Mid & Long-term projects

Want to experience the kenyan life for few months?

The mid and long-term projects take place within 2 to 12 months and give the opportunity to our volunteers to experience the real kenyan life within the local community. This is an immersive project where  volunteers are integrated as an individual, rather than in groups, fully part of the local community. We have many thematics that allow you to choose the project you are willing to work for:

 

MARA OSERO

Code: KVSO 01/01

Name: Mara Osero Wildlife, Culture, Conservation & Education Village

Type: EDU/KIDS, Wildlife, Conservation, Renovation, Culture and Environment

Project dates: 7th February 2018 – 24th December 2018 (Ongoing project)

Duration: 11 months

Location of the camp: Narok County

Community: Maasai

Languages: English and Swahili

Number of volunteers: 20 locals and internationals

Disabled: No

Age: 18+

BACKGROUND

The Maasai tribe (or Maasai) is a unique and popular tribe due to their long preserved culture. Despite education, civilization and western cultural influences, the Maasai people have clung to their traditional way of life, making them a symbol of Kenyan culture.

Maasai’s distinctive culture, dress style and strategic territory along the game parks of Kenya and Tanzania have made them one of East Africa’s most internationally famous tourist attractions.

The Maasai people reside in both Kenya and Tanzania, living along the border of the two countries. They are a smaller tribe, accounting for only about 0.7 percent of Kenya’s population, with a similar number living in Tanzania. Maasai’s speak Maa, a Nilotic ethnic language from their origin in the Nile region of North Africa.

The Samburu tribe is the closest to the Maasai in both language and cultural authenticity.

 

Through rituals and ceremonies, including circumcision, Maasai boys are guided and mentored by their fathers and other elders on how to become a warrior. Although they still live their carefree lives as boys – raiding cattle, chasing young girls, and game hunting – a Maasai boy must also learn all of the cultural practices, customary laws and responsibilities he’ll require as an elder.

The wildlife, culture, conservation and education village centre offers volunteers the ultimate opportunity to explore, learn and interact with the Maasai community and their culture. The Mara conservation gives them a platform to serve, interact and also live like the Maasai people. Above all, the Conservancy is managed according to a model that protects the delicate eco-system and benefits the landowners who are the Maasai people.

The wild life, culture, conservation and education in Kenya is home to the big cats situated on the malarienda most point of the Greater Mara Ecosystem; borders the Olchorro Oliroua Conservancy to the south, and MMNC to the East. The important focus of the conservancy is livestock improvement through innovative cattle management programs, running alongside novel tourism projects.

The habitat comprises wooded acacia savannah with open plains on flat plateaus, riverine acacia forest and rocky, undulating hills which provide a varied habitat for browsing and grazing ungulates, as well as hideout thickets for the predators. The Mara River runs alongside the conservancy. There is a large number of giraffe and resident buffalo that live close to the Olerai boundary along the Mara River. Elephants frequent the conservancy and there is a pride of lion based on the edge of oloisukut. There are many hippos and crocodiles in the section of the river that borders the conservancy and the riverine forests which provide an area popular with leopards. Rare species such as Aardvark, Caracal, serval cat and Aardwolf are occasionally found. Colobus monkeys have been spotted in the valleys on the Kileleoni Hill and there have also been sightings of wild dog in Enonkishu. There is no doubt that Mara Osero offers an incredible game viewing experience.

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Animal conservation
  • Regular ground patrols and safari walk
  • Identifying animal species found within the area
  • Identify and name indigenous plants and uses
  • Monitoring wildlife movement
  • Cultural
  • Experience Maasai way of life
  • Control cattle grazing, milking and caring for cattles
  • Maintenance, building and renovation of the manyatta houses

 

  • School teaching programme
  • Teaching lessons and playing with kids
  • Planting of trees
  • Gardening and land scaping
  • Outreach programme in the local dispensary.
  • Extra activities learning life skills bead work, cooking using fire wood e.t.c
  • Ensure upkeep of the conservancy
  • Work with other stake holders in ensuring up keep of the conservancy
  • Extra activities Bird watching for interested volunteers.

Other activities depending on the interest of the volunteers:

  • Promoting Sustainable Tourism
  • Teach English in local school
  • Assisting in the local hospitals
  • Clean-up campaigns and planting trees in school and community
  • Engaging the surrounding communities in protecting their cultural heritage
  • Fostering dialogue and interaction between local communities
  • Disseminate information about Maasai Mara
  • Raise awareness to the local community
  • Train and empower the community and preserve and promote natural heritage

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteers will be living in the Maasai Manyattas (villages) with the host families, pit latrines and local bathrooms will be used, no electricity and no internet.

ORIENTATION

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 4th February 2018 at KVSO offices and you will be picked up for accommodation and taken for the orientation which will be conducted by KVSO staff in Nairobi. Everything you need to know about your project placement will be covered. Introduction to Kenya and Maasai land, Maasai customs, and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement all these you will be able to know. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

PROJECT FEE

250 EUROS (monthly) which includes project work, housing, all meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hours on site staff support.

CRANES OF DAGO AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION

Code: KVSO 01/02        

Name: Cranes of Dago Agricultural Organization

Type: ENV/SOC/Agriculture – Environment Management, Agriculture and Conservation Program

Project dates: fro 7th February 2018 – 30th July 2018

Duration: 6 months

Location:  Kisumu, Nyanza, Western Kenya

Community: Luo Tribe

Language: English & Kiswahili

Number of vols: 15 locals and international

Disabled: No

Age: 18+

BACKGROUND

Cranes of Dago Agricultural Organization, a Community Based Organization formed in 1998, registered by the department of social services and development. Cranes deals with various issues that touches on day to day life of the local communities and run programs such as environment education involving: capacity building and training, research and monitoring, landscape rehabilitation, Eco-Tourism, School Outreaches and Home Based care projects within its mandate.

The organization was established to make an impact on the growing problem of vulnerable children, widows and orphans rights to sustainable development. It is dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of children and supporting the vulnerable, widows and orphans.

Cranes of Dago organizes routine trainings on farming for the widows and the youth to give them sustainability.

MAIN WORK ACITIVITIES

Raise environmental awareness, planting of trees and transfer of seedlings,  spring protection, arboretum with indigenous trees, landscaping, wildlife with oriented trees, construction of Eco toilet, fish farming, Biogas, town  and market clean-up campaign,  garbage collection poultry farming with indigenous breeds and upgrading, bee keeping projects and intercultural events. Landscaping and reputation.

Cattle Farming, cash crop farming and coordinating/mobilizing campaigns and actions on child rights.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of the work camp.

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteers will stay with the host family during the project. The project is located in Lake Victoria and is a safe and exciting way to experience the city and compare it to the area you will serve. Volunteers will be living by the host families, pit latrines and local bathrooms will be used, adequate electricity and internet if you get the Kenyan line which we shall coordinate. Accommodations are very simple, there is no running water and meals will be prepared by community members with the help of volunteers.

ORIENTATION

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 5th February at KVSO offices or hostels and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation will be conducted will be conducted by our local staff in Nairobi and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenya and Luo land, Kenya and Luo customs, and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once orientation is complete, volunteers will travel by bus the morning to the project site.

LEISURE ACTIVITY

Lake Victoria, also called Victoria Nyanza, largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of the Nile, lying mainly in Tanzania and Uganda but bordering on Kenya. Its area is 26,828 square miles (69,484 square km). Among the freshwater lakes of the world, it is exceeded in size only by Lake Superior in North America.

 

Most of our free time will be spent sharing culture and friendship with local community members and the other volunteers on the project. There will be an opportunity to a local market, attend church, play soccer and participate in other community activities. They will be an opportunity to visit the vast and most beautiful Kakamega forest with different species of birds and colobus monkeys.

Mfangano Island Camp is a luxury, island hideaway lodge, where you can enjoy relaxing break. The camp is perfect to include in your Kenya Safari either between safaris in Kenya’s Masai Mara and the Serengeti in Tanzania or following a safari in the Masai Mara. Lapped by the waters of Lake Victoria shaded by giant fig trees, and lost to the world, Mfangano Island Camp is an oasis of tranquility, an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Your first view is of beautiful tropical gardens set on a secluded bay. Lawns hug the waterline, flowerbeds and rock gardens surround the camp. Enormous boulders sit at the water’s edge, a perch for cormorants or giant monitor lizards to sun themselves. If all you desire is to laze in the sunshine, each room has it’s own private veranda with sun beds. Or there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. The food’s as fresh as can be, fished from the lake (hopefully by you!) or picked fresh from the island’s vegetable gardens and orchards.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

PROJECT FEE

250 EUROS (Monthly) which includes project work, housing, all Meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hours on side staff support.

IMANI CHILDREN'S HOME

Code: KVSO 01/03       

Name:  Imani Children’s Home

Type: ORPHANAGE, HOME & SCHOOL

Project dates: 14th February 2018 – 26th December 2018

Duration: 11 months

Location:  Malindi County – KENYA

Community: Swahili

Language: English & Kiswahili

Number of vols: 10 locals and internationals

Disabled: No

Age: 18+

BACKGROUND

Imani Children’s home Orphanage was started in 1993 as a jigger program helping curb jiggers in children mostly, this was done until 2010 where the founder met a small girl called Eunice Amita who changed the whole ideas of the project from only doing the jiggers programme to starting a children’s home that would carefully for neglected, abandoned and orphaned children. The project has grown over the years currently having 25 children 12 boys and 13 girls, with this number of children Imani Children’s home started their own school where they could control the type of quality education offered to the kids and now the children can communicate fluently in English. The school is also opened to the community which helps the children be well integrated with the other children in the community.

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Volunteers assist with projects that aim to encourage youth from disadvantaged communities to further their education and personal development. In addition to promoting the importance of education, individuals may be also be encouraged to undertake vocational training where they are able to gain key job skills. Volunteers may create social workshops or run specific skills-based workshops such as language classes, computing, sports, drama or music. Extra activities: helping the children with their homework, washing the kids, their clothe, helping in office work, Jiggers programme mostly field work and visiting school and children affected, cooking and giving food to small kids.

Volunteers will help to organize and facilitate activities, set-up/ clean up, meals and snack preparation and help in serving support in teaching English and other subjects in orphanages.

Provide practical help such as gardening, and baby –sitting or painting and decorating. Involve in the care, safety, security and overall well – being of children who range in age from infancy to teen, feed them, wash them take them to class and play with the kids.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of the work camp.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

Volunteers will stay in the hostel inside the orphanage home. Meals will be prepared by house parents with the help of volunteers.

ORIENTATION

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 10th February 2017 at KVSO offices and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation will be conducted by KVSO staff or

Co-ordinator and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenya and Swahili land,  Swahili customs, and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

LEISURE ACTIVITY

Most of our free time will be spent sharing culture and friendship with local community members and the other volunteers on the project. There will be an opportunity to visit the Indian Ocean for sunrise, sunset, sun bathing and do a safari drive at the Tsavo East and West National Park.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

PROJECT FEE

250 EUROS which includes project work, housing, all meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hours on side staff support.

BARACK OBAMA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Code: KVSO 01/04        

Name:  Barack Obama Pri. School       

Type: EDUCATION        

Projects dates: 20th February 2018 – 1st August 2018

Location: Kisumu, Nyanza – KENYA

Community: Luo                           

Languages: English & Kiswahili

Number of vols: 15 locals and internationals

Disabled: yes

Age: 18+

BACKGROUND

Barack Obama Senior Primary School was founded in 2005, and is a mixed sex school. The boys and girls who attend Obama Primary are between 6 and 15 years old. The school currently has 250 pupils and 11 teachers. The school has its own land with a title deed. It is a government school.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of the work camp.

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Volunteers will be involved in the following activities,

Project work in schools. Teaching English language, computer skills, creative arts, participation in cultural events, sports and games, environmental awareness, planting of trees, transfer of seedling, conservation, in orphanages, sports, games, theatre, computer lessons, basic education, workshops, music and intercultural events and guiding, counselling, Nursing care, social investigation, art therapy, home visits, record management, report writing, primary school teaching, horticultural activities, dairy management, general gardening, maintenance and policy development.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

Volunteers will stay with the host families. Meals will be prepared by community members with the help of volunteers.

ORIENTATION

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 17th February 2018 at KVSO offices or hostels and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation will be conducted will be conducted by KVSO staff or coordinator and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenya and Luo land, Kenya and Luo customs, and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once orientation is complete, volunteers will travel by bus to the project site.

LEISURE ACTIVITY

Most of our free time will be spent sharing culture and friendship with local community members and the other volunteers on the project. There will be an opportunity to visit a local market, attend church, play soccer and participate in other community activities. Games like chess, playing cards and musical instruments are welcomed.

Most of our free time will be spent sharing culture and friendship with local community members, visit Kakamega rain tropical forest for sunrise, and sunset, different types of monkeys that are only found in Kakamega forest, Kisumu for boat ride, hippo search, bird watching, crying stone.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Kisumu Airport

PROJECT FEE

250 EUROS (Monthly) which includes project work, housing, all meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hours on site staff support.

YWAYA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE

Code: KVSO 01/05

Project name: Ywaya Community Health Centre

Project type: MED/EDU  – Medical and Community Health

Project dates: 30th February 2018 – 30th February 2019

Duration: 12 months

Location: Siaya County – KENYA

Community: Luo

Languages: English & Kiswahili

Number of vols: 20 Locals and international

Disabled: No

Age: 18+

BACKGROUND

Ywaya Community Health Centre started in the year 1999 with the sole intention of helping the local community access health facilities easily and efficiently. It is because of this that the health facilities were built to curb the cases of child loss by the pregnant mothers and the case of malaria attacks. The facilities have been a great help for the people of the local community and it serves Ywaya people and its environs.

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Volunteer will be working and engage different target groups within the communities explaining to the community T.B is a social problem, it is not just for those who are ill.  Volunteer will be working with local medical doctors and support the health delivery systems as they and will be attending to TB patients HIV/AIDs, giving drugs and recording, booking patients. Attending to pregnant mother clinic/family planning, giving children injections and weighing and Laboratory services.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of the work camp.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

Volunteers will stay in host family for the first and last day of the project. Volunteers will prepare and share meals together. Volunteers need to carry a sleeping mat, sleeping bag and mosquito net.

ORIENTATION

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 28th  of February 2018 at KVSO offices or hostels and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation will be conducted will be conducted by our local staff in Nairobi and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenya and Luo land, Kenya and Luo customs, language and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once orientation is complete, volunteers will travel by bus.

LEISURE ACTIVITY

Viewing of the hippopotamus from the banks of river Nzoia, site visit at Rusinga, Mfangano and Ndere Islands, visit of Lake Victoria.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

PROJECT FEE

250 euros (monthly) which will include air pick up’s, accommodation, food, local transport and 24 hours site staff support.

YWAYA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE

Type: Medical & Community health

Project dates: 30/05/18 – 20/06/18

Duration: 3 weeks+

Location of the camp: Siaya County

Community: Luo

Languages: English & Kiswahili

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES Volunteer will be working and engage different target groups within the communities explaining to the community T.B is a social problem, it is not just for those who are ill. Volunteer will be working with local medical doctors and support the health delivery systems as they and will be attending to TB patients HIV/AIDs, giving drugs and recording, booking patients. Attending to pregnant mother clinic/family planning, giving children injections and weighing and Laboratory services LANGUAGE English is the official language of the work camp

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION Volunteers will stay in host family for the first and last day of the project. Volunteers will prepare and share meals together. Volunteers need to carry a sleeping mat, sleeping bag and mosquito net.

ORIENTATION Orientation will begin in the morning of the 30th of May 2018 at KVSO offices or hostels and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation will be conducted will be conducted by our local staff in Nairobi and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenya and Luo land, Kenya and Luo customs, language and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once orientation is complete, volunteers will travel by bus.

LEISURE ACTIVITY

Viewing of the hippopotamus from the banks of river Nzoia, site visit at Rusinga, Mfangano and Ndere Islands, visit of Lake Victoria.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

PROJECT FEE

250 euros (monthly) which will include air pick up’s, accommodation, food, local transport and 24 hours site staff support.

KAKAMEGA RAIN FOREST PROJECT

Code: KVSO 02/01

Name:  Kakamega Rain Forest Project

Type: EDUCATION/Environmental

Project dates: 4th March to 26th August, 2018

Duration: 6 months

Location:  Western Kenya  

Community: Luhya

Languages: English and Kiswahili

Number of vols: 15 locals and internationals

Disabled: Yes

Age: 18+

BACKGROUND

Kakamega Forest is a tropical rainforest situated in the Kakamega and Kisumu Counties of Kenya, northwest of the capital Nairobi, and near to the border with Uganda. It is Kenya’s only tropical rainforest and is said to be Kenya’s last remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned the continent.

The forest including reserves encloses about 238 square kilometres, a little less than half of which currently remains as indigenous forest. The forest is elevated at predominantly between 1500 m and 1600 m above sea level. In the north of the forest is the 4,468 hectares (45 km2; 17 sq mi) Kakamega National Reserve, given national forest reserve status in 1985.[1] Just to the north is the Kisere Forest Reserve. Throughout the forest are a series of grassy glades, ranging in size from about 1 to 50, with a few larger clearings. The origins of the glades are uncertain. Some are certainly recent clearings, but others predate recent records. These may have originated from past human activity such as cattle grazing or may be the result of herbivory and movements by large mammals such as buffalo and elephants (both now extirpated from the region). The glades vary a great deal in structure, some being open grass and others having a considerable number of trees or shrubs. A number of streams and small creeks run through the reserve. The larger creeks are usually bordered by a few to tens of meters of forest on either side which divide the glades, while the smallest creeks flow through open grasslands, often forming small marshy patches.

  • Climate : The Kakamega Rain Forest is very wet, with an average of 1200 mm – 1700 mm of rain per year. Rainfall is heaviest in April and May (“long rains”), with a slightly drier June and a second peak roughly in August to September (“short rains”). January and February are the driest months. Temperature is fairly constant throughout the year, ranging between 20c – 30c.
  • Biodiversity : Flora found in the park include some of Africa’s greatest hard and soft woods: Elgon teak, red and white stinkwood and several varieties of croton and aniageria altisima. There are 380 recorded species of plants. This includes 60 species of ferns, 150 species of trees and shrubs, and 170 species of flowering plants including 60 species of orchids with 9 species found only in this forest.

The forest is famous for its birds, bird species have been recorded in the forest such as the West African Great blue turaco and black-and-white-casqued hornbill. At least 9 birds are not found anywhere else.

Wildlife that occur in the park include bush pig, duikers, bushbuck, African clawless otter, mongoose, giant African water shrew, squirrels, tree pangolin, porcupine, bats and a variety of primates including the blue monkey, retail monkey, De Brazza’s monkey, baboon, potto and the occasional vervet monkey. Leopards have been occasionally reported, but the last official sighting was in 1991.

Insects are abundant and some are quite spectacular, such as Goliath beetles, pink and green flower mantis, and numerous colourful butterflies (489 species). Particularly well represented groups are ants (Formicidae), Lepidopterans, Orthopterans, and beetles. Gastropods, millipedes and spiders are also common.

The flora and fauna of Kakamega Forest has not been extensively studied.

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Making tree nursery beds and maintaining the tree nursery facilities.
  • Plant care to maintain the habitat of the butterflies, cleaning the facility, cultivating butterflies in the butterfly farms.
  • Building the traditional houses known as ”Simba” with the local community.
  • Accumulating, preparing and process the necessary natural materials for maintaining the forest.
  • Isukuti dance and sports competition between the locals and the volunteers.
  • Physical education & Fitness, Playing the drums, Singing
  • Watering and watching after the trees, clearing of weeds, Digging holes, fencing of the tree nursery
  • Logging and cutting trees, preparing the site, assemble the scaffold, prepare the wall material, filling the scaffold, fetching water from the river.
  • Teaching and playing with the kids through school visits in the local schools.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of the work camp.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

Volunteers will stay with local hosts. Accommodations are very simple, there is running water, and meals will be prepared by volunteers and sometimes the hosts will cook. Beds and Mattresses will be provided. Volunteer to carry; mosquito nets, sleeping bag, a pillow and water purifying tablets.

ORIENTATION

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 1st March 2018 at KVSO offices  and you will be picked up from the accommodation precincts and taken to the orientation place which will be conducted by KVSO staff in Nairobi and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenya and Luhya Land, luhya customs, language training (Kiswahili and Kiluhya), routes and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

LEISURE ACTIVITY

The Southern part of Kakamega forest, Isecheno Forest station run by the Kenya Forest Service is the most accessible in Tourism. There is the well-known Mama Mtere tree, a historic tree and the most photographed tree in Kakamega forest, there are also strangler fig trees.

There are hiking trails in the forest that allow for forest walking, camping, hiking, primate watching, bird and butterfly watching, game watching and village walks. The Kakamega Rainforest Tour Guides (KRFTG) can arrange tours to visit the weeping stone (Crying stone) at Ilesi, located along the Kakamega-Kisumu road, or Kisere Forest to see the De-brazes monkey in the north of Kakamega. Also bird watching, morning 6:30 am – 8:30 am is fantastic walk or evening 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

PROJECT FEE

250 EUROS (Monthly) which includes project work, housing, all Meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hours on side staff support.

VIHIGA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Code: KVSO 02/02

Project name: Vihiga Primary School,

Project type: EDU/ENVI – Education, Conservation and Cultural Exchange

Project dates: 14th March 2018 – 24th September 2018

Duration: 7 months

Location: Vihiga County, Western – KENYA

Community: Luhya

Languages: English & Kiswahili

Number of vols: 20 locals and internationals

Disabled: No

Age: 18+

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Vihiga Primary School was started in 1920 as a community initiative to reduce distance covered by pupils to seek education in neighbouring schools which are more than 15 km away.

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Volunteers will be involved in the project work in schools like: teaching English language, computer skills, creative arts, participation in cultural events, sports and games, environmental awareness, planting of trees, transfer of seedling, conservation, in orphanages, sports, games, theatre, computer lessons, basic education, workshops, music and intercultural events and guiding, counselling, nursing care, social investigation, art therapy, home visits, record management, report writing, primary school teaching, horticultural activities, dairy management, general gardening, maintenance and policy development.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of the work camp.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

Volunteers will stay in host family for the first and last day of the project. Volunteers will prepare and share meals together. Volunteers need to carry a mosquito net.

ORIENTATION

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 11th March 2018 at KVSO offices or hostels and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation will be conducted will be conducted by our local staff in Nairobi and cover everything you need to know for your volunteering program in know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenya and Luhya land, Kenya and Luhya customs, language and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once orientation is complete, volunteers will travel by bus.

LEISURE ACTIVITY

Most of our free time will be spent sharing culture and friendship with local community members and the other volunteers on the project. There will be an opportunity to visit the ocean for a swim, go to a local market, attend church, play soccer and participate in other community activities. Kakamega forest is also a thrown stone away and volunteers can also visit.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

PROJECT FEE

250 EURO (Monthly) which includes project work, housing, all Meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hours on site staff support.

THIM PRIMARY SCHOOL

Code: KVSO 03/01

Project name: Thim Primary School

Project name: EDU/KIDS – Education and Support

Project dates: 3rd May 2018 – 24th October 2018

Duration: 6 months

Location: Kisumu Nyanza County – KENYA

Community: Luo tribe

Languages: English & Kiswahili

Number of vols: 20 locals and internationals

Disabled: No

Age: 18+

BACKGROUND

Thim Primary School was founded in 1988, and is a mixed sex school. The boys and girls who attend thim primary are between 6 and 15 years old. The school currently has 250 pupils and 11 teachers. The school has its own land with a title deed. It is a government school.

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Volunteers will be involved in the following activities in project work in schools like teaching English language, computer skills, creative arts, participation in cultural events, sports and games, environmental awareness, planting of trees, transfer of seedling, conservation, in orphanages, sports, games, theatre, computer lessons, basic education, workshops, music and intercultural events and guiding, counselling, Nursing care, social investigation, art therapy, home visits, record management, report writing, primary school teaching, horticultural activities, dairy management, general gardening, maintenance and policy development.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of the work camp.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

Volunteers will stay with the host families. Meals will be prepared by community members with the help of volunteers.

ORIENTATION

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 1st May 2018 at KVSO offices or hostels and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation place that  will be conducted by KVSO staff or coordinator and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenya and Luo land, Kenya and Luo customs, and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once orientation is complete, volunteers will travel by bus to the project site.

LEISURE ACTIVITY

Most of our free time will be spent sharing culture and friendship with local community members and the other volunteers on the project. There will be an opportunity to visit a local market, attend church, play soccer and participate in other community activities. Games like chess, playing cards and musical instruments are welcomed.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

EXTRA FEE

250 EUROS (Monthly) which includes project work, housing, all meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hours on side staff support.

KVSO CEREBRAL PALSY SOCIETY OF KENYA

Project date: KVSO 04/01

Project name: KVSO Cerebral Palsy Society Of Kenya (CPSK)

Project type:  Disability – Cerebral Palsy Disability Project

Project dates: 7th June 2018 – 24th February 2019

Duration:  9 months

Location: Nairobi – KENYA

Number of vol: 14 Locals and international

Disabled: Yes

Age: 18+

BACKGROUND

Cerebral Palsy Society of Kenya (CPSK) is a charitable Organisation working towards the improvement of the welfare of children/persons afflicted by Cerebral Palsy (C.P) in the Country.  The organisation has been operating as a society since in 1996 has remained steadfast in its endeavour to enable as many children/person as possible live more fulfilling lives.

Being a charitable Organization, CPSK relies wholly on support from well-wishers and other people of goodwill for its upkeep. Today, the organisation caters for over 350 children/persons who benefit directly from therapy and rehabilitation services that are offered at extremely subsidized fees.

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

The volunteers will be expected to perform the following services;

  • Rehabilitation
  • Provision of therapy
  • Provision of assistive devices
  • Special Needs Education
  • Psychosocial Services
  • Creation and enhancement of awareness
  • Promotion of legislative policy and other measures to improve the welfare
  • Resource mobilization
  • Economic Empowerment

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of the work camp. 

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

Volunteers will stay in host family for the first and last day of the project. Volunteers will prepare and share meals together. Volunteers need to carry a sleeping mat, sleeping bag and mosquito net.

ORIENTATION

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 5th of June at KVSO offices or hostels and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation will be conducted will be conducted by our local staff in Nairobi and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenyan customs, language and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

LEISURE ACTIVITY

Major attraction for your leisure time in the park is; the black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffaloes, Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Other attractions include; the ivory burning site monument, Nairobi safari walk, the orphanage and the walking trails.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

PROJECT FEE

250 EURO (Monthly) which includes project work, housing, all Meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hours on side staff support.

KVSO TSAVO EAST & WEST NATIONAL PARK

Code: KVSO 05/01

Project name: KVSO Tsavo East and West National Park,

Project type:  ENV/Wildlife  – Wildlife Environment Management and Conservation Program

Project dates: 14th July 2018 – 24th January 2019

Duration: 6 months

Location: Voi town – KENYA

Community: Maasai and Oromo

Languages: English & Kiswahili

Number of vol: 14 Locals and international

Disabled: No

Age: 18+

BACKGROUND

The Construction of the railway was noted for the killings of a number of construction workers in 1898, during the building of a bridge across the Tsavo River. Hunting mainly at night, a pair of maneless male lions stalked and killed at least 28 Indian and African workers – although some accounts put the number of victims as high as 135. The lions, dubbed “the Man eaters of Tsavo,” were eventually shot and killed by the bridge construction supervisor, Lt.-Col. John Henry Patterson. The skins and skulls are now displayed in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Tsavo is made up of two separate parks, Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. Located in Coast Province of Kenya in between Nairobi City and Mombasa. Tsavo is nearly 22,000km2, being the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. The park was split into two due to the railway going from Mombasa to the interior of Kenya. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest parks in Kenya, located South East of Kenya near the Town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta District of Coast Province, inland from the Coast, it is 13,747 sq.km. While the Tsavo West National Park is also located in the Coast Province of Kenya covering an area of 9,065 sq.km. The park was opened in April 1948.

Tsavo remained the homeland for Orma and Maasai pastoralists and Waata hunter-gatherers until 1948, when it was gazetted a national park. At that time, the indigenous populations were relocated to Voi and Mtito Andei as well as other locations within the nearby Taita Hills. Following Kenyan independence in 1963, hunting was banned in the park and management of Tsavo was turned over to the authority that eventually became the Kenya Wildlife Service. Tsavo currently attracts photo-tourists from all over the world interested in experiencing the vastness of the wilderness and incredible terrain.

  • Tsavo East Features : The slightly larger Tsavo East is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls. The prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.
  • Tsavo West Features : Tsavo West National Park is more mountainous and wetter than its counterpart, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs. It is known for bird life and for its large mammal’s e.g. black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, hippo and Maasai lion. There are also other smaller animals that can be spotted in the park, such as the bush baby, hartebeest, lesser kudu, hirola and Maasai giraffe.

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

  • With the escort and guidance of Kenya wildlife service rangers, the volunteers will do hikes to explore the caves, its conditions and maintenance. The general maintenance of the caves works to guarantee easy access to the caves for both the human and wildlife.
  • Bush patrols/desnaring in the park for monitoring the injured wild life e.g elephants, rhinos, gazelles and also identifying the dead ones that might have been killed by poachers or died a natural dead. The volunteers will also help in removing traps set by the poachers to aid the wildlife survival.
  • Teaching and talking to the communities around Tsavo through community outreach programmes on the importance of conserving the national park and protecting it
  • Taking care of the orphaned and sick mammals in the national park.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of the work camp.

ACCOMMODATION

No in park accommodation, but the volunteers will stay near the park hosted by the host family during the whole duration of the project. Volunteers will prepare and share meals together. Volunteers need to carry Cameras, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, guidebook, warm clothes, a sleeping mat, sleeping bag and mosquito net.

ORIENTATION

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 11th of July at KVSO offices or hostels and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation will be conducted will be conducted by our local staff in Nairobi and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenyan customs, language and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

LEISURE ACTIVITY

Major attraction for your leisure time in the park is; the black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffaloes, Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Other attractions include; the ivory burning site monument, safari walk, the orphanage and the walking trails.

ARRIVAL TERMINAL

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

PROJECT FEE

300 EURO (Monthly) which includes project work, housing, all meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hours on side staff support.

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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 and community projects.

 

CONTACT US
  • 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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