Wildlife conservation, community and environmental volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Nature’s Valley Volunteer Programme, South Africa

1 to 12 weeks from

£415
17+
minimum age

  • Gain experience in a wide range of skills whilst getting an insight into life as a conservationist in Africa
  • Work alongside a top African ornithologist and learn to ring birds
  • Take part in a grass roots project that brings real change to communities
  • Opportunities available for University students to carry out specific research projects

Food, Lodging and Travel

Volunteer and intern house in Nature's valley

Conservation volunteers live in a beautiful house set in tranquil Nature’s Valley itself. Although there are 380 houses in the valley, there are less than 100 permanent residents, so this is the place to chill out! Shared rooms with twin beds are the norm. The large communal kitchen, lounge with a fireplace and outdoor entertainment area is where you will relax, but most spare time will be spent on the beach (1km walk) or at the local pub and restaurant (1km walk). Free wifi is available at the office, or a communal volunteer dongle can be used at the house if you add data. Every volunteer gets a work space in the office (also 1km walk from the house), so there is a comfy place to catch up on admin, write a blog, or do some social media posts.

Three meals are provided on a daily basis. Menus are drawn up on a case by case basis, and preparation is participatory, i.e. you get a chance to wow with your culinary skills! Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for, if notified in advance. Tap water is 100% safe, but bottled water is available for purchase from local trading stores if preferred.

Travel in South Africa

Volunteers should book their flights into George Airport. Transport from the airport to Nature’s Valley (depending on number of individuals per trip) varies between R 350 – R 650 per person with an airport shuttle.

Ecology research volunteers in Nature's Valley

Passports and Visa

A valid passport with at least 2 blank pages in it, is necessary to enter South Africa. Since visa requirements vary from country to country, please check with your local embassy as to whether a visa is required to enter South Africa.

Volunteer Requirements

Conservation Education Volunteers must:

  • Have an interest in environmental education, conservation, teaching and community work
  • Love the outdoors, be energetic, good with kids, conservation orientated, hands-on workers and knowledgeable about the environment.

Bird ringing on the beach in South AfricaResearch Ecology Volunteers must:

  • Have an interest in conservation research
  • Be willing to work outdoors for long hours
  • Be good team players and committed to upholding scientific integrity
  • Be willing to have fun in a spectacular area for fieldwork
Nature’s Valley Volunteer Programme, South Africa

You may also be interested in these projects