Sport

Become a leader in activities and games which are a key part of Africa culture and community.
As a volunteer on our sports program, you will be working with the local football club and groups of incredibly enthusiastic African children. Sport is hugely important in African society, and is an important way of forming friendships and having fun as well as staying healthy

At soccer match
At soccer match

 

The most popular sport is football,

but you are welcome to introduce your own games and ideas as well as bring equipment for new sports. Strong leather footballs, perfect for Africa, can be purchased once you have arrived, and will be greatly appreciated, as will your old football boots from home. You will be expected to do classroom-based teaching during the day, and sports in the evenings.
Sport is hugely important in African society, and is an important way of forming friendships and having fun as well as staying healthy.
You don’t need any teaching experience or a coaching qualification to take part in this programme, but it is recommended that you come prepared if you wish to teach a new sport. Introducing foreign tactics and new concepts can be challenging, especially with younger children, but your efforts will always be met with enthusiasm.

The team will particularly look forward to your sessions and enjoy taking part in drills and learning new tactics as well as playing matches. However, it is important that every child is involved, as playing sport is a great way of fostering a sense of family and community.
Our Soccer Academy


Art

[Volunteers who have always used art to express themselves may want to consider taking their passion for art to help others pursue or discover their love for art. With opportunities in photography , performing arts, community projects and other areas, volunteers can choose to participate in a program specific to their art experience and interests.

Artistic wall hanging
Artistic wall hanging

 

some communities lack the resources necessary to incorporate the arts in school curriculum,

while others are home to women who may need to learn a craft that can be translated into sustainable income. Activities include teaching arts to disabled women and promoting intercultural understanding through photography projects in Africa. wherever you are headed as a volunteer for art you'll have an opportunity to inspire others and practice your art skills in a totally different setting

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Animal care

Our re-homing and veterinary services help 35,000 pets each year, and we couldn't do this without the support of our dedicated volunteers. Kenya has got lots of street pets and we are trying to end this as they are not cared for.

Volunteers with two cute pupies
Volunteers with two cute pupies

There are lots of ways that you can directly help the pets we care for including:

  • Cleaning kennels, walking dogs and socializing with cats,kittens, puppies and small pets like rabbits and guinea pigs.
  • Fostering pets for a short while in you volunteer house while they recover from illness or they are old enough to be re-homed

 


 Farm Care

Option 1: Our coffee volunteering program is a seasonal volunteer opportunity for people with an interest in learning more about  organic and sustainable coffee production. the focus of the project is on the sustainable production of coffee by small scale farmers. Volunteers will help at coffee farms during harvest.

Option 2: Agriculture volunteers.

Harvest time for banana
Harvest time for banana

 

People in the rural community work and survive on subsistence crops and harvest using manual techniques.

in our agriculture home-stay, volunteers live in a homestead and work with the family on their daily tasks. This means that volunteers works when the family works and eats when the family eats. Our hope at home in home is that volunteers will be eager to learn this region's tradition farming methods and ways of life and by  living with host family this could mean also learning language, music, food, games etc


Medical

As a medical volunteer, you will be working in a clinic or hospital supported by Home in Home, helping to lessen the burden on the stretched resources of the medical service. You must have completed at least one year of medical school, or be a qualified nurse or doctor, in order to take part. You will spend your first few days shadowing the duty doctor and learning African techniques before beginning to perform procedures under supervision

Once you feel comfortable working independently, you will be carrying out a wider range of duties.
General responsibilities for medical volunteers include taking rounds, prescribing and distributing basic medicines, dressing wounds and assisting births. Working with HIV sufferers will be a key part of your duties, monitoring patients as they pass through five levels of treatment, and giving them your support. Tuberculosis is also a widespread disease, and you will be assisting in its diagnosis and treatment.
You are likely to spend some time working in the trauma unit, treating minor injuries. At night, the clinics become maternity wards where labour is often induced, and you will be invited to assist in these procedures as well, with the option of staying at the clinic overnight. These shifts can run until daybreak, but despite that, the hard work it is a fantastic and incredibly rewarding experience.

Orphanage

Many of our orphanages are attached to schools, and as a volunteer you will be expected to do teaching as well. However, spending the entire day with the children you’ll be working with is one of the most rewarding experiences for a volunteer, and the bonds you will make will endure long after your placement is over. During classroom hours you’ll be helping other volunteers to teach a primary curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Religion and Social Studies.

Naomi with kids at an Orphanage
Naomi with kids at an Orphanage
 
Your most valuable work will be simply spending time with the orphans, fostering friendships and encouraging their confidence in themselves.
Don’t worry if you don’t feel confident in a particular area, as the children will benefit from listening to you speak and construct sentences fluently in English. You will have the opportunity to shadow a local teacher or established volunteer before taking on your own class, but after this you are free to make your classroom and lessons as creative and exciting as you can. Games and sport are another important part of school life, so be prepared to get involved with these as well!

In the orphanage itself, your responsibilities will include cooking, helping the orphans with homework, preparing activities for the evenings and weekends and assisting with general chores. Some of the orphans will attend a school separate from the orphanage, so you will often work later than other volunteers, but leading evening activities which include all the children is particularly important for promoting a family atmosphere.


Teaching

As a teacher on one of our African programs you will be teaching a primary curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Religion and Social Studies. Don’t worry if you feel as though your strengths lie outside these areas; the children you’ll be teaching benefit most from hearing you construct sentences in English, as even their own teachers struggle with this occasionally.

A local teacher will also cover lessons in their first language, Kiswahili. Materials such as textbooks will usually be provided, although many of the schools are under equipped and donations of pens, pencils, paper and chalk would be greatly appreciated. Buying these items when in Africa will save you money, and help the local economy.  Games and sport are another important part of school life, so be prepared to get involved with these as well!

Each lesson lasts 30 minutes, and there is plenty of time for breaks in between

If you like, you can spend a few days working alongside a local teacher or an established volunteer, getting used to the new system before teaching your own class. After this, your classroom is your own – you can make your own rules, decorate it with children’s work and develop your own style of teaching.


 Preaching

Preaching is as important as it involves both religion and also good moral values. Volunteers are allowed to come and preach and try to teach people religion or even try to firm their faith. Its also a good platform to learn from other peoples point of view and try to positively reason with them.
Their are several religious places where volunteers can be placed.
 
If one is volunteering in preaching they would have to choose another placement preferably teaching since preaching only takes once a week