CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Long-Term Volunteering in Kenya

You can join our Long Term Volunteer Projects depending for any time between 1-12 months.

These projects are a non-formal international learning experience which help to develop a volunteer’s sensitivity towards social and cultural differences, build self-confidence and improve your problem solving ability.

Long term volunteering is individual rather than in groups. You are immersed in the local culture to a much greater extent allowing you to integrate better with the local community and actually become part of it.

Over time you can learn the local language, make friends and better understand the needs and problems of the locals. This enables you to take a more active role in the running of the project by implementing their own ideas for accomplishment of better outcomes. All programs are organized in cooperation with our local partners.

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

Orientation

There will be an orientation seminar for new volunteers lasting three days including Nairobi city introduction. Our monthly orientation seminar starts on the first Monday every month. It would be good if the volunteers can arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

Participation Fee

CIVS solely depends on volunteer contributions to support its activities.

VOLUNTEERING PERIOD FEES
Up to 1 month 250 Euro
2 months and longer 200 Euro per month

The fee has to be paid upfront on arrival in full.

It covers the following services:

  • Airport transfers
  • 3-day orientation seminar
  • Introduction to the city
  • Accommodation and food during orientation and during placement duration
  • Coordination and office support

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 Long-Term Programs

Ahero Peek Performers

Community
Ahero Peek Performers

Ahero Peek Performers is a fitness and lifestyle project that was established in April 2019 to offer fitness and nutritional help to the local people. The project is designed to help members in achieving respective health and fitness goals, where they pay a small fee to run the project. The group is made up of about 6 young people who engage the locals in health and fitness activities that are effective, timely and regular and tailored to an individual’s unique needs.


Project Profile

The project has a gym and aerobics facility with equipment and is engaged in activities like Fitness training, weight loss, nutrition counseling, school outreach to recruit young talented children, offering health education to schools and communities on healthy living and avoiding non-communicable diseases. On a few occasions, the project also offers physiotherapy sessions to patients. To do this the trainer records individual health-related information like blood pressure, weight, and BMI. On average, 20 people most of whom are female attend the sessions daily. The project would like to have volunteers who either are experts in fitness and nutrition or just motivated in engaging the people in body workouts.

Location

The project is located close to Ahero town, Kisumu County.

Project activities

  • Assisting in training sessions for physical fitness at a gym facility
  • Assisting in offering physical exercise to students in schools and identifying talents
  • Assisting in offering general health education on nutrition and non-communicable diseases
  • Capacity building and community outreach
  • Promotion of project activities on online platforms

Accommodation and food

The volunteer will be accommodated in a host family closer to the project. Three meals will be provided in a day. The Capacity building and community outreach activity will sometimes require traveling other places by public bus and the volunteer will require to cover his/her own fares.

Sites of Interest

  • Kisumu Museum
  • Impala Park
  • Lake Victoria boat ride
  • Kakamega rain forest
  • Ahero rice fields
  • Kit Mikai (Historic Shrine)
  • Crying stone of Kakamega
  • Equator line

Ahero Resource Center

Community
Ahero Resource2

The Ahero Resource Centre is located in Ahero, about 25km east of Kisumu town. The Centre serves as a One-Stop-Shop, offering 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 Information Computer Technology (ICT) & work preparedness skills. 


Project Profile

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, a fish pond that provides practical examples of modern farming practices as well as a source of nutrition and income for the Orphan Feeding Program. Computer and work preparedness training is complemented with an equipped computer center. The kindergarten has 2 teachers and 75 children who are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. 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, 150 school-going Orphans and Vulnerable Children get a 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.

Location

The project is located close to Ahero town, Kisumu County.

Project activities

  • Working in the Model Farm of the center and helping to improve the agricultural methods, crops, etc.
  • Assisting in taking care of the Poultry
  • Assisting in training computer and work preparedness to the youth
  • General maintenance like construction, painting
  • Tree planting and maintenance
  • Supporting the promotion of the Ahero resource Center and its activities
  • Assisting in the preparation and serving of meals to the children
  • Assisting in general caregiving services  for the children
  • Developing age-appropriate games and playing with the children to promote the health of the children.
  • Assisting in teaching children the basics of language, speaking, writing, etc
  • Assisting in the cleaning of the facilities used by the children e.g. the classes

Accommodation

The volunteers will be accommodated at the project institution where all meals shall be provided. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

Sites of Interest

  • Kisumu Museum
  • Impala Park
  • Lake Victoria boat ride
  • Kakamega rain forest
  • Ahero rice fields
  • Kit Mikai (Historic Shrine)
  • Crying stone of Kakamega
  • Equator line

Ajeligwa Community Development Group

Community
Ajeligwa Community group

Ajeligwa Community Development group that was established in the year 2009 to offer personal development to the poor people in the community. The group is comprised of 6 members who are involved in small projects like poultry keeping, beadwork carried out by women, Early Childhood education for orphans and vulnerable children and small scale agriculture.

Project Profile

There are 50 chicken for income generation, the small kindergarten has 10children and two teachers, while the farm has vegetables and animal feeds. The group also has a borehole for water selling. Life in this project is simple and in a local village with little facilities due to low living standards and poverty. In the year 2011, the group received a grant from the National Aids Council to conduct testing and Counselling of patients. They reached about 650 people who afterward received help.

Location

The project is located in Zululu village, Gambogi Vihiga County of Kenya.

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in working on the project’s farm and in the community farms
  • Assisting in teaching kindergarten children
  • Playing with the children
  • Teaching the community something new
  • Assisting in the creation and maintenance of a website and promotion of project activities

Accommodation and food

The volunteer will be accommodated in a host family in the project. Three meals will be provided in a day.

Badilisha Eco Village

Farming
Badilisha Eco Village

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 the local population towards a more holistic and responsible way while promoting permaculture farm design techniques and ethics.

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 the 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 the 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 which was established with an overall objective of providing education to the children around the community.

The project’s main aim is to promote and demonstrate sustainable practices, in particular, food production and domestic issues, guided by the ethics and principles of permaculture.

Location

Rusinga Island, Homabay County

Project activities

  • Permaculture which generally involves farm work 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
  • Assisting with general cleaning to the old and sick
  • Weeding, slashing and clearing of bushes
  • Soil conservation and planting of trees in the nearby schools
  • Beach cleanup exercises to improve sanitation and hygiene around the community

Accommodation

The volunteers will be accommodated at the project institution where all meals shall be provided. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

Brownhill Secondary School

Children
Brownhill secondary school2

Brown Hill Group is a registered community-based organization that runs an education facility that best suits the interest of its community members. It aims to enhance the quality of education offered in Kayole estate, improve the transition rate of students joining public universities and nurture talents of some former school dropout teenagers.

 

 

Project Profile

Brown Hill Group is a registered community-based organization, established in the year 2013 to offer community services to the residents of Embakasi. After its registration, the group immediately embarked on running an education facility that best suits the interest of its community members.

The group undertook the setting up of a secondary school that would enhance the quality of education offered in Kayole estate, and improve the transition rate of students joining public universities. The project started in 2012 with only 4 students. Since then, the institution has grown with total admissions reaching over 80 students after only a year in operation. In addition to the academic objectives, the school aims at nurturing of talents to some former school dropout teenagers. As a result, the school football team became Embakasi District champions and proceeded to Nairobi County games. The students are aged between 15 to 18 years.

Location

Kayole Estate, Nairobi East region, Nairobi County

Project activities

  • Teaching a combination of subjects i.e. Mathematics, English, Chemistry, and Sciences
  • Counseling sessions on issues relating to drug and substance abuse
  • Visiting and helping orphans and vulnerable children in the nearby slums
  • Playing and organizing games and sports within the neighboring schools

Accommodation 

The volunteer will stay in a host family near the project site. The host family will provide both breakfast and dinner to the volunteers.

CIVS Community Service

Community
CIVS Community Service

CIVS Kenya is a community development agency operating especially in the marginalized and poverty-stricken rural areas of Kenya. We pursue an integrated socio-economic and cultural development approach in the fight against poverty and social exclusion of Kenyan communities under the maxim “development by people”.

Project Profile

We believe that people should retain the responsibility for their own development while CIVS supports, guides and mentors their efforts with innovative and customized high-quality services.  We are looking for volunteers to support our head office in Nairobi. Depending on your skills and area of interest, you can help us to improve our online appearance, specifically in two areas:

  • Website design (improving/ redesigning the CIVS Kenya website)
  • Social Media Management (CIVS activities on Facebook, Twitter, CIVS website)

Location

The project is located in Buruburu estate, Nairobi east region of Kenya.

Project activities

Website Design:

  • Analyzing the current CIVS Kenya website for areas of improvement & benchmarking it with competitor
  • Making suggestions on website improvement
  • Implement agreed on website improvements
  • Assisting in the orientation of new volunteers

Social Media Marketing:

  • Monitoring & analyzing the current activities of CIVS Kenya on social media platforms and benchmarking them with main competitors
  • Making suggestions for improvements for social media appearance & interactions
  • Implement on agreed improvements
  • Setting up a photo database for all project/activities

Others:

  1. Assisting in prospecting of new partner organizations abroad
  2. Assisting in identifying areas of improvement and suggesting strategic solutions to such areas.
  3. Assisting with general office and field tasks

Accommodation 

The volunteer will live in a host family near the office where they will get breakfast and dinner. Traveling to projects and fieldwork will require the use of a public bus and the volunteer will require to cover his/her own fares.

Fortune Learner's Centre

Children
Fortune Learners Center

Fortune Learners Centre is a charity organization that endeavours to better the lives of these poor children who have resorted to begging in the streets. Fortune’s core areas are education, orphan support and protection, economic empowerment for older orphans and caregivers, volunteer/Internships, educational trips, sports HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence awareness.

 

Project Profile

Fortune Learners Centre is a project that was founded in the year 2013 as a charity organization by 10 social workers from Kayole and Soweto slums who were working in various schools as untrained teachers. Their motivation was drawn by watching their former schools sending away vulnerable children from school due to lack of school fees. They thought about how they could better the lives of these poor children who had resorted to begging in the streets as young girls resorted to child prostitution.

The untrained teachers agreed to start a community centre to provide education, economic empowerment and HIV/AIDS education including psychological support to the orphans, vulnerable children and their caregivers. Fortune’s core areas are education, orphan support and protection, economic empowerment for older orphans and caregivers, volunteer/Internships, educational trips, sports HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence awareness. The school hosts nearly 100 children from extremely poor backgrounds, aged between 3 and 12 years. The children attend classes from class 1 to 8. The school has seven teachers.

Location

Kayole estate, East of Nairobi, Nairobi County

Project activities

  • Assisting in teaching English, Mathematics, Social Sciences and creative arts subjects
  • Supporting early childhood development through age-appropriate games & activities
  • Helping in  preparation and serving of food
  • Assisting with administrative work of the school
  • Providing HIV/AIDS awareness lessons to the pupils

Accommodation

The volunteer will stay in a host family in Buruburu near the CIVS office and will commute to the project daily using public buses. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner while lunch will be provided at the project.

Good Samaritan Children’s Centre

Children
Good Samaritan Childrens Centre

Good Samaritan Children’s Centre cares for orphans and vulnerable children by enhancing their growth and development through the provision of shelter, education and other basic needs. The children are victims of teenage pregnancy, child abuse or torture who are between 8 months and 18 years of age.

 

 

Project Profile

Good Samaritan Children’s Centre is a community-based organization established in 2004 to cater to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children (VOC) in Soweto slums. The center started with two children who were abandoned by their parents, rescued by the area district officials, and brought to the founder's house. The home offers shelter to over 63 boys and girls; orphaned due to the HIV epidemic, poverty or unwanted pregnancies. The children's circumstances and histories are as different as their personalities. Now they have optimism and an opportunity for a positive future. The dedicated caregivers at the project are working hard to provide the basics of life like shelter, food, and security. They are acutely aware, however, that it is education that can break the cycle of poverty.

Kenya has over one million orphans and vulnerable children living in children’s homes, which are predominantly privately funded and operated, there is little government assistance. From time to time, they receive donations of food items and clothing from people in the local community and other well-wishers.

The caregivers at the orphanage are dedicated and loving, doing the best they can with the little resources they have. At the very least, they are providing these children with a stable family environment. They also have a primary school section running from preschool to standard six. 

Location

The project is located in Soweto Slums, Kayole, in the Eastern Nairobi region.

Workcamp activities

  • Assisting teachers in writing lessons on the blackboard for the children
  • Assisting in teaching children to write and pronounce words
  • Assisting children in counting numbers for basic mathematics
  • Playing with the children
  • Telling stories of a different country to the children so as to motivate them
  • Teaching young teenage girls about personal sanitation and health

Accommodation

The volunteer will live in a host family, about 10 minutes drive to the project. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the host family and volunteers will get lunch at the project.

Holy Family Oriang Health Centre

Community
Holy family oriang

Holy Family Oriang Health Centre is a non-profit health institution that provides quality, accessible and affordable health care to the community. It offers health services like outpatient and inpatient, deliveries, Maternal Child Health care (MCH), comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS patients, community health education and laboratory services.

Project Profile

Holy Family Oriang Health Centre is a non-profit health institution of the Catholic Diocese of Homabay. Established in 1994 it has been providing quality, accessible and affordable health care to the community. The center offers health services like outpatient and inpatient, deliveries, Maternal Child Health care (MCH), comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS patients, community health education and laboratory services. The main goal of the center is to provide or facilitate the provision of quality, efficient and effective healthcare services to the community.

The Centre has opened its doors to all HIV/AIDS patients in the area where they can get access to medical services under a comprehensive Care Package. Patients receive free testing, counseling, and medicine. The staff also goes to the villages to reach many people who are unable to afford to reach the health center for treatment. This is because most people hardly afford to seek healthcare services mainly due to stigma, therefore, leading to high death rates.

Location

Oriang, Oyugis, Homabay County

Project activities

  • Assisting the medical staff in the dispensary
  • Co-coordinating and taking care of the patients.
  • Taking patient samples, pulses, and temperature information
  • Preparing and updating of records in the hospital
  • Providing advice and emotional support to patients facing stigma for HIV/AIDS
  • Community mobilization programs
  • Assisting in taking care of disabled children at the project

Accommodation

The volunteers will be accommodated at the project institution where all meals shall be provided. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

Qualification

Volunteers with medical training including doctors, nurses, pharmacists are needed for this project. It is necessary that they have high motivation and a lot of initiative to achieve the objectives of the project. One should be ready for any kind of work assigned at the center.

Hope for Children Kenya

Children
Hope for children kenya

Hope for Children was formed in2008 and registered as a community-based organization in 2010 with a vision to address the social issues that affect the vulnerable children in society. The main goal of the project is to offer support, nurture and improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children that have been subjected to poverty and abuse by providing them with basic needs such as food, shelter, health care and education.

Project Profile

The project has an environment that provides psychological, spiritual, emotional support and nurturing and lots of tender love and cares to the needy children in the society. The project encourages and gives hope to every child and enables them to know that they care and love them. The project has 36 children whose age ranges from 4 months to 17 years. The children go to nearby local schools and stay at the orphanage with their Mother who takes care of them. With the right help and committed support from well-wishers and other stakeholders, these children turn their lives and prepare them to be reliable persons in society. The project believes that every child deserves the best start in life and a chance to fulfill their potential and therefore support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.

Location

The project is located in Sosian estate, Kayole Nairobi County.

Volunteering activities

  • Playing and organizing games and sports with the neighboring schools
  • Assisting with preparation and serving of meals
  • Assisting in the general cleaning of the center
  • Helping the children with their homework

Accommodation and food

The volunteers will be accommodated at a small room in the project or in a host family in Buruburu. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the host family while lunch will be served at the project. Volunteers who will live in Buruburu will have to commute with a public bus to the project.

Kaimosi Special School

Community
Kaimosi Special School

Kaimosi Special School was founded with the aim of empowering the disabled (both mentally and physically) from their community. This, they do by giving them basic education and hope for future life as well as to make them be self-reliant and integrate them into society. The school offers skills in different classes such as Autism class, Foundation class, an intermediate class, prevocational and vocational class.

Project Profile

Kaimosi Special School was founded by missionaries of Quakers Friends Church in the year 1987 with the aim of empowering the disabled (both mentally and physically) from that community. This, they do by giving them basic education and hope for future life as well as to make them be self-reliant and integrate them into society. Currently, the School hosts about 104 disabled persons, both children and young adults whose ages range from 6 to about 32 years from different communities. Most of the beneficiaries have autism, down syndrome, epileptic, multiple handicapped and other mental challenges. The school offers skills in different classes such as Autism class, Foundation class, an intermediate class, prevocational and vocational class. The school is now a full boarding national school which is supported by the government and the Friends Quakers Church.

Location

Kaimosi, Hamisi Constituency, Vihiga County, Western Kenya.

Volunteering activities

  • Helping  in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Helping in nursing services such as taking care of the sick and giving them medicine
  • Engaging in dressmaking and tailoring
  • Training children vocational skills such as agriculture, weaving, tailoring, carpentry and beadwork
  • Playing together with children through extracurricular activities such a sports and dance
  • Assisting with physiotherapy
  • Assisting in mobility
  • Organizing and Giving guiding and counseling sessions
  • Taking them to events outside the school such as music and sports

Accommodation

The volunteers will be accommodated in a host family, which is 15 minutes walk from the project. Breakfast and dinner shall be provided at the host family while lunch shall be served at the project. There are toilets, bath shelters, and a kitchen at the project.

Kiereni Secondary School

Children
Kiereni Secondary School

Kiereni Secondary School is a learning institution for secondary students comprising of 520 students, both boys and girls. The school has 12 classes and was established in 1987 by the PCEA church. The institution has both teaching staff as well as non-teaching staff, who have the responsibility to lead the students to become responsible people in society.

Project Profile

The school offers boarding facilities to the students. It trains the Ministry of Education recommended curriculum with the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) as the final examination at the end of 4th year. Co-curricular activities include games and sports, drama, music, scouting, girl guides, Science Congress and debating.

Location

Chuka, Tharaka-Nithi County

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in the teaching of physics, biology, chemistry, English and Mathematics subjects
  • Organizing, coordinating and participating in extracurricular activities like athletics, football, and coordination of clubs in the school like scouting, drama, music, etc.
  • Supporting and developing the environmental conservation and farm work of the school
  • Assist in giving guidance on health and general life for the students

Accommodation and food

The volunteers will be accommodated within the project site. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the host family and volunteers will get lunch in the school.

Kinna Catholic Dispensary

Community
Kinna

Kinna Catholic Dispensary was started in the year 2001 by the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Isiolo-Kenya. The dispensary is located in the arid region of the border between Meru and Isiolo Counties of Kenya. The facility serves both Christians and Muslims from the two counties. The dispensary was established to provide clinical support services to people in the poor people of the local area.

 

Project Profile

Most of the people served by the health facility are below the poverty level and hence the church has been the sanctuary, safe place and shelter for them (both Christians and Muslims). Most of the patents are from the Pastoral communities of Isiolo County. It serves with the main objective of increasing patients’ follow up programs, offering school health programs and helping the inaccessible areas attain curative supportive and preventive services. The facility lacks sufficient medical equipment and staff to reach out to more people.

Location

The project is located in Ndoleli Maua, Igembe North district, Meru county of Kenya.

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting the medical staff in the dispensary
  • Co-coordinating and taking care of the patients
  • Taking patient samples, pulses, and temperature information
  • Preparing and updating of records in the hospital
  • Providing advice and emotional support to patients
  • Community mobilization programs

Accommodation and food

The volunteer will live in a room at the project where meals will be provided.

Kyale Small Home

Physically handicapped children
Kyale Small Home

Volunteer in the Eastern region of Kenya and work with physically handicapped children in Kyale Small Home. This is a school and a home that was established in 1994. A primary school and Catholic Church surround this home, which currently houses 21 children. These kids are boys and girls aged between 10 to 19 years.

 

 

Project Profile

Volunteer in the Eastern region of Kenya and work with physically handicapped children in Kyale Small Home. This is a school and a home that was established in 1994. A primary school and Catholic Church surround this home, which currently houses 21 children. These kids are boys and girls aged between 10 to 19 years. These children have suffered accidents, handicaps from or during birth, snakebites, and polio among other disabilities.

This home was established to cater for the challenged children within the local community. Every child is entitled to better care and upbringing. In most Kenyan societies, the physically challenged children get stigmatization from other members of the community making them feel less than human. Most people speak Kikamba as a native language. Farming is widely practiced for a living e.g. livestock poultry, small-scale farming of maize, beans, coffee, sweet potatoes, bananas, and vegetables. Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, may be seen from the home.

Location

Nunguni, in the Eastern region of Kenya

Volunteering activities

  • Working in the home's kitchen and vegetable garden
  • Helping children study and organizing extra-curricular activities such as indoor games
  • Assisting children with wheelchair mobility
  • Helping with arrangement and preparation of the beds
  • Assisting with preparation and serving of meals
  • Training the kids in creativity through games and doing handicraft work as well as assisting them with their homework

Accommodation

The volunteers will be accommodated at the project site where all meals shall be provided. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

Makongeni Youth Group

Youth
Makongeni Youth Group

The Makongeni youth group is a non-political and religious registered as a self-help group under the social service department in 2010 found in Kwale County, Msambweni Sub-county Kinondo Ward. The group’s main goal is to empower and engage youth from the community to participate in community development and give them an opportunity to participate in improving their ability to express their interests, participate in capacity building and improve their overall well-being.

Project Profile

Since its inception the group has been involved in community projects such as the creation and maintenance of a computer learning centre and a free studying room, strengthening the confidence of the youth and their work, developing general skills, building character and promoting citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism as well as promoting healthy lifestyle of the youth and community members. The group has a poultry unit for rearing chicken specifically to solve income-related problems affecting families and the youth of the area in general. The group is also involved in environmental conversation activities in close coordination with other environment conservation groups: Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest, Baraka Conservation Group and Mikoko Pamoja Project. Furthermore, the group is involved in permaculture at Makongeni School where they provide training on the techniques of permaculture which are later applied to small farms and organic gardens.

Location

Makongeni Village, Kwale County of Kenya

Volunteering activities

  • Environmental conservation which includes tree planting and village clean-up exercises
  • Beekeeping
  • Preparation of tree nurseries
  • Beads and bracelets making and introducing the idea to the kids at the local schools as stewardship of the project in future
  • Conservation of mangrove trees in the Kaya Kinondo Forest
  • Permaculture/sustainable farming, gardening, and food security
  • General maintenance and cleaning of the surroundings within the project
  • Assist in caregiving services to children

Accommodation

The volunteer will live with a host family in the project site. The host family will provide breakfast lunch and dinner.

Mara Osero Project

Community
Mara Osero Conservation Project

Mara Osero Project situated on the western part of Mara North Conservancy is a wildlife conservation project and also a campsite people visiting the great Maasai Mara Park. The project was established in 2015 with the main mission of providing a sustainable correlation between human beings and wildlife. The project exists to conserve wildlife, preserve culture, minimize human-wildlife conflict, and engage in climate control practices.

Project Profile

Mara Osero is a project situated in the western part of Mara North Conservancy. It is located within the Maasai community which is a unique and popular tribe due to their long preserved culture of their traditional way of life, making them a symbol of the Kenyan culture. The project was established in 2015 with the aim to assist in wildlife conservation, create a sustainable environment with access to water, food, and electricity in order to improve life within the Maasai bushes. The project also has established eco-lodge for hosting volunteers and tourists within the region and who are involved with wildlife conservation or viewing.
The project is designed for protecting the delicate ecosystem and bringing a little income to the local community, creating jobs, inspiring and educating the youth about smart gardening and nature conservation. Living in the bush surrounded by zebras, giraffes, antelopes, lions, hippos, and elephants, the volunteer will work in direct contact with nature and helping in available activities. Apart from normal volunteering in the project’s activities, volunteers will get to closely know the wildlife and the eco-system of Maasai Mara through excursions, nature walks, activities of the conservancy, bird watching, enjoying sunrises and sunsets. There are a conservation and education village center that will offer volunteers the opportunity to explore, learn and interact with the Maasai community and their culture, giving a platform to serve and also live like the Maasai people. Additionally, there are also social activities with the children in the village for promoting education and capacity building.

Location

The project is located in Kimintet, Kilgoris District, Narok County of Kenya.

Volunteering activities

  • Conducting nature walks in the park to monitor the animal’s behavior
  • Assisting in the maintenance of beehives (agriculture) around the village
  • Environmental clean-up exercises involving the collection of plastics
  • General maintenance and improvement of the campsite that involves construction, painting, gardening, landscaping and
    Planting trees within the campsite and at school
  • Assisting in teaching basic language, games, and mathematics in a local school
  • Helping in daily life work like cleaning, cooking and shopping from the local market
  • Assisting in taking care of a few domestic animals within the center like dogs and chicken
  • Any kind of new ideas or initiatives to help the Maasai people to generate income like making beads for selling to visitors

Accommodation and food

The volunteer will be accommodated in one of the houses at the project where meals will be provided.

Marianne Centre

Physically handicapped children
Marianne Center Foundation

There are around 2.9 million individuals with various forms of mental disabilities in Kenya. Marianne Center Foundation is a vocational training center that offers support to individuals with mental disabilities including autism and down syndrome. The current education system is unable to support young adults who have mental disabilities since they cannot enroll in an ordinary secondary school and are often too old to attend primary schools.

Project Profile

Marianne Center Foundation began in 2010 to help individuals with disabilities aged 16 to 50 years. There are around 40 Kenyans enrolled in this center who have different disabilities including Autism and Down syndrome. The students are divided and grouped into classes depending on their abilities so that they are trained on important vocational skills such as beadwork, baking, farming, activities of daily living (ADL) among others.

The mission of this organization is to make a difference in the life of young adults with special needs and disabilities in order to be self-reliant and easily integrated into mainstream life without fear of stigmatization.

Location

Mutarakwa, Limuru, Kiambu County of Kenya.

Volunteering activities

  • Assist in teaching various subjects such as Mathematics, Language, writing and computer lessons
  • Promoting core activities such as drawing, sewing, bead-work and gardening
  • Running activities of daily living such as cleaning, personal hygiene, etc
  • Organizing extra-curricular activities such as sports and nature walks
  • Provision of guiding and counseling services to the students

Accommodation

The volunteers will be accommodated at the project site where they will have their own rooms and will get basic meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Mikulinzi Community Hospital

Community
Muhudu Cultural Group

Mikulinzi Community Hospital is a private community health facility that was established by a Kenyan Doctor. Having been approved to operate from 2014, the facility is registered by Kenya medical practitioners and the dentist board. The nursing home has been providing care and treatment to the people in the poor community of Mowlem, Saika, and Dandora.

 

 

 

 

Project Profile

Mikulinzi Community Hospital offers services including outpatient and inpatient, laboratory services, minor surgeries, pharmacy services, antenatal services, and child welfare clinic services. The facility serves an average of 20 patients per day. The facility has a total of 30 inpatient beds and 2 daycare observation beds with a labor ward which caters for maternity services. Most of the people served by the nursing home live below the poverty level and therefore this facility has been of great help to the community as it provides healthcare services at a subsidized cost.

With the availability of funds, the hospital expects to establish a theater, radiology, ambulance, and dental services.

Location

The project is located in Mowlem estate of Nairobi County.

Workcamp activities

  • Assisting with Co-coordinate and taking care of patients
  • Assisting to take patients samples, pulses, and temperature information
  • Preparing and updating records in the hospital
  • Providing advice and emotional support to patients
  • Assisting the medical staff in the nursing home

Food and Accommodation

Volunteer will be accommodated by a host family in Buruburu or Sosian Estate where he/she will have his/her own room. Food (breakfast and dinner) will be provided by the host family while lunch will be provided at the project site. CIVS staff will be available throughout to provide guidance to the volunteers at the project.

Msichana Empowerment Kuria

Children
Msichana empowerment

Msichana is the Swahili word for a girl. Msichana Empowerment Kuria project was initiated in 2013, with the main aim of ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other harmful cultural practices. It was also to support access to the fundamental human rights of girls and young women in the Kuria community in South Western Kenya.

Project Profile

With the hope of empowering girls and young women in accessing their fundamental human rights, the group is involved in the following activities: -

  • Supporting an after school program for a Children’s Rights-Based literacy storytelling program for children 8 to 14 years aimed at developing the knowledge, skills, and talents
  • Facilitating structured community dialogues for young men and girls
  • Organizing annual marches and community events
  • Providing the girls with an empowering experience with an emphasis on the impact of the harmful effects of Female Genital Mutilation

Location

The project is located in Kuria, Migori County of Kenya.

Volunteering activities

  • Engaging in capacity building programs on sexual health
  • Developing age-appropriate games for children of different age groups
  • Providing guidance and canceling to teenage girls
  • Teaching children how to speak read and write
  • Assisting in Writing reports and documentation for the project
  • Participating in annual campaigns and community events

Accommodation and food

The volunteer will live in a host family close to the project site. Breakfast and dinner will all be provided by the host family and volunteers will get lunch at the project.

New Birth Institute Nyahururu

Youth
New Birth Institute Nyahururu

New Birth Institute is a vocational training institute that was established in the year 2017 with a mandate to impact youths with employment and entrepreneurship skills and supporting their linkages to employment and business start-up opportunities. The program runs under the Kenyan context of high youth unemployment and targets vulnerable youth between the ages of 18-35 years. This would mean those youths that in one way or another faced difficulties in continuing with their tertiary education after high school.

Project Profile

The main activities of the project include mobilization of potential students, induction, classroom training in computer skills, entrepreneurship and hospitality and organizing internship placements for students. The institution has so far managed to train 300 young people, out of which 140 are running small businesses. The project is interested to have volunteers who have skills and knowledge in experience in Hotel/hospitality management, computer training entrepreneurship. The project has computers, oven, cutleries, plates, full setups.

Location

The project is in Nyahururu town, Laikipia County of Kenya.

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in training of computer classes
  • Assisting in training hospitality and hotel management
  • Assisting in offering entrepreneurship knowledge and skills
  • Providing links to institutions abroad that can offer any kind of support to students and the project
  • Promotion of project activities

Accommodation and food

The volunteer will be accommodated in a hostel room in the project where meals will be provided.

Phanero School Mbale

Children
Phanero School Mbale

Phanero School is a community development initiative that was initiated by a University Professor with the main purpose of bringing together orphans and vulnerable children and integrate them in order to provide them with quality education and life skills. 

 

 

Project Profile

The school currently has 100 children from the age of 2 years to 10 years. The centre also runs a counselling unit whose main objective is to empower families and individuals battling with marriage challenges, poverty, juvenile delinquency, HIV/AIDS and other problems that leverage with the problem of drugs and alcohol addiction with a holistic treatment and care for the family.

The school provides education, meals and engages the children in extra-curricular activities like playing games, singing and dancing.

Location

Mbale town, Vihiga County of Kenya

Volunteering activities

  • Helping in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Training children how to read and write as well as assisting them with their homework
  • Engaging in beadwork and craft work
  • The teaching of subjects such as English, mathematics, science and sign language
  • Playing together with children through extracurricular activities such a sports and dance
  • Doing community health outreach programs

Accommodation

Volunteers are hosted in a host family that is 10 minutes walk from the project. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the host family while lunch will be provided at the project.

Safisha Africa School

Children
Safisha Africa school

Safisha Africa School is a junior school that was established in 2010 by a Kenyan teacher. It is focused on providing education to the poor and vulnerable children around Mowlem in Nairobi’s Eastlands area. The school is dedicated to providing free lunch, books, access to medical care, school shoes and uniforms to the children who are either orphans or come from poor families however some children who are able to pay something for school fees are allowed to do so.

Project Profile

Safisha Africa School school runs from baby class to grade 6 has a total of 250 children majority being girls. The children are from the age of 3 years to 13 years old with a staff comprising of 4 teachers hence the need for assistance from volunteers. All the children have been trained to speak English fluently hence easy to interact with anyone who visits them. Since its establishment, 4000 children have benefited from the school. The school is also involved in the feeding program, street child rescue, and empowerment of young girls from the slums in Eastlands Nairobi.

Location

The project is located in Mowlem, Eastlands region of Nairobi County.

Project activities

  • Assisting teachers in writing lessons on the blackboard for the children
  • Assisting in teaching children to write and pronounce words
  • Assisting children in counting numbers for basic mathematics
  • Playing with the children
  • Telling stories of a different country to the children so as to motivate them
  • Teaching young teenage girls about personal sanitation and health

Accommodation and food

Volunteer will be accommodated in a host family in Buruburu or Sosian Estate which is about 15 minutes’ drive to the project. The house has water and electricity; the volunteer will be required to bring with her a sleeping bag. Kindly pay attention to the things you should bring to make your accommodation more comfortable.
Food (breakfast and dinner) will be provided by the host family and lunch will be provided at the project. Only locally available foodstuffs are used for cooking, the same meal may be provided for lunch repeatedly.

St. Charles Lwanga Children's Centre and Secondary School

Children
St. Charles Lwanga Children's Centre and Secondary School

St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School and Children’s Centre started as a place where orphaned, homeless and abandoned children were rescued and provided with shelter, food and a place to call home. The students, all former street kids living a difficult life in crime-ridden neighborhoods, now proudly wear their school uniforms and call the Children's Center "home".

 

Project Profile

Brother John started by gathering children, rehabilitating and relocating them into schools, but later realized it was becoming difficult in some cases as existing schools didn’t want to integrate children from the street into their classrooms. This necessitated, in part, starting the school, which is just four years he transformed the little-used residence, owned by the Order of St. Charles Lwanga, into classrooms, a dormitory, dining hall.

The children were rescued from the dumps and slums of Nairobi and given a chance to gain an education and end the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Today they are provided with a safe place to live, a reliable source of nutritious food and the opportunity to gain high school education with the possibility of post-secondary education. Brother John hopes that with donations to the Centre, he and his team can build a bigger school with an integrated approach to nurture children through academics to become responsible citizens of the world.

Location

Ruai, Eastern part of Nairobi.

Volunteering activities

  • Teaching a combination of subjects i.e. Mathematics, English, Chemistry, and Sciences
  • Counseling sessions on issues relating to drug and substance abuse
  • Organizing life skill sessions with students
  • Playing and organizing games and sports with the neighboring schools

Accommodation

Volunteers will be accommodated in a small room at the project site and all meals will be provided. The rooms can sometimes be shared.

St. Michaels Day Care and Rescue Centre

Children
St. Michael Day care and Rescue Centre

Established in 2013, St. Michaels Day Care and Rescue Centre is an institution for preschool-aged children and young girls who have been rescued from the streets of Ukunda. The center takes care of about 15 children whose parents have low-income jobs or are unemployed most of whom have semi-permanent jobs. The center also supports 8 young girls who have been left homeless and abandoned by their families. 

Project Profile

Many of the parents find themselves away from their homes the entire day in the quest for food, water, and work and are not able to afford to pay house helps to take care of their children while they are at their workplaces. While they are away searching for semi-permanent jobs, the project provides a safe place for their small children by providing meals and basic education.

Since the target group is quite poor and due to the scarcity of foodstuffs, many of the children at the center find their only meal of the day there.

Location

Ukunda District, Kwale County of Kenya

Volunteering activities

  • Assist in preparation of meals and feeding of the children
  • Developing age-appropriate sports activities to promote the physical health of the children
  • Developing in and out-door extra-curricular activities to develop the creativity of the children
  • Assist in teaching children the basics of language, speaking, writing, etc

Accommodation

The volunteer will stay in a host family within the project site. The host family will provide meals.

St. Vianeey Academy

Children
St Vieeny

Vianeey Academy and Children Centre provides education and feeding program to children aged 3-14 years. The children are from low-income families, orphans, from single parents and others have disabilities and special needs. The Centre was established in 2016 as a result of the founder's great passion to help the needy children, love for the children and selfless heart to help the needy.

Project Profile

His mission is to go all over the country and reach the needy children, work with the young women and youth to establish a community college where they can learn skills to empower themselves and support their families. In his mission he realized that most children in Rodi area are orphans, others had dropped out of school and others were left out as they didn't conform to the set pass marks in various schools. He was challenged by this and it geared him to establishing a Centre where these children can get quality education to equip them for their future lives.

The Centre has opened its doors to all children where they can get access to medical facilities which is a challenge In Rodi as people hardly have access to a medical facility, therefore, leading to high death rates and also the high cost of attaining medication.

Vianeey Academy and Children Centre is a democratic Centre that aims at providing quality education to the children through professional teaching and acquisition of books for the children, provision of recreation activities where the children can discover their talents at a tender age, feeding program as some of the families can barely afford meals in a day.

Location

Rodi, Homabay County of Kenya

Volunteering activities

  • Assist in the preparation and serving of meals.
  • Provision of nursing and health education services
  • Assisting in the provision of basic education to the children (simple Mathematics, English, Science, and Computer studies)
  • Training children in sports, music, poems, and dancing
  • Painting and drawing activities to help in the development of creativity in the children
  • Taking care of the younger children as well as playing with them.
  • Taking care of domestic animals like cattle, chicken, and pigs.
  • Offering guidance services to children.

Accommodation

The volunteer will be accommodated within the project and all meals will be provided. There will be project staff at all times to offer assistance to volunteers.

Star of Hope Community Center Nyeri

Children
Star of Hope Community Center Nyeri

Star of hope community center was established in the year 2013 with a mission of assisting children from poor families. The organization had noticed the majority of the school-going children from rural areas lacked basic needs such as school uniforms, food, sanitary towels for girls and class stationeries.

 

Project Profile

The project has been able to ensure that 115 children have access to education. 42 children of age 4-9 years attend a kindergarten at the project while 73 children go to nearby public schools. The project also runs a sustainable farming program for women where they have 7 goats, poultry and farm crops. The farm produce is used in the feeding program.

Location

The project is located in Embaringo location, Gataragwa Subcounty, Nyeri County.

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in teaching basic English and math, drawing and making patterns
  • Taking care of the younger children as well as playing with them
  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Assisting in the general cleaning of the center
  • Training the children in music and poems
  • Feeding young children

Accommodation and food

The volunteer will live in a room designated to volunteers at the project. Meals will be provided.

Toto Angel Center

Children
Toto Angel Center

Toto Angel Center was founded in 2013. It is currently supporting 30 children between 3 – 12 years from a variety of backgrounds. The situation in Kayole Estate where the center is located is characterized by a high poverty rate, low education and marginalization of the community.

 

Project Profile

Many vulnerable children are neglected and abandoned by their caregivers. Toto angel Center provides a safe place where children can spend the day, get a warm meal, basic education and play. It currently supports 30 children aged between 3 and 12 years from different backgrounds. 22 children are currently enrolled in the center's pre-school group and another 8 are supported in local primary schools with books, tuition, and lunch.

Eleven of the children are without a caretaker and live at the center. In order to change the situation in the community, the center has also started regular dialog & problem-solving sessions as well as a soccer club for adults.

Location

Saika Estate, Nairobi County

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Assisting in the provision of basic education to the children (simple maths, English, science)
  • Using sports, dancing painting activities to develop creativity in the children
  • Maintenance of the center
  • Support community engagement activities

Accommodation and food

The volunteer will live with a host family near the project site. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.

Tumaini Fund for Economic Development International

Community
Tumaini Fund for Economic Development

The Tumaini Fund for Economic Development International (TFEDI) is a Non-Governmental Organization that aims at providing financial and technical advice to people in order to reduce poverty and thus create income for the needy through micro-finance initiatives. TFEDI started in February 2005. The project offers workshops and training for the community to improve business management skills and enhance development at a micro-enterprise level.

Project Profile

The organization has been able to generate funds from their members, which they use to cater for the needs of the vulnerable members of the society by supporting to acquire basic entrepreneurial skills in managing small scale businesses.

Micro-Finance clearly has a role to play in the fight against HIV/AIDS as it contributes to strengthening a household safety net. Micro-Finance cannot by itself change the face of HIV/AIDS. It can help ease the financial and other burdens of those living with HIV/AIDS and can help to promote behavior change.

Location

The project is located in Buruburu Phase 1 Estate, Nairobi County of Kenya.

Volunteering activities

  • Data entry and organization in the computer and expanding the project’s database
  • Monitoring and evaluation of how loans disbursed is used by small scale businesses within the local community
  • Microfinance which includes looking for donors and funds to support the organization
  • Implementation of reports as profit and losses and the improvement the administration processes by organizing a proper filing system
  • Working activities outside the office as visiting small-scale business members all around Nairobi suburbs

Accommodation and food

The volunteers will be accommodated in a host family which is 10 minutes’ walk from the project. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the host family while lunch will be served at the project. The project accepts only volunteers that are willing to be at the project for two months or more.

Vision Center Khalaba

Community
Vision Center Khalaba

Vision center was established in the year 2007 to support the needy families and orphaned children in the community. The initiators of this project had the dream to provide education and resources so that the children, women, and families could find new ways to generate their own income.

 

Project Profile

The project is involved with the following activities:

  • Supporting the Orphan children with basic needs, education and spiritual training
  • Dairy Goat farming where milk from the goats is sold to generate income
  • Brick Making for construction of houses
  • Dairy Cow Project for commercial milk and training members on domestication
  • Crop farming for maize and beans
  • Water borehole

So far 60 orphaned children have been assisted with school uniforms and school fees and 100 youths have recently completed tailoring and dressmaking.

Location

The project is located in Khalaba location, Mumias Subcounty, Kakamega County.

Volunteering activities

  • Working on the project’s farm
  • Assisting in taking care of the dairy goats
  • Giving nutrition and medical knowledge to the women
  • Assisting in brick making
  • Visiting orphans to give them counseling and support
  • Cleaning of the center
  • Promotion of project activities online

Accommodation and food

The volunteer will live in a volunteer house at the project. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.