Summer Institute

SHOFCO’s Summer Institute is an annual competitive program that takes place from mid June to mid July that provides civic-minded university students with on-the-ground experience teaching at The Kibera School for Girls (KSG) in Nairobi, Kenya.Participants partner with college-aged SHOFCO program members to run a fun, educational summer camp for KSG students. In the mornings, Institute participants tutor students, accelerating academic performance while forming meaningful relationships. In the afternoons, volunteers take turns leading personally designed workshops on subjects of their choice. Past lessons have ranged from poetry to soccer; public speaking to yoga; volcano making to ballet. Participants are on-site at the Kibera School for Girls Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 5pm. On weekends, participants and SHOFCO youth take part in group activities, explore Nairobi, and travel outside the city. The program is self-funded and requires a $1,000 fundraising commitment to SHOFCO.You are a match for the Summer Institute ifYou are an undergraduate student or recent graduateYou are looking for a challenging, meaningful experience with real responsibilityYou are passionate about Shining Hope’s mission and work, with a commitment to learning from local leadership and empowering women and girlsYou are interested in interacting with and learning from people your age from other culturesYou are comfortable working across cultures and in an environment that lacks many “Western” comfortsYou work well in structured group settingsYou love young children and enjoy working with themYou are interested in getting a sense of what it is like to work at an international non-profit organizationYou bring maturity, grace, and a belief that young people can change the world!Example ScheduleJune 16 – Arrival at NBO! Shuttle to Nairobi guest houseJune 17 – 21 – Orientation to SHOFCO/Nairobi/Kibera. Lesson planning and preparation for time with studentsJune 23 – July 15 – Mornings: group homerooms and literacy workshops with girls. Afternoons: volunteer-led and designed workshopsJuly 5 – Day trip to Hell’s Gate, NaivashaJuly 15 – Final ceremony and celebration at the Kibera School for Girls. Shuttle from Nairobi Guest House to NBOApproximate Program Costs$1,000-$1,600 – Round Trip Airfare$50 – tourist visa for Kenya$1,500 – room and board in Nairobi for the duration of your stay. This includes a dorm-style bedroom, shared bath, wireless Internet, transport to/from Kibera, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner most nights$75 - $200 – Travel Insurance. We require proof of traveler’s insurance, including evacuation insurance$400 – activities, including an all-inclusive day trip to Hell’s Gate national park$1,000 – fundraising commitment. All participants are required to fundraise a minimum of for SHOFCO though our online platform. This donation is tax-deductible. A $250 deposit towards the fundraising contribution is duewithin one week of admission to the Summer Institute to secure a spotPersonal costs at your discretionFor the 2016 Summer Institute Application, click here.