Basic Farm Work Assistant

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Volunteers will be involved in day to day tasks and activities on the farm, from general farm work and looking after farm animals and also wildlife.


This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

Everything we do on the farm contributes to the conservation of endangered species at the end of the day, every little bit of help and support received from volunteers directly helps with the conservation and saving some of the most endangered species in Africa.

You will be working alongside our permanent staff, for example, a para-vet, conservationists, rangers and agricultural specialists.

Volunteers are expected to assist in day to day tasks to help the team reach their goals more efficiently.   We will be there to mentor and assist you where needed, and get to know you better.  No special equipment is needed to bring along.

Basic Farm Work

  • Development projects: rehabilitation camps, building water sources for new camps and other needed structures, accommodations etc. Visual patrols on foot: looking for objects that can injure the wildlife, like looking for wires, tracks, etc.
  • Rehabilitation of old farmland:  breaking down of old fences, disposing of rubbish, wires and snares, vegetation control, setting up needed developments,
  • Field assessment: field assessment is highly crucial on how many species can be kept on the land, what type of management plan is required.  Vegetation assessment will be needed on regular bases to assess the farms carrying capacity.
  • Dam and water management
  • Rain gauges: Good record keeping and management of the amount of rain that has fallen.
  • Firebreaks: Help maintain firebreaks.
  • Farm maintenance: Leaking water troughs, setting new pipelines for new water sources, dam management, and solar panel maintenance.
  • Fence maintenance: Fences need to be patrolled and fixed where broken by animals
  • Gardening:  Help set up & grow our garden around the tented camp & volunteer camp
Lucerne (Alfalfa) Field
  • Basic:  General maintenance, irrigation & cultivation of Lucerne field, ensuring the success of the Lucerne growth, sowing seeds, growth, harvesting and baling.
  • Water structure: adequate for the Lucerne as well as problems with pipes, sprinkler systems need rotation etc.
  • Pest control: Rodent, termite and other pest control and putting up owl boxes
Beehives & Owl Boxes - Setting up beehives and Owl boxes around the farm.
Permaculture Garden
  • Permaculture Design: Zoning, Sectoring, Layering, and Plant Guilds
  • Basic Gardening: Vegetables (Annual Plants, Perennial Plants, Shrubs) Fruit Trees, Nut Trees, Water Plants, Germination, Propagation, Grafting, Tree Management, and Fungi
  • Building Resources: Coppicing and Pollarding
  • Energy Resources: Wind, Batteries/Electrics and Solar Heating
  • Water Resources: Water Collection/Storage, Irrigation and Grey Water Processing
  • Building: Walling, Fencing, Dams/Ponds, Swales/Berms and Raised Beds
  • Waste Management systems: Composting Toilets, Composting, and Worm Farms

Beneficial to Wildlife

  • Construct a (little) pond, Birds, lizards, spiders, dragonflies, chameleon, frogs will be attracted.  
  • They eat insects, which harm the crops.  
  • Create a system for them.  
  • Provide a habitat by making little houses for them.  
  • Construct birdhouses.  Water features.
Conservation/Forestry
  • Vegetation mapping
  • Assessment of vegetation types. 
  • What problems are there concerning vegetation
  • Invasive plants, what types do we have, and in which parts of the farm are they growing? 
  • How can we eradicate these? 
  • Carrying capacity, bush encroachment management. 
  • How to deal with soil erosion & applying techniques to combat soil erosion
Wildlife & Stock Management
  • assist with day to day sheep handling, let them out to graze, bring back to kraal at night
  • assist feeding of sheep & chickens
  • assist with dosing of stock
  • daily egg collection at chicken coop
  • assist with daily chicken coop maintenance/upkeep
  • daily feeding of wildlife in dry seasons

Typical day

A normal workday is on average 8 hrs with a 2 hr lunch break.  Starting at 07:00 and ends at +-17:00 depending on what is happening the day.  Work ranges from light to heavy physical work, helping with feeding of animals, cleaning of water & feeding bowls, fencing, helping with baling of lucerne, gardening, vegetation mapping, animal observations, all day to day tasks on a working farm.

Free-time activities

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Etosha National Park is considered as one of of the best game viewing locations in the world. "Etosha" means in Oshivambo "Great White Place" obviously derived from the vast salt pan that constitutes a large portion of the Park's surface area.

The Etosha National Park is one of Namibia's favourite natural attractions. The park is located around Etosha Pan, a low-lying area of approximately 6,000 square kilometers which, in times of heavy rainfall, may form a shallow lake which draws vast numbers of water fowl. In other times, the lake as such dries out, but trees, grassland and pools remain, drawing a rich collection of game and birds; one of the best game viewing areas in Africa from the largest to the smallest. 

At the east end of the pan is Fort Namutoni which was built by the Germans, then attacked, taken and destroyed by the Ovambos. After retaking the fort, the Germans rebuilt it and today it is perfectly preserved, looking like a Foreign Legion fort lifted straight from the Sahara.

Other camps in the Park are Halali and Okaukeujo and the latest additions Dolomite Resort and Olifantsrus Campsite.

Around the Park there are a number of the best accommodation establishments in Namibia. These are extremely popular amongst visitors as they are located close to the different entry points to the Park.

VINGEKLIP - THE ROCK FINGER

The Vingerklip, 95 km West of Outjo is the geological leftover of a Ugab Terrace, its geological history can be read like an open book when looking at the layers of conglomerate. The Rock Finger stand on a hill top and has a height of 929 m above sea level, the rock itself is 35 metres high. Visitors are allowed to climb the hill to view the rock formation, but it is prohibited to climb the Vingerklip

Travelling westwards en route to Khorixas, is the Ugab Vingerklip (finger of rock) situated amongst the rugged Ugab Terraces. If you stay on the tarred road you will miss this. About 35 m high, this distinctive monolith has been moulded into its curious shape by erosion.

The high land has been cut down by the Ugab River, until the Canyons became only some stone pillars, comparable with the Monument Valley in America. The best known is the Vingerklip. Vinger=Finger, because it is so thin and high.

The hills of the Ugab Terrace, near the town, deserve special mention for their unusual shapes. A particularly interesting section can be found on the Setenghi property, where some of the formations have been likened to castles from the middle ages. These are made of conglomerate, and stand on the edge of a plateau that stretches for more than 80km and eventually forms the northern boundary of the Ugab River Valley.

TOURS

There are various short tours available guided by local guides, for example: Desert Tour to go and see the Desert Elephants.  More information on request.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Riding

Require­ments

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Criminal background, Visa and Medical Insurance
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
willingness to help were needed and learn new things!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Muller Stud Volunteers

OUR PRICES INCLUDE:

  • Transfer to and from the town Outjo to Muller Stud
  • Accommodation & bedding on Muller Stud Reserve
  • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Supper
  • Full support and assistance from your program coordinator throughout your time at Muller Stud

Accommodation

The volunteer quarters consists of 12 rooms (sharing).

Bedding is provided, please bring your own towel

Each room is equipped with 2 single beds and a cupboard for each person.

All rooms have their own bathroom with a hot shower and flush toilets.
Rooms are situated at the foot of a mountain, very good for early morning exercise! 

There is a dining hall with fireplace, a big kitchen, washing machine, solar electricity and

free Wi-Fi. 

A breakage fee of US$ 75-00 will be charged (cash) and refunded when you check out.




Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch pack
  • Supper
  • snacks, drinks & luxuries at own cost
  • food will be supplied, volunteers will prepare meals together.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. We assist you to find cheap flights to Namibia.
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 Namibia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Namibia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Namibia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

All year,  Transfers from Outjo to the farm is early mornings, before 08:00 am.  It is advised that you stay in Outjo the night before, contact details for backpackers will be given. There is transfers on most days, but we prefer it on a Thursday.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,400
5 weeks
$ 1,750
6 weeks
$ 2,100
7 weeks
$ 2,450
8 weeks
$ 2,800
9 weeks
$ 3,150
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,200
Average fees
$ 350 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Muller Stud Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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 (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Muller Stud Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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Basic Farm Work Assistant

Volunteers will be involved in day to day tasks and activities on the farm, from general farm work and looking after farm animals and also wildlife.

$350/week

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