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Homa-Bay
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5
Persons: 1 to 7
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 90918
Country: Kenya

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Last Updated: February 12, 2020

We are Meroline and Samuel age 35 and 50 years respectively residents of Mfangano Island In Lake Victoria Kenya, Iím a woman with a small family married to Samuel and together we are blessed with four children

Mfangano is an Island within Lake Victoria in the western part of Kenya adjacent to three sister Islands that is Takawiri, Remba and Ringiti, the main activities within and around the Island are fishing and farming.

Most people living in Mfangano and sister Islands are the Abasuba group from Suba tribe and a few fishermen from the Luo community, Ugandans and Tanzanians

There are several interesting areas in the Island to visit and view, (Mfangano Rock Art, Mfangano Peace museum, Mfangano Plateau, the cool breeze and view of Lake Victoria, Tilapia fish ponds).

During free time volunteers can hike, cycle round the island, Visit and refresh in beach clubs around, stroll around in our shopping centres, watch local live football matches and even view international screen football matches in our local social halls, they can as well go swimming practically in lake Victoria which is a distance of only 300 meters from our family home, they can also visit their friends around.

There are lots of legends and memorized stories of all our cultural livings and styles from the time of our great grandparents and how they have changed with time from community story tellers. Through this they will grasp our customs and cultural behaviour.

they will get live there and then our living styles, our traditional and cultural methods of of doing all our activities.

Volunteers will also learn our organic methods of farming, they will visit and see different local fishing industries and learn our local methods of fishing, and they will learn our ways of preparing different food staffs and those with interest will gain by interacting with the community and learning our local languages that is Swahili, Luo and Suba.

We live along the main Mfangano Ring road, we are not far from shopping centers, we have very sharp free Internet from an NGO just within just a walking distance of two minutes.

ON ARRIVAL REMEMBER:

1. To ask for the project(s) you applied for,

2. If you didn't choose prior, choose from the lists of volunteers tasks on organization and Mfangano Island needs below.

3. After embarking on a project(s), please do it wholeheartedly at your desirable and most convenient pace, we don't supervise Volunteers here neither do we remind them on what to do, for we believe in your skills, knowledge and maturity, we can only help in organizing an activity(s) at your request.

IT IS A TRUST BASED TOTAL FREEDOM, FRIENDLY, RELAXED, MEANINGFUL VOLUNTEERING AND FREE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES' ATMOSPHERE FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS.

4. Volunteers are equally free to initiate their projects here on the ground in partnership/collaboration with our organization.

5. If you don't have skills to apply on required needs or ability to perform any of the help required, you Áan choose to relax or site's seeings/visiting various places.
We welcome everybody to Mfangano Island Kenya

Tasks expected by volunteers during their stay with us are:-

Home asigned duties, Farm work, education issues, and groupís empowerment,fundraising, assist on improving our website.

Support the Mfangano Island Organic and perm-culture farmers through manual work, sharing skills, identifying grant funding opportunities and help in contacting them.

Volunteer are expected to take only three to five hours at work for three or five days in a week he or she has the freedom to choose where and when to do and when not to do a task.

There are many means of transport available to travel from one location to the other and even out of the Island.

LAUNDRIES
During your stay, your linens will be washed twice a week on agreement, of a little cost and your room will be swept and arranged regularly.

All volunteers will bath direct in fresh water lake Victoria a stone throw distance of only 200 metres away from our home, those who like swimming can do it live in Lake Victoria.

We can also arrange for a separate bathroom at home only for our interested guests' who would not like to go to the lake on a small additional cost for the one who will be in charge of water collection and processing.

THE SURROUNDING
With our guests, we enjoy charting, exchanging cultures and sometimes partying or eating out.
I hope all our guests will know more about our cultures and like our Islands the more as they will interact with the locals regularly.

With our guests, we enjoy charting, exchanging cultures and sometimes partying or eating out.

I hope all our guests will know more about our cultures and like our Islands the more as they will interact with the locals regularly.

NETWORK
The best local network in Mfangano and sister Islands is safari com, buy safari com card on your way to Mfangano Island if unable to access one please contact us.

There is free WiFi throughout, that belongs to an NGO, just in a two minutes walking distance but can only be accessed through their security code/password if requested.

Besides that we also have Modems and mobile Wi-Fi from Safaricom/Airtel rooters and/or a mobile Hotspot to rent out by the day on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also just Load it and use it freely.

We can also Lend safari com cards free to our volunteers who didn't remember to buy their own when coming, If you don't have, please ask for one to load and use during your stay or till you buy your own, we want every body to stay connected all times, but remember to return the borrowed cards before you leave.

The best option is to buy and register using your passport, a kenyan Safaricom line for your use during your stay in Kenya, this will fully solve all your internet problems even when you want to use a computer.

This enables you to get the internet connection everywhere, which solves the inconveniences most foreigners are likely to experience while in Kenya

MONETARY
There are shops in nearby shopping centres one within a two minute walking distance, another within 40 minutes walking distance opened everyday.

We have Mfangano Island market days on Sundays every week at Sena and goods from different places are sold there.

ATM machines are there in all banks in Mbita which is our sub county headquarters you can withdraw your money any time you are in need of.

The Volunteer will be served with three meals a day by hosting family;
We serve; farm foods like potatoes, beans, green-grams, cassava, maize, bananas, and local vegetables. We also serve beef, Milk, Chicken, several species of fish found in Lake Victoria, Irish-potatoes, Chapati, Mandazi, ugali and porridge. Since most of these food staffs are from shops and or local market, and in addition to normal expences of condiments, meals preparation, boarding linens wahing and eletricity, we expect a Volunteer to support the program by contributing only five Euro or six dollars per day for the upkeep.

The calculations of payments are as per the international market currency convention graph rates in ten years down the line, with the highest being 144.9231 kenyan shillings per Euro and the lowest being 95.2191 Kenyan shillings per Euro while 104.2102 Kenyan shillings per dollar and the lowest being 99.5995 Kenyan shillings per dollar respectively.

Per Day is 5-Euros x 144.9231 kenya shillings
Per Week is 35-Euros x 144.9231 kenya shillings
Per Month is 155-Euros x 144.9231 kenya shillings
Per Day is 7-Dollars x104.2102 Kenyan shillings
Per Week is 49-Dollars x104.2102 Kenyan shillings
Per Month is 217-Dollars x104.2102 Kenyan shillings.
The rest of the cost we will manage as usual.

We prefer taking payments already changed to Kenyan shillings to avoid the inconveniences of daily fluctuations in international market currency exchange rates, which do not much the current prices of goods in our local market.

There are enough accommodation facilities, both private and spacious rooms to share for same gender with well-spread and knit looking beds of which each should have a mosquito net.

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