African Wildlife Research Assistant

opgericht in 2011
Stel je vraag
Coördinator | Tracy
Coördinator | Tracy
Boek met de Flex-Optie! Kies nieuwe vertrekdata of wijzig je vrijwilligersproject zonder meerkost.


Meet our resident, animals and see how your project fee helps protect and conserve wildlife populations
You’ll meet loads of great people and we know you’ll have lots of fun, but the animals come first.
Undertake research and general activities studying Malawi's wildlife
Enjoy a working holiday and contribute to these animals who need us.
Enjoy eating beautiful food and meeting the locals.
Care for rescued animals and support research projects about distribution and movement patterns of the local wildlife populations. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
The project

Volunteers will spend 2 – 10 weeks on the wildlife research project where they will assess the status, distribution and movements patterns of animals occupying the study conservation area. Awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2000, the National Park covers approximately 3,200km2 to establish one of Malawi’s truly outstanding features. Situated on the border of Zambia, this thriving hub of activity hosts no less than 100 mammal species and 430 individual species of birds. Running in conjunction with the Wildlife Reserve, this research camp operates to house, protect and monitor a variety of wildlife including Cheetahs – a species that were thought to be extinct for the best part of two decades.

The conservation team at the National Park will provide volunteers with all of the necessary training to undertake their individual research activities on site. The initial orientation and training phase is designed to bring visitors up to speed on the codes of practice that must be adhered to. Any further feedback or questions can be directed to staff.

Volunteers may also choose to spend time at a wildlife centre caring for rescued animals.

Our volunteers
There are 4 key domains in which volunteers contribute:

  • Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
  • Wildlife Research
  • Education and Community Outreach
  • Communications and Campaigns
In the field, the volunteers will obtain an up close and personal view of the elephants, buffalo, vultures, warthogs, zebras and other animals to gauge their health, wellbeing and overall integration back into their native habitat.

Please note
The wildlife centre operates a strict hands-off policy as our goal is to release as many animals as possible back into the wild. It is highly important not to humanise the animals as this puts them at greater risk of being poached after release. That said, some orphans need special attention and round the clock care to ensure that they have the best possible chance of survival and rehabilitation, so you may well be stepping in with surrogacy work and providing all aspects of care in those early days. It can be an incredibly rewarding experience to see animals progress and know that you have played a vital part in their journey back to the wild.

While the luxurious and exotic surrounds of Africa will provide an experience you will never forget, there are some obvious challenges that some volunteers will encounter. Removed from a comfortable first world environment, volunteers can be confronted by the state of some of the animals in the park given their circumstances. Those that arrive in the warmer months will also be exposed to a hot and unforgiving climate, making it imperative to come prepared.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

At the wildlife centre, working hours are completely dependent on the animals we have in at the time, and on the level of care they need. Ideally, volunteers will work from 8am till 5pm, but this is not often the case as most elephant orphans need feeding at unsociable hours and some even need round the clock care. We try our best to split this up between volunteers but please be aware that there may be some long days or even some night shifts. However, a typical day could look like this:

8am-1pm: Orphan care activities and/or enrichment
1pm - 2pm: Lunch
2pm – 5pm: Community outreach/animal care/projects

Once in the field, volunteers will undertake research duties allocating much of their schedule for a 6-day working week.


Malawi is known as the Warm Heart of Africa for its friendly people and stunning landscapes, and it’s generally viewed as the ‘safest’ country to travel in Africa. Volunteers take one day off a week and a long weekend off every month. It is possible to take off more or less time, dependent on emergencies and what projects you are working on. We highly recommend that you spend weekends off at the lake or on safari. We can help you with your booking and show you the best deals. Here are a few ideas:

  • Zambia: Safari to South Luangwa valley
  • Senga Bay: Boat trip, snorkelling, swimming.
  • Liwonde National park: Game drives and boat trips
  • Cape Maclear: Boat trips, paddle-boarding, canoes, booze cruise, hiking
  • Kande: Horse riding 
  • Dezda: Pottery, paper workshop, hiking, cave paintings 
  • Kuti Wildlife Reserve: Wildlife viewing, cycling
Please note

The first instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.


Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (vloeiend)
Vereiste documenten
Proof of travel Insurance docs en proof of vaccinations.
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Enthusiasm for conservation.
A love for animals.
Great work ethic.
Willingness to learn.
Ability to work within a team environment.
Ability to work in a remote area.
Capacity to translate newly acquired skills across to others.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag, zaterdag en zondag van 08:00 - 17:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
  • Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Local SIM card
  • All meals, tea/coffee and bottled water
  • T- Shirt
  • Orientation and training
  • WIFI
  • Volunteer Coordinator
Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Lilongwe International Airport

We will pick you up at the airport.


Your accommodation within the park is situated at a cosy log cabin on the Plateau. This self-sufficient site comes complete with a shared bathroom, bedrooms and a kitchen. Running water and electricity is available for four hours in the evening with a limited phone and internet signal.

Bungalo Slaapzaal
Eten & Drank

At the wildlife centre: Breakfast supplies are available to all volunteers.  Meals are cooked by our local chef each day except on Sunday when extra food is given to our dedicated volunteers. The vegetarian menu catered by chef Joseph is a mix of local and international cuisine, but we are flexible enough to cater to most dietary requirements. Visitors are welcome to bring their own meats or other luxuries if they wish.

At the research centre: all meals are supplied.

Internet toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Lilongwe International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Malawi.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Malawi biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Malawi dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Malawi.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Starts every Tuesday, all year. Subject to availability. 

Program runs Tuesday to Monday.

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
2 - 12 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
3 weken
4 weken
5 weken
6 weken
7 weken
8 weken
9 weken
10 weken
11 weken
12 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$1.092 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Wat vertellen de mensen over Volunteer World?

African Wildlife Research Assistant

Care for rescued animals and support research projects about distribution and movement patterns of the local wildlife populations.


Misschien ben je ook geïnteresseerd in

Local Animal Rescue Center Escazu, Costa Rica Volunteer Now Costa Rica
As part of our local animal shelter, you'll be responsible for a variety of activities such as feeding, maintenance and engaging with animals!
Sea Turtle Conservation Ambassador Quepos, Costa Rica Tortugas de Pacuare
Volunteer and save turtles, make a difference and meet one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Join us in Pacific CR!
Conservation of Whale & Dolphin Populations Tenerife, Spanje GVI
Contribute to critical whale & dolphin conservation initiatives in the beautiful subtropical island archipelago - Canary Islands.
Migrants and Refugees Integration Support Napoli, Italië International Napoli Network
Help the refugee and migrant community to gain a foothold in Europe by supporting shelters, schools, health care and activities tailored to their long-term integration.
Aussie Wildlife Homestay Holbrook, Australië Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
This dedicated wildlife rescue and rehabilitation group raises and cares for injured and orphaned wildlife. the animals are released back into their natural environment.
Environmental Education Tour for Family and Groups Cairns, Australië Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
This eco-expedition is suitable for families or groups of 4 -10 participants who want a broad environmental educational tour of Tropical North Queensland

Waarom zie ik dit?

U heeft een pagina aangevraagd die niet meer bestaat op deze site. Dit kan worden veroorzaakt door een link die u hebt gevolgd en die verouderd was, door het intypen van een verkeerd adres in de adresbalk, of gewoon omdat de post is verwijderd.

Breng me naar de Hoofdpagina