VOLUNTEER TEACHING IN KENYA
Volunteer Teach Kenya is designed for volunteers who want to teach, learn, exchange views, and make a difference. Our program places volunteers at Kyandili Primary School situated near Kalama village 100 kilometers south of Nairobi in a rural farming area. Your volunteer work will be to teach English reading skills in small group settings to charming motivated students aged nine to eleven years using a curriculum designed by teachers in the United States and Britain and aligned with Kenyan national standards. While volunteering at the school, you will live with the deputy headmaster and his wife and four young children.
There are 50 different tribal languages in Kenya and the government has chosen to make English the language for education. All lessons are taught in English and all text books and exam questions are in English. Without good English you will simply not succeed at school. Most children in rural Kenya speak only their tribal language at home and the only time they hear English is at school. Not surprisingly the majority of these students are reading English below class level. This is true of Kyandili Schol where their language at home is Kikamba. Our goal is to get all students up to class level. As a fluent English speaker you will be doing something that you are uniquely qualified to do. Your volunteer experience will be highly effective and will have a lasting impact helping these students to get good grades so that they have a chance to go on to the best secondary schools in the country.
We ask every volunteer to bring a donation of $2,000 (1,300 pounds) for a two month stay — or $1,000 (650 pounds) for a one month stay. The school is extremely under-resourced by the government. For example they have only 5 teachers for 8 classes, and 1 text book for 4 students with no story books for reading. The program is run with no administrative overhead so 100% of your donation goes to the students for much needed teachers and books.
You will have your own bedroom with shower and toilet at the home of the Deputy Headmaster and all meals will be provided. His wife Elizabeth is an excellent cook and his 4 children are delightful. You will quickly become part of a Kenyan family and community. The cost of food and board is $150 a month.