2 – 12 Weeks Volunteering
Some information regarding the project:
The project’s focus is dedicated towards conservation of the landscapes, cultures and wildlife of Namibia.
When applying to volunteer, you can join one of the following programs:
Wildlife sanctuary and/or Equine volunteering
Medical clinic volunteering
OVERVIEW OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER:
Volunteers will have the rare and exciting opportunity to actively participate in the conservation, rehabilitation, care and research of African wildlife. The sanctuary, which is the heart of the project’s operations, currently provides a safe refuge for orphaned, injured or conflict wildlife including several lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals, warthogs, antelope and baboons as well as a host of birds, smaller African mammals and farm animals.
Wildlife Conservation Volunteers are crucial in helping us to care for the animals in rehabilitation or permanent captivity at the sanctuary, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. This is an exceptional opportunity to get hands on experience with African wildlife and the many aspects of their care.
All routine aspects of the program are carried out in a rotational group system to ensure that everybody gets exposed to the variety of experiences available.
OVERVIEW OF EQUINE VOLUNTEERING:
The project’s Equine Experience takes place throughout the year in parallel with the Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Project. During this two week minimum program for experienced riders, volunteers will stay at the sanctuary and spend their time here with our on-site horses. Mornings could be spent helping with cleaning and feeding, training young and new horses, as well as taming and raising foals. From time to time foals will need halter training and introduction to human contact. Afternoons could be spent feeding the horses and riding and depending on the experience of the riders in the group, this can be walking, trotting, cantering or galloping on the sanctuary’s reserve. This could include undertaking game counts on horseback. Other activities may include herding and helping to fix and build structures around the horse’s camps.
Equine Experience participants have the option of combining their stay with one or more weeks on the Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Project before or after their Equine Experience Project in order to participate in the full magic of our wildlife sanctuary and spend time interacting with and caring for our variety of sanctuary animals.
OVERVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL VOLUNTEER:
Through each of the projects, the sanctuary provides an important source of employment, accommodation, education and healthcare to several San Bushmen families. The aim is to give the next generation of this marginalized community the boost they need to build a brighter and healthier future.
We also give school volunteers the opportunity to spend some of their time volunteering at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary should they wish to. School volunteer activities can include:
- Assisting the teacher in preparations of lessons, develop/create teaching aids
- Helping in the playground and ensure the safety of the children
- Actively participating in school projects
- Helping out with clearing up and cleaning around the school as required
- Teaching the students new skills such as arts and crafts, music, dance,etc
- Planning and take part in the extracurricular activities; and
- Assisting with homework and student school projects.
*Previous experience of working in a school is not required.
OVERVIEW OF MEDICAL CLINIC VOLUNTEER:
- The clinic consists of two doctors, one nurse, one receptionist and four translators.
- Whether you have no medical experience or you have worked in the field for 40 years – the activities of our Medical Volunteer program vary and will be tailored to each person depending on prior experience.
- Volunteers will participate in and assist our doctors and nurse with the running of the Clinic and help provide primary healthcare to the local community.
- You will provide hands on support at the clinic, help with our feeding program, and work in the pharmacy.
- You will deal closely with patients from the local San community
- learn more about their way of life and give care to patients living in extreme poverty at the clinic’s remote location.
- Furthermore you will join the doctors on regular outreach trips to remote settlements across the region in order to take medical care to those who need it most.
You can combine your programs if desired, just ensure that your stay does not exceed 12 weeks in total. It is recommended that if you want to have the most out of your program, to stay a minimum of 3 weeks.