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Endangered Wildlife Conservation

4.8(37 reviews)
Experience
Volunteer
Destination
South Africa
Duration
3 weeks
Ages
18 to 85
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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience South Africa’s active lifestyle whilst making a real difference to endangered wildlife species. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer on a private wildlife reserve, learning about and contributing to animal conservation. Picture yourself getting hands-on experience working with a wildlife vet, caring for animals and helping with their recovery, learning about animal behaviour and contributing to an important, real-world animal conservation project. You’ll also have the incredible chance to head on a rare range of excursions, including day and night game drives and visits to Kruger National Park, K9 anti-poaching dog training facility, Kinyonga Reptile Park, Elephant reserve, as well as a boat ride on Blyde Canyon and cheetah interaction.

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we’ve joined with exclusive project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to conservation research with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from airport pickup, project transport, volunteer accommodation, provided meals, onsite training and so much more.

Make a sustainable change on South Africa’s endangered wildlife, make new friends from all corners of the world and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a difference and lasting impact on wild animals whilst channelling that genuine South African way of living at the same time.

Inclusions

Volunteer project placement

We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start making a difference to the world.

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.

Pre-Departure Guide

Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.

Trip visa guidance

Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with advice and assistance from your Trip Coordinator.

Personal Travel Concierge

You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.

Comfortable accommodation

Relax in a twin-share hut in an accommodation camp with the other volunteers, situated within the game reserve.

Return airport transfers

To take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Hoedspruit. Return transfer to the airport upon completion of your volunteer placement.

Meals

Enjoy three delicious African meals per day, prepared fresh for you by the project staff and including some western favourites.

‘Welcome to South Africa’ orientation

Head to your cultural orientation with the other volunteers, loaded with information about your project and South Africa. You’ll also get a guided tour of the project’s centre and be introduced to the project staff.

Local cultural experiences

You’ll join the other volunteers on a range of excursions, including a visit to Kruger National Park, K9 anti-poaching dog training facility, Kinyonga Reptile Park, Elephant camp visit, a boat ride on Blyde Canyon, day and night game drives, cheetah interaction and a visit to a local rural school.

Certificate of completion

In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience, and, it goes very well with your future resume. Employers will love this addition!

Ongoing local team support

Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with unlimited support.

24/7 Global Emergency Line

Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.

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Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.
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Gain access to an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn before & whilst you travel.

Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Endangered Wildlife Conservation Volunteer trip in South Africa is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment, and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement and meals to accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

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Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

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Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you’ve touched down at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, you’ll make your way to the local Hoedspruit Airport. Your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Hoedspruit, located within the game reserve. Relax, settle in and meet some of the other volunteers. Head to your cultural orientation with the other volunteers, loaded with information about your project and South Africa’s history, culture, climate and more. You’ll also get a guided tour of the project’s centre and be introduced to the project staff.

Day 2+

6.00am: Rise and shine, it’s time to begin your day! Kickstart your volunteer duties by preparing food for the animals.  7.00am: Head back to the accommodation camp with the other volunteers and fuel for the day with a self-serve breakfast of cereals, bread, salads, eggs, bacon and more. 8.00am: After breakfast, your morning volunteer tasks could include feeding the different animals, cleaning their areas or contributing to a variety of other activities such as enclosure construction, vet assistance for operating and darting, and a local school visit within a rural area to teach the children about endangered wildlife. 12.00pm: Lunchtime! Take a well-deserved break and enjoy lunch with the other volunteers. There will be ingredients available for you to make sandwiches, or you can choose to eat at the deli or restaurant on-site at the project. 2.00pm: Finish off the day with afternoon feeding, where you’ll feed some of the small, wild cats on the reserve or you may treat and rehabilitate orphaned or injured animals that have been brought to the centre, including White and Black Rhinos affected by poaching. 4.00pm: Enjoy free time before dinner.   7.00pm: Dinner time! You can expect a delicious African dish such as Potjie Kos, Stokbrood, Vetkoek, Bobotie, as well as all your western favourites such as pasta, salad and roast. 8.00pm: Finish the day by star gazing, playing games and relaxing. Sundays: You’ll generally have Sundays off each week, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore. Make the most of your time off and visit the town of Hoedspruit, or participate in the adventure activities in the area such as quad biking, paintball, river rafting in the Sabie River or a visit to Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre.

Ongoing

We’ll constantly keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

Reviews

Tahlia C
So excited to embark on this journey! So grateful for the staff I chatted to today, never been more sure about anything in my life!
Erica D
Very kind agents who are informative and excited to help us start our trip!
Vanessa V
Oliver was great to deal with. He answered any questions and gave me a wealth of information and things to think about and look forward to for my trip.
Kelsey H
Awesome company! Great way to get you pumped for your new journey! Informative, energetic and positive people!
Sheldan B
Given me the opportunity to go overseas to work with cheeters, all the details and the amount of support that they all provide.

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