CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
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.


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.