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Species Conservation in South Africa: Protecting and preserving endangered wildlife and ecosystems

Organisation: NATUCATE

Country: South Africa

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Species Conservation in South Africa: Protecting and preserving endangered wildlife and ecosystems

Your adventure

The project is offered year-round, starting on the first of a calendar month. You can take part for two or for four weeks.

During your time as a volunteer you’ll be involved in various theoretical as well as practical units. During theory lessons you acquire valuable new species conservation knowledge – during practical lessons you gather hands-on experience in data collection and analysis while being out in the field. Together with your team which consists of international volunteers and experienced conservationists you’ll be working in a 11.000 ha free-roaming reserve and dedicate yourself to intense research activities. You’ll be involved in amphibian research, reserve maintaining, fence and wildlife monitoring as well as White Rhino dominance and territoriality research.
Moreover, you’ll take part in special training units and acquire crucial “bush skills“, important for living and surviving in the wilderness. In general, work in the projects depends entirely on the and the prevailing weather conditions and the movements and activities of the animals under observation.

Join a fascinating volunteer project in the wilderness of Southern Africa, experience real conservation work and go on a journey you’ll never forget!


Together with other volunteers you’ll be living in a hostel in the city of Mossel Bay. You’ll sleep in dormitories and have access to shared bathrooms. The hostel is well-equipped offering a self-catering kitchen, a pool, a TV lounge, an “Adventure Center” for extra activities as well as free WiFi and daily housekeeping. Each day you’ll be provided with breakfast in the hostel. Moreover, you’ll receive lunch 5x/week while being out in the field. Dinner and weekend lunches are not included. In order to prepare these meals, you can use the hostel’s spacious self-catering kitchen, though – or you enjoy your meals in of the nearby beach restaurants. Since your hostel is situated in the centre of Mossel Bay, it is not only a short walk to the beach and numerous restaurants, but also to supermarkets, shops, museums and other cultural activities. Evenings and weekends will be free, so you can explore the city and its greater surroundings during day or weekend trips.

Key data, fees, services:

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Start dates: the first of a calendar month
  • Duration: 2 or 4 weeks
  • Location: Western Cape / South Africa
  • Accommodation: hostel in Mossel Bay (dormitories, shared bathrooms — other amenities: 24/7 security, free WiFi, swimming pool, kitchen, TV lounge, daily housekeeping, Adventure Centre, braai facilities)
  • Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient)
  • Other requirements: Physical fitness
  • Suitable for: Volunteering, sabbatical


  • 2 weeks: 1250 EUR
  • 4 weeks: 2250 EUR


  • Placement in the project
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Airport transfer
  • Project handbook
  • Accommodation throughout the project
  • Breakfast
  • Mon – Fri: Lunch
  • Conservation fees/reserve entry fees
  • Excursions
  • Training
  • Project-related transfers
  • English-speaking instruction and support by long-term experienced conservationists
  • 24/7 support throughout the project

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