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Volunteering at our partner school

"Milele Elimu Centre" in Mombasa, Kenya

Participation conditions:

  • Age:                                         from 18 years

  • Language:                              Good to very good English knowledge

  • Volunteering length:            Min. 4 weeks / Max. 6 months

  • Practical experience:           Trained teachers and kindergarten teachers (or still in training)

  • Skills:                                       flexibility, adaptability, independence, openness

 

Activities

The activities depend on the school program as well as the skills of the volunteer and can therefore vary. There might not always be an employee available who will be able to tend to you extensively. Therefore:  A lot of flexibility is required! Possible tasks within the volunteering program include:

 

  • Supporting teachers in the class (english, mathematics, sports, etc.)

  • Assisting children in the nursery classes

  • Help during preparation / distribution of meals

  • Organizing various events (sports day, graduation ceremony, visiting days, etc.)

  • Maintenance / Cleaning of classrooms and school grounds with the children

  • Swimming lessons for older students

  • Computer classes for teachers and older students

  • Blog entries on the school’s Facebook page

 

 

Working hours

Generally working hours are from Monday to Friday from 8am to approx. 5pm including lunch break. Depending on the complexity or the current state of the school, work can sometimes end earlier. On weekends, school is closed and therefore you will have plenty of time for longer trips. If need be, weekend extensions may be taken after consulting the school administration.

 

 

School holidays

April 6, 2019 - April 28, 2019

August 3, 2019 - August 25, 2019

October 26, 2019 - January 6, 2020

During the school holidays the school is closed. During this time there are no opportunities to volunteer at Milele Elimu Centre. During this time, we suggest you take the opportunity to collect more impressions of this fascinating country! For example, you could go on a safari for several days in one of the many national parks or discover the beautiful beaches along the northern or southern coast.

Health

The malaria risk is very high in Kenya. With sufficient hygienic standards on eating and drinking habits and consistent mosquito repellent most infectious diseases such as malaria and diarrhea can be avoided. It is best to plan a doctor's appointment for personal advice and necessary vaccinations as early as possible.

 

Statement of costs

Unlike many other organizations, we do not charge for volunteering. Since the donations are entirely used for the operation of the Milele Elimu Centre, we cannot cover any expenditures of our volunteers. Please find below a ballpark figure of a monthly cost:

 

  • Flight                                      approx. CHF 500 - CHF 1'400 (Zurich - Nairobi / Mombasa round-trip)

  • Accomodation                      from CHF 360 (shared room, see under "Accomodation in Mombasa" below)

  • Food                                       from CHF 300 (depending on the person/choice)

  • Visa                                      USD 50 (up to 3 months, length must be specified) New: as of September 1, 2015, the visa application must be done in                                                       advance online. Follow this link on how to proceed: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html 

                                                        Please note that your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the return date!

  • Personal Expenses              on an individual basis according to the program                                     

 

 

Services

  • On-site support (English)

  • Support for planning of leisure activities

  • Help with bookings, visa extension, etc.

  • Volunteering certificate

As a "remuneration" for your dedication, you will experience Kenya from a different perspective: You will have a look behind the scenes instead of going to a usual tourist destination, you will get to know the culture and people of a foreign country, maybe close lifelong friendships and experience unforgettable moments and adventures.

 

 

Other

Since Mombasa is predominantly Muslim, you should always wear appropriate clothing: no hot pants, strapless tops or a deep neckline. The African culture is fundamentally different from the European culture: we expect our participants to meet the population with an open and respectful attitude and not judge their way of life prematurely. Please inform yourself in advance about the country and life in Kenya.

 

Accommodation in Mombasa

Our volunteers are usually accommodated in a nearby backpackers which is located in a simultaneously lively and quiet district of Mombasa (Nyali – Bamburi area). If desired, you also have the possibility to be accommodated in a hotel or apartment. No matter what price range, there are plenty of choices in this area. We can assist in the choice of accommodation. However, you are responsible for booking and payment.

 

We can recommend the following backpackers:

 

Tulia House Backpackers

The Tulia House offers a good mix: on the one hand one can relax here very well, on the other hand it is also a meeting place for international and local guests. The staff is friendly, open and accommodating. Recently, they have started organizing regular events and accompany guests to bowling sessions, go-karting or water tours. This backpackers offers a swimming pool, sun loungers, a pool bar, a beach volleyball field, a shisha lounge and pool table, table football and a basketball hoop. Beach, shopping mall, restaurants and bars are within a few minutes of walking distance. The distance to Milele Elimu Centre is about 2.5 kilometers.

 

Price per night

 

Shared room (4-10 beds):                 approx. CHF 12.00

Single room:                                       approx. CHF 27.00

Double room:                                     approx. CHF 36.00

Included in the price are: bed sheets, coffee/tea (in the morning), mosquito net, fan, Wi-Fi, outdoor TV (Beamer), library, luggage storage, lockers. Surcharge for rooms including breakfast: CHF 2.50 per night.

 

More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tuliahouse/about/?ref=page_internal

 

All prices are subject to change.

Alternatively there is also the possibility to rent a single apartment:

Justland Apartment

In the middle of Nyali, 5 minutes walk to the beach, 10 minutes walk to the center which offers shopping mall, restaurants, bars etc.. Practically in front of the front door (at the roadside) there are several possibilities to use the public transport: be it by motorbike (Piki Piki or Boda Boda), the local bus (Matatu) or the motortaxi (Tuk Tuk). The distance to the Milele Elimu Centre is about 2 kilometres.

The apartment offers a bedroom (big bed for two), a living room, a kitchen, a separate bathroom as well as a small balcony. The apartment is equipped with a refrigerator, an oven, stove, television, stereo. internet modem (internet bundles must be purchased).

Price per night

 

Single nights:                                  approx. CHF 35.00

From 1 week:                                  approx. CHF 30.00

From 1 month:                                approx. CHF 25.00

Included in the price: electricity, water, water container with filter, bed sheets, electric fan, TV with digital channel package.

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