Global Voluntary Development Association

Talek Boarding Primary School

3. PROJECT NAME: Talek Boarding Primary School
START DURATION: Program begins on the 1st and 15th of each month. Volunteer can choose to volunteer for periods running from 3 – 6 months.
LOCATION OF THE CAMP: Maasai Mara National Game reserve
COMMUNITY: Maasai
PROJECT CODE: GVDA MTV 03
PROJECT TITLE: Education and Support
NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS: 4

TEACHING
With the introduction of free primary school education in Kenya, the Kenyan government was faced with a dilemma. A large number of students entitled to an education and not enough teachers to accommodate the large class sizes. The majority of schools are required but the law, to have at least one teacher per class, however there are often 50 children in a class, so there is a great need for volunteers.

Teaching in Maasai Mara community school is an experience like no other. Giraffes, gazelle and dik - diks often wonder freely around the school compounds and it is no big deal to have some wild animals burrow holes through school fields overnight.

VOLUNTEER’S RESPONSIBILITIES
Volunteers will assist local teaching staff with daily Math, English, Science, Social Studies (Geography and History), Art and Physical Education classes, providing one-on-one attention to the children and sometimes relieving the teacher of a class or two per day. Volunteer do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate in the teaching project.

In Kenya there are 3 terms per school year with breaks between the terms for the whole months of April, August and December. During these breaks volunteers will be relocated outside Maasai - land to an alternative project until school resumes. Volunteers also have an option to take a break, travel or engage in tourist activities, such as safari, over this time.

DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • - As a volunteer you need to show patience and initiative to cope with the sheer volume of children in workshops and classes.
  • - Experience of working with young people is desirable, Good nature steady nerve and a sense of humor is important for this project. Skills like Art and Crafts, drama, sports outdoor activities and music are very welcomed.

ACCOMODATION AND MEALS
Volunteers will stay in the school dormitories and cook their own meals. Beds and mattresses will be provided.

PROJECT FEE
200 Euro monthly which includes project work and training, housing, all meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hrs on side staff support.

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