Volunteerism is the concept that made the
creation of NGERIV possible. Due to lack of
financial support, all the projects rely on
willing people eager to contribute with ideas,
skills and hard work. Most of these volunteers
are local friends that regardless of their own
difficulties, were from the beginning willing to spare time for a good cause.
Cultural exchange is also paramount in NGERIV's philosophy. This phenomenon enables
exchange of ideas, new global social networks, and new horizons for both parties.
Let's start off with what you, as a volunteer, will find when joining our team. We have
two main locations. Our office in the Bwawani village and the Eco Camp in Lukwambe.
In Bwawani you will experience first-hand life in an African village. Get ready to make
lots of new friendships, as there aren't so many foreigners around here. Our extensive
social network will provide access to all institutions in the area and even the chance to
meet the Masaai community in a friendly and respectful manner, with no tourism
agencies making a buck out of this human interaction.
In Lukwambe, you will enjoy our Eco camp! Located right next to the Ngerengere river
and submerged in nature with all its fauna and flora. We provide accommodation here
and a space for workshops such as the manufacture of straw or clay objects, cook typical
dishes, making Masai jewels and much more.Workshops need to be arranged in advance
and may have extra costs in case specific materials are required.
We provide various volunteer placements due to our close relationship with local
institutions, such as teaching in secondary schools, working in orphanages, help
out with medical assistance and so on. We also need helping hands and know
how to help in the daily run and improve our projects.
We require a 2-week minimum commitment and a fee of 95 US$ per week, in
exchange of accommodation, food, transport, airport pick-up and Kiswahili
lessons. Fees can be further negotiated in case of long term volunteering.
Project Initiators are also really important for us! Project proposals need to be
related to either education, environmental sustainability, or creation of sources
of income. Funds to initiate the project need to be created by the volunteer,
since our resources are scarce. In these cases, volunteering costs and required
time commitment will be discussed and agreed upon.