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Volunteer Centre Namibia

Anti poaching Tracking Ranger

Windhoek, Namibia show on map

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. 

Our Mission

Through a network of international volunteers, organizations and services, we aim to supports and serve the global fight in Anti-poaching activities.

Our Objectives

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:

  • Tracking Formation and Air to Ground Operations
  • Poaching Methods
  • Sweeping Formations
  • Dangerous Game
  • 7 Rules when working in the field
  • Vehicle Extraction Drills
  • Road Blocks
  • Rhino Project
  • Rhino Crime scene and crime scenes
  • Basic Survival Methods
  • Patrol Formations
  • Extended Clandestine tracking patrol
  • Camouflage and concealment
  • Identification of Poisoning of Game
  • Night Operations
  • Basic Map Reading and Identification
  • GPS and Radio Communications
  • Observation Posts
  • Tracking Formations

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.

Typical day

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).

After the training phase tracking rangers will be attached for 2 weeks with a local Anti-poaching unit to obtain practical experience. 
Optional: another 8 weeks attachment with a local Anti-poaching unit to obtain further practical experience. 

Free-time activities

We are only n few minutes drive outside Windhoek ( the capital city of Namibia) where you can experience all the novelties of a city and also visit the historical buildings and settings. We are also on route to the well known Namib Nauklauft park and Sossusvlei. We love our country and if we have a free weekend or a few days free, we pack our off road caravan to explore and introduce our country to guests.
Weekend/ 3- 4 day trips to the desert, Sossusvlei/  Namib Naucluft/ Sesriem/ Solitaire , the coast (Swakopmund Walvisbay) and other areas can be arranged at a fraction of what the tourist industry currently charge because it is important that our volunteers have a good experience and we try to involve as much extras as possible. 


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
n.a. at Secondary School qualification. level
Required Documents
ID, Passport, Health/medical insurance certificate and Fitness certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Endurance, disciplined (self discipline), patience, open minded and be able to adapt to harsh conditions living in the bush. High level of fitness to operate in extreme conditions.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 00:00 - 00:00

Suitable for


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Services by Volunteer Centre Namibia

  • Food: Rations for three meals per day (Will be planned and discussed with volunteers according to a pre- set arrangement)
  • Accommodation @ ADC: Room/chalet with electricity and water.
  • Accommodation/camping equipment+ rations @ sites where attached
  • Travelling expenses to and from the Centre for volunteering programs
  • Anti – Poaching – course material and training
Airport Pickup at Hosea Kutako International Airport
Volunteers will be picked up at Hosea Kutako Airport or @ Cameleon Backpackers Lodge in Windhoek depending on the means of travel.

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)

Dorm Room Camping
Food & Beverages
Supplies/rations will be provided according to a set arrangement: If special or extra ingredients are needed it can/should be bought to your own account. Shopping trips will be arranged during weekends. Volunteers are responsible to cook/prepare their own food – but a schedule for food preparation can be arranged within the group if and how the need arise. Social gatherings and eat together will be arranged to and with the consent of all parties. Cleanup is the responsibility of each volunteer. Everything must be cleaned directly after use – and the kitchen must be kept well-ordered and neat.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. We assist you to find cheap flights to Namibia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Namibia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Namibia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Namibia.
Costs (Prices in USD)
6 weeks (min. stay)
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Windhoek/Namibia between 6 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteer Centre Namibia will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteer Centre Namibia during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Southern Africa Namibia  Windhoek, Amani Development Centre

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