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Become involved in an award-winning Social Impact project in rural Africa
Support our construction project in partnership with world-famous Kéré architecture
Gain a life-time experience in very rural Northern Kenya
Get to know a different culture, different way of construction, different everything
Visit touristic highlights (e.g. Safari) in Kenya before or after your field stay on the construction site
To locally supervise the construction of the new Startup Lions ICT Center in Northern Kenya (Turkana) in collaboration with the local team and Kéré Architecture
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 25+
Startup Lions (Lodwar, Kenya) in conjunction with its architectural partner Kéré Architecture (Berlin, Germany) is looking for a 
• with a background and experience in construction, engineering, architecture, or alike to locally supervise 
 the construction of the new Startup Lions ICT Center • starting date: as soon as possible (!)  for a period of 2-6 months at Loropio, Western  Shore of Lake Turkana, Kenya • full board and lodging provided. 

The goal of the Startup Lions project is to empower young adults to become entrepreneurs on the global digital market as webdevelopers, designers and animators. For its high degree of social innovation, the project has been selected as the Google Impact Challenge Winner in Africa in 2018.

Rural areas across Africa (such as Turkana, North Kenya) often have poor infrastructure, limited access to markets, very few formal job opportunities, and consequently suffer from high levels of unemployment and little opportunity for moving out of poverty. Turkana in particular has infertile soil that does not support sustainable agriculture, with the majority of food supplies having to be transported from cities several hours away. Local businesses including basket weaving, mechanical repairs and small kiosks exist, however none of these scale to provide widespread employment opportunities or meaningful wages. And yet, with around 900.000 inhabitants, Turkana holds an untapped potential of human talent with the chance of having internet access even in some of the most remote areas. 
Our program is structured into three subsequent units: “Learning Lions” trains talented and motivated young adults with high value skills in the areas of webdevelopment, graphic design and animation. The students from the educational program are then invited to stay on campus as trainees of “Digital Lions”, our fairtrade IT-outsourcing agency. Here, they start working with international customers and gather hands-on business experience.When the Lions feel confident in the contact with clients, the incubator “Startup Lions” provides them with the necessary funds and tools so that they can launch their own start-up and become economically independent.

We have managed to secure funding from Google, SAP and the Bavarian state intended to enable the construction of a new, custom-tailored ICT campus in Loropio on the western shores of Lake Turkana. The specially designed campus facilities are to replace the existing provisional facilities, which will be disqualified for further use due to significant capacity bottlenecks and a lack of equipment. In addition to the larger capacity of training and workstations,  the campus, which is planned specifically for our IT training purposes, also offers a number of other key advantages. The construction of housing units, in addition to the teaching buildings, will offer students and digital freelancers a nearby, reasonably priced housing option instead of the previously used, overpriced and often distant flats, where the rental income primarily benefits an already well-off upper class.

The buildings designed by the highly renowned Kéré Architecture office are optimally tailored to the needs of an IT campus in the semi-desert of Turkana: Innovative construction methods (windows, ventilation, second roof) are to create working conditions in which both (wo)man and machine can work optimally. The arrangement of the main ICT buildings reminds an oasis that encloses a shaded court functioning as the entrance to the campus as well as gathering space with trees and shading elements. We believe that the learning process does not end after leaving the classrooms. For this reason we created multiple common spaces on the shaded rooftops, accessible by everybody, favouring meetings and exchange ideas. The campus will be facing downhill overlooking lake Turkana. The specific orientation of each buildings minimizes the exposure to the east-west sun radiation. The topography of the site is considered in order to avoid costly excavation operations, so most of the volumes are above ground level. Nevertheless, some excavation will be needed to provide levelled ground 
for the foundations of the buildings. Special facilities such as a day-care centre for children should also give young women in particular the opportunity not to be forced by starting a family to give up their education and work. We have recently succeeded in 
extending the land transfer by the local government authorities for a further 50 years, so that we can ensure that the campus is operated in our interest in the long term. The campus constructions shall be completed mid 2020.

Ideally, you bring the following mindset,  skills and experiences with you: 
• You are trained in (civil) engineering, construction, architecture, or alike 
• You have experience in supervising  construction processes • You have a hands-on mentality 
• You are prepared that construction processes  in rural Kenya might differ from what  you are used to. In rural Kenya you may want  to adapt, listen and engage in mutual teaching.
• You have a good command of English 
• You are ready to stay in simple living conditions. 
• You are willing to experience a completely  different culture. 
• Ideally EPS panel construction experience (or willingness and interest in learning about the material).

Typical day

7:30 - Step out of the shower and look at your cloth. You will smile about the amount of cloth you brought you will never need. Due to the warm weather, you will wear shorts, t-shirts and sandals all the time.

8:00 - Start your day with a cup of local tea while you enjoy the look on the upcoming campus

8:30 - 12.30 You support the local construction team by any helpful means for example helping to solve practical  challenges by bringing in your expertise and labour 

12:30 - 13:00 You can enjoy our freshly cooked local food

13:00 - 17.30 You participate in one of our weekly construction video calls with members from the on-site team as well as Kéré Architecture,  you supervise the construction process and  inform team in case of worrying issue, you take care of the communication and understanding between the different project team members

18.30 - 19:30 - Dinner outside accompanied by the amazing setting of the African sun, and later by candle light.

Free-time activities

As a volunteer, you might want to travel and do some sightseeing on the weekends. Lake Turkana, the world’s largest permanent alkaline desert lake located, is probably a must-see. The lake is also called the Jade Sea because of its azure-green color. The key attraction is “Central Island” with its three crater lakes – Crocodile Lake, Flamingo Lake and Tilapia Lake and an active volcano. You might even be able to spot some wild animals such as elephants, lions, giraffes or antelopes at the South Turkana National Reserve.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 25 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
• You are trained in (civil) engineering, construction, architecture, or alike
• You have experience in supervising construction processes
• You have a hands-on mentality
• Ideally EPS panel construction experience (or willingness and interest in learning about the material).
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 17:30

What's Included

Airport Pickup at Lodwar Airport

Our team can pick you up from Lodwar Airport.


You live and work within our campus construction site, in an already build volunteer guesthouse. You will have your own bedroom and the house offers basic sanitary facilities as well as a kitchen and a chill-out lounge. 

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Simple but healthy food will be provided. :)

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Lodwar Airport (LOK) in Lodwar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Kenya provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya.

Dates & Fees

Details on arrival

as early as possible: construction starts now and will last throughout 2020.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

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Futurist ICT Campus Construction Supervision Help

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