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What you offer

8h
Hours per day

Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.

Teaching Languages

Give language lessons to guests or local community.

Social Work

Help the local community.

Photography

Take great photos.

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What you get

2
Days off per week

Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.

Shared Dorm

Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.

Breakfast

Get your free breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

Lunch

Free lunch is served y'all, get yours!

Dinner

Have your free dinner before going to bed.

Free Laundry

There's a special place where all the clothes get cleaned for free.

Support
Support

Worldpackers team will guide and advise you before, during and after your trip.

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Every host in the community is checked and approved by our team.

Insurance
Worldpackers Insurance

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The Experience

Worldpackers will stay in touch with me, find out more about our children's lives, their strengths and weaknesses in education, do jobs around the school, tutor children who need help with different subjects, take photographs/videos for fundraising purposes, assist with health checks up for the children, and improve meal plans. Feel free to try your own ideas too!

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Requirements

  • Intermediate English

  • Over 18 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Availability

Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Stay at least
1 week
Stay up to
12 months

Talk to those who have lived the experience

17 Reviews

Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks

NGO

Learning & Fun

Colombia

After 3 months in Makuyu, I feel thankful because I achieved what I was expecting.

I came here to serve and help in any task; it didn't matter if it was to clean, sweep floors, wash clothes or even a toilet. Everything was for the kids and thats what really matters.

I also learnt how to cook traditional food, went to church and school with the kids, watch movies, play and share with them. I also tried to do my best during nights, assisting teaching math, english, science or even social studies. I also learnt a lot of swahili words.

This is the perfect place to live a simple life.

17 days ago

Brazil

Meeting the children of MEI was one of the most intense experiences of my life, a mixture of feelings during the three months I spent there helped me to evolve in every way.
I will take friends from home, volunteers and children always at heart. Go from the open heart and learn from these children what happiness is.
About security, infrastructure, donations, staff, activities and food, feel free to send me messages. (some details are important to know to avoid surprises).
Already leaves there feeling miss...

about 2 months ago

Brazil

It was a fantastic experience, the children are really amazing, extroverted and educated.
One month together and I will never forget them. I believe that a better description of the work, recommendations and conditions of the place would avoid surprises.

about 2 months ago

Brazil

The biggest problem with this project is the absence of warnings or description of what the job really is. Mostly the volunteer job is cleaning the floor in a very ancient way and washing the kid’s clothes. The infrastructure is quite bad as well: no running water, no toilets but a hole in the ground. To take showers you use a bucket and the water comes from rain or the water well. You have to buy things as toilet paper and drinking water, some food as well. You do your own laundry using your own stuff. That being said the kids are THE BEST and if you are up to the chalenges, they are worth it

about 2 months ago

Brazil

I have mixed feelings about the experience I had in Makuyu. First of all, I have to point out that the kids are amazing and I got really attached to them. That was for sure the bright side of the trip. On the other hand, I felt volunteers were not really useful. We just helped washing the clothes (by hand) and cleaning the floor every morning. It was hard to get involved with teaching. Also, I didn't feel very welcome (the only people who showed me around were the other volunteers) or safe walking around the school/village as a solo female. If you want to know more, feel free to send me a mess

4 months ago
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About Makuyu Education Initiative

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We are very transparent, accountable, and efficient organization that deeply cares about the children and wants to make a real difference in their lives.

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