Focus: Community, Conservation and Education.
Lumo Volunteers is an organization that aims to bring volunteers from all over the world to the Lumo Conservancy in South Kenya to support the rangers in protecting the wildlife and helping the local community develop sustainable means of living. In the past years, there has been a growing number of dedicated people of all ages and of various nationalities who have really made a difference to this area.
Lumo Volunteers provides very important support to the rangers at the conservancy through a number of ways:
First of all it makes public and gives recognition to the fact that many local Kenyans are very dedicated to preserving their natural heritage, thus giving strong emotional support to the cause of conservation.
Secondly, volunteers provide practical help by bringing a lot of different skills and new ideas to the community, from which many people here can benefit - whether this is specialist knowledge about biology, languages, trees, birds, healthcare: any skill is very welcome!
Also, there are many tasks in which volunteers simply provide some very much appreciated extra man-power for the rangers, like when looking for poachers´ snares on foot patrols, chasing cattle back into the grazing area or planting trees with school children or tourists.
Last but not least, any financial contribution that volunteers make to the project goes straight into the conservancy, where they can help the locals believe that they made the right decision when they decided to `turn green´.
Costs & Benefits
Of course, no two days out here in the bush are the same.... But generally speaking, breakfast for the volunteers is usually at 7 am, followed by the morning activity at 8 am, with lunch being around 12.30h and the afternoon activity starting around 3pm.
Activities often revolve around vehicle or foot patrols with the rangers, on which you go out to check whether everything is alright in the conservancy. There may be cows outside the designated grazing area which need to be driven back into their zone, some poachers might have put up snares in which animals become entrapped, the state of the waterholes and the grazing needs to be surveyed. On these patrols, you will pretty much always be able to see some wildlife - elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, antelopes, sometimes even lions, cheetahs or leopards....
On the other hand, the rangers are also active in the community and are in touch with the local schools. Rangers and volunteers give lectures to the pupils about animals and conservation in order to make the children aware of the importance of preserving nature. Sometimes we also plant trees together or do a spot of rubbish-picking. Thus, you will have many opportunities to meet with the local population and to get to know about their lives.
Rates include meet and greet at Mombasa or Nairobi Airport, transfer to accommodation, first night in hostel, transfer to bus to Voi, bus ticket, pick-up and transfer from Voi to Lumo, accommodation, all meals, drinking water, programme with Lumo Volunteers, transfer to Voi, bus to Mombasa or Nairobi, last night in hostel, transfer to airport.
STUDENTS (with proof of status) ADULTS
1 week 20,000 Ksh (~180 €) 25,000 Ksh (~225 €)
Volunteers aged 18 years old and over, no particular skills needed but certain degree of fitness; experience in teaching, health care, social work or biology mostly welcome.
P. O. Box 186-80311
Average cost per day:25€ (students) 32€ (adults)
Focus: Conservation, Community and Education
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old