Located in the Kwale region along the coast of Kenya, the program area is one of the last remaining coastal rainforests in the world. The sounds of swaying trees, animals rustling in the bush and birds singing will welcome you to this robust ecosystem.

The Volunteer Action for Change program is part of the Shimba Hills Forest Guides Association (SHIFOGA) is comprised of 30 local youths who have come together to support eco-tourism in the Shimba Hills National Reserve and surrounding area. Our group members are all professionally trained and experienced to guide you through the reserve, and we offer a range of excursions that can be tailored to suit your needs be it a 40 minute walk along our nature trail or a full-day long walking safari around the Shimba Hills Ecosystem.

Just recently, the organization has launched an animal welfare program to enable volunteers to work on elephant conservation and assistance with street dogs and cats. Come join us as we launch this new initiative!

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION  Nairobi, Kenya
INCLUDED Transportation to/from Airport to Program Location
Accommodations – shared
Meals – all
NOT INCLUDED Airfare to Departuer Location
Passport & Visa Fees
Travel/Medical Insurance
Vaccinations
Personal Equipment
Excursions and Costs on Days off

The Shimba Hills Forest Guides Association (SHIFOGA) was established in August 2004, under the supervision of the former senior KWS Warden Mr. Jonathan Kirui, by a group of local youths, all of whom had been involved in earlier community initiatives. Initially, the main purpose of the group was to provide reliable and well trained tour guides; who could offer their services to visitors to the Shimba Hills Ecosystem as well as to researchers interested in the rich biodiversity of the area. This would thus benefit the local youth and the community in general.

Due to a realization that we all have a responsibility to protect our environmental surroundings and cultural heritage; the group has evolved into other areas – for example it has initiated its own nature trail through the forest at the outskirts of the Shimba Hills National Reserve in order to create an awareness of the conservation issues important within the community. It is also involved in many other community-based projects such as sanitation and waste management issues.

Since it was established, the group has received support from various stakeholders, including the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and also the group supporters committee.

Duration 10 Weeks
Qualifications Volunteers need to be open minded, flexible and ready to adapt to local community life.
Physicality 5/10
Age 18+
Dates All Year Around

Learn more about Volunteer Action for Change and their programs at www.vakjitolee.org.


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