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Desert Elephant Conservation

Pays d’action: Namibie, Afrique
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat
Join an award winning elephant conservation team to help protect and research the desert elephants. Construct walls to protect farmers’ water infrastructure and build drinking points for the elephants to help reduce the conflict within the local community. Camp out under the stars in the beautiful Namibian desert whilst immersing yourself in pioneering conservation work.



Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

The project helps to reduce conflict between elephants and farmers by building protective structures around water sources and creating safe water drinking points for elephants. The team also researches the elephants’ movement and distribution, and compiles identikits on herds and individual elephants.

The volunteer role rotates weekly; the first role is based at a community building project and the second involves researching the elephant population out in the desert.

Community building

For building the walls and drinking points, tasks may include:

* Digging foundations
* Rock collection
* Mixing cement
* Building walls
* Maintenance and repairs of previous projects

Research and tracking

The research project gives volunteers the opportunity to learn how to track elephants and assist the research staff in monitoring the movements of elephants in the region. Volunteers may be involved in:

* Recording elephant movement patterns using GPS positions
* Compiling and updating the herds identification notes
* Documenting new births, deaths and other important events such as mating
* Collecting elephant dung for DNA sampling
* Noting any issues relating to the elephants health and well-being

Depending on the elephants’ location, a whole day may be spent driving to track the elephants or if they are close by, monitoring the elephants.

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

We are an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world since 2001. Volunteers are needed from 2 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care, education, teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Asia, Africa and Central & South America.

In this time of uncertainty during the current Coronavirus outbreak, we are monitoring the global situation closely in conjunction with the UK FCO and our local teams on the ground. The health and safety of our volunteers is our primary concern and we will only restart placements when it’s safe to do so. It’s not yet clear when this will be but we aren’t accepting new bookings for placements before 1 August 2020.

We want to reassure volunteers that you can feel confident booking an overseas volunteering placement with us and we have introduced extra flexibility to help with this.

Flexible payment terms
We are giving added flexibility on payments. Normally we ask for final payment by 8 weeks before start date, but we are reducing this to 1 month before start date for placements with start dates in 2020. This takes some pressure off volunteers and allows us to see how the situation evolves over the coming months.

Flexible date changes
If any of our volunteers want or need to reschedule (regardless of whether it is related to Coronavirus or not!), we are happy to reschedule for up to 18 months. You just need to let us know 1 month or more before your placement date and it can be open ended if you aren’t sure when you want to reschedule to. We are keeping this free of charge for maximum flexibility!

Booking flights – wait for now
We normally recommend that volunteers book flights as soon as possible after their placement is confirmed to secure the best deals, but with the current uncertainty, it’s best to wait until travel restrictions are lifted and the airlines can confirm their schedules before booking flights and making other arrangements.

We’d love to help organise your next volunteer adventure, ready for when the world has returned to some kind of normality!
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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Namibie, Afrique
Type d'activité :
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 : 1205 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 2030 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 3295 €
3 mois : 4395 €
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 :
A tout moment
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Individuelle
Maîtrise de langues :
Volunteers must be able to understand and speak English.
Qualifications particulières :
Pas nécessaire
Hébergement & repas :
During the volunteer placement the accommodation is very basic and you will be sleeping on a mattress in an open area surrounded by vehicles and it’s an amazing experience to fall asleep in the desert under the stars. Meals while at the project are included in the volunteer fee.

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