Program Details

Wildlife conservation volunteers will be provided with stimulating practical experience in the following four areas: Research, Conservation Management, Education and Community Development. Research projects include elephant impact monitoring, population s
Location:
Cape Town, South Africa
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Animals, Education, Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Kariega Big Five Game Reserve Volunteer Programme offers a once in a lifetime chance to get behind the scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of the Game Reserve. Wildlife conservation volunteers take part in lion prey selection monitoring, researching Cape Leopards, rhino surveys, elephant impact monitoring, conservation management and local community projects. The Reserve is located in a malaria-free environment. Wildlife Research Internship opportunities also available. Volunteers can join year round from 2 to 12 weeks in duration. We have places in 2015 available. Individuals, groups and students doing research all welcome. Cost includes comfortable accommodation on the reserve, food, training & supervision, use of BBQ, plunge pool, laundry; starts at £680.

Wildlife conservation volunteers will be provided with stimulating practical experience in the following four areas: Research, Conservation Management, Education and Community Development. Research projects include elephant impact monitoring, population status of leopards, lion prey selection monitoring and rhino monitoring. Conservation management activities form a large part of the wildlife volunteer programme. Daily activities are interesting and varied, and could include assistance with some of the following: game counts, soil erosion control, alien vegetation control and parasite control. ach volunteer will be given a field booklet, which can be taken home at the end of the placement. Before you start with each practical task, the relative theoretical background on the subject will be discussed in the form of informal lectures. The theory provides insight into the value of the practical activities in which you may participate. Mammal, plant and bird checklists are included in the booklet and will help you to identify different species at Kariega. We have identified an under-funded farm school near the reserve where our volunteer programme can make a real difference. Volunteers visit the school one day a week and make valuable contributions to the children’s education. Our volunteers take many of the classes themselves and teach 6-12 year olds subjects like English, Maths and Science. You might also help with the maintenance of the school’s facilities or by giving sport lessons to the kids.

Come and join Kariega Game Reserve as a wildlife conservation volunteer or wildlife research intern. Make a real difference, grow your skills in conservation and have the experience of a lifetime! Kariega is an extraordinary and exciting conservation project, at the forefront of numerous species reintroductions and conservation initiatives, including a Leopard monitoring programme in collaboration with a renowned academic institution. Joining this programme offers the ultimate Big Five experience, where volunteers and interns from across the world, get the opportunity to get hands-on involved in conservation management on the reserve. During your stay with us, you may see yourselves as “Assistant Conservation Managers”, as all the work done and data collected by you will be utilized by Kariega for conservation on the reserve. We have identified an under-funded farm school near the reserve where our volunteer programme can make a real difference. The school is small, yet very under-staffed and local kids aged 4 to 15 years attend the school. Volunteers visit the school one day a week and make valuable contributions to the children’s education.
Setting Description:
The area like many in South Africa is steeped in cultural diversity and history. The first inhabitants of the area were hunter gatherers, the Khoi Khoi and San people (commonly known as Bushmen or Strandlopers (beach walkers). The Khoi Khoi and San people mixed over time and eventually became the Khoisan. Unfortunately all that remains of the true Khoisan people in the area, is their rock art and remnants of there bloodline in the Afrikaans speaking Cape coloured people. Kariega Game Reserve takes its name from the river forming its eastern boundary, the Kariega River, which is the Khoisan word for Steenbuck (a small antelope). The reserves western boundary is formed by the aptly named Bushmans river.
Cost:
The project costs are as follows: 2 weeks is £680, 3 weeks is £930, 4 weeks is £1180, 6 weeks is £1680 and 8 weeks is £2180. This cost includes all food, accommodation within the Game Reserve (use of plunge pool, BBQ), linen (bedding), laundry and cleaning, all on-reserve conservation activities and training, WorkingAbroad backup and support. What is not included is your flights and travel to and from the Game Reserve, visa costs, personal expenses, and your own health and travel insurance.

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