Environmental Volunteer in Kenya
Environmental Volunteer in Kenya
Time to take action! Intrepid Eco-warriors can find their calling here in Kenya, on our Environmental Volunteer programme – a fantastic opportunity to help address challenges preserving Kenya’s fauna and flora. On this project, you will educate the community about the positive change that is needed to ensure a better tomorrow for generations to come. And whilst you’re here, of course, you will be able to explore the very habitats that you will be working to preserve!
Work with a Great Team dedicated to Protecting the Environment!
As an Environmental Volunteer, you will work on a local initiative which focuses on restoration, transformation, sustainability and preservation of the environment. Much of the time you will be working in the forests, tree planting and nursing seedlings. However, as importantly, you will also help to educate the local community about the current practices which have caused climate change in the form of global warming. By helping the community to take part in protecting their vegetation and farmlands – and with that, their way of life – you can really make a difference in this far-flung part of the world!
Explore Kenya’s Countryside and Vibrant Culture!
There is so much to see in Kenya! Take off on the weekends to a crater that houses its own wildlife habitat; venture through the local national park, not far from your accommodation, or go trekking through the hills with your new friends, as you take in true Kenya on your travels! Public transport is frequently available, which makes our centre the perfect base camp from which to discover this stunning country. You will also find, however, that our accommodation is a great place to chill on lazier days, taking in some sunshine and chatting with fellow volunteers. Chill, trek, hike, or travel – it’s all here on your Environmental Volunteer programme in Kenya!
Why be an Environmental Volunteer in Kenya?
- Do something valuable and long-lasting for the local Kenyan community
- Help to restore forest lost vegetation and learn about environmental preservation
- Learn about the Kenyan culture and way of life as you work with the local community
- Explore Kenya and take in the true beauty of this diverse and vibrant country
- Relax at our accommodation with communal areas and free Wifi
- Enjoy authentic Kenyan cuisine, with meals included in the programme
During your time here in Kenya as an Environmental Volunteer, you will be busy with the many aspects of preserving the local environment. As such, your activities may include any or all of the following:
- Preparing tree seedlings and learning how to maintain a tree nursery
- Actual tree planting (will involve digging of the holes where the seedlings will be planted)
- Community education on the importance of reforestation
- Creating a green wall where we reuse plastics to decorate walls and also have vertical vegetable gardens in various institution
- Assist with environmental conservation and sustainability efforts
- Gain invaluable knowledge about the ecological challenges faced in the region
- Assist the local community efforts to educate the community youth about the initiative and the related environmental matters to encourage their consistent and proactive participation
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day to learn about your surroundings and local culture. Thereafter, your program will continue as usual from Tuesday throughout the rest of the week.
Orientation Day Schedule
- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Kenyan Do’s and Don’ts, Culture introduction and country history and Swahili Language Lessons.
- Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
- Trip to Nakuru town where you can buy essentials if required
Tuesday to Friday
You will spend 4-6 hours daily assisting with the goals of the local initiative’s goals. Your day will depend on the tasks required, but typically it will look like this:
- Reforestation efforts
- Climate change research
Evenings and Weekends
After a day of environmental volunteering, you can choose to explore the area or head further afield on the weekends. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures as they go!
This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Our accommodation is basic but comfortable, with single-gender dorms which sleep 2 – 4 people. There is hot running water for showers, and Wifi is available in the communal areas.
All volunteers are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially electricity. Sometimes there are power cuts during the day but do not panic! This is life in the village.
Meals are provided, and rooms are cleaned on the weekends, but you will also be expected to clean up after yourself and play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and organized.
Location-wise, our centre is very close to the Greensteds International school and it’s a few minutes walk to the Lake Nakuru National park Southern gate – perfect for a wander after your day of volunteering!
Kenyan cuisine is really flavourful with many spices, and consists of vegetables, potato, eggs, bread, flatbreads (chapati), as well as fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.
There are small shops and local markets nearby that sell fresh fruits and fish, but there are also supermarkets with a greater variety of foods approx 5km away. Further, ATMs are available in Nakuru town, only a short bus ride away. Public transport is cheap and frequent, allowing you to use the centre as a base for your explorations. There are local markets nearby that sell fresh fruits and fish.
Trip Country Info
The first thing that might pop to mind when thinking of Kenya are lions, zebras and leopards. However, this vast country has much more to offer. With 40 national parks and reserves scattered around the country, Kenya features almost every landscape and activity that you can imagine and it will suit any type of traveller’s palette.
Undeniably, safaris are the core of tourism in Kenya, but you might also venture in deeper and discover the Maasai, a semi-nomadic tribe known for its color-filled adornments. Nairobi is another destination to explore, with its bustling nightlife and unique vibes. For those who love nature, a visit to the Great Rift Valley is a must. And for those who enjoy chilling at the beach, Kenya’s coastal area covers almost 80,000 square kilometers and remains sun-filled during most of the year!
Kenya is a big country and its climate varies from tropical along its coast to arid in the north and quite temperate inland. Kenya receives a large amount of sunshine year-round but generally, the hottest period is considered take place in February and March while the coldest one between July and mid August. The “long rains” season happens between March and June, while the “short rain” season is between October and December.
Over the course of history, Kenya has been the hub of migration and henceforth, the country has become one of the most diverse culture and language-wise. The country has over forty different ethnic groups, including Luo, Kamba, Maasai and more. Each speaks a variety of mother tongues, although Swahili remains the most widely spoken language. Moreover, European, Arab, Indian and Pakistani groups who came to the country in the 19th century can be added to the mix of diversity.
Even though religions such as Christianity and Islam are widely spread, many still believe in the ancestor world, where the dead have an impact on the lives of the living. Today, Kenya’s culture, including forms of dress, music and food sees its strong influences from other parts of Africa, India, Europe and the United States. However, in certain parts of the country, many communities retain their traditional lifestyle and culture and people still wear clothes, skins, jewellery as they did centuries ago. Many remote tribes remain absolutely isolated.
Traditional Kenyan food are known for consisting corn, potatoes and beans. A staple dish is Ugali, a porridge made out of maize. Another typical delicacy is irio, a blend of corn, beans, potatoes and beans dipped into meat or vegetable stews.
Kenya Airways offers daily flights between Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Kisumu and Nairobi. Likewise, another popular choice is Air Kenya, which flies regularly between Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Meru, Nanyuki and Samburu.
Kenya has a large bus network between many destinations, but be advised that roads are bumpy. For safety reasons, we highly advise to use long distance buses only during daytime.
Minivans, known as “matatus” in Kenya are another way to get around for short and medium distance travels. Taking a matatu is a must to experience the real Kenya as they are often decorated in colorful and fascinating colours. You can hail a matatu on the side of the road and in this day and age, the network is easier to figure out than ever as routes and schedules are provided on Google Maps.
The train in Kenya is often dubbed the “Lunatic Express”. It travels between Nairobi and Mombasa three times a week. It is undeniably a great experience to travel by train but if time is an issue, we advise you to go for another method of transportation as the train has a bad reputation for being extremely slow and often delayed.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Under 18, Parental Consent
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance