Camp Kenya 1 Month - Muhaka Community Programme
You will spend four weeks working hand in hand with the local community of Muhaka, a charming village in the Kwale region of Kenya.
Our beautiful camp sits in the middle of a forest, rich in palm and mango trees that provide cooling shade from the heat of the sun, where monkeys and bush babies inquisitively watch you from the canopy. Smiles and singing will greet you at the local schools where you will spend most of your time, working to improve school infrastructure which results in more children gaining access to vital education.
The impact you will make
School Improvement & Traditional House Building (Muhaka)
Muhaka village remains one of the poorest communities in the area and many of its residents cannot afford to repair or rebuild their houses, which have deteriorated over time. The school is also in a constant state of disrepair. You will help by building traditional housing for people and supporting the ongoing renovation of the school.
- Helping to build a traditional house for needy families
- Take part in various environmentally friendly income generating activities e.g. tree planting
- Digging classroom foundations & laying bricks
- Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
- Making classroom furniture
What people say
Camp Muhaka will quickly become your home away from home. With stylish traditional buildings and a great social scene, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Being in the heart of the village also has its perks; all your project sites are only a short walk away and you can walk with the children to and from school so you’ll be a local in no time!
Location: 50 km (1.5-2 hours drive) from Mombasa Airport, 540 km (8-9 hours drive) from Nairobi Airport
Accommodation: Traditional bandas with comfy mattresses & bedding. Modern toilets, showers & sinks
Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
Phone Signal: Intermittent
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, cereal, and omelette for breakfast; rice, beef stew/curry with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Ugali
Social: Chill out zone, Camp fire, pool table
He greets problems with ‘Hakuna Matata’, Swahili for ‘no worries’. Sammy K will always have you smiling and get you energised for project work. Known to chase elephants out of camp and source birthday cakes in the middle of Tsavo National Park, he’s an all round champ.
Day to day - Sample itinerary
You will arrive into Mombasa where you will be met by a member of our local team and transferred to our charming Camp Muhaka. Upon arrival you’ll receive a warm welcome from our legendary camp staff. You’ll be shown around your new African home by our camp manager and briefed by our project manager on the work you will be undertaking.
Village & Community Orientation
Today we take a walk into the village, meeting with different families and delivering a volunteer briefing and orientation. During the briefing, you will learn more about the current situation and challenges faced by the community. We will talk through project objectives and what we will be working on, with your help, over the next four weeks.
School project work
Let the project work begin! You will spend the next few days helping to improve school infrastructure and homes for members of the community who need it the most within the village. You will work in collaboration with local tradesmen on home improvements, building school desks and classrooms.
Beach Day & chill out
Spend your Saturday at the beautiful Diani coast and Sunday relax in camp, do laundry, update your diary or just chill out. There are some great activities available to book the beach and you can also sample the numerous shops, restaurants and beach bars that Diani has to offer.
A unique opportunity to interact with local families and gain a true insight into rural village life in Africa. You will team up with some of the local women who will teach you some of their skills, including how to cook local delicacies and make Makuti (palm tree) roofing.
Let’s go green and address environmental conservation at the sacred Kaya forest. We will be clearing buffer zones for indigenous tree planting and building a sheltered tree nursery. You’ll also have a chance to enjoy a guided walk in the sacred forest with the Kaya elders learning its interesting historical background, uses of its indigenous plants and fascinating cultural practices.
Beach Day & Optional Thrilling Activities
Saturday is here…Another beautiful day at the Diani coast – well earned. You can relax and enjoy the days!
Over the next few days our community work will have a specific focus on community housing and we will re-build homes, using traditional methods and styles, for vulnerable and elderly members of the community. A seriously rewarding project!
Your last days to spend enjoying the stunning Diani beach.
You will continue with the housing project for the next 4 days.
Today is the last day of the project – your chance to put the finishing touches to the traditional house before you hand it over to the new (and very excited) owner. Today you also have the chance to say your farewells to the Kenya team and the local families that have no doubt become friends.
KWAHERI!! Departure Day
Today we say final goodbyes before transferring you back to Mombasa Airport.
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