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Kenya Forest & Community Project

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Kenya Forest & Community Project

Monitor and preserve rare Kenyan ecosystems and their inhabitants, bringing about change and sustainability to the area. Plant trees, observe forest wildlife and educate the local communities.

Prices from US$1,395

Kenya – a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Charismatic wildlife roams rift valley plains, white sand beaches fringe the turquoise Indian Ocean and ancient tribal communities practice traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time. All these combine to provide a destination of unparalleled appeal and fascination.

Travel to this spectacular land and immerse yourself in a community and culture in which you will be made to feel incredibly welcome. The people are positively inspiring and the landscape, national parks, beaches and surrounding islands are stunningly beautiful.

Once you’ve learnt to do things the Kenyan way you’ll never want to leave this unique travel destination.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Help to preserve the beautiful Kenyan habitat

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years

FAST FACTS

Location Kenya
Activities Monitoring the movements of wildlife populations
Teaching sustainable conservation practices
Working with the local community on a variety of conservation initiatives 
Forestry maintenance & management practices
Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Homestay or shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 2 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Ground transfer to project
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.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your voluntary experience will give you invaluable preparation for a career in a conservation related field. The Frontier-Kenya Forest and Community programme has been established to provide international volunteer support to the work of this incredible community, driving sustainable land use and conservation of this unique East African forest ecosystem. Throughout the course of this project you will take part in many different tasks aimed at helping to preserve the area’s forests. You will be assisting with the day-to-day running of a local forest centre, utilising a rotational system enabling volunteers to help in some of the following areas:

  • Working with a local youth or women’s group teaching sustainable conservation practices.
  • Working in a local butterfly farm which helps to generate income for the local tribespeople.
  • Providing additional support to local villagers with additional ad hoc tasks such as beekeeping or mushroom farming.
  • Working with local eco-tourism groups to drive additional revenue streams for the local community through initiatives such as organising canoe rides and butterfly watching as a way of sustaining their livelihoods and protecting the local mangroves. 
  • Accompanying the Kenya Wildlife Service personnel and forest rangers conducting weekly patrols in the forest. 

You will be expected to work between 8am and 2pm Monday to Friday, with free time available in the afternoons and weekends, which you can utilise to visit the local area or relax on the local beaches. We also encourage volunteers to spend time also with their host families and embrace the local culture. The forest staff are all incredibly friendly and welcome questions from the volunteers on all aspects of local life.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Nairobi airport by a friendly local staff member. You will usually spend a night in the Kenyan capital to recover from your international flight before taking the comfortable coach ride to the coast and Mombasa. If you prefer, you can fly directly to Mombasa and we will arrange an airport pickup for you accordingly.  

In Malindi the local staff will meet you and introduce you to your host and the local area. Both your host and local coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly and laid back community.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying close to the project with a friendly host family, who will provide you with your own room and privacy, as well as a warm, supportive environment for your stay. They will make every effort to make you feel welcome and this is often a fantastic and unique opportunity to get to know the people of the area and understand their way of life and the richness of their culture. Laundry services can be arranged individually through the host families for a small extra charge. Although basic, your accommodation will be comfortable and you will have access to all the basic facilities that you will need.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with two meals per day by your host mother, which will be eaten together as a family, helping to introduce you to local customs whilst you sample some authentic African home cooking or market stall food. This will really give you a true flavour of Kenya! 

Kenyan cuisine offers a variety of dishes based on meat and vegetable stews. Most dishes are served either with 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 pudding, bananas cooked in banana leaves.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The area is awash with activities and is the perfect place from which to explore the surroundings, where there are so many interesting things to see, breathtaking beaches to relax on, beautiful nature reserves to visit and historic customs to discover. Take time to visit the Gede ruins, peruse the local woodcarver market stalls at the Curio Market or marvel at the geographical wonder of Hell’s Kitchen. At Tsavo National Park tourists are able to see a wide variety of animals, including lion, cheetah, black rhinoceros, buffalo, giraffe, ostrich, crocodile and impala. There are also snake and crocodile farms, offering the chance to see over 200 different species and the Falconry of Kenya, where you can go on a bird safari and see one of the largest collections of birds in Kenya.

The in-country staff will be happy to help you with sightseeing ideas and excursions, but please be aware that any costs involved in doing so will be additional to your project costs.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,395

Extra week US$545

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

Your time on the project can be from 2 weeks to 1 year

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

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

In-country

  • 2 measl a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfer to project
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up
     

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Apt (NBO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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