Welcome to Kuruwitu
You will be based in our pretty volunteer house at Vipingo in the Kuruwitu area, over looking a shallow lagoon and fringing reef, home to turtles, migrating humpback whales, dolphins and more than 500 species of tropical fish and corals.
Here we are working with the Oceans Alive Trust (OAT)who are an award-winning community initiative, created to facilitate positive environmental, economic and socio-cultural change in the area.
They set up Kenya’s first Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) in response to rapidly declining fish stocks in the Kuruwitu Lagoon and provide all-round community support to find alternative livelihoods thus decreasing their reliance on fishing.
Through OAT, you will become involved in a fascinating mix of marine, environment and community development which are all interlinked to bring about the most positive changes. The following projects will be interwoven throughout each week providing a varied and dynamic program.
You will all stay in the Leap Village – which is a beach side set up. Imagine lots of communal/hang out areas, small pool, with 2 or 3 bedroom bungalows with ensuite bathrooms, dotted around the garden.
The Leap village is patrolled 24-hours per day, but you need to keep valuables out of site because the house remains open during the day. A safe is located in the manager’s room where items such as passports can be securely stored for the duration of a visit.
3 meals a day will be provided throughout the program. However, this excludes soft and alcoholic drinks.The food is healthy and fresh. Please note that it is not a meat heavy diet, meat does not keep well in the heat. There is a shop nearby if you need to buy snacks, drinks.