1. Chazon Children's Centre is in Molo a small town about 3 hours northwest of Nairobi.
Your flight will land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi Kenya, East Africa. You will be welcomed at the airport by one of the directors or one of their close family members. If it is too late to travel to Chazon Children Centre in Molo, overnight accommodations will be arranged in Nairobi. Early the next day you will be driven to Molo. This will take about 3 hours. The 210 Kilometers drive will take you through breath-taking sceneries in the great Rift valley. On a lucky day you will see some game on the way.
2. Where would I be living?
You will be staying in Molo with one of our host families. This will afford you the opportunity to get to know the Kenyan culture quite closely as well as the cultures of the other volunteers that may be serving at the same time you stay.
3. Should I bring money, if so how much?
Your stay with the Chazon Children’s Centre requires that you bring $90 USD for each week for room (shared) and board. This fee is also a critical means of support for the centre and all it’s children. If you wish to be picked up at the airport you will need to pay 25.00 USD for fuel each way. Laundry services are available at a very reasonable cost. You should bring money for extra treats, perhaps some for the children. You will need money if you wish to travel or go on Safari.
4. What types of food will I be eating?
Food- A large variety of foods will be available. These include chapattis (delicious burrito like bread), Ugali (a white corn stiff porridge a staple), Githeri, (beans and corn) nyama choma (roast beef or mutton) and a range of East Africa vegetables and fruits (mango, pineapple, bananas and more). Chai (African Tea will be plenty). Delicious fish is also available.
5. Can I drink the water?
Drinking water must be boiled or purchased in bottles. At your host family all the drinking water is boiled in advance. Most international volunteers bring a water bottle and will typically fill this and bring it with them to the school for water during the day.
6. Is Molo safe?
Yes, Molo is generally safe, however volunteers are advised to be accompanied by a member of the hosting family if they have to be out after nightfall. Nairobi is less safe and it is advised not to go out during the day or night alone. Take care with your money and belongings.
7. What work with the children will I be doing?
The work you do with the pupils will depend on your area of interest, where possible this may include the following:Spending time with the children giving them attention and love.The work you do with the pupils will depend on your area of interest, where possible this may include the following:
Spending time with the children giving them attention and love.
Teaching- English, Math, Science, Art, Health or whatever your speciality is.
Instruction and playing sports and games such as football, volleyball, basketball etc.
Helping teachers to prepare teaching aids.
Visiting some of the kids where they live with guardians
Gardening and physical labor is always welcome.
Grant writing, fundraising, computer work.
There is something for everyone to keep you as busy as you wish! We will design a program to meet your talents and desires.
8. Is there electricity, should I bring my cell phone/laptop?
The host families have electricity at home. At the Centre there is no electricity presently although plans are underway to install wind turbines donated by Mr. Chen from Jetpro Co. In Taiwan http://www.jetpro.com
9. How many children are at the centre ?
Currently we have 450 children at the Centre. They range from nursery to 7th grade. Next year we will add 8th grade.
10. Do I need a visa, where do I get one at?
Yes you will need a visa. This is pretty simple to get at the airport in Nairobi with your passport. It currently costs $25.00. If you wish to get it ahead of time contact the Kenyan embassy in your country.
11. How long will I be staying?
You may stay as long as you wish. We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 2 weeks
12. What language is spoken in Kenya?
Kiswahili and English are the major languages spoken, most Kenyans speak at least some English.
13. How many volunteers are at CCC at one time?
This is difficult to answer, it depends on the situation. In the past we have had between 1 and 6 volunteers at one time.
14. What is the weather like in Molo?
The weather in Molo is usually pleasant and sunny. African’s tend to think its cold when it gets below 65 f. Night temperatures can go to 50 F. The rainy season is July and August.
15. What types of clothes/items should I bring?
Dress is casual, women wear pants or capris (shorts are not usually worn). Sneakers and flip flops are a must. A light jacket and long and short sleeve T shirts are needed. Pack light you can get your laundry done here inexpensively. A hat to protect you from the sun and sunglasses would help.
16. How strong should my sunscreen be?
This depends on your skin type. If you are fair skinned I recommend at least 40 SPF.
17. What do I do if I have a medical emergency?
First of all you should get travel insurance with good medical coverage for emergency care and even transport home. This is not expensive. Bring your health insurance card. In USA most health insurances will reimburse you when you return home. You can get decent medical care in Nairobi if you are willing to pay for it.
18. How will we travel?
In Africa the most common way of transportation is by Matatu. This is a van that is often overloaded. It is quite an adventure. It is convenient and will pick you up and drop you off at many locations. In Molo motorbikes are often used for going to the center. Walking is also possible. It is about 4 km from the center to the host’s home.
19. How much personal/free time will we have?
Weekends are your own time. Volunteers usually spend days at the centre. The schedule can be flexible to meet your needs.
20. Can safaris and trips be arranged for us?
Yes the directors can arrange safaris and trips at reasonable prices.