”I had a great time with Energy Africa. The atmosphere is open and working together is fun. The company is so small so I could meet everyone. It was a kind of nice family feeling. One of the aims is of course to spread the awareness of organic farming in Africa.
Another aim is to spread a culture of openness, respect and togetherness. It was really good for me to see that the organisation has the flatness were everyone is involved and valued equally. That is not so common in Africa.
Shimba hills is a quiet and beautiful place. It has good sleeping rooms and the toilets are in another building. Galu Beach is more active and the house has western standard. It is close to a wonderful beach were there are restaurants, kite surfing and other tourists attractions. I really like the contrasts.
The time with Energy Africa has made me more open and confident as a person. I feel that I have new experience that enriches my life. I have greater understanding for cultural differences and feel that I am more open to the opportunities the world has to offer.
I will also come home with a nice sun tan”
Kjell Gustafsson. Galu, January 2012.
Kjell Gustafsson, Sweden
December '11 - January 2012
Joppe Christensen, Norway
"It is nice to see your progress since the last time I was here two years ago. EA have really made a lot of positive changes, both when it comes to extending the production area but also improvements concerning production techniques and logistics. This is my fourth time at Energy Africa and I am really impressed over what they have achieved since my first time here in 2007.
Staying at Rafiki house at the Galu farm is very nice, with nice meals and a service minded staff! Just a short walk to the beach is also a blessing after work. I enjoy the beach bar 40 Thieves, but also the local restaurant serving todays catch.
Once again thank you for having me here, and I’m looking forward coming back later."
Joppe Christensen. Galu, August 2014.
Testimonials from volunteers
”A warm welcome from the Energy Africa team is what meets you when you first arrive in Diani. From the first day I was part of the work, and Sylvia and Mary introduced me to the company and the way it was run.
During the first few days I visited the farm with Eirik, did delivery of the produce with Mary, marketing with Sylvia, sold tomatoes at the local market, organised the local farmers market for tourists, and participated in staff meetings. All with the purpose to get to know the business of Energy Africa better. With some knowledge of the firm Sylvia and I started working on designing and implementing new internal controls, with the purpose of simplifying the continuouse monitoring of the business.
I also got the chance to stay two nights at the farm in Shimba Hills. Hassan drove me on his MC to the farm, and on the way I could hear children screaming 'mzungu', meaning white person. At the farm I learnt about farming and the life of farmers. The farmers and I discussed how to improve the planning of the production.
My best memory from my stay in Diani is the hospitality from all the people working for Energy Africa. They did their best to make my stay unforgettable, and even though I definitely learned a lot more from the Energy Africa team than they learned from me, I hope my contribution was helpful for the company and the employees.”
Kristine Heitmann Kraglund. Oslo, August 2014.
Kristine Heitmann Kraglund, Norway
July - August 2014
"Working for Energy Africa has been an incredible experience! I have learned so much about how the lives of the Kenyan people are, especially in comparison with the tourist area close by, consisting of luxury hotels.
My work experience started off by working on the EA farm in Shimba Hills where I was given various tasks, from planting seeds to planning the production/harvest amounts. Living on the farm gave me a brilliant insight in how the people live and do their work. It is also the best place to learn about the perks and challenges of growing fruit and vegetables in a sustainable way.
For the second part of the voluntary work, I worked in the main office in Diani, where I joined Mary and Sylvia with marketing and deliveries of the fresh products. The next volunteer can expect a combination of working in the farm to working with marketing and sales. A good method to understanding exactly how the business works; from the first seeds you plant in the farm to the inspection process by the hotel chefs.
After work you´ll have great opportunities to go to the beautiful Diani beach, which is popular for watersports and snorkelling. However, what made this experience truly unique is that you work with so many great people in an exciting environment."
Nodin E. Midtskog. Galu, August 2014.
Nodin E. Midtskog, Norway
Sustainable agriculture Kenya
Sustainable agriculture Kenya