At a glance
- Help disadvantaged children learn through play by organising fun and educational activities.
- You’ll also take part in basic renovation work to improve and brighten the classroom environment.
- Keep the children entertained and focused on different activities, allowing the teacher to work with students who are struggling.
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Your work will focus on the following main tasks:
Organise fun, educational activities for children
Learning through play is a great way for children to reach their development milestones while still having fun. You can organise arts and crafts activities, teaching the kids colours and shapes. Or set up an outdoor game, where they can work on their hand-eye coordination. Local teachers and Projects Abroad staff will be there to give you ideas and advice for activities.
Take part in basic renovation work
Many of the buildings where the children learn and play are in need of some TLC. Working as a team, you and your fellow volunteers will take part in basic renovation work. This may involve giving the walls a fresh coat of paint, or designing an educational mural. A bright, welcoming educational environment can really make a big difference!
Experience the local culture with fellow volunteers
Kenya is a vibrant, scenic country with so much to offer visitors. We want to make sure you get the most out of your time abroad. You’ll take part in an amazing weekend trip to a local game park, which includes a safari. We also organise regular social events during the week. This gives you the chance to hang out with the other teenage volunteers while learning about the local culture. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side.
Where in Kenya will I work?
You will be based in the town of Nanyuki. While Nanyuki is a small town, it has all the basic conveniences that you might need. These include restaurants, banks, and grocery stores. It is also surrounded by a number of national parks and animal sanctuaries.
You’ll work at a government-run primary school in a disadvantaged area, as well as a day care centre for children with disabilities. This centre looks after these children while their parents are at work, so that they don’t have to stay at home all day. It also provides skills training for adults with disabilities, in order to improve their earning potential and quality of life.
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
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in Kenya
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