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Elephant conservation volunteering in Namibia

Pays d’action: Namibie, Afrique
Type d’activité: Construction & Infrastructures, Ecovolontariat
Step off the beaten track and deep into the Namibian desert to help with this grassroots elephant conservation project. Become part of an ancient lifestyle, cooking over fires and sleeping under the stars by night, and helping with building projects and elephant tracking by day.



Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

Namibia's wild desert elephants are in severe danger of disappearing. The prevalence of poaching and hunting over the past decades have brought the desert elephant population to the brink of extinction - and they are now only found in two countries in the world. This project aims to protect and preserve the small number of wild desert elephants that still survive in Namibia.

What is this project about?
Life in the desert is difficult for both animals and humans alike. With restricted access to water and food, competition for survival is paramount. You will be working with a local NGO to preserve the relations between communities and their local elephant neighbours, ensuring the survival of this ancient and fascinating species. This involves both monitoring the elephants and doing construction work within the community.

What will I be doing?
You will be getting involved in a vital conservation volunteering project, helping to preserve and protect the dwindling wild elephant population. The project is two-fold, combining working to help protect the farmers’ water sources and tracking the desert elephants to learn more about their movements- and which farms might be considered at risk.

First week: You will spend your time helping to build walls around farmers' water sources. This will allow the elephants to drink safely without destroying the farmers' land and water.

Second week: You will be helping to track the elephants through the desert. This will involve collecting data on their movements, identifying the elephants and speaking with locals.

Volunteers staying for longer than 2 weeks will alternate this schedule.

Project highlights include:

  • Camping out under the Namibian stars each night, miles from other civillisation
  • Witnessing elephants in their natural habitat
  • Alternating programme: spend a week helping to build walls around water sources and spend the next week helping to track the elephants in the wild.
  • Meeting local people, and learning how they survive in this arid environment
  • Living a once in a lifetime experience with other like-minded people

Accommodation and food

  • Camping in the desert - you need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and mosquito net
  • Cooking over camp fires - all food is provided, but you learn to cook it
  • You will have access to showers and composting toilets at the weekend, whereas during the week you will be using the bush toilet

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

This organisation specialises in arranging hand-picked ethical volunteering projects in 18 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.

We are able to accept bookings for all projects currently, however the situation is still evolving regarding whether participants can travel. As soon as travel restrictions are lifted and the safety of travel has been scrutinised, volunteers will be able to travel once more. This will vary on a country to country basis.

We are offering free trip changes, free date changes and also free unspecified date changes. This gives travellers maximum flexibility, whilst also giving them something to look forward to once this is over.

If participants cannot travel, their money is financially protected by ATOL or IPP. The money paid can be used towards any of our other trips within 18 months.
En savoir plus sur nos critères de sélection pour choisir nos organisations partenaires.

Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Namibie, Afrique
Type d'activité :
Construction & Infrastructures,Ecovolontariat
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 3 mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 1484 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 2461 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 4024 €
3 mois : 5587 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
Arrivals every 2 weeks except over the Christmas period. Arrival day is a Sunday.
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Individuelle / Groupe
Maîtrise de langues :
Volunteers must be able to understand and speak English.
Qualifications particulières :
No specific skills are necessary, however we do ask that you are reasonably fit, very enthusiastic and highly motivated.
Hébergement & repas :
You will be sleeping in the desert at a purpose built camp. Camp life revolves around the fire, essential for night time warmth, making a good cup of tea and cooking some tasty dinner! Food is a community affair, and cooking has never been more fun. You will learn to build a fire and how to cook over it- from Bolognese to Thai curry, from roasts to carbonara! Vegetarians are happily catered for.

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  • Un guide de conversation en cadeau, si vous vous inscrivez plus tard
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