Be part of this life changing experience. Volunteer with us and tour Kenya
This is a program that offers opportunities for international volunteers with passion and interest in working with vulnerable children and widows. This is an opportunity for cultural exchange and promote cultural diversity and experience learning.
The Volunteer program is open throughout the year to any person or groups willing to volunteer with us.
Our current projects are :
1) After School Art project
2) One Goat One Family project
3) Skills and economic empowerment project
Volunteers can choose to volunteer in any or all of the projects mentioned above. Volunteering period is open throughout the year and minimum period to volunteer is one week. We also intend to organize yearly summer work camp from the month of July to provide opportunities for volunteers who want to adventure into community work and at the same time visit some of the famous tourist attraction sites in Kenya.
Volunteers in the After School Art project are expected to teach children art, english and any other educative lessons. Volunteers are free to assist if they can with art materials such as finger paint, play dough and fat crayons, paint brushes, an easel, glue, tape and scissors, pie tins, old socks and scraps of fabric and any playing items/toys that can motivate and encourage interest and active participation of children in the project.
We appeal to the volunteers to support the project in mobilizing extra clothing, shoes, bags, at their disposal and from friends. This will go a long way to support a child, woman or a family.
Volunteers Profile Requirements:
- Flexible person
- One with some level of knowledge and experience in working with children and women
- Skills in art work, sports, microfinance, women empowerment will be a plus to the project.
- Friendly, passionate in working with children and women.
- One who is proactive and can bring in new ideas.
Note: The most important requirement is having the passion and interest to work with children and women.
Accommodation is available within the office compound. Living is comfortable and has electricity, clean water and secure. We provide bed, bed sheets, pillow and mosquito net. It is important to note that there are often power outages and volunteers need to be prepared to have the occasional some time without power.
We provide natural and fresh food from our garden and market. Our menu consist of ugali, vegetables, potatoes, pumpkins, bananas, fruits, fish, meat, bananas, chapati, mandazi, bread, cereals, porridge and so on. Volunteers are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), which is served at the resident. We expect volunteers to engage with us on the diet and what they want included in their meals. Breakfast generally consists of chai (tea), toast, fruit and sometimes mandazzi (deep fried dough). A typical lunch can include vegetables with rice, occasional meat and fruit. Dinner 9 includes traditional food, such as ugali, chapatti, fish and beans, alongside meat and vegetables. Bottled water is readily available in Kenya and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). Volunteers are at liberty to prepare once in a while a meal of their choice. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.
On arrival at your destination a TSPeople staff member will meet you at the airport and transfer you safely to the project accommodation base in the local community.
On arrival all volunteers go through a comprehensive induction program to prepare you for project work and you’ll also be briefed on the local culture, people and wildlife; and of course, how to stay safe! You will be based in volunteer accommodation flat with our team available to provide support needed .
We encourage you to abide by the simple safety tips below:
- Always listen to your volunteer coordinator or project manager.
- Do not go anywhere alone.
- When leaving the volunteer accommodation (to visit the local town or go to the shops) let the on-site project manager know.
- Be sure to let your Destination Manager and the project team know if you’re on any medication.
- Do your research on what vaccinations are necessary or recommended before traveling to Kenya. Your Destination Manager can also supply this information to you.
- Check with your project manager whether it is safe to drink the tap water where you are staying; in some countries only bottled water is advised.
- When drawing money from the ATM, withdraw in smaller amounts and don’t carry too much cash around with you.
- Make a photocopy of your passport, insurance information and other important stuff to keep with you.
- Always obey field guides and project staff when interacting with wildlife.
- Keep hydrated and wear sunscreen – the African sun can be very hot so be sure to bring sun protection and a water bottle.
- Behave responsibly and adhere to the Code of Conduct so that you don’t endanger yourself or your fellow volunteers.
Cost of volunteering
- One week cost = $100
- One Month cost = $250
The cost includes:-
- Bedings and mosquito net
- Project support
- administration cost
The cost have been reviewed based on our experience in hosting volunteers from time to time.
Other cost for volunteers
- International flights
- Pick up and drop at the airport
- Visa fees
- Daily personal expenses for beverages/entertainment
The Sophia Project Free Goodies
- Certificate of participation
Free Time Activities
- Participate in community cultural events
- Participate in religious functions
- Do personal cleaning
- Do some physical exercise like running, walking
Weekends and travels
During the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Kisumu City and wider Kenya. Volunteers under After School Art project Saturdays is a working day especially during school period. If volunteers wish to volunteer over the weekends, they can join and organize activities with the children. Sunday is a religious day of rest. If you wish, you can accompany the local team to their local church, as a Kenyan church service is a unique and special experience for many volunteers.
Tourists Attractions around Kisumu City
Hippo point: Once a popular picnic site on the shores of Lake Victoria about 3km from town, it’s now neglected but still nice place to see sunsets on the lake.
Dunga village: Close to Hippo Point with a fishing port.
Kisumu Impala Sanctuary: on the shores of Lake Victoria, is a meager but interesting one- square-kilometre wildlife sanctuary. It is home to the last herds of impala that were once around town and a white rhino and zebras. A few hippos frequent it at night including pythons and monitor lizards. There are several caged baboons and leopards rescued from human-wildlife conflict areas. Over 115 different species of birds have been recorded here. lt is 3km from Kisumu city. What to look out for: White rhino, the threatened sitatunga, a semi—aquatic antelope that lives in the reeds, impala, caged animals like baboons, leopard, cheetah and lions.
Kit Mikayi a large rocky outcrop with three towering rocks. It is off the Kisumu-Bondo Road. Kit-mikayi means “Stones of the first wife” in Dholuo, the Luo language. It is believed that Mikayi (”the first wife”) went up the hill to the stones when her husband took a second wife. She has been weeping ever since.
Kisumu Museum has the largest exhibition of the UNESCO-sponsored ‘Ber-gi-dala’ or a Luo traditional homestead. The museum buildings are set to look like a Luo homestead replicating the culture of the area with the museums main gallery facing the entrance like a typical Luo household. It is a few kilometres from town.
Main attractions: cultural artifacts like weapons, hunting tools and utensils used traditionally by the Luo. There are stuffed mammals, snakes and birds, an aquarium and a snake park.
Ndere Island National Park is a 4.2 kmz park on the outskirts of Kisumu town off the northern shore of Lake Victoria, opened in November 1986. A five-minute motor—boat ride will get you to the island.