Come experience traditional local lifestyle and help our community in development on Rusinga Island, Kenya




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    Hello Workawayers!

    My name is Hella, the founder and director of the local organization here on Rusinga Island. in my past years I have managed to work with different volunteers from all around the world. Since I was a teenager, I have always wanted to do something for the community. I built Rusinga CBO 3 years ago at 19. I am now 22. Even if I am a young director and I still have a lot to learn, I want the CBO to become sustainable and to make a real change for people living on Rusinga. That's why I am currently learning about project management in college and I will also do a civic service in France in 2023.

    An aim for development to our island's community, led to the creation of the CBO thus bringing members of the community together in the process.

    Problems faced

    lack of clean and safe water for drinking
    lack of information among our young women
    quality education
    as an organization we have managed to identify various problems that our community faces and we are working towards eliminating such problems with time. below are the identified problems
    1) lack of clean and safe water
    2) insufficient talent promotion among the teenagers
    3) a gap in women empowerment
    4) lack of proper education

    about the organization
    the organization has been providing local humanitarian support and development of basic needs to a small, but populous island on Lake Victoria, Kenya.

    we are a grassroots NGO focused on improving education conditions, availability of food, access to drinking water, and woman empowerment on our island. We work hand-in-hand to personally help families and various groups on the island in order to help their families thrive for generations to come.

    We are primarily looking for travelers with some management skills, networking skills, website experiance ,football experience, environment conservation skills, computer skills and lastly fundraising skills that can help work with and help our community.

    Although, we do offer other volunteering opportunities, like permaculture and women empowerment sessions, in case you're looking for some diversity during your time here on the island. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly about our other opportunities, or any questions you may have, about our Island or Kenya in general.
    We would like you to help our community in any way you can , and perhaps bring new perspectives on development and drills, coaching, health and fitness, and program operations. We would also appreciate assistance in spreading our fundraising campaign via social media, as we are currently lacking some important resources. We are looking to raise money to support the orphans who are under the organization by supporting them in schools, start for the women income generating activities like materials for making mats and also if we can support our sports academy for the kids by buying them jerseys, field maintenance, and maybe one day down the road, even some cleats for our players.
    You will find that our island is incredibly welcoming to foreigners, and that the community will love to work with you. Your involvement will certainly not go unappreciated within our community.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Farmstay help
    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

    You will have an opportunity to interact with the local Abasuba(luo) community and our beautiful environment here. The island is home to huge range of animals, notably the birds and some monkeys. You have a chance to eat our local fish such as omena, Nile perch and tilapia.
    You will be interacting with many locals, and living as we do. If you are looking for an authentic Kenyan experience during your time in our country, this is it.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    1)Help our girls in school by providing them with sanitary towels.
    2)Support the women empowerment project( currently we still have a lot to be done )
    3)Help train our players and grow our program. We prefer you to speak in English with the kids, as this will help them improve their language skills along with their foot skills.
    4) Help connect our non-profit organization to prospective sponsors
    3)Help us in creating a web site for our organization
    4)Help in teaching in one of the community schools
    6) Ask about many of the other opportunities we offer our volunteers.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent
    French: Beginner

    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


    You will fully be welcomed into our traditional Kenyan lifestyle. Volunteers share a guest house as the main house, and a private room may be requested depending on the number of volunteers expected. The kitchen and sitting room are shared with the host family, and we provide three home-cooked, authentic Kenyan meals a day which are eaten together with the family members. If you have any special dietary restrictions, please inform us and we will certainly accommodate your needs.
    We provide beds, sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, clean water ( we drink treated rain water, which no volunteers around the island have ever claimed to have an issue with) but bottled water is also available to purchase in shops nearby.
    As in most of rural Kenyan homes, there is no running water on the compound, which means that we use pit latrines and bucket showers to wash. You are welcome to play with our dogs, Mutami and Bosco. Donkeys, chickens and goats run freely on around the grounds of the compound.
    We do not provide internet through Wi-Fi in the compound, but you may buy cheap internet buddles in the next town mbita(closest big town) just over the bridge from the island. You can also find Wi-Fi or internet access in the cafes there, along with almost any store to suit your ne eds. While on Rusinga, we suggest using safaricom SIM cards as they provide the best internet and phone signals across the island, and you purchase more data here on the island in our small shop center (always walkable distance).
    We believe you will love it here on our beautiful, simple, and peaceful island. You will be welcomed by all, and will almost certainly see more smiles and waves from the side of the road than you ever have before.
    As an organization, we ask that our volunteers pay 5dollars in a day, that will help the host family in buying food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Any of our visitor can go on walk around the island and sometimes can visit the island schools to share their culture and talk to our students. The organization will keep you as busy as you want, but you will have large amounts of free time. during which you can visit places like
    1)Tom mboya mausoleum (one of the most historic people in kenya who came from rusinga island)
    2)lake victoria and it's islands (takawiri Ngothe, mfangano and mbasa island)
    3)Ruma national park
    4)fish beaches
    5)kit mikai
    6)The Masai Mara
    Personally, I love visiting the island mountains to watch the sunsets.

  • 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

    I will really love to host such a friends since that it will be helpful to our organization. In terms of Wi-fi we currently don't have one at home but if someone wants to work , we have got places where they can access the internet. Feel welcomed

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • 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

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    This host charges a fee

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    £5 for food costs

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