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Join this hands on Volunteer Programme and help protect the environmental integrity of Nature's Valley. Volunteers will gain experience in a wide range of skills whilst getting a insight into life as a conservationist in Africa. Become a conservation educ
Location:
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Education, Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Join this hands on project as a conservation education or research ecology volunteer and help protect the environmental integrity of Nature's Valley. Volunteers will gain experience in a wide range of skills whilst getting a insight into life as a conservationist in Africa. Volunteers can join year round from 2 to 12 weeks in duration. We have places in 2015 available. Individuals and students all welcome. Cost for food, accommodation, field experience, transport to and from work, laundry and cleaning, internet and one on one mentoring starts at £580.

Join this hands on Volunteer Programme and help protect the environmental integrity of Nature's Valley. Volunteers will gain experience in a wide range of skills whilst getting a insight into life as a conservationist in Africa. Become a conservation education volunteer and take part in a grass roots project that brings real change to communities and how they see the natural resources they use. This is an opportunity to engage local school children, project partners, conservation professionals and the local community. Alternatively as a research volunteer you will have the opportunity to join a team of acclaimed biologists with decades of experience in African conservation based research. Working 3 - 4 days a week in the field this is the perfect insight to life as a conservationist in Africa. Research volunteers will work on long term ecological projects, experiencing conservation based research in several different biomes and habitat types including beach, estuary, river, fynbos (shrubland or heathland vegetation), forest and urban areas. This project will give you a range of experience, working with whales, dolphins, fish, aquatic macro invertebrates, seals, marine birds, primates and more!

The Project was founded in 2000 when a group of Nature’s Valley families launched a community initiative with the goal of engaging stakeholders and contributing to proactively maintaining the environmental integrity of Nature’s Valley. Nature’s Valley lies on one of the most sought after stretches of South Africa’s coastline and development in the area is occurring at an unprecedented rate. The community has the potential to play a role in ensuring that development is appropriate and sustainable. The mission of the Nature’s Valley Trust is “To maintain the long term environmental integrity of Nature’s Valley and surrounds by becoming proactively involved in issues that impact on the future of the area”
Setting Description:
Located in Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley you will be truly spoilt for choice in your free time. Volunteers can spend their time lounging on stretches of pristine golden beach, exploring the lagoons, estuaries and forests or experience the abundant wildlife on safari at a nearby game reserve. Whale and dolphin watching and swimming with seals also promise a once in a lifetime experience. For adrenaline junkies there is plenty of excitement on offer. The Garden Route has become a centre for adventure with shark cage diving, parasailing, the world’s highest bungy jump, mountain biking, abseiling and sky diving. There are discounts for volunteers on some of these activities, transport to them over weekends can be provided at nominal rates.
Cost:
The cost to volunteer in South Africa for 2 weeks is £580, 3 weeks is £780, 4 weeks is £980, 5 weeks is £1,180, 6 weeks is £1,380, 7 weeks is £1,580 and 8 weeks is £1,780. Included in this price is accommodation, 3 meals per day, field experience, laundry and cleaning, transport to and from work, internet during work, one on one mentoring and WorkingAbroad backup and support. What is not included is your flights and travel to and from the project, visa costs, personal expenses, and your own heal

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