What are the goals of the G-United program?
The program has three key objectives:
- Strengthen and support primary educational outcomes by providing remedial literacy sessions to struggling learners.
- Create enriching personal development opportunities for the youth through community service.
- Promote national cohesion by placing volunteers in counties other than their homes counties.
How many volunteers have been through G-United?
Over 800 volunteers have taken part in the programme in the first, second and third cohorts which took place in 2014/2015, 2016/2017 and 2017 respectively. The third cohort ended on 19th October 2017. Recruitment for the 4th Cohort of the programme is expected to begin on 22nd January 2018.
How is G-United organised?
Volunteers are trained for a week and deployed to counties other than their home counties. At the county, they are provided accommodation with homestays to experience the cultural diversities of Kenya.
G-United’s Steering Committee is comprised of officials from the Office of the Deputy President, Ministry of Education, Commission for Higher Learning, Kenya institute of Curriculum Development, Ministry of Interior and National Coordination, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission. The Committee makes decisions related to the program's operations and finances. Technical assistance to the program is provided by Evidence Action.
How are volunteers recruited?
Volunteer recruitment involves reaching out to the target group of Kenyan university graduates aged 21-30 years interested in volunteering. Interested applicants complete an online form. Applications are screened to ensure they meet our basic criteria and an online aptitude test is administered. This is followed by an interactive in-person session for shortlisted candidates. The selection panel includes officers drawn from the Ministry of Education (at national and county level).
All through the selection process, G-United is committed to ensuring that the right volunteers are admitted to the programme through a credible process. The selection process seeks to reflect gender and regional diversity in the successful list of volunteers.
Volunteers each receive a monthly stipend of KES 6,000 for their upkeep, together with NHIF cover by the Ministry of Education. In addition, their homestays also receive KES 3,000 to aid in hosting a volunteer for the duration of their service.
Yes you can, but ONLY IF you can provide proof of graduation by the time of Training and Deployment in the course of the Programme.
I've got a Diploma. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately not. A key minimum requirement for consideration into G-United is that you must be a Kenyan University graduate in any course aged 21 to 30 years. We are however evaluating feedback we receive and will consider what sort of amends to make in subsequent cohorts.
Am I required to pay anything to take part in the recruitment or volunteer training?
NO you are not required to pay any amount to take part in the recruitment exercise. Applicants are contacted through either a programme email or number, both of which are indicated in the CONTACT US page of this website.
How long will I be expected to volunteer?
This year, volunteers deployed to the counties in our 4th Cohort will be required to serve for an uninterrupted period of 7 months, until when primary schools close at the end of October 2018.
What happens if I land an opportunity in the middle of my service and do not get to complete the full duration?
G-United ackowledges that external employment opportunities or projects may arise during one's service in a given cohort. We take pride in seeing our youth land opportunities which help them further their careers and passions. In order to be eligible to receive a Letter of Recommendation however, a volunteer must have served AT LEAST 3 months with the programme at their County of Deployment, but will not be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion of Service.
Am I guaranteed employment after my volunteer service with G-United?
No you are not. G-United does not offer employment to graduates after the duration of their service. The programme seeks to tap into youth who are passionate about service to the communities. Volunteers are encouraged to get the most out of their experience and placement in the counties.
Is there a Career Fair, as there was in Cohort 1, or an official Graduation Ceremony following my volunteer service?
There is no Career Fair or official Graduation ceremony after completion of your volunteer service. G-United has in the past engaged in activities such as a Career Fair which happened in 2015. However, based on event feedback from volunteers, and an evolving program design, these plans have been discontinued. We continuously seek to engage new partners and organisations who can help offer personal and professional development to volunteers.
What happens at the end of my volunteer service with G-United?
Volunteers who successfully complete their duration of service will receive official certificates from the Government and letters of recommendation for their dedicated and selfless service to the nation. G-United also continues to engage with Alumni, sharing information on opportunities from partners as well as personal development courses and updates.
The programme hopes that volunteers completing G-United service have an enriching and fruitful experience as we continue to improve offerings based on feedback received from the volunteers themselves, County governments, County Education Directors, teachers, officials, home stay families, schools and other stakeholders.