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Overview

If you have always dreamt of living amidst the African wilderness, then now is your chance! Being a volunteer for the Animal Welfare Program, you'll be working with professional conservationists who have been in this field for nearly 30+ years. The main aim of this program is to protect nature and the endangered wildlife species including African wild dogs, wildcats, leopards, lions, mountain zebra, and hyenas. 

As a volunteer, you will be involved in all the daily tasks on the farm: from food production and feeding the animals to animal care and cleaning the enclosures. Apart from taking care of the injured and sick animals, you'll also be looking after the orphaned animals, ensuring a healthy life for them.

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Program Requirements

Participants need to be between the age of 17 years to 45 years old. No prior animal welfare experience is needed, however it would be appreciated if you are an animal lover and know how to do compassionate work for them. Team spirit, enthusiasm, and physical fitness is essential in order to be a part of this program. Participants under 18 need to provide a signed parental consent prior to joining the program. Participants must be fit and healthy and prepared to work outdoors.

 

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

As a volunteer for the Animal Welfare Program, your main tasks would be:

Helping in food production and feeding the animals
Taking care of the injured/ unwell animals
Cleaning the enclosures where the animals reside
Taking care of the waterholes, maintaining the fence, and ensuring proper medical facilities
Work at the Day Care Center where the orphaned animal babies are sheltered

Volunteer Work Schedule

An example of daily routine in the wildlife project in Namibia is as follows :-

7:00 - 7:45 AM - Breakfast, getting ready for the project
8:00 - 8:30 AM - Morning meeting, situation analysis, daily program briefing, meeting of group coordinators
9:00 AM - Group coordinators organize daily activities such as food prep, farm work, feeding tours, horseback riding, etc., after which volunteers get back to work
1:00 PM - Lunch in the village, free time, and opportunity to interact with animals
3:00 PM - Afternoon meeting
3:30 PM - Preparations for the afternoon feeding tour, farm work, research. A group goes for lion feeding, assisted by the local team.
5.30 PM - The volunteers, trainees, and interns returns for dinner
6:00 PM - Dinner and time to socialize, free time
8:00 PM - Volunteers/interns, who are assigned to outdoor sleeping, go back to the farm

 

Living

At Volunteering Solutions we try to provide best of the living arrangements to our international volunteers. So when in Tanzania, you do not have to worry about a single thing in the world and simply focus on your volunteer work. 

Arrival & Departure

The project site is located at a distance of about 300 km from the city of Windhoek, in Namibia. The transfer from Windhoek to the project takes place only once a week, on Fridays.

If you already arrive in Namibia on Thursday, you will drive independently to your accommodation, the Chameleon Backpacker Lodge in Windhoek. Participants need to organize this trip and accommodation themselves and neither is included in the project fees.

You will be picked up from the Chameleon Lodge on Friday morning. This pickup is included in the project fees. 

At the end of the project, our transfer will bring you back to Windhoek. The return transfer is always on Thursdays and arrives in Windhoek around 14:00. A flight home on the same evening would be possible. 

Orientation

After your arrival in the project a member from the local team will give you a tour of the accommodation and facilities in Volunteer Village. The next day is followed by a comprehensive orientation, where you will learn about the background and learn the history of the project. You will be instructed in the work and interaction with the animals.

It is important to note that the project is not a petting zoo! You will receive a training for food preparation and will be familiarized with the different feeding and animal care conditions . Also, on the second day the participants are divided into project groups and the daily routine is discussed.

Accommodation & Meals

Volunteers are accommodated in a Volunteer Village, which is approx. 800 meters from the project site. There's a volunteers' house where rooms are provided on the same gender sharing basis. Showers and shared toilets are outside the cottage. Only solar power is available at the cottage, so in case you need to charge your phone or laptop you can take that to the program site and put it on charging there.At all the accommodations, all meals are provided to the volunteers. 

During your Free Time

During your free time you can enjoy the nature and wildlife, read a book, interact with other likeminded volunteers from around the world or listen to some music.

Program Cost

Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)

What are you Paying for?

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Transfer from Windhoek City to the project location on the day of arrival and departure
  • Accommodation 
  • All meals
  • Introduction by the project team on site
  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
    • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)

What's NOT included?

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal Expenses
  • Private expenses on site
  • Cost of transfer from airport to pickup location in Windhoek on arrival day
  • Public transport and extra transfers

Program Dates

Months 2021 2022
January - 07142128
February - 04111825
March - 04111825
April - 0108152229
May - 06132027
June - 03101724
July - 0108152229
August - 05121926
September 03101724 0209162330
October 0108152229 07142128
November 05121926 04111825
December 03101724 0209162330

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FAQ's

FAQ's Application and Program Details

As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is recommended that potential volunteers book their programs well in advance to get confirmed placements. You can book your slot by filling the application form online and pay the application fee. You can pay your program fee later and also, in instalments, however, the complete payment should be made 45 days prior the start of the program.  If you are volunteering in a group, you can also fill a group application form.

After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be active.You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need a mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project and availability. Applications within a short notice of the program start date are also accepted and we can confirm your trip booking in a short period of time as well by expediting your application process.

Every program has certain and prerequisites that are required to be fulfilled by the volunteers. Please refer to the respective program page for the detailed requirements.

We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
 
We have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for student groups- college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.

 

The African Animal Welfare project is located in Gobabis, located around 300 kms from the capital city of Windhoek.

Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.

If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fee is valid for a year's time (from the date of application). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next Vol Sol program.

 

Flights and Visa

Citizens of many countries can get visa on arrival upon arrival in Namibia at the airport. Please check with your nearest embassy for details.

Participants need to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport at Windhoek.It is most convenient to fly into South Africa and then take a connecting flight to Windhoek. Alternatively other recommended airlines to fly with are Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines, AirLink and FlyWest Air.

Health and Safety

All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to Namibia.To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to Namibia, click here.

Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions.  To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.
If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.

 

Accommodation and Living

The project site is located at a distance of about 300 km from the city of Windhoek, in Namibia. The transfer from Windhoek to the project takes place only once a week, on Fridays.

If you already arrive in Namibia on Thursday, you will drive independently to your accommodation, the Chameleon Backpacker Lodge in Windhoek. Participants need to organize this trip and accommodation themselves and neither is included in the project fees. You will be picked up from the Chameleon Lodge on Friday morning. This pickup is included in the project fees. 

At the end of the project, our transfer will bring you back to Windhoek. The return transfer is always on Thursdays and arrives in Windhoek around 14:00. A flight home on the same evening would be possible.

 

Volunteers are accommodated in a Volunteer Village, which is approx. 800 meters from the project site. There's a volunteers' house where rooms are provided on the same gender sharing basis. Showers and shared toilets are outside the cottage. Only solar power is available at the cottage, so in case you need to charge your phone or laptop you can take that to the program site and put it on charging there.At all the accommodations, all meals are provided to the volunteers.

Yes, that is not a problem. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance.

Yes, you need to cover for expenses for transfer to the pickup location in Windhoek. If you will arrive in Namibia you need to cover the expenses for food and accommodation. Apart from this, you need to cover any personal expenses.

Connect with Past Volunteers

We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions program participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer page on our website.

 

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