Sustainable Development Volunteer Project in Kenya

Highlights

  • Live a simple life with the Samburu people
  • Make a difference in Kenya and help improve the environment
  • Participate in reforestation efforts and take a step towards sustainbaility
  • Feel renewed and get a hands-on learning experience

Overview

In Kenya Sadhana Forest is establishing its 3rd locality in Samburu County. Sadhana Forest Kenya’s aim is to grow food forests with the Samburu people to help promote food security in an area that is often affected by droughts and malnutrition. Sadhana Forest Kenya is an International NGO working to establish food security through indigenous food forestry and water conservation with the Samburu people. Sadhana Forest Kenya is a very long-term sustainable development project. We are not involved in short-term relief work or providing immediate aid.

Be prepared to work very hard, be flexible and have fun!

Our Volunteers:

Volunteers from all over the world create a dynamic community atmosphere. Living and sharing in a communal atmosphere brings us in harmony with nature and with ourselves. One of our volunteers put it very nicely in her letter to us when she left, “May there be many forests to grow people.”

We are happy to welcome volunteers here any time of the year and always have plenty of work and space for them.

In addition to planting/monitoring trees and water conservation works, we have projects within our campus such as cob construction, permaculture-designed demonstration plots, and developing appropriate technologies. Also, we have daily support tasks such as cooking, cleaning, compost toilet maintenance, and general upkeep of our campus. Your tasks will also depend on the season and the skills that you will bring with you. Please be prepared to help wherever needed.

Being part of Sadhana Forest also means that you are not only doing your daily work, but that you are also part of our community. So, you should bring an interest in living with other people and doing selfless service (Seva) for the community. Our daily schedule looks like this, but can change according to the season or the tasks to be done that day:

5:45am Wake-up call
6:15am Morning circle (organizing first session of volunteer tasks)
6:30am First Seva (first session of volunteering)
8:00am Breakfast
8:45am Second Seva (second session of volunteering)
12:30pm Lunch and afternoon relaxation
3:30pm Third Seva (third session of volunteering)
5:30pm Dinner

In general, we live very simply here sleeping in either tents or small earth huts. We have wind and solar generated electricity and clean drinking water. The campus is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and friendly Samburu communities.

Our campus is in the “bush” of Samburu County with only small villages around. The closest major town is 32kms from here, so it is important that you know how to keep yourself busy and that you can enjoy a calm, peaceful environment.

If you are a committed person, who likes to work with trees and people, doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty, and can identify with our community values, Sadhana Forest Kenya is the place for you!

Our Way of Life:

Volunteers will not smoke cigarettes, use drugs, or drink alcohol, inside or outside of our campus, during their entire volunteer period at Sadhana Forest Kenya!!

This guideline helps us stay always fully aware of our behaviour, and maintains our personal health, safety, and security.

Please consider this guideline very seriously and only come to Sadhana Forest Kenya if you are 100% sure that you are able and willing to completely respect this!!
Volunteers who do not respect this guideline are asked to leave the project immediately, if they have not already done so.

We practice an eco-friendly way of life including whole-food veganism, alternative construction, renewable energy, biodegradable toiletries, compost toilets, and conscious consumption. Volunteers are expected to be mindful of their purchases and avoid generating waste in order to fulfill our goal of being a zero waste community.

As well as being a drug-free vegan community, we practice non-competition, gift economy, and un-schooling.

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