Volunteer at a Secondary School, Primary School, Community Behavior Change and/or Organic Garden in Rusinga Island and Oyugis, Kenya.



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    Our projects take place in Oyugis and Rusinga Island, Kenya.

    Our primary school is an educational institution based near Oyugis which focuses on offering affordable, quality education to children in need. It is a rural school with around 50 students from 3 to 12 years old from humble background who need to be assisted with quality education and care. Also at Oyugis, next to the playground of the school, we have an organic farm where we practice permaculture and experimenting in ecological living. At Oyugis, volunteers can work in any of those areas to any extent that they wish: teaching the kids in any area, playing, music, as well as farming in the "shamba" (local name for garden). The primary school is need of some renovations and someone with building skills or knowledge would be appreciated although funds are also needed for such building projects. Also scholar materials will be welcome as we see them as a basic need for the quality education.

    Our secondary school is in Rusinga Island where we provide classes in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Social Sciences, Religious Education, Biological Sciences, Physical Education, History and Government, Vocational Skills and more to the students. In the school we also have an organic farm to provide food for the students and become a own sustainable project.

    This is a group of people who are depending on a local drink called CHANG'AA. The aim of this project is to look for alternative business for the people with this problem. The brewing problem affects many families and it is a big deal in both communities, both in Rusinga and Oyugis. This is why we encourage volunteers to join this project to find better solutions for their lives as well as alternatives that allow them see that having a healthy life free of chang'aa and other dangerous drugs is still possible with effort and heart.

    We welcome our volunteers to be involved in any of these projects. For those willing to volunteer at the primary school and Community behavior change, they will be accommodated at the Director's home with a lovely family that cooks and takes care of them. This will provide an enriching culture and language African immersion which will make the volunteer feel at home.


  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a great opportunity to learn Kiswahili and Luo languages and to learn more about African culture. Both settings are rural, having beautiful, peaceful landscapes with rolling hills. Nearby we have a volcanic lake and hot springs. Lake Victoria, Masai Mara and Ruma National Park are nearby.

  • Help


    We are flexible based on volunteers interest. Volunteers can help the local teachers with teaching subjects at school and help with the school computers or work in the organic garden. Also the gardening skills are welcome for the organic farm in the two schools.

    All volunteers willing to help and to live an enriching and wonderful African cultural experience are welcome to what it will turn into a new home and family for them!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Luo, Swahili

  • Accommodation


    At Oyugis, we have a guesthouse for volunteers on the same property as William's home which is walking distance to all of the Oyugis projects. There is electricity in the guest house.

    At Rusinga Island, volunteers will be given a house like the one for the teachers. The food will be provided and cooked by William. There is also electricity in the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    These areas are malaria areas so it is recommended to bring a mosquito net. Malaria medicine can be purchased here but it must be taken one week prior to arrival.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours

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    This host charges a fee

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    US$5 per day to help with food costs
All the children lined up to sing and welcome visitors in early March,2015. It is inspiring to see what was accomplished in a matter of weeks at the school.
The children entertaining visitors. The school is less than a year old and still mud walled. These children are mostly total or half orphans who would not go to school if this school was not available.
The host and volunteer Lino after painting the school

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