African Elephant Research Assistant

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opgericht in 2011
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High­lights

Meet our resident, animals and see how your project fee helps Elephants
You’ll meet loads of great people and we know you’ll have lots of fun, but the animals come first.
Undertake activities caring Elephants
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 elephant populations. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen
50+
The project

Volunteers will spend 2 weeks at a wildlife centre caring for rescued animals, then 2 – 10 weeks on the elephant research project where they will assess the status, distribution and movements patterns of elephants 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.

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

  • Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
  • Elephant 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, warthogs, zebras and bushpigs 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.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

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“.
Sightseeing
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Voor­waarden

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.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (vloeiend)
Vereiste documenten
Proof of travel Insurance docs en proof of vaccinations.
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
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.
Tijdsinzet
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.

Accomodatie

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.

Slaapzaal Bungalo
Eten & Drank

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.

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.
Reisverzekering
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.
Vaccinaties
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

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Every Tuesday, all year. Subject to availability. 

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
4 - 12 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
4 weken (min. verblijf)
$ 4.230
6 weken
$ 4.880
7 weken
$ 5.477
8 weken
$ 6.055
9 weken
$ 6.589
10 weken
$ 6.997
11 weken
$ 7.356
12 weken (max. verblijf)
$ 7.710
Gemiddelde kosten
$ 850 /week

Gelieve ermee rekening te houden dat de bovenstaande programmakosten een raming zijn en beinvloed kunnen worden door mogelijke veranderingen in de wisselkoers. 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:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
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

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African Elephant Research Assistant

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

$850/week

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