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Family Volunteering in Namibia – Protecting Endangered Desert Elephants

Organisation: NATUCATE

Country: Namibia

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Family Volunteering in Namibia – Protecting Endangered Desert Elephants

Since the habitats of human beings and animals interfere more and more, the Human Wildlife Conflict often becomes a real challenge in Namibia.The animals of the region, particularly the desert elephants, intrude populated areas, cause unintentional damage while searching for food, and are thus seen as a threat by the people. In the first days of this species conservation project you, your family and the other course participants will be accommodated in a base camp that is in close proximity to a village in which you and the inhabitants will do construction measures. This cooperation should contribute to the solution of this so-called human wildlife conflict. Currently, this building project is stationed at a local primary school and voluntary workers support the extension and renovation of the school, interact with students and teachers, and also get the chance to participate in school lessons. Cooperating with local communities aims at keeping up the dialogue with the people, overcome insecurities of the residents, convey environmental knowledge, and thus support the protection of the desert elephants.

In the second part of the project you are going to roam the Namibian backcountry by SUV or by foot: during these so-called “Patrol Days” you track the native desert elephant in order to study them in detail. This way you show presence and also make sure that the animals don’t have any injuries. Furthermore, you can collect information about so far unknown herds which may cause problems for local farmers.

Key data, fees, services:

  • Minimum age: 8 years (kids), 18 years (adults)
  • Start dates 2019: July 29, August 12
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Project location: Erongo region/Namibia
  • Accommodation: base camps under the open sky
  • Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient)
  • Suitable for: volunteering

Fees for 10 days:

  • Adults: 1100 €
  • Kids: 1000 € (up to 12 years old)


  • Placement in the project
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Accommodation during the project
  • Three meals per day
  • Excursions
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • 24/7-support throughout the project

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