CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
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 340 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

January 2021
STV Ahero1

Orientation date:  9 January 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 10 - 27 January 2021
Safari dates: 6 - 8 January 2021
Theme: Empowering the children through talent promotion
No. of Volunteers: 10

 

Project Profile

The Ahero Resource Center is also equipped with a comprehensive rainwater-harvesting infrastructure to fully utilize the short and heavy rains in the region. Additionally, a borehole provides a reliable and affordable source of safe water for the community. From time to time, depending on the availability of funds, 150 school-going Orphans and Vulnerable Children get a free lunch at the center in order to improve their concentration and school performance. The center facilities have been modified to accommodate physically disabled participants hence its doors are open to such people.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 Centre. 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

Ahero Junction, Kisumu County of Kenya

Workcamp activities

  • School activities e.g. playing with kids, cooking for the kids, teaching and washing the utensils
  • Farm work
  • Assisting in computer and work readiness training
  • General cleaning of the center
  • Cleaning and maintenance of poultry and animal units.
  • General maintenance and construction at the center
  • Cleaning of the center
  • Home visits and cultural exchanges

Arrival at the airport

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

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for early morning visits to Kakamega Rain forest, hike on the forest hill and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leisure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include: -

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 6 – 8 January 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

What to carry

Volunteers are required to carry the following items for the workcamp: mosquito net, torch/flashlight, toiletries, first-aid kit, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, working gloves, sandals, and sunscreen. In addition to those, volunteers can also carry the following items for interaction purposes: pictures of your country, old clothes that are no longer in use, toys, books, pens, etc.

Kazana Cultural Group

February 2021
Kazana group1

Orientation date:  6 February 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 7 - 24 February 2021
Safari dates: 3 - 5 January 2021
Theme: Empowering the children through talent promotion
No. of Volunteers: 20

 

Project Profile

Kazana Cultural Group is a community-based organization that was founded in the year 2010 by a group of local volunteers comprising young boys and girls with different expertise and talents especially in playing different musical instruments, music composition, and singing among other things.

The group’s main objective is identifying, nurturing, and offering psychological support to the children and youth with talents from local communities through organized events.
The group has 120 children, where 75 are boys and 135 girls below 18 years. The project does not offer formal education, but offers guidance to children and youth as well as nurturing talents in different areas. The project coordinators meet the children when they are out of school especially during the weekends and during holidays. The short holidays are during the months of April and during long holidays in November and December. During these holidays, the children meet at Kazana cultural center with group members. During this period, the children are taught playing musical instruments, playing football, volleyball, and hockey. They are also trained in using locally available materials to make simple toys.

Location

Got Osimbo, Sigomre, Siaya County of Kenya.

Workcamp activities

  • Helping the community to work on their farms
  • Preparation of tree seedlings and nurseries
  • Planting trees and flowers in schools and other public places for beautification and climate control
  • Brick making to assist the community to generate income
  • Assisting in school activities like teaching, playing with children in a nearby kindergarten
  • Engaging children in afternoon and evening activities like music, dancing, playing musical instruments like guitar

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for early morning visits to Kakamega Rain forest, hike on the forest hill and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leisure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include: -

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 3 – 5 February 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

What to carry

Volunteers are required to carry the following items for the workcamp: mosquito net, torch/flashlight, toiletries, first-aid kit, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, working gloves, sandals, and sunscreen. In addition to those, volunteers can also carry the following items for interaction purposes: pictures of your country, old clothes that are no longer in use, toys, books, pens, etc.

Kaimosi Special School

March 2021
Kaimosi special school

Orientation date: 6 March 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 7 - 24 March 2021
Safari dates: 3 - 5 March 2021
Theme: Supporting the physically and mentally disabled persons
No. of Volunteers: 15

 

Project Profile

Kaimosi Special School was founded by missionaries from Quakers Friends church in the year 1987 with an aim of empowering disabled people (both mentally and physically) from the communities. The project also was to give 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 people who are children and young adults whose ages range from 6 years to about 32 years and they are from different communities.
Most of the beneficiaries have autism, down syndrome, other mental challenges, multiple handicapped and epileptic, and therefore they are engaged to different classes according to their disabilities and their level of understanding. The school offer skills to them in different classes such as Autism class, Foundation class, an intermediate class, pre-vocational and vocational class. The school is now a full boarding national school which is supported by the government of Kenya and the friend’s Quaker church.

Location

Kaimosi, Hamisi, Vihiga County of Kenya.

Workcamp activities

  • Helping in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Engaging in farm work activities at the school and general cleaning
  • 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 sessions
  • Assisting in mobility
  • Working with the nearby community in farming

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for early morning visits to Kakamega Rain forest, hike on the forest hill and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leisure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include: -

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 3 – 5 March 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Tujengane Community Development Self Help Group

May 2021
Tujengane comm Dev1

Orientation date: 8 May 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 9 - 26 May 2021
Safari dates: 5 - 7 May 2021
Theme: Empowering the youth and vulnerable communities
No. of Volunteers: 15

 

Project Profile

Tujengane self Help Group, a non-profit initiative that is based on the community development which was started by joint youths in Mulundu village and its neighboring communities, due to increase in poverty and illiteracy among the youths in the village as a result of disadvantaged due to their economic, social and cultural background. Tujengane literally means ‘build each other up’ had the main aim of improving peoples’ lives in the community especially the vulnerable as well as linking 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 orphans and vulnerable children, mistreated women, widows, widowers, men, people with disabilities, and youths who are disadvantaged due to their economic, social and cultural background. They are aiming to build a healthy, transformed, and interactive society.

Location

Muhudu, Hamisi, Vihiga County of Kenya.

Workcamp activities

  • Jiggers eradication and sensitization awareness within the community
  • Farm work which involves weeding, digging and planting of maize, beans, and vegetables
  • Exchange programs with the community members through home visits
  • Engaging in sports activities as well as playing with the children
  • Helping in brick making for income generation
  • Helping in the construction and repair of houses for vulnerable families and the old
  • Organizing life skill sessions in schools with the children in order to nurture them and live a positive life while avoiding drug abuse and engaging in bad groups
  • Planting trees and taking part in the conservation of the environment

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for early morning visits to Kakamega Rain forest, hike on the forest hill and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leisure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include: -

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 5 – 7 May 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Badilisha Eco-Village

June 2021
Badilisha eco village1

Orientation date: 5 June 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 6 - 23 June 2021
Safari dates: 2 - 4 June 2021
Theme: Promotion of permaculture and environment conservation
No. of Volunteers: 15

 

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 Centre. 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, Homabay County of Kenya.

Workcamp activities

  • Permaculture which generally involves farm work activities
  • 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 clean-up 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 your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends volunteers can visit the Rusinga hills, Mafangano Islands, and Tom Mboya Mausoleum. We advise volunteers not to swim in the lake since it is contaminated with parasites.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include: -

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 2 – 4 June 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

St. Vianeey Academy

July 2021
St Vienney academy

Orientation date: 3 July 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 4 - 21 July 2021
Safari dates: 30 June - 2 July 2021
Theme: Promoting Basic Education and Community Development
No. of Volunteers: 15

 

Project Profile

St. Vianeey Academy and Children Centre provide education and feeding programs to children aged 3-14 years. The children are from low-income families, orphans, single parents, and others, have disabilities and special needs. The Centre was established in 2016, this came 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. 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, other 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 access 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 which 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, provision of feeding program as some of the families can barely afford meals in a day.

Location

Rodi, Homabay County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Assisting in the provision of basic education to the children (simple mathematics, English, science)
  • Training children in sports, music, poems, and dancing
  • Gardening of crops that help in the school feeding program
  • Taking care of domestic animals like cattle, chicken, and pigs
  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Cleaning and maintenance of project area
  • Construction (this will be confirmed later)

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. This area is sometimes muddy therefore it's important to have working boots. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks in the village, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends volunteers can visit the Rusinga islands, Lake Victoria boat ride, or Ruma National Park. We advise volunteers not to swim in the lake since the water is contaminated with parasites.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 30 June – 2 July 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Tujengane Community Development Self Help Group 2

July 2021
Tujengane2

Orientation date: 10 July 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 11 - 28 July 2021
Safari dates: 7 - 9 July 2021
Theme: Solidarity towards jiggers eradication, and community empowerment
No. of Volunteers: 15

 

Project Profile

Tujengane self Help Group, a non-profit initiative that is based on community development which was started by joint youths in Mulundu village and its neighboring communities, due to increase in poverty and illiteracy among the youths in the village as a result of disadvantaged due to their economic, social and cultural background. Tujengane means ‘build each other up’ had the main aim of improving peoples’ lives in the community especially the vulnerable as well as linking the community with other players to address the challenges faced by the local community.

The mission of this organization is concerned with the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children, mistreated women, widows, widowers, men, people with disabilities, and youths who are disadvantaged due to their economic, social and cultural background. They are aiming to build a healthy, transformed, and interactive society.

Location

Kaimosi, Hamisi, Vihiga County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Jiggers eradication and sensitization awareness within the community
  • Farm work which involves weeding, digging, and planting of maize, beans, and vegetables
  • Exchange programs with the community members through home visits
  • Engaging in sports activities as well as playing with the children
  • Helping in brick making for income generation
  • Helping in the construction and repair of houses for vulnerable families and the old
  • Organizing life skill sessions in schools with the children to nurture them and live a positive life while avoiding drug abuse and engaging in bad groups
  • Planting trees and taking part in the conservation of the environment

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 7 – 9 July 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Ahero Resource Center 2

August 2021
Ahero2
Orientation date: 7 August 2021, 10:00 am

Start and End dates: 8 - 25 August 2021
Safari dates: 4 - 6 August 2021
Theme: Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 10

 

Project Profile

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 Computer & work readiness skills. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School (Model Farm) which also encompasses a Greenhouse, Poultry Farm, domestic animals unit, fish pond that provide 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 either orphans or 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 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

Ahero Junction, Kisumu County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • School activities e.g. playing with kids, cooking for the kids, teaching and washing the utensils
  • Farm work
  • Assisting in computer and work readiness training
  • General cleaning of the center
  • Cleaning and maintenance of poultry and animal units
  • General maintenance and construction at the center
  • Cleaning of the center
  • Home visits and cultural exchanges

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 4 – 6 August 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Body of Christ Children's Home

August 2021
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Orientation date: 14 August 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 15 - 1 September 2021
Safari dates: 11 - 13 August 2021
Theme: Supporting orphans and vulnerable children
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

Project Profile

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

Location

Mutarakwa, Limuru, Kiambu County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Assisting the staff to clean the children
  • Cleaning the clothes and other project utilities used by children
  • School activities e.g. teaching and playing with kids
  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Farm work
  • Assisting in the weaving of mats for income generation
  • Assisting to take care of domestic animals and milking to supplement the feeding of children

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

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 will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Naivasha, Hells’s gate, and Rift Valley viewpoint. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 11 – 13 August 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group 2

September 2021
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Orientation date: 4 September 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 5 - 22 September 2021
Safari dates: 1 - 3 September 2021
Theme: Promoting agriculture and conservation
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

Project Profile

Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group seeks to provide room for better health education for the local community with the goal of enhancing the health of society through nutrition and environmental conservation. They do this through the production of organic family food in order to reduce malnutrition cases among children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the production of 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 organic manure in farming.

Location

Harambee, Mumias, Kakamega County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Farm work which includes horticultural farming, weeding, clearing of bushes, and digging
  • Planting of tree and preparation of seedlings
  • 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: the teaching of how to make products from compost manure

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, and view the equator line sign. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 1 – 3 September 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Khalaba Community Development Group 2

October 2021
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Orientation date: 2 October 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 3 - 20 October 2021
Safari dates: 29 September - 1 October 2021
Theme: Sustainable community development and children care
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

Project Profile

Khalaba Community Development Group is a community-based organization located in Mumias district in the Western Province of Kenya. The group was formed with the aim of improving the educational standards of the orphans and vulnerable children within the Khalaba community and its environs 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 to the orphans’ basic needs i.e. food, clothing, and shelter. The widows also get support from various groups under the Khalaba Community 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.

Location

Harambee, Mumias, Kakamega County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Farm work which involves weeding, digging, and planting of maize, beans, and vegetables
  • Brick making for constructing the project’s school
  • Exchange programs i.e. debate in school
  • Teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Social studies subjects
  • Engaging in sports activities as well as playing with the children

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, and view the equator line sign. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 29 September – 1 October 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Ahero Resource Center 3

November 2021
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Orientation date: November 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 7 - 24 November 2021
Safari dates: 3 - 5 November 2021
Theme: Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 20
 

 

Project Profile

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 Computer & work readiness skills. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School (Model Farm) which also encompasses a Greenhouse, Poultry Farm, domestic animals unit, fish pond that provide 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 either orphans or 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 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

Ahero Junction, Kisumu County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • School activities e.g. playing with kids, cooking for the kids, teaching and washing the utensils
  • Farm work
  • Assisting in computer and work readiness training
  • General cleaning of the center
  • Cleaning and maintenance of poultry and animal units
  • General maintenance and construction at the center
  • Cleaning of the center
  • Home visits and cultural exchanges

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 3 - 5 November 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Badilisha Eco-Village 2

December 2021
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Orientation date: December 2021, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 5 - 21 December 2021
Safari dates: 1 - 3 December 2021
Theme: Promotion of permaculture and environment conservation.
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

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 Centre. 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, Homabay County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Permaculture generally involves formwork activities
  • 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 clean-up exercises to improve sanitation and hygiene around the community

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends volunteers can visit the Rusinga hills, Mafangano Islands, and Tom Mboya Mausoleum. We advise volunteers not to swim in the lake because it is contaminated with parasites

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 1 - 3 December 2021

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

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