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Volunteer at an Orphanage in Kenya

Assist on education projects for impoverished children and orphans from Mombasa’s slums

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Program Type

Volunteering

Location

Africa - Kenya - Mombasa

Program Focus

Volunteer with Children

2 weeks from

£895.00

Code: KEMM0209P
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Visit the vibrant coastal city of Mombasa and volunteer at a children's center which provides education to vulnerable children, as well as out of school programs to help combat social pressures that lead to substance abuse and crime; prevalent problems in the slums. Explore Mombasa and its beautiful beaches in your spare time.
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Project Life
Project Details
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The Team
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Overview

This volunteer project brings you to the vibrant coastal city of Mombasa, East Africa and the Bombolulu slum where impoverished communities live next to the upmarket residences of Nyali.

Volunteer at a children’s center to provide education to vulnerable children and help improve literacy levels as well as environmental and social awareness. The centers provide free or affordable education to children who are from a local orphanage or whose families have little or no income. Out of school arts and sports programs help combat social pressures that lead to substance abuse and crime.

During your time in Kenya, you may have the opportunity to take the kids on day trips, learn Swahili, go on safari, explore Mombasa and its beautiful beaches, and learn how grass-roots organisations offer real opportunities and care for needy children.

Testimonials

"I felt confident teaching from the training and being able to observe the actual teachers beforehand. Having another volunteer with you really helped the lessons as there was less chance of ideas running out or being overwhelmed by the children needing help. Trips to Mombasa Old Town, Diani and Malindi were wonderful. I felt safe and secure thanks to the staff who were always friendly, chatty and helpful. A GVI project gives you more of an experience than a holiday , and you feel as though you’re contributing positively to the community rather than just observing it as an outsider."

- Kieran Aldred, (United Kingdom)

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Tour of Mombasa
  • Swahili lessons
  • Introduction to communicative teaching training

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Parents

Why Study Abroad

GVI Difference

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Tour of Mombasa
  • Swahili lessons
  • Introduction to communicative teaching training

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Course Life

Mornings are typically spent assisting with literacy and numeracy education at the children’s centers. You usually start off shadowing a local teacher or longer term volunteer and support them before taking over your own classes when you are comfortable with the work.

Afternoons involve one–to-one reading lessons with students who are falling behind, followed by sports or physical activities. After work our group heads back home to prepare tomorrow’s lessons. This is a social activity with volunteers and staff working creatively together to make the lessons as fun and interactive as possible with the limited resources available.

You will live in shared accommodation with a team of international volunteers and you all share domestic duties. Weekends are free for you to explore and enjoy the local area.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Tour of Mombasa
  • Swahili lessons
  • Introduction to communicative teaching training

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Course Details

GVI assist the children’s centers by planning and providing:

  • Literacy and numeracy tuition
  • One-on-one reading lessons
  • Sports and exercise programs
  • Educational games and activities
  • Lesson plans and resource preparation

The children’s centers wish to develop arts, music, drama, sports and environment programs to encourage social development and stem the temptation to engage in crime or substance abuse. The centers also recognise that developing one to one relationships with the children and providing counselling provides them with the security and confidence to excel in education which remains their only route out of poverty.

How this project makes a difference:

This project delivers opportunities (including free education and meals) to children from disrupted homes where illiteracy, crime, poverty, prostitution, drug/alcohol abuse and HIV are commonplace. GVI volunteers not only make a direct contribution to caring for and educating the children, but they also increase the capacity of the centers (which have already achieved remarkable results) to improve facilities, programs and funding.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Tour of Mombasa
  • Swahili lessons
  • Introduction to communicative teaching training

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Life on the Internship

Mornings are typically spent assisting with literacy and numeracy education at the children’s centers. You usually start off shadowing a local teacher or longer term volunteer and support them before taking over your own classes when you are comfortable with the work.

Afternoons involve one–to-one reading lessons with students who are falling behind, followed by sports or physical activities. After work our group heads back home to prepare tomorrow’s lessons. This is a social activity with volunteers and staff working creatively together to make the lessons as fun and interactive as possible with the limited resources available.

You will live in shared accommodation with a team of international volunteers and you all share domestic duties. Weekends are free for you to explore and enjoy the local area.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Tour of Mombasa
  • Swahili lessons
  • Introduction to communicative teaching training

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Program Details

GVI assist the children’s centers by planning and providing:

  • Literacy and numeracy tuition
  • One-on-one reading lessons
  • Sports and exercise programs
  • Educational games and activities
  • Lesson plans and resource preparation

The children’s centers wish to develop arts, music, drama, sports and environment programs to encourage social development and stem the temptation to engage in crime or substance abuse. The centers also recognise that developing one to one relationships with the children and providing counselling provides them with the security and confidence to excel in education which remains their only route out of poverty.

How this project makes a difference:

This project delivers opportunities (including free education and meals) to children from disrupted homes where illiteracy, crime, poverty, prostitution, drug/alcohol abuse and HIV are commonplace. GVI volunteers not only make a direct contribution to caring for and educating the children, but they also increase the capacity of the centers (which have already achieved remarkable results) to improve facilities, programs and funding.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Tour of Mombasa
  • Swahili lessons
  • Introduction to communicative teaching training

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Project Life

Mornings are typically spent assisting with literacy and numeracy education at the children’s centers. You usually start off shadowing a local teacher or longer term volunteer and support them before taking over your own classes when you are comfortable with the work.

Afternoons involve one–to-one reading lessons with students who are falling behind, followed by sports or physical activities. After work our group heads back home to prepare tomorrow’s lessons. This is a social activity with volunteers and staff working creatively together to make the lessons as fun and interactive as possible with the limited resources available.

You will live in shared accommodation with a team of international volunteers and you all share domestic duties. Weekends are free for you to explore and enjoy the local area.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Tour of Mombasa
  • Swahili lessons
  • Introduction to communicative teaching training

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Project Details

GVI assist the children’s centers by planning and providing:

  • Literacy and numeracy tuition
  • One-on-one reading lessons
  • Sports and exercise programs
  • Educational games and activities
  • Lesson plans and resource preparation

The children’s centers wish to develop arts, music, drama, sports and environment programs to encourage social development and stem the temptation to engage in crime or substance abuse. The centers also recognise that developing one to one relationships with the children and providing counselling provides them with the security and confidence to excel in education which remains their only route out of poverty.

How this project makes a difference:

This project delivers opportunities (including free education and meals) to children from disrupted homes where illiteracy, crime, poverty, prostitution, drug/alcohol abuse and HIV are commonplace. GVI volunteers not only make a direct contribution to caring for and educating the children, but they also increase the capacity of the centers (which have already achieved remarkable results) to improve facilities, programs and funding.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Tour of Mombasa
  • Swahili lessons
  • Introduction to communicative teaching training

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.

Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our Mombasa field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Kenya!

Included Side Trips

Volunteers will be taken on a guided tour of the city’s “Old Town”. The Old Town is well known for its ancient buildings, spice market, ornately carved doors and windows, extravagant art designs and shops that sell antique and popular Kenyan souvenirs. The streets are too narrow to accommodate most vehicles so walking tours are the perfect way to be introduced to this fascinating location.

Optional Side Trips

Please note these additional side trips are not included in the program but can be easily organised on the ground after arrival.

Enjoy a boat trip in Mombasa Marine Park, where you can snorkel or dive to Indian Ocean coral reefs. Just make sure to keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins! An amazing day trip is to Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, a community reserve in the hills near Shimba where game drives will bring you close to herds of protected African elephants. You can also see how the community turn elephant dung into recycled paper products for sale to tourists as an income generating scheme.

Similarly, you can visit Haller Park in Mombasa, an ecological restoration project that offers opportunities to get close to giraffe, hippopotamus, buffalo, waterbuck, crocodile and the giant Aldabra tortoise.

For something longer than a day, you should consider an overnight trip to Shimba Hills National Reserve, home to African elephants, buffalo, giraffe, warthog and Kenya’s only breeding population of sable antelope. Over a weekend, a popular destination is the lively tourist beach resort of Diani or the quieter, more tranquil Tiwi beach. Further down the coast is Shimoni, home to GVI’s marine and wildlife expedition, where you can take a traditional dhow boat trip to the Kisite National Park to view dolphins and snorkel or dive Kenya’s finest coral reefs. Shimoni is also home to coastal forest that is part of a Global Biodiversity Hotspot and one of Kenya’s most important populations of the beautiful but vulnerable Angolan black and white colobus monkey.

The community-based eco-tourism Slave Cave Tour in Shimoni village allows you to explore the natural caves that are currently home to bat colonies but over the years have served as a refuge for local people during tribal clashes, and as a slave holding pen en-route to markets in Zanzibar.

Further Travel Opportunities

Kenya is a large and extremely diverse country in terms of both culture and nature. Over three to four days you can undertake a safari that takes in the vast Tsavo East and West National Parks, or the famous Amboseli or Maasai Mara National Parks, all home to incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. You can journey further up Kenya’s coastline to visit Watamu and Malindi home to the Gedi Ruins and Arabuko Sokoke Forest National Park. Or for something less active, try Lamu Island, a tranquil getaway, steeped in Swahili history, tradition and culture.

Even further afield in Kenya including Lakes Naivasha and Victoria and national parks such as Nakuru, Hell’s Gate and Samburu. Our operations lie close to the Tanzanian border and onward travel here offers some of Africa’s most famous names; the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt Kilimanjaro and the Zanzibar Islands.

Summary…spoilt for choice!

The Team

Michele Comber
Project Manager

Meet Michele, our Project Manager in Mombasa. She initially joined GVI as a volunteer in 2010, when after 20 years in customer service, she decided she wanted to do something more with her life.

What are Michele’s highlights since being on the project? “So many! Nyota became a registered school, which allows the children to complete their education up to standard 8 and for the first time, Olive’s students sat the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education, giving them the opportunity to go to high school and complete their whole education.”

What does Michele think volunteers bring to the project? “Their passion and dedication really helps to improve the children’s education, and give them a better chance of employment in later life. Volunteers are also always bringing new knowledge and skills which the project benefits from.”

Zeno Wijtten
Country Director

Meet Zeno, our Country Director in Kenya. He used to work on Crocodile Morphology and Ecology and has even trekked the Sierra Madre mountain range in the North of the Philippines in search of one of the last members of a critically endangered freshwater crocodile population.

His most memorable moments since he started working with GVI? Was discovering a population of ‘hidden’ African Skimmer Birds at Lake Turkana, which turned to represent almost 40 percent of the world population. “That, and when my cat left a snake at my bed as a ‘present’, which turned out to be a new species for Kenya!”

His favourite aspect of his job? ”Seeing people being in awe of everything new around them, realising and completely accepting how different their world of experiences suddenly has become.”

Elisabeth Tuck
Country Expert

Meet Liz, our Celidh-dancing world record holder who dreams of being in the Lion King. She started out at GVI as a volunteer in Kenya, and loved the way we do things (obviously) which led her to apply for a job with us, and Bob’s your aunty – here she still is!

One of our favourite volunteer stories about ‘Dottle’, as she’s also known, is how she was once asked on a date by a charming Southern boy. It went something like this: “You better get on a plane, Darlin, ‘cos we got dinner reservations tonaaaaght” Priceless.

Liz’s one travel must-have that she recommends to all volunteers is an open mind “I know its cliché, but if you try everything and take new situations as they come, you’ll have a much more fulfilling experience”.

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Tour of Mombasa
  • Swahili lessons
  • Introduction to communicative teaching training

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Our Impact

Location

Mombasa

Mombasa sits on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast, a vibrant city with stunning beaches, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Project work is undertaken in Bombolulu, the city's largest slum area, adjacent to the wealthy suburb of Nyali, north of Mombasa island. Mombasa is also a gateway to some of Kenya’s breathtaking safari parks, with the big 5 under a 3-hour journey away.

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