Essumba primary school

Code: KVDA/MLTV/2019/04

Location: Emuhaya Constituency, Vihiga, Western Kenya

Sector: Education


•             Kenya Voluntary Development Association (KVDA) is an indigenous, non-political and membership organization which is non-sectarian and non-profit making started in 1962 as a work camp organization registered under the Societies’ Act. In 1993, KVDA was registered as a Non-Governmental organization by the establishment of the NGOs Coordination Act.

•             KVDA has since inception hosted over 50, 000 international volunteers to its community service development projects that have left indelible mark to efforts to enhance sustainable development.

Project background

•             The school was established in 1958 as a community institution to cater for the ever-increasing number of children seeking Primary School education in the region. The initiative was a combined effort of the local community in collaboration with the Anglican Church of Kenya.

•             Objective: The School aims at providing quality basic education to all children in the community to enable them gain knowledge that is the foundation for their future.

•             The school management committee runs the affairs of the institution with the Head teacher, deputy head teacher, Chairman of the School management committee and Treasurer playing the critical role.

•             The School has ten teachers employed by the Teachers service commission and has a population of approximately 700 pupils with more boys than girls

•             Some of the enormous challenges facing the community may be stated as: High rate of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections; Cheap Child labour, that translates to Child abuse {Children used to supplement obligations}; High poverty levels that is the bottom line of all the socio-economic challenges; High unemployment rate among the Youth; High rate of drug and substance abuse



Emuhaya district which has been curved off Vihiga district of Western Province covers an area of 173.2 Sq. Km. The district currently consists of one political constituency, Emuhaya constituency. The current Member of Parliament is Dr. Wilbur K. Ottichilo


It is divided into two divisions of Luanda and Emuhaya and eight administrative locations namely; South Bunyore, South-West Bunyore, West Bunyore, Central Bunyore, North Bunyore, North-East Bunyore, East Bunyore and Wekhomo


The people of Emuhaya were among the first to be exposed to education during the missionary activities in Kenya when the first mission station was established at Kima (In 1905). Since then, Emuhaya has over 115 pre-primary schools, 92 primary schools and 26 secondary schools.


Volunteer tasks

•             Teaching

•             Physical education and life skills program

•             Develop child sponsorship program

•             Design project proposals for construction of School classrooms

•             Submit project report to KVDA



•             It is recommended that volunteers applying to join this project should be aware that school terms in Kenya start at the beginning of the following months January, May and September 2018

•             Schools in Kenya have three holiday seasons; April, August, November and December annually

•             This means the volunteers wishing to participate in this project should arrive in Kenya at the start of January, towards the end of April and towards the end of August 2018

Financial contribution

•             The project participation fee is Euro 200 per month paid upfront on arrival to the cover costs stipulated the entire duration of the project. Monthly payment of participation fees is not allowed for conventional purposes. Volunteers accepted on MLTV project for one month will pay Euros 300 for the one month placement.

What is included in the participation fee?

•             Return transfers from the airport

•             Full board at the project (Accommodation and meals provided at the project)

•             Orientation, evaluation and monitoring

•             Volunteer mentorship

What is not included in the participation fee?

•             Travel to and from the project. The volunteer will be required to pay for the bus tickets

•             Refreshments outside the project

•             Air ticket and excursion

•             Visa and Insurance

•             Local travel

•             Personal effects



•             Home stay and the volunteer is entitled to private room but will share other amenities and meals with the host family. It is convenient for the volunteer to carry sleeping bag, mat and personal effects. KVDA has a memorandum of understanding with the host project regarding the project costs with appropriate procedures, checks and balances.


•             Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is the port of arrival and KVDA will designate a driver for the airport pick up. We strongly advice volunteers against getting taxis on their own without reference to KVDA due to the obvious risks and in case of any challenges on arrival kindly contact KVDA via mobile telephone 0721650357


•             Volunteers will be driven to the KVDA Residence situated in Karen suburb in Nairobi approximately 25 Kilometers away from the airport and that is where the volunteers will be accommodated ahead of their placement to the project. The residence is situated in the serene environment with amble space for recreation and spectacular setting as the inauguration of volunteering to make a difference in the world.

Leisure time

•             Kenya is replete with a lot of interesting and natural spectacular sites of interest that would capture the imagination of volunteers. From the tour to the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve to visits to local community beholding sights, the volunteers have the previledge to make choices that would fundamentally make the difference. The project also offers a perfect opportunity for people who enjoy being close to nature and are interested in the spectacular setting that traditional way of living in the heartland of the African culture would enrich your cultural heritage.

Laundry and water:

•             Water is available at the hosting house from springs and it is important to preserve water at all times due to its scarcity and cooperation with the hosts will be highly appreciated

•             There are no washing machines in the institution and the volunteer will be guided on how to wash clothes


•             Volunteers are expected to have their own medical insurance and other personal expenses and it is important to carry your own medical and travel insurances.


•             Mentor for the volunteer from the hosting organisation: KVDA will designate its staff to play the role of mentoring and this is the vital link between the volunteer and the organization. The Mentor has the responsibility to enable the volunteer to efficiently execute their tasks with diligence.

•             Function of mentor: advise, educate, be a role model to the volunteers; providing problem solving, collaborative support, positive and non-evaluative feedback and emotional support for volunteers; to provide comfort, exposure, visibility and challenging assignments which directly support the volunteer’s personal and professional development; to provide counselling and friendship to support the volunteer’s self-image and competence and thus to listen, guide, advice, teach and offer professional support to the volunteers

•             The mentor will be available for the volunteer as a constant supporting person. However, he/she should not be directly involved in the daily work of the volunteer.

•             Mentor’s Experience with international volunteers: More than 3 years’ experience with international volunteers

Project participants: Maximum 8 volunteers from different nationalities recruited through KVDA partner organizations

What to carry: This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and mat, toiletries, torch, flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your country, among others

DONATION AND GIFTS: These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community. Kindly contact KVDA for details in case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a donation or long-term intervention on the project.

APPLICATIONS: Should be done at least one month in advance through KVDA partner organization in respective countries. KVDA does not accept direct applications by volunteers



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