The lead team of this Volunteer for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching Project consists of passionate conservationists working intense to save the endangered and threatened wildlife and marine life from extinction. There are various conservation projects include, which are short- and long term. Volunteers will take part in projects to create sustainability for the animal protection and for generations to come. Volunteer work comprises from physical work to an interactive lecture-based content.
Why volunteer for Rhinos and BIG Five Conservation in South Africa?
First of all – which majestic animals are in the group of BIG five? These are: rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo.
The term “BIG FIVE” started with the hunters who claimed that these are the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. Uh, but who wants to talk about hunting? We want to volunteer to conserve and do anti-poaching activities. So here it is – our most exciting volunteer project in South Africa.
It’s very precious when volunteers take part and they actively help in:
– Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring (setting camera traps, track stations),
– Anti-Poaching night patrols,
– Reserve Sustainability Project,
– Alien Plant Control, Botanical Surveys,
– Volunteer Marine Research and Surveys,
– Volunteer Community Engagement,
– learning about bush skills.
There is NO interaction with wild animals and volunteer team leads are not in favour of the programs where endangered animals are kept in captivity, promoting conservation whereas it is many times established for a commercial reason.
South Africa, East of Port Elizabeth
• 1-4 weeks
Airport of Arrival:
• Port Elizabeth Airport (APZ)
• volunteers will be an active part of sustainable environmental and wildlife protection project.
They will have the opportunity to help in:
- volunteer in Rhino-Watch to observe population dynamics,
- volunteer and learn about Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring,
- volunteer in Anti-Poaching night patrols to prevent negative actions,
- volunteer in Alien Plant Control and make Botanical Surveys,
- volunteer in Reserve Sustainability Project,
- volunteer (Coastal) Marine Research and Surveys,
- volunteer for Community Engagement and rising the Awareness
- ALL being very attractive and FULL of volunteer adventures…
• 18 – 60
# of Volunteers:
• 8 International volunteers
What is included?
Volunteer pick up every Sunday (on other days contact VET for further info).
Fabulous accommodation – in the mid of nature in a wonderful lodge with twin-bed rooms & bathrooms, a swimming pool & barbecue area!
All inclusive: 3 meals daily. Meals are cooked by a local chef and are included. International and local dishes.
You can pay also in EUR or USD (15% from the total price). After applying you will receive a confirmation email.
Please check with your general practitioner about the latest travel advice regarding vaccinations. Volunteer project leads recommend Hepatitis A, B and tetanus vaccination; it is otherwise a zone without Malaria.
- Laundry Self-Service – washing machines and dryers are available;
Other attractive excursions are available prior or after the team dates or during the weekend. Please ask Volunteer & Ecotravel Team for more.
In country support from the volunteer stuff is available, if needed.
Orientation & 24h support by volunteer team leads included.
Air flights, Travel insurance, Visa, entertainment activities, soft drinks, alcohol drinks, medical expenses;
Get live chat for the volunteer adventure in African Wildlife.
- Minimum age: 18
- Language: basic English
- Enthusiastic and a team player
- Vaccines: several vaccinations are needed. Please see the tab: ‘orientation’
- No police Background check is needed.
When I decided that I wanted to volunteer on a faraway island, I never thought that it would have such a big impact in my life. Madagascar will always be close to my heart because it taught me so much about myself, about other cultures and, most importantly, it taught me how little I really need to be happy.
I was on Nosy Komba for two months in the Marine Conservation program and I can say that it was the best decision of my life. My day consisted of diving, learning about the ocean, and being around people I love and will never forget. I will always regret not staying longer because saying goodbye to this little piece of paradise and to all the people I met was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
To anyone who is looking for a volunteering experience, I extremely recommend this organization for marine program – you will have the time of your life, and stay as long as you can, because time flies in paradise.
East of Port Elizabeth
A beautiful, over 50 ha property east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, overlooks a panoramic view of deep valleys and rolling hills with the ocean and bush as a magnificent backdrop. Accommodation at the Lodge with its bird-hide and expansive grounds, sparkling swimming pool and outdoor BBQ area, create a great space in which volunteers can relax during free time.
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More about vaccination
As advised in the ‘overview’ section for this volunteer for big five conservation, it is recommended to have:
– Hepatitis A
– Hepatitis B and
– Tetanus vaccination.
This South African Volunteer program is malaria free. Still we give you some further info on malaria prophylaxis:
It makes sense in any case that you have the tablets with you. Usually you get the prescription form the personal doctor or the special “travelling ambulant” if organised in your country. .
Please ensure that as a responsible volunteer you will bring sun protective clothing and apply sunscreen.
The history of this incredible African wildlife volunteer program, goes back to 2009. It is dedicated to the sustainable development through research and outreach. Therefore the whole program of Volunteer for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching is based upon welfare and conservation activities. Whilst volunteers tend to spend most of their time working with the rescue and rehabilitation team, there are plenty of opportunities to gain volunteer experiences and best practices across other areas of the work as well.
Who are the best candidates for ‘Volunteer for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching’?
Whether you’re a passionate volunteer about wildlife conservation or at an early career in the veterinary or ecology this BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching program might be a life changing experience. Volunteers will experience the conservation activities and will therefore get to know how one can play a crucial part in sustainable development of the whole area.
For example, Volunteer for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching will offer you a many exciting activities:
1) Wildlife Tracking & Monitoring
Regular observation during the monitoring drives within Volunteer for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching Project enable the team to identify individuals. Therefore it is possible to follow their population dynamic, to gather information about the family/ herd structure and more. This way data collected is used to correctly manage the Reserve capacities. Most importantly it is important to calculate the predator/pray ratios. In addition, camera traps and track stations are set up for monitoring movement patterns of the nocturnal animals, for example of a wolf, Genet, Leopard, Aardvark, Caracal and more.
Moreover, being out in Nature constantly – bush skills are essential to this volunteer adventure. Consequently you will learn how to identify animal tracks, navigate in the bush and how to start a fire! In short – these exciting tasks represent an awesome volunteer experience!
2) Anti-Poaching activities for the Rhinoceros
Also volunteers will perform Anti-Poaching night-patrols. What a volunteer adventure in South Africa! You will learn more about the Rhino importance for the ecological state of the area. Consequently with the activities volunteers will learn about the protocol through night drives and sleep-outs to assist the Anti-Poaching Project efforts.
During daylight hours the Rhino volunteers will assist with fence and road monitoring. To clarify –volunteers will assist by provision of visible deterrent through their presence only.
3) Botanical Surveys
Even, if you are on the Volunteer for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching Project – alien plants monitoring will be part of your activities!
These plants were introduced by the farmers in the history for different reasons. Nowadays such plants are invasive to the natural biodiversity of the original plants and need to be removed. Volunteers take part in Vegetation transects and data collection for monitoring and calculation of the area carrying capacity.
4) Marine Research & Explorations
Further to the exciting volunteer adventures above you will help also in monitoring in the nearby Rivers. Volunteers will provide much needed information about species population densities, their distribution, observe critically endangered species such as the Pipefish, measure salinity levels and water temperatures.
Further, regular exploration trips to the beach and learning about the coastal Eco-system will show you the diversity of life that is often unnoticed. Volunteers will help in collecting data. Likewise they will help in plastic pollution reduction by actively removing it from the rivers and beaches. This will be in co-operation with local schools and communities.
5) Reserve Sustainability Project
Rhino volunteers will assist in the development of a grey-water filtration wetland. In other words this is to minimize our ecological footprint. You will learn hands-on about Perma-culture benefits and help in the tree nursery. Once the trees reach a certain size they will be planted on the reserve. Further this will increase the floral diversity and species presentation for a sustainable development of the whole area.
6) Community Engagement in ‘Volunteer for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching’
Certainly the conservation is not only conserving the nature. It includes a responsibility to raise the awareness in the local Communities. This comprises environmental education, for example – benefits to conserve biodiversity and reduce further stresses to the natural resources. Volunteers for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching will make regular trips into the local Community to assist in their Projects. This means from recycling initiatives, beach clean-ups to educating and providing different opportunities for the kids.
At the beginning our ‘volunteer for big five conservation’ participants will get the orientation and introduction into the Conservation project. On the other hand – activities will be introduced throughout the week. As a conservation volunteer you will learn about the Wildlife Management in the area, you will get to know more about Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science and more.
Certainly this volunteer conservation project is very dynamic and contains different ecological activities and chapters. Nevertheless – no matter of your background in ‘Volunteer for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching’ you will be an active part of sustainable environmental and wildlife protection. Volunteers will mainly help in Terrestrial surveys and Estuarine surveys.
…of the Volunteer for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching will be evenly spread over volunteer weekly timetable, like:
– Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring (setting camera traps, track stations),
– Anti-Poaching night patrols
– Reserve Sustainability Project
– Alien Plant Control and execute Botanical Surveys
– Volunteer Marine Research and Surveys
Further on volunteers will help also in:
– Artificial wetland development for grey-water recycling helping,
– Restoration of over-utilised land and
– Community Engagement in the local schools – Volunteer will be helping in rising the awareness of the ecological state of the area and why this is important.
A stunning 50 ha property with a volunteer lodge overlooks a panoramic view of deep valleys and rolling hills. This means that our Volunteer for BIG Five Conservation and Anti-Poaching will feel spoiled with the wide, inspiring prospect. Meanwhile an Ocean twinkle beyond and a wast forests will make it a magnificent backdrop. Accommodation offers an inviting swimming pool and an outdoor BBQ area to socialise with your volunteer camarades. The arrangement offers a great space in which volunteers can relax during free time.
Single bed linen – is provided for each volunteer.
Meals are provided on full 3 board menu. Volunteers will surely enjoy also in the local dishes.
There is Wi-Fi available.
Self-Service, towels will be provided.
When volunteers arrive earlier or stay longer in South Africa
In case volunteers arrive some days before the onset or are prolonging the stay in after the project end one can enjoy in variety of activities. From most exciting experiences are: whale watching or deep-sea-fishing. Some bolder volunteers can go surfing or river fishing, skydiving, paragliding or do also bungee jumping. Game drives or boat cruises are available in a reserve! This said, those volunteers that can make it, can enjoy in riding horses along the beach. What a wonderful relaxation at the sunset time for example!
Weekends are free for our Volunteer for BIG Five Conservationists
Ask for the timetables and many from the above mentioned activities are possible throughout the weekend.
East Cape South Africa Rhino Volunteer
Apply now and for this memorable volunteer conservation project.