Volunteerism

Travel to Kenya or get involved with our education, mentoring program and fundraising.

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"Voluntourism" offers a tremendous opportunity to travel with a purpose; we provide hands-on interaction balanced by opportunities for sightseeing and immersion in the native culture of Rusinga Island and other areas in Kenya. We can help arrange your travel or we can just make your visit to our organization a great experience. Accommodations are available from a five star fishing resort, The Rusinga Island Lodge, to modest accommodations at The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) just off Rusinga Island in Mbita, Kenya.

Individual Volunteers provide essential support and mentoring and are a greatly valued contribution. Visiting the island and sharing your skills and friendship by volunteering in established programs or mentoring women, men and children in an effort to promote social change in the areas of education, health, female empowerment and entrepreneurial skills or just playing with the children are a few of the opportunities.

Join the family enjoy the adventure of helping others in other places! Come help support the Trust and share time with like minded people who recognize the great opportunity to make a difference with small or large donations or your time!

Volunteer Internships at home volunteers work in an area of interest benefiting the Rusinga Island Trust in a project specifically designed for the volunteer.

Awareness campaign be an advocate for the issues facing Sub-Saharan Africa and that the need for our assistance is immediate and extreme. We work with businesses, schools and clubs to help raise awareness and appreciation of issues on Rusinga Island.


Hello Everyone!

My name is Filimon and I am from Seattle WA. Currently I am a Public Health Peace Corps Volunteer working with Rusinga Island Trust. 

Rusinga is a beautiful island, I am so lucky to have been placed here. Rusinga Island Trust does so much work in the community. All of our staff are very welcoming and hard working. Its a honor to be a part of this organization. 

If you are looking for a place to volunteer, it won't get better than Rusinga island. Community members speak fluent english and love interacting with visitors.

There is so much volunteers can do here  on Rusinga like; volunteer with the local schools, beach community, our dispensary, our nursery school and work closely with the fishermen, different support groups, youth and women group. 

Karibuni Sana - welcom all

Filimon

U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Public Health


 

From our recent volunteer Ruby!

I arrived on Rusinga in November of 2013, 17 days before my 18th birthday. I had heard about Kenya from my grandparents and family through their fond memories of many trips on safari and having never been myself I came to volunteer and travel. I finished secondary school in June of 2013 and had no idea of which career path I wanted to take; my interests were broad and I needed some time before making any decisions on post secondary education.

I connected with Alphonce Okuku through a family friend involved in the Kolunga Village Foundation and arranged that I would rent a room with his family and volunteer at the local clinic. In the first weeks I spent my days walking to the clinic learning how to read malaria slides and HIV tests and cooking ugali or rolling chapattis for lunch. Having no professional education beyond high school, I was not much help in the field of health care, though I learned a lot during my time at the clinic, I moved to the computer literacy program to better use my skill set to contribute to the community. Though I was not trained to teach that either I found that the computer skills I had simply from having access to a computer throughout my life were at a level that was helpful.  A new cyber café had just been opened at the community center so I started to help there connecting printers, helping teach typing and photocopying for local customers. In my spare time I germinated eucalyptus seeds for a tree planting project that would continue after I left, took photographs and bonded with my home-stay family. I helped to start health clubs in some of the primary schools nearby and started an email exchange program with a class of students in Canada. There was also plenty of time to travel around the island swimming at beautiful beaches and searching for hippos or fishing by boat.

I have learned so much in my stay on Rusinga, traveling alone has shaped me into a more independent person. The welcoming community and all those involved with RIT’s projects have inspired me with their generosity and ambition to make their lives and the lives of those around them healthier and happier. The beautiful people and culture have really opened me up, making me more flexible and adaptable to new situations. I wish to return to Rusinga in the future once I have finished with more of my schooling to see what I can do to help the community further.