Colobus Trust Volunteering Report
by Deepa Thomas
I loved my volunteering stint. The Colobus Trust works in different areas – animal welfare (rescuing injured & orphan animals) + feeding, creating enrichments & cleaning cages for the animals under rehabilitation.
Volunteer Organisation PerformanceI arranged the trip with World Wide Experience whom I found online through Responsibletravel.com
Project Set UpAccommodation - Very comfortable. Colobus Cottage has 3 rooms for volunteers with single & bunk beds. I had a single room.
Staff - Friendly, caring & knowledgeable staff. Staff is always ready to share knowledge and experience with the volunteers.
Food - We had an excellent cook Agree who would cook delicious lunch and dinner 6 days a week. Sundays you managed for yourself and also for breakfast.
Free time - We had a TV & DVD player where we watched movies, caught up with family over the email, partied at Diani's pubs, ate out etc. One weekend I visited the Coral Reef in a glass bottomed boat.
Volunteers - We were 5 volunteers though Colobus Cottage can accommodate up to 10 volunteers at a time.
The Volunteer WorkApart from animal welfare, The Colobus Trust also works in conservation & outreach: Communication through newsletters, mails, blogs, scripts etc, database updation; tree trimming, colobridging etc.
I especially loved all the aspects of animal welfare including nursing a baby vervet.
Typical DayThe weather was warm and sultry. Around 31°C (approx 88°F) was the average for day time. Nights also warm.
On a typical day we start at 8 am with a team meeting with all the staff & volunteers, and were assigned the day's tasks. We used to break for lunch at 1 pm to 2 pm and then worked till 5 pm.
If there were animal welfare emergencies, it was all hands on deck.
Tips and AdviceI loved the entire experience and had no disappointments but being Africa, be prepared for power & water cuts and insects.
Carry lots of shorts and tees and try and stay at least a month.
Sunscreen and sunglasses were the most useful items in my luggage.
|Deepa's Volunteer Details:|
Volunteering organisation used: World Wide Experience (make an enquiry)
Location: Diani Beach, South Coast, Kenya
Date of safari: February 10-25
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