Environment program in Diani, Kenya

You will be able to experience local Kenyan farming practices, help the farming community by giving more hands and effort, as well as experiencing cultural immersion and engagement with the local community.

  • Get to know the culture and customs working hand in hand with the local population.
  • Contribute with your teachings to the conservation of the environment.
  • Participate in the conservation of fauna and flora.
  • Enjoy nature in an incredible place.
  • Live a unique experience and meet the local population and other volunteers.

What is this program about?

Kenya It is a country where you can meet nature, get to know its culture and live that experience that you have always sought through volunteering.

In this project you will be able to enjoy a natural and very little exploited area. You will be surrounded by fauna and flora.

You will be able to enjoy Kenya by helping the community on their farms and land. The community you go to has many shortcomings in terms of resources, knowledge, support, etc. That is why your work as a volunteer is so important.

You will participate in the day-to-day life of the community, you will make decisions together with them regarding their land. You will collaborate so that all their goals go ahead, and you will also be able to give them new ideas that will make their future more satisfactory.

How is the day to day and what will I do as a volunteer?

The day to day of the volunteer consists of a collaboration from Monday to Friday, approximately 3 or 4 hours, distributed during the morning and afternoon, according to needs.

A typical volunteer day begins with breakfast at the accommodation with all the volunteers. At the end, the volunteers meet with the local coordinator to organize the activities planned for the day. Being located in the same community, they should not make long trips.

Throughout the morning each volunteer contributes to the assigned tasks. A stop is made for lunch and, depending on the needs, they continue with the tasks or have free time.

The volunteer can visit nearby areas in his free time. At night the group has dinner and prepares for the next day.

The general activities that you will carry out during your volunteering are:

  • Mow and clean grass areas around the farm.
  • Work on the tea plantations.
  • Sow, water, collect fruits and vegetables.
  • Help with the care of livestock.
  • Address various community needs.

Requirements to participate

  • Be over 18 years old (except if you are traveling with your parents).
  • Cover the cost of the program according to weeks.
  • Have a mandatory travel insurance.
  • Respect cultures and religions.
  • Not have a criminal record.
  • Be proactive.
  • Follow the rules of local accommodation and projects.
  • Have an entry and exit ticket to the country in allowed tourist time.
  • Have a valid passport with more than 6 months.
  • Basic English.

Where will I be and when do I have to arrive?

Where will the accommodation be?

The airport you should arrive at is theMombasa International Airport (MBA). There are two options, either arrive on Friday to be picked up, or hire a pick-up at the airport through the local coordinator on the other days. Another option is to arrive on your own following the instructions of the coordinator.

Once you arrive you will stay in the volunteer’s house, located in Diani Beach.The volunteer’s house has rooms that you will share with other volunteers, you will also share the bathrooms and common areas. The house has Wi-Fi and hot water, but it does not have a washing machine.

Dates and method of arrival

The program is open all year round. Arrival days are Fridays, if you arrive on any other day there is a fee for pick up, or you can arrive on your own.

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from 1 week until 12 weeks.

How do I sign up?

To sign up is very simple, you only have to follow 5 very important steps, the first thing is once you have read everything that is included and not included and the costs that you have in the country tab.

  1. Fill out this form with the dates you want.
  2. You receive an official confirmation of place.
  3. Make a 1st contribution for  enrollment to the program.
  4. You make a video call with the coordinator to better prepare your arrival.
  5. Sign the international volunteer agreement and complete the rest of the financial contribution as indicated by your coordinator.

YOU COME?

What can I see during the weekend?

Kenya stands for safari, de Hemingway y deMemories of Africa. The first country in the region that knew how to exploit its natural resources for tourism, is a great Noah’s ark with some of the best safaris in Africa, beautiful beaches and an intense Swahili culture.Kenya is a place that will surprise you.

Some of the things you can see are:

  • Masai Mara National Park:the landscape of Masai Mara from the endless grassy plains, in which from time to time an acacia stands out.In spring the meadows are a splendid green, but in summer they turn a dry brown. Isone of the best national parks of africa to seelions, in addition to the large herds of herbivores, especially zebras and wildebeests, that make up the great migration. But the most famous, most touristic country in the area also has its toll: you will find more cars than animals, especially in high season (summer in the northern hemisphere). The Best time to visit the masai mara is the end of July to the end of September, when the great migration of wildebeest and zebra is already established in the park.The gigantic ride of almost two million individuals reaches the Mara River in August. You’ve seen the scenes of when they try to ford the river harassed by crocodiles hundreds of times in all the documentaries.
  • Lamu: is theKenyan secret gem, one of those places that you didn’t even imagine still exist. It is an archipelago formed by three big islands and several uninhabited islets. It occupies the northeast corner ofKenya, just 80 kilometers from the border with Somalia. Its inhabitants are descendants of the Arab merchants who, since the 16th century, colonized the coasts ofKenya and established inLamu a great center of fishing and commerce. Everything remains as it was then: that Swahili culture of the Muslim religion, the architecture of whitewashed houses and large porticoed galleries, the thatched roofs, the dhows with triangular sails that silently plow through the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the winding and narrow streets of the villages along those that only fit people and donkeys, the kilometer-long beaches of golden sands, the channels with shallow and transparent waters, the mangroves that surround the islands… And everything adds up to make Lamu a unique place inKenya.
  • Mombasa: The second most populous city in the country is a mixed visit. To many it looks like just a big, dirty, ugly city. Without discussing these aspects (which are unquestionable), for others, it has the interest of being a great historic center from swahili culture, with Arab, British and Indian influences. The city was an important center of trade (for everything, including slaves) and keeps from that past many colonial buildings in its Old Town, which one day had to be magnificent, but today form a decrepit museum of glories and miseries. from Africa. Besides theOld Town you have to visit the strong jesus, the old fortress built by the Portuguese. And theWonderful beaches what is in the surroundings.Mombasa It is the origin of the famous railway that still connects withNairobi YKampala. So that you do not miss anything of this city, I leave you this option of Mombasa guided tour.
  • Lago Nakuru: Located about 150 kilometers fromNairobi, theLake Nakuru national park It is one of the best places inAfrica (almost the world) to see birds. Its gigantic flocks of pink flamingos, sometimes numbering more than a million individuals, which feed on the algae that grows in its warm waters made unwitting extras for some of the most glorious scenes ofMemories of Africa (many scenes were also filmed in the neighboring lago Naivasha). It is also a great place to see black and white rhino, but in reality the protected space is very small, constrained between some farms and the city ofNakuru, and it is completely fenced. It is visited through a road that surrounds the lake. It is also possible to make aLake Nakuru excursion organized or discover other places to see in lake victoria from kenya.
  • Samburu National Reserve: Is left over off the beaten track (and perhaps that is one of its great attractions), but on the way if you go to the mount kenya. Samburu is one of the best experiences that you can have in this country. It is structured aroundrío Ewaso Ng’iro, whose banks form a spectacle of greenery and humidity that attracts thousands of animals. Despite its small size, Samburu offers a diversity of habitats and is a great place to see elephants, lions, all kinds of antelopes, zebras, gazelles, and leopards.

You cannot leave Kenya without seeing a safari and the immensity you feel when contemplating the beauty of the animals.