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Spend your internship in Kenya and support this grass-roots organization in the development and implementation of programs empowering the children. During this Social Work and Psychology Internship in Kenya, you will be based on the premises of an Educational Center on the shores of Lake Victoria. Depending on your skills, desired learning outcomes, and needs of the children you will assist with day-to-day operations and organize educational and stimulating activities. You might also be involved with group counseling and be a mentor to individual students. A great opportunity if you are keen to support this grass-roots organization to work towards an environment allowing people to thrive and fulfill their potential.
Your role will be designed according to your skills, desired learning outcomes, and needs of the children. The tasks include:
- Individual and group counseling
- Individual mentorship
- Support the development and implementation of programs empowering the children
- Creating stimulating, educative and fun activities
- Assisting the social workers in the day-to-day operations
- Life-Skill training
During the weekends or weeks off, you have free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Kisumu, wider Kenya, and Eastern Africa. You can also initialize workshops or excursions with the kids, the staff or the wider community, or just spend time with the team and the children, play football, volleyball and so on.
- Background in Social Work or Psychology
- Self-motivated, flexible, adaptable, warm-hearted, loving and caring
- Ability to respect and work with different cultures
- Excellent communicator
- Positive, ambitious and empathic
Please keep the following in mind
- The starting and end dates of this internship are flexible and the internship is available almost during the entire year. The duration can be 3-6 months.
- During the internship, you will be linked to a supervisor/mentor who you will most likely be in daily contact with.
- The internship with this non-profit is based on a voluntary work placement which means you are not receiving any remuneration.
- For the duration of this internship, you are based in accommodation on the premises of the Educational Center, that’s based near Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya. The accommodation fee is based on a shared room and three meals a day (12 weeks: USD 1,568 – 24 weeks: USD 2,304)
- You can apply for a 3 months visa online (or get it upon arrival at the airport) and this visa can be extended to 6 months if you plan to stay for longer than 3 months.
- If you apply for this internship, you will be contacted by Roots Interns as they handle the applications for internship.
About the organization
The Foundation was founded in 2015 and they aim to empower and inspire people to initiate the individual and societal transformation we want to see. They work towards an environment allowing people to thrive and fulfill their potential. It is their role to build the capacity of people and organizations they work with, build bridges between agents of change to co-create this environment.
They work hand in hand with another foundation, that is operating an Educational Center providing education, food security, (health)care for over 300 vulnerable & orphaned children from the community. They provide financial support as well as helps the Center to strengthen their capacity by consult in organizational development, designing and managing educational and development projects. Additionally, they also facilitate vocational training, alternative educational programs, and training of teachers.
The Center now houses a children’s home, non-formal nursery and primary school and acts as a sponsor for high-school and university. Aside from education, the children are taught the ideals of respect and love, environmental awareness, social and economic empowerment. They also have 14 acres of farm, as well as livestock like cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, fish and rabbits to provide an income. The Center does not receive any government support, so it survives from agriculture, occasional donations and the passion of the people that work there.