Previous and current activities and research projects include:
- Cleaning and feeding the resident monkey cages
- Caring for infants
- Colobus feeding and home range ecology
- Colobus census
- Enrichment in the primate enclosures
- Hotel primate pest assessments
- Marketing, fundraising and event organizing
- Assisting with education days and community outreach projects
Research projects change regularly due to the immediate needs of the organization. We prefer to assign a priority project to a volunteer based on the individual's experience and interests. Volunteers conducting research should expect to spend half days in the field, often on private and hotel properties. We provide training and supervision on appropriate research techniques.
Volunteers must fit into one of the categories below:
1) Be 22 years or older upon arrival
2) Have a degree (or be studying towards one) in a relevant subject including primatology, biology, conservation, botany, ecology, or other natural sciences OR
3) Be qualified in a relevant profession including teacher, marketer, plumber, electrician, fundraiser, or animal carer
Volunteers will stay at the Colobus Cottage, home to the offices of Colobus Conservation. It's located in Diani Beach, Kenya, 33 km south of Mombasa and right on one of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya. You will be sharing a room and bathroom with up to four other volunteers. The house is in a secure area and has a security service as well as a night-time guard who patrols the house grounds.
There is a cook who prepares lunch and dinner of good, simple African food for volunteers. The meals are generally vegetarian with an occasional fish and meat dish.
Duration Cost (Ksh)
2 weeks 71,500 (about $51/day)
3 weeks 82,500
4 weeks 110,000
5 weeks 137,500
6 weeks 159,500
7 weeks 181,500
8 weeks 203,500
9 weeks 225,500
10 weeks 231,000
11 weeks 247,500
12 weeks 264,000
Per week thereafter 11,000
- Gas stove
- Showers (cold and brackish)
- Overhead fans
- Laundry service
- Cleaner/house man
- Drinking water delivery
- Electricity (though not always reliable - especially when it rains)
The area has hotels, restaurants, bars, grocery shops, fruit & vegetable stalls, two hospitals, a dentist, a post office, banks, etc. all within a 5-minute drive.
Before traveling to Kenya, you may need to get a number of vaccinations and medications for preventable diseases you might be at risk of exposure to. Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history and planned activities.
Check with your local Kenyan embassy for yellow fever requirements. Your own local medical/immunization center should have up to date relevant information and recommendations
Malaria is a low risk of Diani, but it is still present. Colobus Conservation, therefore, recommends that all volunteers take prophylactic medication. You should also consider that if you choose to go on safari while in Kenya you may be visiting high-risk malaria areas.
When traveling to Kenya, you will need to get a tourist visa for your entry into the country. Although you will be a volunteer at Colobus Conservation, you will in effect be on holiday. Entry visas are for a maximum three month period, however, once in the country, it is fairly straightforward to extend this to a six-month visa, for an additional fee.
All volunteers must have medical insurance. Travel insurance is recommended but is at your discretion. Visas can be obtained on arrival at the airport (please check with your embassy that this option is still available) or you can apply online (http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html). Also, you will need to obtain the following immunizations, rabies vaccination, malaria prevention, yellow fever vaccination may be needed as proof to enter the country.
There is a specific project done in specific months, for example-Tree planting between April - June, Tree growth monitoring July, Colobus census October etc.
The organization was established in 1997, responding to the outcry from local residents regarding the high number of colobus monkey deaths on the Diani Beach road. Now, many years later, Colobus Conservation has numerous projects concentrating on research and solutions for human/primate conflicts including animal welfare, biological/ecological research, community development and education, forest protection and enrichment, and eco-tourism.