CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Short-Term Volunteering

Mara Osero Project

November 2020
Mara Osero Conservation Project

Orientation date: 7 November 2020, 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 8 - 25 November 2020
Safari dates: 4 - 6 November 2020
Theme: Wildlife Conservation
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Project Profile

Mara Osero is a project situated in the western part of Mara North Conservancy. It is located within the Maasai community which is a unique and popular tribe due to the long preserved culture of their traditional way of life, making them a symbol of the Kenyan culture. The project was established in 2015 with the aim to assist in wildlife conservation, create a sustainable environment with access to water, food, and electricity in order to improve life within the Maasai bushes. The project also has established eco-lodge for hosting volunteers and tourists within the region and who are involved with wildlife conservation or viewing.
The project is designed for protecting the delicate ecosystem and bringing a little income to the local community, creating jobs, inspiring and educating the youth about smart gardening and nature conservation. Living in the bush surrounded by zebras, giraffes, antelopes, lions, hippos, and elephants, the volunteer will work in direct contact with nature and helping in available activities. Apart from normal volunteering in the project’s activities, volunteers will get to closely know the wildlife and the eco-system of Maasai Mara through excursions, nature walks, activities of the conservancy, bird watching, enjoying sunrises and sunsets. There are a conservation and education village center that will offer volunteers the opportunity to explore, learn and interact with the Maasai community and their culture, giving a platform to serve and also live like the Maasai people. Additionally, there are also social activities with the children in the village for promoting education and capacity building.

Location

The project is located in Kimintet, Kilgoris District, Narok County of Kenya.

Volunteering activities

  • Conducting nature walks in the park to monitor the animal’s behavior
  • Assisting in the maintenance of beekeeping (apiculture) around the village
  • Environmental clean-up exercises involving the collection of plastics
  • General maintenance and improvement of the campsite that involves construction, painting, gardening, landscaping and
    Planting trees within the campsite and at school
  • Assisting in teaching basic language, games, and mathematics in a local school
  • Helping in daily life work like cleaning, cooking and shopping from the local market
  • Assisting in taking care of a few domestic animals within the center like dogs and chicken
  • Any kind of new ideas or initiatives to help the Maasai people to generate income like making beads for selling to visitors

Arrival at the airport

We will pick up all volunteers taking part in this workcamp from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. CIVS will arrange accommodation before and after the workcamp in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi

Accommodation and Sites of Interest

Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food.

Camp Fees

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include: -

  • Airport pick up upon arrival & Airport drop off after the workcamp
  • Up to 3 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi
  • Introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Centre
  • Tour before the workcamp
  • Workcamp Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi or the workcamp site
  • Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Workcamp facilitation and mentoring of volunteers by an experienced workcamp leader
  • Certificate of participation for the volunteer
  • All administrative costs

Safari Option

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry, accommodation, and tour guiding.

Safari dates: 5 – 7 November 2020

Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park at 340 Euro

What to carry

Volunteers are required to carry the following items for the workcamp: mosquito net, torch/flashlight, toiletries, first-aid kit, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, working gloves, sandals, and sunscreen. In addition to those, volunteers can also carry the following items for interaction purposes: pictures of your country, old clothes that are no longer in use, toys, books, pens, etc.

If you need more information or have questions, please contact us.

Center for International Voluntary Service (CIVS)
Phone: +254 (20) 780909, +254 (20) 786658
Mobile: +254 722 210968
E-mail: info@civskenya.com