Wildlife Conservation for Teenagers

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High­lights

Live at the beautiful Wild at Tuli reserve, surrounded by wildlife, and learn from conservation experts
Be part of our efforts to help preserve and protect elephants, leopards, lions, giraffes and more as well as local ecosystems
Track animals during surveys and help gather research data
A trip to Botswana is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa
Make new friends and get to experience life in the African bush together
Work on a reserve in the heart of Africa and help conserve wildlife and bush ecosystems This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 15+
Singles
Couples

+++ PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR 15-18 YEAR OLDS +++


If you’re looking to pursue a career in conservation, or just want to do more to help the environment, this project is perfect for you. You don’t need any previous experience. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. All you need is a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors.

At Wild at Tuli, you’ll work with conservationists who are passionate about the environment and have dedicated their lives to African wildlife. They’ll be there to guide and support you, and make sure you’re safe.

Our High School Special is specifically designed for teenagers, and we have a set itinerary in place to make the most out of your time.

This project strikes a great balance between research and hands-on work. You’ll learn from conservation experts and do plenty of practical work. You can use it on your CV, in applications, and talk about it in interviews.

Typical day

As a volunteer, you provide extra manpower to preserve wildlife and ecosystems in the reserve. 

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Build dams and waterholes for wildlife

Water is a scarcity in Southern Africa. As a Conservation volunteer, you will help construct and repair waterholes, boreholes, and rainwater tanks. This will ensure that water is stored during the wet season and that there is lots of  water during the dry season. This is vital for wildlife to survive during times of drought.

Track animals during surveys and help gather research data

The Tuli region is home to large and diverse wildlife populations, which is one of the most exciting things about the area. It is important for us to keep track of population growth and movement. You'll help us do this by taking part in surveys. You'll also conduct research and collect data to help track animal movements and family units of the local wildlife.

Remove wires and snares and participate on anti-poaching patrols

Illegal poaching of bush meat is a major challenge to conservation in Botswana. As a volunteer, you will help reduce poaching efforts in the Tuli area. You will mainly do this by joining local staff members in removing snares around the reserve. By removing hundreds of these snares, we are able to save the lives of hundreds of animals.

Set up camera traps

As animals are very active by night, camera traps help us study their natural habitats, behaviours and movements. You will be involved in setting up these cameras around the reserve.

Camera traps have produced a couple of first sightings for us. A baby brown hyena, a honey badger, a leopard and an aardvark were seen for the first time on our cameras. This is incredibly exciting, as it tells us that our efforts are creating an environment where animals thrive and breed.

Work with volunteers from around the world

You’ll volunteer with teens from around the world. There will be plenty for you to learn from your new friends, like the customs and cultures in their home countries. And during your leisure time, you will all get to experience life in the African bush together.

Free-time activities

Work with volunteers from around the world

You’ll volunteer with teens from around the world. There will be plenty for you to learn from your new friends, like the customs and cultures in their home countries. And during your leisure time, you will all get to experience life in the African bush together.

Sightseeing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 15 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
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

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

Airport Pickup at Polokwane Airport

If you're volunteering at our Conservation Project in Botswana, your arrival airport will be Polokwane Airport (PTG) in the rural heartland of the Limpopo River basin. You should aim to arrive on a Monday if possible. Once you arrive, you'll be met by a Projects Abroad staff member. They’ll be wearing a Projects Abroad t-shirt, or holding a Projects Abroad sign, so they’re easily visible.  

From the airport, you’ll take a stunning three-hour drive in the back of a land cruiser to our base camp in Wild at Tuli nature reserve.

Accommodation

You'll stay at our base camp at Wild at Tuli and share a tent with other Projects Abroad volunteers of the same sex. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and share the experience of living in the heart of the bushveld together. There are shared bathrooms with hot, running water. There is no electricity, but we have charging stations running on solar power so we have light at night.

Your tent will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe. 

Camping
Food & Beverages
Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good 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 Polokwane Airport (PTG) in Polokwane. We assist you to find cheap flights to Botswana.
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 Botswana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Botswana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Botswana.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Choose Start Dates - Duration

22 March 2020 to 04 April 2020 - 2 Weeks
05 April 2020 to 18 April 2020 - 2 Weeks
05 July 2020 to 18 July 2020 - 2 Weeks
19 July 2020 to 01 August 2020 - 2 Weeks
11 August 2020 to 24 August 2020 - 2 Weeks
21 March 2021 to 03 April 2021 - 2 Weeks
04 April 2021 to 17 April 2021 - 2 Weeks
04 July 2021 to 17 July 2021 - 2 Weeks
18 July 2021 to 31 July 2021 - 2 Weeks
11 August 2021 to 24 August 2021 - 2 Weeks
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 2 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
£2,170 ($2,734)
2 weeks (max. stay)
£2,170 ($2,734)
Average fees
£1,085 ($1,367) /week

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

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Wildlife Conservation for Teenagers

Work on a reserve in the heart of Africa and help conserve wildlife and bush ecosystems

$1085/week

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