The Mighty Roar

Elephant and Rhino Sanctuary Assistant

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Get up close with our rhinos and elephant herd where you will be involved in conservation work that will help towards securing the futures of these endangered species. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

You will get a unique behind the scenes insight into the running of this family owned 10,000 acre African game reserve in the heart of Zimbabwe. Learn about the animals, birds and trees that surround you and take a moment to savour the space and serenity that are so unique to Africa.

This hands-on diverse experience will see you studying and learning about the animals behaviour, undertaking anti poaching patrols to ensure the continued safety of the animals, helping to educate local school children about conservation, light veterinary work and general maintenance around the game park to camps out in the bush and night drives – no two days will be the same!

With 4 of Africa’s Big 5 game; lions, elephants, rhinos and buffalos along with a huge range of other wildlife including; sable, kudu, wildebeest, crocodile, hippo, giraffe and zebra this is an animal lovers paradise! You will hear incredible stories, learn about their history, witness amazing animal relationships and help with research projects to further everyone’s knowledge of the animals.

Get many opportunities to interact with these beautiful creatures where the emphasis is very much on wildlife conservation and the majority of your time will be spent in the game park.

Internationally renowned for their black rhino breeding programme, you will see first-hand the impact that your time and effort brings to the game park and the community.

Experience some of Zimbabwe’s most beautiful scenery while working on the front line of rhino and elephant conservation. This programme and country is bound to capture your heart and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime!

In the 1980’s during a period of Zimbabwe’s worst poaching, rhino numbers crashed from 10,000 to less than 1,000 in just a few years. The department of National Parks & Wildlife moved the remaining wild rhino into the custodianship of private conservancies, called Intensive Protection Zones – one being our game reserve!

Ivory and rhino horn poaching is rife throughout Africa and to protect these endangered animals they need the safety and security that we provide.

Typical day

If theres one thing you can be sure of, it’s that no two days will ever be the same and something unexpected is always around the corner!

Rhino Conservation
You will get to learn all about these amazing animals from experienced handlers where you will get to observe and record their behaviour for important research projects.

You will get to interact with these iconic animals close up during feeding time and when you walk them back to their bomas in the evenings. Go out on morning scouts in search of our white rhino and use telemetry sets to identify tracks and signs of rhino movement and identify spoor.

Clean out their beds to ensure they are comfortable and clean and make any necessary repairs to their enclosures.

Elephant Conservation
Monitor the movements and behaviour of our herd of elephants to identify patterns and relationships between each elephant and learn about their personalities and responses to different stimuli.

You will have the opportunity to walk with the elephants in the mornings and evenings where you will learn about these famous animals from their knowledgeable handlers and understand the threats they face and what we’re doing to protect them.

Clean out the elephant beds and repair their enclosures and any damage they may have caused while out and about in the game park.

Anti-poaching and Security
Undertake snare sweep patrols around the game park, looking for evidence of poaching and collect any snares / traps.

At least once per week you will head out on horseback and carry out herd monitoring off the beaten track and boundary patrols (fence checks etc…).

Camp Under The Stars
You will get to experience at least one camp-out during your stay here (depending on the weather) where you will cook over an open fire and sleep out in the game park under the stars. Looking up into the clear milky way, hearing the animals around you is an amazing experience!

Game Park Management
Help maintain fences, roads, fireguards and park equipment while also participating in tree planting, bush clearance and removal of alien tree species. You will get to monitor the animals and plants while carrying out regular game counts by foot, vehicle and on horseback.

Community and Teaching
Just outside of the game park there is a primary and secondary school where you will get to assist with English lessons, educate the children about the game park and conservation as well as be involved in sports and games! This part of our programme only runs during school term times.

Details on Arrival

Every Monday

Free-time activities

In your free time you can go fishing and canoeing, enjoy camp-outs in the bush or relax by the pool at the volunteer house with a nice cold beer! You can head off to the nearest town where there are plenty of markets and shops. If you enjoy hiking then we can arrange trips to Wedza Mountain and trips to see the Bushman paintings at Markwe Caves. You will also have the opportunity to go on more horse rides (additional cost). If you wish to go further afield, then you must travel to the famous Victoria Falls!
Swimming
Sightseeing
Safari/Zoo

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:00

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Before your journey

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The Mighty Roar (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by The Mighty Roar

Fees include the registration fee, accommodation, airport pick up and some meals

Airport Pickup at Harare International Airport
You should arrive to Harare Airport (HRE) on your selected start date, being any Monday. You will be collected from the airport at 15:00 so please ensure your flight lands before this time. If you cannot find any suitable flights, please arrive a day before and check into a nearby hotel – you will be responsible for making your way to the airport the next day.
Accommodation

Your home will be a thatched two-storey house that has a nice relaxed family atmosphere. Situated in the heart of the game park on the largest dam, this idyllic spot has a nice swimming pool, a braai area and plenty of opportunities for fishing.

There is a fully stocked bar on-site where you can sit and relax and watch the sun go down while listening to all of the wildlife around you.

You will be sharing your bedroom with up to 5 other volunteers (single sex) with comfortable single or double beds where you are sure to make new lifelong friends!

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

All meals during the week (Mon-Sat) are provided within the programme fee, served buffet style, and are aimed to be as varied as possible. On Sundays our chefs have the day off so volunteers are responsible for preparing food for themselves or the group. Food is provided for this. Alternatively volunteers are welcome to book to have a delicious 3 course meal at Imire Lodge for just $20.

You can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Eggs, toast, baked beans, fruit, cereal, porridge
Lunch – Spaghetti bolognese, pizza, salads
Dinner – Beef, chicken, vegetables

With prior notification we can cater for Vegetarians. Other dietary requirements such as gluten free/dairy free/sugar free will require you to provide your own foods and our chefs will happily prepare them for you.

Internet Access
Good 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 Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare. We assist you to find cheap flights to Zimbabwe.
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 Zimbabwe provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Zimbabwe you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Zimbabwe.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$889.00
2 weeks
$1,649.00
3 weeks
$2,399.00
4 weeks
$3,149.00
5 weeks
$3,909.00
6 weeks
$4,659.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$6,169.00
Average fees
$830.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Hwedza/Zimbabwe between 1 week and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Zimbabwe.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with The Mighty Roar during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Zimbabwe  Hwedza, Imire Farm

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