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

Crossroads Spring Primary School

August
cross roads

Orientation date: 4 Aug 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 5 Aug - 24 Sep 2018
Safari dates: 1 - 3 Aug 2018
Theme: Youth and Community empowerment
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Founded in 2004, Crossroads Springs Primary School is both a school and orphanage and is a top performing school both academically and in co-curriculum activities.  The school was initiated purposely to provide care for orphans and vulnerable children most of whose parents had died of HIV/AIDS. The School strives to help students to develop skills in order to be able support themselves in future.

Crossroad Springs started with 40 children in 2004 and now serves 220 children, with over 120 children being total orphans. The children are of mixed gender and their ages are from 3 years to 13 years. These children are provided with education, meals, shelter and medical needs. The school runs from ECD (Kindergarten) to Standard eight (eighth grade). The school also accepts children who are not orphaned in order to be inclusive.

The activities undertaken by the school include; teaching the children, training the children in doing music, poems and traditional dancing, training the children in athletics and ball games like football and netball as well as training children in scouting activities. The school also hosts a women group called mukhono khu mukhono, which does rearing of pigs, fish, chicken and cattle. They also practice organic agriculture, and tailoring with the aim to generate income for children upkeep at the school.

Location

Hamisi Constituency, Vihiga County, Kenya

Workcamp activities

  • Assisting in teaching mathematics, English, science and computer studies
  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals at the school
  • Helping in nursing and educating the children on health and hygiene
  • Training children in sports, music, poems and dancing
  • Assisting children in development of creative art skills like painting and drawing
  • Taking care of the younger children as well as playing with them
  • Farm work, which includes weeding, planting of variety of crops and harvesting
  • Taking care of domestic animals like cattle, chicken and pigs

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.

Bishop Chabuga Foundation

August
bishop chabuga foundation

Orientation date: 15 Aug 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 16 Aug - 04 Sep 2018
Safari dates: 12 - 14 Aug 2018
Theme: Youth and Community empowerment
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

The Bishop Chabuga Foundation is a local organization that was founded by the African Divine Church in 2015. Its major objective is reaching out to community members and empowering the youth and marginalized community through provision of basic needs like education, health care, HIV/AIDS campaign awareness and offering vocational training to the youth living around the community.

The organization manages a Primary School operating from grade one to eight. The school enrolls pupils who come from the surrounding local community and are from poor backgrounds. The institution also has a feeding program where the pupils can get their meals in order to focus on their education. It also has a vocational training centre that is used to train youths. It offers tailoring and carpentry, which aids them to acquire skills which will help them to better their lives and thus to become better persons in the community.

Additionally, there is a dispensary where the local community members get access to health care. They also have a Voluntary Counseling Centre where they do counseling and testing of HIV, thus increasing the awareness of the youth and the community about the disease and teaching them to beware of the pandemic disease.

Location

Hamisi District, Vihiga County

Workcamp activities

  • Farm work (including weeding, digging and planting of maize, beans and vegetables)
  • Sensitization on HIV/AIDS
  • Cultural exchange in the school (e.g. through organization of debates with students)
  • Assisting with minor support works in the hospital
  • Teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies
  • Engaging in sports activities/ 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.

Tujengane Community Development Self Help Group

August
Community Health Volunteers

Orientation date: 8th Aug 2018 from 10:00am
Start and End dates: 9th - 27th August 2018
Safari dates: 28th - 30th August 2018
Theme: Youth and Community empowerment
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Tujengane self Help Group, a non-profit initiative that is based on the community development which was started by joint youths in Mulundu village and its neighboring communities, due to increase in poverty and illiteracy among the youths in the village as a result of disadvantaged due to their economic, social and cultural background. Tujengane literally means ‘build each other up’ had a main objective of improving people’s lives  in the community especially the vulnerable as well as linking the community with other players in order to address the challenges faced by the local community. The mission of this organization is concerned with the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children, mistreated women, widows, widowers, men, people with disability and youths who are disadvantaged due to their economic, social and cultural background. They are aiming to build a healthy, transformed, and interactive society.

Location

Hamisi District, Vihiga County of Kenya.

Workcamp Activities

  • Farm work which involves weeding, digging and planting of maize, beans and vegetables
  • Exchange programs with the community members through home visits
  • Engaging in sports activities as well as playing with the children
  • Preparing and engaging in brick making for various youths so that they can sell and earn a living and support their families
  • Digging farms and as well as harvesting for the elderly and widows
  • Helping in construction of houses for widowers and the vulnerable families
  • Organizing community outreach with community health volunteers for HIV/AIDS campaign awareness
  • Planting of trees and taking part in the conservation of the environment

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.

Khalaba Community Development Group

September
bishop chabuga foundation

Orientation date: 08 Sep 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 09 - 27 Sep 2018
Safari dates: 05 - 07 Sep 2018
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

  • Teaching of Mathematics, English, Creative drawing subjects to the kids
  • Feeding programme and assisting with preparation and serving of meals
  • Brick making activities and construction extending of the project school
  • Home visits and helping  of the old sick group members
  • Farmwork which includes planting of crops, digging, watering of plants and clearing of bushes
  • Organizing of sports and games 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.

Vakevembe Community Development Group

October
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Orientation date: 06 Oct 2018, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 07 - 26 Oct 2018
Safari dates: 05 - 07 Oct 2018
Theme: Supporting the physically challenged children
No. of Volunteers: 5 - 12

Project Profile

 
Vakevembe Community Development Group is a community based organization, which was founded in the year 2015 by a group of community members who were concerned about the various factors affecting the community without social structure to address them. The group achieves its objective through seeing a just and healthy society, which is able to address the issues and needs of orphans and vulnerable members of the society. They do this through seeking and building capacities of communities to be self reliant and enabling the community members improve their living standards, enhancing the provision of basic needs to the Orphans and vulnerable children through a comprehensive support system.
 
The group also addresses jiggers eradication, HIV/AIDS awareness and drugs and substance abuse within the community. The group has also been participating in many events such as community health outreach, school education programmes and agricultural field days to empower the community to be self reliant. Vakevembe Community Development Group uses the bottom approach hierarchy of leadership where there is management committee who run the organization and the mandate is given to various sub-committees who oversee farming and enterprise, health and psychological support. The group has also made significant achievements like medicare and jiggers treatment through outreach sessions where the vulnerable members are assessed and treated.

Location

Hamisi Sub County, Vihiga County, Kenya

Workcamp activities

  • Skill development through teaching of Creative Arts, Drawings, English and simple Mathematics subjects
  • Organizing of games and extra-curricular subjects 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 and offering psychological support to 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.

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.

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