CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Short-Term Volunteering

Khalaba Community Development Group

August 2020
Khalaba Community Development Group2

Orientation date: 8 August 2020, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 9 August - 26 August 2020
Safari dates: 5 August - 7 August 2020
Theme: Community development through sustainable development
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

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 Khalaba community and its environs so that they can be able to take care of themselves. The group runs a local orphanage school, which caters for 10 orphans and 16 widows. The orphans and widows are being supported through the selling 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 of poverty eradication.


Harambee, Mumias District, Kakamega County, Kenya.

Workcamp activities

  • 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

Arrival at the airport

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. 

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

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

Volunteers can visit Kisumu city and have the opportunity to see Lake Victoria, Maasai market, Kisumu Museum. The volunteers will also have the possibility to visit the Kakamega rainforest, which is about an hour's drive from Kisumu.

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 August 2020
Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Reserve, 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, sandals, sleeping mat, working gloves, 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. 

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