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Maasai Mara Lion & Elephant Conservation

Agency | GoEco

Volunteer in an exciting conservation project in the heart of the Masai Mara.You get to work closely with the local community and surrounding wildlife.

About the project

The aims of this project are to ensure that the Masai Mara remains a valuable source of income for the country as well as to increase local community involvement in the tourism industry. As a volunteer on the Masai Mara Project you will help to preserve a balanced relationship between the local Masai communities and the threatened species in the area. You will be involved in exciting conservation and wildlife research activities in a new and spectacular Masai Mara conservancy area. You will also be assisting at the Koiyaki Guiding School to train up local Masai guides to promote sustainable tourism in the area.


About the location

The Masai Mara in Kenya is known as one of Africa's finest safari destinations, most famous for its annual wildebeest and zebra migration, which has been called "the greatest wildlife show on earth." This area has one of the highest densities of carnivores in Africa, as well as supporting a range of endangered species. Kenya itself is located on the equator on the eastern coast of Africa, boasting a range of ethnicities and cultural vibrancy. This project is situated in the newly established Naboisho Conservancy, in the heart of the Masai Mara and just north of the National Reserve. This conservancy area is geographically linked with a number of conservancies as well as the Masai Mara National Reserve, encouraging wildlife to move over large areas.

Volunteer tasks

You will be involved in three primary initiatives: wildlife monitoring and conservation efforts, environmental education at a local primary school, and developing resources/helping to educate future local tour guides at a guiding school. Activities can include but are not limited to:

  • Lion research and data collection
  • Elephant monitoring and research
  • Diverse data collection, particularly during the Great Migration in the summer months (game drive routing, road identification, species recording, and wildlife monitoring)
  • Running an environmental club and develop English skills at a local primary school
  • Help out at a tour guiding school for local residents to become more involved in the tourism process surrounding Masai Mara. This may include teaching English, cultural lessons, building/repairing facilities, etc.
  • The guiding school and primary school are sometimes on term break. During these periods, the volunteers focus on wildlife research and other community activities.
Important notes: Cell phone reception is sometimes patchy, volunteers will need to purchase airtime. SIM Card will provided upon arrival. Volunteers who would like to use the internet need to bring a laptop and purchase a 3G modem in the airport in Nairobi.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Details on Arrival

Holidays: Please note that the project will be closed for a Christmas break from mid December to early January.

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Volunteers MUST travel with proof of a Yellow Fever Vaccination and proof of all necessary immunizations (please consult your doctor)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
At least 1.55 meters tall (5 feet 1 inch)
Motivation to learn about conservation
Motivation to work with children and/or adults
High level of independence and flexibility
Full travel & medical insurance
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

There are many optional travel and excursion options that volunteers will be able to arrange once on site. (At an additional fee) These include the following:

  • Walking safaris 
  • Night out in the bush 
  • Excursion to Masai Mara Game Reserve 
  • Balloon safaris 
  • Dorobo Bush Camp overnight including guided walk 
  • Lamu getaway 
  • 2 night stay at Basecamp Masai Mara overnight including game drives in National Reserve
  • Overnight stay at Basecamp Wilderness
  • Please note: these excursions may change according to availability and that entry in to the park is not included in the overall cost.


Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Contact & Reservation
$875
/week
$875
/week
2 - 8
weeks
2 - 8
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
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Feb
Mar
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Jul
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Oct
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Included in the fees are the accommodation, three meals daily, airport pickup upon arrival and departure as well as our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support.

Furthermore, a comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage is included. 
Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International

Airport Pickup and drop off provided

Accommodation

Volunteers will stay in rustic, but comfortable tents that include beds and are walking distance from the dining area and toilet facilities.

Camping
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with three meals a day. Breakfast is served after the early morning drive or activity. Lunch and dinner are full meals, and will be prepared for you. Packed lunches are provided when out for the day.


Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$2,100.00
3 weeks
$2,650.00
4 weeks
$3,200.00
5 weeks
$4,100.00
6 weeks
$4,600.00
7 weeks
$5,100.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$5,600.00
Average fees
$875.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nairobi/Kenya between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) in Nairobi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya.
Travel Insurance
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Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Kenya while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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