Hello friends and family!
In June I am heading on a journey to Nairobi, Kenya, to volunteer in one of Africa’s poorest regions. I am going to be working with the International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) to teach English to young children in the local primary schools.
The aim of this project is to provide teaching support within small Maasai communities which are in desperate need of volunteer assistance. With the introduction of free primary school education in Kenya, the Kenyan government was faced with a dilemma; a larger number of students with access to education and not enough teachers to accommodate the growing class sizes. The majority of Maasai schools are required by law to have at least one teacher per class, however, there are often up to 50 children in one class.
While volunteering on this project, I will be assisting local teachers with daily Math, English, Science, Social Studies (Geography and History), Art and Physical Education classes, providing one-to-one attention to the children and sometimes relieving the teacher of a class or two per day. There is also an opportunity for me to participate in health and hygiene education for older students after school hours. This includes educating students on reproductive education and puberty.
During my time here I will be living in a homestay with a local family. In Maasailand, there is no electricity or running water. Living like the locals for 4 weeks is going to be a huge eye-opener and I am truly so excited to live without luxuries. Most of us never get to experience a life like this so I am very grateful to have this opportunity. This is going to be an unforgettable and life-changing trip.
I am very grateful to all contributions to my fundraiser, as this money is going to enable me to help the children even more than I am currently able to. All donations will go towards my program fee (which is passed on the local family who I am living with during my time there), and towards schools supplies for the children I will be teaching. This is something I have only dreamed about since I was young and I am so grateful to be given this opportunity. Thank you for your help!