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 Center

Children, Farming
ahero resource center

The Ahero Resource Center was started by CIVS, it is located in Ahero, about 25km east of Kisumu town. The Center serves as a One-Stop-Shop offering a variety of services to the local community. The center is equipped with training facility, which provides capacity-building opportunities in Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and providing venue for community groups meeting.

Project Profile

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. The Center serves as a One-Stop-Shop offering a variety of services to the local community. The center is equipped with training facility, which provides capacity-building opportunities in Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and providing 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 a Greenhouse, open farm and Poultry house 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 45 children who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The children receive free education, meals and stationary. There is a Safe house in the center that is expected to provide temporary accommodation to the people who are facing perceived danger. Also, the construction of a Computer ICT centre is currently ongoing and it’s expected to offer training in information technology to the youth in order to increase their employability.

From time to time depending with the availability of funds, 30 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.


Location

Ahero, Kisumu County

Project activities

  • Working in the Model Farm of the center and helping to improve the agricultural methods, crops, etc.
  • Promotion of the centers agricultural activities in the community
  • Supporting promotion of the Ahero resource Center and its activities
  • Assisting in the preparation and Serving of meals to the children
  • Assisting in general care giving services  for the children
  • Developing age appropriate games and playing with the children to promote the health of the children
  • Teaching computers to local youths
  • Assisting in teaching children basics of language, speaking, writing, etc
  • Assisting in cleaning of the facilities used by the children e.g. the classes.

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

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

Badislisha Eco Village

Farming
badilisha project

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 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 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 surplus. It is a model farm, or epicentre, 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 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

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

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.

BAS Education Centre

Children
Best Affordable Services

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. BAS endeavours to better the lives of the bright poor children whom some resorted to begging in the streets and the females resorted to child prostitution.

Project Profile

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. The founder’s motivation was drawn by former schools within the community sending away vulnerable children from school due to lack of school fees. He thought on how he could better the lives of the bright poor children whom some resorted to begging in the streets and the females resorted to child prostitution. After the close of schools in term three in 2013, he founded a centre to provide education, economic empowerment and HIV and AIDS education including psychosocial support to the orphans and vulnerable children.

The Centre’s core projects are education, orphan support, protection, economic empowerment for older orphans and caregivers, volunteering, internships, educational trips, sports, HIV & AIDS education and gender based violence. The school hosts nearly 200 children from extremely poor backgrounds, aged between 3 and 12 years. The children attend classes from kindergarten to class7. The school has seven teachers and eight classes. They also engage in agriculture practice so as to help in feeding program for the students in the school. The organization has also a registered self-help group that deal in table banking which assists the project staff and the community members.

Location

Kayole Junction Estate, Nairobi County

Project activities

  • Helping in preparation of meals, serving and feeding of the children
  • Assisting in teaching English, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Creative arts subjects
  • Supporting early childhood development through age appropriate games & activities
  • Assisting with administrative work in the school
  • Providing HIV/AIDS awareness lessons to the pupils
  • Assisting in teaching foreign languages and computer basics
  • Assisting with designing of the school website and social media management
  • Informal education which includes dress making, beads making, khaki bag making etc.

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family in Kayole. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.

Bishop J Waichere Center School

Children
Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Centre

The Bishop J Waichere Center School provides children from poor families who cannot afford school fees the possibility to attend secondary education. The school offers formal learning in the mornings while there are non-formal education courses in the afternoon (dress making, beat making, etc).

Project Profile

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. The school therefore offers formal learning in the mornings while there are non-formal education courses in the afternoon (dress making, beat making, etc). These courses are primarily focusing on the provision of practical vocational skills to enable the children/ youth gain employment on the job market later on. Part of the pupils live in the school while others or coming from outside for the classes.

Location

Maai Mahiu, Limuru County

Project activities

  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals at the school
  • Assisting in teaching (Maths, English, science)
  • Using sports, dancing painting activities to develop creativity in the children
  • Assisting in provision of vocational training courses

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

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

Blessed Sacrament Oriang Complex

Children
Blessed Sacrament Oriang Complex

Blessed Sacrament Oriang Complex is a home for the handicapped. The school section takes care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the community. It provides ECDE (Early Childhood Education) and primary education as well as giving them basic needs such as food, shelter and clothes with a mission to explore a solemn, conducive atmosphere for nurturing both spiritually and academic development of the pupils.

Project Profile

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. The school section takes care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the community. Some of the children live at the Centre while some live with care givers at home. It provides ECDE (Early Childhood Education) and primary education as well as giving them basic needs such as food, shelter and clothes with a mission to explore a solemn, conducive atmosphere for nurturing both spiritually and academic development of the pupils. The home for the handicapped takes care of the mentally and physically handicapped children who live at the center. The community and the church is largely involved in the management and payment of school fees and providing teaching resources to the Centre. The little fees paid is used for the general management of the Centre. Currently the school hosts approximately 800 pupils while the home for the handicapped host around 10 children both girls and boys.

Location

Kasipul Kabondo constituency, Homabay County

Project activities

  • Helping  in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Helping in nursing services such as taking care of the sick children and giving them medicine
  • Playing together with children through extracurricular activities such a sports and dance
  • Organizing and Giving guiding and counseling sessions
  • Providing physiotherapy sessions to the physically handicapped children
  • Taking them to events outside the school such as music and sports

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

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.

Blessed to Bless Orphaned Child Self Help Group

Children
Blessed To Bless Orphaned Child Self Help Group

Blessed to Bless Orphaned Child Self Help Group supports the orphans and vulnerable children within the community. The orphans are integrated with other children to enhance equality. It is currently hosting more than 350 children who are aged between 4 to 18 years. Many children have benefited from education in this project since its formation.

Project Profile

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. He was assisted with other 15 well-wishers within the community whereby they formed a development group that was registered as a self-help group. The well-wishers began with 7 orphans that were being taught under a tree until 2012 when they received some support from an American well-wisher to construct a school for the children for the children. The project started to receive many children that are vulnerable and this resulted into establishment of three more kindergarten schools in different parts of Kakamega. The orphans are integrated with other children to enhance equality. It is currently hosting more than 350 children who are aged between 4 to 18 years. Many children have benefited from education in this project since its formation.

Location

Elwesero village, Kakamega County

Project activities

  • Skill development through teaching of Creative Arts, Drawings, English and simple     Mathematics  subjects
  • Organizing of games and extra-curricular activities for the kids
  • Farm work which includes digging, weeding, watering and planting of crops
  • Assisting with preparation and serving  of meals to support the feeding program
  • Guiding and counseling programs to support the children

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

A host family next to the project site where breakfast and dinner shall be provided will accommodate the volunteers. Lunch will be provided at the orphanage. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

Brownhill Secondary School

Children
Brownhill Secondary School

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 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 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 academic objective, 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 of games and sports within the neighboring schools

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

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

Organizational
CIVS

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

Project Profile

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”. 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 presence, specifically in two areas:

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

Location

Buruburu Estate, Nairobi East, Nairobi County

Project activities

Website Design:
  • Analyzing the current CIVS Kenya website for areas of improvement & benchmarking it with competitor
  • Making suggestions on website improvement
  • Implement agree website improvements
  • Assisting in orientation of new volunteers
Social Media Marketing:
  • Monitoring & analyzing the current activities of CIVS Kenya on social media platforms and bench marking 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

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will live in a host family near the project site where they will get breakfast and dinner.

Community Health Volunteers

Community
Community Health Volunteers

Community Health Volunteers (CHV) is a community based organization that spearheads the implementation of community health and environmental conservation projects in order to create a better life for communities in Western Kenya. It seeks to design and implement quality HIV/AIDS interventions, as well as to support people living with HIV/AIDS by increasing access and improving the quality of healthcare and referral services for them through increased linkages with the Ministry of Health.

Project Profile

Community Health Volunteers (CHV) is a community based organization established in 2006 by Kenyan volunteers operating within Kakamega County of Kenya. The organization is situated at Virhembe Market and focuses on fighting HIV/AIDS and other health issues. The mission of this project is to spearhead implementation of community health and environmental conservation projects in order to create a better life for communities in Western Kenya.

The organization pursues the aim of expanding capacities of the community in regards to dealing with HIV/AIDS. It seeks to design and implement quality HIV/AIDS interventions, as well as to support people living with HIV/AIDS by increasing access and improving the quality of healthcare and referral services for them through increased linkages with the Ministry of Health. The group also aims to promote safe sexual behaviors and practices among youth and vulnerable groups. Community Health Volunteers in collaboration with DANIDA established a dispensary and are planning to set up a computer-training center that will serve as a learning center for the youth. This is the only dispensary within the area.

Location

Virhembe Market, Kakamega County

Project activities

Website Design:
  • School outreach programs; Awareness creation in the community on sexual and reproductive health
  • Assisting the medical staff in the dispensary
  • Co-coordinating and taking care of the patients
  • Taking patient samples, pulses, temperatures
  • Offering voluntary, counseling and testing  for HIV/AIDS
  • Writing and updating of records in the hospital
  • Jigger treatment  in the community and local schools

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

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.

Qualification

Volunteers with computer skills as well as those in the medical field (doctors, nurses, etc) are needed for this project. It is necessary that you should have high motivation and lots of initiative to implement the objectives of the project. You should be ready for any kind of work.

Destiny Children's Home

Children
Destyiny Children's Home

Destiny Children's Home aims to give the orphaned children a home, education, emotional and spiritual guidance, medical help and to improve the lives of the children. It serves 31 vulnerable children from ages 3 months to 17years. Most of the children are orphans; for others, their parents have mental problems, other children have been abandoned.

Project Profile

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. It serves 31 vulnerable children from ages 3 months to 17years. Most of the children are orphans; for others, their parents have mental problems, other children have been abandoned. There are also Maasai girls that have been rescued from early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. The project has managed to educate the children in neighboring schools and after they are educated, the children are reunited back with their societies through an exit program. It also offers shelter, food, clothing, medical care, rehabilitation, clothing, sports, and counseling for the children.

Location

Nasra Estate, East of Nairobi, Nairobi County

Project activities

  • Taking care of the younger children as well as playing with them
  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Assisting in general cleaning of the centre
  • Training the children in music and poems
  • Feeding the young children
  • Taking care of the abandoned babies

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family, which is about 10 minutes’ walk to the project. The host family will provide both breakfast and dinner to the volunteers.

Fortune Learner's Centre

Children
Fortune Learner's Centre

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 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 how they could better the lives of these poor children who had resorted to begging in the streets.

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

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family in Buruburu near the CIVS office. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.

Geli Community Academy

Children
Geli Community Academy

Geli Community Academy is an orphans faith based project that donates clothes, books, food and uniforms to orphans or abandoned children. The children have been orphaned for various reasons, although majority are due to the HIV epidemic, poverty and unwanted pregnancies.

Project Profile

Geli Community Academy is an orphans faith based project that was started in year 2015 by a social worker and a pastor. At its inception, the project was donating clothes, books, food and uniforms to vulnerable children in the area. These are either orphans or abandoned children. The children have been orphaned for various reasons, although majority are due to the HIV epidemic, poverty and unwanted pregnancies. The children’s circumstances and histories are as different as their personalities, but now they have the optimism and opportunity for a more positive future. The dedicated caregivers at the project are working hard to provide the basics of life such as food; they also engage the children in activities like dancing, music, poems, playing football, and general counselling. However, they are acutely aware that it is education, which can break the cycle of poverty. By the year 2016, the project was supporting 30 children, and in year 2018 the project started a school with the main aim of providing quality and affordable education to the children since most of them were not going to school. Currently 38 children are being supported by the project.

Location

Mowlem Nyamasaria location, Kisumu County

Project activities

  • Helping  in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Helping in training the children in music and poems
  • Teaching of subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science and Sign language
  • Helping with dressmaking and tailoring activities
  • Training the children how to read and write as well as assisting them with their homework
  • Playing together with children and organizing of sports and dance activities

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

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 school.

Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Centre

Children
Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Centre

Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Centre facilitates holistic care for vulnerable children by enhancing their growth and development through provision of shelter, education and other basic needs. The children are victims of teenage pregnancy, child abuse or torture, orphans and those infected by HIV/AIDS. The home offers shelter to over 300 children who are of between 8months to 18 years of age.

Project Profile

Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 1991 with a mission to facilitate holistic care for vulnerable children by enhancing their growth and development through provision of shelter, education and other basic needs. The children are victims of teenage pregnancy, child abuse or torture, orphans and those infected by HIV/AIDS. The home offers shelter to over 300 children who are of between 8months to 18 years of age. Depending on their age, the infants (8 months to 2 years old) stay at the home and are taken care by their caregivers while those who are 3yrs to 6 years of age attend a kindergarten, which is at the home as they are prepared to join primary school. The other children are supported through uniforms and school fees to join different public primary and secondary school near the home. Since its establishment, the home has supported over 4000 orphans and vulnerable children from different parts of Nairobi city mainly from the streets and slums. The children are transformed and reconnected back to their extended families, those who don’t have any family are assisted to get a job and start their own life and always welcomed back to the home in case of any problem. Apart from children’s welfare development, The Home engages in a number of activities for purposes of self-sustainability such as zero grazing and livestock farm unit, which generate income for the home and provide meat and milk for the children.

Location

Eastern part of Nairobi County

Workcamp activities

  • Teaching basic subjects such as reading, drawing and artwork as well as assisting the older children with homework
  • Taking care of the cattle and helping with the dairy farming
  • Care giving services which includes feeding and taking care of the infants
  • Assisting with preparation and serving of meals to the children
  • Playing and organizing extracurricular activities with the children
  • Organizing life skills sessions for the older children

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family in Buruburu. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner and volunteers will get lunch at the Children’s Home.

Holy Family Oriang Health Centre

Community
Holy Family Oriang Health Centre

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 in the area. 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 centre 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. The patients receive free testing, counseling and medicine. The staff also goes to the villages to reach to many people who are unable to afford to reach the health centre for treatment. This is because most people hardly afford to seek for healthcare services mainly due to stigma therefore leading to high death rates.

Location

Kasipul Kabondo constituency, 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
  • Community mobilization programs

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

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.

Kaimosi Special School

Community
Kaimosi Special School

Kaimosi Special School empowers mentally and physically people by giving them basic education and hope for future life as well as to make them be self-reliant and integrate them into the 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. The school offer skills to them in different classes such as Autism class, Foundation class, and intermediate class, prevocational and vocational class.

Project Profile

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. 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 the 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 autistism, 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, and intermediate class, prevocational 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 Constituency, Vihiga County

Project 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 bead work
  • 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

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

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.

KAYA KINONDO ECOTOURISM PROJECT

Eco-Tourism
 kaya kinondo ecotourism project
 

 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

Children
 
 compassionate hands for the disabled foundation
 
 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

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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

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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)

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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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