For over 50 years, more than 5,100 Volunteers have served the people of Kenya. Since the program’s evacuation in 2014, the Kenyan government has been steadfast in its desire to have Peace Corps Volunteers return to the country. Education priorities are highlighted in Kenya’s strategic plans and reinforced in its national Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Our Kenyan partners value the experience and Peace Corps Volunteers’ abilities to engage in community level roles, and believe that with their Kenyan counterparts, their work could align with Kenya Vision 2030 and the government’s “Big Four” development agenda – of which targeted education programming undergirds the social pillar’s vision of transforming key social sectors.
The Education Program is located in Western Kenya, a region with specific needs that align with Peace Corps’ experience working in Math and Science. The long-term outcome for Peace Corps/Kenya’s Math and Science project is for Kenyan Students to acquire STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and math and/or science knowledge. Volunteers will work together with counterparts and community members to build teacher and student capacity in STEM and increase community involvement and access to materials/resources to support a STEM approach to math and science. Also, PCVs will develop the life skills of students by inspiring them to become responsible, productive citizens who encourage gender equality and HIV/AIDS prevention.
As with all Peace Corps programs, flexibility and a positive attitude will be important for this project. Volunteers may be asked to teach a variety of subjects aside from the one they have been invited to teach. Volunteers will teach in the classroom and do activities to build capacity among their counterparts and co-teachers. Activities might include the broader community and things like math competitions, science fairs, camps and clubs, and school improvement projects.
Peace Corps Kenya promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in Kenya and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of your work, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.
Corporal punishment is illegal in Kenya. While the government has regulations regarding corporal punishment, these rules are not always followed or enforced at the local level. Volunteers will often encounter different levels of corporal punishment. Many Volunteers find this aspect of life very challenging, particularly when it is necessary to develop good working relationships with colleagues. Peace Corps Kenya encourages open dialogue between Volunteers and their colleagues, and exploring culturally appropriate and acceptable alternatives to corporal punishment.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check