5 week Community Volunteering Projects in Kenya


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When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

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About

If you’re looking to do something rewarding and fun, the AV 5 week Mini Community Venture on the Kenya Coast could be for you......

The project offers rewarding volunteer work in a rural community and the chance to experience real Kenya - perfect for filling a vacation break, a 'mini gap year’ or as a starting point for further travels on your year out.

ARRIVING IN KENYA

You will arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi and transfer to a flight down to Mombasa, on the morning that your Mini Venture starts, where your AV project leader will meet you.

WELCOME AND BRIEFING

After leaving Mombasa you will travel to Shimoni for an introduction to Africa and a two-day briefing on your project. It is a chance to settle in, unwind after the hectic few days leading up to your departure and get to know your AV group. The briefing is important for making sure you’re fully prepared for the three weeks ahead. As well as covering the conservation and community work you will be involved with, the course will include the following:

  • History, customs and culture of Kenya and its people
  • Safety, health and security
  • Some Swahili lessons
THE PROJECT

After your briefing you will start your project.

You will be living and working in the communities in and around Shimoni with day-to-day support from your AV project leader. There are two schools within a short distance of each other, where you will help in the classroom and with renovation projects. The teaching that you will be doing will only be subjects that you are happy to do (English, maths, science, music, arts and crafts, etc) or a wide range of PE/sport activities. You might even like to start some after-school clubs for drama or even a choir. For part of the day you may be able to put your artistic talents to good use by painting educational murals or preparing visual aids.

Whilst helping in the schools you will also have the opportunity to help with a community building or renovation project. The schools are enthusiastic about the project work you will be doing, which could involve classroom or dormitory renovation, painting and decorating or cementing mud floors. You will assist our team of skilled craftsmen, providing an extra pair of hands for the heavy jobs, helping with the unskilled work whilst also learning new skills on project.

Although you may do renovation work in the school where you are teaching , it could be that there will be other schools where the demand is greater - prepare to be flexible.

Each day you will spend time socialising with the villagers, usually over a cup of chai (sweet tea) or lunch. This is a great chance to make new friends - they will be keen to talk about where you are from, your family and life at home, whilst you can practice your Swahili.

Every afternoon you will also get the chance to swim in the ocean, walk along the white sandy beaches and brush up on your tan!

At weekends you can do as you wish and explore the area - this is the perfect location for kite-surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkelling over the coral reef and dolphin spotting.

You will also have the option of a 2 day safari in the Shimba Hills National Reserve - famous for its elephants, endangered sable antelope, giraffes and leopard - and much more.

Group departures in July. If you have 3 or more friends wanting to volunteer with you why not join us at any time of the year.

Prices from GB1645 - includes:

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before departure:

  • Pre-departure information, support and advice
  • A nominated member of the UK volunteer support team
  • Advice on individual flight arrangements

In-country:

  • In-country representative
  • 24/7 in-country backup
  • Meet and greet at airport (if arriving with the group)
  • Airport transfer (if arriving/departing with group)
  • In-country briefing
  • Transport whilst on project
  • Accommodation whilst on project
  • Food whilst on project
  • Accompanied by a project leader
  • Management of emergencies, including lost passport, illness, etc. whilst in-country

Upon returning home:

  • Returning home advice
  • Full telephone debriefing
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Country visas
  • Meeting of non-group arrivals
  • Accommodation for early/late arrivals
  • Medical expenses, e.g. inoculations, malaria prophylactics
  • In-country medical expenses
  • Drinks, or bottled water
  • Tips/gratuities - No tips/gratuities for AV staff are necessary or expected
  • Spending money
  • Extra activities that you choose to do
  • Weekend activities, transport, food, accommodation away from the project
  • Independent travel

Skills

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5 weeks

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