Projects Abroad Expands Conservation Projects to Kenya
Organization Honors Earth Day with New African Savannah Conservation Program
NEW YORK – April 20, 2012 - Building off the immensely popular African Savannah Conservation project in South Africa and Botswana, starting this month Projects Abroad, now offers the chance to volunteer abroad on a new African Savannah Conservation project in the Rift Valley of Kenya. Volunteers can work at a wildlife reserve devoted to conserving the diverse animal and plant species Kenya is famous for, including the endangered Rothschild giraffe.
“Young people today are more concerned about the environment than ever, and we are seeing that evidenced by the large number of students and young professionals choosing to volunteer their time abroad on our Conservation projects,” says Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. “Earth Day reminds us of the importance of conservation efforts. Everyone now knows to turn off lights and recycle, but it is also important take an active role in protecting valuable ecosystems like this one in Kenya.”
Volunteers live and work at Kigio Wildlife Reserve. The reserve is located outside of Nakuru, where Projects Abroad has its office in Kenya, and about two hours north of Nairobi. Supervised by professional conservation staff, volunteers help collect data on animal and plant populations, control soil erosion and invasive plant species, and build and maintain trails and natural watering holes. Volunteers can make an impact by volunteering for just a couple weeks, or can choose to call Kigio their home for months at a time.
For more information on Projects Abroad’s African Savannah Conservation project in Kenya, visit /volunteer-projects/conservation-and-environment/african-savannah-conservation/volunteer-kenya/.
About Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.
Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 27 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, China, Norway, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s website at www.projects-abroad.org.