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Volunteer Masai Mara (STA exclusive)

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Tour style - Culture & History

17 days

Assist with lion, elephant and cheetah research and monitoring while learning from experienced Masai guides about life in the African bush. About this Project: In the midst of the “Greatest wildlife show in Africa”, help preserve the balance between the local Masai communities, and the endangered species in the area. You will be involved in exciting conservation and wildlife research activities in a new and spectacular Masai Mara conservancy area! Make an impact by promoting the “Green Villages” sustainable conservation concept in surrounding Masai communities! You will also be assisting at the Koiyaki Guiding School to train up local Masai guides to promote sustainable tourism in the area. How you can make a difference: The Masai Mara is quite possibly Africa’s finest safari destination and volunteers will assist with the monitoring of lion, leopard and cheetah populations. Volunteers also have the unique experience of working at a Guide Training School and camp, that provides training to local Masai so that they can gain employment in tourism. The School has a wide range of programs, from Environment and Wildlife Management to photography and cultural history. During the school year, volunteers will also run an environment club with young students at a local primary school. A day in the life of a volunteer: •Upon arrival at your volunteer base, settle in and receive a Welcome Pack and begin an orientation program, receive a guided tour of the facilities that will be your new home. •With an early start of 6:30am or 7am, spend the morning alongside student guides on training walks and monitoring the local cheetah population and other wildlife. •Break for breakfast before preparing an English lesson at the Guiding School •In the afternoon, have a break from the heat and input data, prepare lessons for the following morning at the Guide School or primary school •Your schedule during your volunteer time will be subject to change based on the time of year due to holidays at the Guide school and local primary school •Evenings are free to relax and spend time with fellow volunteers and staff •Week-ends are free to take advantage of the many optional activities available
  • Day 1 Nairobi (1D)

    Arrive at any time between 6am and 9pm. You are met and transferred to the volunteer house in Brackenhurst, where you spend the night.

  • Day 2 Masai Mara (1B,1L,1D)

    Transfer to the Masai Mara reserve, where you settle for the next few weeks.

  • Day 3 Masai Mara Volunteer Project (1B,1L,1D)

    Transfer to the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in the heart of the Masai Mara eco system. Once you have settled in, you will be briefed on the itinerary of the orientation program. You will receive a detailed Welcome Pack, which will contain all the important information you may need. You will be orientated to the area that you will be living in, as well as be shown the areas that you will be volunteering in. In the next few days, you will visit the project sites and be introduced to the relevant projects, key people and volunteer coordinators that you will be working closely with.

  • Day 4-15 Masai Mara Volunteer Project (7B,7L,7D)

    Immerse yourself in wildlife and local culture. Activities can vary, but may include: assist in data collection on lion, cheetah, and elephants, guided by experienced field staff, work alongside local Masai expert instructors in training and educating students from the surrounding Masai community to be safari guides, be involved in helping to improve the facilities of a Masai school located on the edge of the Masai Mara ecosystem, get a taste of the Kenyan / Masai culture; learn a bit of Swahili & Masai (Maa). A day in the life of a Masai Mara Volunteer: The proposed schedule will be subject to change at any time - but gives a general idea of what a normal week is like for volunteers: Monday 06:30 – 07:30 Practical activities with student guides eg. Guided walks, bird walks etc. 07.30 – 08.00 Breakfast 08:00 – 10:00 English/Cultural lesson with student guides 10:00 – 10:30 Break 10:30 – 13:00 Elephant Research Project 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 16:00 KGS tree nursery / resource room development. Optional: Nkoilale Market Visit. 17:00 – 19:00 Big cat monitoring 19:00+ Dinner & Free time Tuesday 07:00 – 09:00 Wildlife count / Cheetah monitoring 09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast 10:00 – 12:30 Wildlife count / Cheetah monitoring 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 17:00 Data input / Lessons preparation 17:00 – 20:00 Big Cat Monitoring Drive / Dinner 20:00 + Free Time Wednesday 07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast 08:00 – 10:00 English/Cultural lesson with student guides 10:00 – 10:30 Tea 10:30 – 13:00 Elephant monitoring 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 18:00 Community Outreach (Women’s group) / Cheetah monitoring 18:00 – 19:00 Dinner 19:00+ Free time (Occasional: Video with KGS Students) Thursday 06:30 – 09:00 Wildlife Count / Cheetah monitoring 09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast 10:00 – 12:30 Wildlife Count / Cheetah monitoring 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 16:00 Data input / Lesson Prep – Olesere Primary School 16:00 – 20:00 Big Cat Monitoring Drive / Dinner 20:00 Free time Friday 06:30 – 07:30 Practical activities with student guides eg. guided walk / bird walk 07:30 – 08:00 Breakfast 08:30 – 12:00 Elephant Research 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 17:00 Olesere Primary School – wildlife conservation club 18:00 – 19:00 Dinner 19:00+ Free time / Friday Fire Night Saturday 08:00 – 10:00 Breakfast 10:00 + Free time – optional activities available Sunday Free Time

  • Day 16 Nairobi (1B,1L)

    Transfer back to Nairobi for your last night.

  • Day 17 Nairobi (1B)

    Depart at any time.

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