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Wildlife Conservation & San Bushmen Community Project, Namibia

2 to 12 weeks from

£975
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 £975, 3 weeks is £1365, 4 weeks is £1755, 5 weeks is £2145, 6 weeks is £2535, 7 weeks is £2925 and 8 weeks is £3315.  This is the cost for Wildlife Sanctuary, Equine Experience and Medical volunteers.  For Mangetti, Kanaan and Neuras Carnivore Conservation volunteers, the cost is £1095 for 2 weeks, 3 weeks is £1545, 4 weeks is £1995, 5 weeks £2455, 6 weeks is £2895, 7 weeks is £3355 and 8 weeks is £3795.  If you want to split projects and do 1 week of one project on top of several weeks of others, you can do so. For the Rhino Rangers Anti-Poaching 14 day special programme, the cost is £1325.  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 £60 per night.  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
Transfer from the airport on a non-transfer day (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)
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 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, and if you do, then you will have to pay an additional fee for the transfer (approx £30). 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. The off-day transfer fees (approx £30) will apply to those wishing to do only research.

Transfers to and from Mangetti take place on Wednesdays. So we would advise arriving to the Wildlife Sanctuary on a Tuesday and then transferring to Mangetti on the Wednesday if you wanted to join this programme.At the end of their stay in Mangetti volunteers will arrive back on Wednesday night at 11pm to the sanctuary.   Mangetti is closed from 19th December to 2nd January 2020.

Transfers to the Medical clinic occur every 2nd Sunday and thus clinic volunteers are exempt from the off-day transfer fees 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.  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 Mangetti, 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.  You will be able to specify your preferred dates (and locations) in the motivation letter section on the application form too.

Start End Availability
December 9th 2019 December 23rd 2019 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
December 23rd 2019 January 6th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
January 6th 2020 January 20th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
January 20th 2020 February 3rd 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
February 3rd 2020 February 17th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
February 17th 2020 March 2nd 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
March 2nd 2020 March 16th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
March 16th 2020 March 30th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
March 30th 2020 April 13th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
April 13th 2020 April 27th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
April 27th 2020 May 11th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
May 11th 2020 May 22nd 2020 Vets without Borders programme **special dates**
May 11th 2020 May 25th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
May 25th 2020 June 8th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
June 8th 2020 June 22nd 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
June 22nd 2020 July 6th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
July 6th 2020 July 20th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
July 20th 2020 August 3rd 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
August 3rd 2020 August 17th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
August 17th 2020 August 31st 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
August 31st 2020 September 14th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
September 14th 2020 September 28th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
September 28th 2020 October 12th 2020 Wildlife Sanctuary & research sites available
January 12th 2020 January 24th 2020 Medical clinic programme
January 26th 2020 February 7th 2020 Medical clinic programme
February 9th 2020 February 21st 2020 Medical clinic programme
February 23rd 2020 March 6th 2020 Medical clinic programme
March 8th 2020 March 20th 2020 Medical clinic programme
March 22nd 2020 April 3rd 2020 Medical clinic programme
April 5th 2020 April 17th 2020 Medical clinic programme
April 19th 2020 May 1st 2020 Medical clinic programme
May 3rd 2020 May 15th 2020 Medical clinic programme
May 17th 2020 May 29th 2020 Medical clinic programme
May 31st 2020 June 12th 2020 Medical clinic programme
June 14th 2020 June 26th 2020 Medical clinic programme
June 28th 2020 July 10th 2020 Medical clinic programme
July 12th 2020 July 24th 2020 Medical clinic programme
July 26th 2020 August 7th 2020 Medical clinic programme
August 9th 2020 August 21st 2020 Medical clinic programme
August 23rd 2020 September 4th 2020 Medical clinic programme
September 6th 2020 September 18th 2020 Medical clinic programme
September 20th 2020 October 2nd 2020 Medical clinic programme
October 4th 2020 October 16th 2020 Medical clinic programme
February 3rd 2020 February 14th 2020 Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care course - 8 places
April 20th 2020 May 1st 2020 Veterinary course - 1 place
September 14th 2020 September 25th 2020 Veterinary course - 1 place
September 28th 2020 October 9th 2020 Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care course - 10 places
Wildlife Conservation & San Bushmen Community Project, Namibia

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