WHAT IS THE KENYA NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM?
The Kenya National Volunteers Program is a national service programme which aims to meet three.
- Create enriching opportunities for over 30,000 unemployed Kenyan youth
- Improve educational outcomes for over 2 million primary aged children
- Promote national cohesion
As part of this programme, the Government of Kenya seeks to recruit high performing recent university graduates to serve as Volunteer Graduate Assistants in primary schools for an un-interrupted period of 1 year. They will provide education support and serve as ‘education ambassadors’ in the surrounding community. Two volunteers will be placed in each participating primary school and will receive a modest living stipend of KShs. 6,000 per month
- Volunteers MUST have completed their course work and any related research
- Volunteers MUST hold a University Degree in any area of study
- Volunteers MUST have officially graduated from their Universities at the time of applying
TRAINING AND DEPLOYMENT
The selected Volunteers will participate in a 3-week intensive residential training course that will be aimed at preparing them for their placement, and increasing their job skills. Volunteers will be trained in key skills that will carry them into future employment. After training, Volunteers will be deployed in pairs to their placements, first meeting county and district officials, participating head teachers, school management committee members and other Volunteers in their region. Volunteers will stay with a host family during their 1 Year in the Field
Kenyan Graduates nominated by their respective Universities can apply online though the Volunteer Application tab at the top of this website. Some candidates will be invited for face to face interviews and then selected through a rigorous and competitive selection process. A combination of an online application, essay questions, online tests and a panelist review will ensure that a high-quality cohort of volunteers who understand and are committed to the programme’s objectives are selected.
All costs related to the interview process will be covered.
GRADUATION AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITY
At the conclusion of the one year of service, Volunteers will graduate and receive an official completion certificate. The names of the Volunteers who successfully complete the programme will be gazetted and their service recognized. Following the graduation ceremony, many Volunteers will begin their internship activities/mentoring programmes or jobs with a variety of companies. Graduates will also be expected to maintain an active alumni network that will further build on the programme’s strength.
ACCESS TO KENYA’S EMPLOYERS
After 9 months of service, Volunteers will gather at a Career Fair and Capacity Building Workshop. During the event, Volunteers will receive training and guidance on career development. Representatives from the Private, Public and Non-Profit sector will give motivational talks, and skills training to the Volunteers and will meet with top-performing individuals in small groups. These representatives will review evaluations of the Volunteer’s performance in the schools. They will select some Volunteers to enter into existing in-house internships and mentoring programmes in their companies. Volunteers will return to their placement and complete the final months.