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Teaching Maasai Land

The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people inhabiting southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress. The Maasai speak Maa (ɔl Maa), a member of the Nilo-Saharan language family that is related to Dinka and Nuer. They are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania, Swahili and English.

We have partner schools in very remote areas in the northern parts of Kenya, the vast slums of Nairobi and other major towns, and the general rural Kenya. Many of the schools that we work with are understaffed and are always in need of a helping hand.

We have partner schools in very Maasai land; many of the schools that we work with are understaffed and are always in need of a helping hand.

There are three school terms in a year. First term runs from January to the first week of April where the pupils take a three week recess and reopen in May. Second term runs from May to the first week of August and then a recess for three weeks. Third term runs from September to November and then the children will break for Christmas holidays. Volunteers on the Teaching project assist local teachers with daily Math, English, Science, SocialStudies (Geography and History), Art and Physical Education classes, providing one-to-one attention to the children and sometimes relieving the teacher of a class or two per day. You should note that if you've applied for the Teaching program, during the school holidays, you will be placed on another project in Kenya, such as Childcare Work, for the duration of the holidays.

What Does The Work Entail?

The volunteer does not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to teach. Volunteers teach in the following fields:

     English

     Math

     Basic Science

     Arts & Crafts

     Social Studies