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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, Kanaan and Neuras 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.

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 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 Medical Clinic is closed from 1st December to 12th January 2020.  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.

Start End Availability
September 28th 2020 October 12th 2020 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
October 12th 2020 October 26th 2020 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
October 26th 2020 November 9th 2020 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
November 9th 2020 November 23rd 2020 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
November 23rd 2020 December 7th 2020 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
December 7th 2020 December 21st 2020 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
December 21st 2020 January 4th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
October 4th 2020 October 16th 2020 Medical clinic
October 18th 2020 October 30th 2020 Medical clinic
November 1st 2020 November 13th 2020 Medical clinic
November 15th 2020 November 27th 2020 Medical clinic
September 28th 2020 October 9th 2020 Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care course - 5 places
January 4th 2021 January 18th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
January 18th 2021 February 1st 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
February 1st 2021 February 15th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
February 1st 2021 February 12th 2021 Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care course
February 15th 2021 March 1st 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
February 15th 2021 February 26th 2021 Veterinary course
March 1st 2021 March 15th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
March 15th 2021 March 29th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
March 29th 2021 April 12th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
April 12th 2021 April 26th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
April 12th 2021 April 23rd 2021 Veterinary course
April 26th 2021 May 10th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
May 10th 2021 May 24th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
May 24th 2021 June 7th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
June 7th 2021 June 21st 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
June 21st 2021 July 5th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
July 5th 2021 July 19th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
July 19th 2021 August 2nd 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
August 2nd 2021 August 16th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
August 16th 2021 August 30th 2021 Wildlife sanctuary, Rhino Rangers & Research sites
September 6th 2021 September 17th 2021 Veterinary course
September 20th 2021 October 1st 2021 Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care course
January 10th 2021 January 22nd 2021 Medical clinic
January 24th 2021 February 5th 2021 Medical clinic
February 7th 2021 February 19th 2021 Medical clinic
February 21st 2021 March 5th 2021 Medical clinic
March 7th 2021 March 19th 2021 Medical clinic
March 21st 2021 April 2nd 2021 Medical clinic
April 4th 2021 April 16th 2021 Medical clinic
April 18th 2021 April 30th 2021 Medical clinic
May 2nd 2021 May 14th 2021 Medical clinic
May 16th 2021 May 28th 2021 Medical clinic
May 30th 2021 June 11th 2021 Medical clinic
June 13th 2021 June 25th 2021 Medical clinic
June 27th 2021 July 9th 2021 Medical clinic
July 11th 2021 July 23rd 2021 Medical clinic
July 25th 2021 August 6th 2021 Medical clinic
August 8th 2021 August 20th 2021 Medical clinic
August 22nd 2021 September 3rd 2021 Medical clinic
Wildlife Conservation & San Bushmen Community Project, Namibia

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