Kenya is known and recognized for its wildlife that freely roams the savannah, making it an ideal destination for sustainable tourism projects. Wildlife plays a significant role in Kenya's economy and also at the local level, which explains the significant development of sustainable tourism in the region. In most cases, isolated communities live in proximity to the wildlife. Over time, the development of civilization has caused conflicts between humans and wildlife, leading to the displacement of animals from their natural habitats to allow human activities to prosper. Various organizations have established conservation areas to promote a healthy coexistence between wildlife and local communities. Alongside specialists and local guides, you will be one of the key actors in managing daily activities aimed at protecting the environment.
You will participate in activities such as ecological monitoring, census-taking, tracking, collar placement, and many other tasks. You will be accompanied by a wildlife specialist during your work in the reserve. This specialist will explain your missions and provide training on tools and processes. It is important to note that there is a local community within the reserve. You will have the opportunity to interact with them, which will help you better understand their coexistence with wildlife and their impact on environmental conservation in the context of this sustainable tourism project.
A supplement of €200 applies to participants under 18. For further information, check our youth programs.
You will be accommodated in our volunteer house. All participants are expected to respect the environment and use all resources sparingly, especially electricity. There are occasional power cuts during the day, but don’t panic. That’s village life. The water supply is always assured. You’ll have all the essentials at your disposal during your stay.
Meals are provided daily and rooms are cleaned at weekends, but you’ll also be expected to contribute to the tidiness and cleanliness of the accommodation. The volunteer house is located close to Green Steds International School and a few minutes’ walk from the southern entrance to Lake Nakuru National Park. It is about 15 km from Nakuru town.
There are plenty of places to visit in your spare time. For example, you can visit Thompson Falls in Nyahururu, hike the Hyrax Hills, hike Menengai Crater, check out the equator at Gwakung’u, visit Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha.
Pick-up from Jomo Kenyatta airport (Nairobi) will take place on the Sunday before the start of the project. Precise instructions on times and meeting points will be communicated in the pre-departure guides. Those arriving on Saturday will be able to benefit from the airport welcome but will need to book an extra night’s accommodation (€40 per extra night).
– From 16 years old.
– Intermediate/current level of English (understand instructions, able to communicate).
– Copy of passport.