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 RESOURCE CENTRE

Agriculture
 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Ahero town, Kisumu County.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

The Ahero Resource Center is located in Ahero, Kisumu County. The Ahero Resource Center started by CIVS is located in Ahero, about 25km east of Kisumu town.

 

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BADILISHA ECO VILLAGE

 

 

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Rusinga Island, Homabay County of Kenya.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

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. 

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BAS EDUCATION CENTRE

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Kayole Junction Estate, Nairobi County of Kenya.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Bas (Best Affordable Services) Educational Centre is a project that was established in 2014 as a charity organization in Spring Valley, Matopeni, slums. It focuses on children from extremely poor backgrounds. 

 

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BISHOP J. WAICHERE SECONDARY SCHOOL

Children
 
 
 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Maai Mahiu, Limuru County

 

PROJECT DETAILS

The Bishop J Waichere Center School was founded to provide children from poor families who cannot afford school fees the possibility to attend secondary education. 

 

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BLESSED SACRAMENT ORIANG COMPLEX

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Kasipul Kabondo constituency, Homabay County, Western part of Kenya

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Blessed Sacrament Oriang Complex was established by the Catholic Church Mission of Homabay in the year 1994. The complex consists of a school section called Blessed Sacrament and a home for the handicapped called OT IRMGAD Cheshire.

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BLESSED TO BLESS ORPHANED CHILD SELF HELP GROUP

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Elwesero village, Kakamega County.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Blessed to Bless Orphaned Child Self Help Group was founded in the year 2005 a pastor who was brought up as an orphan himself and consequently had an interest and a vision of helping and supporting the orphans and vulnerable children within the community.

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BROWNHILL SECONDARY SCHOOL

Children
 
 
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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Kayole Estate, Nairobi East region.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Brown Hill Group is a registered community based organization, established in the year 2013 to offer community services to the residents of Embakasi. 

 

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CIVS COMMUNITY SERVICE

Organizational
 

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PROJECT LOCATION

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

 

PROJECT DETAILS

CIVS Kenya is a community development agency operating especially in the marginalized and poverty-stricken rural areas of Kenya.

 

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COMMUNITY HEALTH VOLUNTEERS

Health
 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Virhembe Market, Kakamega County of Kenya.

 

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Community Health Volunteers (CHV) is a community based organization established in 2006 by Kenyan volunteers operating within Kakamega County of Kenya.

 

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DESTINY CHILDREN'S HOME

 

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Nasra Estate, East of Nairobi.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Destiny Children's Home was started in year 2000 as a street boys feeding program and registered as a community-based organization. 

The centre was started with the main goal of giving the orphaned children a home, education, emotional and spiritual guidance, medical help and to improve the lives of the children I totality.

 

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FORTUNE LEARNER'S CENTRE

Children
 
 
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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Kayole estate, East of Nairobi.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Fortune Learners Centre is a project that was founded in year 2013 as a charity organization by 10 social workers from Kayole and Soweto slums who were working in various schools as untrained teachers. 

 

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GELI COMMUNITY ACADEMY

 

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Mowlem Nyamasaria location, Kisumu County.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Geli Community Academy is an orphans faith based project that was started in year 2015 by a social worker and a pastor. 

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GOOD SAMARITAN CHILDREN'S CENTRE

Children
 

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PROJECT LOCATION

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

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Good Samaritan Children’s Centre is a community-based organization that was established in the year 2004 in response to the needs of the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Soweto Slum.

 

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HOLY FAMILY ORIANG HEALTH CENTRE

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Kasipul Kabondo constituency, Homabay County, Western part of Kenya

 

PROJECT DETAILS

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 in the area.

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KAIMOSI SPECIAL SCHOOL

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Kaimosi, Hamisi Constituency, Vihiga County, Western Kenya.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Kaimosi Special School was founded by missionaries from Quakers Friends church in the year 1987 with an aim of empowering the disabled people (both mentally and physically) from the communities.

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KAYA KINONDO ECOTOURISM PROJECT

Eco-Tourism
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 PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Ukunda, Kwale District of Kenya

PROJECT DETAILS

Coastal Kenya has sacred forests called Kayas. These pockets are made up of forests 10 to 400 hectares found in the Kwale, Kilifi and Malindi districts of Coast Province and owe their existence directly to the cultural beliefs and history of the nine Coastal Mijikenda ethnic groups.

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KIERENI SECONDARY SCHOOL

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 PROJECT LOCATION
 This project is located in Chuka, Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya
 

PROJECT DETAILS

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.

 

 

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KYALE SMALL HOME

Children
 

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located at Nunguni, in the Eastern region of Kenya. It is approximately 3 hours drive from Nairobi city.

PROJECT DETAILS

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.

 

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MAGODO CHILDRENS HOME

Children
 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Harambee Estate, Nairobi

PROJECT DETAILS

Magodo Children's Home was started in the year 1990 and registered as a community-based organization. The project’s main objective is to facilitate the provision of basic needs to vulnerable children and to further their education by supporting them spiritually, emotionally and psychologically to the best of our ability.

 

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MAKONGENI YOUTH GROUP

 

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Makongeni Vilage, Kwale County of Kenya.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

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. 

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MARIANNE CENTRE

The Disabled
 
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PROJECT LOCATION
 The project is located in Mutarakwa, Limuru, Kiambu County of Kenya.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

There are around 2.9 million individuals with various forms of mental disabilities in Kenya. These Kenyans face many obstacles in their daily lives since many communities still consider mental disability an ailment caused by witchcraft and black magic. 

 

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NEW ALUMNI EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

Children
 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Ruaka at Racharage junction along Limuru road, Nairobi County

 

PROJECT DETAILS

New Alumni Educational Center began as a tuition center in the year 2011 teaching 2 children under a tree.  Currently the center has around 200 students. The school has both teaching and nonteaching staff of which some of them are volunteering. The school is registered as a Community Based Organization.

 

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PEHUCCI (PEACE HUMANITARIAN CHRISTIAN CENTRE INTERNATIONAL)

Children
 
 
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 PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Njiru East of Nairobi.

PROJECT DETAILS

Peace Humanitarian Christian Centre International is a community initiative project that was founded in 1993 to empower orphaned and destitute children around Ruai location. The project aims to secure a brighter future for children through nutrition, education support and spiritual awareness.

 

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PHANERO SCHOOL MBALE

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Mbale town, Vihiga County of Kenya.

 

 

PROJECT DETAILS

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 integrates them other children so that they can be provided with quality education and life skills. 

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SHELTER OF HOPE ACADEMY

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Kiambiu slums in Nairobi County

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Shelter of hope Academy was started in the year 2005 by a Pastor with an aim of developing and improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable children and youths from poor slums.

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ST. CHARLES LWANGA CHILDREN'S CENTRE AND SECONDARY SCHOOL

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Ruai, eastern part of Nairobi.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School and Children’s Centre started as place where orphaned, homeless and abandoned children were rescued and provided with shelter, food and a place to call home.

 

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ST. MICHAELS DAY CARE AND RESCUE CENTRE

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

This project is located in Ukunda District, Kwale County

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Established in 2013, St. Michaels Day Care and Rescue Centre is an institution for the preschool aged children and young girls who have been rescued from streets of Ukunda.

 

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ST. VIANNEY ACADEMY

 

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Rodi, Homabay County of Kenya.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

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, this came as a result of the founders great passion to help the needy children, love for the children and selfless heart to help the needy.

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TOTO ANGEL CENTRE

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Kayole Estate, Nairobi County

 

PROJECT DETAILS

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.

 

 

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Tumaini Fund for Economic Development International

Tumaini Fund For Economic Development International

Tumaini Fund for Economic Development (TFEDI) aims to support the local community through church development projects, entrepreneurship education and training, business advocacy and the provision of micro credits to start up small businesses.

The Project

Tumaini Fund for Economic Development is a local NGO based in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. It is set up in order to fight the widespread poverty, HIV/ AIDS and many social problems in Nairobi's slums.  Tumaini is a Swahili word that means hope and is a non-profit organization with the main goal is to empower the vulnerable women in slums and to help schools that are in need. Tumaini is presently implementing three projects: (i) Microfinancing women in need, (ii) Siaka school for special children, (iii) Glory center in Kiambiu slums.

Microfinaning women in need

We mobilize small business operators and those who would like to start small business into self-help groups of five people and train them on pulling contributions together and borrow from the same to finance their business. This forms a revolving fund account.

Siaka School for Special Children

K.A.G Siaka School for the Blind and deaf is a boarding school located in Bungoma County in the western region of Kenya. Our goal is to support around 20 deaf and blind special children by funding their special education needs and offer them a safe and happy haven.

Glory Center in Kiambiu slums

The main goal in this project is to support the Glory center school located in Kiambiu slums in Nairobi in order to provide free education to around 100 children who hail from the poorest in the informal dwellings. It will also support them with other basic needs which will create a conducive learning environment.

Volunteer Tasks

  • Teaching children at schools
  • Assistance with bookkeeping
  • Helping with creating new partnerships in Kenya and abroad
  • Managing global founding project
  • Managing social network image of Tumaini
  • Updating the organization’s website

Location

The project is located in Buruburu estate in Nairobi, about 10 minutes walk CIVS offices.

Project Availability

This project is available throughout the year

Airport Transfer Upon Arrival and Departure

You will be piuck up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi upon your arrival by a representative of CIVS Kenya. After welcoming you end suruing that your entuire luggade is there you will be brought to your host family where you will spent the first days during your orientation.

After the project we also will arrange for your airport drop off at JKIA in good time for your departure flight.

Orientation

All volunteers taking are provided with an upo to 3 day long Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi before the project. The orientation is given by our Kenya staff and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Kenya – Introduction to Kenya, Kenyan Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Kenya, Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once your orientation is complete, you will be transported to your homestay and introduced to your host family.

Food

You will be provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), which is served at the homestays or directly at the project. Breakfast generally consists of chai (tea), toast and sometimes mandazzi (deep fried dough) and fruits. A typical lunch can include vegetables with rice, occasional meat and fruit. Dinner usually includes traditional food, such as ugali, chapatti, mboga and irio, sometimes alongside meat and vegetables. Bottled water is readily available in Kenya and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.

Accomodation

During your project you will be accommodated in a local host family or the project, who have been​ ​approved by our local ​team in Kenya. Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom​ ​​ other volunteers, comprised of single beds and bunk beds with​ ​bedding provided. ​I​t is important to note that​ ​there are often power outages and water shortages​, and ​​volunteers need to be prepared to have the occasional bucket shower or​​ ​some time without power.​ Some rural homestays and projects do not have electricity or running water​. In these locations you​ ​​can expect to find​ ​squat/long-drop toilets​.​

Our local team give your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to​ ​stay with a host family, providing you with a​ ​unique opportunity to learn about the​ ​Kenyan way of life, meet local people, try local food, speak the local language and​ ​engage in local customs and traditions​.​​

Weekends and sightseeing

During the weekends, you will have free time to relax and explore Nairobi, wider Kenya and Eastern Africa. Sunday is a religious day of rest in Kenya. If you wish, you can accompany your host family to their local church, as a Kenyan church service is a unique and special experience for many volunteers.

During your project you can also take some time to travel around (e.g. Coast, Uganda or Tanzania), or to embark on a safari (e.g. Masia Mara, Amboseli). Kenya is Africa’s original safari destination and is famed for attracting explorers, adventurers, and travelers for centuries. From the shores of the Indian Ocean with its white sandy beaches and coral reefs to the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya and the wild and vast deserts of the north, Kenya offers travelers a beauty and freedom which is hard to resist.

TUMAINI FUND FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL

 

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PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located in Rodi, Homabay County of Kenya

PROJECT DETAILS

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.

 

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