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Wildlife Conservation & San Bushmen Community Project, Namibia

10 days to 12 weeks from

£1025
17+
minimum age

  • Get involved in carnivore research of leopards, cheetahs and hyenas in the Namib Desert
  • Help to protect, rehabilitate and care for vulnerable wildlife at the Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Provide medical support to the San Bushmen community assisting doctors in their medical clinic
  • Join specialist veterinary and wildlife rehabilitation courses and anti-poaching Rhino teams

Volunteers walking in the Namib desert

Project Costs

The cost for 2 weeks is £1025, 3 weeks is £1440, 4 weeks is £1855, 5 weeks is £2270, 6 weeks is £2685, 7 weeks is £3015 and 8 weeks is £3275.  This is the cost for Wildlife Sanctuary, Equine Experience and Medical volunteers.

For TimBila and Kanaan Carnivore Conservation volunteers, the cost is £1158 for 2 weeks, 3 weeks is £1638, 4 weeks is £2120, 5 weeks £2600, 6 weeks is £3080, 7 weeks is £3563 and 8 weeks is £4045.

For the Neuras Adventure week, the cost is £725 for 1 week.

If you want to split projects and do 1 week of one project on top of several weeks of others, you can do so.  In addition, if you need to spend an extra night before or after at the Wildlife Sanctuary when transferring to and from Kanaan, TimBila or Neuras, the cost is £70 per night. For the Rhino Rangers Anti-Poaching 14 day special programme, the cost is £1398.

Please email Victoria.McNeil@workingabroad.com for specific information on this and we can work out an itinerary for combining different projects, in addition to the Veterinary and Rehabilitation course costs.

Hyena footprints at Neuras in NamibiaWhat’s included?

Transfers to the airport
Transfer from the airport on a transfer day (Monday or Thursday)
Accommodation (including towels and bedding)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Tea and coffee
Free laundry service
Full support and assistance from your programme coordinator throughout your time at the project

Stalking cheetah in the Namib desertWhat’s not included?

Flights
Personal travel & medical insurance (this is obligatory for all volunteers to get)
E-mail/Internet and telephone calls
All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
Drinks and snacks, which can be purchased on site
Extra excursions
Optional transfer into Windhoek on a Sunday

Volunteers hiking in the Namib-Naukluft National Park in NamibiaPayment Terms

To secure your placement on the project, you will need to complete and submit the application form with your application payment of £195 (included in the total project costs listed above). If for some reason, your application is not accepted, we will reimburse this payment fully. However, for those who are accepted, you will need to pay 25% of the balance within 14 days of being accepted on the programme, with the remaining 75% of the balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. Once we have confirmed your place, you will receive a pre-departure package with all detailed information on the project, details on the work you will be doing, suggested items to bring etc.

Project Dates

You may stay from 2 weeks (we can make exceptions if you want to come for less than 2 weeks) to 3 months at any start or end date, however, we have set induction days on Tuesdays and Fridays and thus recommend that volunteers arrive on either a Monday or Thursday. We provide free transfers from either Windhoek centre or the airport on Mondays and Thursdays as these are our preferred arrival dates – though you may still arrive on any other day. So the Monday start dates below are just a guideline – we can tailor the programme to suit your dates and interests, and you are most welcome to stay for any duration up to 12 weeks.

Volunteers hiking in Kanaan Desert in NamibiaDepartures can occur on any day at any time with a transfer to the airport or Windhoek included in the cost of the programme.

Transfers to Neuras and Kanaan occur on Saturdays, and if you wish to do research in your first week (or do research the entire time) – we advise that you arrive on a Thursday prior so that you can have the induction on Friday.  Transfers to TimBila occur on Wednesdays, so we would advise arrival to the Wildlife Sanctuary on a Monday if you want to join this programme.

Transfers to the Medical clinic occur every 2nd Sunday and you can arrive on any date prior to the Sunday you leave, where you will be stationed at the Sanctuary until the Sunday you are transferred to the clinic and you will come back 12 days later on the following Friday.  However, for those with limited availability, we also offer a Sunday to Friday (5 day participation) and a Friday to Friday (7 day participation) at the clinic.  The Rhino Rangers Anti-Poaching project starts on every Sunday and finishes 14 days later on a Sunday.

Leopard conservation in NamibiaVeterinarian Course & Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care course – dates below.

For more information on activities and costs for the special courses, please email:  victoria.mcneil@workingabroad.com – please note that for these special courses, you have to arrive the day before.

For the dates below, they relate to the Monday arrivals for Wildlife Sanctuary & Equine programme (every Monday and Thursday arrival is possible even if not listed, unless marked as fully booked).  If you wish to join TimBila, Neuras or Kanaan, you can head to those after a few days at the Wildlife Sanctuary.  For Rhino Rangers, they run Sunday to Sunday for 14 days on a fixed itinerary.  For specific projects, such as the Medical Clinic and specialised courses, dates are specific and listed below (for the medical clinic, you can split into 5 day and 7 day dates too, pls specify that when you are applying).  You will be able to specify your preferred dates (and locations) in the motivation letter section on the application form too.

StartEndAvailability
September 27th 2021 October 11th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
October 11th 2021 October 25th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
October 17th 2021 October 29th 2021 Medical clinic
October 25th 2021 November 8th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
October 31st 2021 November 12th 2021 Medical clinic
November 8th 2021 November 22nd 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
November 14th 2021 November 26th 2021 Medical clinic
November 22nd 2021 December 6th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
November 28th 2021 December 10th 2021 Medical clinic
December 6th 2021 December 20th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
December 12th 2021 December 24th 2021 Medical clinic
December 20th 2021 January 3rd 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
January 3rd 2022 January 17th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
January 17th 2022 January 31st 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
January 31st 2022 February 14th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
February 14th 2022 February 28th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
February 28th 2022 March 14th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
March 14th 2022 March 28th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
March 28th 2022 April 11th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
April 11th 2022 April 25th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
April 25th 2022 May 9th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
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June 20th 2022 July 4th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
July 4th 2022 July 18th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
July 18th 2022 August 1st 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
August 1st 2022 August 15th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
August 15th 2022 August 29th 2022 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
September 5th 2022 September 16th 2022 Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care course
Wildlife Conservation & San Bushmen Community Project, Namibia

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