Conservation of the vegetation which involves planting of trees in the conservancy, schools, and within the project.
Environmental clean-up exercises involving collection of plastics and wire traps that could harm animals.
Monitoring the animals through walks and eco-camping to spot injured and sick animals and reporting to the authorities.
Identifying animal foot prints to establish how far the animals are from human residences to help control conflicts.
Identifying animal populations by recording new births and deaths.
General maintenance of the center including cleaning and land-scaping.
Assisting in taking care of few domestic animals within the center.
Making of Maasai beads for selling to visitors to generate income.
Visiting homes for cultural learning.
ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT
We will pick up all volunteers taking part in this workcamp from 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 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.
Mara Osero Project situated on the western part of Mara North Conservancy, is wildlife conservation project and also a campsite people visiting the great Maasai Mara Park. The project was established in 2015 with the main mission of providing a sustainable correlation between human beings and wildlife. The project exists to conserve wildlife, preserve culture, minimize human-wildlife conflict, and engage in climate control practices. It is located within the Maasai community which is a unique and popular tribe due to their long preserved culture of their traditional way of life, making them a symbol of Kenyan culture.
Maasai’s distinctive culture, dress style and strategic territory along the game parks of Kenya and Tanzania have made them one of East Africa’s most internationally famous tourist attractions.
The project offers volunteers an opportunity to interact with wildlife, engage in conservation, explore, learn and interact with the Maasai community and their culture. The Mara conservation gives them a platform to serve, interact and also live like the Maasai people. Above all, the conservancy is managed according to a model that protects the delicate eco-system and benefits the landowners who are the Maasai people.
The wildlife at the conservancy comprises of the big cats, antelopes, elephants, zebras, wildebeests among others. There are wooded acacia and bushes within savannah plains, undulating hills which provide a varied habitat for browsing and grazing ungulates, as well as hideout thickets for the predators. The Mara River runs alongside the conservancy. There is a large number of giraffe and resident buffalo that live close to the Olerai boundary along the Mara River. Elephants frequent the conservancy and there is a pride of lion based on the edge of oloisukut. There are many hippos and crocodiles in the section of the river that borders the conservancy and the riverine forests which provide an area popular with leopards.
The project has so far been able to assist The Kenya Wildlife Service to recue animals by providing timely reports and preventing human-wildlife conflicts.
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
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: 4th -6th November 2020
Charges: 3-day Safari to Maasai Mara National Park, 340 Euro
Voluteers under the age of 18 need to carry a parental agreement for participating.
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.