Day 1 ((Saturday) Arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport (airport code NBO) and say Jambo to Kenya. After clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met by our local team and taken straight to your Nairobi hotel accommodation for the night, a journey of 30-45 minutes depending on traffic. Orientation will take you through what you can expect from your project, dos and don’ts and how to stay safe. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you’ve got.
Day 2 (Sunday) You’ll be transported by local matatu (minibus) to your project location in Nakuru, a journey of around 3 hours. On arrival you will meet your host family and settle in to your new home.
Days 3 to 7 (Monday to Friday) Our co-ordinator will accompany you to the project on Monday morning, introducing you to all the staff and of course the kids so you can get stuck in straight away. Most days will follow a similar structure, a couple of hours’ classroom time in the morning and the same again in the afternoon. Of course if you’d like to do more then there is always opportunity here in this busy environment.
Days 8 and 9 (Saturday to Sunday) Spend your free time as you please, your weekends are yours to enjoy. Your host family and our coordinator will be able to help you decide what to do and will advise on the best way to get around. Book a safari, explore your local area or head further afield.
Your last day (Saturday) – Oh no …… no matter how long you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends. We’ll help organise the return transfer to Nairobi, but keep a few shillings handy for your fare).
Project resources and advice
There are very few resources at the project, so they welcome gifts from home such as books, stationary, educational toys, learning aids or posters. You can also buy things when you’re in Kenya – this has the added benefit of putting your money into the economy of the local community.
As part of our duty of care to the children, you will need to provide us with a Police Check / Working with Children Check prior to arrival in Kenya.
While you're here...
You’ll have a room in a family home-stay (either your own space or possibly shared with another volunteer). Either way this is a great way to really get to know local culture and learn about real life in Africa. Expect basic, but clean and comfortable. Bathrooms will be shared.
Breakfast and dinner daily are provided for you – typical Kenyan food consists of meats, vegetables, potato, eggs, bread, chapati and tropical fruit.
Facilities and the area
Laundry facilities are available in the village for a small fee
Bedding is provided – no need to bring a sleeping bag, but do bring your own towel
Transport is cheap and easily found, and the town of Thika is only 30 minutes away, with buses and matatus in all different directions. Nairobi itself is easily accessible for a weekend daytrip.
Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. February and March are the hottest months, followed by the “long rains” season through to June. Another “short rains” wet season is between October and December (at these times expect some rains daily, but plenty of sunshine too!)