Kenya Elephants & African Wildlife Conservation

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1. In Brief

Experience Kenya - a land of majestic beauty, epic landscapes, tribal magic and entrancing wildlife. Animals roam across vast Rift Valley plains, white sandy beaches fringe the turquoise Indian Ocean and ancient tribal communities practise traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time.

Travel to this spectacular land and fall in love with its wonder and beauty as you immerse yourself in a community and culture that will welcome you with open arms. On the Frontier-Kenya conservation programme you will work alongside local communities contributing towards conservation initiatives including anti-poaching patrols, human-wildlife conflict awareness raising campaigns and biodiversity monitoring surveys. The work you do will help protect some of the world’s most important ecosystems and threatened wildlife that still survive today in this truly incredible landscape.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Contribute towards wildlife conservation work
  • Explore the spectacular Kenyan landscape
  • Support human-wildlife conflict initiatives

FAST FACTS

Location Tsavo National Park, Kenya
Activities Anti-poaching patrols
Biodiversity monitoring – baseline data surveys
Promote conservation in local communities
Human-wildlife conflict education
Design and lead your own conservation initiative
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Volunteer house
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

With some of the most dramatic landscapes in Kenya, the Tsavo National Park is home to some of Kenya’s most impressive wildlife. Kenya’s largest National Park is split into two regions, East and West, and forms a key wildlife corridor stretching from the Shimba Hills near Mombasa, through Tsavo West, Aboseli, the Maasai Mara and across into the Tanzanian Serengeti. This corridor is hugely important for the migration of big game and many animal populations travel along it every year. However, to the numerous farming communities living adjacent to these protected areas, animals such as elephants and rhinos are often a destructive presence on their land, trampling precious crops and threatening their livelihoods. There can often be a great deal of human-wildlife conflict as a result, meaning that any conservation initiatives need to fully engage with the local community to be truly sustainable.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

On the Frontier-Kenya Wildlife Conservation project you will undertake a number of roles and responsibilities, helping out with the day to day running of the reserve, contributing towards conservation efforts and the education of the local community. Your duties will depend on the needs of the project at the time of your visit, the animals and any other ad hoc tasks which the rangers feel are necessary. You may have the opportunity to take part in the following activities:

Patrol

You will assist rangers with the day to day duties crucial to the conservation of the impressive local wildlife. You may assist rangers on patrol, involving the removal of any traps or man-made objects which may pose a threat to wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about these mighty beasts in their natural habitat and gain practical experience in tracking and animal behaviour. These patrols also help to identify any sick animals within the reserve, enabling the field staff to respond faster and more effectively to any identified cases. Regular patrols also help to ward off potential poachers.  

Bird Watching

Another important task for the rangers is to assess the migrant and resident bird populations in the reserve in order to focus conservation efforts. Should you have the chance to participate in this vital work, you will learn how to identify over 200 different bird species and their characteristic behaviours. Birds of prey are good barometers of ecosystem health and by understanding their ecology and behaviour, we can determine the health of their habitats. Vultures in particular are critical in recycling nutrients to keep this ecosystem clean, highlighting the importance of monitoring this threatened species.

Community Education 

You may also have the opportunity to participate in environmental awareness raising campaigns with local communities to promote the need for increased conservation efforts within their local area. Community education primarily takes place in schools and involves showing films and helping to set up local wildlife projects and capacity building initiatives. This is a great chance to use your creativity to develop engaging and exciting teaching methods to help portray the conservation message to local children. Depending on how confident you feel, you may even be able to teach your own lesson! 

Educating the local community about how introducing sustainable initiatives to protect their natural resources can have a positive impact upon tourism, which in-turn leads to more jobs and greater income for the local economy. This provides the incentive needed to gain the support of the local community for pro-conservation work and help changing attitudes concerning indigenous wildlife.

You will typically work Monday to Friday and you will have your weekends free to explore.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Mombasa airport you will be met by a friendly and welcoming local Frontier representative who will assist in your transfer to the reserve. You will have time to settle in and adjust to your new surroundings before receiving a detailed briefing on your placement.  

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout the duration of your project you will be living in a volunteer house along with the Park Ranger staff and your fellow volunteers within the reserve. Rooms will be shared and mixed. Your accommodation will be simple, but of course clean and comfortable and you will have access to showers and flushing toilets. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

For the duration of your stay you will be provided with three meals a day. Kenyan cuisine offers a variety of dishes based on meat and vegetable stews. Most dishes are served with either rice or ugali; the staple food for most of sub-Saharan Africa made from maize flour. You may also have the chance to sample such delicacies as "oysters Mombasa", fish or chicken in coconut, groundnut soup or beef and potato stew, and for dessert, bananas cooked in banana leaves. Clean water will also be available for you during the day to make sure you stay hydrated. 

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6. Extras

After the project, you may choose to travel further afield in Kenya under your own steam or with some of your new friends. You could spend time relaxing on the silvery beaches at Mombasa or swimming in the glittering Indian Ocean that teems with colourful underwater life. Or if you have an adventurous streak, you might like to try hang-gliding or scuba-diving - ask your project staff to help you find a local provider and support the local economy.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks $1,495

4 weeks $2,195

DEPARTURE DATES

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

April to November.

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

2 weeks or 4 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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