Conservation Volunteers, Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara, with its iconic Maasai people who maintain their traditional ways of life, is Kenya’s world famous wildlife reserve, a continuation of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park in the north. The park is named in honour of the Maasai people, and mara (maa) in their language means “spotted”, an apt description for the circles of trees, scrubs, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area. The Mara is globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetah, and the annual Great Migration in July to October of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeest.
The Maasai’s home straddles the border of Kenya and Tanzania, accounting for about 0.7 percent of the population in both countries. They speak Maa, a Nilotic language from the Nile region of North Africa where they originated. The Samburu tribe is closest to them in both language and culture, and it is with these two tribes that you will work, out of the wildlife, culture, conservation and education village centre, where volunteers will have the ultimate opportunity to explore, learn and interact with the Maasai community and their culture. The conservation area is managed according to a model that protects the delicate eco-system and benefits the landowners who are the Maasai people.
The important focus of the conservancy is livestock improvement through innovative cattle management programs, running alongside novel tourism projects.
A warm welcome to begin with at the airport, where a transfer takes you to your host families home. Orientations the following morning and will cover everything you need to know about your project placement. This will include an introduction to Kenya, local customs, language training, politics, health precautions, and cultural expectations. You will also learn about, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers. You’ll spend the rest of the day getting to know your surroundings, and your host family.
Join scouts on patrol within the conservation area, day and night
Monitoring wildlife movements
Control cattle grazing
Human movement control
Ensure upkeep of the conservancy
Community awareness on protecting the wild
Treatment and rescue of orphaned wild animals with collaboration with other stakeholder’s i.e WWF, Mara elephant project, community and others
Carry out joint patrols with rangers from neighbouring conservation areas within and outside neighbouring Mara conservancy.
Safari walks and game drives
Bird watching and recording
Educational support i.e. outreach programme to enrich formal education
Medical outreach services activities
Research programmes all around fields allowed but information generated may be shared with the conservancy.
Filming may be done on the conservancy but all rights reserved courtesy of Oloisukut conservancy
Photo shooting on our scenic landscape that include wild animals, siria/oloololo escarpment, beautiful mega rocks hanging on escarpment, very beautiful bushes and forest and our pride, the Mara river that borders us with other conservancy.
We showcase the Maasai cultural activities, we sleep in a manyattas bomas (Maasai settlements), learn beadwork, as well as our system of slaughtering meat, cooking and eating with medicinal herbs (orpul - a community based medicinal and healing practice), and Maasai dance and so on.
Volunteers will stay in a homestay with a host family. Accommodation is simple, in keeping with local life. There is piped running water, and meals will be prepared by volunteers. Beds and Mattresses will be provided. Volunteers will need to bring a mosquito net, sleeping bag, a pillow, and water purifying tablets.
This will provide opportunities for international volunteers to learn/enjoy local life, explore the Maasai Mara National Game Reserve, the beautiful savannah, and the wildlife - giraffes can be seen as well as scavengers such as hyena and vulture. Take a guided safari on a weekend trip deeper into the Maasai Mara to spot lions, gazelles, and water bucks. Go to Lake Victoria, Nairobi and Mombassa.
The project is located on the fringes on the Maasai Mara National Park
Minimum 12 weeks
Maximum 52 weeks
We are always delighted to write references for our alumni
You will volunteer 4 or 5 consecutive days each week,
Those interested in:
other cultures and communities
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