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Workcamp about sustainable agriculture and holistic community development

BADILISHA ECO-VILLAGE

Project Name:                       Badilisha Eco-Village

Project Location:                 Rusinga Island, Homa Bay County of Kenya

Orientation date:                 04th November 2017 from 10:00 am

Start and End dates:           05th November – 24th November 2017

Safari dates:                          01st November – 03rd November 2017

Theme:                                     Agriculture and Environmental Conservation

No. of Volunteers:               10 – 20

PROJECT PROFILE

Badilisha means “change” in Swahili. Badilisha Eco Village aims to bring change to the lives of people living on Rusinga Island, who face challenges such as food insecurity, HIV/AIDS and lack of education, among other pressing issues. It also seeks to inspire change in the general paradigms of local population towards a more holistic and responsible way of living. Badilisha Eco Village promotes permaculture farm design techniques and ethics: Earth care, care for people and share of surplus. It is a model farm, or epicenter, for both sustainable agriculture and holistic community development. Badilisha successfully hosted a Permaculture Development Course in March 2011 and aims to become an International Permaculture Center.

The project aims at promoting and demonstrating sustainable practices, in particular food production and domestic issues, guided by the ethics and principles of permaculture.

WORKCAMP ACTIVITIES

  • Mulching, seeding, harvesting and planting
  • Beach cleanup exercises
  • Soil conservation and tree planting within the school compound
  • Supporting the needy and elderly community members with general cleaning and other related works

ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT

We will pick up all volunteers taking part in this workcamp from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. CIVS will arrange accommodation before and after the workcamp in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

ACCOMMODATION AND SITES OF INTEREST

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have a sleeping bag and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food.

In this workcamp, volunteers can do hiking, visit Rusinga and Mfangano Islands, Ruma National park and Tom Mboya Mausoleum, which are about a 45-minute walk from the project.

CAMP FEES

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:

  • Airport pick up upon arrival & Airport drop off after the workcamp
  • Up to 3 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi
  • Introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Center Tour before the workcamp
  • Workcamp Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi or the workcamp site
  • Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Workcamp facilitation and mentoring of volunteers by an experienced workcamp leader
  • Certificate of participation for the volunteer
  • All administrative costs

SAFARI OPTION

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Masai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation and tour guiding.

Safari dates:  01st – 03rd November 2017

Charges:         3-day Safari to Masai Mara National Park, 330 Euro

WHAT TO CARRY

Volunteers are required to carry the following items for the workcamp: mosquito net, torch/flashlight, toiletries, first-aid kit, sleeping bag, sandals and sunscreen. In addition to those, volunteers can also carry the following items for interaction purposes: pictures of your country, clothes, toys, books, pens, etc.

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