Come and have an adventure while you help in the community in Rusinga Island, Kenya



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  • Description


    During this Corona Virus, we are reaching out to those that are in the country (and have didnt come in the country during the past 3 weeks) but are stranded in an hotel or somewhere and needs a roof and a bed. Please contact us and we will be ready to open our doors for you.

    We are a community christian community center. Our Institution is a christian church ministry offering spiritual and social support to the people of Rusinga Island in Kenya and beyond . The church has Miracle Garden that we grow fruits and other vegetables that help the ministry to provide food security to the congregation and the community. We do also run a community outreach programmes where we do reach the community members through various development programmes like, Counseling, Orphan support programme, widows support project , Talent show for the youth, Gospel outreach programmes as well entrepreneurship training for the women.

    Our farm is a big support to the local community since the fruits and vegetables that we grow help us a food security serving widows, orphans and the needy community.

    We are based in Rusinga Island, Kenya. Mbita and Rusinga Island (connected by a causeway) are delightful and great places to draw near to Lake Victoria. Tiny, languid and rarely visited, they offer a glimpse of an older Africa – an Africa that moves to the gentle sway of the seasons rather than the ticking of a clock. This is the sort of place where schoolchildren abandon their classes to watch you pass by and old women burst into song at your arrival.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Elderly Companionship
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    We are ready to take you through our normal language lessons, helping you to tour around and meet the Islanders in Rusinga, Mfangano, Takawiri, Ngodhe and Kibuogi Islands learning our amazing culture. We shall also give you a Certificate of Volunteer participation after the end of your successful stay.

    We are in Rusinga Island on the western Kenya. Western Kenya is one of Kenya's least known and visited regions. The area has a lot to offer visitors and is an undiscovered world of wonders. The west coast is endlessly diverse and has lush green highlands, tropical rainforests, the great expanse of Lake Victoria - the legendary source of the Nile, and much, much more. The region is home to fascinating cultures, mythology and a history that lives and breathes in sacred sites and thriving traditional festivals. Stunning landscapes, wonderful wildlife, adventures, bird watching and more await the visitor/s to Kenya's west coast.

    Take a safari west and embark on a journey of discovery...................................

  • Help


    At the moment, we need volunteers to help in our farm as well as those who can help with community outreach programmes. Within the farm, you will find

    Kales (Sukuma Wiki)
    Poultry keeping
    Fish farming

    The activities that we need help with are:
    Plouging/Preparing the land for planting
    Fish Farming
    Looking after the goats or cows
    Our farm is situated next to Lake Victoria. Our volunteers will have a full view of the lake while working as well as swimming. Rusinga Island where we are is also a home of birds, wild animals and tourist attraction sites. From where we are, other islands are just 4 miles away and volunteers have the opportunity to visit other islands during their free time.

    Through our farm we intend to reduce poverty by helping local communities to also start their own farms, while also buying our products and sell them in the local market.

    With our help, rural families are growing their incomes while also protecting their local environment for generations to come.

    For the community outreach programmes, the volunteer can help in one of the following activities

    Child Care: reaching out to the needy children in school and helping in teaching as well as visiting them in their respective homes, preparing their profile data and shooting video
    Spiritual Counseling within the community (reaching out to widows and elderly and helping in their homes to do one or more activities available, cleaning the house, cooking, and doing laundry)
    Bible Teaching- Having bible teaching/discussion if volunteer is a christian and want to have fellowship
    Community Development support (Resource mobilization/online fundraising to initiate development project like Clean Water, Child Support, Education support) etc.
    Helping in redesigning and posting more informations via our website or facebook pages

    Family members in the host home: 7
    Animals/pets living in my home: 15
    Approx. percentage of food eaten is organic: 90%
    Meal options: Non Vegetarian, Vegan

    Internet Access?: No
    Is my internet access limited?: Yes, but can be accessed via local cyber at $0.60 per hr
    Smoking?: Non-Smoking
    Can provide bikes and other local transport?: No, but volunteers can have access to local bikes on hire within the village

  • Languages spoken

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

  • Accommodation


    We offer a Home stay kind of accommodation where volunteers stays with the host and sleep within their private rooms at the compound. We dont have electricity but the family uses Solar to provide light as charging mobile phones and laptops. Internet access can be accessed within another center within 10 minutes from the host home at a fee of $0.70 per hour.

    Meal Planning & Sharing: All meals are eaten together with the host family, Help is welcome as host family and volunteers work together in meal preparation and clean up
    Accommodation: In our house with our family, Separate House, Tent
    Room Configuration: Depends on availability, Private room available for a single or a couple, Shared room if more than one volunteers.

  • 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 a internet Connection nearby (10 minutes walk) so volunteers can be guided to go and use that internet (browsing $0.60 per hour)

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a packing space for a caravan of upto six people and a van

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 377755971288