Kimuka Village

Kenya

Masailand Cultural Conservation and Community Development in Kenya

Program Category:

Cultural Exchange

Many Maasai are left with few economic opportunities and are forced to migrate to urban areas for survival, leaving their communities with less human resources and infusing the Maasai culture with other traditions and ideas, which alters the original culture. Maasai people are pastoralists and move from one place to another looking for food for their livestock. Men and their boys move to different places to look for food for their livestock since maasailand area is very dry and so they don’t do farming. Women and girls are left at home mostly to guard the homes and take care of babies. Maasai people rarely go to school. They live in houses/manyattas made of cow dug or mud.
As a volunteer in the Cultural Conservation Project in the Maasai region of Kenya, you can immerse yourself into Maasai daily life and collaborate with Maasai people by sharing ideas and promoting projects to preserve and increase appreciation of the Maasai culture. Local traditions are unique and locals are more than happy to show visitors everything about their customs. Our Volunteer program invites you to help document Maasai culture and traditions so that their culture is preserved and can be understood by many. In addition, you can share your own culture in return. This is a great way to experience all Kenya has to offer, truly understand a foreign culture and enrich community values and quality of life. Masai main source of income is making beads and jewelry and livestock. You can get involved to community projects like promoting them get clean water, making jewelry, and also supporting them in any way to improve lives.

This program is designed for

To volunteer in kenya, there are no specific qualifications or skills required. Volunteers are to be open-minded, flexible, patient, caring and motivated. An appreciation for cultural awareness and preservation is necessary.

Volunteer Responsibilities

International volunteers in Kenya exchange cultural ideas and work experience to contribute new ideas for cultural conservation and community work. As a cultural conservation/community development volunteer in the Maasai region in Kenya, volunteer activities will vary based on experience and skills. Examples of possible projects are:
• Integrating in and understanding Maasai history and traditions
• Planning extracurricular activities to engage in the community eg. Sports,cattle raring
• Teaching locals about your own culture
• Helping locals with tourism to promote exposure to the Maasai culture and also their products [beads]
• Assisting locals market their art and products
• Teaching basic business techniques to improve community income.
• Helping in setting up community project like –Dams.
• If you are non-professional simply wanting to work and support these Maasai women, you can work with them learning how to make Maasai crafts, beads, ornaments. It would indeed be quite a wonderful experience to work with one of the native tribes which respect foreigners.
• The Masai women's group also need volunteers to assist in learning/teaching English which will give these women the advantage of speaking with tourists and selling their products directly. Volunteers can also run an informal English language class for the Maasai women.
• If you have knowledge and skills about marketing, these skills can help the Maasai women to develop marketing strategies, helping them to sell their products in both national and international market.
• Working as support teacher in a community school within masailand.
• Engaging yourself into the local culture to understand its history and customs
-Working with locals to preserve and document their traditions
- Planning extracurricular activities such as dancing, singing, sports.

As a volunteer in the Cultural Conservation Project in the Maasai region of Kenya, you can immerse yourself into Maasai daily life and collaborate with Maasai people by sharing ideas and promoting projects to preserve and increase appreciation of the Maasai culture. Local traditions are unique and locals are more than happy to show visitors everything about their customs. Our Volunteer program invites you to help document Maasai culture and traditions so that their culture is preserved and can be understood by many. In addition, you can share your own culture in return. This is a great way to experience all Kenya has to offer, truly understand a foreign culture and enrich community values and quality of life. Masai main source of income is making beads and jewelry and livestock. You can get involved to community projects like promoting them get clean water, making jewelry, and also supporting them in any way to improve lives.

Program Specifications

Program Cost

Registration Fee:  US $249

1 Week Program Fee:

150

US$

Extra Per Week:

100

US$

Program Duration

1-week minimum

Program Availability

All year

Language Skills

English Required

Volunteer Hours

4 to 5 hours a day

Location

Kimuka Village

Program Formats

Individuals

Groups

Internship

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ACOMMODATION

We always provide comfortable accommodation suitable to the program module and location. Typically, that might mean a home stay or during your selected program. All rooms always include WiFi.

In-Country Orientation

From the time you arrive in the country, we will make sure your trip runs smoothly. We show you the best places to eat, banks, point of interests, and are there for all questions.

MEALS

Your experience includes a weekly meal plan of hearty and healthy local fare. The plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday.

Weekends are free for making your own culinary explorations

Monetary donation

A monetary donation goes directly to the project where you will be volunteering. This money is used to help the project purchase material they need on a daily basis, meals or pay other expenses they have.

ACTIVITIES

You always learn and enjoy more when you are relaxed. That’s why we build in a weekly selection of activities, excursions, events and outings into our tours, language courses, volunteer service. From Salsa, to hiking a active volcano!

Certificate

Certification (if requested) of completion of the volunteer program, perfect for inclusion in your resume.

Airport pickup

Airport pick up in private shuttle to your accommodation.

Mentorship & SUPPORT

Adventure worry-free, knowing you are supported by VAGT 24/7. Your VAGT expert helps you choose the right program for your needs and prepares you for the journey ahead. We even offer the peace of mind of a comprehensive medical, cancellation and interruption insurance plan. 

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