Kenya - Summer WORKCAMP

19th July - 1st August 2008

(Cost 400 Full Board) Excl. Flights


NECT Volunteer project: The international volunteer project will be held in Mbaruk village for 2 weeks. Volunteers will come together to demonstrate the power of voluntary service in meeting critical needs of the local communities. The main objective of the international workcamp is Income generation.

Volunteer work: Volunteers will be involved in horticulture, helping in various activities such as clearing of a 10 acre piece of land, preparation of a compost heap or a double dug bed. This organic farming project involves also the production and growing of indigenous and medicinal trees, onions and amaranth grain.

Visits: Possibilities include:

The above visits will be done during the weekends.

Cultural exchange: There will be cultural presentations where all the volunteers will have an opportunity to present their countries and cultures. Volunteers will be free to choose presentation methods like story telling, singing, dancing, drama, speeches, etc.

Qualifications: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, and be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as web site design and marketing knowledge) will be used accordingly.

Language: English and Swahili

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a house within the campsite. There is no shower or a modern toilet. Please, note that there will be no electricity, shower and pipe water/taps at the accommodation, but arrangements for charging mobile phones, digital and video cameras can be done.

Population pressure and scramble for resources is a key concern in this region. There is a well at the Community House and water reservoirs in the community built tanks. There is rain water and water tapped from seasonal wells and we advise volunteers to ensure that drinking water is boiled to avoid bacterial infections.

Orientation: All volunteers will first meet in Nairobi for orientation.

Volunteers are expected to arrive on Saturday, July 19th 2008. There will be an orientation meeting on that day in Nairobi. After 2 days in Nairobi the volunteers will travel to the workcamp site in Mbaruk near Nakuru by local means of transport (public "matatu"). Departure at the end of the workcamp will be on 1st August 2008 after which you may wish to go on a private holiday. (Advice on destinations costs etc will be given)

Location: Mbaruk is located in Kenya's Rift Valley Province, about 100 km away from Nairobi. The workcamp site is located in Mbaruk, Nakuru district, about 2hrs hours drive from Nairobi City. Public transport is available. The closest hospital is about 6 miles away. Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other facilities are located 10 miles away in Nakuru town.

During the day temperatures range between 22C - 25C and at night between 15C - 17C. The terrain is flat.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: Optional
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

You are responsible for your flight arrangements as well as insurance cover and personal expenses in Kenya.


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