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My name is David and I am the director of the Academy, a primary school (from pre-primary 1 - grade 5) based close to the Masai Mara! Our school started in 2010, where we began with a water well and have developed to become a quality school since then. We are a family of teachers, cooks, cleaners, guards, maintenance, students and dogs. We are a school which always wants to improve and become a better and more fulfilling school for the surrounding community. We have built a water tank that provides clean drinking water to the community, eliminating the disease of trachoma, there is also a well nearby that provides hard water (salt water) for the washing of clothes and for animal use.
You will help to make this school a better place through your volunteering, whether it be through teaching, fundraising, or through marketing and computer development. You are able to stay for as long or as short as you like, but the longer you stay the stronger the relationships will grow!
We look forward to welcoming you to our home and school!
Help with Computers / internet
We are very close to the Masai Mara, so many volunteers and visitors tend to go on Safaris to see all types of wildlife and learn about the Masai Mara through experienced tour guides.
Surrounded by roaming giraffes, zebras, wilder beasts, several species of birds, and gorgeous sunsets, you will have a real African experience here, in a very rural, quiet, and beautiful home.
By coming to the Academy, you will have the opportunity to work with young children, meet the traditional Maasai peoples, and experience the way of life in Kenya. While at the school you will be encouraged to visit nearby homes and communicate with the local families while having fresh milk and African Chai tea in their traditional manyata homes.
On Saturdays you can visit the local market at Ewaso Nyiro where you can stock up of fresh veggies, visit with the market people, see the enormous cattle market where hundred of cattle, sheep and other livestock are sold every week, as well as get any other essentials you need!
WHAT DO WE NEED HELP WITH?
1. We currently need help raising funds and constructing a dormitory that will benefit our school and the community in many ways! We have a video created by other volunteers and need help promoting and sharing it.
2. Promoting and marketing our newly constructed guest house!
3. We need someone to teach computers to our grade four and five students, as well as to teachers!
4. We need someone to continue on with our newsletter! Our previous volunteer has left instructions on how it works, so it won't be too difficult.
5. We need help with communicating with our current sponsors and we need help finding new sponsors for our children! Sponsor communication includes sending updates with photos, report cards, and letters to current sponsors.
We also welcome new fundraising ideas, where you can create your own video and GoFundMe campaign, as well as teacher volunteers.
What can you help us fund raise for?
-tables for the dining hall
-various school supplies
If you feel like you can help with any of the items listed above, feel free to contact us!
Swahili, English, Masai
Here at the Academy, you will be staying in a guest house with four separate rooms, two showers, two toilets, a kitchen, and outside veranda. You will be located only a few steps away from the Academy. The school property and your lodgings are completely surrounded by chain-linked fence and so it is very safe from animals and/or from uninvited guests.
Since the cooks/cleaners of the school are busy making food for the 165 children of the school everyday, you will be responsible for making your own food. Food from the market is very cheap, and the town of Narok (25-30min) can provide you with all other Western comforts. However, you can opt to eat lunch for free during school days.
You will be provided with a bed, a fan, and electricity.
You can purchase 4G for your phone or buy a modem for cheap at Safaricom in Narok! The internet is super fast!
On your time off you are able to explore the local sights, climb large hills to get some views of the local area (and possibly see giraffes, zebras, etc.), talk with locals, or plan a safari in the Masai Mara!
The locals are avid soccer players as well, you will probably be able to join in on some small soccer matches!
Other than that, this place is a very quiet place, so many people like to take their time here to read, write, or work away from home if you are a digital nomad! Our volunteer hours are flexible, so if you are a digital nomad, that is no problem.
In regards to available transport - there is a brother of mine that owns his own motorcycle, and so you can get a ride with him to the local town, and from there you are able to get a ride to the larger town of Narok. From Narok you are able to get Matatus to the larger destinations such as Nairobi, Kisumo, or Mombasa. You can also travel comfortably by bus from Narok to other major cities/towns.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 4-5 days a week