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

Kyale Small Home

October
Kyale Small Home

Orientation date: 07 Oct 2017, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 08 - 27 Oct 2017
Safari dates: 04 - 06 Oct 2017
Theme:  Supporting the physically challenged children
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Volunteer in Makueni County in Eastern Kenya and work with physically handicapped children in the Kyale Small Home. The institution consists of a school and a home, which has been in existence since 1994. A Primary School and Catholic Church surround this home, which currently houses 20 physically handicapped children. These kids are boys and girls aged between 10 to 19 years. They have suffered accidents, snakebites and Polio, were handicapped from or during birth, among other causes.

The idea of this project is to make a difference in the life of children and young adults with special needs and disabilities in order to become self-reliant and integrated into mainstream life without fear of stigmatization.

Location

Makueni County

Workcamp Activities

  • Teaching the disabled children various subjects (mathematics, English, debates, etc)
  • Care giving services, including: washing, cooking, serving, feeding and cleaning
  • Organizing extra-curricular activities, like sports, for the children
  • Working in the farm of the home to improve farm outputs

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.

Ahero Resource Center

November
ahero resource center

Orientation date: 04 Nov 2017, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 05 - 24 Nov 2017
Safari dates: 01 - 03 Nov 2017
Theme:  Re-introduction of Indigenous vegetables foods
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

The White Paper for International Voluntary Service (IVS) created in 2011 developed by Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) draws the strategic objectives for Cultural Heritage and Diversity with the vision to ‘Preserving, protecting, and promoting cultural heritage and diversity through International Voluntary Service activities in order to foster mutual understanding and respect within the global community’. With the Strategic objectives to create:

  1. A global community where mutual understanding and respect are brought by active citizens that preserve protect and promote cultural heritage and diversity
  2. Develop and expand cooperation between organisations, institutions and government bodies in the field of Cultural Heritage and Diversity

Raise awareness about the impact of IVS in cultural heritage and diversity issue CIVS Kenya will host a Workcamp at Ahero Resource Centre situated in Western Kenya with the overall goal to improve household nutrition and income on the basis of traditional, indigenous vegetables and crops which are adapted to the local conditions. The reason for this being that the food base for the rural population has become narrower, leaving communities more vulnerable to food shortages and nutrient-deficiency diseases. Additionally there has been a significant rise of lifestyle diseases across the country due to the adaptation of what is considered a more modern or westernized lifestyle. Many people have neglected the rich and diverse agricultural heritage of Kenya and forgotten about the benefits traditional foods.

Kenya has a natural abundance of indigenous edible vegetables, fruits and other underutilized and neglected species which are inexpensive to produce and well adapted to the environments in which they grow.

Location

Ahero, Kisumu County

Workcamp activities

During the workcamp volunteers will participate in different activities such as farming of indigenous crops and vegetables, preparing healthy meals with the locally use material (e.g. energy saving cooking stoves), foods or learn more about the heritage of Western Kenyan cuisine and life during several inter active session and home visits.

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.

 

Community Development Self Help Group

November
community development self help group

Orientation date: 28 Nov 2017, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 29 Nov - 15 Dec 2017
Safari dates: 25 - 27 Nov 2017
Theme: Supporting local community development
No. of Volunteers: 5 - 12

Project Profile

The German foundation for world population trained some community health members, VCT Counselors, mobilizing forces in the community, home-based caregivers and educators among others on HIV/AIDS prevention through a community-based organization. During the project period, while the trained members were visiting the community, they realized that there was a big health problem in the community. Apart from HIV/AIDS as the main problem, there were more health issues such as an increased number of orphans/vulnerable children and jiggers menace because of parents’ death from HIV/AIDS. Most orphans whose parents had died from HIV/AIDS were infected by jiggers, this was a result of poor guardian care. In general, these children lacked basic needs such as health care, shelter, education and clothing among others.

Having realized that there were all of these problems within the community, a few trained local volunteers from Butula decided 2014 to establish a group, which could address the above mentioned health issues. The group was then referred to as Community Development Self-Help Group (CDG), operating within Butula Sub County with its main office at Shibale Market within Marachi central Ward, focusing on Health and community development.

Location

Busia County

Workcamp activities

  • Making bricks
  • Repairing houses of elderly people
  • Establishing of tree nursery

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-hour and 30-minute drive respectively from the project.

Cranes of Dago Thim Group

January 2018
cranes of dago thim group

Orientation date: 07th Jan 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 08 - 27 Jan 2018
Safari dates: 04 - 06 Jan 2018
Theme: Youth Development
No. of Volunteers:10 - 20

Project Profile

Cranes of Dago Thim Self Help Group was established to make an impact on the growing problems vulnerable children, widows and orphans face regarding their right to sustainable development. The group is dedicated to the promotion and protection of children’s rights and to the support of the vulnerable, widows and orphans. The group organizes routine trainings on farming for the widows and youths, promotes human values through advocacy and community out-reach programs e.g. jiggers eradication and treatment, education and financial support to the less fortunate members of society, in order to realize the full potential and capabilities of the community.

The group has a small farm within the member’s homestead where they rear local poultry for meat and eggs, cattle for resale, meat and milk and a small area for planting cash crop i.e. bananas, vegetables, tomatoes and fodder. The farm products are sold to the locals and in the local markets and some are distributed to the individuals, supported by the group. The money made is used to support the group’s programs.

The group also supports people with disabilities and distributes sanitary towels to girls in public schools within the community.

Location

Nyahera Location, Kisumu 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
  • Farm work-ploughing and planting
  • Provision of guiding and counseling services to the students
  • Farm work

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. The volunteers can visit Kisumu city and have the opportunity to see Lake Victoria, Masai market, Kisumu Museum. The volunteers will also have the possibility to visit Kakamega rainforest, which is about one hour drive from Kisumu.

Ahero Resource Center

February 2018
ahero resource center

Orientation date: 04 Feb 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 05 - 24 Feb 2018
Safari dates: 01 - 03 Feb 2018
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

  • Working on the centers’ Model Farm to improve farm outputs for the orphan feeding program and to showcase good agricultural practices to the community

  • Supporting the Orphan Feeding Program of the Ahero Resource Center (e.g. lunch preparation, serving, washing dishes)

  • General maintenance and cleaning of the centre

  • Weeding of trees at the centre
  • Kiswahili lessons

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.

 

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