Teach English in Kenya
- Program: Volunteer in Kenya
- Project: Teach English in Kenya
- Start dates: 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month
- Location: Nairobi and Watamu (coastal region just north of Mombasa), Massai land
- Departure and End Point: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
- Language Need: English fluency
- Accommodation and meals: Homebase or host family and Kenyan cuisine three times daily
- Activities: Teach English to elementary schoolchildren and support other curriculum needs
- Working hours: 25-35 hours per week
Overview of the Project
The majority of Kenyans want to improve their children’s English skills but most Kenyan rural schools lack qualified English teachers. With this high demand for English fluency, your volunteer contribution in teaching English is greatly appreciated by the Kenyan people. Teaching English in Kenya is very challenging; however, our knowledgeable staff will provide you with a proper orientation and teaching materials, including a textbook, for your class. You will be teaching a group of 20-35 in a class and most students already understand basic English. Our volunteers work to strengthen students’ conversational and pronunciation skills.
Our postings vary from formal to informal English teaching programs in Kenya. You can put your English skills to use with oral practice and games or teaching math, social science, health science or other subjects in English.
The schools in Kenya will be closed in April-May and August-September. During this time, volunteers will teach in an orphanage. Volunteers have the option of joining other projects in Maasai region.
Role of Volunteer
As a volunteer in Teaching English in Kenya project, you can work in formal or informal teaching situations. In schools, volunteers can also teach Math, Science or any other subject that might be of interest and help to the students. As a volunteer fluent in English, you can also aide local schoolteachers by encouraging them to use English to interact, thus also developing their conversational skills.
- Teach conversational English, Math, or Science
- Read literature and work improve low comprehension levels and poor pronunciation skills
- Provide theoretical, practical assistance and aide the teachers
- Interact with the students
There are no specific qualifications needed to join our volunteer teaching in Kenya project beyond a fluency in English, but your understanding of Kenyan culture and Swahili language can help improve the experience for you and your students. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. No previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and be positive role models for students.
Volunteer in Kenya: Project Locations and Free Time Options
Global’s volunteer in Kenya projects are available in Nairobi, Watamu (coastal region just north of Mombasa) and Massai land. All locations offer multicultural scenes that are friendly to travelers and host traditional experiences.
Watamu (coastal region just north of Mombasa), lies on the Indian Ocean and is the country’s coastal tourism hub. The majority of the residents wear traditional clothing that is colorful. The city’s climate is warm and tropical. There are many beach day-trip options, a multitude of diverse restaurants and Watamu's northern shoreline is renowned for its vibrant 24-hour entertainment.
Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. The colorful combinations of culture and modern living are living examples of past meets future. There is a solid tourist infrastructure in place that supports day trips and city tour planning. Volunteers can spend free time in the National Museum or Nairobi National Park. The city is a hub for safari launches and there are many opportunities for different length excursions. There are also crocodile farms and nature trails to explore, along with the standard pulsing city options for travelers.
Massai land is close to Kenya’s best-known and finest wildlife reserve – the Maasai Mara. The land is located in the south west region of Kenya, about 90 minutes from Nairobi. The land covers an area around 1530 square km and is reserved for Maasai people, who live a pastoral and nomadic lifestyle.
Many Maasai, however, have settled down permanently and have build houses. There are also schools and hospital in the region but lacks adequate manpower and facilities to run them smoothly.