Volunteer in Kenya

Support for orphans and vulnerable children
Kakamega       January 6 - January 26, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work together with a community development 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 main purpose of the group is to mobilize the community and self-help groups to participate in grassroots efforts in poverty eradication through sustainable initiatives on community education, agriculture, income generation.

Volunteer activities:
• Farm work which involves weeding, digging and planting of maize, beans and vegetables
• Raising awareness on HIV/AIDS
• Brick making for the construction of a school
• Exchange programs i.e. debates in school
• Assisting with the work in the hospital
• Teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Social studies
• Engaging in sports activities as well as playing with the children

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

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 District, 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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Children’s program and farming activities in Kisumu
Kisumu       February 10 - February 28, 2019

Volunteer project: The Resource Center is located in Kisumu County, about 25km east of Kisumu town and offers a variety of services to the local community. The centre is equipped with a training facility to provide capacity building on Drought Resilient Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Adult Education. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School (Model Farm) which also encompasses a Greenhouse, Tree Nursery and Poultry Farm that provide practical examples of modern farming practices as well as a source of nutrition and income for the Orphan Feeding Program.

The resource centre is also equipped with a comprehensive rainwater-harvesting infrastructure to fully utilize the short and heavy rains in the region. Additionally a borehole provides a reliable and affordable source of safe water for the community. From time to time, depending on the availability of funds, 30 school-going orphans and vulnerable children get a free lunch at the center in order to improve their concentration and school performance.

Volunteer activities:
• School activities e.g. teaching and playing with kids, cooking for the kids, washing utensils
• Farm work, which includes digging, weeding, planting vegetables, bananas and other fruit trees, filling the tubes for planting, watering
• General cleaning of the resource centre
• Cleaning the chicken houses and giving food to the chicken
• Carrying out construction wastes to the road for road maintenance
• Home visits and assisting widows with general cleaning
• Exchange programs in local schools and health talks in the afternoon

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Lake Victoria at Kisumu city, which is about a 1-hour drive from the project. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit the Ahero rice fields, the local market or take an optional one-day trip to 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: Ahero, Kisumu 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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Training and support for mentally challenged young adults
Kiambu       March 4 - March 22, 2019

Volunteer project: People with mental disabilities in Kenya (approximately 2.9 million) face special challenges in their lives. Many Kenyans still associate people who have mental disabilities with witchcraft, and little has been done to combat this stigmatization. Most people with mental disability have a mild to moderate mental retardation. However, they can learn and are capable of developing skills throughout their lives. They have a wide range of talents, which can possibly be discovered at any moment in their childhood. The major shortcomings of the current educational system for young adults with mental disabilities is that they are too old to be enrolled in a primary school, but mentally incapable of attending a normal secondary school. Because of that, the Center for mentally challenged persons in Kamirithu focuses on young adults with mild to moderate mental disabilities, varying from Down Syndrome to Autism, from the age of 16 to 35.

A training center for this group has given them and their parents hope for a better future. Currently, the center has 38 students. The students are divided into classes according to their abilities. The young adults are trained in basic life skills, vocational and income generating activities. At the end of the training, their capabilities are assessed and efforts are made for them to be attached to an employer where they get the possibility to perform basic tasks.

The idea of this project is to make a difference in the life of young adults with special needs and disabilities, by making them self-reliant and by easing their integration into mainstream life without fear of stigmatization.

Volunteers will help out with the following activities:
• Taking part in the teaching of various subjects (mathematics, language, writing, drawing, gardening, sewing, beadwork, computer skills and cleaning)
• Organizing extra-curricular activities
• General maintenance and cleaning of the centre
• Provision of guiding and counseling services to the students
• Farm work

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: Kamirithu Village, Kiambu 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
Makueni       May 5 - May 22, 2019

Volunteer project: Volunteer in Makueni County in the Eastern region of Kenya and work with physically handicapped children. This is a school and a home that was created in 1994. A Primary School and a Catholic Church surround this home, which currently houses 20 children. These kids are boys and girls aged between 10 to 19 years. They have suffered accidents, snakebites and Polio or were handicapped at birth, among other causes.

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:
• Teaching various subjects (Mathematics, English, etc)
• Organizing extra-curricular activities
• General maintenance and cleaning of the centre
• Provision of guiding and counselling services to the students
• Farm work

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Mt Carmel for some hiking. You can view Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, from the home and you can experience the traditional Akamba homes built by the Kamba people.

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: Makueni 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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Health awareness and forest conservation project
Kakamega       June 9 - June 26, 2019

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
• Organizing games and sports in local schools and playing with the children

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 the Crying Stone and Kakamega Rainforest, which are about 5 km and 1.5 km from the project site respectively.

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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Ecovillage living on Rusinga Island
Homa Bay       July 7 - July 24, 2019

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 the local population towards a more holistic and responsible way of living. The Eco Village promotes permaculture principles and ethics: earth care, people care and fair share. It is a model farm, or epicenter, for both sustainable agriculture and holistic community development. The Eco Village successfully hosted a Permaculture Development Course and aims to become an International Permaculture Center. Within the project there is a primary school, which was created with the common aim of providing education to children around the community.

This volunteer project aims to promote and demonstrate sustainable practices in food production and community development, guided by the ethics and principles of permaculture.

The volunteer tasks include:
• Permaculture farm activities like digging, weeding, slashing, mulching and clearing of bushes;
• Soil conservation and tree planting within the school compound;
• Teaching English, mathematics and creative arts in the school;
• Home visits to old and sick community members in the afternoon and assisting with general cleaning;
• Beach cleanup 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