A picture of a volunteer watching a giraffe whilst on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Kenya.

Conservation Volunteer Work in Kenya

Protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and other African wildlife in the Kenyan wilderness

Help us with conservation volunteer work in Kenya and to protect endangered animals and the natural ecosystems. You’ll experience amazing African wildlife in their natural habitat, and learn from conservation experts from East Africa. Our project is based at the Soysambu Conservancy. We do work here to preserve biodiversity through research, monitoring species, and other methods.


The major focus of the project is the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. Only a few thousand remain in the wild, and a large portion of the population lives in Soysambu. We need to protect the species before they become critically endangered. Part of your work will also include hands-on work, like removing alien plants and building waterholes for wild animals. All activities are supervised by experienced conservationists.


You’ll live and work in the conservancy. Your accommodation will be at a ranch house that you’ll share with other volunteers. Seize this opportunity to live in the savannah and have an unforgettable African adventure!


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

One Week

Placement Location:

Soysambu (Read More)

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation at Conservation base Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Visa costs (where applicable)

  • Flights

A group of volunteers are pictured on a Jeep truck whilst taking a break from their wildlife conservation volunteering in Kenya with Projects Abroad.

Is a wildlife conservation volunteer opportunity in Kenya right for me?

This project is great for anyone passionate about protecting wildlife in Africa. It’s an opportunity to have an off-the-beaten-track adventure in the great outdoors.


Pursuing a career in conservation? This project offers a perfect balance between research and doing hands-on work. You’ll learn directly from conservation experts, and can use the experience to build your resume. You will gain much to talk about in future interviews, from the challenges you faced to what you learned.


This project runs year-round. You can join from as short as one week, but we always recommend staying longer to have a greater impact.

What will I do on this project?

You’ll work with local conservationists to protect wildlife in the Soysambu Conservancy. Here are some of the tasks you can take part in:


  • Research the Rothschild giraffe and other endangered species
  • Set up trail cameras and study animal behavior they capture
  • Conduct community outreaches
  • Remove invasive plant species
  • Maintain waterholes to make sure wildlife has access to water

Endangered species research


Our major focus is to research the ecology of the Rothschild's giraffe. We share this knowledge with other reserves. This is pioneering research that could determine the fate of this subspecies of giraffe. There are only a few thousand of these giraffes remaining in the wild. Our work in Kenya makes a significant contribution in maintaining a habitat where they can flourish and breed in peace.


Setup trail cameras


Trail cameras help us observe animals we might not get to see with our own eyes. Many animals are active at night, camera help us study their behavior. You’ll help us set up these cameras strategically around the reserve. This is also an effective way to do mammal inventory, which helps measure the success of our work efforts.


Community outreach


Part of your volunteer work will also be to conduct community outreach. There will be weekly outreach activities to serve the local community and raise awareness about conservation. You could:


  • Teach children that protecting the environment is important
  • Teach English
  • Play sports like soccer
  • Build 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 clear and maintain trails for easy navigation through the vegetation. Dedicated trails are important to protect indigenous plants.


Maintain natural water holes for animals


Water holes and boreholes are important sources of water for wildlife. They are used to make sure there is always enough water for the animals, which is especially important during a drought.

Where in Kenya will I work?

Soysambu

Our project is based at the Soysambu Conservancy.


This is located in the heart of the ancient and beautiful Great Rift Valley in Nakuru County. 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’ll live with other volunteers at the conservancy in a ranch house, which has been modified into dormitory-style accommodation. Dormitories are separated according to gender. The house has an outside area for activities and a spacious living area for relaxing or socializing. Enjoy your meals together indoors or outside in the fresh outdoor African air. After a long day’s work,y you can relax and admire the spectacular views.


Please note that electricity is only available in the evenings when the solar power is used.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Kenya Arrival Procedures page

A male Projects Abroad volunteer spots a male giraffe whilst out and taking part in his Wildlife conservation volunteer work in Kenya.

What is a typical day on this project like?

Project work usually runs over five days a week. Depending on what your tasks are, you could start earlier, finish later, or work over the weekend.


Work gets divided among all the volunteers according to a weekly schedule. On a typical day you can expect to work from 8am to 12pm. There will be a long lunch break where you can eat, sleep, read and relax, to be ready for work to start again at about 2pm.


Workdays are usually split into physical and non-physical days. You’ll alternate between days which include physical labor like digging and cutting. On the other days you’ll collect data, conduct GPS mapping, and do species research.


At night, you can have fun together cooking and enjoying your meals, followed by board games and other social activities.


Trained local staff will supervise all activities and provide support. They’ll accompany you wherever you go on the reserve. You’ll also get the opportunity to take part in workshops where you will learn more about the project and the environment.


This project is an awesome chance to meet like-minded volunteers from around the world. You’ll bond over hours shared together on site, during social activities, and at your accommodation.

Volunteers from Projects Abroad are pictured with a giraffe they helped rescue whilst on their wildlife conservation volunteer work in Kenya.

What are the goals of this wildlife conservation volunteer opportunity in Kenya?

The goals for this project are to preserve the ecology of the area and to ensure the survival of precious wildlife species.


Kenya is famous for safaris and many wild animals. But, the human population continues to grow, so there is an increasing threat of poaching, pollution. Residential and commercial development also continues to interfere with the natural environment. Reserves like Soysambu create havens for natural ecology to flourish.


This project will allow you to gain a wide new range of skills. You’ll learn a lot through your exposure to the African landscape, its animals, and the ecology.


Our major focus in Soysambu is preserving the Rothschild’s Giraffe. About 5% of its population lives in Soysambu. The research we do is critical for the species to thrive here.


We make sure to involve the local communities in our work where. This includes running educational programs and workshops in local schools. The goal is to share knowledge with children about the importance of protecting animals and the environment.


Join our African Savannah Conservation Project, and become part of our long-term vision to protect Kenya’s wildlife.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.


Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay at shared accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers in the reserve. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and share the experience of living in African savannah together.


The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

Volunteering in Kenya is the perfect opportunity to explore this extraordinary country. With such a vast array of different activities, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to fill your evenings and weekends.

A trip to East Africa wouldn’t be complete without a safari. You can see wildlife like elephants, lions, and even the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, as you explore the savannahs.

Our projects are based in Nanyuki, which is known as the gateway to Mount Kenya. With this majestic mountain on your doorstep, it’s worth taking a day to hike around the base.

You can spend evenings at buzzing restaurants, listening to live music and trying some of the local dishes. Kenya also has must-see markets, with bright textiles and hand carved sculptures.

You can spend your free time exploring independently or travel with a group. With so many volunteers joining us throughout the year, you’re sure to make some new friends and travel buddies during your trip. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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