CountryKenyaCategoryConstruction, Culture, HIV / AIDS, Human Rights, Pedagogic, Sports, Teaching OrganisationFlying Kites Global Costs€ 51 - € 100 per weekLocationVillage / CommunityGroup sizeIndividualMinimum stay4 weeks HightlightsA majority of a volunteer’s time is spent assisting our teachers in the classroom, tutoring children in English, arranging after school activities, and helping with day-to-day operations of FKLA. Volunteer sessions begin on the first Wednesday of each month. We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of a one month stay, although preference is given to candidates who can stay for longer periods of time.
Our Volunteer Program reflects the early experiences of our founders, who began their own careers as volunteers in Kenyan and Indian orphanages. While volunteering with vulnerable children through various aid organizations, the founders of Flying Kites began to think critically about options for orphaned children, concerned of the repercussions that a poor diet, substandard education and unsustainable handouts would have on such children’s futures. Of most worry to our team were the general views and opinions of foreigners visiting impoverished centers, schools and orphanages, many of whom justified the appalling conditions with an attitude of, “something is better than nothing.”
At the Flying Kites Leadership Academy (FKLA), we hold volunteers to a high standard, and we invite visitors to help us raise the standards of care available to the world’s poorest children.
Our site is located at the foothills of the beautiful Aberdare Mountains, so much of your time, as well as the children's is spent outdoors, taking full advantage of the natural, surrounding beauty.
Volunteers at FKLA are expected to take the initiative. You will not be told what to do or when to do it. We fully expect our volunteers to dive headfirst into daily life at FKLA, but your experience will be what you make it.
This is an opportunity to bring your skills and hobbies to the table and share them with the incredible children at FKLA. Many of our volunteers are teachers by trade and are able to bring a great deal of experience into the classroom, but former volunteers range greatly in age profession and that is the way we like it!
Role of Volunteer
Volunteers act as teacher's assistants, tutors, mentors, care givers on a daily basis. Volunteers also participate in less glamorous duties that ensure the center runs smoothly. Such chores include sweeping & moping, washing dishes, supervising the children while they do their chores, and more. Volunteers are also encouraged to help our Matrons is any way possible, often times this means helping prepare meals for the 17 children who live with us and the 60 children who attend our school.
Requirements / Conditions
Volunteers must fill out our application and be interviewed by Volunteer Program staffer. Volunteers must pass a Criminal Background check. Volunteers must commit to spending at least one month at our center.
Volunteers with a background in education/teaching are highly desirable but it is not required. Previous experience working with children, volunteering, and traveling in developing countries are all recommended.
The most successful volunteers are people who are open-minded, self-directed, and able to rise to the occasion whenever unexpected challenges occur.
Volunteers live on site at the Flying Kites Leadership Academy. Volunteer rooms are shared with other volunteers of the same sex. Volunteers and staff share their own bathroom and kitchen/living room area.
$300 program fee
Room and board fee of 1500 Kenyan shillings per day. This covers three meals a day and accommodations.
Volunteers cover their own travel expenses and must provide travel insurance for themselves.