GVDAMLTV22: MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE



EDUCATION, SUPPORT AND INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGE

Leshuta Boarding Primary School was founded in 2011by community members, and is a mixed sex school. The boys and girls who attend leshuta are between3 and 17 years old. The school currently has 300 pupils and 10 teachers. It is a government school. Located in Mara is a large reserve in Narok County, Kenya contagious with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people ( the ancestral inhabitants of the area and their description of the area when looked at from afar, “Mara, which is Maa (Maasai language) for “spotted”, an apt description for the circles of trees, scrubs, savanna and cloud shadows that mark the area. The Maasaicommunities are one of the few remaining semi- nomadic ethnic group in Africa and live near the southern border of Kenya and Tanzania

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Teaching English language, computer skills, creative arts, participating in culture events, raise environmental awareness, planting of trees and transfer of seedlings, sports and games, theatre, computer lessons, basic education, workshops, Music and intercultural events, construction sites, making bricks, construction of classrooms and painting.

Volunteers will support the teachers and share culture and other activities in the classrooms in the morning. There will also be opportunity for sports and play with the children. In the afternoon volunteers will work with, Teaching English, Assisting teaching in daily classes, Providing general care and assistance in looking after the children, this will involve playing games, teaching English as basic life skills.

Day 1: Arrival and pick upfrom the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi, Kenya and transfer to host family home or hostel.

Day 2: Morning: registration and start of orientation. About 4 hours lecture at the home of your host. Topics covered during orientation lecture will include East African culture, history, customs, politics, geography, and necessary health precautions, and various other topics, such as the diversity of Kenyan life. Afternoon is free for exploring rural Kenyan life and getting to know your host family.

Relevant Details

Project Duration The program will run for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 6 months. The program is running throughout the year.
Accommodation  At school’s dormitory. There will be electricity, but no shower and pipe water/taps at the accommodation. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.
Location Located in Leshuta, nearNaikarra, Narok, approximately 5hours’ drive from Nairobi. Transport to the project will be by public transport. The closest Market is 5 minutes’ walk. Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Narok Town.
Project Fees 200 Euros per month or 600 Euros per 3 months
Orientation Orientation meeting will take place in Nairobi before proceeding to the project.

 

 

GVDAMLTV 23: WORLD HERITAGE KAKAMEGA PROJECT

AGRICULTURE, FOOD SECURITY EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

Kakamega forest is a rain forest the largest East African forest that used to stretch from Kenya to Democratic Republic of Congo now reduced to Kenya all the way to Uganda.

The forest including reserves encloses about 238 square kilometers, a little less than half of which currently remains as indigenous forest. The forest is elevated at predominantly between 1500 m and 1600 m above sea level. In the north of the forest is the 4,468 hectares (45 km2; 17 sq. mi) Kakamega National Reserve, given national forest reserve status in 1985. Just to the north is the Kisere Forest Reserve. Throughout the forest are a series of grassy glades, ranging in size from about 1 to 50, with a few larger clearings. The origins of the glades are uncertain. Some are certainly recent clearings, but others predate recent records. These may have originated from past human activity such as cattle grazing or may be the result of herbivory and movements by large mammals such as buffalo and elephants (both now extirpated from the region). The glades vary a great deal in structure, some being open grass and others having a considerable number of trees or shrubs. A number of streams and small creeks run through the reserve. The larger creeks are usually bordered by a few to tens of meters of forest on either side which divide the glades, while the smallest creeks flow through open grasslands, often forming small marshy patches.

Kakamega rainforest is the only tropical rain forest in Kenya of the Guineo-congolian type that once stretched across from West Africa to East Africa. The forest is penetrated by network of walking trails silent with only a melody of singing birds, whispering threes, rasp of butterflies as they fly on by, the chattering of monkeys, and gurgling streams nearby. Kakamega forest is located in Western Kenya, 418 KM from Nairobi city through, Nakuru, Kericho, Kisumu Kakamega town then KakamegaIsecheno forest station.

Kakamega rainforest has over 360 species of birds, 380 species of plants, 400 species of butterflies, 7 species of primates. Kakamega forest plants, 80% are of highly medicinal plants that traditionally local people use them to cure Malaria, prostate cancer, common cold and many others. Kakamega forest is an Ornithologist's dream where many different rare birds’ species are found including Great blue turaco, Blue headed bee-eater, Turners Eremomela, Yellow bellied wattle-eye, African shrike-flycatcher, Petit's cuckoo-shrike and many others. Mammals of Kakamega forest Includes Primates, Bushbuck, Red and blue Duikers, Bush pigs, Porcupines and at night Flying squirrels, Hammer Headed fruit bats, Tree pangolins, poto, Mongoose along the rivers Clawless otter.

 


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