Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Can everyone volunteer at LUMO?

Everybody who is at least 18 years old (if you are 16 or older, please ask us) and is reasonably fit can come. Especially the foot patrols, which can last up to 4h in the heat, are pretty demanding. However, you can of course always opt out of any activity you don´t feel like taking part in.

Also, your command of English should be good enough for you to be able to communicate with people around you. Last but not least it is important that you are prepared to cope with the challenges that the situation of living and working together closely with strangers of different backgrounds may cause – a certain degree of tolerance and good humour are going to be valuable assets!

Is it safe?

Yes, within reason. Like all African countries, Kenya has its share of venomous snakes, spiders and scorpions. However, they are pretty rare and have not been a problem at camp in the past. Caution and common sense have to be applied. Out in the field, there are always rangers with you to keep you safe and out of harms way as much as they possibly can. But it is the bush afterall, and there are wild animals around you, so you should always be vigilant.

What about malaria?

Yes, malaria does occur in the area but we haven´t had a lot of the problems with it so far. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you either take medication as a prophylaxis or bring some with you as a stand-by. Use insect-repellent during the evenings, wear long-sleeved clothing and sleep under the mosquito net provided.

However, the health centres in the area and the hospital in Voi are used to dealing with cases of Malaria, and testing and treatment is generally fast and efficient.

What can I do in my spare time?

During the weekends or sometimes even during the week, you might find yourself with some spare time on your hands, even after you have done your washing, sent emails, updated your diary, posted your experiences on our Facebook page ...

The volunteer coordinator is always very willing to organize trips to local sights and attractions for you, for example a hiking trip to the Taita Mounains or a safari to Tsavo East or West. These activities will be at an extra cost, which depends mostly on the means of transport  (public or private). Please be aware of the fact that admission to Tsavo National Park is very expensive for foreigners!

If you stay in camp, you can always chat to the rangers and their families, learn some Suaheli, teach people bits of your own language or learn how to cook local dishes. Bring some games to play with rangers or volunteers, inititate some fund-raising among friends and relatives back home, do some birdwatching- you name it!

Recent Updates

Fundraising Event for the Community

10 May 2011

The first EGGS ‘Eye Go Game Spotting’ competition was won by ‘Scrambled Eggs’ led by Alex Rostocil, narrowly beating the home team; Sarova of Taita Hills. Each vehicle had thirty...

Elephant Count

11 May 2011

In February an extensive elephant count was carried out within the total Tsavo eco-system by KWS and IFAW amongst other concerned donors. Despite the dreadful drought of 2009 and the...

Water management

11 May 2011

The pulse of activity within LUMO CommunityWildlife Sanctuary is dictated by the rains. Our short rains failed, but we had a green Christmas followed by a short dry period and...

Funds to the Community

11 May 2011

After 10 years the shareholders finally received a tangible financial return for setting aside their land to form the LUMO Community Wildlife Sanctuary Trust which you have enjoyed. Lualenyi, Maramba...