African Samaritans

Frack Free Researchers

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa show on map

Non-profit | African Samaritans

Volunteers with a calling to educate people on Fracking or who want to do more research in this area. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
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The Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal is considered an area of interest for potential shale gas extraction using Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking). Texas-based Rhino Gas & Oil has applied for authorisation to search for petroleum on almost 10 000 farms in the Midlands, an area covering more than 16% of the province’s surface area!
Fracking is a toxic and water intensive process with up to 600 chemicals and 20 million litres of fresh water used per fracking well!  Fracking has been linked to sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage as well as inflicting irreparable damage to the environment.
South Africa is a water scarce country, in the grips of one of the worst droughts seen in decades. The Drakensberg Mountains serve as the ‘water factories’ of KwaZulu-Natal. It is vitally important to protect these areas which sustain the flow of clean water, supporting the lives and livelihoods of nearly 6 million people downstream.
Every person has the right to clean air and safe drinking water and we are looking for volunteers to share this message far and wide. All members of the public need to know exactly what the dangers of fracking are, and how to oppose it as well as what the major trade-offs are between economic growth and environmental protection. The already established team in South Africa need Volunteers with a passion for protecting the ecosystem willing to either do environmental research with the existing team in various areas earmarked for fracking or willing to join the campaigners in bringing awareness to their cause. 
Volunteer Researchers will join the existing team of Researchers to look at the impact fracking could have on our ecosystem and prove that the emissions from fracking natural gas will double that of coal; that the natural gas from shale is no cleaner than burning gas or oil; that South Africa’s climate is suitable for solar, wind and wave energy and why these alternatives should be given priority.  Volunteer Researchers will be in the field assisting with establishing a Strategic Environmental Assessment. Researchers could also use any creative skills they have to assist in making films, marketing the campaign, graphic design of slogans that capture attention and show the findings made in blogs and social media.
Volunteer Campaigners will assist the Frack Free SA Campaign by sharing their message and creating awareness with the public. Volunteers will help by sharing the risks of fracking far and wide, either virtually (via the internet) or physically, by speaking to communities, schools, rural farmers etc.  Frack Free SA Campaign coordinates all public events that Volunteers will be speaking at.

Free-time activities

Karkloof Canopy Tour – (1km long zip-line divided into 8 slides over treetops, past a cliff face and waterfall)
Butterflies for Africa (walk amongst the world’s most stunning butterflies with waterfalls, exotic birds etc.)
Ecabazini Zulu Homestead (learn about Zulu culture, medicinal plants, traditional food, singing and dancing etc.)
Moses Mabhida Stadium (Explore promenade of Durban and go to top of the stadium in the Skycar, etc.)
Natal Lion Park, African Birds of Prey Sanctuary, many hiking trails, many historical churches to view, white water rafting, Game drives, Explore the Battlefields Route (Natal Rebellion 1906), Microlighting over the breathtaking Midlands, Visiting the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Durban Harbour Cruises, Ride a Ricksha, just to mention a few.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

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 (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
An academic background in the law, environment, green energy, editorial, photographic, fracking or social media marketing will be an added advantage, but not essential.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
African Samaritans (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 African Samaritans

Accommodation provided with 2 meals per day, with a few options to choose from per meal. It is important to us that our volunteers are well-rested and eat healthily. Transport to and from the airport as well as all transport between projects and accommodation as well as to excursions and back. All excursions INCLUDED, except for spending money on personal purchases. Free WiFi in all rooms and recreational areas within walking distance from room.

Airport Pickup at Pietermaritzburg Airport

We collect volunteers from Durban International Airport as well as the Pietermaritzburg Airport and will return the volunteers on the day of departure to the airport. Fees also include transport in-between projects, accommodation and excursions.

Accommodation

The standard option is a bed-and-breakfast type accommodation, but we also offer dormitory and more luxury options, if you are willing to pay a bit more. All accommodation is safe with tranquil surroundings. Volunteers could also look forward to recreational areas where you could mingle with fellow Volunteers or play a game of pool, darts etc. and all rooms have access to free WiFi.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with a buffet-style breakfast and two meals to choose from for dinner. Special diets could be catered for is needed. There are options of water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices or sodas to have with your meals and volunteers only have to provide for themselves for lunch. If the volunteers are at the accommodation mid-morning, coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

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 Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB) in Pietermaritzburg. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
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 South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$455.00
2 weeks
$910.00
3 weeks
$1,365.00
4 weeks
$1,820.00
5 weeks
$2,275.00
6 weeks
$2,730.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$3,640.00
Average fees
$455.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Pietermaritzburg/South Africa between 1 week and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Samaritans 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 South Africa.
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 African Samaritans during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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