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African Wildlife Researcher

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2 - 6 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Perfect 4.6  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Excellent response rate

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About the program

This wildlife research program is an enriching and unforgettable experience for people that truly desire an up-close & personal experience in the world of conservation.

This wildlife research program is one like no other, it is an enriching and unforgettable experience for people that truly desire an up-close and personal experience in the world of conservation. Conservation is more than just a tourist safari. It is getting one’s hands dirty protecting the ...

About the program

This wildlife research program is one like no other, it is an enriching and unforgettable experience for people that truly desire an up-close and personal experience in the world of conservation. Conservation is more than just a tourist safari. It is getting one’s hands dirty protecting the diverse flora and fauna of the region, absorbing all the senses of what this region has to offer with its sights, sounds and smells; its being enriched by the history of the past and knowing that one can make a tremendous difference for the future by learning and protecting the vast and irreplaceable ecosystem.

Becoming a volunteer, you will have adventures in all aspects of conservation including researching leopard population, cheetah and elephant monitoring, bird and ecological surveys, analyzing game transects, possibly translocations and releases, hands-on work projects of restoring flora, recording and evaluating data and sustaining the habitat and so much more!

Some of your responsibilities will include:

·         Monitoring of important species

·         Bird Surveying

·         Reserve management

·         Ecological surveying

·         Camera trap set ups and checking of photos

·         Game Transects

·         Any other duties given to you by the coordinator

·         Mammals surveying.




Typical day

There isn’t a fixed schedule however the day usually lasts from 7AM to 4PM. Five to six days per week and Sundays are regarded as leisure days.

Typical day

There isn’t a fixed schedule however the day usually lasts from 7AM to 4PM. Five to six days per week and Sundays are regarded as leisure days.


Free-time activities

The project is based in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Within a Private Game Reserve. They are also within easy access to the two largest cities in the nation which is Pretoria and Johannesburg.

On days off Volunteers have lots of opportunities to go Wildlife watching, see Vast landscapes, ...

Free-time activities

The project is based in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Within a Private Game Reserve. They are also within easy access to the two largest cities in the nation which is Pretoria and Johannesburg.

On days off Volunteers have lots of opportunities to go Wildlife watching, see Vast landscapes, immerse themselves in the unique culture and history of South Africa, visit Local National Parks and do so much more! 


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills

You need to speak English (intermediate level)

Required Documents

CV, Resume, Application Form, Liability Waiver Form (provided during application process) and Volunteer Policies Form

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 06:30 - 15:30

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel

The fee includes:

  • Placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pick + Drop off
  • Ongoing service
  • Tours
  • 24/7 Emergency contact

Airport Pickup at Polokwane Airport

You will need to fly into Johannesburg and catch a connecting flight to POLOKWANE (PTG), which is our nearest airport. We will collect you from Polokwane airport and transfer you to the Reserve (this is included in the cost of your program) - just look out for a sign with your name! On departure, we will transport you to the airport and/ or assist with any further travel arrangements.

Accommodation

You will be staying in a comfortable farm style house based on a 7,200-hectare reserve.  The house is fully equipped with shared bedrooms, a communal lounge and kitchen; as well as an outdoor braai area where you can enjoy relaxing under the trees. Wi-Fi included as well!

Food & Beverages

Meals are not provided however; groceries and ingredients will be, and volunteers are responsible for preparing their own meals.

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Polokwane Airport (PTG) in Polokwane. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

Travel Insurance

Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

Year round however the project closes in mid-December to mid-January. (Arrivals are every second Wednesday)

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

2 weeks (min. stay) 2,347€
4 weeks 3,523€
6 weeks (max. stay) 4,601€
Average fees 970€/week

Program fees

970€ per week 2 - 6 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

2 - 6 weeks

Deposit

The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.


Final Payment

Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Fronteering Travel

Perfect 4.6 rating (59 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 2010

Verified by Volunteer World

  Excellent response rate

Coordinated by

Patrick

Spoken languages: Dutch, English, German

About the project

Fronteering arranges volunteering programs related to wildlife and indigenous people in less visited places of this world as well as more unique destinations.

Meet your organization

Fronteering arranges volunteering programs in some of the last frontiers of this world as well as more unique locations that other organizations ignore. From Field research programs in the Far north of Canada and Husky ranches in the Canadian Arctic to Amerindian community programs and wildlife conservation in the Amazon Rainforest and everything in between.

Most of our programs Focus on either wildlife rehabilitation and release, wildlife conservation & research or involve local indigenous communities.

Fronteering currently offers programs in Canada, Guyana, USA, Australia, Brazil, Borneo, South Africa, Madagascar and Panama.

True good causes: FRONTEERINGS volunteer abroad projects are either existing local projects or projects that are build from the group up by FRONTEERING. What these projects have in common is that you will be supporting a true good cause! You will have the opportunity to help where the need is the greatest. Our projects focus on helping the local communities, wildlife, indigenous people and the environment in cooperation with the local/indigenous communities. We focus on true volunteer projects where your effort really makes a difference. That’s why through Fronteering you will rehabilitate injured & orphaned wildlife with the goal to release the animal. That is the reason why will not send you to some far southern country to cuddle with tame lions & tigers with any real purpose. If you want to volunteer abroad with a real purpose, contact us!

Safety: At FRONTEERING we do our outmost best to provide the safety measures needed for our Volunteer Abroad projects and Adventure Travel Trips. However due to the fact that many of our projects and trips involve wild animals and/or are in remote locations there is a small element of risk involved. Not all of our projects and trips are for the faint at heart however we do cater to those of all walks of life. If you are not too sure about the suitability of a Volunteer Abroad project or an Adventure Travel trip then feel free to ask as we are always ready to answer any questions or discuss any doubts that come to mind. For more information please check our Safety & In-country Support section before you volunteer abroad.

A real adventure: We do not want our volunteers to end up trying to safe or clean up some small patch of rainforest which in some places they might call a wilderness. Instead you will volunteer in the immense jungle of the Amazon rainforest or venture in to the vast Canadian wilderness! Our volunteer abroad projects are situated in the remote areas of the world and we focus on countries and regions with the lowest population densities. We at FRONTEERING focus on what works; from sleeping in the jungle underneath the stars with nothing more than your own private hammock to back-to-basic cabins in the northern tundra with a cozy smothering fireplace and no electricity! When you volunteer abroad with FRONTEERING you can be sure it will be adventure.

Off the beaten path: With FRONTEERING volunteer abroad projects you will venture to places less visited. We focus on places that are fairly undiscovered where the nature, wildlife and indigenous cultures are still common. You will have the great opportunity to see these amazing places while they are still unspoiled and pure. It is these places where there is the most to lose but even more to gain through successful conservation work and sustainable tourism. 

Community involvement: Foremost when volunteering abroad the well being of the community should come first. For all of our trips we use local guides, local transportation and local communities so that through sustainable tourism we can help to protect the environment, wildlife and sustain the way of life of indigenous cultures & communities. More and more and governments choose the long term benefit of sustainable tourism over the short term gain of mining and logging. A good example is Gabon which in 2002 after recommendations from environmental researchers set up 13 new national parks. The government of Guyana is currently considering protecting its entire rainforest region which still covers 80% of the country. Hopefully through our combined effort this dream will one day become true.

Mission
FRONTEERING specializes in organizing volunteer abroad projects to preserve the environment, wildlife and indigenous people throughout the world while giving the volunteers a real and raw experience in some of the most beautiful and often remote places in the world to make a true difference.

Vision
FRONTEERING strives to provide real off the beaten path volunteer abroad experiences worldwide that satisfy the need for volunteer projects that truly makes a difference for the environment, wildlife and indigenous people.


59 reviews · rating4.6

Enya Niedermeier rating4.6

2024 at Wild Takhi Research & Conservation

My stay at the project was great! The food was awesome and I rather felt like I was at a hotel at times with the quality. Watching the Takhis was an experience I will never forget! The room was basic but clean. Riding through the National Park was an insane experience and I’ll always cherish those ...
Deirdre Conroy rating4.2

2024 at Pantanal Wildlife Research

My experience on this volunteer program was excellent due to the hard work and planning by my host Alexine. She is a fund of knowledge and is dedicated to her project (Peccary Project, see also on Instagram, peccary_queixada_project). I also worked with an amazing team working with the giant ant ...
Carol Breen rating5

2024 at Raptors & Owls Caretaker

I spent 8 weeks, 5 days a week, 7 hours a day volunteering with this organization. It was so worthwhile! They not only rescue injured raptor, but they rehabilitate as many as possible and get them back to where they were rescued in order to release them in the same place. They have a network of ...
Sara Weber rating5

2023 at Sea Turtle Rehabilitator

Es war alles super organisiert, das Hides Hotel ist ein Budget und dementsprechend etwas alt. Die Singlezimmer sind im alten Gebäude- Bereich und leider etwas muffig. Mit tagsüber offenen Fenstern gehts aber. Die stündige Fahrt zur Insel ud wieder eine zurück auf einem Touristenboot wird mit ...
Liliane Zistl rating5

2023 at Exotic & Domestic Animal Caretaker

I really enjoyed my stay at this program. I had the chance to work with different animals that I woudn't have gotten otherwise. The people there are very kinde and courteouse. Because the work is not always the simplest, they give you the weekend of with the possability to go to Saint Pete or Tampa. ..
Jasmine McPherson rating5

2023 at Exotic & Domestic Animal Caretaker

This sanctuary is an absolute amazing place, I'm glad I stayed. They provided a good place to stay and I learnt a lot while with them. They let me experience different situations while with them. Definitely recommend for any volunteer. ..

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