Guesthouse host/hostess | Nairobi, Kenya

  • Service term length or program: Long-term, Mission internship, International volunteer (55+)
  • Region of service: Africa
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ministry category: Business for transformation, Hospitality

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Make guests from all over the world feel cared for and welcomed at Amani Gardens Inn (formerly the Mennonite Guesthouse). Help managers stay in touch with the changing needs of guests. Engage with guests during breakfast and dinner; join them for tea when possible. Pastoral gifts, hospitable personality, and international experience desired.

Regional vision
Our dream is to inspire a movement of movements all over East Africa and beyond. Our aim is transformation, not mere information; discipleship, not mere religion. We long for all people to become fully committed followers of Jesus, but recognize that there are many expressions of the kingdom of God and the work of the Holy Spirit.

Responsibilities

  • Host at breakfast and dinner (and lunch, if necessary). Hosting includes helping guests find their seats, ensuring quality service, and engaging with guests throughout the meal. 

  • Join guests for tea (served twice per day) as often as possible. 

  • Report to management any concerns about menus, staff performance, and other guest concerns. 

  • Ensure quality service by helping managers stay in touch with the changing needs of guests.

Note: This is generally a part-time position. The host/hostess can engage in other local ministry opportunities as time allows. 

Environment
Nairobi’s climate is ideal, with temperatures at 70–85 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Nairobi is a regional hub for East Africa and beyond. Most modern amenities are available, although prices may be somewhat high. Challenges include a high crime rate and congested transportation systems.

Supervisors and colleagues
As a member of EMM’s East Africa team, the host/hostess will be supervised by Regional Representative Debbi DiGennaro. Other working relationships will depend on the opportunities the person chooses to pursue in addition to guesthouse responsibilities.

Skills and experience
Successful hosts will have a pastoral and hospitable personality, patience, friendliness, and a sincere desire to interact with guests. They will be skilled at engaging with and encouraging people. They will be interested in learning about Africa and mission work on the continent, and will have an awareness that there are particular challenges that workers in Africa must face. Previous cross-cultural experience is preferred.