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Elephant conservation volunteering in Namibia

Einsatzort: Namibia, Afrika
Aktions-Bereich: Bauen & Infrastruktur, Natur-und Umweltschutz
Step off the beaten track and deep into the Namibian desert to help with this grassroots elephant conservation project. Become part of an ancient lifestyle, cooking over fires and sleeping under the stars by night, and helping with building projects and elephant tracking by day.

Projekt und Rolle der Freiwilligen

Namibia's wild desert elephants are in severe danger of disappearing. The prevalence of poaching and hunting over the past decades have brought the desert elephant population to the brink of extinction - and they are now only found in two countries in the world. This project aims to protect and preserve the small number of wild desert elephants that still survive in Namibia.

What is this project about?
Life in the desert is difficult for both animals and humans alike. With restricted access to water and food, competition for survival is paramount. You will be working with a local NGO to preserve the relations between communities and their local elephant neighbours, ensuring the survival of this ancient and fascinating species. This involves both monitoring the elephants and doing construction work within the community.

What will I be doing?
You will be getting involved in a vital conservation volunteering project, helping to preserve and protect the dwindling wild elephant population. The project is two-fold, combining working to help protect the farmers’ water sources and tracking the desert elephants to learn more about their movements- and which farms might be considered at risk.

First week: You will spend your time helping to build walls around farmers' water sources. This will allow the elephants to drink safely without destroying the farmers' land and water.

Second week: You will be helping to track the elephants through the desert. This will involve collecting data on their movements, identifying the elephants and speaking with locals.

Volunteers staying for longer than 2 weeks will alternate this schedule.

Project highlights include:

  • Camping out under the Namibian stars each night, miles from other civillisation
  • Witnessing elephants in their natural habitat
  • Alternating programme: spend a week helping to build walls around water sources and spend the next week helping to track the elephants in the wild.
  • Meeting local people, and learning how they survive in this arid environment
  • Living a once in a lifetime experience with other like-minded people

Accommodation and food

  • Camping in the desert - you need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and mosquito net
  • Cooking over camp fires - all food is provided, but you learn to cook it
  • You will have access to showers and composting toilets at the weekend, whereas during the week you will be using the bush toilet

Die Freiwilligen-Organisation stellt sich vor

This organisation specialises in arranging hand-picked ethical volunteering projects in more than 24 countries around the world. Projects mainly focus on animal welfare, conservation, and sustainability, with strong focus also on humanitarian and social care programmes. Their passionate and experienced team of travellers have been sending volunteers around the world since 2006.

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Namibia, Afrika
Bauen & Infrastruktur,Natur-und Umweltschutz
Minimum: 2 Wochen
Maximum: 3 Monate
(für vollständige Preisliste die Organisation kontaktieren)
2 Wochen: 1385 €
4 Wochen/1 Monat: 2315 €
8 Wochen/2 Monate: 3745 €
3 Monate: 4970 €
Warum für Freiwilligenarbeit Geld bezahlen?
* Alle Preisangaben ohne Gewähr nach Angaben der Freiwilligen-Organisation. Bei Organisationen, die nicht in Euro abrechnen, können Wechselkurs-Schwankungen auftreten.
Verfügbarkeit des Projekts:
Arrivals every 2 weeks except over the Christmas period. Arrival day is a Sunday.
18 Jahre
kein Höchstalter
Individuell oder Gruppe?
Individuell / Gruppe
Volunteers must be able to understand and speak English.
Besondere Qualifikationen:
No specific skills are necessary, however we do ask that you are reasonably fit, very enthusiastic and highly motivated.
Unterbringung & Verpflegung:
You will be sleeping in the desert at a purpose built camp. Camp life revolves around the fire, essential for night time warmth, making a good cup of tea and cooking some tasty dinner! Food is a community affair, and cooking has never been more fun. You will learn to build a fire and how to cook over it- from Bolognese to Thai curry, from roasts to carbonara! Vegetarians are happily catered for.

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  • Gratis unseren Ratgeber mit ausgefüllter Check-Liste
  • Einen Sprachführer als Dankeschön, wenn du dich später anmeldest
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