KENYA: Environment Conservation Volunteering Project

Kenya Environment Conservation Volunteering
Kenya Environment Conservation Volunteering

Kenya environment conservation volunteering project is the perfect volunteer project for anyone looking for a green-conservation project in Africa. Kenya is facing a huge problem of deforestation in rural communities and waste management in urban areas.   Over the years, people have been cutting down the trees and burning them to open up areas for farming. The project educates local communities on the importance of environment conservation and proper waste management.

Go Volunteer Africa’s environment conservation volunteering project in Kenya aims at promoting sustainable environmental initiatives such as Tree Planting project and Solid waste management measures. The environment conservation volunteering project empowers local communities to take ownership of their forests and set up local forest conservation committees.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Plant trees
  • Work on a tree nursery
  • Join environment education outreaches
  • Sensitize public on responsible waste management practices.
  • Develop mechanism to recycle and utilize waste in the county.

Our Kenya environment conservation volunteering project focuses on waste management, waste reduction and recycling, resource optimization, environmental education and awareness-raising, and sustainability in agriculture.

PROJECT LOCATION:

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

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.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Volunteers at this project can work in the creation of environmental education materials so that community members can learn about ways to improve waste management and environmental protection in their community, the project will allow you to learn innovative and cost-effective techniques such building compost heaps and keyhole gardens, manufacturing bio-briquettes from waste paper and cardboard, and other solutions identified with the community.

Go Volunteer Africa through this environment conservation project in Kenya is  focused at providing clean and safe energy to needy communities members. Go Volunteer Africa offers the opportunity to volunteer on a conservation project in Kenya and impact the community. Volunteers participating on this volunteer program in Kenya, will experience traditional Kenyan life and participate in daily activities such as tree planting, pruning, schools and community tree planting outreaches, city cleaning, waste management, recycling etc.

The idea is to use the educational materials and techniques for further town and village communities throughout the host communities. There will also be more general environmental education teaching materials to produce and pilot in local schools. During the placement duration, participants will join creative recycling activities under the guidance of our team members.

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.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

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.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

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!

VISAS:

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.

INSURANCE:

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!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum one week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: 7 years when traveling with parents/guardians
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
Location: Kakamega
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

1 Week
$260
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals Daily
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on reuqest)
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2 Weeks
$360
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a day
Airport pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
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Any Extra Week
$100
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now

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