Learn about the forest and eco-friendly building techniques in Soysambu, Nakuru, Kenya

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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    Plants can survive without humans, but humans cannot survive without plants.

    We are based on the edge of the Soysambu Conservancy on a plot surrounding Lake Elementita. Here; we really care about the environment, we work closely with our partners to protect indigenous trees by running an organic tree nursery and seed center while promoting and educating people on how to live sustainably.

    We work together to try and make our world a better place. We have a team of 12 who have been with us for over 20 years, working woth the forest, ranging from scientisits to general maintenance, they would all love to meet you and teach you about different cultures and hopefully learn from you too.

    There are so many projects to get stuck into, and there is so much for you to learn while you are with us:
    • setting up a butterfly farm
    • helping us build a campsite
    • compost making
    • building cob houses using all natural building techniques
    • caring for our 160 camels that live with us
    • brick making
    • verma culture
    • agroforestry
    • bee keeping

    We would love you to pick a few projects that you really feel would be of interest to you, and come join us and get stuck in! When you aren’t helping us build there is tons to explore and see. We are 5 mins from the main road, where you can go to visit the lake, explore the local towns and get to experience Kenya for yourself.
    This really is an opportunity to make an impact. Be apart of this great initiative to grow our forest, and protect our future.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn the local language
    Traditions and culture

  • Help


    The volunteers are asked to participate in various on going projects on site. You will be helping us design and build cob houses, butterfly farms, cycle routes along with helping out maintain our tree nurseries and much more!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We currently have two roundovals (Manyatta)
    One has two single beds, mosquito nets, cupboards/wardrobes for storage
    The second one is the same as above but is 2 bunk beds.
    The toilets and showers are shared and also nearby.
    You will have access to the kitchen where we will provide you with a cook to prepare your meals. There is laundry facilities and a chill out area for you to use.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are walking distance to Lake Elementita, where you can go visit the flamingos, swim at the springs and go bird watching.
    We are a 2 minute walk from the main road where you can easily use a bodaboda (motorbike taxi) to get into the town to explore the local community.
    As we are on a conservancy you are able to see the wildlife and have a mini safari.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 253619481171



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