from $2729.00

Kenya Community Conservation

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29 days

This expedition leads its volunteers to exotic Kenya, East Africa, where you will hunker down into inspiring marine, primate and forest research! Along the way expect to become closely involved in local community development projects, including teaching English and sustainable tourism programmes. Living and working on the beautiful Shimoni Archipelago, off the coast of the Indian Ocean and bordering with Tanzania, volunteers will experience the amazing white sand beaches and extraordinary biodiversity of the area. Conduct dolphin research with visiting seasonal humpback whales from a surface vessel, snorkel to observe turtles, and help vital wildlife conservation with Angolan Black and White Colobus monkeys in the coastal forest! Volunteers will also have the opportunity to journey in-land to the heart of East Africa's savannas, working alongside rural communities to develop livelihood alternatives to wildlife poaching in order to protect Kenya's precious big game. This expedition is run in partnership with the world renowned Kenya Wildlife Service and other local partners.
  • Summary

    Enjoy a vast range of rare opportunities that incorporate terrestrial, marine and community projects focusing on nature preservation! There is no clear set itinerary for your time here, and you will travel through Kenya, assisting in the following exciting activities as, where and when you are needed... let the adventure begin! Each day you will be immersed in a truly remote tropical paradise, living and working alongside local people and fishermen, living their culture, food and way of life. Along the way you will learn a variety of marine and terrestrial survey skills within this treasured tropical environment, including turtle and primate studies. Depending on your set personal schedule, you will spend days on the research boats on warm, crystal-clear waters in one of the most spectacular examples of a tropical marine environment in the world, tracking turtles, dolphins, whales, manta rays or whale sharks up close in their natural environment... depending upon the season and your luck, of course! Walk in wonder through lowland, tropical, coastal forests and enjoy the magical variations of the colourful bird life. Spend other days studying the Angolan black and white Colobus monkey before heading off to snorkel some of Kenya's finest coral reefs in search of the diverse and colourful Western Indian Ocean tropical fish! Explore inland Africa, camping in and around national parks and working on wildlife and community conflict projects (such as poaching and the bush meat trade). You will also have the chance to assist in teaching English to children and adults, learning skills from GVI's TEFL course, which has been designed especially for teaching conversational English as a second language. Assist in environmental education and awareness programmes, visiting and teaching in local schools and with tour operators in and around the expedition base. Spend each day swathed in the area's Swahili culture, their food, clothing, legends and knowledge. And of course after a hard week's work, relax and party with your new-found friends at the well deserved Saturday Night Fiesta in Diani!

  • Highlights

    You'll be shacking up right out in the sticks here and you can¿t get more authentic than that! Living in close quarters with the friendly, inspiring locals, you'll be assisting wildlife conservation and community development projects throughout this breathtaking region. All the while, enjoy close encounters with rare and beautiful creatures in their stunning natural habitat, as well as experiencing unique and intriguing cultures as ancient as man itself!

  • Inclusions

    - All food and accommodation - Training materials and science equipment - An 'Introduction to TEFL'(Teaching English as a Foreign language) course - Comprehensive training necessary for research techniques - An 'Emergency First Aid' course - 24-hour in-country support and a 24-hour emergency phone line

  • Not Included

    -International flights -Airport transfers -Medical and travel insurance -Personal kit -Visas -Side trips -Spending money

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