About the local hosting organizationThe Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF) is an officially registered technical training institution NO. .MOHEST/PC/1361 and Non-Governmental organization (NGO).It is situated in Juja off – Thika highway, near Ndarugo Motel. KIOF launched its first activities in 1987 – The Farmers Training and Extension Programme, which aimed at bringing the awareness of the challenges associated with conventional chemical farming (fertilizers and pesticides). The advantages of environmentally – sound-farming methods, appropriate to small-scale farmers led to widespread public interest in the programme.Numerous requests were received from development organizations in Eastern Africa for training in organic farming. After the initial strong growth, KIOF found that there was necessity to verifying some of the organic methods adopted by farmers. KIOF therefore started looking into opportunities for on-farm trials and research so as to supply relevant back up data. A Program to incorporate youth training in organic agriculture was launched in 1995. This led to an Organic Agriculture Certificate course with the aim of assisting the youth to develop careers in Organic farming. A diploma program was launched in 2004 and the Certificate Stream gradually phased out. The Diploma Program takes 2 years of theoretical and practical learning. Due to the growing interest in this field and high demand for profession knowledge in organic agriculture, KIOF launched a 2 year Distance Learning Diploma program in 2006.
About the volunteer workOrganic farming, weeding, tilling the gardens, harvesting produce, livestock farming, Attend to field visits and trainings organized for farmers engaged in organic farming, The application of appropriate technology on organic farms Interaction with organic farming students Writing of monthly reports, quarterly and annual reports
Local accommodationHome stay and the volunteer is entitled to private room but will share other amenities and meals with the host family. It is convenient for the volunteer to carry sleeping bag, mat and personal effects. KVDA has a memorandum of understanding with the host project regarding the project costs with appropriate procedures, checks and balances.
About the project locationJuja, Nairobi Metropolitan Region
RequirementsWhat to carry: This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and mat, toiletries, torch, flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your country, among others DONATION AND GIFTS: These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community. Kindly contact KVDA for details in case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a donation or long-term intervention on the project.
About the meeting pointVolunteers are accepted to join this project at any time of the year and should arrive in Kenya on 26th day of the month. The duration of placement is flexible depending on the availability of the volunteer. 2-day orientation seminar will be done on the 27th and 28th of every month.
Extra info about the projectThe project participation fees is Euro 200 per month paid upfront on arrival to the cover costs stipulated the entire duration of the project. Monthly payment of participation fees is not allowed for conventional purposes. Volunteers accepted on MLTV project for one month will pay Euros 300 for the one month placement. INCLUDED : Return transfers from the airport and project Full board at the project (Accommodation and meals provided at the project) Orientation, evaluation and monitoring Volunteer mentorship NOT INCLUDED : Refreshments outside the project Air ticket, Excursion, Visa and Insurance Local travel and Personal effects