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Fortune Learners' Centre

Centre for International Voluntary Service (CIVS)

Kenia / Cooperation for development

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Volunteer at the 'Fortune Learners' Centre' a school for the vulnerable children in the poor district of Kayole, Nairobi. Fortune's core projects are Education, Orphan Support and Protection, Economic Empowerment for older orphans and caregivers, Voluntarism/Internships, Educational Trips, Sports, HIV/AIDS Education and Gender Based Violence. Th...

PROJECT DETAILS

Fortune Learner's Centre is a project that was started in 2013 as a charity organization by 10 people from Kayole and Soweto slums, who were working in various schools as untrained teachers. They drew their motivation from watching their former schools sending away vulnerable children due to lack of school fee. They thought of ways to improve the lives of these bright, but poor children, some of who resorted to begging in the streets or, in the case of the females, resorted to child prostitution.

In 2012 the untrained teachers agreed to start a community centre to provide education, economic empowerment and HIV/AIDS education, also including psychosocial support of the orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers.

Fortune's core projects are Education, Orphan Support and Protection, Economic Empowerment for older orphans and caregivers, Voluntarism/Internships, Educational Trips, Sports, HIV/AIDS Education and Gender Based Violence. The school hosts nearly 100 children from extremely poor backgrounds aged between 3 and 12 years.
The children attend classes from form 1 to 6. The school has seven teachers and eight classes.


VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

  • Assisting in teaching English, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Creative Arts
  • Supporting early childhood development through age appropriate games & activities
  • Helping with preparation of food in the school kitchen
  • Assisting with the administrative work of the school
  • Providing HIV/AIDS awareness lessons to the pupils

ACCOMODATION AND FOOD

The volunteer will stay in a host family in Buruburu near the CIVS office. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.


WHAT TO BRING

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


ORIENTATION AND TOURS

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.


VISA AND AIRPORT ENTRY

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.


PARTICIPATION FEES

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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