CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Short-Term Volunteering

Short-Term Programs are perfect for people who only have little time for volunteering or don’t have the resources for a long-term stay but want to do something beyond just travelling. It is an interesting and meaningful way to travel with purpose and spend 2-3 weeks in a foreign environment. Our Short-Term Programs are made up of 8-20 people from different countries. They work together towards a certain aim, like building a fish-pond, constructing a new schoolroom or raising awareness about a certain topics, like HIV/AIDS. A short orientation session is given to the volunteers before the project begins to help them get acquainted with the project aims, the host organization, the local customs and culture.

Participating in a short term program has many benefits. Working and living together with other volunteers from around the world provides an excellent opportunity to make many new friends, learn about unknown places and cultures, and gain new skills and experience while making a difference in areas where help is really needed.

You can find the details of every workcamp below to choose the project that suits you best.

Arrival and Orientation

All volunteers taking part in this project will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. CIVS will arrange accommodation before and after the workcamp in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

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

Participation Fee

Volunteers participating in a workcamp will be required to pay 265 Euros. The fee has to be paid upfront on arrival in full. The workcamp fee includes the following:

  • Airport pick up upon arrival & Airport drop off after the workcamp
  • Up to 3 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi
  • Introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Center Tour before the workcamp
  • Workcamp Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi or the workcamp site
  • Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Workcamp facilitation and mentoring of volunteers by an experienced workcamp leader
  • Certificate of participation for the volunteer
  • All administrative costs 

The following costs are NOT included:

  • Cost of drinks like soda, beer, mineral water etc
  • Cost of sightseeing
  • Visa costs
  • Direct donations to the project
  • Local travelling

What to Bring

Sleeping bag, sleeping mat and mosquito net are necessary. You can also bring photos of your country, clothes, books, pens, toys etc.

Tours and Safari

CIVS Kenya organizes tours and safaris to spectacular sites of interest in Kenya. Volunteers, who wish to participate, should let us know as soon as possible in order to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry fees, accommodation and tour guiding. The cost of a 3 days safari to Masai Mara National Reserve is 330 Euro. It includes:

Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara

Your Safari to Maasai Mara National Park will start in the morning in Nairobi. From here you will be driven across the floor of the Great Rift Valley and the Loita Plains to arrive in Maasai Mara for lunch. In the evening you can enjoy a game viewing drive till 06:00 pm. Afterwards dinner will be served in the camp or lodge you have chosen for your overnight stay.

Day 2: Masai Mara

On the second day you have a game viewing drive in the morning and in the evening. You will return to the camp or lodge for your meals and overnight stay.

Day 3: Masai Mara - Nairobi

Day three starts with a pre-breakfast game viewing drive in the early morning to see the predators hunting. Your own breakfast will be waiting for you when you come back to your camp or lodge. Afterwards you depart back to Nairobi with a stopover for lunch on the way. In the late afternoon you will arrive in Nairobi.

Our Workcamp Programs

Cultural Heritage Workcamp

November
badilisha eco village

Orientation date: 15 Aug 2017, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 16 - 31st Aug 2017
Safari dates: 01 - 03 Sep 2017
Theme: Re-introduction of Indigenous vegetables foods
No. of Volunteers:10 - 20

Project Profile

CIVS Kenya will host a Workcamp at Ahero Resource Centre situated in Western Kenya with the overall goal to improve household nutrition and income on the basis of traditional, indigenous vegetables and crops which are adapted to the local conditions. The reason for this being that the food base for the rural population has become narrower, leaving communities more vulnerable to food shortages and nutrient-deficiency diseases. Additionally there has been a significant rise of lifestyle diseases across the country due to the adaptation of what is considered a more modern or westernized lifestyle. Many people have neglected the rich and diverse agricultural heritage of Kenya and forgotten about the benefits traditional foods.

Kenya has a natural abundance of indigenous edible vegetables, fruits and other underutilized and neglected species which are inexpensive to produce and well adapted to the environments in which they grow.

Location

Ahero, Western Kenya

Workcamp Activities

During the workcamp volunteers will participate in different activities such as farming of indigenous crops and vegetables, preparing healthy meals with the locally use material (e.g. energy saving cooking stoves), foods or learn more about the heritage of Western Kenyan cuisine and life during several inter active session and home visits.

Workcamp outreach

  • Workcamp with 10 local and 10 international participants conducted
  • Knowledge on indigenous vegetables
  • Introduced indigenous vegetables on model farm in Community Resource Center
  • 10 households in community grow indigenous vegetables to serve as models for other community households

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 250 euros. This cost will include:

  • Airport pick up upon arrival & Airport drop off after the workcamp
  • Up to 2 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi
  • Introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Center Tour before the workcamp
  • Workcamp Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi or the workcamp site
  • Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Workcamp facilitation and mentoring of volunteers by an experienced workcamp leader
  • Certificate of participation for the volunteer
  • All administrative costs

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have a sleeping bag and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food.

Workcamp between Uvikiuta-Tanzania and CIVS Kenya

July - August
workcamp between uvikiuta tanzania and civs kenya

Phase I, Tanzania: 31 July - 13 Aug 2017
Phase II, Kenya : 14 - 27 Aug 2017
Theme: Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Are you interested in making a difference through workcamps in two different countries? If yes the CIVS Kenya and UVIKIUTA-Tanzania is the right address for you. We enable you to help the needy in a meaningful and sustainable way, while acquiring important life skills as you travel through Tanzania and Kenya, the most popular countries in Eastern Africa!

You can join our 4-week Workcamps and we are very much looking forward to make your stay in Project description: This project will be co-hosted by two organisations in East Africa; Tanzania and Kenya an unforgettable experience!

UVIKIUTA in Tanzania and CIVS in Kenya under the theme “Sustainable community development”. The first two weeks of the program will be spent in Tanzania and the second half in Kenya.

Project Profile in Tanzania

Project: School Project in Dodoma

Location: Dodoma, Tanzania

This project aims to contribute to the empowerment of young women and women through improved educational facilities. Poor education facilities including the learning environment has been one of the factors contributing to poor performance hence hinder the possibility of managing development challenges like unequal rights, a lack of awareness of rights, low literacy rates, dependency, limited access to education and opportunities to earn a living, and poverty. Participants’ time, skills, and ideas are expected to help in building solidarity and support for young women and men of in their pursuit of healthy and sustainable livelihoods.

Project Activities:  In Tanzania participants of this project will be involved in renovation of school buildings and painting. In supporting the greening school campaign volunteers will participate in providing garbage separation facilities and composting. Depending on the weather; volunteers will also plant trees and beautification activities in the schools.

Accommodation:  In Tanzania participants will be accommodated at the students’ hostel in the community. Clean water and electricity will be available, however electricity is not reliable.

Location: Participants of this project are privileged to be at heart of most famous cultural, natural and attractions countries in Africa. In Tanzania the project location will be hosted in Dodoma Municipality (Newly declared capital of Tanzania in the central part).

Free time activities: The project is organised by providing opportunity for participants to utilise their free time by enjoying what the region offers in terms of cultural and natural attractions. In Tanzania we will have possibilities to see wild animals at Ngorongoro crater & Lake Manyara National Park as well cultural tourism in Masai communities and Kondoa Irangi.

Terminal: Participants of this project will be picked up at Julius Nyerere International Airport (Dar es Salaam) or any of the Bus Stations or Railway stations in Dar es Salaam.

Extra Fee: Participation fee of €200 or equivalent Tanzanian to be paid on arrival day Participation fee does not cover the cost of medical/health services, cost of relevant Visas or permits, airport drop off on departure date, pocket money, free/leisure activities and other personal expenses. However; participation fee does cover the cost of airport pickups on arrival, local transport to the project (One way) after arriving in the host country, orientation on arrival, food and accommodation during the program and general running cost of the project.

Project Profile in Kenya

Project: Marianne Centre

Location: Kamirithu village, Limuru County

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 Marianne Center, started in the year 2010, focuses on people with mild to moderate mental disabilities, varying from Down Syndrome to Autism, from the age of 16 to 35 years. The 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.

Workcamp Activites

  • Thorough cleaning  of the entire centre so that when school reopens then students find it well cleaned
  • Land scaping including planting of trees and flowers
  • Farm work which includes working in the greenhouse and open field

Arrival and Departure

Volunteers taking part in this project will first arrive in Tanzania Julius Nyerere International Airport (Dar es Salaam) or any of the Bus Stations or Railway stations in Dar es Salaam and join workcamp in Dodoma between 31st July and 13th August 2017.

All volunteers will then travel by road to Kenya through the Namanga border. We will pick up the volunteers at Nairobi city Centre Bus station. CIVS will arrange accommodation before and after the workcamp in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat. There will be separate rooms for male and female volunteers. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food. Volunteers in this workcamp can visit Hell Gate, which is about 2hours from the workcamp to location in addition to joining Maasai Mara National park

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 200 euros. This cost will include:

  • Airport pick up upon arrival & Airport drop off after the workcamp
  • Up to 2 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi
  • Introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Center Tour before the workcamp
  • Workcamp Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi or the workcamp site
  • Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Workcamp facilitation and mentoring of volunteers by an experienced workcamp leader
  • Certificate of participation for the volunteer
  • All administrative costs

Contacts for Hosting Organizations

UVIKIUTA Center-Tanzania
Contact person: Ben Mongo
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CIVS Community Service- Kenya
Contact person: Jasper Malome
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Website: www.civskenya.com
Telephone: +254 722-210968, +254 712-354600

What To Carry

Volunteers are required to carry the following items for the workcamp: mosquito net, torch/flashlight, toiletries, first-aid kit, sleeping bag, sandals and sunscreen. In addition to those, volunteers can also carry the following items for interaction purposes: pictures of your country, clothes, toys, books, pens, etc.

Bishop Chabuga Foundation

August
bishop chabuga foundation

Orientation date: 05 Aug 2017, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 06 - 25 Aug 2017
Safari dates: 02 - 04 Aug 2017
Theme: Youth and Community empowerment
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

The Bishop Chabuga Foundation is a local organization that was founded by the African Divine Church 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 pupils who come from the surrounding local community and are from poor backgrounds. The institution also has a feeding program where the pupils 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 of HIV, thus increasing the awareness of the youth and the community about the disease and teaching them to beware of the pandemic disease.

Location

Hamisi District, Vihiga County

Workcamp 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/ playing with the children

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food. In this workcamp, volunteers can visit Kakamega rain forest and Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, which are about a 1:30hr drive respectively from the project.

Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group

September
tumaini nutritious self help group

Orientation date: 09 Sep 2017, 10:00 am
Start and End dates:10 - 29 Sep 2017
Safari dates: 06 - 08 Sep 2017
Theme: Sustainable development
No. of Volunteers: 5 - 15

Project Profile

Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group seeks 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 production of organic family food in order to reduce malnutrition cases among children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the production of the organic food, the group members are able to improve their farming technique, 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 manure in farming.

Location

Mumias, Kholera Location, Kakamega County

Workcamp 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 the storage room for farm products
  • Making organic manure 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  of how to make products from compost manure
  • Kiswahili lessons and debate lessons in local schools

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation during the workcamp will be in the project and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs. The volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food themselves. In this workcamp, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria at Kisumu City and the Kakamega Rainforest.

Kyale Small Home

October
Kyale Small Home

Orientation date: 07 Oct 2017, 10:00am
Start and End dates: 08 - 27th Oct 2017
Safari dates: 04 - 06 Oct 2017
Theme: Supporting the physically challenged children
No. of Volunteers: 5 - 12

Project Profile

Volunteer in Makueni County in Eastern Kenya and work with physically handicapped children in the Kyale Small Home. The institution consists of a school and a home, which has been in existence since 1994. A Primary School and Catholic Church surround this home, which currently houses 20 physically handicapped children. These kids are boys and girls aged between 10 to 19 years. They have suffered accidents, snakebites and Polio, were handicapped from or during 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.

Location

Makueni County

Workcamp Activities

  • Support in the teaching of the disabled children in various subjects (e.g. Mathematics, English, etc)
  • Care giving services, including: washing, cooking, serving, feeding and cleaning
  • Organizing extra-curricular activities, like sports, debates for the children
  • Working in the farm of the home to improve farm outputs

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food. In this workcamp, volunteers can visit Machakos town, which is about a 1-hour drive from the project. 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.

Badilisha Eco-Village

November
badilisha eco village

Orientation date: 04 Nov 2017, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 05 - 24 Nov 2017
Safari dates: 01 Nov - 03 Nov 2017
Theme: Agriculture and Environmental Conservation
No. of Volunteers:10 - 20

Project Profile

Badilisha means “change” in Swahili. Badilisha Eco Village aims to bring change to the lives of people living on Rusinga Island, 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. Badilisha Eco Village promotes permaculture farm techniques and ethics: Earth care, care for people and share of surplus. It is a model farm, or epicenter, for both sustainable agriculture and holistic community development. Badilisha successfully hosted a Permaculture Development Course in March 2011 and aims to become an International Permaculture Center.

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

Location

Rusinga Island, Homa Bay County

Workcamp Activities

  • Mulching, seeding, harvesting and planting
  • Beach cleanup exercises
  • Soil conservation and tree planting within the school compound
  • Support needy and elderly community members with general cleaning and other related works

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have a sleeping bag and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food.

Community Development Self Help Group

November
community development self help group

Orientation date: 28 Nov 2017, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 29 Nov - 15 Dec 2017
Safari dates: 25 - 27 Nov 2017
Theme: Supporting local community development
No. of Volunteers: 5 - 12

Project Profile

The German foundation for world population trained some community health members, VCT Counselors, mobilizing forces in the community, home-based caregivers and educators among others on HIV/AIDS prevention through a community-based organization. During the project period, while the trained members were visiting the community, they realized that there was a big health problem in the community. Apart from HIV/AIDS as the main problem, there were more health issues such as an increased number of orphans/vulnerable children and jiggers menace because of parents’ death from HIV/AIDS. Most orphans whose parents had died from HIV/AIDS were infected by jiggers, this was a result of poor guardian care. In general, these children lacked basic needs such as health care, shelter, education and clothing among others.

Having realized that there were all of these problems within the community, a few trained local volunteers from Butula decided 2014 to establish a group, which could address the above mentioned health issues. The group was then referred to as Community Development Self-Help Group (CDG), operating within Butula Sub County with its main office at Shibale Market within Marachi central Ward, focusing on Health and community development.

Location

Busia County

Workcamp activities

  • Making bricks
  • Repairing houses of elderly people
  • Establishing of tree nursery

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food. In this workcamp, volunteers can visit Kakamega rain forest and Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, which are about a 1-hour and 30-minute drive respectively from the project.

If you need more information or have questions, please contact us.

Center for International Voluntary Service (CIVS)
Phone: +254 (20) 780909, +254 (20) 786658
Mobile: +254 722 210968
E-mail: info@civskenya.com