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Experience island life at our permaculture learning centre for children, youths and women on Mfangano Island, Kenya

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  • Last activity: 28 May 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Welcome to our learning centre. We invite you to join us in a unique Workaway experience that combines community engagement, sustainable construction, and immerse yourself in permaculture.
    Project Overview: We are embarking on an exciting journey to construct a
    sustainable school buildings on the captivating Mfangano Island. Our mission is not just to build school houses but to create a learning centre for young people that embodies eco-friendliness, community involvement and cultural richness. We need your help to make this vision a reality!

    Our construction project encompasses various tasks that volunteers
    with a wide range of skills can contribute to. Here's how you can get involved:
    1. Debris Clearance:
    ● Help us clear debris from the building site, bringing it back to the foundation
    level for a fresh start.
    2. Sustainable Building:
    ● Utilize locally sourced materials like sand, stone, plastic botle and water to build stady walls that blend with the island's natural beauty.
    ● Assist in obtaining other materials through donations, such as cement, metal
    sheeting, and new tools.
    3. Carpentry Skills:
    ● Showcase your carpentry skills by crafting doors, ceiling boards and steel windows that
    reflect the island's unique charm.
    ● Contribute to the creation of furniture, including school beds, school uniform and school learning materials
    4. Glass Artistry:
    ● Work on creating windows that not only let in the island's radiant sunshine but
    also add a touch of artistry to our project.
    5. Eco-conscious Construction:
    ● Participate in the construction of a veranda/porch using eco-bricks, which are
    recycled bricks made from plastic bottles. Our children will be learning alot from this to make our environment cleaner.This initiative aligns with our
    commitment to sustainability.
    6. Flooring :
    ● Get involved in the flooring process and assist with tasks necessarily needed to bring the building to life.


    The system is environmentally friendly, produces healthier organic foods, is self-sustaining, can rehabilitate land and develops systems that make humans and nature work together.

    Volunteers who can work in proposal writing (grants). Our organisation need help with funding
    Here is place you will meet the elders of Mfangano Island.
    Here is our plan for the year.
    • Oral History Interviews and Recordings: 3 months
    • Digital Content Creation: 4 months
    • Online Platform Development: 2 months
    • 3D Experience Creation 1 month
    • Promotion and Outreach 1 month
    • Mfangano Suba festival December.

    ● An immersive cultural experience on Mfangano Island, where you can engage
    with the local community, learn about their traditions, and make lasting
    ● Accommodation in a communal setting, allowing you to live, eat, and share
    experiences with fellow volunteers.
    ● Delicious, locally sourced meals that introduce you to the island's culinary
    ● An opportunity to be part of a meaningful, sustainable project that will
    positively impact the community and environment.
    ● A chance to explore the natural beauty of Mfangano Island, from its pristine
    beaches to its lush landscapes.
    Join Us: If you're passionate about sustainability, eager to learn, and excited to
    contribute to a transformative construction project, we invite you to join us on
    Mfangano Island. Together, we'll build not just a house, but a brighter future for this
    incredible community.
    Contact us today to embark on this unforgettable journey!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    While on exchange volunteers can benefit from a multitude of unique life experiences. They can also have a tour exposer around Mfangano Island at their own expense. To put it simply, the exchange is eternally awesome! Here are our top five reasons why going on exchange with us is a worthwhile life experience:

    1) Experience a new culture and learn a new language
    2) Being part of a sustainable project to save Mfangano Island natural resources
    3) Make new friends
    4) Get a ‘second family’
    5) Get Personal development.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    At the moment we would want to join hands and focus on finishing our house and permaculture work. This involves finishing building the walls, the roof and the floor. Building poultry house, doing garden work on permaculture farm.

    Also we ask help with proposal (grants)

    We kindly ask volunteers to participate and help us fulfilling this mission.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Luo: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will stay in a separate house.
    Apart from the bedrooms there is a living room, a shower and a latrine.

    Phone network is available.

    The house is surrounded by trees, which give shadow. The component has direct access to the lake and a great view.

    We can acommondate more than 5 volunteers. Volunteers will take three meals a day. Saturday is resting day or free days Volunteers can tour or go round the Island. On Sunday volunteers cook for the family as food exchange. Food exchange program is one of best program we do. Hope you Will enjoy our food and will also enjoy your food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Mfangano Island is a nature-lovers paradise with plenty of birdlife, hikes and peaks with stunning panoramic views. We are on the east south side of the island and exposed to sun rise, but there is much to see and experience on the other parts of the island as well as the other nearby islands on your days off.
    We either walk or take boat and motorcycles around (no more cars on the island !) and there are motor boats to transport people to different points on the island. It is possible to walk the whole ring road around the island in one day (if you start very early in the morning !).

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have good conection. Our WI-FI is steady.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a big space and flat for more cars to pack.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have dogs and cats

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    USD 5 a day for food
Host ref number: 364274667616

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