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

Ahero Resource Center

February
ahero resource center

Orientation date: 04 Feb 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 05 - 24 Feb 2018
Safari dates: 01 - 03 Feb 2018
Theme:  Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

The Ahero Resource Center is located in Ahero, about 25km east of Kisumu town. The Center serves as a One-Stop-Shop, offering 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 Ahero 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.

Location

Ahero, Kisumu County

Workcamp activities

  • Working on the centers’ Model Farm to improve farm outputs for the orphan feeding program and to showcase good agricultural practices to the community

  • Supporting the Orphan Feeding Program of the Ahero Resource Center (e.g. lunch preparation, serving, washing dishes)

  • General maintenance and cleaning of the centre

  • Weeding of trees at the centre
  • Kiswahili lessons

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 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.

 

Marianne Centre

March
Marianne Center

Orientation date: 03 Mar 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 05 - 24 Mar 2018
Safari dates: 28 Feb - 2 Mar 2018
Theme: Supporting young adults with mental disability
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project profile

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.

Location

Kamirithu Village, Kiambu County

Workcamp 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

Accomodation

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.

Customer Onge Nyiego Women Group

April
customer onge nyiego women group

Orientation date: 08 April 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 08 - 25 April 2018
Safari dates: 04 - 06 April 2018
Theme: Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Customer Onge Nyiego Women Group is a community group that was started in 2003 by women with common interests in the development of their local community and economic empowerment of the women located in North Uholo. The group has a total number of 25 members and is involved in organic farming for which they have leased land. They grow vegetables, maize and sweet potatoes, which they later sell. Some of the food harvested in the farm is being used for the feeding program, which takes place every Saturday. Some of the orphans live in the group’s home and others are accommodated in the group’s nursery or the local primary school.

All the children meet every Saturday where they play games and are provided with a meal. The group also engages in HIV/AIDS awareness raising campaigns for the local community.

The project aims to create self-reliance through initiation of income generating activities and promotes affairs related to education in order to enlighten the community on the social issues affecting them.

Location

Ugunja, Kisumu County

Workcamp Activities

  • Working in the group’s farm
  • HIV/AIDS awareness campaign
  • Kiswahili lessons
  • Support the Orphan Feeding Program (e.g. preparation & serving of food, dish washing)

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 Lake Victoria at Kisumu City, which is about a 2-hour drive from the project.

Cheerful Special Home

May
community development self help group

Orientation date: 5 May 2018, 10:00am
Start and End dates: 6 May - 25 May 2018
Safari dates: 2 - 4 May 2018
Theme: Supporting the physically and mentally disabled people
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Cheerful Special Home is a charitable institution which was started in 2005 by two volunteer teachers who by virtual of their profession had realized the problems children with mental handicaps from poor families and orphans were undergoing. They care, support and train these vulnerable persons. It is not a profit making venture but an initiative where they can all join hands and help these physically and mentally challenged persons.  There are 24 children aged between 10 to 17 years who are leave in the project and has 11 staff and caretakers who take care of the children. The home aims to provide quality services to mentally handicapped orphans so that they may be productive and useful members in the society. They also make the children feel wanted and appreciated which helps them develop their talents.

The project relies on well-wishers and people of good will who support them with basic education, food, clothing and health care including jigger eradication drugs. There are a large number of needy children the project would really like to admit to the Home but, due to the financial and resource constraints, they have limited number of the children they can support.

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Location

Nyeri County

Workcamp activities

  • Helping  in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Engaging the children and training them on vocational skills e.g Activities of Daily living (ADL) i.e. dress making skills, making beds, weaving
  • Training children how to read and write as well as assisting them with their homework
  • Guiding and counseling of 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.

Community Health Volunteers

June
Community Health Volunteers

Orientation date: 9 June 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 10 - 27 June 2018
Safari dates: 06 - 08 June 2018
Theme: Provision of health services / conservation efforts
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Community Health Volunteers (CHV) 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. CHV is also actively involved in jigger eradication campaigns in the community. In addition, CHV educates 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. CHV 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.

Location

Vihrembe Market, Kakamega County

Workcamp 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
  • Kiswahili classes

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 Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, which is about a 2-hour drive from the project. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit Kakamega Rainforest, which is about one and half kilometer from the project site.

HopeLink Development Project

July
hopelink development project

Orientation date: 07th July 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates:  08 – 25 July 2018
Safari dates: 04 – 06 July 2018
Theme: Welfare for children and the marginalized
No. of Volunteers: 10 – 20

Project Profile

HOPE LINK, a non-profit organization, registered as a CBO, is a community initiative, formed to link the community with other players in order to address the challenges faced by the local community. The mission of this organization is concerned with the well-being of children, women, widows, widowers, men and youths who are disadvantaged due to their economical, social and cultural background. They want to build a healthy, transformed, and interactive community. The group is involved in the following activities:

  • Dissemination of information to the community through dialogue, forums, workshops, road show demonstrations, outreaches
  • Advocacy on human rights, Child abuse, Child neglect, Education, primary health care
  • capacity building  for better food security and livelihood
  • Micro finance capacity building through revolving funds
  • Care and support for OVC, widows and the elderly through provision of their health and education needs.
  • Management of a kindergarten for the development of destitute children
  • Enhancing community interaction by hosting volunteers from different countries and backgrounds, who come to work and stay with us in work camps or as individual volunteers

Location

Rusinga East Location, Mbita Constituency, Homabay County

Workcamp activities

  • Environmental cleanup campaigns alongside Lake Victoria beaches
  • Farming activities i.e. organic farming
  • Teaching of Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies
  • Home visit/cultural  exchange
  • Farm work which includes weeding, planting of local vegetables, digging and watering of crops

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. Sites of interest are the neighboring Mfangano Island and the Rhuma National Park.

Sigomre Small Home for the Physically Disabled Children

July
Kyale Small Home

Orientation date: 14 July 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 15 July - 03 Aug 2018
Safari dates: 11 - 13 July 2018
Theme:  Supporting the physically challenged children
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Sigomre Small Home for the Physically Challenged Children was established in 1996 by Bishop of Kisumu Diocese and the community. The purpose of its establishment was to provide basic needs such as accommodation, education, food, shelter and health care for disabled people within the surrounding communities. The community at Sigomre donated land for construction of the facility. The project has been supporting many people who are physically and mentality challenged thus empowering them socially and economically to become self reliant and fully integrated members of their communities. Currently the home hosts 52 people with disabilities of which 28 are males and 24 are females. They are aged between 3-25 years. The home has boarding, primary and vocational training sections, which are located within the project site. The vocational training section provides skills like tailoring and carpentry mainly to those who fail to complete their education.

Location

Siaya County

Workcamp Activities

  • Workcamp ActivitiesAssisting in teaching English, Mathematics, Social Sciences and creative arts subjects
  • Sewing, beadwork and crocheting
  • Provision of nursing services and general health education
  • Playing games with the physically challenged people
  • Teaching of computer lessons and skills to the students
    Care giving services such as preparation of meals, assisting the kids with mobility and general cleaning of the home
  • Physiotherapy sessions that includes physical assessment of range of movement and manual muscle strength testing
  • Farm work which includes weeding, planting of variety of crops and harvesting
  • 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.

Crossroads Spring Primary School

August
cross roads

Orientation date: 4 Aug 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 5 Aug - 24 Sep 2018
Safari dates: 1 - 3 Aug 2018
Theme: Youth and Community empowerment
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Founded in 2004, Crossroads Springs Primary School is both a school and orphanage and is a top performing school both academically and in co-curriculum activities.  The school was initiated purposely to provide care for orphans and vulnerable children most of whose parents had died of HIV/AIDS. The School strives to help students to develop skills in order to be able support themselves in future.

Crossroad Springs started with 40 children in 2004 and now serves 220 children, with over 120 children being total orphans. The children are of mixed gender and their ages are from 3 years to 13 years. These children are provided with education, meals, shelter and medical needs. The school runs from ECD (Kindergarten) to Standard eight (eighth grade). The school also accepts children who are not orphaned in order to be inclusive.

The activities undertaken by the school include; teaching the children, training the children in doing music, poems and traditional dancing, training the children in athletics and ball games like football and netball as well as training children in scouting activities. The school also hosts a women group called mukhono khu mukhono, which does rearing of pigs, fish, chicken and cattle. They also practice organic agriculture, and tailoring with the aim to generate income for children upkeep at the school.

Location

Hamisi Constituency, Vihiga County, Kenya

Workcamp activities

  • Assisting in teaching mathematics, English, science and computer studies
  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals at the school
  • Helping in nursing and educating the children on health and hygiene
  • Training children in sports, music, poems and dancing
  • Assisting children in development of creative art skills like painting and drawing
  • Taking care of the younger children as well as playing with them
  • Farm work, which includes weeding, planting of variety of crops and harvesting
  • Taking care of domestic animals like cattle, chicken and pigs

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.

Bishop Chabuga Foundation

August
bishop chabuga foundation

Orientation date: 15 Aug 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 16 Aug - 04 Sep 2018
Safari dates: 12 - 14 Aug 2018
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.

Khalaba Community Development Group

September
bishop chabuga foundation

Orientation date: 08 Sep 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 09 - 27 Sep 2018
Safari dates: 05 - 07 Sep 2018
Theme: Sustainable development
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Khalaba Community Development Group is a self-help 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 widows also get support from various groups under the Khalaba Combined Development Group. The main purpose of the group is to mobilize the community and self-help groups to participate in grassroots efforts in poverty eradication.

Project Aims:

  • Sensitizing and mobilizing groups in order to identify and solve their needs
    Establishing sustainable initiatives on community education, agriculture, income generation

Location

Mumias District, Kakamega County, Kenya

Workcamp activities

  • Teaching of Mathematics, English, Creative drawing subjects to the kids
  • Feeding programme and assisting with preparation and serving of meals
  • Brick making activities and construction extending of the project school
  • Home visits and helping  of the old sick group members
  • Farmwork which includes planting of crops, digging, watering of plants and clearing of bushes
  • Organizing of sports and games as well as 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.

Vakevembe Community Development Group

October
vakevembe

Orientation date: 06 Oct 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 07 - 26 Oct 2018
Safari dates: 05 - 07 Oct 2018
Theme: Supporting the physically challenged children
No. of Volunteers: 5 - 12

Project Profile

 
Vakevembe Community Development Group is a community based organization, 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 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 programmes and agricultural field days to empower the community to be self reliant. Vakevembe Community Development Group uses the bottom approach hierarchy of leadership where there is management committee who run the organization and the mandate is given to various sub-committees who oversee farming and enterprise, health and psychological support. The group has also made significant achievements like medicare and jiggers treatment through outreach sessions where the vulnerable members are assessed and treated.

Location

Hamisi Sub County, Vihiga County, Kenya

Workcamp activities

  • Skill development through teaching of Creative Arts, Drawings, English and simple Mathematics subjects
  • Organizing of 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

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

November
tumaini nutritious self help group

Orientation date: 03 Nov 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 04 - 23 Nov 2018
Safari dates: 31 Oct - 02 Nov 2018
Theme: Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

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.

Badilisha Eco-Village

December
badilisha eco village

Orientation date: 01 Dec 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 02 - 21 Dec 2018
Safari dates: 29 Nov - 31 Nov 2018
Theme: Agro forestry 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 on Rusinga Island, who face challenges such as food insecurity, HIV/AIDS, 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. Badilisha Eco Village promotes permaculture farm design techniques and ethics: Earth care, people care 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. There is a primary school also within the project that was established with an overall objective of providing education to the children around the community.

Location

Rusinga Island, Homa Bay County, Kenya

Workcamp Activities

  • Permaculture which generally involves farmwork activities like digging, weeding, slashing, mulching and clearing of bushes in the project’s farm
  • Teaching of mathematics, english and creative arts subject in the school
  • Home visits during the afternoon and assisting with general cleaning to the old and sick
  • Weeding, slashing and clearing of bushes
  • Soil conservation and planting of trees in the school compound
  • Beach cleanup exercises to improve sanitation and hygiene around the community

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.

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