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Care for Children in Mombasa

KENYA

CARE FOR CHILDREN IN AN ORPHANAGE IN MOMBASA

There are many, many children living in Kenya that have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS virus and by Malaria. These children are often left without surviving relatives that can look after them and with no means to look after themselves. We work with young children through to 18 year olds. You may help with all ages.

The main objective of these projects is to improve the lives of street children in any way possible. Your work helps the carers with the day to day running of the homes/centres, as well as assisting with some basic care of the children.

The other important aspect of the placement is to give attention to many of the children who have come from very traumatic backgrounds by interacting with them in an informal setting. Anyone with any medical knowledge would also be greatly appreciated at the Centres' dispensaries.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates - but subject to school holidays.
Duration From 1 week to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
Requirements No qualifications required. Minimum age 17
Price From £795
Full Price List / Other Currencies
What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Food 
Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Free T-shirt.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many diverse cultures in Kenya

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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WORK CONTENT

Generally the type of work you will be allocated will depend to an extent on your own abilities and capabilities, which is understandable given that you will be dealing with children’s health and safety. You will normally sit down with the supervisor when you arrive to set up an informal timetable for your placement. The hours may vary, but normally you will work from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., from Monday to Friday with the option of working weekends. You may also prefer to work mornings or afternoons only, which can be catered for.

It is difficult to be specific about your day-to-day, but you will get a good general feel of the orphanage by working and/or observing. The level of education of the children is generally very poor so you should have discussions with your supervisor to ascertain the best use of your time and skills with the different groups of children. But the most important thing you can do is to give the children lots of love, care and attention.

You'll be given help and direction from the staff, but your workload will depend on you and what you put into it. Your work as a volunteer may include:

  • Preparing food for the children and helping them eat.

  • General cleaning, washing dishes, etc.

  • Helping the permanent staff care for the children.

  • Bathing the children and washing their clothes

  • Organizing and facilitating games and plays for the children.

  • Playing with the children - here you can use your imagination and involve them in lots of different activities

  • Helping some of the children with their homework.

  • Getting involved in drawing and painting or even music if you have skills in that area.

  • Working with the younger children/babies – helping to change them, feed and bath them.

  • If you are interested and feel you have the ability, you may also be asked to help with arranging fundraising for the institute.

What will the local community gain from your assistance?

  • As a result of your volunteer work, the orphanage, the workers and the society at large will benefit directly or indirectly by having the opportunity to interact with you, thus learning about a foreign culture and the wider world

  • They will have access to a your free assistance and invaluable service which you provide them as a volunteer.

  • Their traditional knowledge and skills in care work are supplemented with initiatives, skills and ideas which they will get from you. Fresh eyes and a different way of doing things can be of tremendous benefit to them.

  • Lots of love and care which is fundamental for the growth and development of the children.

"My family were fantastic and went beyond their duties to make me welcome. Njeri [Travellers' Mombasa Organiser] was always helpful should I need anything." Caroline Chadwick, on her accommodation in Mombasa.

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ACCOMMODATION:
Your accommodation will vary, but you will most likely live with a local family. This will give you the opportunity to experience the true African experience from the inside and not just as a "tourist" on the surface of the country.

You will most likely be placed close to your work, which will enable you to go home for lunch if you want to. Many Kenyans choose to eat locally for lunch on roast meat called "nyama choma" - a delicacy that you'll talk about for a long time!

Mombasa is the second most important city in Kenya (after Nairobi) It is the main port for Kenya and the surrounding countries, as well as being the oldest town. The pace of life is relaxed and people of Mombasa enjoy themselves (particularly on Friday and Saturday nights!).

A spectacular coral reef run for 480 km along the palm-fringed coastline. The waters below are filled with marine life, while up above a huge diversity of birdlife occupies the mangrove forests or overhanging cliffs.

The beaches of Kenya have become one of the world's great playgrounds, with plenty of opportunities for water sports or simply sunbathing. More than half of the country's international hotels are based along the Coast. The sun shines all year round and the diversity of activities is unequalled.

Another factor that makes Mombasa a wonderful place to visit is the exciting nightlife. There are many nightclubs situated along the North and South Coasts of the town, all of which have different themes that cater to different crowds. Many hotels also have their own entertainment events

In the heart of the town is where most hospitals, businesses, banks, shops and markets are situated. Being a small town (about half a million population), Mombasa does not have a subway system. However one can easily get around using the local bus service; or for a “truly Kenyan experience” a ride in a “Matatu”- which is quite a unique adventure.

 FOOD:
Food is included in your placement and will consist of local dishes and cuisine.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travellersworldwide.com

  

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

"My trip to Kenya was an unbelievable experience, and definitely does not compare to anything else I have ever done. Easily the best 6 weeks of my life, without a doubt. Thank you Travellers, for giving me that opportunity"|
Alexander Hunter

‘I love it here. the work at the placement is very good and I enjoy it a lot. The area is very nice and the accommodation is more than I expected. I was made to feel very much at home here and have been welcomed very well by Njeri and her family. I have found her to be very supportive and understanding. I would recommend this placement to future volunteers and I would recommend staying with Njeri as she has been a very good host and friend.’ Jennifer Brown

  

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. We can also help you arrange tours to the Masai Mara or Serengeti.

1-Wk Swahili Course
Scuba Diving Courses

Think of Kenya and you think of ...
 

  • Safaris,

  • Elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe ...

  • The Masai Mara stretching to infinity,

  • Serengeti, the Great Rift Valley

  • Children barefoot in the African dust,

  • Masai resting under baobab trees

Kenya is the heart of African safari country. "... no matter how many Tarzan movies you've seen, nothing will prepare you for the annual mass migration of wildebeests."

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Argentina, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!


LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

Kenya is not just about big game - it also has beautiful unspoilt beaches, thriving coral reefs with their glorious colours, memorable mountain vistas and ancient Swahili cities. The capital city is Nairobi, and its’ other major towns are Nakuru and Kisumu and the port of Mombasa, where the unmistakeable landmark is the famous tusks.

 Kenya is not just about big game - it also has beautiful unspoilt beaches, thriving coral reefs with their glorious colours, memorable mountain vistas and ancient Swahili cities. The capital city is Nairobi, and its’ other major towns are Nakuru and Kisumu and the port of Mombasa, where the unmistakeable landmark is the famous tusks.The people are extremely friendly and their culture and traditions date back for centuries. The transport and open markets are chaotic and summarise Kenya in a word. They will have you wondering where you are, but also glad to be in one of the most intriguing and amazing places available to travel to.

Mombasa is an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries and the town itself overlooks a fascinating harbour of traditional sailing dhows alongside commercial shipping. There is a vibrant mixture of cultures, architecture and entertainment.

The true heart of Mombasa is the exotic old town. Here the streets are narrow and winding and filled with the heady scent of spices. Amongst the Arab architecture you'll find women wearing the traditional bui bui and busy markets that throb with life and colour.

"In my spare time I’m mainly at the beach or in the public pool nearby. I've been going jogging on the beach in the early mornings (watching the sunrise here is amazing) before going to work each day. I went down all the craft shop lanes, down to the very seaweedy and rocky beach near Fort Jesus. Also to the bottom of the island to see the baobab forest. The amount of hellos I got was astounding."  Kayshani Gibbon

The Wildebeest Migration:
Kenya's most spectacular annual event is staged by .... wildebeests. About 2 million of these ungainly antelopes move en masse in July and August from the Serengeti in search of fresh grasslands. They head south again around October. The animals spend the rainy season (March – April) widely scattered in the area around Ngorongoro in the southern part of the Serengeti Park (Tanzania). By March this area usually dries up and huge herds form and the animals start moving north towards Masai Mara in Kenya.

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.

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