Wildlife Sanctuary Supporter

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High­lights

Take part in animal welfare activities such as enrichment and ‘walks’ in the African bush
Help to improve the standard of life for some of Namibia’s most in-need animals through the maintenance of their environment
Support the project team as they aim to rehabilitate and release as many animals as possible back into the wild
Feed, care for and learn all about Africa’s incredible wildlife species
Here you'll direct all of your efforts towards the long term rehabilitation of animals. Experience hands-on volunteering with cheetahs, baboons, big cats and much more! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Families
Groepen
50+

About The Project
Situated in the heart of the African savannah, this sanctuary serves as a refuge for Namibia’s injured and orphaned wildlife. Many of these animals have been relocated away from local farms as they are seen as ‘problem animals’, deemed to be a risk to livestock and crops and are therefore targeted by farmers. Additionally, the wildlife trade in Africa is rife, and many animals (such as baboons) are forcibly separated from their mothers at a young age, which in turn results in them missing out on developing the important skills which would aid their lives in the wild.

While the sanctuary does carry out vital work in order to protect Namibia’s wildlife, it is the help of volunteers which keeps its doors open for many more in-need animals. The primary aim of this project is to release many of these animals into safe conservation areas where possible, but for those which have become too habituated and are therefore unable to be released, they will instead be provided with a suitable, caring home at the sanctuary. As a volunteer, you will help to support all areas of the sanctuary’s efforts as you take part in a range of exciting and fulfilling activities: from walks in the African bush with baboons at your side to helping to prepare food and enrichment for all of the animals at the sanctuary, your assistance in keeping the project running as smoothly as possible will surely be worthwhile!

Prior to Arrival
Citizens of most countries (including the UK, Germany, USA, Canada, Australia and most of Europe) do not need to obtain a visa to enter Namibia and are granted entry for up to 90 days upon arrival. You will, however, need at least 2 blank pages in your passport for the immigration officials to use and your passport must be valid for a period of at least 6 months from your date of entry. Please note that visas are of your own responsibility.

You will need to fly into Windhoek International Airport (also known as Hosea Kutako International Airport) on your project start date between 7am - 5pm. There are several daily flights here from the South African hub cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as daily flights from a range of international destinations.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

A typical working week runs from Monday to Friday, with each day beginning at 7am and ending around 5pm/6pm. During this time, you will take part in a combination of the activities found below.

Baboon Walk
The sanctuary is home to a number of baboons that have been orphaned as a result of the human-animal conflict. Baboons are often thought of as pests, which in turn sees them shot by farmers. The injured or orphaned baboons are taken in by the sanctuary, and as a volunteer you will help to care for these social animals by accompanying them on enrichment walks, allowing them to exercise their innate abilities such as running and climbing.

Cheetah Run & Observation
Much like baboons, cheetahs have often fallen victim to the human-animal conflict: by venturing onto farms in search of food, these stunning big cats have inadvertently become targets of angry and scared farmers. The sanctuary has taken in many cheetahs over the years that have been injured or orphaned due to conflict. As a number of these cheetahs are unable to be released back into the wild, volunteers help to ensure they have a positive quality of life and one way of doing this is through an exercise enrichment activity. Setting up a pulley-system lure for the cheetahs to chase, you’ll observe the health (and speed!) of the animals as they run past you at up to 130 km/h!

Food Preparation & Animal Feeding
A huge number of animals call the sanctuary home, which means there are many mouths to feed! As a volunteer, you’ll play chef and waiter for the animals, preparing vegetable platters for the herbivores, meat for the carnivores and even milk formula for the little ones. Supervised by the sanctuary staff, you’ll ensure all animals have nutritious and healthy diets and will take turns distributing food at mealtimes.

Carnivore Feeding
Take a front-row seat and witness the sanctuary’s resident carnivores at their most ‘wild’ during their feeding time! You will help to prepare and throw food to cheetahs, leopards, lions and wild dogs, and during the feed, the project facilitator will share their abundant carnivore knowledge with you. This is your chance to learn more about Africa’s impressive carnivores whilst getting to know the animals and their individual stories and personalities!

Enrichment
This is a particularly important element of the sanctuary’s efforts, as enrichment helps to stimulate the animals and therefore will improve their quality of life. You will be tasked with creating an array of activities designed to provoke their senses, such as introducing scented or puzzle-type toys. One example can be found in a previous volunteer group's creation of papier-mâché 'animals': since the 'animals' resembled something the carnivores may have witnessed in the wild, they were quick to tear the creation open. This is a great opportunity to put your creativity to good use!

Project Work
Cleaning, building and maintenance are all necessary aspects of keeping the sanctuary running as smoothly as possible, and you will help to clean enclosures, construct new enclosures or remodel existing ones, fix fences, tackle alien plants and build animal playgrounds. These activities will go a long way towards providing a safe and comfortable home for all of the sanctuary’s animals and are a continuous element of the project.

Reserve Research & Animal Tracking
You will head out onto the neighbouring reserve where you will go in search of free-roaming, high-profile species such as elephants, rhinos, wild dogs and even lions! You’ll learn to track various wildlife species through GPS tracking and by joining a highly skilled Sans tracker who will show you how to find animals using spoor alone. Whilst out the reserve, you’ll retrieve camera trap data and analyse what you gather, helping the research team to monitor how endangered and vulnerable species are adapting to life in the wild.

Anti-Poaching Experience
Spend time with the Anti-Poaching Unit as you help to track and monitor the resident rhinos! For an evening, you’ll join the APU on rhino patrols, where you’ll learn the art of map reading, identifying animal tracks and what it takes to protect these iconic animals from the very real threat of poaching. A night in the bush is a great way to bond with fellow volunteers whilst getting to know and learning from skilled and dedicated rangers. 

Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary
The neighbouring Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary was created to care for elephants and rhinos that have been affected by poaching. During your time as a volunteer, you may have the extraordinary opportunity to nurture and care for injured or orphaned rhinos that have fallen victim to poaching and snare incidents. Please note, this is not a guaranteed activity as it depends on whether there are vulnerable rhinos in need at the time of your stay.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

Whilst on the project, you will have the weekday evenings and all weekend to relax (please note, however, that the animals do still need to be fed on the weekends, therefore a small amount of time may be set aside for this). You are welcome to spend your free time as you please: head out on a nature walk, go swimming in the onsite pool, or play football against the bushman workers at the site! Additionally, a braai (traditional African barbeque) typically takes place once a week, offering the perfect opportunity for you to sit back and relax with your fellow volunteers.

Should you wish to spend a little time away from the project site during your downtime, we do offer a number of trips at an additional cost.

TimBila Nature Reserve

For an additional £130, you may wish to swap out one of your weeks at the sanctuary for a week at the TimBila Nature Reserve. Known as “the land of second chances”, this area is home to lions and wild dogs previously rescued from human-wildlife conflict that have been given a new lease of life through release onto the reserve. You’ll spend your time here monitoring and tracking the relocated carnivores whilst aiding research efforts to allow the future introduction of rhinos and elephants! You’ll locate wildlife using telemetry and spoor tracking, collect and analyse camera trap data and may even be able to participate in the relocation and release of wildlife during your stay!

Kanaan Conservation and Research Site

Also available for an additional £130, is carnivore research in the stunning Kanaan region where the red sands and impressive dunes contribute to the beautiful scenery. This research site offers an insight to the lives of Namibia’s desert-dwelling wildlife, including (but not limited to) a range of incredible hyenas and big cats! Take part in the recording of statistical data on brown and spotted hyenas, cheetahs and leopards and mapping of this unique region, ultimately aiding the research team in improving their understanding of the wildlife found here. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sandboarding and will get to feed the two resident cheetahs on site!

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Paardrijden

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 (gemiddeld niveau)
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
As you will be involved in all aspects of the project, including construction and maintenance of enclosures. We recommend that volunteers come with at least a moderate level of fitness.

No specific skills are required - all we ask is that you arrive with a willingness to get involved with every activity, have a respect for the wildlife and sanctuary staff with whom you’ll be working, and aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty!
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag en zaterdag van 07:30 - 16:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door The Great Projects
  • A contribution to the project itself including funding for items such as building materials, food and animal medications
  • Transfers to and from Windhoek International Airport or Windhoek city
  • Full orientation and support from the project managers for the duration of your project
  • Accommodation, three meals per day and tea and coffee
  • All activities mentioned previously
Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Hosea Kutako International Airport

You should arrive into Windhoek Airport on your project start date between 7am - 5pm, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to the project site. This transfer will take approximately 45 minutes.

Accomodatie

During your time on the project, you will stay in a fixed cabin/tent alongside one other volunteer of the same gender. If, however, you are joining this project as a couple, you will be accommodated together.

Each cabin has an adjoining, open-roofed bathroom, complete with a western-style toilet and a hot water shower (please note that the water is heated by solar energy, and therefore may be intermittent). Plug sockets and electric lighting are also available.

There is also a luxury lodge on site where you may wish to spend a night or two. The lodge is comprised of multiple chalets, each with a private veranda which overlooks the bushveld, an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. The lodge also has its own pool, a tranquil dining area with stunning views, and a bar. Please note that the chalet is subject to an additional charge per night; please speak to a member of our travel team for more information.

Slaapkamer (Dubbel) Slaapkamer (Enkel) Guesthouse
Eten & Drank

Three meals per day are provided for you at the sanctuary, with water, tea and coffee freely available throughout the day. 

  • Breakfast consists of toast, cereal, fruit and juice, whilst lunch typically includes burgers, pasta, wraps or stir-fry. 
  • Dinner is served in a buffet style and consists of meat, fish, vegetables, potatoes and pasta, whilst on weekends you may be treated to a braai (traditional African barbeque)! 

A vegetarian option is always available, whilst those with other dietary requirements or preferences (such as veganism) can be catered for, should the project team know in advance. Finally, a range of snacks and drinks (including alcoholic beverages) can be purchased at the sanctuary.

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 Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Namibië.
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 Namibië biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
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

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

You can choose to arrive on any day of the week throughout the year (subject to availability). Please contact us to check whether your preferred start date is still available!

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

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
$1.370
3 weken
$2.023
4 weken
$2.675
5 weken
$3.328
6 weken
$3.980
7 weken
$4.633
8 weken
$5.285
9 weken
$5.938
10 weken
$6.590
11 weken
$7.243
12 weken (max. verblijf)
$7.895
Gemiddelde kosten
$672 /week

De organisatie rekent haar tarieven in GBP. De prijstabel in USD is onderhevig aan valutaschommelingen. The Great Projects 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 The Great Projects 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 The Great Projects 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 The Great Projects

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Wildlife Sanctuary Supporter

Here you'll direct all of your efforts towards the long term rehabilitation of animals. Experience hands-on volunteering with cheetahs, baboons, big cats and much more!

$463/week

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