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Shimba Hills Forest Guides Association

Kvda volunteers-walking safari

Project Name: Shimba Hills Forest Guides Association

April 2023  

Code: KVDA/STV/04A 

Dates: 3rd to 24th April 2023 

Orientation: 3rd April 2023 

Travel to the Project: 4th April 2023 

Project closure: 23rd April 2023 

Travel from the project: 24th April 2023 

Location: Kwale County, Coastal Kenya 

Theme: Preservation, Restoration, Protection and  Promotion of the World Heritage  

Project overview 

Shimba Hills Forest Guides Association (SHIFOGA) is a group comprising of  local youths who came together to support eco-tourism at the Shimba Hills  National Reserve. The group formed in 2004 is involved in guiding tourists  through the reserve in addition to other environmental conservation  activities. 

Mission: To actively participate in conservation endeavors of the Shimba  Hills and to sensitize the locals on the benefits of the reserve. 

Vision: To have a conservation conscious community 

Project activities 

Tour guiding in the Shimba Hills National Reserve and also the SHIFOGA  Forest Nature Trail; Tree planting and the ongoing maintenance of tree  nurseries; Management and maintenance of the local sanitation program (public toilet); Bee keeping and butterfly farming; Creation and continuity of  school education programs 

AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work  camp. There is no upper age limit`  



Volunteers will work for six hours daily from Monday to Friday. They will  work together with the local community members on the following activities: 

Manual work and Intercultural activities:  Conservation activities 

  • Tree planting and farming
  • Undertake basic research on World heritage

PROJECT PARTICIPANTS: Maximum 20 volunteers from Kenya and the  international community 

What 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 


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. 

THEME: Preservation, Restoration, Protection and  Promotion of the World Heritage  

  • Environmental management and rehabilitation strategies are  essential in Kenya, as 70 percent of the country’s workers are  employed in agriculture. In addition to this, eco-tourism makes up  nearly 20 percent of the country’s GDP.
  • Despite Kenya’s economic reliance on environmental health, 80  percent of the country’s land is arid or semi-arid. Only a small  percentage of land is suitable for growing crops, and even these fertile  areas are fragile. With poor agricultural management, the top soil is  easily washed away. 
  • Kenya’s poorest are the most likely to live in arid regions. Poverty  cyclically increases with the scarcity of productive soil, clean water,  effective sanitation and market opportunities. Without these critical  resources, the poor are unable to improve their livelihoods. 
  • Environmental conservation in Kenya is key to its development.  While enforcing conservation is challenging due to population  pressures, raising public awareness of environmental issues could  also raise support for such measures. 
  • As smallholder farmers seek arable land, they encroach on Kenya’s  indigenous forests. Because of Kenya’s richness in non-timber forest  products such as medicinal plants, essential oils and beeswax, the  destruction of its forests harms both its wildlife and its economy.  Conserving the forests is pivotal to protecting both Kenya’s resources  and its 50 endangered species. 
  • The beautiful mangrove forests and coral reefs that line Kenya’s  Indian Ocean border are also a substantial form of revenue for the  country, providing both ecotourism destinations and ecosystem  services. 
  • To further promote the ecological perspective of Kenya’s government,  the Nature Conservancy and the Northern Rangelands Trust have  collaborated to develop community conservancies in the northern  semi-arid grasslands. 
  • These conservancies cover 3 million hectares, within which over  200,000 people from 17 different ethnic tribes reside. They strive to  help Kenyan communities engage in environmental conservation. 

Orientation: Will be done on 3rd April 2023 at Nairobi South YMCA  Hostel in Nairobi and the team will leave on the morning of 4th April 2023. 

Airport pick-up services:  

  • The port of entry to Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International  Airport in Nairobi 
  • Airport pick up will be done on provision of full flight details. 
  • Volunteers will stay at Nairobi South YMCA Hostel at a subsidized  fees ahead of their project placement. 

Participation FEES 

The project participation fees that is all-inclusive for the 3-week work camp  is Euro 300 

What is not included in the project participation fees: Transport to  and from the project will be paid by the volunteers themselves.  

INSURANCE: KVDA does not provide insurance and volunteers should  obtain travel insurance cover. It is a good idea to get medicine you are used  to from your home country and seek advice from your personal doctor. 


Project preparation cycle, return transfer from the airport, KVDA  administration, orientation, certificate of participation, project coordination,  facilitation, evaluation and monitoring 


Excursion activities, transport to and from the project, local travel, personal  effects, needs and wants. 


KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned  Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific  tour information.  


  • Volunteers will stay in a homestead provided by the local people with  very basic living conditions. 
  • Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people  with the aim of exposure to development challenges.
  •  KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals  in turns.
  •  Water is available from springs and it is recommended that drinking  water should be boiled or medicated. Mineral water available at  supermarkets is also recommended.
  • The Government policy to install ICT in primary schools has seen  connectivity to the national power grid for most educational  institutions in Kenya and this makes it easy for volunteers to use  electric appliances while at the project.
  • Furthermore, we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks, games  and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) – and a lot  of motivation!

LANGUAGE: English is the language of the work camp. There will be a  possibility of learning Kiswahili and other international and local languages  as cultural diversity is a major component in international service 


Below are the emergency contacts for Kenya Voluntary Development  Association: 

KVDA Administration: +254721 650 357 

PROJECT DETAILED INFO SHEET: Will be sent to the volunteer sending  organization within one week on acceptance of the volunteer by KVDA. 

CONFIRMATION DEADLINE: Should be done via e-mail at least one month  before the start of the project

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