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Teaching Assistant in Kenya

Assist local teachers by sharing your knowledge of English and more with students in rural Kenya
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    Overview

    Local children in Kenya, especially those in rural areas, rarely have the chance to meet and interact with foreigners. Most do not even get the chance to practice English outside of the school setting, despite the language being one of the official languages of Kenya. Even interacting and speaking the language properly with them may benefit their learning and increase their confidence with the language.

    You will be placed in a local school in the community. Your specific placement will depend upon the community needs, availability at that time, and whenever possible, your preferences.

    Keep in mind that you may be put in charge of portions of the lesson planning for the class where you will assist the teacher. This may be done in an informal way which may also allow you the freedom to get creative! The favourite activities amongst the youngest students include sports, games, gardening, and singing.

    The aim is to assist local students and staff with English and other subjects through tasks that allow practice and creativity. You are welcome to provide new ideas that promote an exchange of cultures and conversations between you, fellow participants, staff and students. If you have items or photos from home that you can help you to share unique facts or traditions, that could be a great lesson to offer.

    Please note that during long holiday periods when schools are on break, a “ day-camp” style English and Sports program may be put in place for local children and it will be run by participants with the help of our coordinators.

    Objectives

    • Improve the village children’s English and widen their cultural interactions
    • Gain invaluable, practical experience in teaching
    • Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand

    Impact

    Volunteer experiences have a direct and positive impact on local communities by injecting money into the local economy through the purchase of food, transportation, and tourism activities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the comunity and make a difference in the world. Depending on the type of volunteer experience you are interested in, your time can be spent improving educational resources and opportunities, providing medical services to underserved communities, or promoting environmental conservation and sustainable farming techniques.

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    Location

    Nakuru, Kenya
    Nakuru town located in west-central Kenya lies on the north shore of Lake Nakuru and is home to approximately 500,000 inhabitants making it one of the largest urban centers in Kenya. Once a center for European activity, this region is now associated with a flourishing manufacturing industry, busy commercial shopping centers and important agricultural initiatives.
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    Itinerary

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      Saturday/Sunday - Arrival

      Arrive at NBO (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) at the meeting point on Saturday or Sunday well before the designated time (13.00 hour). Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.

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      Monday - Friday

      You will spend 4-6 hours assisting school staff with lessons and activities. Once back at the accommodation, you will have time to prepare your lessons for the next day. The day could look like:

      • Breakfast
      • Assist at local school
      • Lunch
      • Assist at local school
      • Preparing lesson plan
      • Dinner
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      Saturday - Departure

      Leave the accommodation Saturday morning. Minivans depart close by every 1-2 hours. Change minivan/bus twice to get to the Airport.

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    Inclusions

    • Shared Accomodation
    • All meals included
    • Free beverages
    • Wifi in public areas
    • Arrival Transfer
    • Departure Transfer
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    Options

    • Extra night accomodation (before experience)$60
    • Extra night accomodation (after experience)$60
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    More Information

    Requirements

    • minimum age18
    • minimum english levelIntermediate
    • CRB RequiredOn signup
    • passport copy requiredNo
    • resume copy requiredNo
    Other Requirements

    Teaching materials such as:

    • Games, books, color pencils, chalk, rulers, etc
    • Pictures from your country, family and friends
    • Other small cultural objects from your country of origin
    • Modest or business casual attire is required while on the school grounds and when interacting in the village. It must be totally covering the knees and shoulders, (nothing revealing, tight fitting, sheer, low cut, or with any offensive/inappropriate displayed on it)

    Food

    Food served will mainly be Kenyan food, which consists of vegetables, potato, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapati”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.

    Accommodation

    You will be accommodated in our center. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially electricity. Sometimes there are power cuts during the day, but do not panic. This is life in the village. There is an available water supply. You will have all of the necessities while here.

    You will have meals provided and rooms cleaned on the weekends, but you will also be expected to clean up after yourself and play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. The location is very close to the green steds international school and is a few minutes walk to the Lake Nakuru National park Southern gate. It is around 15KM from Nakuru town.

    Cancellation Policy

    Bookings can be amended and cancelled 30 days before the program start date without any costs. Bookings that are cancelled less than 30 days before the program start date will be charged the first week of the booking.

Teaching Assistant

CategoryTeaching
Stylebackpacker
AvailabilityOpen
Price per person$405/week
Minimum Duration1 week

Contact us for availability and further information.

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