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makes a major contribution to the conservation of African wildlife. You'll work on one, two or all three of the Game Reserves, depending on how long your placement is for. You'll gain a wealth of conservation knowledge and experience working under qualifi
Location:
Cape Town, South Africa
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Animals, Environment
Duration:
1-2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, 1-3 months, 4-6 months, 1 year

Program Overview

Program Description:
makes a major contribution to the conservation of African wildlife. You'll work on one, two or all three of the Game Reserves, depending on how long your placement is for. You'll gain a wealth of conservation knowledge and experience working under qualified conservation experts and on location out in the bush on a daily basis. You'll definitely experience Africa in a way that no mere tourist can! If you do this project for up to four weeks, you can choose which Game Reserve you'd like to work on. If your project is for longer than 4 weeks, you will most likely work on all three Game Reserves - a fantastic experience! The experience you'll gain on this project is varied and fascinating. You'll be the Conservation Monitor's right hand, assisting with all aspects of conservation activities. As one of only 4 team members, you form an agile and efficient team, working out in the bush every day: Tracking and locating endangered and priority wildlife via radio or satellite telemetry equipment Map sightings using GPS equipment Photographing and creating identity kits of individual animals Studying the animals and recording behavioural and feeding patterns for research purposes Completing large scale game counts Activities that occur regularly are: Radio collaring of animals Relocation, re-introduction of endangered species Notching (identity marking) of animals like rhino and elephant Setting up camera traps at watering holes and game trails Scouting for and releasing animals from poachers snares Night tracking excursions Bird capturing and ringing Alien plant control

makes a major contribution to the conservation of African wildlife. You'll work on one, two or all three of the Game Reserves, depending on how long your placement is for. You'll gain a wealth of conservation knowledge and experience working under qualified conservation experts and on location out in the bush on a daily basis. You'll definitely experience Africa in a way that no mere tourist can! If you do this project for up to four weeks, you can choose which Game Reserve you'd like to work on. If your project is for longer than 4 weeks, you will most likely work on all three Game Reserves - a fantastic experience! The experience you'll gain on this project is varied and fascinating. You'll be the Conservation Monitor's right hand, assisting with all aspects of conservation activities. As one of only 4 team members, you form an agile and efficient team, working out in the bush every day: Tracking and locating endangered and priority wildlife via radio or satellite telemetry equipment Map sightings using GPS equipment Photographing and creating identity kits of individual animals Studying the animals and recording behavioural and feeding patterns for research purposes Completing large scale game counts Activities that occur regularly are: Radio collaring of animals Relocation, re-introduction of endangered species Notching (identity marking) of animals like rhino and elephant Setting up camera traps at watering holes and game trails Scouting for and releasing animals from poachers snares Night tracking excursions Bird capturing and ringing Alien plant control

Costs vary depending on type of placement, duration and location. You can participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements. Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat). Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. You’ll be met on arrival by our in-country manager and taken to your accommodation. You’ll be introduced to everyone and given a full induction into the area. International flights not included.
Setting Description:
You will be based on a reserve itself in our research accommodation along with one to three other volunteers and in a farm house or wood cabin. Sharing a room will depend on the number of volunteers on the reserve. The accommodation is basic but comfortable. Most volunteers will share a twin room, with separate shared toilets and a living/eating area. We have electricity, running warm water and flush toilets. A bed, mattress and bedding is provided. You are responsible for keeping the camp clean and tidy. There is always an outside space where you can sit by the fire under the stars. Because we live on the reserve itself and don’t have fencing around the camp, you can expect visits from antelope, monkeys and baboons during the day, and hyena and bushbabies at night. At every camp we have a communal kitchen where volunteers prepare their own meals. You’ll have an oven, stovetop, microwave, solar cooker and of course a fire to cook on. Most of the time volunteers take turns preparin

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