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English Teaching Volunteer Projects in Kenya

Volunteer Teaching projects overseas in Kenya
  • Placement locations: Nakuru
  • Types of schools: Primary (Secondary on request)
  • Age of students: 6 - 18
  • Class sizes: 50+
  • Role: Teaching assistant (English)
  • Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, Sports
  • Accommodation: Host families

  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

You can gain work experience teaching at primary or secondary schools overseas in Kenya and no TEFL or other formal teaching qualification is required. Whether you want to volunteer teaching during your gap year, career break or holiday you will have a role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated.

Kenya’s two official languages are English and Swahili, however there are over 60 other different tribal dialects spoken throughout Kenya. This variety is a reflection of the country’s diverse population and timeless culture.

Kenya strives hard to ensure that everyone speaks fluent English and this is reflected through the education system. All schools, both primary and secondary are English speaking and all the lessons are carried out in English ensuring a bilingual policy for future generations.

Teaching in Kenya

Our teaching placements are based in and around the town of Nakuru. The majority of our volunteers work in primary schools however volunteers with experience have the option of working in the secondary schools if they wish to, so please let us know if you have any preferences. All the lessons are taught in English and many volunteers teach and assist with a variety of different subjects and extra curriculum activities.

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 was an obligatory requirement for all children. This therefore meant that there was a huge influx of children but unfortunately there were not enough teachers. This is still the case today and the teacher, pupil ratio is a huge problem. Volunteers are therefore greatly welcomed in order to assist and take the pressure off the teachers and provide the children with the individual attention they so desperately need.

The Projects Abroad team in Kenya often organise workshops for teaching volunteers. These workshops may focus on cultural differences in placements, learning key vocabulary in Swahili, reflection and feedback sessions between volunteers or practical ideas for lesson planning. The workshops will provide you with a valuable insight into the education system in Kenya and the background of the school where you’re working.

Volunteering on a Teaching Project in Kenya

Volunteer Teaching children in Kenya

Teaching volunteers often start as classroom assistants helping the local teacher with the classes and working with small groups of children on conversation based tasks. Depending on your ability and preferences you may be asked to take the timetabled classes for a range of ages.

Your encouragement and some well planned, interesting lessons are often all that are needed to spark an increased interest in the language and a desire to improve.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Kenya Teaching Management Plan.

Volunteers also often get involved in teaching other subjects like sports, art and drama, so let us know if you have any specific skills or interests

Volunteers taking part in our teaching programme in Kenya will also be given the opportunity to take part in our exciting new Global Shark Campaign, which is taking place in 18 countries in 4 continents. As education is so important in conservation we are calling for the help of our teaching volunteers! This help will involve implementing our special shark conservation curriculum to children of a wide range of ages in schools around the world. This curriculum aims to raise the awareness of the importance of sharks and  reverse the negative connotations associated with these animals. The teaching methods range from art activities for the younger children to conservation debates for the older students!  

The impact you have on the lives of your students will be obvious and long-lasting, but you will also be part of a much wider volunteer network, which is making a really positive contribution to the communities in which we work.

All volunteers taking part on any project in Kenya now have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Conservation Add-On to the end of their main placement. For more information visit our Conservation in Kenya project page.

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