TEACHING & CHILDCARE
from €1,135 – €3,715
Opening in 2022
TEACHING & CHILDCARE
EXPERIENCE AND MAKE MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME
Offer your teaching assistance to vulnerable children in the Limuru community in Kenya, many of whom are orphaned, affected by HIV/AIDS, and developmentally challenged. Your extra special care and attention will help promote their development in under-staffed, impoverished schools.
Have fun – and spend one-on-one time – with vulnerable children in schools and other local facilities to aid their development and brighten their days
Enjoy a varied week of volunteering, spending Monday to Thursday at your placement school and Friday at a facility for vulnerable children
Make a huge difference to this under-privileged community
Live in the peaceful highlands of Kenya, within the safe and quiet Brackenhurst estate in the small tea town of Limuru
Spend your free time exploring some of the world’s best safari parks, including the Maasai Mara Reserve
During your free time, get up close and personal with wildlife at the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center
Limuru is a town located on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley about 35 kilometers, by road, northwest of Nairobi, the capital, and the largest city in Kenya. It is fairly small with a population of only about 5000 people. Limuru is widely known in Kenya as a tea-producing and -processing zone. The tea plantations established around Limuru from 1903 onwards were the foundation of Kenya’s largest export industry, which produces some of the world’s highest quality tea. Venture out of town and you will find the great Maasai Mara and some of Africa’s best beaches. Over weekends, you can explore these sublime landscapes, get up close to Africa’s iconic wildlife, and meet Maasai warriors. You can also visit the rock that inspired Pride Rock in The Lion King.
You will stay in our volunteer cottages at Brackenhurst estate; a conference and retreat center nestled between the forests and tea fields of Kenya’s highlands. It is roughly 1 hour from the Great Rift Valley and Nairobi, giving you easy access to explore nearby areas on the weekends. The lush green surroundings offer the perfect space to relax and reflect upon your daily experiences. The estate has running trails and a tennis, volleyball, and basketball court for you to enjoy. It also has its own restaurant and a café that hosts a farmer’s market every Wednesday, live music shows on certain Sundays, and festivals throughout the year.
Three meals are provided each weekday and the food is a mixture of International and Kenyan cuisine. Breakfast includes tea, coffee, cereals, toast, jam and peanut butter as well as eggs, sausages and pancakes served in rotation. Lunch is usually taken on project and a hot meal is cooked freshly in the evening. We can cater for most dietary requirements, but please let us know before your arrival. During the weekends, you are free to use the kitchen to prepare your own meals, or eat at the restaurant and café within Brackenhurst estate, where they serve up excellent wood-fired pizzas amongst other favourites!
WiFi is available at the Brackenhurst estate and you are welcome to buy a local sim card if you wish.
The wet season begins in November and goes on until May, but there are a couple of dry months in January and February. Days are often overcast, with showers in the afternoon, and chilly mornings with temperatures that hover around 13°C (55°F). The dry season is from June to October. You'll enjoy warm weather during the day, although there may be a shower or two at times and cold weather at night. Limuru has a temperature of between 10–28 °C (75 °F) year-round.
PROJECT IMPACT AREAS
Assist a teacher at a local school in developing new teaching material by combining your fresh, international ideas with the teacher’s classroom knowledge. This will involve implementing stimulating ideas in learning, aimed at promoting active participation and an in-depth understanding of schoolwork and not merely learning through repetition. Further to this, you will help children who are falling behind in class by providing vital one-to-one attention that they otherwise would not be able to achieve.
GROUP WORK AND REVISION
It is easy for children to fall behind in their schoolwork when the classes are too large. Your volunteer opportunities may include taking groups of children out of the classroom environment to go through the classwork at a slower rate and with more guidance and one-on-one attention. African Impact volunteers can take part in revision activities after class and during break times to help children understand their schoolwork.
During the afternoon, you will get to assist at reading clubs. These clubs assist small groups of children with their reading and literacy skills outside the formal classroom environment.
Every Friday, you will offer a huge helping hand to a local facility that cares for a variety of children who really need your help, support, care, and most of all, some fun in their lives. You can get involved in activities such as caring for the younger babies, teaching, or playing sports and outdoor activities with the older children.
“The last few weeks I have been on the teaching project in Limuru. African Impact was a great support and I had a very special time at Hope School. I will take this experience with me for the rest of my life. Thanks for making it happen African Impact!”
Teaching and Vulnerable Children - Kenya
“I think it has changed pretty much all my perspectives in life. But it has been a real eye-opener to see how and what it means to be in the midst of poverty and actually experiencing to be with these people and hearing and observing what issues and consequences poverty has. I am definitely feeling lucky living in Denmark and this whole experience has made me appreciate and value even the smallest thing!”
Teaching and Vulnerable Children - Kenya
Nairobi is a big, bustling, and exciting city you need to experience at least once during your time in Kenya A visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, a rescue center for orphaned elephants, is a favourite activity amongst volunteers. It is open for 1 hour a day where visitors can watch baby elephants get bottle-fed and take a mud bath. The Giraffe Center is also a must-do. Within Nairobi itself, there are all the other things you would expect from a major city – restaurants, bars and shops.
Kenya is arguably the best place in the world to see wildlife, so a trip here would not be complete without a visit to the world-renowned Maasai Mara Reserve. If you volunteer between July to October, you’ll get the chance to witness the Great Migration, where over 1.5 million wildebeest cross from the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya. You will encounter other iconic wildlife, such as the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino) throughout the year in the Maasai Mara Reserve. It is home to some of the highest densities of wildlife populations in the world and considered a safari trip of a lifetime.
Gatamaiyu Forest is an hour from Brackenhurst and it has a spectacular 3-hour hiking trail that takes you through wild tropical rainforests in search of waterfalls. It is part of the Great Rift Valley, one of the Geological Wonders of the World. The Great Rift Valley is home to remarkable landscapes that shift from volcanoes to great lakes. And across the valley nature reserves unfold where animals roam free. The best ways to explore the Great Rift Valley are on foot, horseback, or game drives.
Are you more of a beach bum than a safari-goer? Kenya’s coast is still a hidden treasure that is hiding some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa – Diani Beach, Mombasa Beach, and Watamu Beach. The beaches in Kenya are great for surfing, snorkeling, and other water sports. You can take a train journey from Nairobi to Mombasa if you want to explore the coast or add on an expedition that combines an overnight safari in the Maasai Mara and a railway trip to the coast for a beach getaway for the ultimate Kenya volunteer trip.
dates and rates
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Manager will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
project fee includes
- Accommodation throughout your stay
- 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Transport to and from project
- 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
- Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
- Project equipment and resources
project fee excludes
- Flights (we can assist you with this)
- Travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
- Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund