakfast and evening meal. For hotels, the cost will vary and will be agreed with the hotel.

    During the week volunteers will eat lunch at the school.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During their time off volunteers can travel around the national parks or other parts of Kenya

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    $200 for 1 month

Host ref number: 1813921324d2