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 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 Workcamp Programs

Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group

tumaini nutritious self help group

Orientation date: 03 Nov 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 04 - 23 Nov 2018
Safari dates: 31 Oct - 02 Nov 2018
Theme: Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

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 production of organic family food in order to reduce malnutrition cases among children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the production of the 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 the organic manure in farming.


Mumias, Kholera Location, Kakamega County

Workcamp activities

  • Farm work which includes horticultural farming, weeding, planting in tree nurseries, clearing of bushes and digging
  • 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: teaching  of how to make products from compost manure
  • Kiswahili lessons and debate lessons in local schools

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation during the workcamp will be in the project and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs. The volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food themselves. In this workcamp, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria at Kisumu City and the Kakamega Rainforest.

Badilisha Eco-Village

badilisha eco village

Orientation date: 01 Dec 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 02 - 21 Dec 2018
Safari dates: 29 Nov - 31 Nov 2018
Theme: Agro forestry and Environmental Conservation
No. of Volunteers:10 - 20

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 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 Center. 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.


Rusinga Island, Homa Bay County, Kenya

Workcamp Activities

  • Permaculture which generally involves farmwork 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
  • 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 cleanup 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 a 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.

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