Programme: Wildlife Conservation Expedition Karongwe We spend up to 12 hours a day collecting data on large predators such as lions, leopards and cheetah. The information gathered is used to give an accurate picture of the predators impact on prey populations, determine social structure, genetics, and spatial movement. This vital information helps maintain a healthy balance of these natural resources and ultimately conserve some of Africa’s most important ecosystems.
This programme runs for 2, 4, 8, or 12 weeks and begins January 09, February 06, March 05, April 02, April 30, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 12 2016.
Programme: Wildlife Conservation Internship Karongwe We spend up to 12 hours a day collecting data on large predators such as lions, leopards and cheetah. The information gathered is used to give an accurate picture of the predators impact on prey populations, determine social structure, genetics, and spatial movement. This vital information helps maintain a healthy balance of these natural resources and ultimately conserve some of Africa’s most important ecosystems.
This programme runs for 24 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Room & Board (any housing, food, and transportation included). Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) rooms with shared bathroom facilities at base. There is cold running water available for showers. Flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share base duties, including cleaning and other chores.
Accommodation during work placements will vary depending on the location. Accommodation will not be provided during breaks between program phases, you will be respondible for making your own arrangements.
Does the project require any special preparation? All volunteers are encouraged to learn more about local history, culture and customs before travelling. All training will be taught in the field.
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant. The Wildlife Conservation Internship requires full time commitment, during your first 12 weeks volunteers can take approx 3 to 4 days off every 4 weeks. During your work placement this may vary.
The Wildlife Conservation Expedition volunteers can take approx 3 to 4 days off after the initial 4 weeks The same applies every 4 weeks thereafter for longer term volunteers. This is not compulsory, you are welcome to stay on base and continue helping out
What specific skills, education, or experience must the participant have? What skills, education, or experience are desirable? Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. Reasonable fitness is required, with 8-10 hrs a day on back of open safari vehicles on rough roads as well as physical conservation work and possible 12km hike.
Volunteers on the internship are required to have a valid manual drivers license for the work placement phase.
Health and safety (site specific health and safety information). A change of environment, climate, food and lifestyle often results in minor, and occasionally more serious, illness. Please inform staff if you feel unwell at any time. The nearest emergency medical facility is located in Hoedspruit, about an hour's drive from base. All staff are trained in Emergency First Response. Detailed Risk Assessments are part of training, as are the Emergency Action Plans, including regular drills to ensure familiarity by all. Karongwe base fall within a malarial area. Thus anti-malaria prophylaxis should be taken as recommended by your GP or home doctor. Daytime temps at the reserve is very high during the summer months (Oct - March), reaching 35 deg C + regularly. Days in field are long so make sure you have a wide-brimmed hat, plenty of sunscreen and a water bottle with at least 1.5 litre capacity
Inclusions/things to do (trips or extra features). During the expedition you will have one day off a week. In this time you could visit the stunning local mountains, go curio shopping, or just spend some time wandering around the local town. Depending on your start date you may have an additional week (or more) off between program phases. Before and after your program you could visit the Kruger National Park, go on a hot air balloon ride, horse riding etc. Popular trips include a vist to the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, the picturesque villages of Sabie, Pilgrims Rest and Graskop and other local activities such as canyoning, rafting and bungee jumping. The possibilities are endless!
Orientation and Training (supervision and preparation the participant will receive). Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.
Costs (detailed list of what’s included/not included and per diem estimate). What's included:
Pre-departure support and discounted services:
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support
Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
Community work workshop
Certification and summary of training and experience received
Weekly evaulation with your mentor
First Aid & CPR training
PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (not including PADI professional fees)
Use of O2 equipment workshop
Diving compressor training workshop
Coral reef ecology
First Aid & CPR training and certification
Confidential professional reference
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
PADI Advanced Open Water
Transfer to base location
Teamwork and leadership experience
Leading biological surveys course
Work placement (if successful on training period)
What's not included:
Medical and travel insurance
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
PADI Open Water
Food during work placement
Additional Information. Field staff advise that you enter the country using a volunteer visa. For most nationalities this must be arranged in advance. Check with immigration authorities of the countries you intend to visit.