Volunteer Teaching in Kenya: The Inspiring, Challenging and Foreign Experience of a Westerner

By Amy Catherine Farndale.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Amy Farndale’s desire to teach in Africa, and particularly one of the developing countries within, became a reality for the first time in 2007. In her initial visit to 4 schools and an orphanage in the Kajiado District of the Rift Valley Province in Kenya, her feelings of devotion to some of the world’s most needy children blossomed. This led to a consecutive visit to a school and NGO in 2008. This article details the procedures involved in planning volunteer projects, describes Mrs Farndale’s experiences in several educational settings of Maasai land, and recounts some feelings of frustration and cultural shock whilst volunteer teaching in Kenya. The article highlights Kenya’s ‘free’ education system, and raises issues involving cultural understanding and ethnocentricity. It also supports the need for further research into international volunteer teaching.

Keywords: International Volunteer Teaching, Teaching, Kenya, Africa, Education, Cross Cultural Learning, Volunteering, Developing Countries, Public Schools, Preschools, Rural

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.335-350. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.050MB).

Amy Catherine Farndale

Teacher, Education and Children's Services, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

I am an Australian teacher with the Master of Education and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (with honours). I have taught in various schools and children’s services in Australia, UK, Paris, Amsterdam and Kenya and am now parenting a child of my own.

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