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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Dit project is geschikt voor jongeren tussen 15 en 18 jaar oud

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 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.

Luchthaven transport, vluchten en visums

Na aankomst op de voorafbepaalde luchthaven, zal een medewerker van Projects Abroad je persoonlijk opwachten. Meer informatie over de verschillende luchthavens, oriëntatie en visums kun je op onze Kenia Aankomstprocedure pagina terugvinden.

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

Management plans

We hebben onze doelen en belangen van onze projecten uitgeschreven in onze Management Plans. Op deze manier kunnen we uitgebreid plannen welk werk moet gebeuren op elk project. Het helpt ook om het werk te meten en te evalueren wat we elk jaar bereikt hebben.

Het is uiteindelijk de bedoeling dat onze Management Plans de projecten effectiever maken. Je gaat daardoor deel uitmaken van een duurzaam project dat impact heeft waar het echt nodig is. Lees meer over onze Management Plans.

Onze impact

Elk jaar helpen duizenden jongeren en stagiaires om een verschil te maken over de hele wereld. Tijdens hun ervaring in het buitenland dragen ze bij tot de duurzame doelstellingen die we elk jaar vooropstellen, met de bedoeling om een duurzame impact te maken op de gemeenschappen.

Om alle verwezenlijkingen te verzamelen, ontwikkelen we elk jaar een Jongerenreizen Impact Report. Lees meer over alle projecten en hun impact in het afgelopen jaar.

Maaltijden en accommodatie

Je gaat accommodatie delen met andere Projects Abroad vrijwilligers en stagiaires in het natuurreservaat. Op deze manier leer je de andere vrijwilligers en stagiaires beter kennen, kun je ervaringen uitwisselen, en samen het dagelijkse leven in de Afrikaanse Savanne beleven.

Tijdens onze Jongerenreizen proberen we ervoor te zorgen dat je een kamer deelt met minstens een andere vrijwilliger of stagiaire van hetzelfde geslacht en leeftijd. Jouw kamer is bescheiden maar comfortabel, proper en veilig.

De kostprijs van het project is inclusief drie maaltijden per dag.

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Veiligheid en ondersteuning

Jouw veiligheid heeft onze hoogste prioriteit. We hebben verschillende procedures opgezet zodat jouw ervaring in het buitenland zorgeloos en veilig verloopt. Onze Projects Abroad staff is 24/7 beschikbaar, zowel door de week als tijdens het weekend, om je te ondersteunen en begeleiden. Zij zorgen ervoor dat jij je altijd veilig en comfortabel voelt. Mocht je ergens tegenaan lopen, dan zijn ze altijd beschikbaar om je te helpen.


Lees meer over veiligheid en ondersteuning.

Bij jouw inschrijving vragen we een aanbetaling te doen van slechts €295, wat wordt afgetrokken van de totaalprijs.

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