Join us as a teacher in Kenya and gain practical teaching experience while helping disadvantaged students’ improve their English. You will work as an assistant in public schools, and support local teachers in the classroom. As you get into the swing of things and gain confidence, you’ll be given more responsibility.
You’ll learn more about the schooling system in Kenya and gain a global outlook on education. This is also the perfect opportunity to develop your teaching style, and add classroom experience to your CV. Your main role will be teaching English, but you can also assist with extracurricular activities like sport and art. Part of your role will also involve improving the safety and cleanliness of the classrooms.
You’ll be based in Nanyuki, a town about 3.5 hours from the capital, Nairobi, and stay with a local host family. You’ll live and work in close proximity to the highest mountain in Kenya, and you’ll be surrounded by the beautiful African Savannah.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
A free cultural awareness course
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do at my volunteer Teaching Placement in Kenya?
You’ll work with children at public primary schools. You’ll get involved with the following activities:
- Improve the English levels of the students through fun and interactive lessons
- Assist with extracurricular activities such as sport, music, and art class
- Help provide teachers with extra classroom support
- Improve the safety and cleanliness of the learning environment
As a volunteer teaching in Kenya, your work will focus on the following areas:
Improve the English levels of the students’ through fun and interactive lessons
In Kenya, English is one of the official languages. This makes it an important skill for children to learn from a young age.
You will help encourage children to practice speaking English, and develop their confidence. Get the children speaking by role playing a story, use fun gestures in English songs, or teach a rhyme to help get them comfortable with challenging sounds and words. You’ll gain invaluable working experience in the classroom as a volunteer teaching English in Kenya.
Assist with extracurricular activities such as sport, music, and art class
You also have the opportunity to teach different subjects like maths, creative arts, science, social studies, and physical education (sports). You can also get involved with extracurricular activities such as art and drama.
Let us know if you are interested in these options, and want to know. It’s best to speak to us directly before you go, so we can match you to the school that will be the best fit for you.
Help provide teachers with extra classroom support
Formal schooling at public primary schools is free for all children in Kenya. This came into effect in 2003. Since then, there have been a larger number of students’ at desks, with pencils in hand, ready to learn! This also means that local teachers need extra support to cope with the large numbers of students’ in their classes.
Your role will be to support the teacher, and help struggling students during class. You can also be an extra pair of eyes during a test.
Improve the safety and cleanliness of the learning environment
You will help make sure that students’ at your school know about the importance of practicing good hygiene every day. You’ll encourage them to brush their teeth and wash their hands regularly.
By introducing routines and teaching them the importance of these practices, you will be able to help children avoid health problems. You’ll also assist with hygiene lessons during outreaches organised by Projects Abroad.
Where will I be working in Kenya?
As a volunteer teaching in Kenya, you will be placed in a delightful town called Nanyuki. The peaceful setting is in close proximity to the country’s highest mountain, Mount Kenya. Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is a 3.5 hour drive away from Nanyuki. It’s perfect for a weekend visit.
You will work at a public primary school. Public schools in Kenya are overcrowded, with a ratio of one teacher to 45 students’. This is why we send volunteers to support the work teachers do. You will also notice that infrastructure at your school is quite old, and and they lack resources. You’ll have to think out of the box and use the minimal resources available to you when teaching.
Your weekends and free time should be used to explore Kenya. Take a trip to Ol Pajeta Conservancy and try spot wildlife, or place either foot over the Equator line! You can also relax at a stunning beach on the coast in Mombasa.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Teaching for a month in Kenya opened my eyes to a different way of working completely, not to mention the out-of-work experiences that I enjoyed too.
Volunteer Teaching in Kenya
I would like to mention the Projects Abroad staff who were so friendly and helpful to me and the other volunteers throughout our time abroad.
Volunteer Teaching in Kenya
Meet the team in Kenya
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