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Kenya Special Needs Teaching

Kenya Special Needs Teaching

Work with children from a range of backgrounds and varying ages, teaching and playing as well as helping to dispel the stigmas held in the local community.

Prices from $1,395

Kenya – a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Charismatic wildlife roams Rift Valley plains, white sand beaches fringe the turquoise Indian Ocean and ancient tribal communities practice traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time. All these combine to provide a destination of unparalleled appeal and fascination.

Travel to the east coast of this spectacular land and immerse yourself in a community and culture unencumbered by the burdens of modern day Western society. The people are extremely welcoming and the landscape, beaches and surrounding islands are stunningly beautiful. You will enjoy peaceful evenings spent chatting to locals or reading and reflecting on the charm of your tranquil surroundings.


  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Work with children with different types of learning difficulties


  • You should be at least 19 to work on this project and have some basic skills in guidance and counselling, as you will sometimes be working with pre-school children



Location Malindi, Kenya
Teach a range of subjects, including English
Community outreach programmes
Transport Airport pickup
Bus journey to project site
Accommodation Homestay



Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 2 meals a day
Airport pick-up
Ground transfer to project
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The school day runs from 08:00-17:00 with breaks for morning tea and lunch. During lunchtime, you may either go back to your host family for lunch or help feed the children who find it difficult to feed themselves.

You will be working with children with different types of learning difficulties over a range of ages, so that you will need to have great patience and have a good imagination to think of interesting and fun lessons. You will be teaching any subjects that you have a particular interest and knowledge in, such as maths, sciences, geography or history. You may also teach basic English or perhaps teach sports outside the classroom.

You could also get involved with community outreach programmes in order to help change the perception that the community has of these children. You will discuss your experiences of education, either as a student or teacher, with the staff at the school to promote anunderstanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the different systems. You may also be working with the teachers to prepare teaching guidance manuals,which will help with the school's ongoing success and help build the confidence of new staff.


You will be picked up from Nairobi airport by a friendly local staff member. You will usually then spend a night in the Kenyan capital to recover from your international flight before taking the comfortable coach ride to the coast and Mombasa. If you prefer, you can fly directly to Mombasa and we will arrange an airport pick up for you accordingly.

In Malindi the local staff will meet you and introduce you to your host and the local area. Both your host and local coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly and laid back community.


You will be staying with a friendly host in a homestay, which will allow you truly to experience Kenyan culture. We choose our hosts carefully to ensure that they are able to provide the support and security needed to make your stay comfortable - and fun! The homestay will usually have a bathroom, living room with TV and kitchen with a fridge and will be close to transport and local shops. You will be made to feel part of the family from the moment you arrive and you will soon find yourself immersed in home and community life. 


You will eat with your host and will be provided with two meals a day, enabling you to get a true feel for the Kenyan lifestyle and sample some authentic African home cooking. For lunch, volunteers usually eat out with colleagues or at the projects themselves, as they are away from the homestay. 

Kenyan cuisine offers a variety of dishes based on meat and vegetable stews. Most dishes are served with either rice or ugali, the staple food for most of sub Saharan Africa made from maize flour. You may also have the chance to sample such delicacies as "oysters Mombasa", fish or chicken in coconut, groundnut soup or beef and potato stew and for pudding, bananas cooked in banana leaves.

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When you're not working at the school, you may like to spend some time getting to know members of the local community. You may choose to visit some of the local youth groups or orphanages, playing with the children and passing on any skills you may have. You will definitely find the locals to be friendly and welcoming people. On the weekends, you may like to relax on the beautiful nearby Indian Ocean beaches or visit some of the local sights such as the Gedi Ruins in the Pillar Tombs. Malindi has plenty of shops, restaurants and nightclubs and comes alive at night.


2 weeks $1,395

Extra week $545


The project runs throughout the year with three terms: January - March, May - July and September - November. There is also holiday tuition in April and August

Weekly departure, please arrive on a Monday.


Your time on the project can be from 2 weeks to 3 months

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on vsias and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfer to project
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Apt (NBO)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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