Join us on this Rift Valley agricultural project, learn model farming skills, and promote them in Kenya
We work with a non-profit organization, established in 1984 to promote bio intensive agriculture (BIA) for the improvement of livelihoods among Kenyan communities. BIA is an ecological smallholder farming system which increases yields 2-4 times per unit land area more than through the use of conventional methods, and is promoted through, training, research and extension.
MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES
Your work could include:
Manual preparation of seed beds (with hand garden tools) – deep soil preparation (double-digging). Compost making, and the making of liquid manure for small holder use.
Agro-forestry and nursery management; grafting branches, planting crops in close spacing in diagonal offset in rows by hand in BIA beds; companion planting and crop rotation practices; practical non-chemical pest and disease management; identification, extraction and establishment of herbs for pest and disease management in crops; the village seed selection and saving of open pollinated crops (indigenous vegetables); working on mixed farming; managing the rural free range chicken rearing system, making bee hives.
What to Expect Volunteering in Kenya
A warm welcome to begin with at the airport, where a transfer takes you to your host families home. Orientations the following morning and will cover everything you need to know about your project placement. This will include an introduction to Kenya, local customs, language training, politics, health precautions, and cultural expectations. You will also learn about, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers. You’ll spend the rest of the day getting to know your surroundings, and your host family.
Leisure time activities
Most of our free time will be spent sharing culture and friendship with local community members and the other volunteers on the project. Volunteers can also visit Kitale Museum to see the Treasures of Africa (artefacts), Kitale & Kapenguria heroes cells, visit Mt. Elgon National Park to see wild animals, Climb Mt. Elgon, and go to lake Victoria. You could also join another group in the Maasai Mara on a conservation project.
Kitale, in the Rift Valley, Kenya.
Min/Max Volunteering Period
Minimum 2 weeks
Maximum 26 weeks
Reference Letters for you
We are always delighted to be asked to write references for volunteer alumni, which we do.
Project Time Line
2 weeks minimum
26 weeks maximum
You will volunteer 4 or 5 consecutive days each week..
This project is open to all. It is of particular interest to those who have experience in one or more of the following:
agriculture; environmental education ; community development; teaching, conservation.
Affordable volunteering, priceless opportunities
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