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Rieko Kenya

Environment Intern

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Environmental Interns participate in environment conservation, revitalization, and other community projects

Rieko Kenya is a not-for-profit organization first established as a community-based organization in the year 2007 before acquiring its NGO registration status in 2010.  The organization’s goal is to alleviate poverty and to amplify the voice of the disadvantaged and “poor” communities in Kenya.

Tree cover in Migori County especially in Nyatike Sub-county where Rieko Kenya works is less than 1% (Migori District statistics office, 2010) against government requirement of 10%. The district development plan prioritizes environmental conservation and protection as a key priority. Poverty has pushed the community to embark on cutting of trees for charcoal burning and sell firewood to fishmongers and the local populace. 
The overwhelming growing populations along Community Lake beaches continue to eliminate the natural bushes, leaving almost the whole parcels of land bare. Furthermore, high levels of poverty and inadequate livelihood options for the local community leads to over-dependence on natural resources and land degradation. The poverty level in Migori County is 58% against the national one of 45.9% (Migori District Environment Action Plan 2009-2013.

The water points have since dried up in the community. The community is experiencing climate change characterized by erratic and unreliable rainfall. Women spend lots of time of about 4- 5 hours looking for clean and safe water from neighboring communities. Furthermore, Lake Victoria which is the major source of water is not only far away from most of the residents but continues to pose health threat. The extent to which the farmlands are being eroded has caused unimaginable siltation into Lake Victoria.
The brunt of harsh nature has been left mainly to the women to feed their families. The local populace mainly uses traditional 3 stoned jikos (stoves), which consumes a lot of fuelwood, further increasing the pressure on the already deforested indigenous trees and perpetuating poverty.

Our environmental volunteer/intern programs aim to address the myriad issues mentioned above through our work. We offer several types of placements for our environment interns, including Tree Planting, Water Sterilization, and Recycle and Clean Up. We recommend our volunteers stay for a minimum of 1 month, but are welcome to stay as long as they'd like according to their availability. We are happy to discuss what options are best for you.

1. Tree Planting and School Farming

Tree planting interns partake in providing tree seedlings to families in Migori County. Tree planting is for environmental conservation, and also provides a means of income for families. In schools, interns also have a chance to work with the local 4K clubs on the school gardens.

2. Water Sterilization 
Water sterilization interns will work with the community to purify water for households in Migori County. Many families get their water from the River Migori- women and children walking many hours a day to fetch water. As a water intern, you can also partake in water and sanitation education, assisting with the construction of water filters, and borehole creation (depending on when you arrive). We are happy to discuss with you our current water projects.

3. Recycle and Clean Up & Environmental Education
Rieko’s clean and recycle volunteering program in Kenya is an ecotourism way in which to explore Africa. We all know back at home how important is to recycle and live in a clean environment, however here in Kenya, people are yet to see the positive impacts. The scope of environmental education is huge and therefore this is why this program allows you free reign to make whichever impact you see fit. This could include how to save on fuel usage, care for the environment, and reduce degradation. Research and design your own campaign, and then deliver it to the local community. Rieko staff and local community health workers will be on hand to assist; however, the leadership of the program is down to you! 

For all of our programs, we encourage our volunteers to take an active role in directing activities, however local support and expertise will be provided for you throughout your stay in Kenya. You are not required to bring equipment for planting or farming, all equipment will be provided for you here. You are welcome to bring additional materials if you feel they would enhance your teaching experience. 

Typical day

 Your day to day activities will vary depending on the nature of your project, and your interests in the area. We recommend our Environment volunteers visit some of our other projects to be able to see the full scope of our work and to get to know the local community better. 

Typical working days are from Monday to Friday as from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. 

Details on Arrival

We are able to coordinate your arrival from whichever port is most convenient for you. Kisumu Airport is the closest airport to Migori, and is a 3 hour's drive away. Transport from Nairobi can also be coordinated for volunteers.

Our Rieko team is happy to help you plan your arrival itinerary and ensure a comfortable arrival. We welcome you to Migori County!

Free-time activities

Migori County has beautiful natural areas, with the shores of Lake Victoria close by and many nature hikes in the region. Travel to neighboring areas of Kenya, some of Kenya's many national parks, or to our close beaches can be easily coordinated. These make for great weekend excursions. We are happy to discuss more of these with you.

Program 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)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We do not require our volunteers to have an educational background in Environmental Science, however this expertise will be particularly valuable for Environmental Education Placements. We welcome anyone with a passion for development who is interested in learning with the community!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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On-site services

Services by Rieko Kenya

Our Fees Include Transport (local transfers), food, accommodation, orientation, local 24hour support, and integration into the project.

Our fees do not include flights, vaccinations, insurance, or visa costs. Rieko Kenya will provide support through the Visa application process as required.

Airport Pickup at Kisumu Airport

Usually from Kisumu is the most convenient option.

For those arriving to the International Airport in Nairobi, we advise that our volunteers fly to Kisumu where we can arrange for pickup. We can equally assist arranging for transport to Migori from Nairobi by road for our volunteers should they prefer this option.


We offer multiple accommodation options depending on your needs and are able to provide an Authentic Kenyan Experience. Prices are indicated based on staying with a host family, however, we are equally able to arrange for hotel accommodation if you would like some additional Western Luxuries. 

Guest Family Guesthouse Hotel
Food & Beverages
Authentic Kenyan cuisine is included for our volunteers staying with a host family or in a hotel. For those staying in a shared volunteer house, kitchen amenities are also available for volunteers to prepare their own food.
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 Kisumu Airport (KIS) in Kisumu. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
3 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Migori County/Kenya between 3 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Rieko Kenya will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Kenya.
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 Rieko Kenya during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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