Food, Lodging & Travel
As the volunteer projects are spread across different parts of Namibia, each site has its own food and lodging provision. Details are provided below about what to expect at each site.
Wildlife Sanctuary Project and Equine Experience
For volunteers at the wildlife sanctuary and for those joining the equine experience there are two options for accommodation; ‘Bush Camp’ tents and ‘Farm Camp’, with either 2 or 3 people sharing. Some tents have an ensuite bathroom and some share communal shower and toilet facilities. Hot water is supplied by solar power it can sometimes be restricted. Electricity is available in the communal areas.
Volunteers are provided with 3 meals each day on a self serve basis. Breakfast includes toast and cereal; lunch includes pasta, wraps, burgers or stir-fry; and dinners include meat and vegetables with rice, potatoes or pasta. On weekends volunteers will often have a traditional braai (barbecue). Vegetarian options are available.
Carnivore Conservation Research Kanaan Desert
Volunteers will be staying in a renovated farmhouse with shared bedrooms and bathrooms, accommodating up to 8 participants at a time. The house has electricity, but volunteers will need to bring their own South African adapters to charge electric appliances. Volunteers should also be aware there is no cell phone reception in the area.
Volunteers will be provided with 3 meals a day. Meals include a standard breakfast, lunch (provided either out in the field or back at the farm house depending on the days activities) and dinner (typically a warm meal). Once a week dinner will be in the form of a traditional Namibian braai (barbecue). Vegetarian options are available on request and volunteers can purchase their own snacks and drinks before arriving.
Carnivore Conservation Research Neuras Mountains
Lodging will be in the form of a new tented camp. The camp is comprised of 6 tents, each with 2 single beds, and shared bathrooms. There is also a swimming pool and a BBQ area.
Volunteers will receive three meals a day. This will include a standard breakfast, a variety of lunches such as sandwiches, burgers and salads and dinner (typically a warm meal). Once a week volunteers will be treated to a traditional Namibian braai (barbeque) as well as a Neuras favourite; brick oven pizza night! Vegetarians can be catered for.
San Bushmen Medical Programme
While volunteering with the San Bushmen Medical Programme you will stay in a bungalow along with the resident Doctor and Nurse. You will either share rooms in pairs or have a private room depending on the number of volunteers at the time. As the clinic can only accommodate a maximum of 4 volunteers at a time the accommodation has a very homely atmosphere. The house has a kitchen, 2 bedrooms with single beds, 2 bathrooms and a living room (with TV) and electricity and hot water are freely available.
You will be provided with 3 meals a day which will be prepared amongst yourself and the other volunteers.
Wildlife Conservation Volunteering – Mangetti
Situated centrally in the Kavango Cattle Ranch sits the Mangetti village where the researcher(s) and volunteers are accommodated in one of the management houses. The house has electricity and running water; the hot water is supplied through a wood-burning water boiler or ‘donkey’ as it is commonly known.
Meals are a simple affair in the Mangetti. Breakfast will consist of cereal, tea/coffee and toast. Most days packed lunches (sandwich, fruit & juice) will be prepared by volunteers and staff to be eaten in the field. Everyone takes turns to cook the main evening meal and clean up afterwards. There will usually be a traditional Namibian ‘braai’ (barbeque) one evening during the trip.
Travel & Transfers
Medical volunteers will begin their project on Sundays and as such are advised to arrive on a Thursday. Volunteers will be based at the Wildlife Sanctuary until Sunday when they can be transferred to the clinic. Volunteers for the Carnivore Conservation Research Projects and the Wildlife Sanctuary will begin with induction days on Tuesdays and Fridays and are therefore advised are advised to arrive on Mondays or Thursdays and volunteers for Mangetti start on Wednesdays, so we advise you to arrive on a Monday.
Transfers which occur outside of the suggested days will be charged and extra £33 (approx) per person.
On arrival, you will be met by a representative at Windhoek International Airport. The transfer time to the sanctuary is approximately 45 minutes. On arrival to the sanctuary, you will be shown around the accommodation and facilities. An induction meeting will be held with you in your first few days. Activities are continuous on the sanctuary and animals need tending to, so you will be hands-on on from your first day!
If you are unable to arrive on a Monday or a Thursday, we can also recommend places for you to stay in Windhoek.
Visas for Namibia
The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised us that work visas are necessary for volunteer placements in Namibia and need to be arranged in advance. This is a requirement for all volunteers who are non-Namibians.
If you decide to join this programme and once your place has been confirmed, you will receive the visa application form, along with clear instructions as to what to fill out and provide with your visa application.
We advise using a Visa agency in Windhoek to process your application as other than the UK and Germany, many of the Namibian Embassies in other countries may not issue the correct visa. Please allow 6 – 8 weeks for your visa (can take 2 weeks for UK applicants). The visa costs approximately £70.
Vaccinations for Namibia
In order to enter Namibia certain vaccinations are required. Both rabies and tetanus vaccinations are recommended for this project. Volunteers should also contact their doctor or travel clinic to arrange the appropriate vaccinations and ensure they carry the vaccination certificate with their passport. Although the not all the projects are not located in a high Malaria risk area, should you decide to travel to other parts of Namibia either during your stay or afterwards you may need to take malaria tablets and should consult your doctor.
The Mangetti is a high risk Malaria area from November to March and anti-malarial medication is strongly recommended (we recommend you get the medication in Namibia and take it only when leaving for Mangetti, not beforehand). Suitable insect repellents should also be brought.
No previous experience or qualifications are necessary, just enthusiasm to make a lasting difference to Namibia’s Wildlife and the San Bushmen community. If you do have previous medical skills or qualifications, that is of course a big bonus for the Medical volunteer programme – and likewise, if you are studying medicine, or nursing, you would be most welcome to join. If you are 17 years old and turning 18 within 6 months time, you are welcome to join. We also accept families with children over 7 yrs old.