Organic Farming and Gardening Assistant

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founded in 2001
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High­lights

Experience the life and the culture in a rural area in Kenya
Gain experience while staying with local host family in rural area
Gain valuable experience while volunteering with us.
Make memories by sharing your passion with us and making a difference.
Visit local areas in Ndura Museum, Saiwa Swamp Game Reserve,Lake Nakuru National Park and Masaai Mara.
No previous experience is required, so you may join this project on a gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation as a family. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

As a volunteer, you will be responsible for helping to maintain all aspects of the sustainable agriculture in Elchemu Farm which includes,piggery,dairy farming ,sheep farming, and horticulture in Kenya.

The  farm produces a variety of crops, including large fields of cabbage, onions and maize .

Volunteers will on organic farming on the farm  with local staff and educate them on composting and market gardening.  

The local staff are then educated on the process of growing crops in a sustainable way and they  also learn how to take care of domestic animals in the farm.

Volunteers receive support from local coordinator in the different programs at the farm which involves marketing, animal
husbandry and farm machinery at the farm.

Due to the heavy rainfall and the physical nature of the work, volunteers on the farm typically work in different departments.Those who want to like agriculture will support on organic farming with record keeping and physically work which are weeding, pest management and planting on new crops within assigned areas of the farm and this will help volunteers who need to do research on plants and provide marketing ideas to the local staff within the farm.

The farm offers volunteers and students an opportunity to drive the farm tractors for deliveries and also going to grind the stock feeds for sheep, cattle and pigs from local markets.

This project offers volunteers room to be self innovated and creativity in bringing new ideas or introducing new systems for the management of the farm and this will also include administrative work and other duties assigned to them.

This project has been selected for its vast programs being practiced in in one area and this provides volunteers and students to choose any program they desire within the farm.

 Although volunteers and students will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

Typical day

Typical Day for Volunteer

Mornings 8am-12pm

Organic Farming techniques

Planting and growing vegetables

Developing organic manures 

Training and sharing knowledge 

Feeding the domestic animals

Vaccination of domestic animals 

Milking the cows and feeding the calves.


12.00-13.00hrs
Volunteers will assist in preparing lunch with local staff

13.00-1400hrs
Lunch

14.00-16.00hrs
Organic farming practices 

Farm Machinery Supervision and inspection 

Milking the cows and feeding calves

Participate in piggery project 

Hey in animal health

Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town and travel to Nakuru. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield to destinations, such as Nanyukir, Naivasha,   or to embark on a safari.

Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Agriculture at University or High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Hard working
Self Motivation
Self determined
Physical Fit
Good communications skills
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Musha Care Foundation

Accommodation
Food
Internet
Airport Pickup
 Local Travel

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Nairobi on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Eldoret outside Nairobi. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Kenya prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Nairobi on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team in Eldoret and Nairobi. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Kenya – Introduction to Kenya, Kenyan Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Kenya, Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once your orientation is complete, you will be transported to your homestay and introduced to your host family.

Accommodation

 Volunteers can expect to share a room with other volunteers of the same gender and volunteer houses can accommodate up to 5 volunteers at one time. Volunteers in living in a hotel or home stays can expect to be living with your own room.Bedding is​ ​provided, however you will need​ ​to bring​ ​your own towel and toiletries. It is​ ​also​ ​recommended to bring​ ​a​ sleeping bag for weekends away​. ​In the hotel or home stay, there is a cook who​ ​​prepares meals for the​ ​volunteers and there is a security guard.​ ​The local ​ ​​team​​ are also available on a daily basis​ during the week for support and via phone over the weekend.​

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

 Staple foods in Kenya include rice, ugali (maize porridge), chapatti and coconut milk. Volunteers are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfasts generally consist of chai (tea), toast, fruit and mandazzi (deep fried dough). A typical lunch can include meat and vegetables with rice and fruit, while dinner usually sees traditional food, such as ugali and chapatti accompany the meat and vegetables. Meals are served at the accommodation​,​ however a packed lunch can be provided upon request if you​r​​ ​placement is due to finish after lunch time.​ ​

Bottled water​ ​is​​ ​readily available in Kenya and volunteers with any special dietary requirements, please let us know so we can make arrangements for you.

Internet Access
Good 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 Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Nairobi on the day before orientation in Eldoret outside in Nairobi.


After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.


When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation and project placement in Eldoret outside Nairobi. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.


If you are traveling in Kenya prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Nairobi on the day before your program orientation.


Orientation is hosted by our local team in Eldoret. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Kenya – Introduction to Kenya, Kenyan Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Kenya, Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once your orientation is complete, introduced to your host family.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$380
5 weeks
$840
6 weeks
$1,120
7 weeks
$1,452
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,800
Average fees
$170 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Musha Care Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Musha Care Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Organic Farming and Gardening Assistant

No previous experience is required, so you may join this project on a gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation as a family.

$170/week

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