• Conservation activities
• Tree planting and farming
• Undertake basic research on World heritage
• The host community will provide a house to accommodate the volunteers 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.
• 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.
The project is located in Kwale town, Kwale County at the Coast of Kenya
The volunteers have an opportunity to visit the renowned Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forest, Mombasa City, the legendary Indian Ocean, historical monuments at Forte Jesus in Mombasa mainland
During the free time during the working days, the team leader will organize for home visits with members of the local community for inter-cultural forums
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation area in Tanzania at separate fees. Please contact us for specific tour information.
Shimba Hills Forest Guides Association (SHIFOGA) is a group comprising of local youths who came together to support eco-tourism at the Shimba Hills National Reserve. The group formed in 2004 is involved in guiding tourists through the reserve in addition to other environmental conservation activities.
Mission: To actively participate in conservation endeavors of the Shimba Hills and to sensitize the locals on the benefits of the reserve.
Vision: To have a conservation conscious community
Dos and Don’ts of volunteering
• Do and try learning some basic Kiswahili/local language. Even greeting will be high appreciated.
• Do show an active interest in learning about the life in the community, and be open-minded especially with the cultural difference in the community.
• Do and try to be yourself despite the difference you may have with the community members e.g. going to church etc.
• Do keep promises e.g. visiting someone’s home or family they will be waiting for you and may get disappointed if you fail them.
• Do not make it difficult for future volunteers by giving out a lot of gifts or money. This is not the role of volunteers and we don’t want the community to rely or depend on you and neither should they perceive volunteers in this negative way.
• Always be cautious and nurture true friendship in your endeavour to support the needy.
• Do uphold the principles of volunteerism.
• Do live in accordance with the Laws of Kenya and KVDA regulations
• Do work alongside the local community members/project staffs /institution in the spirit of complementary and co-operation.
• Do not get disappointed if things do not work out, remember change is a gradual process and every bit of impact will go a long way in make a difference for the community.
• Remember it is all about learning from each other and not basically helping the local people.
• There are more fears today in the world than never before and the situation has been complicated by the thorny issue of terrorism that remains a major drawback to efforts to accelerate sustainable development. This has led to some foreign Governments to issue negative travel advisories against their citizens from travelling to Kenya with perceptions that Kenya was insecure and vulnerable to terror attacks. KVDA reiterates that Kenya is calm and safe and just like any other county in the world, every visitor should be conversant with safety and security measures and the challenges experienced within the Eastern African region like the Somalia conflict should not be used to generalize on the issue of security in Kenya.
• Volunteers should seek guidance from KVDA on extra curriculum activities they wish to undertake while in Kenya and always have the courtesy to share with KVDA information about their involvement in Kenya as volunteers and later as Travelers.
• It is forbidden for volunteers from other countries to ride a bike, motor cycle or a car while serving on KVDA projects. This measure may seem extreme but is meant to safeguard the safety of the volunteers while in Kenya.
• KVDA puts more emphasis on personal safety and precaution, advising volunteers to regularly liaise with KVDA on every move they make within the country and it should be noted that Kenya has in the recent past received negative media attention due to its foreign policy and especially the recent military incursion into Somalia by the Kenyan military in pursuit of the terrorists who have run down Somalia since 1992.
• There are positive results coming out of the fight against terrorism in the East African region and concerted efforts are needed to ensure that issues of terrorism are eliminated as nations dedicated themselves towards enhancing the “culture of peace”.
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
DONATION AND GIFTS:
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: Preservation, Restoration, Protection and Promotion of the World Heritage
• Environmental management and rehabilitation strategies are essential in Kenya, as 70 percent of the country’s workers are employed in agriculture. In addition to this, ecotourism makes up nearly 20 percent of the country’s GDP.
• Despite Kenya’s economic reliance on environmental health, 80 percent of the country’s land is arid or semi-arid. Only a small percentage of land is suitable for growing crops, and even these fertile areas are fragile. With poor agricultural management, the top soil is easily washed away.
• Kenya’s poorest are the most likely to live in arid regions. Poverty cyclically increases with the scarcity of productive soil, clean water, effective sanitation and market opportunities. Without these critical resources, the poor are unable to improve their livelihoods.
• Environmental conservation in Kenya is key to its development. While enforcing conservation is challenging due to population pressures, raising public awareness of environmental issues could also raise support for such measures.
• As smallholder farmers seek arable land, they encroach on Kenya’s indigenous forests. Because of Kenya’s richness in non-timber forest products such as medicinal plants, essential oils and beeswax, the destruction of its forests harms both its wildlife and its economy. Conserving the forests is pivotal to protecting both Kenya’s resources and its 50 endangered species.
• The beautiful mangrove forests and coral reefs that line Kenya’s Indian Ocean border are also a substantial form of revenue for the country, providing both ecotourism destinations and ecosystem services.
• To further promote the ecological perspective of Kenya’s government, the Nature Conservancy and the Northern Rangelands Trust have collaborated to develop community conservancies in the northern semi-arid grasslands.
• These conservancies cover 3 million hectares, within which over 200,000 people from 17 different ethnic tribes reside. They strive to help Kenyan communities engage in environmental conservation