This volunteer program will give you an opportunity to form part of an award winning conservation team and join in the behind the scenes efforts to make real and sustainable changes to preserve and save Africa’s fast deteriorating wildlife population, fauna and flora.
Prijs per persoon1.570 EUR
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De prijs hierboven is per persoon, maar gebaseerd op 2 volwassenen die samen reizen. Wat is inbegrepen?
- Wildlife animal veterinary work as is required at time of stay
- Assisting at Born Free Foundation Big Cat Lion and Leopard Sanctuary
- Opportunity to help at our Animal Rehabilitation and Rhino Awareness Centre
- Predator tracking and monitoring (lion and leopard)
- Research, camera trapping and monitoring of brown hyena
- Walks and camp outs on Big 5 reserve with a qualified trail or dangerous game field guide
- Rifle handling on a certified range with a qualified rifle range officer
- Game counts, capture and observational exercises
- Tracking and monitoring of large herbivores including rhino and hippo
- Elephant population research and monitoring
- General reserve maintenance
- Local community and tribal projects and educational work
- Assisting the Anti-Poaching Unit efforts
- Eco education, environmental and conservation talks and lectures
- Learn bush and game ranging skills on an informal basis
- Plant and tree nursery and alien plant removal work
- Work on wildlife projects with our conservation and ranging qualified wildlife staff
- Gathering of evidence via Forensic Entomology and autopsy of killed or deceased animals
- Visits to other local nature resources and activities in the area
Weekly Schedule & Activities
The volunteers are the link to ensuring a sustainable and positive change to the reserve environment and its conservation effort as a whole. This positively affects both humans and animals with volunteers tasks based around duties and activities required at their time of stay. As the environment is an ever changing dynamic due to often uncontrollable internal and external factors, activities and tasks may vary.
- Airport transfers
- On-site accommodation and meals
- Tea and coffee with on-site meals
- All project on-site program activities
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
Minimum age of 18
Special Skills Required
- Ability to speak or understand English is of assistance but certainly not a prerequisite
- A love for animals and nature is of importance and a desire to learn more a bonus
- Participants must have and exercise a willingness to be active in physical and observational tasks
- Acknowledgement and signing of project and house rules and regulations on arrival, which are available pre-arrival on request.
Medium to hard physical work
Is There a Potential Risk?
Yes, living and working in and around wild and potentially dangerous animals can be very dangerous. We advise that all protocols, rules and regulations are adhered to and followed. A MOD (Manager On Duty) will be available at all times should there be a need for any assistance or advice. Generally, HIV/AIDS is extremely prevalent in South Africa so it is your personal responsibility to take care with regards to health and safety, as well as sexual relationships.
What Makes a Good Volunteer?
Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.
Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.
How Long Should I Volunteer?
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
Wat is inbegrepen?
- Volunteers share en-suite (shower, toilet, basin) rooms on a same sex basis
- Requests for mixed accommodation are based on availability (on pre-arrival request only)
- Room cleaning service once in week, however, volunteers are responsible for the general cleanliness of the rooms
- Laundry service included once a week - we recommend not to bring any high value clothing
- All rooms have built-in or free-standing cupboards with a safe per room. Alternatively volunteers can use the common safe for their valuables.
You must arrive before 13:00 for the included transfer, if you arrive later than 13:00, the transfer cost of a one way transfer is ZAR 1500.
Departure transfers are between 12-16:00.
Arrival and departure transfers from/to Port Elizabeth Airport outside these hours cost 1500 ZAR each way.
- 3 locally prepared, wholesome and nutritious meals daily, with cooked breakfast once a week
- Drinking water (rain water that is suitable for consumption), tea and coffee are provided
- Seasonal fruits are available. Chocolate, chips and soft drinks can be purchased on site.
- Alcohol may be consumed on site.
The project is unable to cater for special dietary needs, so please be prepared to provide this for yourself.