CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Short-Term Volunteering

Ahero Resource Center - Special Workcamp

August 2020
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Orientation date: 3 August 2020, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 4 August - 20 August 2020
Safari dates: 31 July - 2 August 2020
Theme: Agriculture, Environment, Culture and Language Camp
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20


Project Profile

CIVS is providing you with an amazing opportunity to participate in Agriculture, Environment, Culture and Language Camp that will take place at Ahero Resource Center which is located in Ahero, Kisumu County. The Center serves as a One-Stop-Shop offering a variety of services to the local community. The center is equipped with a training facility, which provides capacity building opportunities in Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and providing a venue for community groups meeting. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School i.e. a model Farm which encompasses  Greenhouses, open farm, a domestic animal section with Poultry, rabbits and pigs, etc;  that provide practical examples of modern farming practices. The Ahero Resource Center is also equipped with comprehensive rainwater harvesting infrastructure to fully utilize the short and heavy rains in the region. The center runs an Early Childhood Education Program for 75 children who are either orphans, vulnerable affected by HIV/AIDS. The children receive free education, meals, and stationery. There is a Safehouse in the center that is expected to provide temporary accommodation to the people who are facing perceived danger. Youth ICT training in information technology and work preparedness also takes place. 

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. Additionally, a borehole provides a reliable and affordable source of safe water for the community. The construction of two water kiosks in the wider area connected with the borehole will improve accessibility to clean and safe water in the community significantly.


Kisumu County of Kenya

Workcamp activities

  • Farm work which includes horticultural farming, digging, weeding, etc
  • Assisting to feed the poultry, clean their house and monitor for any disease or unusual behavior
  • Assisting to feed animals like pigs and rabbits, clean their house and monitoring for any disease or unusual behavior
  • Leaning Foreign Language Swahili to promote cultural exchange and feeling more comfortable in the camp
  • Assisting in taking care of trees and other vegetation at the project
  • Engaging in computer training sessions
  • Assisting in general cleaning at the center
  • Assisting in the renovation of infrastructure at the project

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 and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food.

The volunteers can visit Kaimosi forest, which is 15 minutes’ walk from the campsite where volunteers can see different species of birds and monkey and have a nature walk and Lake Victoria, which is 45 minutes’ drive from Kaimosi town, and Kakamega rainforest, which is also 45 minutes’ drive from the project.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 300 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: 31 July - 2 August 2020

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, clothes, 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