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Star of the Morning Self Help Group

Centre for International Voluntary Service (CIVS)

Kenia / Children

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Volunteer with The Star of the Morning Self Help Group to work in a school for orphans and vulnerable children aged 5-14 years. The project is also active in community development projects for youth, widows and people living with HIV/AIDS.

PROJECT DETAILS

Star of The Morning Self Help Group was founded in the year 2005 with the major objective of uplifting the community members to be self-sufficient and self-reliant through sustainable development in the society. In 2006, Star of The Morning School was established as part of the project's initiative to offer basic education and to meet basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter and health care, of the orphans and vulnerable children, who were living within the community. The school hosts nearly 320 children from extremely poor backgrounds, aged between 5 and 14 years. The children attend classes from form 1-8 with a total of nine teachers.

The group also focuses on the needs among the youth, widows and people living with HIV/AIDS to achieve fullness of life and the integrity of creation through sustainable, participatory and integrated community development projects.

The group also has a small garden where they grow maize, beans, potatoes and tomatoes, which they sell to provide food to the orphans and to promote self-sustainability.


VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

  • Farm work, which includes digging, weeding and watering of crops
  • Assisting in teaching of Mathematics, Arts, English, Social Studies and Science
  • Engaging in games and sporting activities such as football and volleyball

ACCOMODATION AND FOOD

The volunteer will live with a host family near the project site. 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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