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If you are looking to volunteer overseas South Africa has a good and varied selection of projects available especially in the areas of Wildlife and Conservation Volunteering. There are projects that last anything from a week, right up to a year and even more and what ever you interest, there is something for you: Marine volunteer projects that can see you working with Turtles, Penguins, Sharks, Whales and Dolphins. Land conservation projects include working in wildlife sanctuaries and orphanages or game reserve wildlife projects where you will spend your time in one of South Africa's incredible national parks or game reserves.

Wildlife Volunteer (Land Based)

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Orphanages

If you have a passion for animals, don't mind getting up close and personal and you would like to help save and protect endangered wildlife species in South Africa, working as a volunteer at a wildlife orphanage or sanctuary could be for you.

Volunteering in South Africa Big 5 Wildlife and Conservation Project in South Africa

Based in a malaria free, private game reserve not far from the Addo Elephant NP in South Africa, the Big 5 Wildlife and Conservation Volunteer Project gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a hands on experience with some of Africa's most incredible wildlife.

The reserve that you will be working on was started in 1999 when plans were made to provide a sanctuary for lions, some of which have come from the Born Free Foundation and now have have adapted well to their new environment. The reserve is now also home to orphaned elephants as well as an abundance of other animal and bird life.

Some of the volunteer work that you could be asked to undertake includes the tracking and monitoring of released cheetah on foot as well as managing and maintaining the cheetah breeding project. Lion monitoring, the upkeep of the elephant enclosures. General game capture and translocation, taking part in game counts and species records as well as day to day l reserve duties that include: erosion control, vegetation rehabilitation, road and fence maintenance. There is also the option to work with the reserve vet when she is on site or working on neighboring reserves as well as community work in the form of wildlife conservation education.

Volunteering with cheetah in South AfricaSome topics that you will cover on the project include: how to approach wild animals on foot, darting and Rifle handling course during the two day survival camp, wildlife nutrition and feeding, a short course in wildlife immobilization, marine education (1 day) and an optional snake handling course and reptile park upkeep.

Whilst this volunteer project can be customised to suit your needs, most people stay for about a month where you live on the reserve in a comfortable farm style house. Here you can socialise and take some time to relax from the days tasks at the honesty bar and lapa (outdoor fire pit). Regular visitors to the house include Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe and a range of Antelope. If that is not enough, the house also has satellite TV and internet.

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Volunteering in South Africa South African National Parks Volunteer Programme

This project is ideal if you are looking for long term voluntary work as well as the possibility of gaining some qualifications that could lead to you becoming a fully qualified safari guide (field guide). On this project you will play a part in the long term conservation of South African national parks and lasts for 6 months or one year.

On the course, you will gain high-profile experience in environmental education and conservation, and receive comprehensive training including a two-week placement at the world famous Kruger National Park. Volunteers will work for either six months or year in and around South Africa’s most famous national parks. With membership fees, manuals and exam fees included, you also have the opportunity to gain a Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) level one theory qualification that will not only allow you to gain a valuable qualification but also enhance your Knowledge & appreciation about the fauna and flora in the Park that you are working in.

Volunteering in South AfricaYour first two weeks will be spent on a training course at the Kruger National Park, then you will be transferred to the park they have been assigned to. This could be in a wild arid area such as the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park or a coastal area such as Tsitsikamma on the Garden Route, it just depends on each parks permanent staff situation, available accommodation etc, but each park is an area of outstanding natural beauty and extremely important for the future of South Africa.

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Volunteering in South Africa with Vervet Monkeys Volunteer work with Vervet monkeys in South Africa

If you like the idea of working with primates, then this program, where you will join a pioneering rehabilitation center in South Africa to help conserve the Vervet monkey, could be for you.

Looking after more than 700 monkeys, most of which are Vervet's, The Vervet Monkey Foundation is much in need of volunteers who have a love for animals and are prepared to become completely involved in the care and rehabilitation of these wonderful creatures.

As a volunteer, you can join for two weeks and upwards and will be fully trained in all aspects of animal care needed for this project. Not only will you learn about these primates, you will also experience the fascinating flora and fauna of South Africa and enjoy life in a traditional African bush camp. Located near Tzaneen in the Limpopo province at the foot of the Wolkberg mountains, an hour and a half drive from the Kruger National Park, make the most of your opportunity to explore this beautiful region. 

Volunteers who are interested in furthering their studies on Vervet monkeys are most welcome to do so. In August 2006 the Vervet Monkey Foundation became a full member of PASA (Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance.) A purpose built sick bay area for the monkeys was constructed in 2007 (which may appeal to Vet nurses / students.) 

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south africa volunteer programsWildlife Volunteering Programs in South Africa

South Africa is our most popular African wildlife research and conservation program destination. The choice of jobs range from working with all forms of wildlife including elephants, rhino, leopards, monkeys and cheetah's where you will study and help conserve the wildlife of Southern Africa, to a project where you help to propagating rare and endangered plants.

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Daktari VolunteersDAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Daktari is a wildlife orphanage which uses orphaned wild animals as an education medium. This program is unique in that you will be working with both underprivileged children and orphaned wild animals.

Volunteers and staff supplement the school curriculum by giving a hands-on education, in existing school subjects, and at the same time provide an environmental experience.

The volunteer period starts from Saturday and you can stay from one week to six months and even longer if you want. Your day to day duties can include teaching basic subjects to children aged between 13 and 15 years, the day to day care of the orphaned animals, renovation, building and maintenance and even fundraising, marketing and communication.

Daktari is located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, close to the Kruger National park and the town of Hoedspruit (65kms)

Daktari VolunteerHow you benefit:
You get to participate to a community project, sharing your knowledge for the future of the underprivileged children.

You help animals and learn about Wildlife and conservation.

You stay in a beautiful area where you will meet South African and many other different cultures.

Where possible or when opportunities are available, we will give you time to visit the surrounding area and do some tourism. But as nature is the master and the children and animal the priority, we can’t guaranty it and plan it in advance. Be assured that we will do our best to make your stay as enriching as possible.

Tel: (+27) (0) 82 656 2969
Web: DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Marine Volunteer

When most people think of a wildlife volunteer programs in Soth Africa, elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos spring to mind. But don't forget South Africa has a huge coastline with some incredible marine life and as such there are plenty of marine vounteer programs in South Africa for you to look at.

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