We are delighted to welcome volunteers at our Bluebell’s school in Watamu. We’ve had great experiences with our volunteers who have visited us over the years, since we laid its first foundation stone back in 2016. Our volunteers bring huge amounts of energy, joy and new initiatives our school and small community.
We invite volunteers who are passionate about children’s education and who endorse our ethical fashion cause. They need to be self-starters, with initaitve and independence as well as be open-minded and willing to learn about the realities of a rural village school on the Kenyan coast!
At school, volunteers can expect to teach lessons, provide students with one-on-one assistance, plan field trips, sports, games and arts and crafts activities, as well as assist with day-to-day chores that are integral to daily school life. We encourage volunteers to use their own initiatives, have a creative input to extra-curricular activities and any thought and preparation given to this before you arrive, is time well spent. We want to harness the special talents and skills set that you may have, which can add value to this little school. They have debates and music, and we’re just starting our ‘GreenBells’ club – so plenty of variety and areas to contribute.
Bluebells Primary school has 150 children and 8 members of staff, and it is all overseen and run by our principal, Mwana, who is always ready to welcome you into this special little community. Imagine a school with scant resources, but one which boasts its own bore hole and vegetable patch, and you’ll get a good idea. It’s a happy place with happy people, despite many coming from very impoverished backgrounds.
We allow a maximum number of 4 volunteers at any one time, and are flexible regarding dates, though we prefer volunteers to commit for a minimum of at least 3 weeks, and preferably 4. We can also help you organize accommodation and are on hand to answer any other questions you may have. You’ll also get a chance to visit our tailors at work, who make our kikoy product lines, which is our main income source for the school. A cyclical economy at best!
Volunteers will also have a chance to take advantage of all that Watamu has to offer! Kitesurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, dolphin-watching, visiting the local snake park and turtle rehabilitation centre to name but a few. In addition, we are happy to arrange and advise on local safari opportunities in nearby Tsavo East.
If you’re interested, please register your interest through this form, where you can tell us more about yourself and why you want to volunteer with Bushbells, and we will be in touch! We look forward to hearing from you.