As well as donations, Jabez Kenya relies heavily on volunteers in order that our many programmes can continue. We welcome people from all over the world, of all ages and genders, who can offer help through their experiences, skills and hard work. Although there are specific roles that need filling, we also encourage individuals who have alternative project ideas (as long as they fit in with Jabez’s aims and objects) to contact us. We want you to get as much out of your experience as possible whilst at the same time, making a difference in the lives of some of the most poverty-stricken people in Kenya. We need volunteer classroom assistants to help out on a daily basis at the Jabez Academy School. As classes are large, it is not possible for the teachers to provide one to one support for every child and so classroom assistants are always welcome. Volunteers are required to provide hands-on help with the children (i.e. with writing skills), help with PE lessons and help to tidy the classroom at the end of the day. The children's first language is the local Luhya dialect but they are required to learn English and Swahili. Qualified teachers wishing to volunteer must bear in mind that we already have trained teachers leading the lessons and that your role would be primarily as an assistant, except when required to help with English. As with all organisations, Jabez always needs volunteers to help with fundraising and administration. We need people who are able to write grant applications and source potential donors as until we are able to become self-sufficient (our dream for the future), we require continuous outside support. As well as fundraising, we also need people to help us manage the day-to-day running of Jabez, responding to emails, updating the website, helping with the monthly newsletter (writing and distributing) and helping to organise our diary with regard to seminar and visit dates!
Initial enquiries about volunteering at Jabez Kenya should be addressed to Benson at:- firstname.lastname@example.org and should include information on the following:
-Your name, age and qualifications or relevant skills.
-Experience, if any, of Africa or any other developing country, or any volunteer work you have already carried out.
-Length of time you are available to volunteer and when.
-What kind of work you would be most interested in doing.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Volunteer placements are for a minimum of 3 months, although we do make exceptions for highly skilled persons. The reason for the minimum period is to ensure continuity of projects and that persons volunteering are serious about what they want to be able to offer Jabez voluntarily, as well as being serious about what they want to get out of it for themselves. For every 3 months you volunteer, you can have 2 weeks off mid-placement to sample the delights of Kenya and its neighbours, be that on safari to places like the Maasai Mara, city visits, trips to the coast or across the border to Uganda or Tanzania.