My name is Tracey and I'm from Wales. In 2012 I volunteered as a teacher at a primary school in Kenya. This experience changed my life and now I run a small Primary School together with my co-founder and Manager, Job Thuo Macharia. Our vision and mission is to provide a quality free education for orphans and disadvantaged children from the community.
We are situated near Murang'a on the outskirts of a small village called Kambirwa in the Central Highlands.
The school opened in January 2014 with just one pupil. Currently we have seven classes ranging from Nursery through to Class 5 with a school population of 100 pupils aged between 4 and 13 years old.
In addition to providing a free education we provide food, basic healthcare, uniform, stationery, clothes and uniform. We work with our sponsored pupils' guardians and parents to help them become financially self-sustaining with various income generating projects such as the goat project, rabbit and hen projects. We also assist the elderly grandmothers, who are struggling to raise their orphaned grandchildren, to earn an income through the sale of their traditional handmade baskets, Kiondos.
We employ 7 qualified Kenyan teachers, an assistant teacher, two cooks and an administration assistant.
We are looking for volunteers to help support our literacy programme. You will provide our pupils who are struggling with one-on-one reading practice. You may help in areas where they are weak, as advised by the class teacher, perhaps with homework or extra-tuition. If you are active and keen to participate in Physical Education lessons, we would appreciate your assistance there. Furthermore there is always a need for someone to assist with basic computer lessons for all classes.
Outside of the class we are looking for a volunteer who can help us specifically with fundraising and all the marketing and research that goes into obtaining the much needed funds for projects and for the day to day running of the school.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.
Help with Computers / internet
Travellers will experience the 'real' Kenya mixing with the local community and seeing how people from the rural areas live. The area is mainly Kikuyu tribe and you will get to experience age old traditions which are still in place.
If you are IT literate you can help us to continue with the introduction lessons to using computers. No qualification required simply an ability to help others understand how to use computers.
Help is required for the Early morning literacy programme and after school clubs to assist pupils who have fallen behind.
If you have experience in the field of marketing and fundraising we would love to hear from you.
Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent
Accommodation is provided in a basic one bedroom apartment with access to water and electricity. You will have your own small stove for cooking and utensils. The apartment is situated in the town of Murang'a, 6 kms from the school by bus along the road or a 40 minute pleasant walk passing through the small villages.
Breakfast, mid morning snack and lunch is provided at the school.
The school is situated in rural Kenya, 6 kms from the busy town of Murang'a in Central Highlands,with a population of around 11,000 it has a number of banks, two supermarkets, restaurants, bars and hotels as well as internet cafes and a big market. Situated 88 kms north of Nairobi its a beautiful, green and fertile part of Kenya with views of Mount Kenya wherever you go. The area is safe and the local people are friendly and keen to make friends. They really do appreciate what we are doing for their community.
The Aberdare National Park and Mount Kenya is close by.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day 5 days a week