Volunteer Teaching in Kenya

It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time.  That’s especially true for underprivileged children.  Volunteer Teaching in Kenya is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time.  Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.

The Volunteer Teaching in Kenya project provides support to a underprivileged children’s school & orphanage in Kisumu, Kenya.  The students range from age 4 to 15 and come from households struggling with poverty or are orphans who live at the educational center.  The school also provides meals and clean drinking water for the students.  Teaching volunteers assist the full-time staff comprised of local Kenyans.

The school day runs on a regular schedule, but the class(es) that volunteers teach can vary by day.  Volunteers can decide to teach based on their own abilities and prior teaching experience is not necessary; just a dedication and a desire to make a difference in the lives of the children.  You can teach physical education, computer literacy, or “creative arts”.  Creative arts is a class where volunteers can teach nearly any subject you are interested in (that is age appropriate).  The key is to be creative!

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One look at the smiles on the students’ faces and you’ll immediately feel the impact of volunteers working on this project.  Volunteers have the ability to directly influence students’ progress through additional attention and support.  Teaching a single student or an entire class subjects that they have not yet been exposed to creates a lasting impression and motivation to continue learning.

To date, the school has impacted the lives of hundreds of students.  Approximately 200 primary school students are currently enrolled, while many more have continued in their schooling.  As of early 2018:

  • 78 former students currently in high school
  • 8 former students currently enrolled in university
  • 7 former students completed university

There are two exceptional success stories to come out of this educational center as well.  One girl graduated from medical school and is now a doctor living in Germany.  One boy graduated from university and returned to the educational center as a teacher because he wanted to give back to the place that gave him the opportunity to succeed in life!


Additional Support

Caring for nearly 200 students is an incredible undertaking, especially with up to 40 living on-site.  You can make an even greater impact at your teaching project by bringing fundraising to help cover some of the costs of food, supplies, shoes, and clothing for the kids.  If you want to donate supplies/clothes, we recommend you collect monetary donation and use them to buy supplies locally to help small businesses in Kenya.  Visit the Contact Us page to inquire for more details on how best to do so!


Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in Kenya covers your room and full board in the NGO’s volunteer house.  It’s a beautiful, one-of-a-kind building that is both impressive and comfortable.

  • Shared, single-sex dorm rooms (max. 2 per room) with shared washroom
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, & dinner – some prepared by a cook, some self service)
  • Filtered drinking water
  • Hot water is available
  • NGO volunteer coordinator lives in the house with volunteers for 24/7 support



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

2 weeks$498
4 weeks$744
6 weeks$1,050
8 weeks$1,336
10 weeks$1,530
12 weeks$1,724
Prices for projects in Kenya are in US Dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (www.xe.com).

Included: Airport arrival & return transport • Pre-departure information & support • Shared room in a one-of-a-kind, sustainable volunteer house • 3 meals per day, plus snacks, fruit, tea, coffee, and filtered water • 24/7 volunteer on-site support

NOT Included: Flights • Vaccinations • Visas • Travel insurance • Local transport • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Special Considerations | Volunteer Teaching in Kenya


For special considerations regarding the project in Kenya, please visit the Kenya page.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.

Volunteer Interview

Our NGO partner in Kenya for the teaching project requires an interview with all volunteer candidates prior to confirming their placement.  The school/orphanage is very “family” oriented, so they want to ensure that all potential volunteers will be a good fit.  The NGO team will want to speak with you via Skype, WhatsApp, or another method of phone/video conferencing.  This call takes place after paying the application fee and before paying the project fee.  If, for some reason, a volunteer candidate is rejected; the application fee will be refunded.