our progams

Volunteering is a wonderful experience for everyone, and everyone has a different experience.
One of the main advantages of volunteering with MEAC is that MEAC members are all based in the Maasai community, which means not only are we readily available to help volunteers in everyway, but we are also aware of the issues affecting the Maasai community.
MEAC offers a wide range of programs that reflect the short and long term needs of the Maasai community. Volunteers come from all backgrounds and all walks of life. MEAC and the Maasai community value all volunteers, and their experience and time is invaluable.
Volunteer packages with MEAC are amongst the most affordable in the world, and as a result we have not only professional volunteers from abroad, but also backpackers and even local African peoples, who want to give back to the community.
Programs
We have organise a wide selection of volunteer programs. Teaching, Medical, Community Development, Cultural and Environmental Conservation.TeachingProgram Name: Teaching
Program Length: 2 weeks – 6 months
Requirements: Teaching/Arts qualifications/students for Secondary School. Primary School is open to all, subject to fluency in english.

Teaching children in a developing country is an extremely rewarding experience. People from all countries and backgrounds come to Kenya to experience volunteer teaching. Volunteers play an important role in the education of Maasai children, as a volunteer brings with them not only their fluency in english and knowledge in other subjects, but also a perspective on the world outside of Kenya that Kenyan teachers cannot necessarily provide. Most of the children our volunteers teach live in absolute poverty (living on less than $1 US a day), and all the children our volunteers teach greatly appreciate all the help a volunteer is willing to offer.

Volunteer teachers work the following hours:
8.00AM – 12.40PM: Classes (Compulsory)
12.40PM – 2.00PM: Lunch (Optional)

Kenyan schools open five days a week, Monday to Friday.

Volunteer teachers can teach a range of subjects, including English, Maths, Social Studies, Religious Education, Science and more. Volunteers are free to choose the subjects they teach, and can teach as many subjects as they like, but usually specialise in one or two subjects. Volunteers are also free to coordinate sports and arts at the end of the day. Many volunteers also opt to tutor some students during this period.

Many volunteer teachers form a solid bond with their students, and will often be invited by students to join their families in celebrations or to accompany students on any outings they may take outside of school. Kenyan children are extremely generous, despite the poverty they live in, and volunteers will always feel welcome and wanted..

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Medical

Program Name: Medical
Program Length: 1 – 6 months
Requirements: Medical background (students/professionals) for medical work. Experience advantageous for Gender Equality work.

Medical Work

Medical work in a developing country is without doubt an incredibly rewarding experience. There is a significant shortage of medically trained workers in Kenya, leaving high costs for locals, that simply cannot be met. This often results in people either going without treatment, or using traditional treatments that are often not effective and even counter-productive. Volunteer medical workers help ease the burden on the Kenyan medical system, and are greatly valued by their patients and the Kenyan government.
Nurses and doctors are placed in hospitals and clinics in the regions most in need of support. Their duties will depend largely on their skills, but they can conduct all services in english, and when the patient does not speak english, a translator will be provided.
More than this, medical professionals are invited to organise and host seminars on health issues affecting the local population. This typically will involve work on HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB and the best preventative measures for all these diseases. This work is incredibly important, and will save lives, and for this reason we are so thankful for those that are offering their services.
Medical volunteers are invited to bring any material they can on these issues with them, for distribution at a seminar/conference. MEAC will assist medical volunteers in every way we can to ensure the best outcome of these conferences.

Gender Equality
Volunteers for Gender Equality will typically host open forums on women’s rights, for locals of both genders, to spread the message of how critical gender equality is in the community. This issue is particularly prevalent in the Maasai community and wider African community, as many people still practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which MEAC is determined to stamp out. There are also sometimes prevailing ideas that females do not need educations, and should not work.

Gender Equality is an issue close to MEAC’s heart, and for this reason we are always happy to have more volunteers to coordinate the spreading of our message.

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Community Development

Program Name: Community Development
Program Length: 1 – 6 months
Requirements: Engineering (professionals/students) for substantial developments. People with building and development skills for minor projects.

MEAC offers engineering and building professionals and students the opportunity to help our community develop. The projects that volunteers work on range from overseeing the development of resources such as water pumps and community buildings, to educating locals on safety issues when undertaking construction work. MEAC typically arranges projects based on an individual persons skills, and for this reason it is best for volunteers wishing to do community development work to contact us to see how their skills can be most effectively used in our community.

Sometimes, however, we will advertise particular projects that the community urgently needs help on, and so volunteers may express interest in these projects (these projects can be found on the news page).
Community development is a critical component of MEAC’s work, and so we greatly appreciate what assistance building and engineering professionals can offer the Maasai community.

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Cultural Conservation

Program Name: Cultural Conservation
Program Length: 1 – 6 months
Requirements: No requirements. Skills in organising and hosting public events an asset. Experience in writing non-fiction and/or cultural work a huge asset.
MEAC is made up of proud Maasai people, and accordingly we love to share our culture with foreigners. We offer our cultural conservation program as a way to help spread the knowledge and importance of our culture beyond our small region of the world. While Maasai culture is relatively well documented (with films such as The White Maasai extending the Maasai culture to points it had never before known), it is fairly uncommon for literature to reflect a contemporary analysis of Maasai lifestyle, something that is now arguably quite different to that idolised in movies and books. MEAC hopes that the reality of the Maasai people’s predicament can be exported through volunteers, who set out to document our culture.
Alternatively MEAC also hopes that ‘culture’ volunteers can bring knowledge of their own culture and others and share this in public sessions.
MEAC will provide all the resources a person documenting Maasai culture will need, and can accompany volunteers for translation purposes when interviewing Maasai people. The Maasai people are typically very welcoming of foreigners, and take great pride in reciting their stories for guests.
In recent years the Maasai tribe in general has faced great difficulties, which have led to many abandoning traditional ways and seeking work in urban areas. These difficulties include over-grazing of land, leading to food shortages, as well as the AIDS epidemic, which is still unfortunately viewed with a large degree of ambiguity by many locals.

For these reasons MEAC invites all people with an interest in helping preserve the Maasai culture to partake in our Cultural Conservation program.

Environmental Conservation

Program Name: Environmental Conservation
Program Length: 1 – 6 months
Requirements: No skills required, but experience in conservation work an asset.
Kenya is blessed with a beautiful array of flora and fauna. East Africa in general is one of the most appealing ecosystems to foreigners. Unfortunately globalisation and Kenya’s desire to keep up has had an affect on our environment. Forests in Kenya are dwindling, and water is beginning to dry up.
MEAC would like to make serious efforts to put into effect methods of ensuring environmental sustainability for future generations. We invite volunteers to come and educate locals, as well as taking a hands on approach, to ensure our environment can successfully be sustained.
This work varies, from simply organising the planting of plants, especially in regions where water is an issue, to organising information sessions on the importance of all of Kenya’s creatures, great and small.
MEAC does not have a lot of experience in environmental conservation, and so we draw from our volunteers’ experience. This also means that environmental conservation volunteers are relatively free to organise exactly what work they will be doing (this is also beneficial, as many volunteers have experience in specific fields, for example forestry or perhaps water sustainability).
MEAC will discuss the significant issues prevalent in our region with volunteers (before arrival – via email) to ensure that volunteers are adequately prepared, and also able to bring with them any material they may think relevant.

 

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