After a rocky few years, Kenya is back in fashion and welcoming travellers with open arms…
Kenya is Africa’s original safari destination and has been attracting adventurers for centuries. The landscape ranges from the shores of the Indian Ocean, with its white sandy beaches and coral reefs, to the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya and the wild and vast deserts of the north. National Parks are scattered across the country, each with their own unique eco-system and home to incredible wildlife struggling to evade the poacher's eye.
Our teaching internships are based in and around Nanyuki which is about 200km north-east of Nairobi, in the heart of Laikipia and in the shadows of the mighty Mt. Kenya - rising up a mere 5,199 metres into the sky. One to climb perhaps? There is plenty to do at the weekends with the famous Ol Pajeta Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest nearby.
One thing is for sure, Kenya offers travellers a beauty and freedom which is hard to resist, and once bitten, you will be sure to return.
Education is paramount in Kenya as they are fully aware that this is the key to development and progression. In 2003, primary education was made free and an obligatory requirement for all children. This meant that there was a huge influx of children but unfortunately not enough teachers. This is still the case today and the teacher - pupil ratio is a significant problem. Volunteers are welcomed with open arms to take the pressure off the teachers and provide the children with individual attention when needed.
Our teaching internships are based in and around the town of Nanyuki. All the lessons are taught in English and many volunteers teach a variety of subjects and extra-curricular activities.
Teaching volunteers often start as classroom assistants helping the local teacher with the classes and/or working with small groups of children on conversation based tasks. Depending on your ability and preferences you may be asked to take a time-tabled class for a range of ages.
Our in-country team organise teaching workshops which focus on the cultural differences, learning basic Swahili and practical ideas for lesson planning.
Volunteers often get involved in teaching other subjects like sports, art and drama, so let us know if you have any specific skills or interests.
Schools are scheduled to close from April 11th-May 5th, August 8th- August 29th, and from October 26th -January 5th. No teaching is available at this time but you can informally teach at our care projects.
You can gain work experience teaching at primary schools in Kenya where no TEFL or other formal teaching qualification is required.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
The main office is in Nanyuki where the Country Director and all members of staff base themselves. The office acts as a general meeting point for all the volunteers in and around Nanyuki .
All our staff are trained in the UK and in-country to follow best practice procedures, including monitoring, security, and emergency procedures. They are responsible for organizing the projects and accommodation to ensure everything runs smoothly.
They are there to assist with any concerns, problems, advice, and general administration that may arise during your time away - available during the day at the office and directly contactable 24 hours a day by phone.
On arrival you will be appointed with a project supervisor who will go through your ‘induction’, work schedule and will be your first point of contact.
Your Induction will include:
Project Details: One month before you go you will be allocated your project details. These include addresses and phone numbers of your host family, project and supervisor.
We will help organise your flights to Kenya.
You will need to fly into Nairobi International airport where you will be met by a member of staff who will accompany you to your internship.
If your flight gets in late then you will be taken to a guest house for the night before continuing on your journey the next day.
You will be taken by taxi to the shuttle van station to catch one of the 11 seater minivans called Matatu (restricted to 11 passengers so no over crowding) - we can purchase additional seats if the volunteer has a lot of luggage - to Nanyuki.
You will be accompanied by a member of staff the whole way and they will take you to the local town en-route to get your local mobile sim card.
Nanyuki is 197.6km from Nairobi - it will take approximately 4hrs depending on traffic but it is a very scenic journey through coffee and tea plantations.
Here you will be staying with friendly and welcoming host families in and around the town of Nanyuki. We try to pair you up with another volunteer but it can’t be guaranteed, but there are always multiple host families in town so you will have no problem meeting up with other volunteers.
Your host family will speak good English.
All our host families have western style houses with hot showers and western style loos.
You will need to wash your own laundry by hand.
Don’t expect wi-fi at the host’s accommodation - there is access to the internet in the project co-ordinators office and cafes in town.
3 meals a day will be prepared for you by your host family, 2 meals in house, one packed lunch. Expect to try:
Special diets can be accommodated – just let us know.
The local currency in Kenya is the Kenya Shilling. US$1 is about 104 KS. £1 – 130kS
A realistic amount for exploring at the weekends (budget accommodation & public transport) and occasionally eating/drinking out during the week = about ₤60 per week, but please budget separately for safaris which are expensive and start from about £100 per day.
Travelling and exploring around Kenya is a must as the landscape changes dramatically from one place to the next. So much to see and do, but our highlights would include:
Giraffe Manor and Nairobi National Park in Nairobi.
A safari in the Maasai Mara, Samburu or Laikipia National Parks.
Indian Ocean coast – head to Mombasa and head north or south to any of the beaches. Expect to see glorious white sand, crystal clear warm sea, coral reefs and a laid back culture… heaven.
Nanyuki is in the central highlands where they experience the best climate all year round - expect sunny days and cool nights.
The warmest months are December through to March, cooler months are July and August.
Head off to Kenya to help teach in local school.
We have flexible departures (every Monday) for a flexible duration (min 2 weeks) making it easy for you to include an experience such as this in your gap year plans.
Whilst you will be busy during the week you will have plenty of time to explore this amazing country at the weekends
When you arrive you will hook up with other volunteers so your social life is taken care of.
Just get in touch if you have any questions.
Over the last 12 years we've taken thousands of young people overseas to experience the trip of a lifetime.
That success has drawn industry-wide recognition. We're an accredited member of both the Year Out Group, an association designed to promote the benefits of well-structured gap year programs, and The American Gap Association.
We're big on safety too; everywhere we work is carefully researched, audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Industry Standards for organising and managing adventurous activities outside the UK.