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Volunteer with elephants in South Africa

Einsatzort: Südafrika, Afrika
Aktions-Bereich: Tierpflege & Veterinärprojekte, Natur-und Umweltschutz
Work with nature’s gentle giants on this inspiring conservation and research project. Working closely with the abused and displaced elephants, you gain a rich insight into one of the world’s most intelligent creatures. As a volunteer you get to know the elephants intimately whilst caring for them, feeding them and contributing to advancing research.

Projekt und Rolle der Freiwilligen

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    See the elephants interact and play
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    The elephants enjoy a walk as the sun rises
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    Volunteers help with elephant care and research
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    An elephant enjoys the peace and quiet of the park
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    A volunteer enjoys a moment with one of the elephants

The project

Available for 1 weeks experience or 3 weeks plus research. Volunteer at an elephant park that provides a home to displaced and abused elephants, whilst also leading the way in elephant-based research. At the park, the care of the elephants is determined through close assessment of the elephants’ wellbeing, and volunteer contributions have changed the ways in which these gentle giants are seen and understood.

Each day you will be working closely with the elephant guides and the elephants themselves, witnessing their meanderings and actions in their natural surroundings. The research conducted is essential to provide a framework for how elephants are cared for across Africa, in places where elephants and humans must co-exist. All data collected goes towards this aim, and benefits the volunteers with the privilege of really getting to know these creatures.

The volunteer day

  • The day starts early with feeding (elephants can eat up to 250kg per day!
  • Twice a week volunteers enjoy a sunrise walk with the ellies
  • Research and general care takes place throughout the day, including enrichments, cleaning, data logging and even a bit of gardening
  • Night time observations of the elephants are sometimes needed, which only adds to the experience: seeing the elephants acting naturally during a time when most people are asleep is very moving
  • For volunteers who stay for 4 weeks or more, you even have the opportunity to spend a luxury night sleeping close to the elephants as they doze!

Accommodation and food

Accommodation is located in the heart of the park, never far from the elephants. You can watch them from the terrace as you have your breakfast, or hear them calling to one another in the evening. The living area is comfortable with various places to relax with other volunteers, a fully equipped kitchen, en suite rooms (expect to share!) and both fixed internet and wifi.


The park is set on the beautiful Garden Route, the coastal road that runs between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Volunteers make the most of their time in South Africa through exploring the locality: visiting the local beaches, taking part in horse back safaris and relaxing in the beautiful Plettenberg Bay. For the more adventurous, the world’s highest bungee jump, skydiving and shark cage diving are never far from the “to do” list.

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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Südafrika, Afrika
Tierpflege & Veterinärprojekte,Natur-und Umweltschutz
Minimum: 2 Wochen
Maximum: 3 Monate
(für vollständige Preisliste die Organisation kontaktieren)
2 Wochen: 1155 €
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:
Requested arrival day is a Monday. This is a very popular project, so booking early is advisable.
18 Jahre
kein Höchstalter
Individuell oder Gruppe?
Individuell / Gruppe
Understand and speak good English.
Besondere Qualifikationen:
Good physical fitness to cope with manual labour including cleaning, carrying, building, gardening etc. Previous animal welfare experience is beneficial but not necessary.
Unterbringung & Verpflegung:
The accommodation is on site and shared with other volunteers. You can expect to share with 2 - 3 others in comfortable rooms with en-suit bathrooms. There is a comfortable living area and fully equipped kitchen.

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