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

November
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.

Location

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

December
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.

Location

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.

Khalaba Community Development Group

January
bishop chabuga foundation

Orientation date: 05 Jan 2019, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 06 - 26 Jan 2019
Safari dates: 27 - 29 Jan 2019
Theme: Sustainable development
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Khalaba Community Development Group is a self-help group based in Mumias district in the Western Province of Kenya. The group was formed with the aim to improve the educational standards of the orphans and vulnerable children, so that they will be able to take care of themselves. The group is running a local orphanage school, which is visited by 10 orphans and 16 widows. The orphans and widows are being supported through the sales of maize produced from their small farm. This caters for the orphans’ basic needs i.e. food, clothing and shelter. The widows also get support from various groups under the Khalaba Combined Development Group. The main purpose of the group is to mobilize the community and self-help groups to participate in grassroots efforts in poverty eradication.

Project Aims:

  • Sensitizing and mobilizing groups in order to identify and solve their needs
    Establishing sustainable initiatives on community education, agriculture, income generation

Location

Mumias District, Kakamega County, Kenya

Workcamp activities

  • Farm work which involves weeding, digging and planting of maize, beans and vegetables
  • Sensitization awareness on HIV/AIDS
  • Brick making for constructing the project’s school
  • Exchange programs i.e. debates in school
  • Assisting with the work in the hospital
  • Teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Social studies subjects
  • Engaging in sports activities as well as playing with the children

Accomodation 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. In this workcamp, volunteers can visit Kakamega rain forest and Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, which are about a 1:30hr drive respectively from the project.

Ahero Resource Center

February
ahero resource center

Orientation date: 09 Feb 2019, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 10 - 28 Feb 2019
Safari dates: 06 - 08 Feb 2019
Theme:  Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

The Ahero Resource Center 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 centre is equipped with a training facility to provide capacity building on Drought Resilient Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Adult Education. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School (Model Farm) which also encompasses a Greenhouse, Tree Nursery and Poultry Farm that provide practical examples of modern farming practices as well as a source of nutrition and income for the Orphan Feeding Program.

The Ahero Resource Centre is also equipped with a comprehensive rainwater-harvesting infrastructure to fully utilize the short and heavy rains in the region. Additionally a borehole provides a reliable and affordable source of safe water for the community. From time to time, depending on the availability of funds, 30 school-going Orphans and Vulnerable Children get a free lunch at the center in order to improve their concentration and school performance.

Location

Ahero, Kisumu County

Workcamp activities

  • School activities e.g. playing with kids, cooking for the kids, teaching and washing the utensils
  • Farm work, which includes carrying of manure, digging, weeding and planting of vegetables, filling the tubes for planting, watering the farm and slashing around the fence. 
  • Digging and planting bananas and local vegetables for them. 
  • General cleaning f the resource centre
  • Cleaning the chicken houses and giving the food to chicken 
  • Carrying out construction wastes to the road for road maintenance
  • Planting trees and fruit trees 
  • Home visits and assisting the widows with general cleaning
  • Exchange programs in local schools and health talks in the afternoon

Accomodation 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.

In this workcamp, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria at Kisumu city, which is about a 1-hour drive from the project. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit the Ahero rice fields, the local market or take an optional one-day trip to Kakamega Rainforest.

 

Marianne Centre

March
Marianne Center

Orientation date: 03 Mar 2019, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 04 - 22 Mar 2019
Safari dates: 28 Feb - 2 Mar 2019
Theme: Supporting young adults with mental disability
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project profile

People with mental disabilities in Kenya (approximately 2.9 million) face special challenges in their lives. Many Kenyans still associate people who have mental disabilities with witchcraft, and little has been done to combat this stigmatization. Most people with mental disability have a mild to moderate mental retardation. However, they can learn and are capable of developing skills throughout their lives. They have a wide range of talents, which can possibly be discovered at any moment in their childhood. The major shortcomings of the current educational system for (young) adults with mental disabilities is that they are too old to be enrolled in a primary school, but mentally incapable of attending a normal secondary school. Because of that, the Marianne Center, started in the year 2010, focuses on people with mild to moderate mental disabilities, varying from Down Syndrome to Autism, from the age of 16 to 35 years.
 
The training center for this group has given them and their parents hope for a better future. Currently, the center has 38 students. The students are divided into classes according to their abilities. The (young) adults are trained in basic life skills, vocational and income generating activities. At the end of the training, their capabilities are assessed and efforts are made for them to be attached to an employer where they get the possibility to perform basic tasks.

The idea of this project is to make a difference in the life of young adults with special needs and disabilities, by making them self-reliant and by easing their integration into mainstream life without fear of stigmatization.

Location

Kamirithu Village, Kiambu County

Workcamp Activities

  • Taking part in the teaching of various subjects (mathematics, language, writing, drawing, gardening, sewing, beadwork, computer skills and cleaning)
  • Organizing extra-curricular activities
  • General maintenance and cleaning of the centre
  • Provision of guiding and counselling services to the students
  • Farm work

Accomodation

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.

marriane

Volunteers doing construction at the centre

Kyale Small Home

May
Kyale Small Home

Orientation date: 04 May 2019, 10:00am
Start and End dates: 05 - 22nd May 2019
Safari dates: 01 - 03 May 2019
Theme: Supporting the physically challenged children
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

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 created in 1994. A primary school and Catholic Church surround this home, which currently houses 20 children. These kids are boys and girls aged 10 to 19. These children have suffered accidents, handicaps from or during birth, snakebites, and polio, among other disabilities.

This home was established to cater for the challenged children in the local community. Every child is entitled to better care and upbringing. In most Kenyan societies, the physically challenged children get stigmatization from other members of the community making them feel less than human. Most people speak Kikamba as a native language. Farming is widely practiced for a living e.g. livestock poultry, small-scale farming of maize, beans, coffee, sweet potatoes, bananas, and vegetables. The Catholic Church and a primary school surround the home. Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, may be seen from the home.

Location

Makueni County

Workcamp Activities

  • Taking part in the teaching of various subjects (mathematics, language, writing)
  • Organizing extra-curricular activities
  • General maintenance and cleaning of the centre
  • Provision of guiding and counselling services to the students
  • Farm work

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. In this workcamp, volunteers can visit Mt Carmel where they can engage in hiking, which is about 1 hour walk from the project site.

kyale

Volunteers posing for photo with the children

Community Health Volunteers

June
Community Health Volunteers

Orientation date: 8 June 2019, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 09 - 26 June 2019
Safari dates: 09 - 26 June 2019
Theme: Provision of health services / conservation efforts
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Community Health Volunteers (CHV) was started with the aim of creating awareness on HIV/AIDS among the residents of Vihrembe area, as well as on issues of sexual and reproductive health. CHV is also actively involved in jigger eradication and awareness campaigns in the community. In addition, CHV educates the local community about the conservation of Kakamega Rainforest and its fragile ecosystem. The forest is home to many unique and rare animal and plant species but the increasing human population has exerted negative pressures to the forest, e.g. illegal logging, charcoal burning, cattle grazing, harvesting of medical plants and general clearing of the forest for agriculture. CHV involves the community in its preservation, ensuring the forest is cherished as a healthy, unique and diverse ecosystem for future generations.
 
The idea of this project is to create awareness about the negative effects of jiggers on the health of local people.
 

Location

Vihrembe Market, Kakamega County

Workcamp Activities

  • Door-to-door jigger eradication campaign
  • HIV/AIDS home-based care program
  • School outreach programs
  • Awareness creation in the community on sexual and reproductive health
  • Rehabilitation and conservation of Kakamega Forest through the establishment of tree nurseries
  • Organizing of games and sports in local schools as well as playing with the children

Accomodation 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. In this workcamp, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, which is about a 2-hour drive from the project.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit The Crying Stone and Kakamega Rainforest, which are about five kilometres and one and half kilometre from the project site respectively.

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Volunteers treating children infected by jiggers

Badilisha Eco-Village

July
badilisha eco village

Orientation date: 06 July 2019, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 07 - 24 Aug 2019
Safari dates: 03 - 05 July 2019
Theme: Environmental conservation and community development
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.

Location

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

We will pick up all volunteers taking part in this workcamp 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.

badilisha

After work picture pose

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
E-mail: info@civskenya.com