Education and Pedagogy Internship, Kenya

Exciting Internship in Kenya for those with a passion for children, and creating a stimulating, learner-centered educational environment

Be part of an organization that supports an Educational Center on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya.  This center provides education, food security, (health)care for over 300 vulnerable and orphaned children from the community. Children are also taught the ideals of respect and love, environmental awareness, social and economic empowerment. The focus is only toward the best education with the means available.

During this Education and Pedagogy Internship in Kenya, you will use your knowledge and expertise to introduce and train staff to new pedagogical methods and approaches. And you assist the organization in implementing and designing their educational program to create a stimulating learning environment. An exciting opportunity if you have a passion for children, education and creating an environment allowing people to thrive and fulfill their potential.

QUICK FACTS
Kisumu, Kenya
Nonprofit, Education
Education, Pedagogy
12-26 Weeks
From USD 1,568
ORGANISATION

This organization was founded in 2015 and they aim to empower and inspire people to initiate the individual and societal transformation we want to see. They work towards an environment allowing people to thrive and fulfill their potential. It is their role to build the capacity of people and organizations they work with, build bridges between agents of change to co-create this environment.

“We are innovative optimists sharing good ideas, knowledge and tools to create a better world and we envision a world of self-responsible, compassionate and curious human beings who work together to strengthen life in all forms.”

This organization works hand in hand with another foundation, that is operating an Educational Center providing education, food security, (health)care for over 300 vulnerable & orphaned children from the community. Torsten, the founder of the organization, discovered the Educational Center on his first journey through eastern and southern Africa in 2012. With no help from the government, the center survives from agriculture, donations and the strength of its creator: Mama Dolfine. He was touched by her commitment to these children and promised himself to return.

In January 2015 he made his promise come true. Together with his good friend Mathilde he started a long 5200km journey from South Africa to Kenya, crossing Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda on their way, to raise awareness but also funds for the Educational Center. What started as a simple idea to help the Center and her children, turned into a big vision that evolved into the founding of this organization. They provide financial support as well as helps the Center to strengthen their capacity by consult in organizational development, designing and managing educational and development projects. Additionally, they also facilitate vocational training, alternative educational programs, and training of teachers.

The Center now houses a children’s home, non-formal nursery and primary school and acts as a sponsor for high-school and university. Aside from education, the children are taught the ideals of respect and love, environmental awareness, social and economic empowerment. They also have 14 acres of farm, as well as livestock like cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, fish and rabbits to provide an income.

TASKS & REQUIREMENTS

The Educational Center is a non-formal school and responsible for the care and education of more than 300 children who otherwise couldn’t afford basics in life. Besides a nursery and primary school, the center houses a children’s home and acts as a sponsor for high-school and university. Children not only receive an education but are also taught the ideals of respect and love, environmental awareness, social and economic empowerment. The focus is only toward the best education with the means available (uniforms and learning materials, for example, are provided whenever possible).

What you’ll do

You will work closely with the international team and especially the teaching staff (13 teachers). Your role will be designed according to your skills, desired learning outcomes, and needs of the Educational Center. The tasks include:

  • Introduce and train the teachers/staff to new pedagogical approaches and methods in workshops
  • Assist teachers to implement these new methods
  • Support the creation of a learner-centered and stimulating culture at the Educational Center
  • Support the design and implementation of educational programs and extracurricular activities
  • Expect to also join classes and organize events/lessons for the children

During the weekends or weeks off, you have free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Kisumu, wider Kenya, and Eastern Africa. You can also initialize workshops or excursions with the kids, the staff or the wider community, or just spend time with the team and the children, play football, volleyball and so on.

Requirements
  • Background in Education and Pedagogy
  • Excellent understanding of different pedagogical concepts
  • Excellent communicator and facilitator
  • Self-motivated, flexible, independent, adaptable, warm-hearted, loving and caring
  • The ability to respect and work with different cultures
  • Good English skills

This organization also offers internships in NGO Management or Psychology and Social Work.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

premises. The big community dome is specially designed for interaction, socializing and relaxing, so it’s a warm, welcoming and warm place.

A Minivan is available for trips in the area. The Lake Victoria, as well as the Impala Park (spot the big five!), are on the doorstep.  If you take a long weekend, you can travel a bit further (f.e. Mombasa, Uganda or Tanzania), or go on a safari (i.e. Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru) with the tea farms on the way offering perfect cultural breaks.

Your accommodation includes:

  • Four shared bedrooms (max. two persons per room with bunk bed). Bedding is provided.
  • The sustainable home features natural lighting, natural air conditioning, grey-water reuse (bring organic soaps), energy saving LED’s, solar water heaters and a shared bathroom.
  • Wifi is available in the house.
  • The Educational Center is just 20 km outside Kisumu, the third biggest city in Kenya. It’s situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, in the West of the country, close to the border with Uganda.
  • Full-board is included with three meals a day, but the volunteer house has it’s own kitchen so you can also prepare own meals.
  • The drinking water is filtered from collected rainwater.
DATES & RATES

The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, so it depends on your availability and capacity of the host organization.

2020 Rates

12 weeks USD 1,568
16 weeks USD 1,819
20 weeks USD 2,017
24 weeks USD 2,304

Includes:
  • Accommodation in Dome Volunteer Home (max. two persons per room, shared bathroom)
  • WiFi
  • Kisumu Airport pick up & drop off
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as drinking water, coffee, tea and fruits
  • Internship Mentor
  • Pre-Departure Pack
  • In-country supervision/support
  • Optional Weekend Excursions (additional fees might apply)
Excludes:
  • All items of personal nature such as curious, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Personal insurance
  • Passport and Visa fees

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
QUICK FACTS
Kisumu, Kenya
Non profit, Education
Education, Pedagogy
12-26 Weeks
From USD 1,568
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

In America, oftentimes children view school as boring and it is seen as a chore rather than an opportunity. I’m in awe with the children here in Kenya who have a far more positive attitude towards school. Even with far longer school days and a curriculum that is trilingual, I have never heard a child complain, they remain very curious and excited to learn. I hope to take some of their energy and optimism back with me when I return to university and remind myself that gaining an education remains an enormous privilege that I should not take for granted.

Madeleine, United StatesNGO Management Internship, Kenya
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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gain practical experience in design and implementation of educational programs and extracurricular activities
  • Contribute to a nonprofit aiming to empower the next generation of leaders in Kenya by providing mentorship, mental well-being and beyond school programs for children and youth
  • Opportunity to get involved in training teachers/staff to new pedagogical approaches
  • Gain insight into the daily operations of a nonprofit organization
  • Live and work in a sustainable volunteer accommodation in a laid-back community in the west of Kenya
  • Explore the area: Lake Victoria, Impala Park are at your doorstop and the Kakamega Rainforest and Mt. Elgon National Park are within 2-3 hours drive
12 WEEKS USD 1,568
16 WEEKS USD 1,819
20 WEEKS USD 2,017

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APPLYING
How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to info@rootsinterns.com.
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!

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