Communications volunteer, Koromi River (Kenya)

About Koromi River

Koromi Farm is a project with the goal of combining ecosystem conservation, restoration and the production of sustainable timber and non-timber forest products (e.g., honey, tree seeds, and seed oil for cosmetics). The coastal region of Kenya is deeply affected by heavy deforestation, partly induced by the charcoal industry. Therefore, Koromi Farm is aiming to provide a sustainable business model that local communities and landowners can adopt as an alternative to current practices. In order to achieve this goal, the ever-evolving project is adapting modern techniques in agroforestry based on the newest developments in the sector. This model can then be used to provide education and training to local communities.

Since 2019, Koromi Farm has been planting a mixture of indigenous and non-indigenous tree and shrub species, considering the foundations of permaculture. The majority of the trees are and will be planted in areas particularly affected by the charcoal industry (enrichment planting). The Melia trees will be used for timber production once they reach maturity. This makes up about one-third of all species planted and aims to provide a long-term income to the organization. The remaining two-thirds consist of a large variety of mostly indigenous trees and shrubs, such as Earleaf Acacia, Red Pot Terminalia, Wild Plum, Mahogany Bean and Bean Pot Tree. Interplanting these species assures a high biodiversity and thus contributes to the restoration and conservation of the ecosystem. The majority of the seedlings planted are propagated at the house’s own nursery near Malindi (Arabuko Farm). Furthermore, Koromi Farm is working on rainwater harvesting solutions to guarantee enough water during the long and harsh dry seasons in Kenya.

What the position involves

We are looking for somehow how can help us improve our communications through the following activities:

  1. Content Creation:
    • Generate creative and informative content, including articles, blog posts, and multimedia materials, to highlight the farms’ projects and achievements.
    • Ensure consistency in messaging across various communication channels.
  2. Digital Exposure and Eco-Tourism:
    • Develop and implement digital marketing strategies to promote Arabuko Farm, stimulating eco-tourism.
    • Create engaging content for online platforms, showcasing the farms’ initiatives, sustainability practices, and cultural experiences.
  3. Brand Positioning:
    • Enhance and expand the brand positioning of both Koromi Farm and Arabuko Farm as leaders in sustainable agriculture and ecosystem restoration.
    • Develop compelling narratives and promotional materials to attract a diverse audience.
  4. Knowledge Hub Promotion:
    • Increase awareness of Arabuko Farm as a knowledge hub for horticulture in the coastal region.
    • Collaborate with the research and development team to showcase innovations, methods, and research outcomes.
  5. Community Outreach:
    • Develop and implement strategies to expand outreach, especially in (fruit) tree planting initiatives within the local community.
    • Foster partnerships with local organizations and community leaders to enhance community engagement.
  6. Support Innovation Projects:
    • Collaborate with the assistant camp manager(s) to support ongoing innovation projects such as intercropping, hydroponics, aquaponics, rainwater harvesting, and irrigation.
    • Create content explaining these projects to a broader audience.
  7. Adaptability and Flexibility:
    • Adapt the work package based on personal interests and working experience.
    • Contribute to other aspects of the farms’ activities as needed.

Skills required

• Strong background in marketing, communications, or related field.
• Experience in digital marketing, content creation, and social media management.
• Passion for sustainability, agroforestry, and ecosystem restoration.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment.
• Flexibility to adjust tasks based on personal interests and expertise.


Flexible, with a preferred commitment between 3-6 months.

How you will benefit from this volunteer experience

  • Gain hands-on experience in marketing for sustainable agriculture and ecosystem restoration.
  • Opportunity to contribute to innovative projects in ecosystem restoration, horticulture and agroforestry.
  • Immersive cultural experience in a cross-cultural setting, including frequent interaction with local NGO’s, knowledge institutions as well as companies active in the agroforestry domain.

What Koromi River offers

Simple lodging at the camp is offered. Here you will be very much part of the indigenous life. From the camp you have a view of the uninterrupted forest across the river basin. The native Dakatcha woodland of this area holds an array of species, many of which you will become quickly acquainted with (or they will become acquainted with you!). The camp is isolated and peaceful and the pace of life is slow. The nearest village approximately is approximately 3km; the nearest substantial settlement is approximately 40 minutes by motorbike. We offer the volunteer 3 meals a day which consists mostly of simple African food. You will be eating and cooking with the current employees which will quickly familiarize you with the Swahilian kitchen. If you enjoy more western food, then you can opt to do your in the nearest city (Malindi). Drinking water is always provided at the accommodation.

Koromi River Farm works with different eco-restoration and agroforestry projects in the area. Therefore, you will be able to visit the different sites and get an overarching understanding of the main developments in eco-restoration and agroforestry. It is possible to also stay at our other project called Arabuko Farm (focus on drought resistant fruit crops and -systems).

During your free time, you have a few activities at your disposal. Apart from exploring the area by foot, bike or motorcycle, you can play games, socialize with the other volunteers and staff, pick up some Swahili from locals or just relax. During weekends, you are free to leave the project area and travel to Malindi for instance. Consider that transport and accommodation are at your own cost during your free time. Furthermore, we can arrange days off in addition to the weekend, during which you can discover other parts of Kenya. To arrange this, just talk to your contact person. We can always make recommendations on where to go and where to stay if you need some inspiration.

What it costs to stay at Koromi River

You can find our weekly rates here, however for long stays different rates apply and after your application has been approved, long-term volunteers (3-6 months) can stay at Koromi Farm at much reduced rates!

How to apply

A truly rewarding and fulfilling experience in Kenya awaits! If you are excited about this volunteering position, please email your motivation letter and CV as soon as possible to Bob (ERC Koromi Leader), with any questions you may have about the position. It is also possible to explain your motivation by a virtual meeting. You can also send your questions on WhatsApp: +254725707814

Learn more about ERC Koromi River