Volunteer in Kenya

Ecovillage living on Rusinga Island
Homa Bay       2 projects of 3 wks in December and June

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.

All available dates for this project:
December 1 - December 21, 2019
June 6 - June 24, 2020

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Support for orphans and vulnerable children
Kakamega       2 projects of 3 wks in January and August

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 in the community, so that they would 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 the group's 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.

Volunteer activities:
• Farm work which involves weeding, digging and planting maize, beans and vegetables
• Brick making for the construction of a school
• Exchange programs and debates in school
• Teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Social studies
• Engaging in sports activities as well as playing with the children

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Lake Victoria and Kisumu City with its Maasai market and Museum, as well as Kakamega Rainforest which is about one hour drive from Kisumu.

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 Euro
The fee includes airport pick up and drop off, up to 3 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi and introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Center Tour before the project.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 4 - January 22, 2020
August 8 - August 26, 2020

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Children’s program and farming activities in Kisumu
Kisumu       2 projects of 3 wks in February and July

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 center 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 center 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 the kids, cooking for them, washing utensils
• Assisting in computer and work readiness training
• Farm work, which may include digging, weeding, planting vegetables, bananas and other fruit trees, watering
• Cleaning the chicken coop and taking care of the chicken
• Tree planting and maintenance
• General cleaning, maintenance and construction at the center
• Home visits and cultural exchanges

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 town in Nyando District, Kisumu County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euro
The fee includes airport pick up and drop off, up to 3 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi and introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Center Tour before the project.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
February 9 - February 26, 2020
July 4 - July 22, 2020

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Education and care for children with disabilities
Makueni       May 10 - May 27, 2020

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 center
• Provision of guiding and counseling 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 Euro
The fee includes airport pick up and drop off, up to 3 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi and introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Center Tour before the project.
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       July 11 - July 29, 2020

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work together with a local self-help group in Mumias, Kakamega County. The group strives to provide a place for better health education of the local community to improve community health through nutrition and environmental protection. They do this through the production of organic foods to reduce malnutrition among disadvantaged children. Through the production of organic food, group members can improve their cultivation techniques, which in turn promotes income generating activities for the community as a whole, thereby increasing food security and discouraging deforestation. Group members are also committed to protecting the environment by planting trees and using organic fertilizers in agriculture.

Volunteer activities:
• Organic farming that includes gardening, weeding, planting in tree nurseries, clearing bushes and digging;
• Making of bricks to be used for the construction of a storage room for farm products;
• Making organic fertilizers and biochar (porous charcoal used in agriculture) to help the soil retain its nutrients and water;
• Participating in exchange programs in schools, teaching students how to make compost.

Farming in Kenya

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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Supporting disadvantaged communities in Vihiga
Vihiga       August 1 - August 19, 2020

Volunteer project: The volunteers will support the work of a local community development initiative which was started in Mulundu village and its neighboring communities, due to increase in poverty and illiteracy among the youths in the village due to their economic, social and cultural background. The project's main objective is improving people’s lives in the community especially the vulnerable as well as addressing the challenges faced by the local community. Their mission is concerned with the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children, mistreated women, widows, widowers, people with disability and youths who are disadvantaged due to their economic, social and cultural background. They are aiming to build a healthy, transformed, and interactive society.

Volunteer activities:
• Jiggers eradication and raising awareness within the community
• Farm work (including weeding, digging and planting of maize, beans and vegetables)
• Exchange programs with the community members through home visits
• Engaging in sports activities as well as playing with the children
• Preparing and engaging in brick making
• Digging on farms, as well as harvesting for the elderly and widows
• Helping in construction of houses for widowers and vulnerable families
• Organizing community outreach with community health volunteers for HIV/AIDS campaign awareness
• Planting trees and conservation of the environment

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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Help children develop their musical talent
Siaya       August 15 - September 2, 2020

Volunteer project: Volunteer in Siaya County in the southwest of Kenya and work with local boys and girls with various expertise and talents especially in playing different musical instruments, music composition and singing. The purpose of this project is identifying, nurturing and offering psychological support to talented children and youth from local communities through organized events.

The group has 120 children, where 75 are boys and 135 girls below 18 years. The project does not offer formal education, but offers guidance to children and youth as well as nurturing talents in different areas. The project coordinators meet the children when they are out of school especially during the weekends and during holidays. The short holidays are during the months of April and during long holidays in November and December. During these holidays, the children meet at the cultural center with group members. During this period, the children are taught to play musical instruments, play football, volleyball and hockey. They are also trained on using locally available materials to make simple toys.

Volunteer duties:
• Teaching children to play guitar and keyboard
• Engaging children in music lessons
• Organizing recreational activities for kids/youths
• Planting trees and flowers in nursery/seedbed for beautification of the center
• Playing together with children through extracurricular activities such a sports and dance

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: Sigomre Division, 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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Training and support for mentally challenged young adults
Kiambu       September 12 - September 30, 2020

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 center
• 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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Long-term projects in Kenya