Kenia Voluntary Service Organization

Our values

Promoting peace, diversity and intercultural exchange

We promote these values in common with the International Voluntary Service network, and we consider that there is no development without peace and no peace without development.

Empowering the youth through impactful projects

At KVSO, we encourage every single initiative that can contribute to a global change. Our volunteers acquire new skills and knowledge through a fulfilling experience that will influence their own empowerment.

Implementing development projects with the local community

We believe in the responsability of the local community in its own developement and the projects implemented are always linked to the needs of the people on site.

Where volunteering truly means something
Our actions

Sending & receiving volunters

Our team is willing to welcome you and to help you to build your volunteering project. Sending & receiving volunteers is our passion and we always do our best for you to have the most enriching experience.

Community Empowerment

Above all, KVSO is a Community Based Organisation that aims to empower the local community by giving the chance to take the responsability in the change.

Promoting volunteering

KVSO is engaged for the promotion of volunteering in Kenya by participating in many projects and events around the world. Follow us on social medias and on our blog to learn more about our actions.

When volunteers talk about us

‘This mid-term project was a challenge for me as I didn’t know so much about this country but the people here welcomed me like if I was part of the family. Volunteer is an empowering experience and being here in Kenya was, for me, the best country to do it. People are welcoming, kind and generous and they will give you the opportunity to leave an unforgettable moment.’

Alice (France)

‘This workcamp was my first experience as a volunteer and it was so successfull that I’m thinking to volunteer again soon. Despite the cultural differences that you have to face at the beginning, these few weeks in Kenya were an experience that I will never forget. I encourage all of my friends to participate in such fulfilling and exciting project, and I would like to thank you KVSO for their wonderful work.’

Ludwig (Germany)

‘This experience was one of the best of my life. I’ve learned many things and discovered the amazing culture of Kenya. During my long-term project (10months), I participated in many activities and had the chance to help for the implementation of new projects. I will never forget my experience in Kenya and I’m already planning to come back to Kenya to engage myself in new programs.’

Roberta (Italy)

Meet our team

Helicia Nicolas – Partnerships & public relations manager

Helicia graduated from a Masters degree in cultural and touristic projects managemenent in Paris – France.

She also studied sustainable development projects management and geography. She likes to develop new projects and to bring people from different backgrounds to work on a common project for the common interest of the community.

She volunteered in many camps and different international programs all around the world.

She has been involved in International Voluntary Service organisations and netwoks before heading to KVSO. She brings her passion for Africa and Kenya to serve the community and develop new projects. She is the one in charge of the parternships and everything related to communication in KVSO.

She believes in the strenght of african organisations to develop impactful volunteering project.

She chose KVSO for the quality of their work and for their will to bring International Voluntary Service to a different level in Kenya and in Africa. In KVSO we want to make sure that our volunteers will make the best of their experience, that our partners are directly involved in our projetcts and that the local community sees concrete and impactful results thanks to our projects.

 

Albert Migowa – Development manager

Albert champions for peace, intercultural exchange and sustainable development through volunteerism. He truly believes that each person has something to bring in the process of sharing, discovering and promoting cultures. He has actively participated and engaged in numerous KVSO programmes notably, the development of the adolescent health and well- being in which he took a lead role in its development. Additionaly, together with  the founder Mr. Linus Onyango he has sought partnerships and continues to with the most recent one being the East African Civil Society Forum(EASCOF) . He develops and maintains relationships with stakeholders including special interest and community stakeholders for KVSO. FOCUS: Sustainability, ICT solutions, professional management and youth/women skills development.

He is a champion and advocates for more women in technology especially in developer cirlces such as android and Facebook

He believes that ICT is a sure way of bringing measurable impact in society.

Other roles

Member-National committee on online safety, Communications Authority
Member-National committee STEM4PEACE, Global peace foundation& CEMASTEA.
Head of partnerships-Internet Society of Kenya.
Mentor-Presidential Digitalent Programme, ICT Authority.
Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator
Certified Google digital skills trainer.
Member- Internet 4 development global
Member-Atlassian User group Thika
Judge aspiring young innovator Riara University-2018
Judge lego Olympics competition-2018

Linus Omondi – International Program Coordinator

Linus Onyango Omondi is the former Immediate Chairperson of the UNESCO Youth Forum Kenya. He is the African Representative to UNESCO and also the Unesco Youth Peace ambassador.

He is the Founder and  current International program Coordinator of Kenia Voluntary Service Organization.

KVSO organizes, coordinates and hosts work camps ranging from wildlife, hospital, school, orphanage, environmental and cultural programs through January to December.

Mr. Omondi has also served the UNESCO fraternity and KVSO well in regards to matters youth.

He has been invited to Nigeria, South Africa, France, Germany, Belgium and Tanzania to tackle issues related to Youth and Cultural integration.

Mr. Omondi terms himself as a ‘Champion of culture.’ He has successfully used his own cultural skills and knowledge to engage the youth in safeguarding and promoting not only the Kenyan Culture but African culture as a whole through music and dance.

As a professional performer in an Afro Acapella band, he promotes contemporary African folk and urban tunes.

Mr. Omondi is also a trained Print and Broadcast Journalist from The Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and Moi University in Nairobi.

He has won several accolades in the area of creative and fictional writing and claims that his writing prowess gained ground the day of his conception.

Sheila Koech – International Volunteer Coordinator

She has Degree in Public Relations and Marketing, and higher diploma in Community Development.

She has participated in seminars and youth conference’s around the world.

Sheila has also voluntered in other organizations before joining KVSO.

She has organised big races locally and internationally to support youth in her community.

KVSO was started with the aim of empowering our local communities through volunteer service and also enhancing exchange between nationalities through volunteer work.

We have a wide array of activities that starts from January stretching all the way to December. The programs are long, short and mid term.

Looking forward to welcoming you in our programmes in Kenya.

WHV preparation with Makueni county authorities

KVSO was meeting the Makueni county, preparing the WHV camp in Tsavo National Park. The purpose of this meeting was to plan the organization of the camp with the welcome of 20 volunteers from all around the world during 10 days to learn and work for the protection and the promotion of our heritage, Meeting the representatives of Makueni County was a great opportunity to foresee the program of the camp and to plan the main activities that the volunteers…

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Cerebral Palsy Charity Walk 2018

The 2018 Cerebral Palsy Charity walk will take plae on the 23rd of June 2018. CPSK has been a leader in the campaign to create awareness and advocate for the rights of persons afflicted by Cerebral Palsy (CP) in Kenya. This year’s theme is ‘Every Child Counts’. This event has been the principal conduit through which the society creates awareness about the Cerebral Palsy (CP) condition in children and also to raise the much needed funds to finance the rehabilitation…

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Preparation of the WHV camp in Tsavo

KVSO representatives were meeting Mary Kirabui at the Kenya Wildlife Service, discussing the program of our WHV camp in Tsavo, coming next July. This WHV camp aims to promote and to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our heritage and our World Heritage sites. 20 volunteers from all over the world will join this camp for 10 days from 14th to 28th of July. During this camp, they will learn about our heritage and our culture, they will work…

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UNESCO WHV Tsavo National Park & Kakamega Forest camps coming this summer

We are glad to announce that KVSO has been accepted to host two World Heritage Volunteers camps for the summer 2018. The two camps will be: – WHV Kakamega Rainforest and Isukuti Dance – Natural and Cultural Heritage Programme from 04.08.2018 to 18.O8.2018 – UNESCO WHV Tsavo National Park & Chyulu Hills Programme from 14.07.2018 to 28.07.2018 For more information about the projects, please download our projects description:               WANT TO JOIN? Contact us…

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Strong partnership with the French Embassy of Nairobi

A meeting has been held in the French embassy between KVSO reprensentatives and the person in charge of media and communication to strenghten our longterm collaboration. International Voluntary Service would not be strong enough without the full support of the institutions, in particular the ones granting our volunteers with visa and allowing them to travel the world with complete safety. We are glad that the french embassy supports our actions and put efforts to encourage us to go further in…

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Validation workshop on the Maputo Protocol

As anouced previously, KVSO was present at the validation workshop on the Maputo Protocol, held on 5th April, 2018 at Comfort Hotel, Milimani-Nairobi area. The meeting brought together 15 stakeholders with their main objective being to; advocate for the reporting of the Maputo Protocol, Africa Youth Charter and other sub regional instruments. Opening remarks was given by Mr. Masheti – Executive Director at East Africa Civil Society Organizations’ Forum. He said a number of items: 1. The Main theme of…

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Girls Advocacy Alliance Programme Partners Meet Up

Kenia Voluntary Service Organisation (KVSO) was recently at the validation workshop for the Maputo protocol. The workshop was organised by East African Civil Society Forum (EASCOF). The workshop was held at Kenya Comfort hotel as part of knowledge gathering and sharing   as well as building networks. KVSO was founded to give an opportunity to all those who want to explore the enriching field of volunteering. Our mission is to promote peace, intercultural exchange and sustainable development through volunteerism. We truly…

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Promotion, transmission and appreciation of heritage among young people

KVSO attended a conference about the promotion, transmission and appreciation of heritage among young people organised by the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM). Since the adoption of the culture conventions, more and more sites and elements have been listed; each of them of universal value and representing our universal heritage, both tangible and intangible. As precised during the conference: ‘The future of our remaining heritage therefore depends largely on the decisions and actions of the present generation of young…

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KVSO

Kenia Voluntary Service Organization is a Community Based Organization that aims to promote peace, diversity and sustainable development through volunteering.

 

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kvsokenya@gmail.com

+254 72 08 03 531

Post office box 35232 – 00100 Norwich Union 6th Floor Mama Ngina Street

Nairobi – KENYA

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