Roddy’s Eco Cover

Code: KVDA/STV/07D

Location: Vihiga County in Western Kenya

Dates: 13th - 31st July 2019

Fees: 300 £

Theme: Project Cycle Management

 Project overview

The project is located at Emmabwi sub location in Vihiga country approximately 45 Kilometers away from Kisumu city

Emmabwi is home to approximately 5,500 residents, nearly 63% of which are under the age of 5.  Sadly, only six percent of the children in Emmabwi ever complete elementary grades at school.   The unemployment rate hovers at 60 percent, and for those who are employed, the average monthly income is only $12 per family.  Often child care takes a back seat to finding work, raising food on individual subsistence farms, and caring for sick loved ones.  Many children are raised by older siblings who lack knowledge and expertise in child care.

 AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work camp. There is no upper age limit


 Manual work and Intercultural activities: 

•             Agro forestry that will include tree planting

•             Preparation of tree nurseries and weeding

•             Clean up activities

•             Naming of trees

•             Home visits

•             Tree nursery planting

•             Farm management

•             Cultural days for various nationalities

•             Inter-cultural learning coupled with home visits for exposure to development challenges.

•             Possibility to visit the historic sites like Hippo point on Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, renowned Kakamega Rain Forest and the Equator point at Maseno University; among other spectacular sites of interest in the region. However, this will be done most probably during the weekends.


PROJECT PARTICIPANTS: Maximum 20 volunteers from Kenya and the international community

What to carry?

This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and mat, toiletries, torch/flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your country, among others


These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community. Kindly contact KVDA for details in case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a donation or long-term intervention on the project.

THEME: Project Cycle Management

To exchange new project management tools in order to strengthen capacities to design, lead and evaluate international IVS projects

Project Cycle Management - PCM: International training course – ITC, targeting local youth/social workers, representatives of local and international organizations.


•             To exchange new project management tools in order to strengthen capacities to design, lead and evaluate international IVS projects with a particular focus on gender equality

•             To examine case studies, to share experiences and best practices about different steps of the project cycle (needs assessment and analysis, set up a monitoring system and evaluation methods and tools)

Orientation: Will be done on 13th July 2019 at KVDA Residence in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 14th July 2019

Airport pick-up services: The port of entry to Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and airport pick up will be done on provision of full flight details. The volunteers will be taken to KVDA Residence in Karen for accommodation that has highly subsidized rates

Participation FEES: The project participation fees that is all-inclusive for the 3-week work camp is Euro 300

INSURANCE: KVDA does not provide insurance and volunteers should obtain travel insurance cover. It is a good idea to get medicine you are used to from your home country and seek advice from your personal doctor.


Project preparation cycle, return transfers from the airport and the project, KVDA administration, orientation, certificate of participation, project coordination, facilitation, evaluation and monitoring


Excursion activities, local travel while in the community, personal effects, needs and wants.


KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific tour information.


•             Volunteers will stay in a homestead within the community with very basic living conditions. Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people with the aim of exposure to development challenges.

•             There is electricity in this homestead

•             KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns. Water is available from springs and it is recommended that drinking water should be boiled or medicated. Mineral water available at supermarkets is also recommended.

•             There is no electricity connection at the project but volunteers can charge their electric appliances at the nearest market center.

•             Furthermore, we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks, games and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) – and a lot of motivation!

LANGUAGE: English is the language of the work camp. There will be a possibility of learning Kiswahili and other international and local languages as cultural diversity is a major component in international service


Below are the emergency contacts for Kenya Voluntary Development Association:

KVDA Administration: 0721 650 357

PROJECT DETAILED INFO SHEET: Will be sent to the volunteer sending organization as soon as the application is accepted by KVDA

CONFIRMATION DEADLINE: Should be done via e-mail at least one month before the start of the project.


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