The Kenya Big Cats & Elephants Conservation Volunteer Project in Maasai Mara Wildlife is a trip of a lifetime! This is a once in a lifetime volunteering opportunity to explore the Maasai Mara Ecosystem, one of Africa’s biodiversity hotspots.
The Go Volunteer Africa’s wildlife conservation program in Kenya is seeking for volunteers interested in wildlife conservation work to assist local conservationists with their research, rescue and conservation of Africa’s most iconic wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephants.
- Join weekly research game drives
- Help conservancy data collection teams
- Document big cats (lions, leopards, cheetahs)
- Help camps locate big cats for tourist sightings
- Assist in community outreach sensitization on wildlife conservation
- Work to protect endangered species including leopards, lions and elephants
- Join conservationists in National Park, supporting rangers on the front line of conservation
The loss of wildlife in the area has been devastating in recent years due to increased human settlement in and around the Maasai Mara. The project educates local communities on the importance of wildlife conservation and also spearheads awareness at all levels of the community, animal rescues from poachers, rehabilitation and release programs in various wildlife conservation areas.
Masai Mara: The Maasai Mara Conservancy is part of the expansive Maasai Mara- Serengeti ecosystem, currently has 20 conservancies. These conservancies cover over 400,000 acres and provide connected critical wildlife habitats that complement the current protected area network, providing secure wildlife migratory corridors. The conservancies are established under the rationale of conserving the environment and its wildlife alongside a mandate to protect, empower and improve the livelihood of the local Maasai communities.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at either Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi City. A member of staff from our local partner organization will meet you on arrival at Airport. This airport services numerous international carriers. Kenya has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Kenya you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.
For many years across Africa big game hunting has drastically reduced the numbers of Big cats and elephants. This Kenya Big Cats & Elephants Conservation volunteer project is working towards applied conservation activities of big cats, particularly lion, cheaters, leopards and elephants.
Big cats and elephants are extremely vulnerable to hunting and poisoning, and are disappearing rapidly from the African bush. It is essential that conservancies put up more effort in conservation work and this is precisely what the Go Volunteer Africa is doing.
As a volunteer participant at our Kenya Big Cats & Elephants Conservation, you will join our research game drives conducting game counts, document big cat sightings, locate big cats and assist with communities outreach sensitization work. If you’re lucky, you may even get to witness one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Migration, while you’re here.
Working alongside wildlife researchers and conversation experts at the Kenya Big Cats & Elephants Conservation project, volunteers will give full support to our conservation efforts in Masai Mara about big cats and elephants, and in doing so, help secure the future of the wildlife in the area.
As a volunteer, you will be of the team conducting game counts and assisting with monitoring the movements and behaviors of the big cat populations. You will do a basic ranger training that will consist of Orientation Map Reading, GPS and Radio Communication, Animal, Bird and Snake Identification, Observation, Tracking and First Aid. You will also do the day-to-day work at the conservancy.
You will learn how to collect accurate data, track elephant sightings and go on weekly game drives to identify and monitor lions, cheetahs and leopards. Both qualified and non-qualified volunteers can join this project. Volunteers should be flexible, positive and willing to work as part of a team.
GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS
Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Kenya volunteering program.
LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK
Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Kenya. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer wild tented camp managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodation is neat and clean. Kitchen is available for use among volunteers. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wi-Fi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.
Our program is for anyone sixteen years and above who loves service and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 15+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 18years. Volunteers under 15 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!
Kenya has abolished visa requirements for all foreign visitors from 1 January 2024, and instead implemented an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) system. Most visitors to must obtain an eTA prior to travel unless they are citizens of eTA-exempted countries.
From 1 January 2024, citizens of all countries except listed below must apply for an eTA in advance. Applications can be submitted up to 3 months prior to travel and must be submitted at least 3 days in advance. eTA fee is 30 USD (approximately 4,500 KES). Proof of reservation at the hotel where you plan to stay is required (if staying with friends, an invitation letter is also acceptable).
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Kenya has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
PROJECT QUICK FACTS
|Project open all year round
|Minimum two weeks commitment
|Minimum 16 yrs or older for solo travelers.
|Families are welcome
|Flexible start and end dates
|One day before the start date
|Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
|Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
|Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
|Volunteer House or Wild Camp
|Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
|Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
|Masai Mara Conservancy Area
IN A NUTSHELL
Volunteering in Kenya with Go Volunteer Africa is affordable, low cost and budget friendly. The volunteer opportunities in Kenya are meaningful and life changing both to the volunteer and the host community.
Go Volunteer Africa was ranked as the best volunteer organization in Kenya. All volunteer programs in Kenya are community driven and managed by the local coordinating teams and this will give you a chance to get to know local people and really help those in need.
Go Volunteer Africa is among the top NGOs looking for volunteers in Kenya. Most volunteer projects in Kenya are located throughout the country in places like Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kakamega Kajiado and in more rural areas.
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PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
Program Fee Excludes:
- Personal Expenses
- Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE
Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up.
HOW TO APPLY
To start the process fill Volunteer application form and submit it for consideration and book your placement. For more information on how to get enrolled for the volunteering experience of a lifetime contact us. Or Give us a call | WhatsApp | Telegram | Viber | Imo at +254-796-786292 to talk to a Program Specialist.