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Volunteer numbers range from 15 to 65 depending on the season at the main Wildlife Rescue Centre. The number of volunteers at the research centres is much smaller, on average around 10.
At this world-renowned nature conservation project in Namibia you get hands-on experience in working with animals. The project actively promotes and advocates that the wild belongs in the wild, but unfortunately not all injured animals that arrive at Wildlife Rescue Centre can be released back to nature. In addition you get to work at a research centre of your choice and explore innovative ways and concepts to advance conservation of different species and their habitat.
The vision of the Wildlife Rescue Centre project is an Africa where humans and wildlife can live and thrive together. Our mission is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat. We also incorporate local cultures, especially the San bushman community, into our conservation projects. Our aim is to give the next generation of this marginalised community the boost they need to build a brighter future.
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Namibia Wildlife Rescue and Research

Project Highlights

You will be living close to many wild animals in the Namibian bush. Nothing beats being surrounded by a pride of lions, leopards or cheetahs and being able to spend time observing their individual traits!
You will be able to participate in anti-poaching efforts
You will be accompanied by people who are very passionate about animals
You will learn and experience how each animal behaves, reacts and what their characters are like

Project Description

Originating as a small wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Namibian bush, just 45 km from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, the Wildlife Rescue Centre has grown into a world-famous conservation organisation. We provide a safe haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned and conflict animals. Whenever possible our goal is to release animals back into the wild - only those animals too ill, abused or habituated remain at the sanctuary. Our volunteers are critical to enabling us to continue caring for the animals.

This program is a combination of volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue Centre and one of the research centres that are located in different parts of Namibia. Return transfer to one of the research centres is included. If you decide to spend more than one week at any of the research centres, you can organise this locally. If possible, please let us know in advance which research centre you wish to visit.

Volunteer Tasks

You will have the rare and exciting opportunity to actively participate in the conservation, rehabilitation, care and research of African wildlife. The Wildlife Rescue Centre currently provides a safe refuge for orphaned, injured or conflict wildlife including several lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals, warthogs, antelope, baboons, smaller African mammals and farmyard animals. Your contribution is crucial in helping us to care for the animals in rehabilitation or permanent captivity at the Wildlife Rescue Centre as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. This is an exceptional opportunity to get observational and hands-on experience with African wildlife and the many aspects of their care.

Duties that do not directly interact with the animals are still crucial to their well-being. General maintenance and cleaning of the grounds (for example cutting grass to ensure there are no ticks, fleas, snakes or spiders, and poop scooping) are regular tasks on the farm for the health and safety of all the animals in our care. As a volunteer, you will be able to experience each of the various jobs on the farm. We rotate the tasks among the volunteers to ensure everyone has an opportunity to both help with farm maintenance and animal care equally. If you are staying for less than 3 weeks at the Wildlife Rescue Centre, it may mean that you are not able to participate in all activities. Carefully check your schedule on arrival and speak to the local staff if there is a task you would really like to join, but isn’t included in your current schedule.

Average Working Day

Based on the rotation schedule, volunteers are divided into groups to work with two activities a day between 08:00 and 17:00. There is a short break in the morning followed by lunch from 13:00-14:30. The daily activities at the centre include:

Preparing food * and feeding the animals
Cleaning of enclosures
Providing enrichment ie. creating devices and objects that stimulate the animals' natural behaviour physically and mentally
Caring for juvenile wildlife
Physical labour such as building new facilities
Research including monitoring free-roaming carnivores, analysing camera traps and GPS data
Game counts in the bush

* While we require a lot of assistance with preparing meat for the animals, volunteers who do not feel comfortable with this task will not be forced to do so.

Working with animals requires flexibility, and while on weekends there are fewer tasks, the animals still need to be fed. Something out of the ordinary can also happen at night if it's for example your turn to look after the baby baboons. Please note the only animal interaction is with the baboons. On Saturday afternoons there will be a fun non-work related activity followed by a braai (barbeque). On Sundays you will be on food preparation duty either in the morning or in the afternoon, so you will have half the day off. All non-working hours are free time to explore the sanctuary!

Please note that from time to time there can be unavoidable changes to the project. These can be caused by weather, conservation priorities, materials supply, or because ongoing projects have progressed more quickly or slowly than originally planned. We ask you to accept the changes - we are sure that you will enjoy the replacement projects just as much.

Research Volunteering at Neuras

Set among the stunning scenery of the Southern mountains, ancient canyons and caves, fascinating geological formations and five natural fountains, Neuras is truly a unique research site and is home to one of the foundations carnivore research programmes in addition to being one of only three wineries in Namibia. Focus areas are:
- Leopard research
- Human-wildlife conflict mitigation
- Assisting with the winery

Research Volunteering at Kanaan

Approximately 2-3 hours further southwest of Neuras and bordering the Namib Naukluft Park lies our Kanaan Desert Retreat. Red sand dunes, vast open grass plains and imposing mountain ranges make up the serene surroundings of Kanaan. Home to cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena, leopard and an array of other desert-adapted wildlife, Kanaan encompasses 352 km² of desert scenery where volunteers will get involved in vital research and conservation. Focus areas are:
- Spotted hyena research
- Small carnivore research (caracal and black-backed jackal)
- Human-wildlife conflict mitigation
- As well as new projects starting soon

Inclusions

Airport pick-up on arrival & drop-off at departure (Windhoek International)
Accommodation
Three meals a day
Return transport to one of the research centres
24-hour support & supervision
Donation to the project
Certificate of appreciation

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Completed application form
The most important things to bring are a sense of humour, patience, an open mind and a positive attitude!

Visa Info
You will receive a 90 day tourist visa on arrival, remember to have a copy of your supporting letter.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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Wildlife Rescue Centre
The tented accommodation at the Wildlife Rescue Centre is shared between 2-4 people (same gender). The accommodation is basic, but our single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets, pillows and linen). Showers and toilet facilities are shared and hot water is supplied by solar energy and therefore sometimes restricted. Please be aware that there may be a water shortage during the dry season. In general use water sparingly and have short showers. There is also a swimming pool and power sockets for electrical items in the communal areas. Laundry services are available on selected days.
Bring warm clothes for sleeping during the winter months, it can get cold at night and there isn't heating in the tents.

Research Centres
The facilities at our research sites are very similar to the ones provided at the Wildlife Rescue Centre, with accommodation either in guest house rooms or in large tents.

Neuras has tented accommodation available for volunteers a short walk from the Neuras Lodge. The tents are fitted with two beds and all linen is provided. Bathroom facilities are shared and hot water is supplied by solar energy.

Kanaan has both room and tented accommodation. The four standard rooms are located in the guesthouse and can accommodate 2 guests in each. Each room has an ensuite bathroom. When these rooms are not available, 2-person tents are utilised with shared bathroom facilities. Linen and towels are provided with both options.

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Arrival
You can arrive any time on a Monday or a Thursday. You will be met at Windhoek International Airport and taken to the project.

Transfer to the Research Centre
Return transfer to one of the research centres is included. If you wish to visit more than one research centre, you can organise this locally with the project co-ordinator. Possible extra transportation costs are paid locally.

When combining Neuras and Kanaan, you don’t need to return to the Wildlife Rescue Centre in between as the transfer for both is on Saturdays. Neuras is about 4 hours’ drive from Wildlife Rescue Centre and Kanaan an additional 3 hours.

Departure
You will be taken to Windhoek International Airport to catch your departure flight. The departure time from the project is approximately between 11:00 and 13:00.

Maaltijden

At the Wildlife Rescue Centre, Neuras and Kanaan three balanced meals are provided daily on a self-serve basis. Breakfast consists of cereals, fruit, yoghurts, toast and spreads. Lunch varies from cold to hot meals (for example wraps, salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches). Dinner is a hot meal such as stews, chicken dishes etc. On weekends we often have a braai (barbecue). Tea and coffee will be available, while all other drinks are at own your expense. You can buy snacks in the several grocery stores located nearby. There are refrigerators available for volunteers’ personal food and soft drinks. Vegetarian options are available upon request and all dietary resrtiction can be accommodated for provided you inform us prior to arrival.

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Insurances & Flight Tickets
Travel insurance is compulsory. You are also required to present a copy of your return flight itinerary when entering Namibia.

What to Bring
The type of clothing you should bring depends on the time of year. In any case bring old work clothes that you don't mind getting worn and dirty, you will be handling meat during food preperation. Proper boots or shoes with closed toes, as well as work gloves to protect your hands. If possible, please mark your clothing with your name prior to arrival.

Internet Access
There is no WiFi at the project due to the poor reception so we suggest you purchase a Namibian SIM card and load data on it. You can purchase a SIM card at the airport upon arrival or once you get to the project.

ATMs
There is an ATM at the project, but it's not always functional due to signal problems. We therefore suggest that you get cash at the ATM at the airport upon arrival.

Shops/Grocery Stores
You can book a transfer to the city centre with your volunteer co-ordinator to purchase any essentials or additional food items at an additional cost of NAD200 per trip.

Winter in Namibia
May to September is the winter period and can be very cold at night and in the early mornings while the daytime temperatures can vary. Please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period.

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