Though stricken with poverty and hardships, the people of Kenya are generally literate. It's estimated that approximately 90% of adult males, and 80% of adult females are able to read and write. While the basics are covered, more advanced education is not as widespread. On average, children go to school for only 9 or 10 years.
As an orphan and teaching volunteer you will spend 4 of the five week days at one of our 7 schools and various orphanages that we support. Every Wednesday morning you will either assist at the local Limuru feeding program which happens bi-weekly or you will use the morning for preparation and research. The after enjoy a lunch at the volunteer cottage you will head to a school on the outskirts of the rift valley where you will get involved in some practical development of the schools which boards children with varying levels of functional impairments. During your four days at the schools/orphanages you will generally divide your day into teaching in the morning and orphanage-based community development initiatives in the afternoon.
The establishments you will be involved in are divided into 3 categories:
- Primary Schools
- Special Education schools.
In order to ensure continuity and consistency for both the children, schools/orphanages and volunteers, each volunteer will be placed at one institution alongside one teacher for your entire duration in Kenya. You will be placed at the school for four days a week with the exception of a Wednesday where you will be involved in the feeding program, practical work and/or a medical outreach project.
In the class: You will be assigned to one class and will provide assistance to your teacher you are linked up with. While the teacher is in front of the classroom, teaching a class, it is extremely valuable to have a teaching assistant who can go round and help individual children with their assignments. Since classes are usually very large, the pupils do not often get the individual attention they require, so any extra support and attention the child is able to get the better.
Please see below how you will be able to assist on this project:
Marking tests and assignments
Educational enhancement - By working closely and alongside the teacher we aim to assist in developing a resource file filled with lesson plans and creative ideas to promote, consolidate and inspire learning in which concepts are fully grasped.
Teaching - When volunteers, have spent enough time observing in the classroom, working with the children and teacher and are comfortable with taking a lesson or a section of work they will be able to do this under the guidance of the teacher.
Not Replacements - We emphasize with both teacher and volunteer. Our role is to enhance the educational environment and learning experience through assistance and support and not merely relieving the work load. The question we always ask when the volunteers leaves is “will you be leaving behind a different work style, attitude, motivation or will you be taking it all back with you again. The only way we can achieve this is through “working with” and not “working for” staff.
Group Work - A volunteer may find in a class that there are groups of children who struggle to keep up with the rest of the class. Volunteers will take groups of children out of the class to go through the class work at a slower rate with greater repetition to enhance learning.
Reading club - In the afternoons volunteers run take some time with small groups to run a reading club to develop the children literacy skills. As a volunteer armed with your box of books, you will arrive at school and help give the children the extra support they need. You do this by helping with difficult words, encouraging them as they read and offering the opportunity to practice their literacy skills outside the limits of the lesson available.
Revision Classes - Since the pace of the class is often fast, and the individual attention is low, it is easy for some children to fall behind. By repeating the subjects in revision classes, these children might have a better chance of keeping up in the future during their regular classes.
Holiday program - Holiday club is extremely important as it offers students valuable time to catch up on learning. It also gives young people a safe environment to spend their holidays, having fun and providing additional education.
Green club - With no refuge services, no sanitation facilities and little opportunity for adequate hygiene, children are often not taught to necessary self care or the responsibility to keep themselves or their environment clean. Thus with the green we aim to teach children about hygiene and keeping ones environment clean. We would like to involve more community members and parents and create a community mobilization for the community itself to take more responsibly for their environment and put in their own structure even when no one else will.
Parents’ workshops - Depending on your level of expertise, if you have any ideas for parent workshops or skills development ideas we are always looking for new ways to get our parents involved in the school, community and their child’s development. Some ideas include: Coping with stress(as many parent are overwhelmed by the state of poverty they find themselves in) ; age appropriate discipline; age appropriate play; the right of an child; Support groups for single parents; assisting in your child’s education as an illiterate parent, etc.
- What is the minimum stay: 2 weeks
- Where exactly is it: Limuru, Kenya
- What will I be doing: Teaching and Community work.
Prices from: £785/€1020/$1415.
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