Volunteer with PRI Kenya
PRI’s Kenya’s volunteer program is a service-oriented program in which participants offer a helping hand for PRI’s ongoing projects on-site and within the communities, alongside members of the local community.
Generally, volunteers’ time is shared between daily activities geared toward maintenance and improvement of the demonstration centre and community projects. Long term volunteers (six months or more) will have the opportunity to get more involved in the site operations and community life.
Our volunteer program offers the opportunity to learn and share experiences about sustainable agriculture, Permaculture design and production, participatory education, seed saving and much more, through work plans that are flexible and personal to volunteers’ learning objectives.
Volunteers have the opportunity to choose any one of PRI Kenya’s partner projects
Project Center projects include:
- Maintenance and improvement of gardens, nurseries and production systems.
- Construction of new infrastructure, bio-construction and construction using recycled materials (e.g. buildings, solar showers, terraces, paths).
- Sustainable technology projects (ie. solar panels)
- Systematization and documentation (e.g. inventory and labeling of plant species).
- Seed bank support (e.g. germination tests, seed catalogue, packing of seeds for sale, selection and preparation of seeds).
- Artistic projects
- Volunteer Coordinator: a long term position dedicated to the organization of volunteer programs.
We seek volunteers with knowledge of and experience in:
- Permaculture (mandatory)
- Appropriate technologies (e.g. wind, solar, hydroelectric)
- Water and irrigation systems
- Computer maintenance
- Web communications and design
- Writing grant proposals
What we Require of Volunteers:
- Minimum 1 month commitment, or an alternative schedule as negotiated with the Coordinators.
- Independent, self-motivated, open-minded, inventive and resourceful attitude.
- Commitment to the environment.
In most cases, volunteers have an option of a home-stay with local families or staying at the volunteer village ensuring that you keep each space clean and respect the community.
Accommodation options vary depending on which project you want to volunteer with. All accommodation and food will be simple and local and in keeping with local traditions. We encourage volunteers to delve into the local culture and we encourage our volunteer hosts to serve indigenous foods so if you can’t handle anything but Italian espresso and croissants for breakfast, this will not be for you. Many of our projects offer family homestay which will offer an extra rich volunteer experience and community engagement.
Volunteers are required to pay for accommodation and meals at each site. International volunteers pay 1500ksh per day and local volunteers pay 800ksh per day. This goes directly to the host site, toward supporting the site’s operations and keeping the volunteer program self-sufficient (not dependent on outside financing). Volunteers’ contributions are very important.
PRI has many different areas that volunteers can get involved in. Read more here and apply to stay as a farm volunteer at any of our partner project sites.