This educational program is informative and fun. It consists of learning through wildlife volunteering along the Garden Route of South Africa.
About the Program
Our African Elephant Project is an informative and fun educational
program. It consists of learning through wildlife volunteering along the
Garden Route of South Africa. The program is founded on outcome-based
learning objectives with innovative approaches to help understand
elephant behavior and apply operational animal management care,
husbandry and welfare strategies, procedures and protocols.
The program is structured and organised consisting of day to day interactive and experiential learning. We manage the program in such a manner that all volunteers take away invaluable knowledge, acquired skills, and experience. This program gives an insight into both the quasi captive and the wild roaming populations of African Elephants and the way that they have adapted to change and sound wildlife management strategies and initiatives. Volunteers will reluctantly leave the program enriched with elephant ‘sense’, elephant memories which are unsurpassed and friendships forged into the future.
The programming format for this project is divided into five key areas:
1. Theoretical Modules:
Lectures, presentations, workshops & interactive participant feedback sessions
2. Practical Modules:
Formal practical half/full day sessions per program and numerous informal practical sessions
daily of varying duration. These practical sessions compliment the awareness training
specific to the program.
3. Practical Research Projects and Assignment Presentations:
These are allocated personally and for feedback sessions to the group.
Peer reviews, peer evaluations and peer points for projects & presentations
5. Program Outcomes, Assessments and Evaluations:
These will take place individually during the final week of the program
Volunteers will work from Monday to Friday during which they will cover different aspects of the project. Daily schedule starts at 08h00 am and finishes at 16h30 pm unless otherwise specified. Duration: 4 weeks. However a 2-week option is available comprising the first 2 weeks of the 4-week program.
The project varies from week to week and will allow the volunteers to progress in their knowledge and practical experience:
Your project facilitator will be happy to assist you with activity ideas and bookings. Please note that all activities are not part of the volunteer program, but optional activities to do at your own expense during your time off. The Crags, situated about 20km from Plettenberg Bay, has many options for exciting excursions nearby. Some activities volunteers can participate in include: skyding, bungee jumping (at Bloukrans Bungee, the world's highest bungee bridge at 216m), shark-cage diving, canyoning, canoe tours, sea kayaking, kitesurfing, and surfing. Plettenberg Bay also has many restaurants, bars, and shops.
You will be met at the airport by our representative on the day prior to the commencement date of the program. Alternative arrival modes are to be discussed with us prior to arrival. If you cannot find our representative, please wait at the information desk & give us a call if there is more than a 15 minute delay.
Volunteers will be accommodated where the program is presented 20km from Plettenberg Bay. All accommodation is comfortable, up-to-date with necessary amenities and on a sharing basis –2 in a room.
Breakfast: help yourself to breakfast; cereals, fruit, yoghurts, toast and spreads. Lunch: this will be in the form of a packed lunch on excursion days or help yourself to lunch – with breads, fruits, cold meats, salad of the day and spreads. Dinner: A hot meal will be served every night such as traditional BBQ (Braai), stews (Potjies), casseroles, fresh vegetables and meats being the order of the day. All dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetables. Tea & coffee are always available.