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“Be the change you would like to see in the world.”


There is a well established programme of students and other volunteers spending time working in the various VGT projects in Rongai.

This is a real opportunity to give something back and make a genuine contribution to the Rongai community. It is a great chance to immerse yourself in a different culture and then to travel within Kenya, a country with a wonderful and diverse range of experiences. The work you do is rewarding and a good thing to have on your CV, and you can have a lot of fun sharing accommodation with a group of like minded people. Opportunities are available for volunteers wanting to work with the VGT schools in rural Kenya. Gogar Primary School is always in need of energetic open minded people who are prepared to become fully involved in school life and teach sport, art, English and help run the library. In addition to this volunteers are encouraged to take on a project within the school. The Vanessa Grant School and the Vocational Training School welcome volunteers who enjoy working with handicapped children and young people. Vanessa Grant Girls’ School is a boarding secondary school for high achieving girls, many of whom come from poor backgrounds. There is plenty of opportunity to help with IT , sport and music. Many volunteers split their time between the schools depending on their strengths. It is vital to come with an open mind and the determination to become involved and to contribute. It is not for the faint hearted.


We ask that you contribute GBP600 (US$900). GBP100 of this covers the accommodation costs, the balance is available for your use on a project within one of the schools. It is important to agree this with the Head of the school and with the managing Trustee. You will need to meet all other living expenses such as food and local travel. Students/volunteers normally come for at least one term (about three months). We welcome applications from anyone interested in a gap year and other volunteer placements in Rongai. To find out more, you might like to first read the testimonials below kept by previous gap-year students as well as other information which you will require if you decide you would like to apply.   If you’ve any questions after that or you’d like to go ahead and apply, please get in touch with any of the contacts shown on the Contact Us page.

Guidelines for Volunteers


Volunteers view of Rongai


List of required items


Initial info for volunteers expressing an interest


Volunteers release and waiver form


Farm Map

Guidelines for all visitors to Gogar – March 2016


MRH Facility Use Indemnity March 2016



We are particularly keen to build long-lasting links between the projects and schools in other countries, and we already have strong links with a number, including:

  • Cheltenham College, UK
  • King’s Edgehill School, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Sherborne, UK
  • Brambletye School, UK
  • Tara Anglican School for Girls, Australia

If you are a teacher, parent or student at a school which you think could benefit from a link with our work then please do get in touch.

“Living and volunteering in Africa has profoundly influenced my perspective and outlook on life. “

Tamara Nordman, volunteer 2011

Comment by Kristen Sweeney 2017

(Portsmouth middle school)


First, transport from Nairobi to Rongai was seemless. Moses, a driver that Johnny arranged was excellent and very safe. Driving in Kenya was definitely a new experience. Moses picked us up the night we arrived and brought us to the hotel and then transported us to Rongai. We again used Moses on the return trip to Nairobi upon our departure.

  • The Molo River House is more than we had expected in terms of comfortable accommodations. The home is extremely well cared for, clean, refrigeration, gas stove, an adequate pantry , and a large living room. Each room has its own bathroom and shower.  The views of the green pastures and cows are very peaceful. There a so many different bird species to check out if you are into that stuff. The farm is absolutely beautiful and very safe. We had someone that came every evening 6-6 to provide outside security. Johnny is very available to communicate if  needed.
  • Definitely buy a Kenyan phone and a substantial data plan. This way you can bypass wifi and use your phone as a hot spot. There is full data available with good reception at the farm. Airtime is pretty inexpensive in Kenya.
  • Water: we bought a ton of water before arrival in Nairobi, but there is clean filtered water on the farm.
  • We walked to the school everyday. It was such a great way to start and end the day. The morning walk was silent peacefulness and the afternoon were filled with our debrief of the day.
  • Pack lightly(I way overpacked)
  • Plan to travel on the weekends and make plans ahead of time. There is so much we did not get to explore.
  • The above are logistical.

In terms of the Kenyan people and community, if you are open minded and leave all expectations and judgement behind you will fall in love with the people, their simple lifestyle, the student’s drive and work ethic, the beautiful geography that provides the most beautiful views everywhere you go.

Be willing to try everything: the food and getting to know their language. The teachers speak English and the students do too.(I’m assuming at the HS level, the students speak primarily English) Remember that English is their 3rd language. Try to really get to know the teachers and what their philosophies are about teaching. They will embrace you and want to get to know you, but to build respect, it is important to try to learn their language and culture.  The kids are SO eager and determined to learn. I’m not sure about the “arts” at the VGGS, but at the Gogar Primary school, there is a desperate need for the arts. The kids absolutely love anything Art related. The students at Gogar love music, love to sing, love to dance.

I think that is is great that you have a project in mind and know what you will be doing. This I learned is important. When we return, we will definitely bring hands on science and art projects with us.. It was very hard to return to the states…. something about Kenya grabs you!

I could go on and on… But you will have an experience of a lifetime and it will be life changing for sure!

Comment by Tamara Nordmann who was a volunteer in 2004

“I am writing to you to provide little feedback of my volunteer experience in Rongai. I hope future volunteers will be motivated and curious to find out what it is all about. Living and volunteering in Africa has profoundly influenced my perspectives and outlook on life. I re-evaluated my personal relationships, the way I interact with people, the things I value, my approach to material possessions, and my overall career goals. To say I loved living there would be an understatement. I became a volunteer at the schools in Rongai by coincidence in 2004. I was brought there by a friend of mine and in the end I stayed for more than half a year because I completely fell in love with this place. Teaching at VGS and GPS I suddenly found myself with a piece of chalk in my hand and a textbook in the other with no real syllabus. At times the lack of resources due to circumstances could get frustrating, especially in PE and arts. However, the children were amazing and they were a real joy to teach. So many confused and eager faces staring back at you, ready to learn! The teachers at both schools gave me the warmest welcome and they helped me whenever it was possible. As a volunteer you were well received as a member of the team and given the feeling of actually making a difference. Our accommodation, the small volunteers’ house, was the cosiest place i have stayed in during my time in Kenya. Everyone on the farm was absolutely open-hearted and supportive which made it extremely easy to feel at home.   Before and after my stay at Rongai, I have been working with other volunteer projects but I have to say the “VGS project” has been the most amazing experience of all! Because of the personal atmosphere I have come back to Kenya every two years since my first stay. Whenever I visit this special place in the Rift Valley I am overtaken by all the progress which has been done in the meantime. The “VGS-project” is one the very few development projects in Africa which can demonstrate continuous success due to all the wonderful people working for it jointly.”                                                                                 Tamara Nordmann 2011

Letty Davis 2013

The VGST is a really amazing trust, which makes a huge impact on this community and I know there are so many people out there who appreciate it hugely. I’m lucky to have been a part of such a positive, non-commercial organisation which has enabled me to explore this fantastic part of the world, meet many amazing people, and have, what I am fairly sure, has been a life changing experience. Gogar Farm is a really beautiful environment. I used to walk to school every morning feeling so aware of my surroundings. I do not think I will ever forget how lovely it is here.

Map of Molo house in relation to the schools