Go Volunteer Africa’s Agriculture volunteer project in Kenya focuses on economic and environmental sustainability, adequate farmer incomes, improved food security and social sustainability which important elements of developing countries’ agricultural development.
Agriculture development volunteers in Kenya will work with small-scale farmers to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change systems while promoting environmental conservation practices. The volunteers and local teams will introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil. They will work alongside farmers on integrated projects that often combine vertical vegetable gardening, livestock management and food security.
- Demonstrate green house farming management and help increase output
- Learn organic methods used by Kenyan small farmers to ensure healthy and safe foods
- Clear land of stones and other items to create areas for planting
- Fork the soil to break up large areas for planting
- Help plant crops like cucumbers, tomatoes, carrot, cabbage and more
- Help in the maintenance of the crops with weeding
Agronomists or volunteers studying or training in the fields of agricultural management are needed for our farming community in projects for sustainable Agriculture Development. Participants who join volunteer program in agriculture help local farming communities to achieve sustainable development goals.
Our Kenya Environment conservation volunteering trip starts and ends in Kisumu city, western Kenya. You will be based in Kakamega town, western Kenya, about 1hr drive from Kisumu city.
Kakamega: is a town in western Kenya lying about 30 km north of the Equator. It is the headquarters of Kakamega County that has a population of 1,867,579 (2019 census). Kakamega is 52 km north of Kisumu city, the third largest city in Kenya and a port city on Lake Victoria. Kakamega county is Kenya’s second most populous county after Nairobi.
Kakamega was so named because the word “kakamega” translates roughly to “pinch” in Kiluhyah, which was used to describe how European colonists would eat the staple food, ugali. Kakamega area receives a very high amount of annual precipitation and contains Kakamega Forest, a preserve which is a remnant of a rainforest that stretched west through Uganda.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Kisumu International Airport in Kisumu City. A member of staff from our local partner organization from Kakamega will meet you on arrival at Airport in Kisumu. This airport services numerous international carriers. Kenya has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Kenya you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.
Go Volunteer Africa’s agriculture volunteer project in Kenya runs permaculture and organic farming initiatives with the aim of improving the living standard of poor people.
The volunteer project informs, educates and gives skills to the disadvantaged children, widows and youths on agricultural production, agribusiness and agriculture value chain development for market linkage and environmental conservation for sustainability of agriculture technology.
Go Volunteer Africa supports the promotion of agricultural practices and technologies that are environmentally sustainable and raise rural incomes, such as integrated pest management, soil and water conservation methods, agro-ecological approaches and agro-forestry;
The livestock sector in Kenya contributes to economic and social development as well as to food security. Due to its strong positive interrelations with agricultural production, livestock production is generally an integral part of farming systems which Go Volunteer Africa program also gives an emphasis.
Our goal is to expand the status of farming in Kenya beyond the current level of subsistence and sub-subsistence farming to a production system that creates sustainable commerce, thereby producing jobs and improving the health of communities for generations to come.
We are working with small-scale farmers in Kenya to increase agricultural yields by researching, developing, evaluating, and disseminating information. The Kenya agriculture development volunteer projects aims at forming sustainable agricultural systems that increase crop yields, achieving better nutrition, and creating income security for the farmers.
GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:
Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Kenya volunteering program.
LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:
Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Kenya. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.
The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.
Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!
Visitors to Kenya require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months. Kenya introduced an e-Visa system from 2 July 2015. According to the government an application should be done at least 7 days in advance and visitors can stay for up to 90 days with e-visa. Visa on arrival is still available and visitors can stay for up to 90 days with this visa.
From February 2014 Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda began issuing an East African Tourist Visa. The visa costs 100 USD and has no restrictions on citizens of any country. The visa is a non-extendable multiple-entry 90-day visa that has to be first used to enter the country that issued the visa.
You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Kenya has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
|Availability:||Project open all year round|
|Duration:||Minimum one week commitment|
|Age Limits:||Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.|
|Minimum Age:||12 to 17 yrs if traveling with parent/guardian|
|Dates:||Flexible start and end dates|
|Arrival dates:||One day before the start date|
|Airport Arrival:||Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative|
|Working Days:||Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day|
|Weekends:||Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost|
|Accommodation:||Host Family or volunteer house|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily|
|Support:||Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7|
PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:
Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us