Volunteers have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in conservation management and assist with on-going conservation research, which are vital for the successful operation of the reserve, its surrounding areas, and their ecosystems. The reserve is home to an abundance of indigenous wildlife, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo – and serves as an Intensive Protection Zone for the critically endangered black rhino.
The exact nature of the work carried out will depend on the requirements of the reserve at the time. Typical activities include, but are not limited to, fence patrols, wildlife monitoring, alien vegetation removal and bush walks.
Volunteers typically work Monday – Friday with weekends off. An example of a summer schedule is as follows…
6.30am – 7.30am: Breakfast
8am – 12pm: volunteering
12pm – 3pm: Break, including lunch
3pm – 6pm: volunteering
6.30pm – 7.30pm: Dinner
There are no planned activities at the weekends but there is no shortage of optional activities to do in and around Victoria Falls town, from white- water rafting to sunset cruises. Victoria Falls is one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated within three separate national parks: Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe), Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe), and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). Victoria Falls’ advantageous location also allows volunteers to easily visit the neighboring countries of Zambia and Botswana on the weekends.
Our programs run throughout the year, usually between 4 to 12 weeks and contain either voluntary work, internships or courses worldwide. Areas we cover are widely spread and themes like healthcare, education, wildlife conservation as well as animal and nature protection in general are areas we focus on. Our programs can be individualized to a certain degree or combined with each other. Simply ask
When will we be able to accept volunteers again?
We have regrettably cancelled most of our trips and courses that were due to go ahead 2020. Our next scheduled trips though will most likely be not be departing before January 2021. We remain optimistic that are programs will return to normality by this time, but we are of course constantly monitoring the situation and are making decisions about the operation of our trips and courses on a rolling basis, based on the departure date. We have, however, begun to accept bookings from participants for trips in January 2021 which is great news and very encouraging.
We look forward to getting back to running our trips around the world, just as soon as it is safe, practical, and responsible to do so.
Can you apply now for future trips & courses?
Of course! We are currently taking bookings for trips and courses due to depart in January 2021 and beyond. Our ability to secure you a place on future trips has not been affected and we are planning future trips as usual.
What is your refund policy in light of Covid-19?
In light of the uncertainty surrounding international travel, we have recently launched flexible bookings for trips departing in 2020/strong>. You are now able to book a place on any program departing in 2020 with a fully refundable deposit plus free cancellations and changes up to 60 days before travel. For 2021 we remain optimistic and our regular terms and conditions apply. Should the situation with regards to Covid-19 not have improved significantly we will again review them keep you updated.
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