Wildlife Conservation & Education

gegründet 2003
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Play a vital role in the education on environmental protection of underprivileged children in South Africa. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

This project provides volunteers with the unique opportunity of not only caring for some of South Africa’s most iconic species, but also of inspiring a generation of local schoolchildren to take pride and invest value in their natural surroundings. Situated in the stunning Limpopo Province, on the outskirts of Kruger National Park, the work involved in this project is carried out against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty. 

About the project

This project focusses on inspiring and educating underprivileged children in South Africa about the importance of wildlife conservation. South Africa has a large proportion of underprivileged children, which results in dramatic overcrowding in schools. It is common for classes to be larger than 160 pupils. As a consequence, the basic education of these children is suffering, and this has serious implications for the surrounding environment as well as their future. 

The overall aim of this project is to engage local school children with the importance of animal and environmental conservation. The project is based in a wildlife orphanage, which is home to a number of different injured or orphaned animals that have been rescued. Although the orphanage releases as many of these animals as possible back into the wild, sometimes it is just not possible for them to survive back in their natural habitat, and such animals live at the orphanage permanently.

Every week, a group of schoolchildren arrive at the orphanage to stay, in order to learn, in a hands-on environment, about the importance of the animals in the wild, and their conservation. The children are also taught a number of subjects that their local school-education does not cover, including health and social issues, as well as improving literacy skills. 

As a volunteer here you will be at the very heart of the project. You, alongside your fellow volunteers, will be in charge of leading the lessons as well as the activities, which the children are involved in. These include a lot more than just teaching the children, as the program is diverse and dynamic. Be it doing bush walks, learning about the negative aspects of poaching, or discussing the importance of respect, you will always be busy!

Your aim is to inspire and educate schoolchildren, many of whom are underprivileged, in the hope that they will gain an understanding of why the conservation and protection of their country’s native species and environment is important, and will encourage them to see animals not as foes (as many of the local farmers do), but as vital parts of their national heritage that should be valued and respected. This is essential in bridging the gap between humans and wildlife that is causing animals like those at the orphanage to be negatively impacted.

So, if you are looking for a project which takes an active role in wildlife conservation by not only caring for animals at a wildlife orphanage but also through the education of local children on the importance of conservation, then this project is perfectly suited to you.

Prior to Arrival


Holders of UK, most other EU counties, Australian, Canadian and USA passports do not require a Visa for South Africa. Upon entry you will be issued with a 3 month permit (at no cost). Make sure the correct date and length of stay in the country is entered onto your visa when at immigration. If you are travelling from Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Algeria, Angola, Comoros, China, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mexico, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Paraguay, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia or Vietnam, you will require a Visa and should consult your South African embassy.

You will need to fly to Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) on the start date of your project and arrive between 7am and 5pm. There are 2 options available to get to the project site:


Via Hoedspruit 
Arrive on a Saturday at Hoedspruit, South Africa – a town situated at the foot of the Klein Dragonsberg (Dragon Mountains) in close proximity to Kruger National Park. At the airport or in Hoedspruit town you will be met by one of our representatives and then transferred to the Wildlife Orphanage, where you will be shown to your room and given time to settle in.

Via Johannesburg 
Arrive into Johannesburg and travel to the site via shuttle bus provided by the wildlife orphanage. This option incurs an extra cost of ZAR450 (around £25) each way. As the coach leaves at 6am you will need to arrive into Johannesburg the night before your departure to ensure you are able to catch the bus.


First Days

Upon arrival into Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport you will be met by one of the project facilitators and transferred to the wildlife orphanage where you will meet your fellow volunteers and settle into your accommodation. You will be given a tour of the whole orphanage. This will be your first opportunity to see all of the animals resident here including meerkats, a leopard and a caracal. After this you will be given an induction into what you will be doing during your time here and may help with the animals afterwards.

Regular Days 

After an early breakfast, you will meet the children and take them on a bushwalk around the orphanage. You will then begin the teaching activities for the day. After a break for lunch and perhaps some time spent in the pool you will resume teaching in the afternoon. In the late afternoon, take the children to feed the orphanage’s animals and then prior to dinner have a discussion about a social issue with them. After dinner, you will play an educational game with the children before they retire to bed at 8:30pm, leaving you with a bit of free time to spend as you wish. 

Activities whilst on the project include:

Helping in the education of the children 

This is one of the main activities that you will be involved in whilst on the project. As well as educating the children on wildlife conservation you will also be involved in helping teach them English, Maths and Biology among other things. You will be encouraged to try and adjust your teaching for each and every child, so they suit the children’s differing learning levels and abilities. Do not worry, no prior teaching experience is required and the project facilitators will always be there to offer you a helping hand should you need it! Aside from teaching the children vital subjects such as English and Maths, you will also be involved in teaching them invaluable life skills about relationships, substance abuse, safe sex, violence and respecting the environment in which they live. This is a really integral role for all volunteers whilst here.

Working with the animals resident at the orphanage 

A great way to help the children remember the lessons that they learnt and to get excited about wildlife conservation is to engage in different activities around the orphanage and interact with the animals. This will become part of your teaching and as well as spending time with the animals you will engage the children in small animal welfare tasks. These will include maintaining and cleaning the animal cages and camps and replenishing the food and water supplies. After teaching you and your fellow volunteers will also assist with monitoring the condition and health of the animals as well as collecting data and keeping records. Sometimes you may have to also help with basic first aid for the animals.

Renovation, building and maintenance

The wildlife orphanage is continually growing, and often physical work is required from volunteers at times when they are not teaching, these duties can include building new or renovating existing animal camps and cages as well as construction and general repairs.

Last Day

On your final day, after saying goodbye to the children and animals for the final time you will make your return transfer to either Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport or Johannesburg International Airport for your return flight or to continue your independent travel plans.


Weekends during your time on the project are free for you to explore the area surrounding the wildlife orphanage. Nearby is the world famous Kruger National Park and the town of Hoedspruit - both perfect places in which to explore and take part in a whole host of different activities! Every Saturday a trip to Hoedspruit is organised so you can visit the shops and restaurants and don't need to worry about organising your own transport. If you would like to visit other places such as Kruger National Park then the staff can help you arrange this.



Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fortgeschritten)
Polizeiliches Führungszeugnis
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
No specific skills, teaching qualifications or experience are required, however, you will need to be comfortable with talking in front of children and must be prepared to work alongside other members of the team, to bring an upbeat and positive attitude especially with the children.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag


Dienstleistungen von The Great Projects

A monetary contribution to the project itself, transfers to and from Hoedspruit airport or Hoedspruit town, full orientation and support from the project managers, accommodation and meals as indicated, laundry and housekeeping

Abholung vom Flughafen Hoedspruit Airport

You will need to fly to Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) on the start date of your project and arrive between 7am and 5pm. There are 2 options available to get to the project site:

Via Hoedspruit
Arrive on a Saturday at Hoedspruit, South Africa – a town situated at the foot of the Klein Dragonsberg (Dragon Mountains) in close proximity to Kruger National Park. At the airport or in Hoedspruit town you will be met by one of our representatives and then transferred to the Wildlife Orphanage, where you will be shown to your room and given time to settle in.

Via Johannesburg
Arrive into Johannesburg and travel to the site via shuttle bus provided by the program. This option incurs an extra cost of ZAR450 (around £25) each way.


Whilst at the project base, volunteers share rondavels (round chalet) with a thatch roof or have a room in the main house. The chalets are rustic but comfortable with toilets and showers (hot and cold water). There is no mains electricity on site but lighting and power are provided by solar energy and a generator.

Schlafsaal Einzelzimmer

Whilst on the project you will be given three meals a day, served at the orphanage and included in the price. Please note that should you wish to have any alcoholic beverages or snacks, these are not included however.

Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) in Hoedspruit. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Südafrika zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Südafrika bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Südafrika antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Südafrika überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

Volunteers can join this project on every Saturday throughout the year (subject to availability; please contact us to check for your preferred start date).

This project is closed from mid-December until mid-January. Please contact us for more information.

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
1 - 8 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
1 Woche (Mindestaufenthalt)
2 Wochen
3 Wochen
4 Wochen
5 Wochen
6 Wochen
7 Wochen
8 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$615 /Woche

Die Organisation berechnet ihre Gebühren in GBP. Die Preistabelle in USD unterliegt Währungsschwankungen. The Great Projects wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
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Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit The Great Projects während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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