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  • Jeff Baierlein

Outdoor Safety Class in Kenya Led by Viristar Risk Management Course Alum

Collins Ochumbe, an alumnus of Viristar’s Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course, recently led a class on outdoor safety for school children at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Collins used Viristar’s curriculum material to help him deliver the class, and said the Viristar training helped give him the knowledge and confidence needed to teach his class.

Collins runs Shavicol Safaris, a tour company that leads expeditions in East Africa, including in the Mara, where visitors can encounter lions, elephants, rhino, leopards and buffalo, as well as experience the annual wildebeest migration and see cheetahs, giraffe, zebra and hippos.

Collins, called ‘Daktari’ (Swahili for ‘doctor’) by locals, is an EMT, and provides emergency medical care in the area. He has provided medical services at events and has responded to elephant attacks on boys grazing livestock.

Viristar and Collins collaborated in 2022 to offer a Wilderness First Responder and WFR recertification course in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

Collins volunteers widely in and around the Mara and the town of Narok, where he lives. He does environmental conservation work in collaboration with the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association.

Schools in Kenya have relied on volunteers to help teach classes, and Collins volunteers in this capacity as well.

His outdoor safety class was held near Talek Primary School, in the Great Rift Valley bordering Tanzania, on the eastern edge of Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Congratulations and thank you to Collins for your good work in outdoor safety training in Kenya!


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