Local Wildlife Rescue and Research

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founded in 2007
Shona
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Coordinator | Shona
Coordinator | Shona

Highlights

Volunteers will have the rare and exciting opportunity to actively participate in the conservation, rehabilitation, care and research of African wildlife
They will also have a number of Research sites to chose from. They will continue their project on the research site of their choice.
Preparing food and feeding the animals
You will be living close to many wild animals in the Namibian bush and nothing beats being surrounded by a pride of lions, leopards or cheetahs
Learn and experience how each animal behaves, reacts and what their characters are like
Conserve the land, cultures & wildlife of Namibia and rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat. They will also have a number of Research sites to work on
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Volunteers will have the rare and exciting opportunity to actively participate in the conservation, rehabilitation, care and research of African wildlife. They will also have a few Research  sites to chose from. Research sites  can be found further down within the overview. The sanctuary currently provides a safe refuge for orphaned, injured or conflict wildlife including several lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals, warthogs, antelope and baboons as well as a host of birds, smaller African mammals and farmyard animals. Wildlife Conservation Volunteers are crucial in helping us to care for the animals in rehabilitation or permanent captivity at the sanctuary, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. This is an exceptional opportunity to get hands on experience with African wildlife and the many aspects of their care. For the full experience and understanding of what we do, we highly recommend that you book at least three weeks with us. 


Typical day

The volunteering schedule works on a rotational group system, which ensures every volunteer gets to experience as many of the activities as possible. The groups work two to three activities a day between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Volunteers get a short break in the morning followed by lunch from 1pm-2:30pm. Weekends are not part of the rotation schedule; on Saturdays, volunteers will participate in certain activities in the morning, and in the afternoon there will be a fun non-work related activity followed by a braai (barbeque). On Sunday, a small team will participate in food prep in the morning and a different small team will participate in the afternoon, so you will have half the day off. All non-working hours are free time to explore the sanctuary.


Research Sites

Research Volunteering – at Neuras = Focus areas are Leopard Research, Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation and assisting with the winery. Research Volunteering – at Kanaan = Focus areas are Spotted Hyena Research, Small Carnivore Research (Caracal and Black-backed Jackal) – new projects starting soon as well as Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation. Research Volunteering – at Mangetti = focus of our work is to mitigate human-wildlife conflict with Namibian landowners and livestock farmers. Medical Volunteering = focus of our work at the Lifeline Clinic is to tackle the tuberculosis burden within the San population.  School Volunteering = Our aim is to give the next generation of this marginalised community the boost they need to build a brighter and healthier future.


Free-time activities

Free-time activities

Safaris:

3 day, 6 day and 7 day available

The safari is designed to offer a quick “snapshot” of Namibia’s world renowned Etosha National Park, before ending at the coastal area of Swakopmund.


Cultural tour:

Cultural tourism is the subset of tourism concerned with a traveler's engagement with a country or region's culture, specifically the lifestyle of the people in those geographical areas, the history of those people, their art, architecture, religion, and other elements that helped shape their way of life

Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo

Program 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
Completed application form and Copy of flight itinerary
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, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 17:00

Included Services

Services by SAVE Foundation

Includes:

Food (3 meals per day)
Transport (pick up on arrival, drop off on departure)
Accommodation (dorm rooms)
Certificate of appreciation
Donation to the running of the project

Airport Pickup at Hosea Kutako International Airport

We collect you upon arrival.

We drop off upon departure.

Accommodation

Accommodation

● Volunteers will stay in rooms or tents (2 - 4 people per room)

● All linen will be provided.

● The volunteer house is roughly 1km away from the main-house, and is safe and secure.

● Swimming pool is available.

● No visitors are permitted to enter the property unless permitted by the project leader

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Meals

Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day:

Breakfast consists of cereals, fruit, yoghurts, toast and spreads

Lunch varies from cold to hot meals for example: wraps, salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches

Dinner consists of a hot meal such as a traditional BBQ (braai), stews, chicken dishes, etc.


NOTES:

● Tea and coffee will be available, all other drinks will be at own expense

● A generous amount of food will always be served. If snacks are desired there are several grocery stores nearby.

● There are refrigerators available for volunteers’ personal food and soft drinks

Important reminder: Participants must advise SAVE of their dietary needs (e.g. if they are

vegetarian or have any allergies) prior to their arrival. Participants with very specific dietary

needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
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

Arrival Day: Monday

Arrival Time: Any time

Airport: Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport (WHK), Namibia.

Departure Day: Monday

Departure time: +- 11AM – 1PM

Min Duration: 2 weeks

Max Duration: None

Min Age: 18 years old

Max Age: N/A – Medium level of fitness and healthy 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,500
3 weeks
$ 2,160
4 weeks
$ 2,820
5 weeks
$ 3,480
6 weeks
$ 4,140
7 weeks
$ 4,800
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,460
Average fees
$ 716 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. SAVE Foundation 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 SAVE Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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