Volunteer in Kenya

Children’s program and farming activities in Kisumu
Kisumu       2 projects of 3 wks in August and October

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, Early childhood Education, and Computer and work readiness skills. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School (Model Farm) which also encompasses a Greenhouse, a Poultry Farm, domestic animals unit and fish pond, that provide practical examples of modern farming practices as well as a source of nutrition and income for the Orphan Feeding Program. The Computer and work preparedness training is complemented with an equipped computer center. The kindergarten has 2 teachers and 75 children who are either orphans or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
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, 150 school-going orphans and vulnerable children get free lunch at the center in order to improve their concentration and school performance.
The center’s facilities have been modified to accommodate physically disabled participants hence its doors are open to such people.

Volunteer activities:
• School activities e.g. teaching and playing with the kids, cooking for them, washing utensils
• Working in the Model Farm of the center: tilling the land, planting crops, harvesting, weeding and applying manure, watering crops
• Assisting in the teaching of basic subjects such as English, drawing, creative arts to children in the Learn and Play Daycare of the center
• Assisting in computer and work skills training of the young people at the center
• Organizing games and extra-curricular activities for children as well as playing with them
• Assisting in feeding the domestic animals: rabbits, chicken, geese, turkey
• Cleaning the sheds for the domestic animals
• Assisting the youth in the project through designing and making customized backrests, pillowcases, window curtains, and doormats for sale to generate income for them
• Promotion of the center's agricultural activities in the community through selling the products at the local market
• Fundraising for the programs and promotion of the Center and its activities
• Maintenance activities at the center: collecting litter, landscaping, construction, repairs, cleaning the halls, slashing weeds, painting the walls, repairing connecting water pipes in the greenhouse, building a garbage disposal point
• Assisting the facilitator in teaching computer and work skills at the disability project

Leisure activities: Volunteers will have a chance to go for evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and play games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, the Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and have a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit Kakamega Rainforest in early morning, hike the forest hill, and witness the sunrise from there.

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.

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:
August 7 - August 24, 2022
October 9 - October 26, 2022

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Organic farming and environmental conservation program
Kakamega       August 14 - August 31, 2022

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work together with a local self-help group in Mumias, Kakamega County. The group strives to provide room for better health education for the local community with the goal of enhancing the health of society through nutrition and environmental conservation. They do this through the production of organic foods to reduce malnutrition among disadvantaged children. Through the production of organic food, group members are able to improve their farming techniques, which in turn promotes income generating activities for the community as a whole, thus boosting 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, clearing bushes and digging;
• Planting trees and preparation of seedlings;
• 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 will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and have a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness the sunrise from the forest hill.

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 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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Education and care for orphans and destitute children
Kiambu       September 4 - September 21, 2022

Volunteer project: The Children’s Home in Limuru was established in the year 2005 by a former government staff who always had a dream of starting a humanitarian center for the needy, poor, less fortunate, and vulnerable children in society. She got a house, which was not in use, rented, furnished, and started taking care of the vulnerable children. The number kept growing until she realized that feeding children alone was not enough. She then started an Early Childhood Development School within the center where children could get education, food, and shelter.
The children’s home has 164 children. Those who permanently reside in the home are 50 children, while those who attend day activities like learning, daycare, and feeding are 125. The Early Childhood Development School helps to generate income for the project. The school runs from Pre-primary one to grade 1-5. The project also supports 10 teenage students who attend senior school elsewhere.
The project also has a small farm where they plant vegetables, maize, beans, tomatoes, etc. They are also involved in poultry keeping and rearing of dairy cattle. The products they get from these activities are used to supplement the meals of the children.

Volunteer activities:
• Assisting the staff to clean the small children
• Cleaning clothes and other project utilities used by children
• Assisting in school activities such as teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Creative Arts and playing with the kids
• Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
• Farm work including weeding, planting of vegetables, watering of crops, and digging in the small farm within the project
• Taking care of domestic animals and milking to supplement the feeding of children
• Assisting in the weaving of mats for income generation to support the children's basic needs

Leisure activities: During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Naivasha, Hell's gate and Rift Valley viewpoint. They can also enjoy evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games in their free time.

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: Limuru, Kiambu 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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Support for orphans and vulnerable children
Kakamega       November 6 - November 23, 2022

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 of improving 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 involving weeding, digging and planting maize, beans and vegetables
• Brick making for the construction of a school, as well as shelter and accommodation for the orphans
• 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 will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, and view the equator line sign. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness the sunrise from the forest hill.

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.

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Ecovillage living on Rusinga Island
Homa Bay       December 4 - December 21, 2022

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 farm design techniques and ethics: earth care, people care 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 and aims to become an International Permaculture Center. There is also a primary school within the project that was established with an overall objective of providing education to the 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 weeding, slashing and clearing of bushes;
• Soil conservation and tree planting in the school compound and neighboring communities;
• 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 that volunteers can visit on the weekends are Rusinga hills, Mafangano Islands, and Tom Mboya Mausoleum. There will be also evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games in the free time.

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 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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