Volunteer in Kenya


Supporting disadvantaged communities in Vihiga
Vihiga       July 14 - August 2, 2019

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:
• 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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Children’s program and farming activities in Kisumu
Kisumu       August 4 - August 22, 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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Help children develop their musical talent
Siaya       August 11 - August 28, 2019

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 centre 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 centre
• 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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Teaching and organizing activities for vulnerable children
Vihiga       August 15 - September 2, 2019

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 programs 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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Community development program in Hamisi
Vihiga       September 8 - September 25, 2019

Volunteer project: Volunteers will support a community initiative in Hamisi that was formed to link the community through programs that meet the local needs and are community driven, participatory in nature, with gender valuation by empowering the community with appropriate skills and resources. They seek to bring positive change in the face of the community through other players in order to address the challenges faced by the local community thereby trying to alleviate poverty. The mission of this group is improving the well-being and living conditions of orphans and vulnerable children, women projects, widows, widowers, youths who are disadvantaged due to their economic, social and cultural background. They want to build and improve different sectors in the community such as health, education, agriculture, environmental protection, entrepreneurship, gender promotion and talent promotion.

Volunteer activities:
• Environmental conservation practices such as clean-up and planting trees in the nearby schools
• Extra-curricular activities and engaging with sports with the local community and school
• Home visits/cultural exchange to learn about diverse cultures and interact with the local community
• Farm work which includes weeding, planting of local vegetables, digging and watering crops
• Brick making
• Jigger campaign treatment and eradication

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 Sub County, 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       October 6 - October 23, 2019

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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Ecovillage living on Rusinga Island
Homa Bay       November 1 - November 21, 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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Organic farming and environmental conservation program
Kakamega       November 3 - November 22, 2019

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;
• Kiswahili lessons and discussions in local schools.

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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Long-term projects in Kenya