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

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  • 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.

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Det här är ett projekt för dig som är 15-18 år


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.

Ankomst, visum och hämtning

När du anländer till flygplatsen i din valda destination, kommer en av våra Projects Abroad anställda att möta dig och hälsa dig välkommen till landet. Du hittar mer information om ankomstflygplatser, introduktion och visum på vår sida Ankomst i 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

Projekthandlingsplaner

Vi har utarbetat långsiktiga mål för våra projekt och dokumenterat målen i våra projekthandlingsplaner. Våra projekthandlingsplaner används också för att planera ditt arbete. Tack vare våra projekthandlingsplaner kan du vara säker på att du arbetar mot ett långsiktigt mål och vi kan kontinuerligt utvärdera och förbättra vårt arbete. Våra projekthandlingsplaner säkerställer att vi gör en verklig skillnad.

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Vi mäter resultatet av vårt arbete varje år

Varje år deltar tusentals ungdomsvolontärer på våra projekt runt om i världen. Under deras tid utomlands bidrar de till att göra en långsiktig positiv skillnad i de samhällen där de arbetar. För att visa vilket resultat deras hårda arbete har, sammanställer vi varje år en rapport som heter High School Specials Impact repor.

För mer information om den insats våra ungdomsvolontär gjort under året, läs vår senaste rapport.


Mat och boende

Du kommer dela boende med andra Projects Abroad volontärer under din tid i naturreservatet. Det här är ett fantastiskt sätt att lära känna varandra och dela era upplevelser av att bo tillsammans på den afrikanska savannen.

Vi försöker alltid placera våra ungdomsvolontärer så att de delar rum med en annan Projects Abroad volontär eller praktikant, av samma ålder och kön. Ditt rum kommer vara enkelt men bekvämt, rent och säkert.

Din projektavgift inkluderar tre måltider om dagen.

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Säkerhet och personalstöd

Din säkerhet är vår första prioritet. Vi har många processer och system på plats för att se till att du som ungdomsvolontär har all extra hjälp och support som du behöver. Vår egen Projects Abroad personal finns alltid med dig och de andra ungdomsvolontärerna, oavsett tid på dygnet eller dag i veckan. De ser till att du trivs i ditt boende och känner dig hemma på din projektplacering. Om du skulle stöta på något problem, finns vår personal alltid där för att hjälpa dig.

Läs mer om support och säkerhet.

När du anmäler dig betalar du endast 2700 kr, vilket dras av från totalpriset. Avbetalningsmöjligheter finns och vi kan också ge tips på hur du kan samla in pengar

Vill du delta på fler än ett projekt? Ring oss på 0855921116 för att ta reda på om vi kan erbjuda rabatt.

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