CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Maendeleo Learning Center

Maendeleo Learning Center

Maendeleo Learning Center embraces a holistic development of the affected children by molding them through education, training and protection to become valuable citizens to their community.

The Project

Maendeleo Learning Center embraces a holistic development of the affected children by molding them through education, training and protection to become valuable citizens to their community.

The Center was started in 2000 with the aim to uplift education standards within the community. The nursery school started with only 10 kids, later there was collaboration with the church, which offered the church hall for a fee after which the enrollment went up to 25 and classes increased from nursery to class 5. Many kids who are visiting the school had dropped out due to financial problems faced by their families. Maendeleo Learning Center kids are aged between 2-15 years for Pre-School to Standard 8. Now it has a population of 600 pupils. Currently the school is embarking on establishing a secondary school, called Reuben Community School.


Embakasi, Mukuru, Nairobi County


First Month: 200€
Every consecutive month: 190€

Volunteer Tasks

  • Helping in the kitchen with the preparation of food
  • Working alongside with local volunteers in provision of basic needs
  • Promotion of education and other related affairs i.e. teaching
  • Teaching English, Mathematics, English, Social Sciences and creative arts

Airport Transfer Upon Arrival and Departure

You will be piuck up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi upon your arrival by a representative of CIVS Kenya. After welcoming you end suruing that your entuire luggade is there you will be brought to your host family where you will spent the first days during your orientation.

After the project we also will arrange for your airport drop off at JKIA in good time for your departure flight.


All volunteers taking are provided with an upo to 3 day long Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi before the project. The orientation is given by our Kenya staff and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Kenya – Introduction to Kenya, Kenyan Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Kenya, Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once your orientation is complete, you will be transported to your homestay and introduced to your host family.


You will be provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), which is served at the homestays or directly at the project. Breakfast generally consists of chai (tea), toast and sometimes mandazzi (deep fried dough) and fruits. A typical lunch can include vegetables with rice, occasional meat and fruit. Dinner usually includes traditional food, such as ugali, chapatti, mboga and irio, sometimes alongside meat and vegetables. Bottled water is readily available in Kenya and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.


During your project you will be accommodated in a local host family or the project, who have been​ ​approved by our local ​team in Kenya. Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom​ ​​ other volunteers, comprised of single beds and bunk beds with​ ​bedding provided. ​I​t is important to note that​ ​there are often power outages and water shortages​, and ​​volunteers need to be prepared to have the occasional bucket shower or​​ ​some time without power.​ Some rural homestays and projects do not have electricity or running water​. In these locations you​ ​​can expect to find​ ​squat/long-drop toilets​.​

Our local team give your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to​ ​stay with a host family, providing you with a​ ​unique opportunity to learn about the​ ​Kenyan way of life, meet local people, try local food, speak the local language and​ ​engage in local customs and traditions​.​​

Weekends and sightseeing

During the weekends, you will have free time to relax and explore Nairobi, wider Kenya and Eastern Africa. Sunday is a religious day of rest in Kenya. If you wish, you can accompany your host family to their local church, as a Kenyan church service is a unique and special experience for many volunteers.

During your project you can also take some time to travel around (e.g. Coast, Uganda or Tanzania), or to embark on a safari (e.g. Masia Mara, Amboseli). Kenya is Africa’s original safari destination and is famed for attracting explorers, adventurers, and travelers for centuries. From the shores of the Indian Ocean with its white sandy beaches and coral reefs to the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya and the wild and vast deserts of the north, Kenya offers travelers a beauty and freedom which is hard to resist.