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The aims of this project are to ensure that the Maasai 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 Maasai Mara Project you will help to preserve a balanced relationship between the local Maasai communities and the threatened species in the area. You will be involved in exciting conservation and wildlife research activities in a new and spectacular Maasai Mara conservancy area. You will also be assisting at the Koiyaki Guiding School to train up local Maasai guides to promote sustainable tourism in the area.
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Location of the Project:  Maasai Mara, Kenya
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 6 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
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Volunteer Work:  Lion monitoring, conservation efforts, teaching environmentalism
Age:  18 - 80
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 16 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Cell phone reception is sometimes patchy, volunteers will need to purchase airtime. A SIM Card will be provided upon arrival.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in tents (beds included inside the tent)
Food:  Three meals daily
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Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are included on both arrival and departure days
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, entry visa (approximately $50 USD), travel health insurance, personal expenses, airtime for cell phone or internet
The Maasai 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 Maasai Mara and just north of the National Reserve. This conservancy area is geographically linked with a number of conservancies as well as the Maasai Mara National Reserve, encouraging wildlife to move over large areas.
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.

Some of your tasks may include:
  • 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 developing 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 Maasai 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.
Internet
Internet:  There is no Internet available at the camp or project, but there is a tourist resort within walking distance where Wifi is available with the purchase of a drink
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in rustic, but comfortable tents that include beds and are walking distance from the dining area and toilet facilities.
Food:  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.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Height of at least 1.55 meters tall (5 feet 1 inch)
  • Police clearance
  • Volunteers MUST travel with proof of a Yellow Fever Vaccination
  • Good level of English
  • Motivation to learn about conservation
  • Motivation to work with children and/or adults
  • High level of independence and flexibility
  • Immunizations (please consult your doctor)
There are many optional travel and excursion options that volunteers will be able to arrange once on site for an additional fee.

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