Short-term projects & work camps

A short-term volunteering will allow you to experience the kenyan culture and to meet volunteers from all over the world. This is a unique experience to volunteer abroad, especially for those who only have a short time available.

All our short-term volunteers attend a short orientation session at the beginning of the camp that help to understand the project aims and to learn about the customs of the local community.

Discover our different short-term programs:

MARA OSERO

Type: Wildlife, Culture, Conservation, Renovation, Environment & Education Village

Project dates: All year round

Duration: 2 weeks

Location of the camp: Narok County

Community: Maasai tribe

Languages: English & Kiswahili

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Ø 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 Ø Cultural -Experience Maasai way of life – Control cattle grazing, milking and caring for cattles -Maintenance, building and renovation of the manyatta houses

Ø School teaching programme -Teaching lessons and playing with kids -Planting of trees Ø Gardening and land scaping

Ø Outreach programme in the local dispensary.

Ø Extra activities learning life skills bead work, cooking using fire wood e.t.c Ø Ensure upkeep of the conservancy Ø Work with other stake holders in ensuring up keep of the conservancy.

Ø Extra activities Bird watching for interested volunteers. Project activities:  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.

KIPEPEO

Type: ENVIRONMENTAL Project dates: 13/02/18 – 30/02/18

Duration: 2 weeks Location of the camp: Kisumu – Western Kenya

Community: Luhya Tribe Languages: English & Kiswahili

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES The volunteers will be involved in; community activities, environmental clean-ups and education, landscaping, intercultural exchange activities, construction work, brick making, farming, fencing, tree planting, HIV /AIDS awareness creation and education. The work involves landscaping, making bricks, the construction of classes at Kipepeo Community Education Centre, foreign language training, fencing, water tanks installation and piping, gate construction, green houses construction.

ACCOMMODATION Volunteers will be living in the school compound, pit latrines and local bathrooms will be used, no electricity and no internet.

ORIENTATION Orientation will begin in the morning of the 12th January 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 Luhya land, Luhya 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.

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 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.

IMANI CHILDREN'S HOME

Type: Orphanage, home & school

Project dates: 04/03/18 – 26/03/18

Duration: 2 weeks

Location of the camp: Coast – Malindi County

Languages: English & Kiswahili

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.

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 3rd 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.

KIMINTET PRIMARY SCHOOL

Type: Education / Culture Project dates: 01/04/18 – 26/04/18

Duration: 3 weeks+

Location of the camp: Massai Mara Community: Massai

Languages: English & Kiswahili

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES Teach, play, organize games, repair and build classrooms and live the Maasai life. Teaching English, sport and games, Intercultural exchange and Planting trees Volunteers will facilitate educational activities with young children in the host community to promote culture. Twice a week volunteers will be planting trees in local schools, community centres, planting is always done as a team effort together with school children or other community members.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD Volunteers will stay in school dormitories. Accommodations are very simple, there is running water, and meals will be prepared by volunteers. Beds and Mattresses will be provided. Volunteer to carry; mosquito nets, sleeping bag, a pillow and water purifying tablets. Chess, playing and tents are necessary.

ORIENTATION Orientation will begin in the morning of the 1st April 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 Maasai land, Maasai customs, language training (Kiswahili and Kimaasai), 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: Truly unique life changing experience called “out of this world”. You won’t be the same person afterwards This will provide opportunities for international volunteers to learn/ enjoy local life and exchange with local people, making a while experience life through the eyes of the locals and exploring the great seven wonders of Maasai Mara National Game Reserve. Volunteers will enjoy the beautiful savannah. Numerous plains games including antelopes, wild beasts, Zebras, Maasai giraffes can be seen as well as scavengers like hyena and vulture. Take a guided safari on a weekend trip deeper into the Maasai Mara to spot lions, gazelles and water buffalo.

BARACK OBAMA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Type: Education

Project dates: 01/05/18 – 26/05/18

Duration: 3 weeks+

Location of the camp: Luo Community: Luo Tribe

Languages: English & Kiswahili

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 1st 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 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, and bird watching. Crying stone.

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.

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK

Type: Environment – Wildlife management & Conservation program

Project dates: 21/06/18 – 04/07/18

Duration: 2 weeks

Location of the camp: Nairobi

Community: Languages: English & Kiswahili

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES Volunteers will be maintaining the park, planting of trees, landscaping, collecting garbage, and clean the area.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION No in park accommodation, but the volunteers will stay near the park hosted by the host family for the first and last day 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 20th 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.

HOPE FOR VICTORIA CHILDREN

Type: Education / Culture

Project dates: 10/06/18 – 30/06/18

Duration: 3 weeks+

Location of the camp: Kisumu

Community: Massai

Languages: English & Kiswahili

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES We conduct streets visits to bring boys from the street into the programme. Likewise we conduct visits in to the hidden sector to rescue girls from child labour and early age commercial work. Our rehabilitation process begins right from the streets, through counselling and psychosocial support. They include registration and case profile establishment, life skill (resilience training on various life issues), psychosocial support to children, their parents, guardians and families, home tracing and family conflict management. HOVIC has a night shelter facility where all boys who want to transform their lives from the streets and drug use reside for a period between 3- 6 months depending on each child’s individual case. Teaching and training, Sponsorship and scholastics material support Primary Secondary Tertiary, vocational School based advocacy, on formal education School visits and follow ups Art (bead work, soapstone)

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD Volunteers will stay in the hostel or host family, Accommodations are very simple, there is running water, electricity and meals will be prepared by volunteers. Beds and Mattresses will be provided. Volunteer to carry; mosquito nets, sleeping bag, a pillow and water purifying tablets. Chess, playing and tents are necessary.

ORIENTATION Orientation will begin in the morning of the 9th June 2018 at KVSO offices and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation will be conducted by KVSO staff in Nairobi and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenya and Luo land, Luo customs, language training (Kiswahili). 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: You won’t be the same person after seeing the beautiful tropical rain forest at Kakamega and see the sunrise very early in the morning and for sun set very late in the evening. Also see the different species of monkey birds that are being found only in Kakamega forest, the blue monkey, black and white monkey and red tail monkey the view of the forest is just fantastic! You can visit at the lake side for boat ride, hippo search and bad watching in Lake Victoria Kisumu city.

KIJANE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM

Type: Education / Culture

Project dates: 01/07/18 – 26/07/18

Duration: 3 weeks+

Location of the camp: Kiambu County

Languages: English & Kiswahili

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES This includes activities such as:- Training students on importance of environmental conservation – Tree nursery site preparation – Identification of trees which can survive in the area – Pottery – Seeding

LEISURE ACTIVITY: Truly unique life changing experience called “out of this world”. You won’t be the same person afterwards This will provide opportunities for international volunteers to learn/ enjoy local life and exchange with local people, making a while experience life through the eyes of the locals

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