Trip Details

Experience the authentic Kenyan countryside and learn about farming methods there with the Kenya Agriculture programme. Harvesting vegetables, fruit and coffee, as well as working with livestock, is the primary source of income for many families across Africa. It’s also one of the main economic backbones of the country.

As a volunteer you will spend your days working alongside local farmers. They, in turn, will  teach you about their culture and help you develop new lifelong skills. Through planting, watering, fruit picking, caring for livestock and cutting grass, you’ll make a real difference to local farmers. At the same time you’ll learn firsthand about sustainable farming practices on mango, papaya, cabbage, potato and livestock farms. The upshot is you will truly experience how Kenyans live their day-to-day lives.

It’s easy, in fact, to become absorbed into this fascinating culture while exploring the abundant nature, lifestyle, history and incredible experiences that Kenya has to offer.
This volunteer gap experience will allow you to see the side of Kenya that isn’t covered by the guidebooks. A once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience, you’ll spend your free time checking out safaris, ancient African tribes and the abundance of nature.

Aims & Objectives

  • Experience local Kenyan agricultural practices
  • Assist the local farming community by providing extra hands and effort
  • Cultural immersion and engagement with the local community

Trip Itinerary

Your stay on this volunteer programme in Kenya will involve working around  four to five hours a day on various farms. Your schedule will vary depending on where you’re working. On the whole though it’s usually be two blocks of work during the day, with a lunch break in between. Evenings and weekends can be spent exploring, relaxing or socialising.

A typical day would begin with breakfast then a few hours spent working on a farm or plantation. Lunch would follow with a couple of hours of work afterwards, then dinner.

When packing for this adventure please note that for work you’ll have to bring sufficient clothing to keep your shoulders covered, as well as your legs to the knees. Despite Kenya’s hot daytime climate, it can get cold at night time so you’ll need warm clothing too. Volunteers are also asked to bring their own working gloves, shoes, sun hat and sun protection.

Monday to FridayYou can expect to spend four to six hours on the farm, with a lunch break in between these hours. The tasks you will engage in depend largely upon the season and the priority needs at that time. Tasks will vary based upon your own knowledge, skill and ability to carry out tasks independently. The day could look like:

Breakfast
Helping on the farm/plantation
Lunch
Helping on the farm/plantation
Dinner

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Gatanga Village will be your new home and will give you the chance to see authentic rural Kenya. Close by is Thika, an industrial town where you will be able to find anything you need. Nairobi is not too far either, and you can head there during the weekend for nights out or sightseeing. Likewise, there are many natural areas in close proximity to Gatanga, a simple example are Fourteen Falls, a set of waterfalls that will leave you awestruck.

Accommodation & Food

You will be accommodated in our centre. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Sometimes there are power and water cuts during the day, but do not panic. This is life in the village. This is a very simple local accommodation, but you will have all of the necessities while here. You will have meals provided and rooms cleaned on the weekends, but you will also be expected to clean up after yourself and play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. The location is very close to the Police station and a short walk to local market and shops.

Please be advised that in the event of an excess number of participants, we may use other local accommodation in the area that meets a similar standard as described herein.

  • Standard Room
  • All meals included
  • Persons per room 2-4
  • Wifi in public areas

Food Arrangements
Food served will mainly be Kenyan food, which consists of vegetables, potato, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapati”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.

3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
Drinking Water is provided

Facilities
Thika town is located a thirty minute drive away from our centre and is filled with supermarkets, shops, ATMs, local markets and good restaurants. There is local transport available such as bicycle and motorbike taxis, van taxis and buses. Vehicles come up to our project sites every hour and drop you off in Thika town. Moreover, the bus station in Thika is your launching spot into other parts of Kenya.

Trip Country Info

Kenya

Capital: Nairobi
Language: English, Swahili
Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Time zone: UTC +3

The first thing that might pop to mind when thinking of Kenya are lions, zebras and leopards. However, this vast country has much more to offer. With 40 national parks and reserves scattered around the country, Kenya features almost every landscape and activity that you can imagine and it will suit any type of traveller’s palette.

Undeniably, safaris are the core of tourism in Kenya, but you might also venture in deeper and discover the Maasai, a semi-nomadic tribe known for its color-filled adornments. Nairobi is another destination to explore, with its bustling nightlife and unique vibes. For those who love nature, a visit to the Great Rift Valley is a must. And for those who enjoy chilling at the beach, Kenya’s coastal area covers almost 80,000 square kilometers and remains sun-filled during most of the year!

Climate
Kenya is a big country and its climate varies from tropical along its coast to arid in the north and quite temperate inland. Kenya receives a large amount of sunshine year-round but generally, the hottest period is considered take place in February and March while the coldest one between July and mid August. The “long rains” season happens between March and June, while the “short rain” season is between October and December.

Culture
Over the course of history, Kenya has been the hub of migration and henceforth, the country has become one of the most diverse culture and language-wise.

The country has over forty different ethnic groups, including Luo, Kamba, Maasai and more. Each speaks a variety of mother tongues, although Swahili remains the most widely spoken language. Moreover, European, Arab, Indian and Pakistani groups who came to the country in the 19th century can be added to the mix of diversity.

Even though religions such as Christianity and Islam are widely spread, many still believe in the ancestor world, where the dead have an impact on the lives of the living.

Today, Kenya’s culture, including forms of dress, music and food sees its strong influences from other parts of Africa, India, Europe and the United States. However, in certain parts of the country, many communities retain their traditional lifestyle and culture and people still wear clothes, skins, jewelry as they did centuries ago. Many remote tribes remain absolutely isolated and indigenous as

Gastronomy
Traditional Kenyan food are known for consisting corn, potatoes and beans. A staple dish is Ugali, a porridge made out of maize. Another typical delicacy is irio, a blend of corn, beans, potatoes and beans dipped into meat or vegetable stews.

 

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Appropriate clothing
Gloves
Work Boots/Shoes
Sun Hat

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa