Elephant Conservation Supporter

Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA)
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Experience beautiful Namibia!
Explore Swakopmund is a great little town, safe, by the sea, surrounded by sand dunes and with lots of activities to keep you entertained!
Work with and protect the majestic elephant! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Meet like-minded people and form a deep relationship!
There's much to do in your free time: kayaking, surfing, quad biking, dolphin tours, fishing, desert tours and much more
EHRA aims to conserve the desert elephants of Namibia, through practical and realistic anti-conflict solutions. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

How the EHRA Volunteer Project Works

EHRA's wildlife volunteer program is structured in 2-week (11 nights) rotations, but you can repeat for a maximum of 12 weeks(132 nights). A volunteer group has a maximum of 14 people, of all ages and from all walks of life who join the program and come to Namibia to experience life in the African bush! Minimum age is 18 years old and there is no maximum age limit. 

Meeting Point

The meeting point is Swakopmund and we will give you help and advice on getting here. We organise your travel arrangements from the airport in Namibia's capital Windhoek, and the transfer to A La Mer Hotel or Amanpuri Travelers Lodge. You can choose either to stay at. On Sunday evening ( 06h30) there is a short briefing for all volunteers at A La Mer Hotel, which is important because you get to meet our staff and learn what will happen the following day when the program begins. We leave Swakopmund on Monday at 12:00 noon. We then drive to EHRA's Base Camp on the Ugab River, where you will spend the night and listen to a full briefing about the volunteer program for the following week.

Week One - Building Week

On Tuesday morning the group travels to the local Namibian farm or homestead where you will spend building week, building a protection wall around the water sources or building alternative water points for the elephants. Volunteer teams live in mobile base camps in the vicinity of the homesteads and elephants. Tents are provided by EHRA this week and soon you will make the camp your home! All cooking is done over the fire and you work in pairs taking turns to be on kitchen duty, which includes providing the first cup of coffee to everyone in bed and preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have great recipes and we can also cater for vegetarians.

You rise early to beat the Namibian heat and then stop around 12 to travel back to camp for a traditional African siesta and lunch. In the afternoons you start work after 2:30 pm and work for a couple of hours, before it is time to head back to camp for the obligatory sundowner. Evenings are spent talking and relaxing around the camp fire, listening to the sounds of Africa.

Building walls is sweaty, hard work but each volunteer does what he or she is capable of doing, and you work as a team to complete the project. 

Base Camp

Saturday morning you pack up the camp and travel back to the EHRA Base Camp for a much deserved shower and relaxation. The next two days are yours to explore, read, take a swim in the elephant drinking dam and RELAX!

Week Two - Elephant Patrol

On Monday morning volunteer teams pack the Land Cruisers and leave on elephant patrol. This is an amazing week where you join the EHRA trackers on a (mostly) vehicle-based patrol traveling through the area to track the local herds of desert elephants. This week is your reward for all the hard work on building week.

The aim of this week is to track the elephants, record data on births, deaths and new elephants, GPS their positions and take ID shots and notes about each and every elephant. In 2014 we are also started a genetics project to ascertain which bulls are the main breeding animals. This involves collecting elephant dung, which is something all volunteers will help with!

EHRA believes effective conservation management is only possible through knowing each elephant personally, through its physical features and its personality traits, as well as having accurate and up-to-date information on numbers and movements. This is particularly important when 'problem' elephants are declared. The information gathered on patrol is entered onto our online database which maps each herd's movements using Google Earth. From this we can ascertain which farms and homesteads elephants visit regularly and therefore may require protection walls. The database also holds all ID photos of the elephants.

During patrol you sleep at a new place every evening, depending on where the day's tracking has taken you. You sleep under the stars, and for many volunteers, this is one of the most magical experiences of the project, and indeed, of their gap year or career break!

It is unlikely that you will see many other humans during the week, your company being the areas wildlife!

Aside from elephants, you can expect to see giraffes, oryx, ostriches, kudus, zebras, springboks and if you are very lucky black rhinos or even leopards or lions, as well as hundreds of different birds.

On Thursday afternoon after spending 4 days and 3 nights out, you travel back to Base Camp to spend your last night in the desert if you are with EHRA for only 2 weeks.

Friday morning you say your goodbyes and climb in the Land Cruiser for the journey back to Swakopmund. Friday nights are always a fun night out where we all eat together in one of the local restaurants.


Swakopmund is a great little town, safe, by the sea, surrounded by sand dunes and with lots of activities to keep you entertained, such as skydiving, kayaking, dolphin watching and sand boarding to name only a few. There are lots of cafes, interesting shops, restaurants, a few bars and even a cinema! For anyone traveling onwards through Namibia we can also help you to plan your trip and recommend the best agents, car hires, places to stay and to see.

If you would like to get in touch with a past volunteer to hear first hand about their experience please do let us know.


Volunteers meet in the Skeleton Coast town of Swakopmund where there are many different activities including kayaking, surfing, quad biking, dolphin tours, fishing, desert tours and sand boarding on the famous dunes to name a few! During the project there is a day off in a small local town where there is a restaurant with a swimming pool and wifi. The area around our base camp is beautiful and great for short hikes.



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 (basis niveau)
Vereiste documenten
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
There is no skills or experience needed
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag en zaterdag van 06:00 - 16:30

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA)

All food, accommodation, transfers to and from base camp, equipment whilst on the project.


At base camp we sleep on a big wooden platform in a tree. On build week we make a mobile camp, with long drop toilets but no showers. We sleep under a tarpaulin or you can choose a tent. On patrol we sleep wild and everyone sleeps on bedrolls under the stars.

Eten & Drank

Typical breakfast is tea, coffee, porridge, cereals. Lunch is sandwiches and fruit. Evening meals are anything from Spaghetti Bolognese, Thai Curry, Roast Chickens, even apple crumble! All is cooked over the fire.

Internet toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Rooikop Airport (WVB) in Walvis Bay. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Namibië.
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 Namibië biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Namibië dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Namibië.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

3 January - 14January
17 January - 28 January
31 January - 11 February
14 February - 25 February
28 February - 11 March
14 March - 25 March
28 March - 8 April
11 April - 22 April
25 April - 6 May
9 May - 20 May
23 May - 3 June
6 June - 17 June
20 June - 1 July
4 July - 15 July
18 July - 29 July
1 August - 12 August
15 August - 26 August
29 August - 9 September
12 September - 23 September
26 September - 7 October
10 October - 21 October
24 October - 4 November
7 November - 18 November
21 November - 2 December
5 December - 16 December
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
2 - 12 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
4 weken
6 weken
8 weken
10 weken
12 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$470 /week

De organisatie rekent haar tarieven in GBP. De prijstabel in USD is onderhevig aan valutaschommelingen. Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) 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 Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) 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 Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) 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 Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA)

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