Apr 30TH

Volunteering in Kenya

Mark Sclanders has been inspired by the volunteering talks on the Level 2 Diploma in Sport at Moulton College to successfully secure a place at Camp Tsavo in Kenya.  He will be travelling to Mombasa in Kenya via Addis Ababa in Ethiopia when he completes his current course and will be at the Camp for one month, returning to start the Level 3 Diploma in Sports, Development and Coaching (Rugby) in September. Mark has managed to link up with three other students who are travelling via the same route and has ‘spoken’ to them on Facebook, with them all looking forward to the challenges they face ahead!  During this year at Moulton College, Mark has thought hard about trying to do some volunteering abroad and hasn’t visited Africa before so this will be a vastly different experience from anything he’s done previously. 

The project will also give some additional support for his CV when he applies for jobs. Mark will work on projects including:

  • Conducting wildlife counts at waterholes and monitoring poaching activity as part of on-going conservation work
  • Working on various water projects for the benefit of people and wildlife
  • On-going road improvements to enable anti-poaching patrols to access all areas of the sanctuary
  • Supporting the income generating activities of women’s groups that may include construction, farming, reforestation, animal welfare, or arts and crafts
  • Developing and running environmental education workshops with the local school to teach them the value of conserving their wildlife
  • View wildlife such as elephants, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, lions, wild dogs, hyenas, warthogs and buffalos at close quarters on this private sanctuary

In order to gain a place Mark had a telephone interview with one of the UK based staff of Camps International, then a Skype interview with a UK project manager.  The interview process was supported by a college reference and one from his rugby team manager at Stamford Colts. He will attend a briefing day in May before he departs.   There will also be an opportunity for Mark to complete a basic PADI scuba diving course which he will do at the weekends.

The College wishes Mark every success on this project and looks forward to him sharing his experiences when he returns in September, particularly regarding how he gets on making elephant dung paper! If you are interested in completing adventures like Mark will be doing please contact james.wayman@moulton.ac.uk.