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Touch Africa Network Look For Volunteers To Take Part In A Variety Of Projects Throughout Kenya

Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also forms the Nairobi County.  The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun" and is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs. The people of Nairobi are known as Nairobians.
Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa politically and financially. Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the main coordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa & Middle East, the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture.

At 1,795 metres (5,889 ft) above sea level, Nairobi enjoys a moderate climate. Under the Köppen climate classification, Nairobi has a subtropical highland climate. The altitude makes for some cool evenings, especially in the June/July season when the temperature can drop to 10 °C (50 °F). The sunniest and warmest part of the year is from December to March, when temperatures average the mid-twenties during the day. The mean maximum temperature for this period is 24 °C (75 °F).

Nairobi is a cosmopolitan and multicultural city. Since its foundation, Nairobi has maintained a strong British presence. Nairobi has a diverse and multicultural composition, there are a number of churches, mosques, temples and gurdwaras within the city. Nairobi has a vibrant night life as well as interesting social ficilities e.g Cinemas, parks and great forest trails. Nairobi has two informal nicknames. The first is "The Green City in the Sun", which is derived from the city's foliage and warm climate. The second is the "Safari Capital of the World", which is used due to Nairobi's prominence as a hub for safari tourism.

VOLUNTEERING Volunteers have an opportunity to volunteer in Nairobi in fields such as Teaching (English, Sports, Arts, Music) primary schools, working in orphan homes, working with youth and women community self help groups and organizations, working in HIV/Aids projects. One can also work as an marketing intern in a safari tour company. Touch Africa Network works with both skilled and unskilled volunteers and work with our volunteers to come up with the most fulfilling and memorable volunteer experience. 

HOST FAMILIES Touch Africa Network volunteers are hosted by local families in Buruburu suburb area of Nairobi. Volunteers are intergrated into our host families and become part of the family, volunteers are provided with all three meals by the host family and a private bedroom and resting area. Our host families are well trained and experienced in working with international volunteers. Volunteers have direct contacts with Touch Africa officials during their entire stay with the host families.

MOMBASA

Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya. Lying next to the Indian Ocean, it has a major port and an international airport. The city also serves as the centre of the coastal tourism industry. Also known as ‘mombas’ in colonial times, its name derives from ‘Manbasa’. This was the Arabic name of the former sultanate of Mvita, which had its capital here. In modern times the town is the headquarters of Mombasa County.

The city has a population of 939,370, as per the 2009 census, and is located on Mombasa Island, which is separated from the mainland by two creeks: Tudor Creek and Kilindini Harbour. The island is connected to the mainland to the north by the Nyali Bridge, to the south by the Likoni Ferry and to the west by the Makupa Causeway, alongside which runs the Kenya-Uganda Railway. The city is served by Moi International Airport located in the northwest mainland suburb of Chaani, northwest of Changamwe area.
Being a coastal town, Mombasa is characterised by a flat topography. The town of Mombasa is centered on Mombasa Island, but extends to the mainland. Mombasa has a warm, tropical climate. The amount of rainfall depends essentially on season. The rainiest months are April and May, while in January to February the rainfall is minimal. Otherwise the rest of the year has an average of 30 °C.

Mombasa is the centre of coastal tourism in Kenya. Mombasa Island itself is not a main attraction, although many people visit the Old Town and Fort Jesus. The Nyali, Kenyatta, Bamburi, and Shanzu beaches are located north of the city. The Shelly, Tiwi, and Diani beaches are located south of Mombasa. Mombasa's northern shoreline is renowned for its vibrant 24-hour entertainment offers, including both family entertainment (water parks, cinemas, bowling, etc.), sports (watersports, mountain biking and gokarting), culinary offers (restaurants offering a wide range of specialties from Kenya, China, Japan, India, French, Italy, Germany and other countries) and night life(bars, pubs, clubs, discothèques, etc).

VOLUNTEERING Volunteers have an opportunity to volunteer in Mombasa in fields such as Teaching(English, Sports, Arts, Music)  in primary schools, working in orphan homes, working with youth and women community self help groups and organizations, and working in HIV/Aids projects. Touch Africa Network works with both skilled and unskilled volunteers and work with our volunteers to come up with the most fulfilling and memorable volunteer experience.   

HOST FAMILIES Touch Africa Network volunteers are hosted by local families in Bamburi area of Mombasa. Volunteers are intergrated into our host families and become part of the family, volunteers are provided with all three meals by the host family and a private bedroom and resting area. Our host families are well trained and experienced in working with international volunteers. Volunteers have direct contacts with Touch Africa officials during their entire stay with the host families. 

Kakamega Rainforest is situated in Western Province Kenya, north-west of the capital Nairobi, about 8 hours drive from Nairobi and near to the border with Uganda. It is said to be Kenya's last remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned the continent. Including reserves, the forest encloses about 230 square kilometers. Part of the forest also contain unique and rich highland ecosystems, but generally the fauna and flora of the Forest have not been comprehensively studied by science. The climate is very wet with over two metres of rain annually. The rainy seasons are April-to-May and August-to-September.
In the north of the Forest is the 4,468 hectares (45 km2; 17 sq mi) Kakamega National Reserve, given national forest reserve status in 1985. Just to the north is the Kisere Forest Reserve. Despite having protected status the Forest has continued to be damaged and degraded. The Forest Department and the Kenya Wildlife Service work to protect the forest. The local inhabitants are the Luhya people, who rely on the forest to supply most of their needs. The region is said to be one of the most densely-populated rural areas in the world, and pressure on the Forest resources is considerable.

Local Inhabitants are mostly the Luhya tribe, whose economic activity is mainly farming and fishing. Kakamega Forest is the main tourist destination in the area. Another attraction is the Crying Stone of Ilesi located along the highway towards Kisumu. It is a 40 metres high rock dome resembling a human figure whose "eyes" drop water. Kakamega is also home to Africa's largest and most aggressive cobra, the Kakamega forest cobra. Reputed by locals to spend a lot of time in the trees, stories abound of fearsome attacks on unsuspecting passers-by. Other snakes in the area include the forest adder, black mamba, and the green mamba.

VOLUNTEERING Volunteers have an opportunity to volunteer in Kakamega Rainforest in fields such as working in Kakamega rainforest conservation projects which include tree planting, butterfly project, tree nurseries, working in community based eco-tourism projects such as marketing tourist accommodation in traditional bandas, tourist nature walks, snake and animal park community project as well as teaching(English, Sports, Arts, Music)  in primary schools, working with youth and women community self help groups and organizations. Touch Africa Network works with both skilled and unskilled volunteers and work with our volunteers to come up with the most fulfilling and memorable volunteer experience.   

HOST FAMILIES Touch Africa Network volunteers are hosted by local families in Shinyalu area of Kakamega. This is a traditional African village. Volunteers are intergrated into our host families and become part of the family, volunteers are provided with all three meals by the host family and a private bedroom and resting area. Our host families are well trained and experienced in working with international volunteers. Volunteers have direct contacts with Touch Africa officials during their entire stay with the host families.

Oloitoktok in Maasai land is a border town with Kenya on the east and Tanzania in the west. It is about 8 hours drive from Nairobi has an operational border point for people and goods. The town being in the heart of the sprawling Savannah plains is naturally dry and is regarded as a hardship area. Loitoktok is in very near proximity to Mt Kilimanjara and one can get spectacular scenary of the mountain on a clear morning. Being in Maasai land the area is still rooted in traditional maasai culture making it a great cultural tour cultural exchange destinatination.

Oloitoktok is also adjacent to Tsavo east and Tsavo west national park. This two parks hold the largest concentration of elephants. It is common for elephants to stray from the National parks into the Maasai villages. Tsavo East National Park is one of the world's largest game reserves, providing undeveloped wilderness homes to vast numbers of animals. Cultural tours include visits to Maasai villages, Maasai cultural activities like the initiations of the Maasai boys into Maasai warriors, Maasai traditional weddings etc.

ABOUT Maasai (sometimes spelled "Masai") are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known of African ethnic groups, due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa. They speak Maa (ɔl Maa),a member of the Nilo-Saharan language family that is related to Dinka and Nuer, and are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania: Swahili and English. The Maasai population has reported as numbering 840,000 in Kenya in the 2009 census, compared to 377,000 in 1989 and 400,000 in 2000. The Tanzanian and Kenyan governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, but the people have continued their age-old customs.

VOLUNTEERING Volunteers have an opportunity to volunteer in Loitoktok in fields such as Teaching(English, Sports, Arts, Music) in primary schools, working in orphan homes, working with youth and women community self help groups and organizations. Touch Africa Network works with both skilled and unskilled volunteers and work with our volunteers to come up with the most fulfilling and memorable volunteer experience.   

HOST FAMILIES Touch Africa Network volunteers are hosted by local families in Illasit, Entarara and Rombo areas of Loitoktok. This is a traditional African village. Volunteers are intergrated into our host families and become part of the family, volunteers are provided with all three meals by the host family and a private bedroom and resting area. Our host families are well trained and experienced in working with international volunteers. Volunteers have direct contacts with Touch Africa officials during their entire stay with the host families.

Education in Kenya Education is a major challenge today in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya the government runs a free primary and subsidized secondary education program in all government schools. Free primary education has not been enough as there are fewer facilities in proportion to the number of children in need of an education. Fewer schools and dilapidated learning institutions has led to overcrowding in classrooms where such facilities are available while others have been forced to learn under trees and make shift structures. Educational materials such as books are scarce and teachers are overwhelmed by the number of children. A school with a population of 2000 pupils may have as few as 30 teachers in charge.

About Teaching in Primary schools. This field is open for long term (4weeks - 1year) volunteers willing to teach English, sports, Arts, Music and any other subject that they are comfortable with at the school. The only qualification is that one be an English speaker as a first language or be fluent in English for those willing to teach English. One need not have training as a teacher. Volunteers are requested to volunteer at least 20 hours a week. Volunteers can also help in the school feeding program (Lunch) by helping in the preparation and serving of the meals to the students. Volunteers will be free to join the students in games, school plays through the drama club, motivational talks etc. the volunteer can join the school in as many activities as he/she wishes.
Location Teaching in Primary schools is available in urban cities such as Mombasa and Nairobi as well Rural areas such as Kakamega Rainforest and Maasai Land.

About Working in Orphan homes - economic disparities, social inequalities and the ravages of Hiv/aids have left many orphans in their wake. Abandoned children and orphaned children with special needs such as medication have little or no chance of survival without communal interest in their welfare. Orphan homes and rescue centers for abandoned children play a special role in securing the survival of innocent children. These noble initiatives are burdened with lack of man power. Many institutions which depend on well wishers have no financial resources to employ workers in their centers. Such challenges can easily be eliminated with available volunteer man power and even experts in fund raising.

Working in ophan homes, Volunteers have the opportunities to work in orphan homes and rescue centers. Apart from administrative assistance in networking, partnering and fundraising, the volunteers can help in baby sitting, playing, teaching and general assistance as per the needs of the institution. Sometimes all the children need is the assurance that someone out their cares and that they are not outcasts in society.
Location Teaching in Primary schools is available in urban cities such as Mombasa and Nairobi as well Rural areas such as Kakamega Rainforest and Maasai Land.

About environmental conservation is a big sector in Kenya. Kenya is blessed with abundant forests, wild life and world reknown game reserves, Environmental conservation initiatives are popular in Kenya. This efforts were initially spearheaded by Environmental Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Mathai before her death in 2011. Touch Africa environmental conservation projects are primarily concentrated in Kakamega Rainforest.
Working the project is open for long term (4weeks - 1year) volunteer placements. Volunteers in the project have a chance to work in the butterfly farm, working in community tree nurseries, participating in tree planting initiatives and the project also has Saturday classes for children from around the community on how to conserve the forest as well as other environmental issues.
Location Kakamega rainforest

About Tourism is one of the major economic back bone of Kenya. In the past Kenya white sandy beaches and Game reserves such as the famous Maasai Mara has dominated the tourism circuits. However eco-tourism has been incorporated in Kenya tourism ventures. This has widely been driven by community based eco-tourism projects which give communities a chance to benefit from there surrounding as act an as an incentive to encourage environmental conservations.

Working in Eco-tourism include working in Kakamega rainforest in a community project that has tourist accommodation in traditional houses in the forest, they also have a snake and animal park open to tourist, they have community members working as forest and nature walk guides. Volunteers can be involved in the day to day running of this projects as well as marketing and strengthening of institutional framework of this community organization.

Location Kakamega rainforest

About a large part of community development initiatives are started by community members with a particular common need. These needs may be centered on addressing or targeting a certain group in regard to their gender or age. In this regard women based and youth based projects take center stage. Members of these projects may partly or wholly come from a particular group. The group’s objective may be economic (income generating activities), social (awareness campaigns), or artistic (drama groups and art clubs).
Working Volunteers have a chance to work in this type of community based projects on any level as per the requirements of the organization. This may range from administrative to the day to day operations of the organization such as digging well or building dykes.
Location working in youth and women enterprise projects is available in urban cities such as Mombasa and Nairobi as well Rural areas such as Kakamega Rainforest and Maasai Land.

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