An outreach initiative that initiates, assists and implements projects beneficial to endangered animals, vulnerable animal life and the fragile ecosystem of Namibia.
The Aims and Objectives of this Program
VCN Program: Anti-Poaching Tracking Ranger gives volunteers from abroad a rare opportunity to get involved in the action of protection and prevention of rhino/elephant/lion/antelope poaching and also to create awareness of the increasing negative effects of poaching activities globally
Based @ Amani Development Centre in the Central area of Namibia 24km from Windhoek, volunteers will enjoy the breathtaking vastness typical to the Namibia rural area in our superb Khomas Hochland Mountain Savanna setting. Initial tracking coarse will be conducted @ the Amani Academy, on a 35 ha piece of land, with access to an adjacent 1000ha. Theory and initial practical training will be done at Amani after which volunteers will be attached to an Anti-poaching unit and will conduct the rest of their practical’s in the different areas where poaching activities might occur.
Through a network of international volunteers, organizations and services, we aim to supports and serve the global fight in Anti-poaching activities.
We are about to start with a special unit of volunteers from all over the world within Nyime (Local anti poaching unit) dedicated to anti-poaching activities throughout Namibia. Volunteer Centre is a recently established non-profit organisation which gives volunteers a rare opportunity to get involved in the action of protection and prevention of rhino/elephant/lion poaching and also to create awareness of the increasing negative effects of poaching activities globally.
This initiative directly involves volunteers from all over the world and aims to create an information network which would result in effective prevention of poaching, by sharing information and tip-offs regarding potential illegal activities. Every one involve in the fight against poaching need special knowledge, training (on how to get information on poaching activities) and equipment. Through this ambitious program which includes specialized training and practical implementation of knowledge to volunteers from all over the world, we aim to allocate well-equipped protection specialists not just in every region of Namibia, but also to the rest of the world when they return to their country of origin.
Our approach to protect our valuable animal resources through the involvement of volunteers revolves around much more than just protecting our own. We aim to recognize and emphasize the importance of a global effort/ co-operation to effectively deal with this crisis by pulling together all the fragmented interests to effectively become one large Global initiative to stop poaching and to create a web of motivated specialists that can work together to reach this coal.
The focus of our training will be on prevention and will include:
After completion of the 4 week coarse - Units will be deployed (2 or more weeks) to local farms and regions where poaching activities are on the rise such as Kavango East, Zambezi, Kunene and Erongo.
Please take note:
As a result of the nature of our work in the field of Anti-poaching - The Anti -poaching Rangers who have complete the advanced training coarse in Anti- poaching, will be carrying firearms to be able to protect the animals and themselves against poachers, which are most likely to be armed as well. This means, that our volunteers (Tracking Rangers) will be accompanied by these Anti-poaching Rangers during their attachment period, but will never handle firearms themselves.
We aim to implement our plans with a 4 weeks tracking coarse which will be conducted @ Amani Center and surrounding area (rural)) and engaging the volunteers to participate in a variety of tracking activities. Volunteers will attend an orientation session where they receive introductory training on various skills to a proper understanding of poaching, and also how to acquire information on the illegal activity. Monitor activities in the respective regions, gather information on possible movement of poachers.
During the training phase - volunteers will be involved in theory sessions followed by practical implementation of acquired knowledge. Depending on which topic is dealt with, some of the theory and practicals will be conducted in the veld on our establishment and surrounding farms and it will involve spending days/nights out in nature.
As physical fitness plays a major role in Anti-poaching activities, volunteers must be prepared to participate in fitness training. When on practical excursions volunteers will receive ration supplies and should be able to prepare their own food.
A Typical day of a tracking ranger will be packed with theory sessions, physical activities then followed by challenges to put to practice what was learned. As most of this program are conducted in nature, involving a lot of practical exercises, specific hours and time-slots cannot be guaranteed. Volunteers will be involved in activities between 5 - 6 hours daily, followed by free time and 2 free days per week. (not necessarily over weekends).
ADC offer accommodation in 9 boarding rooms and 9 chalets which are located on the premises. The rooms and chalets accommodate 2- 4 people, each with their own shower and toilet. For practical excursions and attachment volunteers will be accommodate in tents in the bush (camping equipment will be provided)
Volunteers who enroll for an ADC program will stay in the boarding house or chalets since it forms an important extension of the Centre’s educational atmosphere. The Code of Conduct that applies to the boarding houses /chalets creates a platform for the cultivation of social and character that underpin the Centre’s mission and vision. This includes responsibility, graciousness, self-management, respect, self- discipline and inter-personal skills.
Wi-Fi (can be obtained @ N$60 per Gig)
Bedding – Own bedding such as sleeping bags – blankets/ duvets /pillows and sheets must be brought with)