Location
  • Kenya
    • Kisumu
Length
1 week

Program Details

Language
English
Age Max
99
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Tent
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget

Pricing

Starting Price
$6 USD
Price Details
Sadhana Forest Kenya is a non-profit ecological project that does not generate any income. Therefore, we cannot afford to provide free food for volunteers.  The total cost of food per person is 600 Kenya Shillings(KES) per day, around 6 USD. Please bring with you 600 KES x number of days that you wish to stay. Sadhana Forest Kenya can occasionally accept USD or Euros; Please check ahead.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Airport Transfers SIM cards Visa Wifi
Sep 02, 2021
Nov 12, 2018

About Program

We are an international reforestation and food security organization working in India, Haiti and Kenya. Our work in Kenya started in 2014. Our aim is to support long-term food security for people living in Samburu County, northern Kenya. We do this by growing indigenous food-bearing trees in our nursery and planting them in partnership with the local population, whilst providing them with training in permaculture, reforestation and water conservation techniques.

Volunteers come and live on our sustainable, off-the-grid, solar-powered campus. We provide them with food and accommodation. We practice an eco-friendly way of life that includes whole food veganism, alternative construction, biodegradable cleaning products, and compost toilets and we aim to be zero waste. Volunteers take part in tree planting work and also perform various maintenance tasks around the community.

We are happy to welcome volunteers here any time of the year and always have space available!

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Program Highlights

  • Reforestation
  • Long-term Food Security
  • Working with the Samburu Tribe
  • Sustainable Living
  • Veganism

Program Impact

By providing local people with indigenous food-bearing trees and showing them how to take care off them we build long-term food security and resilience against the effects of climate change in an area severely affected by malnutrition and drought.

Program Reviews

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Bitmoji
Mark
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Love and Life

It's a awesome vegan community, there is not just a sense of doing good by planting trees but a sense of togetherness and of community.

The food is Vegan the lifestyle is simple and lovely.

The 2 sevas a day along with the community sevas help the functioning of the community. Seva a selfless act in essence is the spirit of the community. We all pitch in to help the community run smoothly.

If it is serving lunch or being a runner to bring plates to everyone before meals the community sevas show the togetherness of all.

The water conservation techniques used are beautiful and the forest itself is filled with trees and life.

Volunteering at Sadhana Forest has enriched me as a human being as I grew with the trees.

I wish everyone could experience what I did.

6 people found this review helpful.
Mike
Mike
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hands-On Eco-Friendly Living

I came to Sadhana Forest Kenya after having spent a good amount of time at Sadhana Forest India. At this outpost about three hundred kilometers from Nairboi, (and about fifty kilometers from the nearest paved road or electrical grid), the spirit of service and eco-friendly living are every bit as alive and inspiring as in India.

Sadhana Forest Kenya is a volunteer community whose main goal is to establish food and water security in the Samburu region through planting local, indigenous, drought-resistant, food producing trees. Locals can come here for traning, and Sadhana Forest staff and volunteers also pay visits to homes, schools, churches, and so on in order to plant the trees raised in the nursery here.

Every aspect of life in Sadhana Forest Kenya is meant to compliment and contribute to the work - thus the solar and wind power, vegan kitchen, compost toilets, low-flow handwash stations, simple accommodation. If you have ever considered steering your life in a more eco-friendly direction, this is the place to see and feel these values in action.

Sadhana Forest Kenya also provides drinkable water and solar charging power for locals, which is crucial in an area with no electrical grid and frequently low water reserves.

Sadhana Forest Kenya also provides an opportunity to meet and work alongisde Samburu people; to live simply and close to nature; to create solid bonds with other volunteers; to enjoy top-quality sunrises and sunsets every day; and to see the stars and milky way at night.

Please visit, or even better, come stay! It's an amazing project, staffed by truly dedicated people, doing important work. My month here has been beautiful and I'm sure I'll be back again.

What would you improve about this program?
More Volunteers!
6 people found this review helpful.
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Alex
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Genuine conservation in an amazing location

Sadhana Forest surprised me in many ways, I did not expect to develop such a deep connection with the land and with myself. The conservation work Sadhana Forest does is long term and sustainable and the local community really understands the benefits and gets on board wholly.

I particularly learned a lot about self reliance, I enjoyed learning how to fix a a 4x4 van, and to upgrade a solar electrical system. Also about living simply, there is free time to read, talk or to improve a skill, away from all the stresses of modern, connected life.

The food is amazing, vegan, whole foods were not the main factor for me coming to Sadhana Forest but after eating like this for a few weeks I feel I have so much energy, not to mention every meal is delicious, particularly the chocolate mouse.

All in all I would really recommend Sadhana Forest, for growing yourself there is no better way to spend a few months.

Also you get a great tan!

What would you improve about this program?
More people need to know about this fantastic project.
7 people found this review helpful.
Aiko
Aiko
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sadhana Forest Kenya is made for you :)

If you are looking for an authentic and once-in-a-lifetime experience, wish to connect with the wonderful people of the Samburu tribe, want to try the most compassionate diet and eat whole food vegan meals, would like to live without creating any waste, are ready to live within nature and in the most eco-friendly way possible AND wish to plant indigenous drought-resistant food producing trees for the people who need it the most, Sadhana Forest Kenya is made for you :)

What would you improve about this program?
This program can only be improved by more volunteers joining the project! Spread the word :)
7 people found this review helpful.
Aurelien
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Connecting with nature

If you are looking for a place where you really want to connect deeply with the nature and with an old samburu culture, Sadhana Forest is really amazing.
I learnt to plant food trees in hard condition climates, I found answers to climate change, sustainible nutrition and the most important in human unity.
Samburu people are welcoming you so friendly and the market every saturday is a nice opportunity to feel the nomad spirit, full of life and colors.
Thanks for Sadhana Forest Kenya to be.

What would you improve about this program?
Volunteers and donations.
7 people found this review helpful.

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