What will you do?
Help with the education programme in schools and hotels, assist with
fundraising, assist with data collection and analysis, assist the
guides on whale shark safaris, help in the Fibre-Glass Turtle workshop
1 – 3 month programmes at a cost of $750 per month. Weekly
costs are also available. Whale shark season runs from Oct – March,
peak being Feb – March. In the off season, focus is on research,
education and community projects. Activities such as safaris and
mountain climbing are available and encouraged during days off.
It will be helpful but not essential if you have a marine science
background, have a diving licence, have a driving licence and are
happy in the water!
The EAWST accommodation centre is located in the middle of Diani
beach, 2 mins walk from shops, internet cafes and restaurants.
The double rooms are simple and comfortable with a communal washroom
facility and kitchen. Bedding is provided. The centre is on the
beach and a short drive to our research base at Aqualand Watersports
Centre. Diani beach also has a Post Office and 2 good hospitals.
Travel to the Trust
You will need a connection to Moi International Airport Mombasa,
usually from Nairobi but there are now more direct flights to Mombasa.
At the airport you will be met by a Trust representative and driven
to Diani beach, approximately a 2 hour drive.
Most visitors to Kenya require a tourist visa. Please check with
your travel agent. We recommend that you obtain your visa before
traveling to ease your arrival although you can get the visa at
the airport when you land.
Vaccinations recommended include Polio, Typhoid, Tetanus, Yellow
Fever, Meningitis and Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Please note
proof of yellow fever vaccination may be needed to enter the country.
Please check with your local Kenyan embassy for yellow fever requirements.
Volunteers should seek medical advice from their doctor regarding
inoculations. Rabies is not needed however in case of an animal
bite the injection can be given at the local hospital. We recommend
that you travel with a basic first aid kit although the centre
is fully equipped. Please note that we will require proof of medical/travel
insurance upon arrival. The coast is a malaria zone so please come
with anti-malaria drugs and insect repellant. Mosquito nets are
What to bring
It can get very hot and humid, as well as very wet, so you should
bring appropriate clothing (rain proof gear and bags) if you will
be here during the rainy season (May/June).
Light clothing is advised - shorts, shirts and durable sandals/flip
* Cotton shirts and shorts
* Light sweater/anorak for evenings/safaris
* Good sandals/flip flops that stay on in water
* Water bottle
* Insect repellent
* Antimalarial tablets
* Sun hat, sun glasses and sun cream
* Mask, fins, snorkel (not essential)
Please note that due to local traditional cultures, women are asked
not to wear short shorts or revealing tops on work days.
can be used here, please check the local service providers (www.safaricom.co.ke
If your mobile phone doesn't have a SIM lock,
purchasing a pre-paid SIM card while here and using it in your phone
(far cheaper) is quite easy.
Laptops are useful as computer time
is limited. We can lock up computers each evening, but this is not
a guarantee of safety.