Teenagers conduct a wildlife census as part of their conservation volunteer work in Kenya

Conservation Volunteer Work in Kenya for Teenagers

Join people your age and work together to protect endangered wildlife in East Africa, like the Rothschild’s Giraffe

Projektoversigt

  • Work alongside people your age to protect local ecosystems and endangered wildlife whilst learning from conservation experts.
  • Help us protect threatened species like the Rothschild’s Giraffe, remove alien plants, build waterholes, and more.
  • You’ll live at the conservancy, surrounded by the beautiful African savannah every day.
  • Download a sample itinerary for this project.

Startdatoer: 

I skoleferier

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Minimum varighed: 

To uger

Alder: 

15-18


Is conservation volunteer work in Kenya for teenagers right for me?

Do you want to do more to protect the environment and endangered animals? Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Are you interested in a career in conservation someday? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this High School Special is perfect for you.

You’ll learn directly from conservation experts, and do work that has a tangible impact on local ecosystems. You don’t need any previous experience. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. Our staff are there to guide and support you, and make sure you’re safe at all times in the conservancy.

You’ll also develop personal skills, like teamwork, and demonstrate your adaptability by working abroad. This will add value to your CV, and give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews.

Our High School Special is specifically designed for teenagers, and we have a set itinerary in place to make the most out of your time. It runs over set dates, so you can pick the trip that fits your schedule. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side.

Teenagers fill in data about wildlife during conservation volunteer work in Kenya

What will I do on this wildlife conservation project?

Your work combines research with hands-on work. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:


  • Research endangered species, such as the Rothschild giraffe
  • Set up camera traps and study animal behaviour
  • Participate on community outreaches
  • Invasive plant species removal
  • Maintain waterholes to ensure vital water access to wildlife
  • Discover Kenya with volunteers your age

Your work will focus on the following areas:


Endangered species research


Our big focus in Kenya is to research the ecology of the Rothschild's giraffe. This research is shared with other reserves.

This is pioneering work that could determine the fate of this subspecies. 5% of the entire Rothschild Giraffe population can be found in Soysambu. It’s critical that we preserve an environment where this species can continue to flourish.


Set up camera traps


As animals are very active by night, camera traps help us study their natural habitats, behaviours, and movements. You’ll be involved in setting up these cameras around the reserve. This also helps us do an inventory of mammals in the conservancy. Once we have numbers, we can measure the results of our efforts, and determine a

populations’ potential growth.


Community outreach


In addition to working in the conservancy, you will also participate in a community outreach once a week. The outreach activities vary depending on the needs of the community at the time. They could include:


  • Teaching children about the importance of protecting the environment and wild animals.
  • Teaching basic English.
  • Playing sports like football.
  • Building a toilet or oven.


Invasive plant removal


Alien plant species are a big problem in Kenya. They destroy endemic plants that provide a habitat for the local wildlife. You’ll help remove these plants.


You’ll also help us clear and maintain trails to make sure visitors don’t wander off the dedicated paths. This helps protect indigenous plants.


Maintaining natural water holes for animals


You will help maintain water holes and boreholes. This will ensure that water is stored for the animals during the dry season, and during periods of drought.  


Work with volunteers your own age


You’ll volunteer with teenagers from around the world. There will be plenty for you to learn from your new friends, like the culture in their home countries.


You won’t just work together, you’ll also socialise and travel over the weekend together. All of your activities are supervised by Projects Abroad staff.


Where in Kenya will I work?

Soysambu

Soysambu is in the Kenya Wildlife Service’s list of endangered ecosystems. This is why we need volunteers to support the work of local conservationists.


You will stay at the reserve in same-sex dormitories alongside other volunteers your age. There is a communal area at the front of the accommodation, with stunning views over the reserve.

Afhentning i lufthavn, fly og visum

Når du ankommer til lufthavnen, står der en Projects Abroad medarbejder klar til at tage imod dig. Du kan finde mere information om ankomst til lufthavnen, orientering og visum på vores side om ankomst til Kenya. 


What are the aims of this project?

The main aim for this project is to preserve the well-being of the area and ensure the survival of precious wildlife species.

Kenya is a safari haven and wild animals can be seen roaming from the roadsides. However, the human population continues to expand. Poaching, pollution, and damage caused by residential and commercial development are major threats. Reserves like Soysambu act as sanctuaries for wildlife and allow species to flourish.


With such a wide range of research and practical work being done at Soysambu, you will learn a new range of skills. You’ll also gain an increased awareness of this sprawling African landscape, its animals, and their ecology.

Join us as a teenage volunteer today, and become part of our long-term efforts to protect wildlife in Kenya.

Interesting facts about conservation volunteering in Kenya with projects abroad

Management plans

Vi beskriver vores målsætninger for vores projekter i dokumenter, som vi kalder Management Plans. Vi bruger dem til at planlægge vores arbejde på en grundig og officiel måde. De hjælper os også med at gøre vores projekter bedre. Det betyder også, at du kan blive en del af noget, som faktisk har en stor indflydelse der, hvor der er brug for det.

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Measuring our impact

Hvert år gør tusindvis af frivillige på vores ungdomsprojekter aktivt en forskel rundt omkring i verden. I løbet af deres tid i udlandet, bidrager de til opnåelsen af langsigtede mål og har en langvarig indflydelse på de lokalsamfund, de arbejder i.

Vi udarbejder en årlig Impact Report for vores ungdomsprojekter, som dokumenterer nogle af disse præstationer og resultater.

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Kost og logi

Du bliver indkvarteret sammen med andre Projects Abroad frivillige og praktikanter i løbet af dit ophold i Nanyuki. På den måde kan du lære de andre frivillige at kende, dele jeres oplevelser og udforske jeres omgivelser sammen i jeres fritid.

Du kan også bede om at blive indkvarteret hos en lokal værtsfamilie. På vores ungdomsprojekter forsøger vi altid at få det til at passe, så du deler værelse med mindst én anden frivillig på samme alder og af samme køn som dig.

Dit værelse kommer til at være trygt, komfortabelt og rent. Din projektpris inkluderer tre måltider om dagen. 

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Sikkerhed og personalesupport

Din sikkerhed er vores højeste prioritet. Vi har mange procedurer og systemer, som sikrer, at du får den støtte, du skal bruge for at nyde din rejse med ro i sindet. Vores Projects Abroad personale er til rådighed døgnet rundt for at hjælpe, og de står klar til at sikre, at du falder godt til i din nye bolig og på dit projekt. Hvis du støder ind i problemer, vil de være klar til at hjælpe dig til hver en tid.

 

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Når du tilmelder dig, betaler du kun 2950 kr., som bliver fratrukket projektprisen.

Vil du gerne deltage på mere end ét projekt? Ring til os på +45 35 15 21 20 for at se om vi kan tilbyde dig en god pris.

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