Brighter Communities Worldwide
Brighter Communities Worldwide (BCW) is a charity with a wealth of experience building sustainable communities in East Africa. Founded as Friends of Londiani in 2002, our model creates an enabling environment for communities to realise change.
Our vision is a world where strong, healthy communities can thrive, building sustainable livelihoods and brighter futures for all.
Our mission is to work in partnership with communities, to deliver programmes that enrich their lives and help create better futures for them and their families.
Harambee is a swahili word which means ‘working together’ and this is what volunteering with BCW is all about. Most years, there are two Harambee’s from Ireland – one in July/August and another in October/November. Harambee provides a short-term volunteer placement opportunity for 2 or 3 weeks in Kenya along with a training programme around it to enhance the experience and help prepare you for it. Not enough time to change the world but enough time to change your way of looking at it. This is a chance to use your skills to help make changes to peoples lives and to explore hands on for yourself an understanding of global development issues. It is also an opportunity to learn new skills
Short-term/Intercultural, Community Development
Minimum age is 18
Depends on placement; contact organisation for further details
Volunteers must be willing to work on a team, attend the training weekends and debriefing/evaluation weekend
Harambee provides a short-term volunteer placement opportunity for 2 or 3 weeks in Kenya along with a training programme around it to enhance the experience and help prepare you for it. Anyone aged 18 years or over on January 1st on the project year can apply. There is no upper age limit but medical proof of fitness is required for anyone over 70 years of age. Application forms can be downloaded from BCW website or by emailing [email protected]
Costs are broken into 2 areas – personal costs which cover training expenses, flights, transport, food & accomodation in Kenya and fundraising costs which is an agreed amount that each volunteer commits to raising to support the community development programmes in Kenya. Costs vary from project to project – see the BCW website for current costs. Costs in addition to these will include travel insurance, vaccinations, visa for Kenya and any optional tourist activities at the end of the project, these will vary from person to person.
Flights, food, accommodation, training, project support
Work Individually/In Teams
Code Of Practice
Yes. BCW are signatories to Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice for volunteer sending agencies.
Yes. Volunteers receive a copy of Comhlamh’s Volunteer Charter.
In Country Support
Yes, available full-time
Pre Programme Training
BCW has a comprehensive volunteer training programme for all volunteers travelling to Kenya with them. Participation and completion of this training programme is compulsory for all volunteers. Time wise it will involve committing to approx. 4 days or evenings overall spread out over time before you travel and when you come home.
Topics covered will include:
- Community Development
- Kenya’s Healthy Village Programme
- Practicalities e.g. fundraising support; volunteer health & first aid; what to bring with you etc.
- Skills Training – any specific skills training you require related to the work that will be happening in Kenya during your volunteer placement
- Team-building & Cultural Awareness
- Opportunities for staying engaged with development after your overseas placement
Part of the training programme covers details on BCW’s policies and safe practices and all volunteers are required to adhere to these and also to be willing to be Garda-vetted.
Holds an evaluation and debriefing weekend
Contact with Returned Volunteers