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 Performance

I arranged the trip with World Wide Experience whom I found online through

Project Set Up

Accommodation - 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 Work

Apart 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 Day

The 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 Advice

I 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:

Rating: 10/10

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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