Maasai Mara Woman's Empowerment Kenya

Help local Maasai women in Kenya, with voluntary work Kenya. Utilise the woman's skills in beadwork, to create accessories they can sell. This helps them earn an extra income and provides quality meals and schooling for their children.

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WHY
we need you in Kenya

  • Approx one-third of Kenya’s population lives on less than US$1.90 p/day. Your volunteer fees are directly benefiting the local people of this region.
  • School Children in this region rarely have the opportunity to interact with foreigners who speak English. Promoting these skills can have a profound impact on the children’s future career prospects.
  • Approx 42% of Kenya’s population are below the poverty line, especially in the rural areas where this project is located.
  • Volunteering in this region creates employment opportunities for the local coordinators & supplements the farmers enabling competitive opportunities for the farms involved.


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HOW
can you help?

  • You can help in this shared effort to support local Maasai village mothers and grandmothers, who are using their intricate bead working skills to create unique jewellery, in which they can then sell.
  • From the sale of these handmade accessories, they can earn enough money to cover their children’s school fees and help add an extra income to their household, meaning they can provide their family with quality meals.​
  • You will work alongside the Maasai women and teach them on how to use thier skills, save thier money and increase thier income.
  • Get involved in this project to support and inspire the local women into a sustainable future for thier families.

WHAT
you can do?

  • Help educate Maasai village women and girls on how to become self-proficient
  • Teach basic English and maths to further thier skills
  • Help set up a roadside stall so the women can sell their handmade goods
  • Contribute to the local community’s development efforts

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Organisation & Charity
  • Over 30 Years Expertise Globally
  • Low Program Fees – From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee – Multiple Countries


Project Description

  PROJECT NAME: MAASAI MARA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT 

LOCATION: REMOTE LOCATION CLOSE TO NAROK

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: SCHOOL GROUNDS OR HOMESTAY

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A

Making bracelet (2)

KE Maasai Mara community woman

Fetching firewood (1)

Learning how to make fire

massai women

massai women

IVI volunteer smiling

Sharing a cup of tea

Participant helping maasai people building a new house for bride

Participant helping maasai people building a new house for bride (1)

Making bracelet (3)

_KE Maasai Mara

KE Mara Womens group gather under tree


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Overview

You will be helping to create a database, to build a roadside stall so the women can sell their items and teaching them basic English or math skills, to further increase their likelihood of success. You can also get involved in numerous other activities such as helping to finish the concrete floor at the local church and building a proper stand to access the church water tank. Part of your program fee goes directly into buying supplies for the women such as beads for their beadwork, and other resources to make this project sustainable and successful. You can be sure the women will greet you with big smiles and thoroughly welcome you into their community.

This project is also situated very close to the Maasai Mara National Park, meaning you don’t have far to go, to catch a glimpse of the Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, and Rhino) on your days off! Depending on the season you’re visiting, you might get the chance to see the great wildebeest migration, and incredible sight, as the animals cross the river between Kenya and Tanzania. The tours you will have to arrange on your own but are very easily done once arrived.

Location

Due to the remote location, there are no shops, banks or ATM’s within walking distance of the project or your accommodation. These things can be done in Narok (more than an hour away) which is the closest large town, hosting a variety of amenities, supermarkets, banks, and a shopping centre.

Project Tasks

  • Help educate Maasai village women and girls on how to become self-proficient
  • Contribute to the local community’s development efforts
  • Learn and immerse yourself in the Maasai Mara Culture

Food & Accommodation

The volunteer accommodation will be on the school grounds or in a nearby homestay. It will be very simple with few amenities and the toilet and shower area will be away from the sleeping quarters. We try and make at as comfortable as possible for you during your stay. As resources are limited and with occasional power and water cuts, we ask that you conserve water and energy as much as you can. You are also expected to help to keep the room and other common spaces tidy.

We request that you are mindful of your accommodation being in close proximity to the school children and refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol or using profanity, as school staff are held in high regard in the local community. There will be no WIFI at the accommodation, but you can buy a local SIM card on arrival to get access to the internet.

Your meals will be simple homestyle meals prepared by locals, which are typical Kenyan cuisine, and based on which fruits and vegetables are in season at the time. Expect lots of rice and ugali with small portions of vegetables, occasionally meat and/or chapati will be provided.

While we do our best to accommodate our volunteers, if you are a picky eater, have certain dietary requirements, you might want to consider supplementing some meals with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking. These need to be picked up in the main town before arrival.

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Local farm in kenya organic farming placement for volunteers

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Gatanga Village - Chickens


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fees

Specialty
Projects

– Wildlife Conservation – Nakuru

All prices in USD

  • 1 Week – $625
  • 2 Weeks – $1175
  • 3 Weeks – $1725
  • 1 Month – $2275
  • 2 Months – $4400
  • 3 Months – $6600

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What’s Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion

– US$275 application fee applies in addition to program fees
– Application fee is one off per person (unlimited placements)
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– Discounts may apply if travelling in a pair or group!
– All credit card /international fees included in below pricing! 🙂

Testimonials…

“The coordinators who were “my Charlie angels.” Super happy, attentive girls, they taught us the things of the people of Kenya, they took care of us at all times, we played with them, we laughed, we danced and they provided us with all the needs and security of the world”
Alvaro Martin
Alvaro MartinSpain
“I encourage anyone to get to know Kenya but going through “my village”, because now I have a town and it’s called Kirwara and receive the love I received from the children of the Gatanga school and see what fills one, to be able to help people who need it and at the same time these people have stolen a piece of my heart from me.”
Alvaro Martin
Alvaro MartinSpain
“When I arrived in Nairobi, I went in a car for two hours on the roads of this country, where you can observe nature and life of the passers-by that we left behind. Already deeper and out of the city, I began to invade a feeling of being inside a movie to see the villages full of green and jungle fields, people working and smiling.”
Alvaro Martin
Alvaro MartinSpain
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FAQ

Is Women Empowerment in Kenya the Right Project for Me?

This would be for great for those ready to integrate into the local community and to have the dedication to work alongside these local women. As this project is situated in a remote location, you will have to be able to adjust to a much simpler way of life with basic facilities. This project is great for people wanting to immerse themselves into the local culture and who come with an open mind. 

What’s Included in the Volunteer Fees

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion

What’s Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Is there an Orientation?

At this location there is no mandatory orientation day offered.

Arrival Information

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). You must arrive at the meeting point by 13.00 on Saturday or Sunday. If arriving during the pickup times on the Saturday, we charge US$50 for the extra night’s accommodation.

If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.

If arriving during the week, or on Saturday outside of pickup times, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

What does a Typical Day Involve?

Monday to Friday

You will be volunteering at the project for around 4-6 hours each day, assisting at the Maasai Women’s Collective. You’ll be helping to achieve various goals including basic English conversational skills with tourist customers, basic accounting, constructing a roadside stand to sell goods, renovating the concrete floor at the local church meeting point, collecting materials and supplies, etc. Some days will be busier than others but there will always be something to get involved in, as well as the knowledge you will acquire throughout the project.

What Happens on Weekends?

Due to the remote location, there are no shops, banks or ATM’s within walking distance of the project or your accommodation. These things can be done in Narok (more than an hour away) which is the closest large town, hosting a variety of amenities, supermarkets, banks, and a shopping centre.

Situated in Narok County, the Maasai Mara is a popular safari region in the south-western area of Kenya. The Maasai Mara National Park borders with Tanzania and is home to an abundance of amazing wildlife including the Big 5 (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion, & Rhino). You can also spot Wildebeest, Hippos, Cheetahs, Crocodiles, and Zebras throughout the park.

The local landscape is full of acacia trees and tall savannah grass, where the animals hide from predators. During the early mornings and at night, the wildlife come out to roam, bathe, or search for food and this is a great time to spot many animals in one place.

Are There Any Special Requirements?

Modest clothing – covering the knees and shoulders is required throughout the Maasai community.

Country Information

Kenya is a stunning country, featuring almost every terrain and climate from desert, beach, cities and forests.

There is something for every traveler here, particularly for wildlife lovers. It has over 40 National parks throughout the country and holds the some of the world’s most loved and endangered animals. Here you will find lions, leopards, elephants, hippos and so much more! Kenya is famous for its incredible safaris, which are the countries main source of tourism.

Also well known is the semi nomadic Maasai tribe- a hugely symbolic tribe known for its colourful adornments and traditional clothing. Kenya is a nature lovers paradise, with a visit to the Great Rift Valley being a must. For those who enjoy a gentler pace then Kenya also offers some beautiful beaches, its coast stretching almost 80,000 kilometres.

The beach is also sunny for most of the year! The capital, Nairobi is the fifth largest city in Africa, with unique vibes and a vibrant nightlife. This bustling and cosmopolitan city will throw you into Kenyan way of life and be an interesting eye opener.

Climate

Kenya is a huge country with its climate changing from tropical along the coast, to arid in the northern regions and then mild inland temperatures.

Kenya receives a large amount of sunshine year-round but generally, the hottest months are between February and March while the coldest months are July to mid-August. The “long rains” start from March to June, while the “short rains” are between October and December.

What’s the Culture Like in Kenya?

Due to Kenya being a major hub for migration over the years, it has now become one of the most culturally diverse countries with many different languages spoken.

There are over 40 different ethnic groups in Kenya, including Luo, Kamba, Maasai and more. Each have their own of mother tongue, although Swahili remains the most widely spoken language. You will also find ethnic groups from European, Arab, Indian and Pakistani, who migrated to the country in the 19th century.

Religions such as Christianity and Islam are widely spread, however many local people still believe in the ancestral world, where the dead have a bearing on the living. Today, the majority of Kenya’s culture, dress, music and food has taken strong influence from other parts of Africa, India, Europe and the United States.

In certain parts of the country however, many local communities hold onto their traditional lifestyle and customs. They still wear the clothes, animal skins and jewellery as they did centuries before. Many remote tribes remain completely isolated and indigenous.

About Involvement Volunteers International

30 Years Non Profit Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality. 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options 

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Weekends & Extra Tours

Gatanga Village will be your new home and allows an incredible opportunity to experience an authentic, rural Kenya.
Close by is the industrial town of Thika, where you will be able to find any supplies you need.
Nairobi is just over an hour away by car so can easily be visited for weekend nights out and sightseeing. You can also explore many of the natural areas nearby Gatanga, for example, Fourteen Falls, a set of powerful waterfalls.
Gatanga Village
Gatanga VillageKenya
Thika town is located a 30-minute drive away from the volunteer house and is packed with supermarkets, shops, ATMs, local markets and good restaurants. The local minibuses called “matatus” are very tightly packed but a great way to experience local culture. The bus station in Thika is the base for many tour companies, departing on tours and day trips to various parts of Kenya.
Thika
ThikaKenya
The train in Kenya is often named the “Lunatic Express”. It travels between Nairobi and Mombasa three times a week. It is without a doubt a unique experience to travel by train and see the local Kenyan way of life as you pass by. Do be aware that trains have a bad reputation for being extremely slow, often with delays. If you have time on your hands though, this can be a great way to experience the country.
Train Travel
Train TravelKenya
Fourteen Falls is located approx 40 minutes from the volunteer center and is a spectacular waterfall with complete 27 meter deep scenery. Prominent activities in the area include include plant identification, photography, boating, bird watching, fishing etc, To best explore the waterfall and the surrounding regions, you can take a guided tour. We can help you find local rates! 400 KES is the admission fee into the falls…
Fourteen Falls
Fourteen FallsThika
Mount Kenya (Swahili Kirinyaga) is an extinct volcano situated in central Kenya, approx 130km from the volunteer center. The mountain is directly south of the equator and is the 2nd highest mountain in Africa (after Kilimanjaro). Trekking in this region is truly spectacular as it is part of Kenya National Park which is 444 square kilometers and full of wildlife.
Mount Kenya
Mount KenyaKenya National Park
Mombasa Beach, Kenya’s largest port and second most populated city is located on the East coast of Kenya approx 700km’s from the volunteer center, but for beach & wildlife lovers, this is definitely worth your attention before or after your volunteer placement! With pristine beaches and all the fun & games that come with a beach tourism location on the beautiful Indian ocean.
Mombasa Beach
Mombasa BeachEast Kenya
Nakuru National Park is located approx 150km from the volunteer center in Gatanga, and is famous for Lake Nakuru and for being a wildlife haven with heaps of Flamingos, Rhinos, Cheetas, monkeys, Zebra, Lions etc. An epic day trip on the weekend with your volunteer mates!
Nakuru National Park
Nakuru National ParkKenya
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and the urban core of the country. It’s only about 1 hour away from the volunteer center in Gatanga. Also home to Nairobo National Park, known for breeding endangered black rhinos and also home to Zebra’s, Giraffe and Lion. Nairobi is also often used as a central point for safari trips elsewhere in Kenya but is worth a look if you’re in the area and interested in history, shopping, restaurants, bars and coffee shops etc.
Nairobi
NairobiKenya
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