I am Seraphina. I was a trained teacher by profession and also a chief of a location for eight years. I decided to start a nursery and baby care pre-unit just at my home because my neighbors had requested me to start one. On 2nd June 2010, the doors of our school opened for E.C.D. classes with 5 kids on the enrollment list.
This is our 9th year with class eight being the top class. Our school now has eight teachers who offer good services almost voluntarily because they depend mainly on parents’ contributions.
The school currently has a population of 160 pupils ranging from ages 3 to 14, many of whom come from rather far neighborhoods. We also support quite a number of both partial and total orphaned children. Our lessons per day is six hours and the subjects done are: English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education and Social Studies.
I believe that the school is going to grow very fast because the parents love and encourage us to have their kids have the best foundation and be well taken care of. The school is situated on the 3 ha. of land next to my home, in N. Kamagak (KOSELE) in Kenya (near KENDU BAY), so that we are able to see, monitor and donate things as it grows bigger and we grow older, and to have my house remain as part of the school when I shall have died.
We looking forward to having the school as the meeting point to welcome compassionate and open-minded travellers and volunteers who share our hopes and dreams ... to give the children of my homeland a brighter prospect for their future.
I would like to end my statements here but look forward to welcoming YOU and ready to give any further information about the school.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Visitors will have first hand experience about our culture and way of life in rural kenya... for example traditional homemade food, cultural values, old age, child support, marriage, tradition and cultural education. Our guests will interact personally with the pupils and their families, the teachers, my family and i and the local villagers to gain an in-depth understanding of our daily lives, learn our language, join in on our celebrations, become a part of our tribe. We also look forward to learning from you as well.... and in the end, to create a lasting friendship and bridge the gap between our two worlds.
We welcome innovative and adventurous volunteers who believe in our mission:
to provide quality education to orphans and children of poverty in the surrounding neighborhoods, giving
them the power to dream of a better future
and want to contribute by helping to develop the school’s resources in any charitable ways they are capable of.
PRIMARY DUTIES INCLUDE:
teaching English, Maths, Sciences and Arts to pupils ranging from 3-14 years (experience would be
appreciated but not required)
plan and execute educational in-class lessons as well as outdoor activities and sports events similar to a
advance our PEN PAL PROJECT and ECO PROJECT
helping with farm animals and gardening / light housework and daily tasks
building and maintenance for those who are interested (we have just constructed a new brick classroom
thanks to donations from our supporters from around the world)
prepare and serve meals in our CHILDREN'S FEEDING PROGRAM
ENPOWER INTER-CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALIKE
Volunteers are requested and encouraged to initiate any personal project they feel would benefit the school and it's pupils. If you have any special skills that you feel will be of a great value to the development of the children, the school and staff members, and/or the community, we would welcome and appreciate your contribution.
English / Kiswahili
Workawayers will be accommodated in a separate house partially furnished with electricity and wi-fi. There are two bedrooms, (a master bedroom with a double bed and a single room), a kitchen and a bathroom. The house is situated within walking distance of the school.
Photos of the house and surrounding countryside will be provided.
You will be expected to provide for your own breakfast and lunch, while evening meals will be spent together with my family to chat and share our thoughts. They are welcomed to have breakfast together with the students when school is in session, as part of our CHILDREN FEEDING PROGRAM for orphans or those who cannot afford to bring their own food.
The accommodation for volunteers, which is near the school, is equipped with a kitchen and gas stove if they wish to cook their own meals. However, food can be bought in the nearest towns in Oyugis and/or Kisii. Instead, home-cooked dinners will be spent together with the family in their home on the school's property. Weekends are free for volunteers to travel and see the sights. However, should any volunteer decide to stay on the homestead during the weekends or school holidays, meals with the family can be arranged.
nearby tourist attractions in:
Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
Ndere Island National Park
Masaai Craft Market
Lake Kanyaboli National Reserve
Ruma National Park
Lake Simbi Nyaima
MARA TRIANGLE - Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (about 170km from Kosele)
NAIROBE is about 300km away
The nearest towns are OYUGIS and KISII where you can find local markets, supersmarkets, shops, and post office; the banks are Baclays, Equity, Post Bank, Commercial Bank, National Bank in KiSSII.
GETTING AROUND: to reach nearby villages...
When in Kenya.. do as the Kenyans do... WALK!!!
a personal bike is available
Bicycle Taxi or BODA BODA
Motorbike Taxi or PIKI PIKI
a private vehicle is availble for a fee
OTHER PUBLIC TRANSPORT
3-wheeled covered TUK TUK
van or MATATU
busses are availble in OYUGIS and KISII to reach other towns and tourist attractions
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
About 5 hours a day, 4/5 days a week