Friends of Londiani’s overseas volunteer programme is an opportunity to help support the people of Londiani and Kipkelion in creating better futures by working together with them and sharing skills, cultures and insights into two very different ways of life.

Harambee 2015 – volunteer projects to Kenya

What does Harambee mean?

Harambee is a swahili word which means ‘working together’ and this is what Friends of Londiani’s volunteering projects are all about. Harambee provides a short-term volunteer placement for 2 or 3 weeks in Kenya along with a training programme around it to enhance the experience and help prepare you for it. Not enough time to change the world but enough time to change your way of looking at it. This is a chance to use your skills and develop new skills to help bring changes to peoples’ lives and to explore hands on for yourself an understanding of global development issues.

What is happening in November?

As a volunteer you will be part of a team who will be working to make changes and improvements to peoples’ lives in Londiani. With the support of volunteers, the people in Londiani and Kipkelion can make more happen. The work to be done focuses on community development, health, education and economic empowerment.

In November volunteers are needed to –

  • Build smokeless stoves
  • Facilitate Rescue and Emergency care courses
  • Help with business training for local entrepreneurs

That’s just for starters!

There are also community surveys to be completed; a trekking route sustainable tourism project to be further developed; medical skills to be shared with the Londiani District Hospital; vaccination and health information clinics to be supported.

Worried you don’t have skills for any of the above – DON’T we provide all the training you need prior to departure. You have a skill and we will use it!

As an overseas volunteer you take the opportunity to add to the work being done by stepping on board with these communities. Work alongside them in a spirit of partnership, share your skills and your knowledge with them, gain a unique insight into the problems and solutions of living in an area so different to your part of the world.

All of the work done supports implementation of the local Community Health Strategy which aims to lift communities out of poverty following a bottom up approach. The work

Who can volunteer?

Friends of Londiani believe that everyone has something to offer and skills to share to support the communities we are working with. People who volunteer with Friends of Londiani:

  • like to travel
  • they are looking for a challenge
  • they want to experience something different
  • they care about global justice
  • they want to do something to help people
  • they want to develop their own perspective on the world
  • they want to gain an insight into the culture and traditions of the people in Londiani. 

Many say that this is something they have always wanted to do. 

Is there an age limit?

Anyone aged 18 years or over on January 1st 2015 can apply. There is no upper age limit but if you are 60+ or have a pre-existing medical condition, medical proof of fitness is required.

Is volunteering undertaken as an individual or in a group?

Harambee projects are undertaken as groups and group sizes can vary from 8 upwards people depending on the project. 

What are the dates for Harambee 2015?

November 2015
3 week option – Saturday 31/10/2015 to Saturday 21/11/2015
2 week option – Saturday 31/10/2015 to Saturday 14/11/2015

How much does it cost?

Personal cost
€1,990 (3 week project) or €1,880 (2 week project) – this amount includes training expenses, flights, food, accomodation & transport in Kenya.

Fundraising cost
A minimum of €1,000 – this is a target each volunteer commits to raising before the project and it goes to the community development programmes in Kenya.

Costs in addition to these to be incurred by you, will be travel insurance, vaccinations, visa for Kenya and any optional tourist visits at the end of the project.

Payments are spread out over the months before you travel following an agreed payment schedule.  Both personal and fundraising costs can be fundraised for and support is provided to help volunteers with fundraising ideas and events.

What is the accommodation in Kenya?

On arrival, depending on flight times, the team sometimes spend the first night in a hotel. Accommodation on site varies from basic dormitories to tents depending on where the project will be based. At the end of the project, the group stay in a hotel for one night and this gives the opportunity for some relaxation and tourist activities before flying home. If you wish to travel before or after your project, Friends of Londiani need to know immediately as it will affect the groups’ airline tickets.

What support do volunteers get?

Friends of Londiani has a comprehensive volunteer training programme for all volunteers travelling to Kenya with them. Participation and completion of this training programme is compulsory for all volunteers. Time wise it will involve committing to approx. four days/evenings overall spread out over time before you travel and when you come home. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Community Development
  • Kenya’s Healthy Village Programme & community health strategy
  • Practicalities e.g. fundraising support; volunteer health & first aid; what to bring with you etc.
  • Skills Training – any specific skills training you require related to the work that will be happening in Kenya during your volunteer placement
  • Team-building & Cultural Awareness
  • Opportunities for staying engaged with development after your overseas placement
  • Debriefing after the volunteer project

Part of the training programme covers details on Friends of Londiani’s policies and safe practices and all volunteers are required to adhere to these and also to be willing to be Garda-vetted.

What have other volunteers said?

  • “Gives you a great insight into people’s lives. You are going inside people’s homes and that is an honour”.
  • “I felt very comfortable with Friends of Londiani from the first meeting with them, they were genuinely welcoming, knowledgeable, honest and professional towards volunteers both in Kenya and Ireland and more importantly towards the Kenyan communities in which they work.”
  • “Installing smokeless stoves was a great opportunity to get to know and begin to understand the Kenyan way of life and culture in their own environment”
  • “We have borne witness to the difficult lives of the people. We have shown solidarity with those less well off materially than ourselves. We have been privileged to be welcomed into people’s homes, given chai, sent home with bags of potatoes, offered rabbits – all as signs of gratitude from the people to whom we have offered our hand in support to help them develop better lives for themselves”.

Check out the blog on www.friendsoflondiani.com for further input from volunteers on Harambee projects.

“I’m in! – what do I do next?”

Call the Friends of Londiani office in Midleton if you would like to discuss applying.

Application forms are available here or from the Friends of Londiani office. They must be accompanied by a non-refundable depost of €500 (In the event that your application is not successful your deposit will be returned). Each volunteer will have the opportunity for a one to one conversation with Friends of Londiani on application where questions from either side can be asked & answered.

Apply as soon as possible as the closing date for applications is 31/05/2015

Contact Friends of Londiani

Email: harambee@friendsoflondiani.com
Address: Friends of Londiani, 4 The Crescent, Millroad, Midleton, Co. Cork.
Tel: 021 4621748 (or 086 8744612)

Register your interest

If 2015 Harambee date doesn’t suit you, register your interest in volunteering sometime in the future by emailing harambee@friendsoflondiani.com and we will keep you informed about future plans.

Further information to help in your decision about volunteering overseas can be found on www.comhlamh.org and choose volunteering options section.

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