Volunteer in Kenya


Health awareness and forest conservation project
Kakamega       June 10 - June 27, 2018

Volunteer project: The Community Health Project was started with the aim of creating awareness on HIV/AIDS among the residents of Vihrembe area, as well as on issues of sexual and reproductive health. The project is also actively involved in jigger eradication campaigns in the community.
In addition, it aims to educate the local community about the conservation of Kakamega Rainforest and its fragile ecosystem. The forest is home to many unique and rare animal and plant species but the increasing human population has exerted negative pressures to the forest, e.g. illegal logging, charcoal burning, cattle grazing, harvesting of medical plants and general clearing of the forest for agriculture. The project involves the community in its preservation, ensuring the forest is cherished as a healthy, unique and diverse ecosystem for future generations.

The idea of this project is to create awareness about the negative effects of jiggers on the health of local people.

The volunteer team will contribute through participation in different activities:
• Door-to-door jigger eradication campaign
• HIV/AIDS home-based care program
• School outreach programs
• Awareness creation in the community on sexual and reproductive health
• Rehabilitation and conservation of Kakamega Forest through the establishment of tree nurseries
• Kiswahili classes

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, which is about a 2-hour drive from the project. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit Kakamega Rainforest, which is about 1,5 kilometer from the project site.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Vihrembe Market, Kakamega County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Community development projects on the shores of Lake Victoria
Homa Bay       July 8 - July 25, 2018

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will work with a community group which is formed in order to address the challenges faced by local people. The group is concerned with the well-being of children, women, widows, widowers, men and youths who are disadvantaged due to their economical, social and cultural background. They want to build a healthy, transformed, and interactive community. The group is involved in the following activities:
• Dissemination of information to the community through dialogue, forums, workshops, road show demonstrations, outreach
• Advocacy on human rights, child abuse, child neglect, education, primary health care
• Capacity building for better food security and livelihood
• Micro finance capacity building through revolving funds
• Care and support for orphans and vulnerable children, widows and the elderly through provision of their health and education needs.
• Management of a kindergarten for the development of destitute children
• Enhancing community interaction by hosting volunteers from different countries and backgrounds, who come to work and stay with the community in group projects or as individual volunteers

The volunteers will support the community in variety of activities:
• Environmental cleanup campaigns alongside Lake Victoria beaches
• Farming activities i.e. organic farming
• Teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies
• Home visits, cultural exchange
• Farm work which includes weeding, planting of local vegetables, digging and watering crops

Leisure activities: Sites of interest are the neighboring Mfangano Island and the Rhuma National Park.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Rusinga East Location, Mbita Constituency, Homa Bay County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and care for children with disabilities
Siaya       July 15 - August 3, 2018

Volunteer project: Volunteer in Siaya County in the southwest of Kenya and work with physically challenged children. The purpose of this establishment was to provide basic needs such as accommodation, education, food, shelter and health care for disabled people within the surrounding communities. The community at Sigomre donated land for construction of the facility. The project has been supporting many people who are physically and mentality challenged thus empowering them socially and economically to become self reliant and fully integrated members of their communities. Currently the home hosts 52 people with disabilities of which 28 are males and 24 are females. They are aged between 3-25 years. The home has boarding, primary and vocational training sections, which are located within the project site. The vocational training section provides skills like tailoring and carpentry mainly to those who fail to complete their education.

The idea of this project is to make a difference in the life of children and young adults with special needs and disabilities in order to become self-reliant and integrated into mainstream life without fear of stigmatization.

Volunteer duties:
• Assisting in teaching English, Mathematics, Social Sciences and creative arts subjects
• Sewing, beadwork and crocheting
• Provision of nursing services and general health education
• Playing games with the physically challenged children
• Teaching of computer lessons and skills to the students
• Care giving services such as preparation of meals, assisting the kids with mobility and general cleaning of the home
• Physiotherapy sessions that includes physical assessment of range of movement and manual muscle strength testing
• Farm work which includes weeding, planting of variety of crops and harvesting

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Siaya County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Climate change program in Kenya and Tanzania
Vihiga, Kenya & Chake, Zanzibar, Tanzania       July 17 - August 17, 2018

Volunteer project: This is an annual project taking place in two countries - Tanzania and Kenya.
Climate change is one of the most general threats to peace and security worldwide at this moment. However it has been obvious that not many people would list this as a key factor in international relations and domestic welfare. Climate change touches all areas of security, peace building, and sustainable development. The impacts of climate change are already adversely affecting vulnerable communities, as well as stretching the capacities of societies and Governments. Climate change is best understood as a ‘threat multiplier’, i.e. something that interacts with existing pressures (such as social conflict, economic inequality, large-scale migration, or competition for resources) and further compounds these issues—increasing the likelihood of instability or violent conflict. Peace & Climate change project is aiming to increase awareness and make contribution to the projects that support environmental sustainability.

Kenya: The first two weeks the project will be hosted in Kenya by a community based organization founded in 2011 to champion environmental awareness with forestry as key concern. The project was established by members of the local community with the aim of empowerment for the less fortunate members in the quest to tackle development challenges at the grassroots. Its major focus is on environmental concern to mitigate the effects of climate change and foster intercultural education among the local community. Activities will include:
• Agro forestry that will include tree planting
• Preparation of tree nurseries and weeding
• Landscaping and tending to bamboo trees in the natural habitat
• Clean up activities
• Naming of trees
• Home visits, Intercultural learning coupled with home visits for exposure to development challenges.

Tanzania: Volunteers are expected to participate in the following outlined activities in their time in Tanzania:
• Mangrove trees planting: Mangroves protect shorelines from damaging storm and hurricane winds, waves, and floods. Mangroves also help prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their tangled root systems. They maintain water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land. Despite these benefits there has been destruction of mangrove forests and harvesting practices which are not sustainable.
• Environmental cleaning and waste management: Participating in community clean-up events and managing the waste in the community. This will be developing waste sites and demonstration on how to separate garbage.
• Environmental education: Sensitization of environment care as a means of maintaining peace and security. This will be done through creative means including sports, arts, music and exhibitions.

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However a potential participant for this project should be open minded, flexible, ready to learn and adapt to other cultures, interested in physical/outdoor activities, interested about nature, environment, and peace, and able to work under less supervision and minimum resources.

Leisure activities: In Kenya, possibility to visit the historic sites like Hippo point on Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, renowned Kakamega Rain Forest and the Equator point at Maseno University; among other spectacular sites of interest in the region. However, this will be done most probably during the weekends.
In Tanzania, Pemba Island known as the “spice Island” is gifted with various natural attractions. There are some important sites or activities you may not want to miss: Ngezi Forest, and Vumawimbi beach; Misali Island and Cloves farms.

Language: English

Accommodation: In Kenya, volunteers will be hosted in a homestead to experience cultural diversity and learn to live and interact with members of the host community in an atmosphere of cooperation and solidarity. In Tanzania, volunteers will be hosted in a communal house in the community. Expect to share rooms with other volunteers.

Location: This project will be hosted for 2 weeks in each country as follows:
Kenya: The project is located at Ebuyangu village in Emuhaya constituency in Vihiga country that is situated in Western Kenya. It is situated 430 Kilometers away from Nairobi city and it's located in an area that is famed for cultural diversity due to the high population density. The town is along the road between Kisumu and Kakamega and only 5 kilometres north of the Equator. Vihiga municipality has a population of 118,696. As a county, Vihiga has its administrative headquarters in Mbale; the people living in Vihiga primarily identify themselves as "Maragoli" and speak a language called Maragoli. This language is quite distinct from other Luhya ethnic groups.

Tanzania: Chake is part of Pemba Island, known as "The Green Island" in Arabic (an island forming part of the Zanzibar archipelago) lying within the Swahili cost in the Indian coast. With a land area of 988 square kilometers (it is situated about 50 kilometers to the north of Unguja, the largest island of the archipelago. The Island is accessible through fast ferries and flight from Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and Tanga towns. All necessary things you might need in a small town are available, from banks, markets, cell phone signal, shopping centers, etc.

Terminal: Nairobi International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching primary school students in Vihiga
Vihiga       August 5 - September 24, 2018

Volunteer project: This Primary School in Vihiga is both a school and orphanage and is a top performing school both academically and in co-curriculum activities. The school was initiated purposely to provide care for orphans and vulnerable children most of whose parents had died of HIV/AIDS. The School strives to help students to develop skills in order to be able support themselves in future.

The school started with 40 children in 2004 and now serves 220 children, with over 120 children being total orphans. The children are of mixed gender and their ages are from 3 years to 13 years. These children are provided with education, meals, shelter and medical care. The school runs from kindergarten to eighth grade. The school also accepts children who are not orphaned in order to be inclusive.

The activities undertaken by the school include teaching the children; training the children in doing music, poems and traditional dancing; training the children in athletics and ball games like football and netball as well as training children in scouting activities. The school also hosts a women group, which does rearing of pigs, fish, chickens and cattle. They also practice organic agriculture, and tailoring with the aim to generate income for children upkeep at the school.

Volunteer activities:
• Assisting in teaching mathematics, English, science and computer studies
• Assisting in preparation and serving of meals at the school
• Helping in nursing and educating the children on health and hygiene
• Training children in sports, music, poetry and dancing
• Assisting children in development of creative art skills like painting and drawing
• Taking care of the younger children as well as playing with them
• Farm work, which includes weeding, planting of variety of crops and harvesting
• Taking care of domestic animals like cattle, chicken and pigs

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Kakamega rain forest and Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, which are about a 1:30h drive respectively from the project.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Hamisi District, Vihiga County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Youth and community empowerment
Vihiga       August 16 - September 4, 2018

Volunteer project: The volunteers will support the work of a local organization that was founded in 2015. Its major objective is reaching out to community members and empowering the youth and marginalized community through provision of basic needs like education, health care, HIV/AIDS campaign awareness and offering vocational training to the youth living around the community.

The organization manages a Primary School operating from grade one to eight. The school enrolls children who come from the surrounding local communities and are from poor background. The institution also has a feeding program where the students can get their meals in order to focus on their education. It also has a vocational training centre that is used to train youths. It offers tailoring and carpentry, which aids them to acquire skills which will help them to better their lives and thus to become better persons in the community.

Additionally, there is a dispensary where the local community members get access to health care. They also have a Voluntary Counseling Centre where they do counseling and testing for HIV, thus increasing the awareness of the youth and the community about the disease and teaching them to beware of the pandemic disease.

Volunteer activities:
• Farm work (including weeding, digging and planting of maize, beans and vegetables)
• Sensitization on HIV/AIDS
• Cultural exchange in the school (e.g. through organization of debates with students)
• Assisting with minor support works in the hospital
• Teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies
• Engaging in sports activities and playing with the children

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Kakamega rain forest and Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, which are about a 1:30h drive respectively from the project.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Hamisi District, Vihiga County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Community education and poverty alleviation projects in Kakamega
Kakamega       September 9 - September 27, 2018

Volunteer project: This project is in support of a self-help group based in Mumias district in the Western Province of Kenya. The group was formed with the aim to improve the educational standards of the orphans and vulnerable children, so that they will be able to take care of themselves. The group is running a local orphanage school, which is visited by 10 orphans and 16 widows. The orphans and widows are being supported through the sales of maize produced from their small farm. This caters for the orphans’ basic needs i.e. food, clothing and shelter. The widows also get support from various groups. The main purpose of the group is to mobilize the community and self-help groups to participate in grassroots efforts in poverty eradication.

Volunteer activities:
• Teaching Mathematics, English, creative drawing subjects to the kids
• Feeding program and assisting with preparation and serving of meals
• Brick making activities and building an extension of the school
• Home visits and helping the old and sick group members
• Farm work which includes planting of crops, digging, watering of plants and clearing of bushes
• Organizing sports and games as well as playing with the children

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Lake Victoria at Kisumu City and the Kakamega Rainforest.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Mumias, Kakamega County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching and organizing activities for vulnerable children
Vihiga       October 7 - October 26, 2018

Volunteer project: In this project we'll work with a community development group which was founded in the year 2015 by a group of community members who were concerned about the various factors affecting the community without social structure to address them. The group achieves its objective through seeing a just and healthy society, which is able to address the issues and needs of orphans and vulnerable members of the society. They do this through seeking and building capacities of communities to be self-reliant and enabling the community members to improve their living standards, enhancing the provision of basic needs to the orphans and vulnerable children through a comprehensive support system.

The group also addresses jiggers eradication, HIV/AIDS awareness and drugs and substance abuse within the community. The group has also been participating in many events such as community health outreach, school education programmes and agricultural field days to empower the community to be self-reliant. The group has also made significant achievements like medicare and jiggers treatment through outreach sessions where the vulnerable members are assessed and treated.

Volunteer activities:
• Skill development through teaching of Creative Arts, Drawings, English and simple Mathematics subjects
• Organizing games and extra-curricular subjects for the kids
• Farm work which includes digging, weeding, watering and planting of crops
• Assisting with preparation and serving of meals to support the feeding program
• Guiding and counseling programs and offering psychological support to the children

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Kakamega rain forest and Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, which are about a 1:30h drive respectively from the project.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Hamisi District, Vihiga County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Organic farming and environmental conservation program
Kakamega       November 4 - November 23, 2018

Volunteer project: The local self help group in Mumias seeks to provide room for better health education for the local community with the goal of enhancing the health of the community through nutrition and environmental conservation. They do this through production of organic food in order to reduce malnutrition cases among children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the production of organic food, the group members are able to improve their farming techniques, which in turn promotes the income generating activities of the community at large thus boosting food security and discouraging deforestation. The group members are also engaged in environmental conservation, as they plant trees and use the organic fertilizer in farming.

Volunteer activities:
• Farm work which includes horticultural farming, weeding, planting in tree nurseries, clearing of bushes and digging
• Making of bricks which will be used to construct a storage room for farm products
• Making organic fertilizer and biochar which is porous charcoal used in agriculture to help the soil retain its nutrients and water
• Participation in exchange programs in schools: teaching students how to make compost
• Kiswahili lessons and debate lessons in local schools

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Lake Victoria at Kisumu City and the Kakamega Rainforest.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Mumias, Kakamega County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Ecovillage living on Rusinga Island
Homa Bay       December 2 - December 21, 2018

Volunteer project: The Eco Village on Rusinga Island aims to bring change to the lives of local people who face challenges such as food insecurity, HIV/AIDS and lack of education, among other pressing issues. It also seeks to inspire change in the general paradigms of local population towards a more holistic and responsible way of living. The Eco Village promotes permaculture farm techniques and ethics: Earth care, care for people and sharing the surplus. It is a model farm, or epicenter, for both sustainable agriculture and holistic community development. The Eco Village successfully hosted a Permaculture Development Course in March 2011 and aims to become an International Permaculture Center. There is a primary school also within the project that was established with an overall objective of providing education to the children around the community.

The project aims at promoting and demonstrating sustainable practices in food production and community development, guided by the ethics and principles of permaculture.

The volunteer tasks include:
• Permaculture which generally involves farm work activities like digging, weeding, slashing, mulching and clearing of bushes in the project’s farm
• Teaching of mathematics, English and creative arts subject in the school
• Home visits during the afternoon and assisting with general cleaning to the old and sick
• Weeding, slashing and clearing of bushes
• Soil conservation and tree planting within the school compound
• Beach cleanup exercises to improve sanitation and hygiene around the community

Leisure activities: Sites of interest are the neighboring Mfangano Island and the Rhuma National Park.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Rusinga Island, Homa Bay County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Long-term projects in Kenya