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Brownhill Secondary School

Centre for International Voluntary Service (CIVS)


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The Brownhill Secondary School was set up in Kayole in order to improve educational standards and increase university admission rates. In addition to the academic mission, the school aims at nurturing talents of some former school dropout teenagers.


Brown Hill Group is a registered CBO under the Ministry of Social Services. The group was registered in Embakasi District to offer community services in the interest of Embakasi people in the year 2013. After its registration, the group immediately embarked on running an education facility that suits the interest of its community members best.

The group undertook the setting up of a secondary school that would enhance the quality of education offered in Kayole and improve the transition rate of students joining public universities. The project took off in January 2012 with only 4 students. Since then, the institution has grown with total admissions reaching over 80 students after only a year in operation.

In addition to the academic mission, the school aims at nurturing talents of some former school dropout teenagers. As a result, the school football team became Embakasi District champions and proceeded to Nairobi County games.


  • Teaching a combination of subjects i.e. Mathematics, English, Chemistry and Sciences
  • Counseling sessions on issues related to drug and substance abuse
  • Visiting and helping orphans and vulnerable children in the slums nearby
  • Playing and organizing games and sports with the neighboring schools


The volunteer will stay in a host family near the project site. The host family will provide both breakfast and dinner to the volunteers.


Sleeping bag, sleeping mat and mosquito net are necessary. You can also bring photos of your country, clothes, books, pens, toys etc.


There will be an orientation seminar for new volunteers lasting three days including Nairobi city introduction. Our monthly orientation seminar starts on the first Monday every month. It would be good if the volunteers can arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

CIVS Kenya organizes tours and safaris to spectacular sites of interest in Kenya. Volunteers, who wish to participate, should let us know as soon as possible in order to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry fees, accommodation and tour guiding. The cost of a 3 days safari to Masai Mara National Reserve is 330 Euro.


When you are booking your flight, please make sure that your arrival is at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. You can get you visa at the Airport in Nairobi upon you arrival. It is also possible for you to apply for an e-Visa before your arrival via a dedicated internet portal at 'www.ecitizen.go.ke'. You can use the CIVS address as your address while in Kenya. The tourist visa for Kenya is valid for 90 days and you can renew it for another three months at the Immigration Offices in Nairobi, Mombasa or Kisumu.


CIVS solely depends on volunteer contributions to support its activities. Fees: Up to 1 month: 250 Euro 2 months and longer: 200 Euro per month The fee has to be paid upfront on arrival in full.

It covers the following services:

  • Airport transfers
  • 3-day orientation seminar
  • Introduction to the city
  • Accommodation and food during orientation and during placement duration
  • Coordination and office support

The following costs are NOT included:

  • Cost of drinks like soda, beer, mineral water etc
  • Cost of sightseeing
  • Visa costs
  • Direct donations to the project
  • Local traveling

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