Wildlife Volunteer Program
The Wildlife Volunteer Program gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to get involved in the conservation and sustainability of African wildlife and ecosystems. Our volunteers play a critical role in the continuation of our research efforts. Without our volunteers we would be unable to continue our work in understanding and protecting wildlife. Volunteers spend five days per week assisting in various capacities of wildlife conservation. This can be in the form of field work collecting data, analyzing and entering data into our systems, working within the community to educate children and adults alike, or in the way of workshops and discussion days with our seasoned team members. We leave evenings and weekends free for all volunteers which allows them the chance to explore South Africa and take part in various cultural and tourist activities!
All volunteers rotate through the various initiatives at Nkonzo including our research. Current work is being done with white rhinos, elephants, elusive species, cape mountain zebra, and vegetation. Your role as a volunteer is to become part of the team as we study, collect and analyse data. Follow the links to learn about each specific project! Please keep in mind that time spent on the various projects will be determined by monthly quotas, weather, and animal cooperation. As a volunteer you will also be trained in some “bush basics” such as survival, track and sign, reading animal behaviour, and approach methods. Each and every action taken by our team will be explained in terms of why we operate the way we do and how it minimises influence of the wildlife and environment.
When participating in the Wildlife Volunteer Program students will be involved in various conservation initiatives and projects within the game reserve. Projects and initiatives are based on previously founded ecological and cognitive knowledge to better improve the welfare of current and future wildlife in Southern Africa. Students assist in all aspects of current reserve needs regarding projects and daily operations. Primary student work will be dedicated to assistance within wildlife management regarding various long term projects. Participation with this program allows for better understanding of careers in wildlife conservation to ascertain whether the industry is the correct choice as a career for students.
Community and Education
It is important that our volunteers not only have an enjoyable time and learn while in South Africa, but are also keyed in on how they can give back after returning home. Our work does not stop once volunteers leave and it is important that all our volunteers are educated not only on the work we do, but overhead conservation issues, animal ethics, sustainability, green alternatives and how each individual can make a difference. This area will be covered in workshop/lecture type settings that may take place in the field or in town. This gives you ample opportunity to ask any questions you may have and get the real information about the conservation issues at play in Southern Africa.
Volunteers stay in the coastal town of Mossel Bay in a secure facility on the beach. The rooms are dormitory style with ladies in a room and gentlemen in another. You can read more about the living arrangements by reading our Accommodation Page.
Included with program fee
Shared accommodation (dorm style)
Breakfast 7 days per week
Daily access to game reserve
Work related transported
24/7 emergency standby team
Guided research and management activities
All training and training material
Nkonzo Wildlife text book
Not included (available at student’s own expense)
All dinners (fully equipped self-catering kitchen available with grocery stores within safe walking distance)
Curios and other souvenirs
Anything not stated
2017 Program Fee:
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2018 Program Fee: