The Institute of Holistic Nutrition is proud to be the industry leader in international holistic development, with our stand-alone Overseas Apprenticeship Program (OAP) in East Africa, available exclusively to IHN graduates.

Explore the photos of 2016's Co-op Opportunity and Graduate Apprenticeship Program in Kitale, Kenya in East Africa

This is a 100% not-for-profit program and all funds
go to ground efforts in East Africa.

Holistic Nutrition Teaching Opportunity in East Africa

If you are an IHN graduate (or almost graduate) who loves learning, traveling, getting entrenched in new cultures, is passionate about teaching, and not afraid of a challenge; then this is the opportunity for you!

Three – five students per year will be given the opportunity of a lifetime to live and work in Kitale, with an amazing community of like minded people; and teach holistic nutrition to women’s groups in the village. Two employees of Eco Mama’s Global Community Gardens projects currently teach Bio-intensive Organic Agriculture in conjunction with holistic nutrition to these groups.


Upcoming OAP standard 14-week placements commence:

  • January 2016
  • mid-April 2016
  • mid-August 2016
  • (one – two positions available per session)
  • 2017 dates TBD

Primary Roles Include

  • Teaching work-shop style nutrition lessons in various settings (garden-side, people’s homes, community centres/ churches etc.)
  • Establishing garden beds for school children and running free community workshops
  • Digging garden beds, food demo’s, identifying and teaching new groups in community outskirts
  • Update website/blog and post regular photos on holistic nutrition in Africa on Eco Mama’s Global Community Gardens Facebook Page
  • Learn about Organic Agriculture and Herbal Medicine in the tropics (on-site)

Applicants will possess the following traits:

Experience teaching or have a passion for teaching; the ability to learn quickly and adapt to new situations with ease, be “low maintenance” (you may be using a latrine, taking “bucket showers” and cook meals on an open fire), be personable and open-minded, hard-working, and have a thirst for learning.

Advanced applicants will also possess the following traits:

Extensive experience travelling overseas, including non-guided travel to 3rd world countries; be extremely outgoing, possess very strong leadership qualities and problem solving skills, be well organized, and be capable of spending 6-12 months overseas if desired.


  • Attend an information session at IHN about the OAP (Toronto: June 2016, Vancouver: Spring 2016 – dates TBD)
  • Have an up-to-date resume or CV submitted to IHN’s Vancouver Campus GM, Shayna Grimwood, via email with intention of interest clearly stated
  • Submit a 3-5 page essay on How and why sustainable development in Africa is important, and what makes you the ideal candidate for the position
  • Complete an intensive application and interview process, for this chance of a lifetime opportunity!

OAP 14-week Investment – Aprox CDN $3500.00 – $5000.00

Includes – Flights, accommodations, food, transportation, visas, entertainment/ local recreational activities, for 3 months – Accommodation and flight costs vary

Note that students may participate as alumni or for co-op hours

Applicants who may stay for a minimum of 30 days may be considered outside regular application periods for specialized projects.

Our Sustainable Mission in Africa

The main focus of this project is sustainability! The idea is to go and educate other adults so that they may pass on holistic values to their children; thus helping reduce disease and poverty in Africa; and create long-lasting change at a grass-roots level.

Our graduates will be going to Africa, to teach… But they will also be going, to learn… The successful applicants will be going solo, to teach daily in various village settings to (primarily) unemployed women’s groups.

Five months in Africa was just long enough…

“When you truly start to fall in love with this place, I think it is like falling in love with a person. You weigh the pros and cons, spend lots of time together… Try to figure out if all the little idiosyncrasies are things that you can live with or not… And then I think one day it just sort of hits you. It happened to me yesterday. And now I can’t stop thinking about it. I am dreaming about it. How much I truly love this place…”

Blog Entry (November, 2009)

Can’t go to Africa, but want to help?

International Development Co-op’s are available in your home town! If you are an awesome planner; creative, motivated, resourceful, and connected to lots of people; fundraising opportunities are available for your co-op; and you can help support sustainable agricultural practices and organic farming in Kenya and Uganda!

Please contact Shayna Grimwood at to find out how you can start raising money for something that really matters, while also getting hours for your co-op!