CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
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 340 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

Kaimosi Special School

January 2022
Kaimosi special school

Orientation date: 6 January 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 9 - 26 January 2022
Safari dates: 5 - 7 January 2022
Theme: Supporting the physically and mentally disabled persons
No. of Volunteers: 15

 

Project Profile

Kaimosi Special School was founded by missionaries from Quakers Friends church in the year 1987 with an aim of empowering 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 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 autism, 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, an intermediate class, pre-vocational 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, Vihiga County of Kenya.

Workcamp activities

  • Helping in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Engaging in farm work activities such as digging, planting of vegetables, crops, weeding within the school
  • General cleaning of the dining hall, dormitories and the school compound
  • Training children vocational skills such as agriculture, weaving, tailoring, carpentry, and beadwork
  • Playing together with children through extracurricular activities such a sports and dance
  • Assisting with physiotherapy sessions
  • Assisting the children mobility when they want to get access to the toilet and other common areas

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for early morning visits to Kakamega Rain forest, hike on the forest hill and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leisure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include: -

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 5 - 7 January 2022

Charges: 3 day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Khalaba Community Development Group

February 2022
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Orientation date: 5 February 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 6 - 23 February 2022
Safari dates: 2 - 4 February 2022
Theme: Sustainable community development and children care
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

Project Profile

Khalaba Community Development Group is a community-based organization located in Mumias district in the Western Province of Kenya. The group was formed with the aim of improving the educational standards of the orphans and vulnerable children within the Khalaba community and its environs 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 to the orphans’ basic needs i.e. food, clothing, and shelter. The widows also get support from various groups under the Khalaba Community 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.

Location

Khalaba, Mumias, Kakamega County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Farm work involving weeding, digging and planting maize, beans, and vegetables
  • Brick making for constructing the project’s school
  • Exchange programs i.e. debate in local schools, extra-curricular activities through sports and games
  • Assisting in teaching a variety of subjects like Mathematics, English, Science, Social studies subjects and Creative Arts
  • Home visits and assisting the widows, elderly within the community with their daily routine chores like general cleaning of the compound, cooking, and washing of utensils

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, and view the equator line sign. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 2 – 4 February 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Body of Christ Children's Home

March 2022
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Orientation date: 5 March, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 6 - 23 March 2022
Safari dates: 2 - 4 March 2022
Theme: Supporting orphans and vulnerable children
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

Project Profile

Body of Christ Children’s Home was established in the year 2005 by a former government staff who always had a dream of starting a humanitarian center for the needy, poor, less fortunate, and vulnerable children in society. She got a house, which was not in use, rented, furnished, and started taking care of the vulnerable children. The number kept growing until she realized that feeding children alone were not enough. She then started an Early Childhood Development School within the center where children could get basic needs such as education, food, and shelter.
The project, therefore, has children home 164 children. Those who permanently reside in the home are 50 children while those who attend day activities like learning, daycare, and feeding are 125. The Early Childhood Development School school helps to generate income for the project. The school runs from Pre-primary one to grade 1-5. The project also supports 10 teenage students who attend senior school elsewhere.
The project also has a small farm where they plant vegetables, maize, beans, tomatoes, etc. They are also involved in poultry keeping and rearing of dairy cattle. The products of they get from these activities are used to supplement the nutrients of the children.

Location

Mutarakwa, Limuru, Kiambu County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Assisting the staff to clean the children
  • Cleaning the clothes and other project utilities used by children
  • Assisting in school activities such as teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Creative Arts subjects and playing with the kid
  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Farm work including weeding, planting of vegetables, watering of crops, and digging in the small farm within the project
  • Assisting in the weaving of mats for income generation to support the children basic needs
  • Assisting in taking care of domestic animals and milking to supplement the feeding of children

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

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 will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Naivasha, Hells’s gate, and Rift Valley viewpoint. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 2 – 4 March 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group

May 2022
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Orientation date: 7 May 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 8 - 25 May 2022
Safari dates: 4 - 6 May 2022
Theme: Environmental conservation and community empowerment.
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

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

Location

Harambee, Mumias, Kakamega County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Farm work includes horticultural farming, weeding, clearing of bushes, and digging
  • Planting of tree and preparation of seedlings
  • 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 through debates and teaching on how to make products from compost manure

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, and view the equator line sign. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 4 – 6 May 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Badilisha Eco-Village

June 2022
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Orientation date: June 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 5 - 22 June 2022
Safari dates:  1 - 3 June 2022
Theme: Environment conservation & Promotion of permaculture.
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

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 the local population toward a more holistic and responsible way. Badilisha Eco Village promotes permaculture farm design techniques and ethics: Earth care, people care, and share of the 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 Centre. 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, Homabay County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Permaculture involves formwork activities
  • The teaching of mathematics, English, and creative arts subjects in the school within the project
  • Home visits during the afternoon and assisting with general cleaning of the old, widows, and sick people of the community
  • Weeding, slashing, and clearing of bushes at the project's farm
  • Soil conservation and planting of trees in the school compound and neighbouring communities
  • Beach clean-up exercises to improve sanitation and hygiene around the community

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends volunteers can visit the Rusinga hills, Mafangano Islands, and Tom Mboya Mausoleum. We advise volunteers not to swim in the lake because it is contaminated with parasites.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 1 - 3 June 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Hamisi Community Based Organization

July 2022
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Orientation date: 2 July 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 3 - 20 July 2022
Safari dates: 29 June - 1 July 2022
Theme: Promoting basic education and Community empowerment and Development.
No. of Volunteers: 15

 

Project Profile

Hamisi Community Based Organization is a non-profit organization that was established in 2017 to empower women, youth, and men from vulnerable and poverty-stricken backgrounds to realize a sustainable community focussing on key areas of Education, Water, Health, and Sanitation, and Agriculture to improve their livelihood.
The organization is strongly focused on offering training skills in various community development, social work, and practical solidarity to the less privileged members of their communities by addressing and campaigning against the effects of systemic social and economic injustice.

The project is involved in the following activities:

  • Training small scale farmers on modern/best farming practices to maximize their productivity, realize the potential market, and increase sales
  • Train the community stakeholders on new technology trends through ICT to help them research and get informed
  • Training the community on financial management and leadership skills to enable them to plan and budget well for their finances
  • Support vulnerable children with free Early Childhood Development Education
  • Engage the community in table banking - a system that enables members of a community to access unsecured loans, from money pooled by other members of the community, and allows community members to invest in each other’s businesses rates 

Location

Hamisi, Vihiga County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Assisting with the teaching of various subjects such as Creative Arts, English, Basic Mathematics in the nursery school
  • Assisting the children with their homework
  • General cleaning and maintenance of the project area and its surrounding: bush clearing, litters collection, making a disposal point, sweeping, landscaping, construction repairs, and brick making
  • Planning and engaging the kids in extra-curricular activities like sports and games
  • Engaging in health education and mentorship programs to the youth within the community alongside project staff
  • Farm work includes farming, digging, planting of various crops, weeding, and tree planting exercise for environmental conservation

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 29 June – 1 July 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

St. Vianney Academy & Children Centre

July 2022
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Orientation date: 9 July 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 10 - 27 July 2022
Safari dates: 6 - 8 July 2022
Theme: Promoting basic education and Community Development.
No. of Volunteers: 15

 

Project Profile

Vianney Academy and Children’s Centre provides education and feeding programs to children aged 3-14 years. The children are from low-income families, orphans, single parents, and others who have disabilities and special needs. The center was established in 2016, this came because of the founder’s great passion to help needy children, love for the children, and selfless heart to help the needy. His mission is to go all over the country and reach out to needy children, work with the young women and youth to establish a community college where they can learn skills to empower themselves and support their families. In his mission, he realized that most children in the Rodi area are orphans, others had dropped out of school and others were left out, as they did not conform to the set pass marks in various schools. He was challenged by this and it geared him to establishing a Centre where these children can get quality education to equip them for their future lives.
The Centre has opened its doors to all children where they can get access to a medical facility, which is a challenge in the Rodi location as people hardly access medical facilities leading to high death rates and high cost of attaining medication.
Vianney academy and children Centre is a democratic Centre that aims at providing quality education to the children through professional teaching and acquisition of books for the children, provision of recreation activities where the children can discover their talents at a tender age, provision-feeding program since some of the families can barely afford meals in a day.

Location

Rodi, Homabay County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Assisting in the provision of basic education to the children (simple mathematics,
  • English, science, and computer studies)
  • Training children in sports, music, poems, and dancing
  • Painting and drawing activities to help in the development of creativity in the children
  • Taking care of the younger children as well as playing with them
  • Taking care of domestic animals like cattle, chickens, and pigs
  • Offering guidance services to children

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 6 – 8 July 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Ahero Resource Center

August 2022
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Orientation date: August 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 7 - 24 August 2022
Safari dates: 3 - 5 August 2022
Theme: Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 10
 

 

Project Profile

The Ahero Resource Centre is located in Ahero, about 25km east of Kisumu town. The Centre serves as a One-Stop-Shop, offering a variety of services to the local community. The center is equipped with a training facility to provide capacity building on Drought Resilient Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Early childhood Education, and Computer & work readiness skills. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School (Model Farm) which also encompasses a Greenhouse, Poultry Farm, domestic animals unit, fish pond that provide practical examples of modern farming practices as well as a source of nutrition and income for the Orphan Feeding Program.
Computer and work preparedness training is complemented with an equipped computer center. The kindergarten has 2 teachers and 75 children who are either orphans or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. 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, 150 school-going Orphans and Vulnerable Children get a free lunch at the center to improve their concentration and school performance. The center’s facilities have been modified to accommodate physically disabled participants hence its doors are open to such people.

Location

Ahero Junction, Kisumu County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Engaging in school activities e.g. playing with kids, cooking for the kids, teaching and washing the utensils
  • Working in the Model Farm of the center: tilling the land, planting crops, harvesting, weeding and applying manure, and watering crops
  • Assisting in the teaching of basic subjects such as English, drawing, Creative Arts to children in Learn and Play Daycare in the center and assisting in the training of computer and work skills to the young people at the center
  • Organizing games and extra-curricular activities for children as well as playing with them
  • Assisting to feed the domesticated animals: rabbits, chicken, geese, turkey
  • Assisting to clean the sheds for the domestic animals
  • Assisting the youth in the project through designing and making customized backrests, pillowcases, window curtains, and doormats for sale to generate income for them
  • Promotion of the centers agricultural activities in the community through personal selling of the products at the local market
  • Supporting fundraising for the programs and promotion of the Center and its activities
  • Assisting in maintenance activities at the center: collecting litter, landscaping, construction repairs, cleaning the halls, slashing the weeds, painting the walls, repairing connecting water pipes in the greenhouse, building a garbage disposal point
  • Assisting the facilitator in teaching computer and work skills at the disability project

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 3 - 5 August 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group

August 2022
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Orientation date: 13 August 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 14 - 31 August 2022
Safari dates: 10 - 12 August 2022
Theme: Promoting Agriculture and Conservation.
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

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

Location

Harambee, Mumias, Kakamega County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Farm work includes horticultural farming, weeding, clearing of bushes, and digging
  • Planting of tree and preparation of seedlings
  • 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 through debates and teaching on how to make products from compost manure

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, and view the equator line sign. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 10 – 12 August 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Body of Christ Children's Home

September 2022
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Orientation date: 3 September 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 4 - 21 September 2022
Safari dates: 31 August - 2 September 2022
Theme: Supporting orphans and vulnerable children
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

Project Profile

Body of Christ Children’s Home was established in the year 2005 by a former government staff who always had a dream of starting a humanitarian center for the needy, poor, less fortunate, and vulnerable children in society. She got a house, which was not in use, rented, furnished, and started taking care of the vulnerable children. The number kept growing until she realized that feeding children alone were not enough. She then started an Early Childhood Development School within the center where children could get basic needs such as education, food, and shelter.
The project, therefore, has children home 164 children. Those who permanently reside in the home are 50 children while those who attend day activities like learning, daycare, and feeding are 125. The Early Childhood Development School school helps to generate income for the project. The school runs from Pre-primary one to grade 1-5. The project also supports 10 teenage students who attend senior school elsewhere.
The project also has a small farm where they plant vegetables, maize, beans, tomatoes, etc. They are also involved in poultry keeping and rearing of dairy cattle. The products of they get from these activities are used to supplement the nutrients of the children.

Location

Mutarakwa, Limuru, Kiambu County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Assisting the staff to clean of the small children
  • Cleaning the clothes and other project utilities used by children
  • Assisting in school activities such as teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Creative Arts subjects and playing with the kid
  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Farm work including weeding, planting of vegetables, watering of crops, and digging in the small farm within the project
  • Assisting in the weaving of mats for income generation to support the children basic needs
  • Assisting in taking care of domestic animals and milking to supplement the feeding of children

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

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 will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Naivasha, Hells’s gate, and Rift Valley viewpoint. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 31 August - 2 September 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Ahero Resource Center

October 2022
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Orientation date: October 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 9 - 26 October 2022
Safari dates: 5 - 7 September 2022
Theme: Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 20
 

 

Project Profile

The Ahero Resource Centre is located in Ahero, about 25km east of Kisumu town. The Centre serves as a One-Stop-Shop, offering a variety of services to the local community. The center is equipped with a training facility to provide capacity building on Drought Resilient Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Early childhood Education, and Computer & work readiness skills. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School (Model Farm) which also encompasses a Greenhouse, Poultry Farm, domestic animals unit, fish pond that provide practical examples of modern farming practices as well as a source of nutrition and income for the Orphan Feeding Program.
Computer and work preparedness training is complemented with an equipped computer center. The kindergarten has 2 teachers and 75 children who are either orphans or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. 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, 150 school-going Orphans and Vulnerable Children get a free lunch at the center to improve their concentration and school performance. The center’s facilities have been modified to accommodate physically disabled participants hence its doors are open to such people.

Location

Ahero Junction, Kisumu County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Engaging in school activities e.g. playing with kids, cooking for the kids, teaching and washing the utensils
  • Working in the Model Farm of the center: tilling the land, planting crops, harvesting, weeding and applying manure, and watering crops
  • Assisting in the teaching of basic subjects such as English, drawing, Creative Arts to children in Learn and Play Daycare in the center and assisting in the training of computer and work skills to the young people at the center
  • Organizing games and extra-curricular activities for children as well as playing with them
  • Assisting to feed the domesticated animals: rabbits, chicken, geese, turkey
  • Assisting to clean the sheds for the domestic animals
  • Assisting the youth in the project through designing and making customized backrests, pillowcases, window curtains, and doormats for sale to generate income for them
  • Promotion of the centers agricultural activities in the community through personal selling of the products at the local market
  • Supporting fundraising for the programs and promotion of the Center and its activities
  • Assisting in maintenance activities at the center: collecting litter, landscaping, construction repairs, cleaning the halls, slashing the weeds, painting the walls, repairing connecting water pipes in the greenhouse, building a garbage disposal point
  • Assisting the facilitator in teaching computer and work readiness skills at the disability project

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, Kisumu Museum, the equator line, and a general tour in Kisumu city. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 5 - 7 September 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Khalaba Community Development Group

November 2022
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Orientation date: 5 November 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 6 - 23 November 2022
Safari dates: 2 - 4 November 2022
Theme: Sustainable community development and children care
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

Project Profile

Khalaba Community Development Group is a community-based organization located in Mumias district in the Western Province of Kenya. The group was formed with the aim of improving the educational standards of the orphans and vulnerable children within the Khalaba community and its environs 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 to the orphans’ basic needs i.e. food, clothing, and shelter. The widows also get support from various groups under the Khalaba Community 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.

Location

Khalaba, Mumias, Kakamega County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Farm work involving weeding, digging and planting maize, beans, and vegetables
  • Brick making for constructing the project’s school and other rooms to offer shelter and accommodation to the orphans
  • Exchange programs which include debates in schools
  • Assisting in teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Social studies subjects
  • Engage in sports as well as playing with the children

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria, and view the equator line sign. Volunteers will also have the opportunity for an early morning visit to Kakamega Rainforest, hike on the forest hill, and witness a sunrise from the forest hill. Leasure activities’ costs are not included in the participation fee.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 2 – 4 November 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

Badilisha Eco-Village

December 2022
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Orientation date: 3 December 2022, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 4 - 21 December 2022
Safari dates: 30 November - 2 December 2022
Theme: Promotion of permaculture and environment conservation.
No. of Volunteers: 15
 

 

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 the local population toward a more holistic and responsible way. Badilisha Eco Village promotes permaculture farm design techniques and ethics: Earth care, people care, and share of the 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 Centre. 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, Homabay County of Kenya.

Nature of Work

  • Permaculture involves formwork activities
  • The teaching of mathematics, English, and creative arts subjects in the school within the project
  • Home visits during the afternoon and assisting with general cleaning of the old, widows, and sick people of the community
  • Weeding, slashing, and clearing of bushes at the project's farm
  • Soil conservation and planting of trees in the school compound and neighbouring communities
  • Beach clean-up exercises to improve sanitation and hygiene around the community

Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Activities

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and will share the responsibility of preparing the food.
In this workcamp, volunteers will have a chance to do evening nature walks, home visits, cultural meetings, and games. During weekends volunteers can visit the Rusinga hills, Mafangano Islands, and Tom Mboya Mausoleum. We advise volunteers not to swim in the lake because it is contaminated with parasites.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in our workcamp projects will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:-

  • 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 Centre 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

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 30 November - 2 December 2022

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

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