Study Conservation Project Issues
opportunity of a lifetime to work with wildlife in
and Tsavo West National parks. This program is open to
people aged 18-55, who love to work with animals, and want a real
jungle experience in Africa. International
independent study abroad students
attached to this
program can choose to work
mainly with elephants or lions,
or both animal species, in the buffer zones
of Kenya wildlife protection areas. You can
also combine these program with other projects and holiday programs in Kenya
Dates and Combining Projects
Kenya wildlife projects take place in
cycles. The lion project beginins every 4th of the
month, followed by the elephant
project begining every 17th of the month;
then its back to the lion
project on 4th, and the cycle continues. You should plan to arrive a
day before the starting date, that is, 3rd of the month for the
lion project or 16th for the elephant project.
You will need to sign up for
more than 2 weeks to be involved in both projects. If you only want to
be involved in only one wildlife project, you can combine your wildlife
project of choice with other Kenya volunteer and internship projects
like teaching, HIV and AIDS,
health care, etc. You can also combine your placement with
Kenya adventure programs like beach holiday
vacations, language and
Lion and Elephant Projects:
At Olowaru a small Kenyan village
adjacent to Tsavo West national park within view of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Olowaru is about 250km south east of Nairobi. The closest towns are
Rombo and Loitokitok.
Amboseli Elephant project: This
project is located
250 kms from Nairobi, outside the Amboseli National Park on private
Maasai community land in Kenya.
and Airport Pickup
You will be picked up at Jomo Kenyatta International airport, Nairobi
(code NBO) upon arrival on the starting day and transferred to the
project the next day. Transfer to the project area will only be the day
after schedule arrival. If you arrive early you will have to take care
of yourself till the scheduled day of transfer to project.
Kenya wildlife projects offer one night accommodation (without
food) at 2/3 star hotel, Kenya
Comfort Inn, in Nairobi on the arrival night. Other than the first
night/ scheduled arrival day, subsequent nights at the hotel and all
meals will be on you. Accommodation at the hotel costs about USD 40
(single) and USD 60 (double/twin) Meals at the hotel are in the range
of USD 7-15 per meal.
Transport From Nairobi
From Nairobi, you will be transported by project vehicle, or
public bus as determined by the project country coordinator and will be
accompanied by a project representative. The trip takes about 9 hours
because of bad roads.
orientation will be conducted in
transfer to the
project area. This will include introduction to the project and project
objectives in the context of wildlife conservation and tourism in
Kenya. More detailed orientation at camp
will take one to two days and
will include a lecture on what the work
entails, data collection
methods, do's and don'ts of the campsite, emergency response, general
daily routine, etc.
volunteers, interns and wildlife study
abroad students sleep in 2-people
tents, and must bring a sleeping bag, mosquito net and pillow. There is
no fluch toilets.
The project will
provide you with three meals a day and meals are
prepared by a full time cook - meals are served in a common dining
tent. Foods include eggs, bread, fruits and
fruit salad, vegetables, vegetable salad, rice, beef and chicken.
Leisure and Weekends
Monday to Friday.
Weekends are off for volunteers, interns and wildlife study abroad
students to relax,
wash clothes, visit nearby towns. From Olowaru, Rombo and Loitokitok
towns (1.5 hours drive) to shop, communicate with their families by
emails, and letters. We volunteers, interns and wildlife study abroad
students often go to nearby
Serena Hotel for an afternoon swim, eating out at the Hotel. From
Amboseli, Loitokitok is about 90 minutes drive away.
internet and mailing can be done at the Post Office and the Serena
Hotel. Facilities at the Serena are much quicker, but much more
expensive than at the Post Office.
Amboseli: Internet, mailing
landline phone facilities are available about 13kms from camp in the
town of Taveta.
Due to the
distance from calling
facilities, you are encouraged to buy a cell phone so your family can
easily to keep in touch with you. A phone of USD 45 will normally work
ok. Most of the cell phones sold in North America are attached to
specific companies and they fail to work in Kenya. Unless you are sure
the cell phone you are bringing is open to working with microchips from
other companies, you are better off planning to buy your cell phone in
Nairobi. Most of the time you can sell it to incoming volunteers,
interns and wildlife study abroad students at departure.
Health center is located 3km away and a district hospital 13kms away,
in the town of Taveta. The hospital also has an airline landing
Rombo: A sub-district
medical center is in Loitokitok town
about 40kms (1.5 hours drive) away. There is small clinic at a five
star lodge nearby (some 4kms away), and there is an airline landing
strip in the Park.
Insurance: All participants
are required to
produce proof of medical insurance including evacuation.
immunization: We suggest you
consult your local travel doctor before your
leave the country to determine what you need. But generally, you are
strongly encouraged to get vaccinated for Yellow Fever before arrival.
You may also get rabies and anti-tetanus injections before arrival.
Many areas of Kenya have malaria risk, so it is best to take something
This depends on
your spending habits. The program basically covers most of expenses of
room, food, and transportation. However, about $150 would be more than
sufficient unless you wish to participate in additional optional tours
or excursions in which case you may require more.
will be in-house
rules for each project, which must be
respected. Contact With Animals: Wildlife rehabilitation is a sensitive
program where Wildlife are encouraged to return to the wild (if
possible) therefore personal contact with animals will be limited
unless the animal is injured, orphaned or needing to be nursed.
age limits are 18 to 55.
Dress code for most projects should
be natural color clothing – nothing too bright. You will get
dirty so don’t plan on wearing anything you wont want stained
forever – rough outdoor clothes are best. Kenyan cold season
(May –July) can be very cold especially in the night - bring
a warm jacket and long trousers/pants. You will also need good walking
shoes, thick socks, raincoat, and a hat.
are expected to be physically able to
complete tasks and
generally get involved with the rest of the younger volunteers
BASIC English is required, otherwise and our programs
are open to anyone who has an interest in African wildlife.
Daily Work Schedule
AM Early morning wake up
- 6.30 AM Tracking /
monitoring of wildlife
- 10.00 AM Camp Maintenance
(roads, tents, camp security)
- 12.00 Noon Conservation
- 1.00 PM Lunch 2.00 PM
- 3.00 PM
Tracking / monitoring of wildlife
- 6.00 PM Dinner
- 7.00 PM Catch up and
partner cares for our volunteers,
humanity, wildlife, and the African continent and wish to make the
world a better place for all. We also support our volunteers further:
Things to Bring
- We will
assist you with pre-travel arrangements including a country travel
guide to provide you with lots of needed information.
- We can also upon
request assist you with combining programs, booking flights, etc.
program coordinator will be on call 24-hours a day incase of emergency
as well as a number of field staff.
- We will provide you
phone numbers that you call 24-hours a day for tips and assistance.
will be available to contact your family at home to update you on your
status should you ask us to; please make request to the local
addition to bringing a sleeping bag
and pillow, we recommend you also bring personal toiletries and towels,
Sunscreen lotion, Insect repellent, Powerful flashlight (you can buy
batteries locally) and Sunglasses. For your registration, you must also
bring two passport size pictures and a copy of your passport.